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Make way for television awards


What was more or less a common practice of the big screen is now turning into a fad for the television. Big and glitzy affairs usually mark the award presentation for talent on the cinema and not to be left behind different organisations have now taken up the cause of the television on the same lines.

Last fortnight saw at least three events organised in the city to honour talent on Telugu television and came up with lavish events.

From news anchors to artistes to playback singers who lent voice for serials, the cream of local television industry coming together for these felicitations.

And at least one of these events chose to look beyond the present glitter to think of the doyen of news anchors, Shanti Swaroop and honoured him.

Even after three days, the festive atmosphere at most government departments, if empty seats were any indication, it appears that many government employees are still indulging in New Year festive celebrations.

Meeting after a two-day weekend, employees were greeting each other profusely with New Year wishes in many offices.

Such was the joy that a public relation officer of a government department on Monday advised reporters to visit the department the next day stating: “Today employees would be busy greeting each other and there could be nothing much do!” What was that?!

The pastiche of the Congress workers came to the fore the other day. During Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy's ‘surprise visit' to a slum in the city's suburbs on New Year's Eve, they indulged in loud sloganeering throughout his speech.

So much so that the Chief Minister had to repeatedly request them to calm down.

No sooner did the Chief Minister cut the cake and depart from the venue, the locals who had been eyeing the toothsome cake throughout pounced on it without delay.

A Congressman who had been shouting pro-poor slogans in support of the Congress till then snidely remarked, “This is the original face of Banjara Colony. Look at them!”

So much for all the hoopla.

A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit. Mould him properly and he can do wonders.

This was clear from the way school kids tried to corner officials on burning civic issues at the “Bal Adaalat” held here recently. The programme was organised by COVA involving children from different schools in the old city.

The young boys and girls played the perfect lawyers shooting questions.

But sadly there were none to answer them except for a lone NCLP official and a corporator.

But the kids put up a good performance bringing out the sorry state of affairs in and around the schools. Some of the children also presented shocking pictures of child labour in the Charminar area.

The official apathy was clear from the way the NCLP officer asked people to lodge complaints. Couldn't the authorities take action on their own? That was what everybody kept wondering.

T.LALITH SINGH,

S. SANDEEP KUMAR,

YOGENDRA KALAVALAPALLI,

J.S. IFTHEKHAR

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