news Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 05:30
    1. The Andhra Pradesh government has come up with an idea to keep beggars away from the crowded Pushkaralu ghats. They've been told to take home Rs 5,000 as compensation for loss of income. The beggar reimbursement scheme is not new for Naidu. The government had reportedlyused the same trick to shift beggars from Hyderabad to a rehabilitation centre during President Clinton's visit in 2000. Read a Times of India report.   2. More than three months after the Andhra Pradesh police gunned down twenty alleged red sanders 'smugglers' in Chittoor, activists say that the AP police is harassing the witnesses in the case. Seeking their presence for "further questioning," two witnesses along with their lawyers and activists were taken to Tirupati in the early hours of Tuesday by the Andhra SIT. Read TNM's report.   3. The pilgrim rush continued to be on the rise on the eighth day of the ‘Godavari Maha Pushkaralu-2015’ on Tuesday. In view of the Chief Minister’s visit to the town of Narasapuram, the police started diverting the pilgrims towards the bathing ghats in the rural pockets since early hours of the day. Read The Hindu's report.   4. The state government was served a notice by the NHRC over reports that a woman government official was assaulted by a legislator and the sand mafia. Police began investigations on a complaint by D. Vanajakshi, tehsildar of Musunuru mandal in Krishna district who was allegedly bodily lifted on a TDP MLA's order when she lay down before a tractor to stop it from illegally transporting the sand. Read more.   5. Who will live in the new capital, when the people living in the three villages, Tallayapalem, Lingayapalem and Uddanda Rayinipalem, soon to be transformed into core capital of Amaravati, are forced to migrate to other places? People of the three villages staged a protest on Tuesday evening stating that Amaravati was a corporate capital and not a people's capital. Read a report in The New Indian Express.
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