1. Telangana's ruling TRS party has called for a shutdown in Mahabubnagar district on Friday to protest attempts by the Andhra Pradesh government to stall the Palamuru lift irrigation project. Taking strong exception to a letter sent by Andhra Pradesh to the Centre to oppose the project, TRS leaders from the district appealed to the people to observe the shutdown. Read more.2. As Telangana and Andhra Pradesh gear up for Godavari Pushkarams, which is all set to begin on July 14, there are a few devotees, mainly NRIs, who will not be able to make it to the ghats of the river. However, keeping with the current times, many priests are taking the pushkarams online and plan to perform the prayers through Skype. What about the prasadam? That gets to the person by post. ReadTNM's report.3. Classes have begun in graduate colleges in Telangana, but the textbooks with the revised syllabus are yet to be printed. The Telangana State Council of Higher Education had earlier designed the new syllabus and had instructed all colleges in the state to adopt it. But though more than a month has passed, Osmania and Kakatiya Universities are yet to adopt the new syllabus in their executive councils, Deccan Chronicle reports.4. Student union activists on Thursday attacked a private school in Warangal and damaged the furniture after the management allegedly sent away a student for attending the class in a Ayyappa deeksha attire.The school management reportedly objected to the violation of dress code. The student's father later lodged a complaint with the district educational officer. Read a Times of India report.5. The NIA special court in Hyderabad on Thursday asked jail authorities for a report on a petition filed by Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and four others demanding round-the-clock CCTV surveillance fearing threat to their lives from jail authorities and the NIA. Bhatkal had earlier filed a petition claiming that he "apprehends a great threat to his life from the jail authorities." Read a report in The Hindu.