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`Cashing in' on subsidised food

A good number of MPs from Andhra Pradesh prefer to have their breakfast in Parliament's canteen, even though the session begins at 11 a.m. Sharing this little known fact with the audience at a public meeting in Nuzvid last week, Union Minister of State Jairam Ramesh gave the answer too: "That's because, the food in Parliament's canteen is subsidised. At 10 a.m., Narsapur MP Harirama Jogaiah walks in, and at 10.10 a.m., Badiga Ramakrishna follows. And all of us have our breakfast in the canteen together." That had Machilipatnam MP Ramakrishna, who was present there, as well as the audience in splits.

With the advent of electronic media, photographers and vidoegraphers often incur the public wrath in any meeting addressed by a VVIP. For, they block the view for the people, unless special arrangements are made for them to stand. Even the lectern used for fixing the microphone of public address system is filled with the mikes covered by logos of different TV news channels. Now, the cameramen found an alternative to place their mikes. In the Sunday's public meeting addressed by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy at Nuzvid, the cameramen hung the mikes to a loudspeaker to catch the voice with utmost clarity. A novel way of doing things, right?

The nari shakti (women power) was at its dazzling best at Swaraj Maidan on Sunday as 25 enthusiastic two-wheeler riders, comprising students and housewives, trooped in with their "machines' to take part in a race organised by the Exhibition Society.

The aim of the organisers was to finetune the knowledge of traffic regulations among women so that the importance of rules could be passed on to the rest of their family members. Even the flagging of the race was bestowed upon Rekha Sharaff, wife of Commissioner of Police Umesh Sharaff. Much to the glee of the participants, P. Prasad, organising secretary of the event, reeled out some interesting facts about women drivers.

"According to a report, women drivers all over the world are considered safest drivers," he said. As expected, there were big grins on the faces of all the women at the venue.

You can ask for two white papers anywhere in the city, but not at Vijayawada Press Club.

The manager simply says the office has no tradition of keeping white papers. When pressed for maintaining better customer relations, the manager would propose to arrange for fetching the white papers from outside.

But one should pay Re. 1. The manager says he has to show accounts. What could anyone do without some papers to note down statements at a press conference?

The manager preferred to pick up an argument rather than rising to the occasion, though a small one.

Nobody knows if the manager guides those who want to hold a press conference there on what kind of paraphernalia - copies of press note, notepads and pens - should be given to reporters? Members of Andhra Pradesh Police Officers' Association were also in the dark on whether they should issue a press note at all?

By K. Srimali, A. Saye Sekhar, J. R. Shridharan and G. Ravikiran

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