news Monday, June 22, 2015 - 05:30
  1. The Andhra Pradesh State Forensic Science Laboratory (APSFSL) may send some audio and video samples related to the cash-for-vote scandal are likely to be sent to Chandigarh's Forensic Science Laboratory. Though earlier APSFSL officials claimed that their laboratory was equipped with the required technology to confirm the authenticity of audio and video tapes, the officials are considering sending some samples to other FSL centres. Read the Times of India's report.   2. The Telangana government drive of Haritha Haaram, which is the state government’s greenery programme involving mass plantation of trees, is all set to begin from from July. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao held a meeting  on Sunday with officials to chalk out an action plan for the success of the programme. It was decided to plant 230 crore saplings in the next five years. Read a report in the Deccan Chronicle.   3. The body of the Hyderabadi student who was shot dead by unidentified people in US' Florida state a week ago reached his home in Hyderabad on Sunday. The body of A. Sai Kiran Goud (22) was flown in here from New York via Mumbai. Telangana assembly Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary and legislative council Chairman Swami Goud visited Sai's home and paid their last respects. Read more.   4. Every year before the monsoon sets in, roads in Hyderabad get coated with a fresh layer of paint, which is the responsibility of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). While the rains have come in, the road repairs are nowhere in sight. V. Geethanath writes for The Hindu, on the GHMC's budget and where the money for repair works is lost.   5. At a time when the state’s Prohibition and Excise department officials are busy with renewing the new liquor policy, large quantities of non-duty paid (NDP) liquor is being smuggled from the neighbouring states. As the tax and excise duty on liquor is high, NDP liquor is around one-third the price of taxed liquor. Read a report om The New Indian Express.