news Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 05:30
  1. Thousands of pilgrims took holy dip in Godavari river here on Wednesday as authorities took steps to improve crowd management, a day after 27 people died in a stampede. Shaken by the tragedy on the first day of Godavari 'maha pushkaralu', the administration overhauled the arrangements, roping in additional police forces to control the crowds. Read more. 2. With the number of confirmed dengue cases touching 117 mark on Wednesday, the Chittoor district medical and health department has dispatched emergency medical teams to various affected villages to destroy larva formation in drinking water sources and remove water stagnation near human habitations. Read a report in The Hindu. 3. AP Opposition leader Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy taking a holy bath at the Godavari Pushkaralu with a cross hanging around his neck has led to a controversy on the social media. While supporters on YSRC’s official page claimed that Mr Reddy was a Hindu since he took part in a Hindu festival, others pointed out his mother, Ms Y.S. Vijayamma, carried a Bible during electioneering, Deccan Chronicle reports. 4. A day after the Rajahmundry tragedy, the government directed transport department officials to crack down on overloaded vehicles carrying pilgrims to the bathing ghats. Transport minister Sidda Raghava Rao told officials to conduct surprise checks and seize overloaded vehicles as they were potential death traps. Read a Times of India report.  5. S.S. Rajamouli's magnum opus "Baahubali", which is turning out to be the biggest south Indian blockbuster, has entered the Rs.200 crore club worldwide in just five days since its release, setting another new record. The film has emerged as the biggest hit overseas, surpassing even Bollywood blockbuster such as "Happy New Year" and "PK" in its opening weekend. Read details.