news Friday, July 17, 2015 - 05:30
    1. The Andhra Pradesh government, despite warning from environmentalists, wants to go ahead and construct high-rise buildings close to the Krishna river bed and the sea coast in Amaravati with structures rising up to at least 60 storeys. The state has requested Singapore to provide a liberal floor-space index ratio in the core capital area so that skyscrapers can come up, Times of India reports. 2. Veteran Telugu playback singer V. Ramakrishna, who was reportedly undergoing treatment for cancer for quite some time, breathed his last on Wednesday at his residence in Hyderabad. Nephew of popular playback singer P. Susheela, Ramakrishna made his singing debut with the Telugu song "Vayase Oka Poolathota" from "Vichitra Bandham" in 1972. Read more. 3. The Andhra Pradesh Government has signed a major credit agreement of Rs 1,587 crore with the World Bank for the AP Disaster Recovery Project aimed at restoring, improving and enhancing the resilience of public services and livelihoods of communities affected by Hudhud in the State. Read The Hindu's report. 4. Devotees from AP are preferring to take a holy dip at Basar in Telangana during the Godavari Pushkaralu while people from Telangana are avoiding it. Nearly 60 per cent devotees that took the dip in Basar were from AP and they say they consider Basar more important due to the connection with Goddess Saraswati. Read Deccan Chronicle report. 5. Even as Telangana's garbage woes are slowly coming to an end, Sanitation blues continue to haunt the cities and towns of Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts as striking sanitation workers on Thursday started obstructing permanent employees and volunteers who were clearing the rubbish. At places, they had strewn the collected garbage on roads. Read a report in The New Indian Express.