news Monday, July 20, 2015 - 05:30
    1. Pushkaram towns in East and West Godavari districts came to a complete standstill as people inched towards the bathing ghats of the Godavari for a holy dip on Sunday. With another 40 lakh people who came on Saturday and returned home on Sunday, the main Pushkaram town of Rajahmundry was a battlefield of two mighty columns of pilgrims, one coming in and the other leaving. Read The Hindu's report.   2. Telugu Desam Party Payakaraopeta MLA V Anitha lodged a complaint against her husband K Sivaprasad with Vizag's Three Town police station on Saturday. Anitha mentioned in the complaint that her husband had been harassing her. She alleged that Sivaprasad tried to take some important documents from her house when she was not at home. Anitha had earlier served a divorce notice on Sivaprasad and a case is also pending in the court. Read details.   3. The reply by the Telangana State Legislature to an RTI query that they have not received any resignation letter from Sanatnagar MLA and commercial taxes minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav has raised a storm. The Congress on Sunday demanded the ouster of Mr Talasani from the Cabinet while Leader of Opposition Shabbir Ali demanded that a cheating case should be booked against Talasani for lying about his resignation as TDP MLA before taking oath as a minister. Read Deccan Chronicle's report.   4. Fishermen who make their living by casting fishing nets in the Godavari river have had to put their job on stand by as one crore pilgrims descended on various bathing ghats for the pushkarams. Therefore, the focus has shifted on picking up the thousands of coins, which are offered to Godavari river daily with the help of magnets, The Times of India reports.   5. Even after the Supreme Court had made it clear that the Aadhaar card is not compulsory to avail of government subsidies, the AP government has announced that Aadhaar linkage will be compulsory to all government schemes and services in the state in the near future. As a first step, the state has decided to link Aadhaar cards to Primary Mission initiative, including crop loans, input subsidies, incentives and schemes being offered to agriculture and allied sectors. Read a report in The New Indian Express.