news Friday, July 24, 2015 - 05:30

  1. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will undertake a 'padyatra' in AP's Anantapur district on Friday, to highlight the issues faced by farmers and women self-help groups. Both the TDP and YSR Congress hit out at Rahul, blaming the Congress for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the "gross injustice" to Seemandhra. Read more. 2. The seed capital area of Amaravati will have no space for 'red' industries that fall under the highly-polluting category. The master plan for the AP capital city has suggested that the industrial start-up area of the seed capital should have only 'light' and non-polluting industries. Read a Times of India report. 3. The Acharya Nagarjuna University has suspended the principal of its School of Architecture, Mr Babu Rao in the aftermath of the suicide of a first-year student Rushikeshwari on July 14. State HRD Minister Ganta Srinivas Rao said that this was done to ensure a fair and transparent enquiry into the circumstances that led to the suicide, The Hindu reports. 4. Authorities here have stepped up measures to ensure security on the banks of Godavari river due to rise in water level keeping in view the rush of pilgrims attending the 12-day 'Pushkaram' festival. Nearly 4.85 lakh pilgrims have taken the holy dip at various ghats along the river but heavy rains in last three days have led to a rise in water level of Godavari. Read Deccan Chronicle's report. 5. Visakhapatnam will be home for India's oldest warship and aircraft carrier INS Viraat, provided the state government submits a detailed project report to the Navy immediately. The last British-built aircraft carrier serving the Indian Navy since its acquisition in 1987, is all set to be decommissioned in 2016. The state government wants to acquire the ship and turn it into a major tourist attraction on the Visakhapatnam beach. Read a report in The New Indian Express.

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