news Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 05:30
  1. Pilgrims to the Tirumala temple waiting in the Rs. 300 special darshan queue lines will now be served tea and snacks. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer D. Sambasiva Rao on Tuesday. Read a report in The Hindu. 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Vizag on July 16 has been postponed. Modi was to visit Vizag to dedicate ISPRL’s underground rock cavern crude oil storage facility and Vizag Steel Plant’s expansion to the nation. The new date will be announced shortly. Read more. 3. AP and Telangana, have locked horns over payment for the power consumed by the two states. As per the AP Reorganisation Act, the power generated in the units of united AP should be shared by the two states in the ratio of 53.89 (Telangana) to 43.11 (AP). Andhra claiming that Telangana owes it Rs 1,200 crore as dues for the power the new state consumed during the last 12 months, while the latter completely refuses. Read Times of India's report. 4. Iron ore related industries, subsidiary units and transport trades have suffered a serious crisis ever since the mining scam came to light five years ago. Thousands of acres were deserted after the government issued orders to take back land allotted to Gali Janardhan Reddy's Brahmani Steels and a terrible crisis is underway due to heavy losses after the mines in Obulapuram were shut. Hoskote Nagabhushanam does a ground report from Deccan Chronicle. 5. Officials from the Srikakulam district administration had a hard time convincing the farmers of Polaki mandal of Narasannapeta about the advantages of a proposed thermal power plant as locals from around 10 villages gathered and strongly opposed the project and vowed to not part with their lands. The locals alleged that that the government’s idea to set up the power plant would destroy about 2,000 acres of cultivable lands and will not fetch any opportunity to them, The New Indian Express reports.  
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