news Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 05:30
  1. Thousands of devotees from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are expected to take a holy dip in Godavari on Tuesday on the occasion of Godavari Pushkaram. Pushkaram, the festival, is celebrated at ghats along the banks of 12 sacred rivers in the country. Each river is associated with a zodiac sign and so every year, the festival is celebrated on the banks of one of the rivers.The last Godavari Pushkaram was held in 2003. Read a Deccan Chronicle report. 2. The strike by municipal and sanitation workers in Hyderabad continued for the eighth day as talks failed between officials and GHMC workers. As many as 28,000 to 30,000 employees of the GHMC are currently on strike.This includes workers in each step from collecting the garbage to transporting it. Their chief demand is higher pay. Read an explainer by TNM. 3. The southwest monsoon has severely weakened over Telangana, almost getting reduced to isolated, erratic showers. Officials from the Met department on Monday predicted a prolonged dry spell in the already parched state, spelling doom for millions of farmers who depend heavily on the southwest monsoon for irrigation. Read a report in the Times of India. 4.The BJP plans to tie up with the TDP in the upcoming elections for municipal corporations and the Warangal Lok Sabha. Speaking to reporters on Monday, BJP State president G. Kishan Reddy claimed that the party was in a mood to fight elections in alliance with the NDA partners. In note for vote scandal, it was the TRS party that earned bad name than the TDP in the state, he claimed. Read The Hindu report. 5. Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT), which recently was recently in the news after P Ramakrishna Reddy, an associate professor at the institute claimed that the college has been illegally selling its management seats for Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh per seat, denied all allegations and clarified that all seats were given only to deserving candidates based on merit. CBIT also faced a sharp attack from TRS MP Konda Visweswara Reddy, who alleged that the academic standards at the college have been falling. Read a report in The New Indian Express.