news Monday, June 29, 2015 - 05:30
    1. Breaking his spell of silence, actor turned politician Pawan Kalyan on Saturday, took to Twitter to express his views on the cash-for-vote case in the two states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Saying that politics was not about settling scores,he added that the general public would be the ultimate sufferers if the issue dragged on any longer. Read a report in TNM. 2. The deadline for submission of applications to establish lliqour shops in the state ended on Sunday. The AP Excise department has received 65,154 applications for 3,125 shops with Guntur topping the list with 11,545 applications. Officials attributed this due to the new capital coming up in the region. Read Deccan Chronicle's report 3. In a unique way of spreading awareness about elected representatives, seven Vijayawada based students have formed an organisation called 'Vijayawada needs U' that prepared progress cards of five MPs from the state. They considered parameters like parliament attendance, number of questions asked and amount of development fund recommended. The progress was assessed for one year from June 1 last year to May 20 this year. Read a Times of India report. 4. The Andhra government has chalked out plans to run a campaign on river Godavari to ensure proper utilisation of its waters during pushkarams. Addressing a large meeting of ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs in Vijayawada on Saturday, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that people should realise the importance of river beyond the pushkarams, The Hindu reports. 5. The Andhra police on Sunday arrested two inter-state red sanders smugglers and seized 126 logs weighing 3.1 tonnes worth Rs 6.5 crore on Saturday. Kadapa SP Naveen Gulati said a special task force team headed by CI Rajendra Prasad and CI K Pullaiah conducted vehicle checks on highways after a tip off, nabbing the accused. Read a report in The New Indian Express.  
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