news Monday, July 20, 2015 - 05:30
  1. Around 45 Dalit families in the small village of Pathapally, about 170 kms from Hyderabad, have been in trouble since May 1 as they have been driven out of land that was allotted to them, denied water from the overhead service reservoir (OHSR) and are constantly abused, taunted, threatened and even physically assaulted. Read Suresh Krishnamoorthy's ground report for The Hindu. 2. Moved by the story of a 19-year-old girl tortured by her father and step mother, Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao came to her rescue. KCR met Pratyusha at a private hospital in Hyderabad, where she is undergoing treatment and promised to take care of her treatment and education. Read more. 3. Telangana is worried about its salary bill which increased the salary of four lakh government employees and pensioners and cost the state exchequer Rs 25,000 crore. Though the hike was announced in February 2015, it was made applicable from June 2014. The government is yet to pay arrears for the nine-month period from June to February and fears that it may soon be staring at empty coffers. Read a Deccan Chronicle report. 4. An entire village of 6,000 people in Nalgonda district locked up their homes before sunrise on Sunday and left for a nearby forest to observe a day-long 'Vanavasam'. Suffering three successive drought years and facing yet another dry spell, the men and women along with their children, spent the day like ancestral jungle tribesmen and performed rituals to appease the Rain Gods, Times of India reports. 5. It’s been almost two months since the new academic year has started, but many of the government schools in Telangana are still in a holiday mood after the long delay in rationalisation and transfer of school teachers, many government schools across the state are still waiting for their teachers to begin classes. Read a report in The New Indian Express.

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