news Monday, June 22, 2015 - 05:30
    1. Three helicopters and two ships on Sunday joined the search operations for 50 fishermen missing off the Andhra Pradesh coast for the last five days. As many as 121 fishermen had left in boats for deep sea from the Kakinada coast in East Godavari district on June 16 but 50 of them have not yet returned. With heavy rains lashing the region, the families of the fishermen appealed to the state government to take immediate steps to safely bring them back. Read details.   2. The proposed capital of Andhra, Amaravati could get its own zoo, nature park and even a lion safari soon. K Mishra, Conservator of Forests, Vijayawada talks to the Times of India on the feasibility of having a zoo, lion safari and nature park in Kondaveedu. A report is expected to be submitted to the chief minister soon.    3. Despite allegations that norms were flouted to build the Lingamaneni guest house on the Krishna River bank, it has been zeroed in as a temporary stay for chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the capital region. Repair works are already under way with the Karrakatta Road, five feet wide at present, soon to be widened to ten feet over a stretch of 10 km for facilitating movement of the CM's convoy. Read a Deccan Chronicle report.    4. The state is bracing itself as top leaders of the Congress are scheduled to tour different districts in the next fortnight. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected to tour Anantapur district on June 30 or later to meet families of farmers and weavers who have committed suicide. Rahul Gandhi’s tour is likely to be followed by a visit by AICC chief Sonia Gandhi in the next couple of months. However, The tour schedules are yet to be finalized, The Hindu reports.   5. A Rs 100 crore, Centre funded National Research Center for Yoga and Naturopathy is planned to be set up in the capital region of Andhra Pradesh. “Once the required land is handed over, the construction work will commence. The district administration has already identified 25 acres of land near Agiripalli,” an official told reporters. Read The New Indian Express report.  
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