news Friday, July 31, 2015 - 05:30
  1. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has started collecting 'voice samples' of the accused in the cash-for-vote case. Besides issuing notices to TV channels to get footage of the accused giving sound bites or interviews, a requisition was sent to Telangana Assembly speaker for speech copies of accused TDP MLAs Revanth Reddy and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah through the court. Read a Times of India report.   2. Police on Thursday rescued 94 children hailing from Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal when they were brought to Hyderabad to allegedly work in factories of the Old City. On a tip-off, the Government Railway Police teams checked the Falaknuma Express when it arrived at Secunderabad railway station and found the children. Read The Hindu's report.   3. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 121 kg of psychotropic substance Alprazolam from a factory in Jeedimetla on the outskirts of Hyderabad and arrested three people on Thursday. The three accused including owner of the company and a chemist were produced before court, which sent them to 14 day judicial custody on Thursday. Read more.   4. Telangana is losing its green cover and losing it fast, as per Telangana Forest Department’s recently released State of Forest Report (SFR). According to the report, 36.5 sq km of forest has disappeared from Telangana. Encroachments were noticed in all 23 forest divisions and it was found that apart from the 'lost forests,' 26.02 sq km of forests were encroached, Deccan Chronicle reports.   5. The hopes of farmers, who had been expecting good rainfall this kharif, came crashing down, as deficit rainfall was recorded in Nizamabad, Medak, Karimnagar, Rangareddy, Hyderabad and Mahbubnagar. Although the pre-monsoon showers raised hopes of farmers across the state, with a good amount of rainfall in the beginning of June, what has followed is mainly dry weather. Read a report in The New Indian Express.

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