news Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 05:30
    1. AP has denied allegations of Naidu blocking the puskhar ghat while adding that it asked National Geographic to record the Godavari Maha Pushkaralu as it occurs once in 144 years. Parakala Prabhakar, media adviser to the government said, “This was not aimed at giving personal publicity for any individual and it is totally wrong to say that the CM’s bath and puja were delayed due to the filming of the event.” Read a Deccan Chronicle report.   2. The master planning process of Andhra Pradesh's new capital Amaravati was completed on Monday with the Singaporean government presenting the Seed Capital Area (SCA) master plan to the state government.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stone for Amaravati on October 22. Prime ministers of Japan and Singapore have been invited for the ceremony. Read more.   3. Aiming to ensure that foreign investments in the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor percolate down to various towns in Andhra Pradesh, the TDP government has decided to develop 200 roads linking the towns to the corridor at the cost of Rs 3,000 crore, Times of India reports.   4. Ahead of the commencement of monsoon session of Parliament, Union minister of state for Science and Technology YS Chowdary has said the TDP would exert pressure on the Centre to make appropriate amendments to the AP Reorganisation Act to resolve issues between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Read a report in The New Indian Express.   5. The ongoing municipal strike, in Vijayawada which entered the tenth day on Monday, is leaving the colonies and areas of the city, stinking, as garbage piles up on the streets. Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) officials claim of initiating stringent action against officials and contractors, who fail to supply more workers and monitor the garbage clearing, The Hindu reports.