news Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 05:30
  1. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has called upon officials to achieve 100 per cent literacy rate in Andhra Pradesh by 2019 as against the current 71 per cent. He also told them to prepare an action plan to chase the task in the next four years. Read a report in The New Indian Express. 2.  A bottle of booze is now a phone call away for residents of Andhra Pradesh as all people in semi-urban areas and cities in AP can now order liquor over the phone as a part of the liqour shops have been taken over by the state. Alcohol will also be available in malls in cities like Vizag and Vijayawada, Deccan Chronicle reports. 3. Of the four nodes of the new capital, the Amaravati Downtown will come up first. This was revealed in the 122-page report titled 'Seed Development Master Plan Report' prepared by Singapore on the basis of the recommendations of the stakeholders, including the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA). Read a Times of India report. 4. Mild tension prevailed in Vijayawada on Tuesday when striking contract municipal workers tried to lay siege to the Municipal Commissioner G. Veerapandian’s house on M.G. Road, demanding that the government revise their wages even as the heaps of garbage piled in colonies. The police took the protesters into preventive custody. Read The Hindu's report. 5. The Godavari Mahapushkaralu is witnessing the ghats on the banks of river Godavari fill up with pilgrims from all parts of the country. A drone camera has recorded the entire festivities as it flew by the town of Bhadrachalam. Starting with the Sri Rama temple in the town, it flies over the Pushkar ghat, as it records thousands of people taking a holy dip in the river. Watch the video here.

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