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CBI set to grill 2 Punjab ministers
Summons issued to Kalia, Swarna Ram
Khurana’s remand extended by three days
Chandigarh, May 7
The SAD-BJP government in Punjab, it seems, is heading for a major image-bashing. After the arrest of its Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Finance) Raj Khurana, the Central Bureau of Investigation is closing in on two state ministers. Industries Minister Manoranjan Kalia and Social Welfare Minister Swarna Ram have been issued summons to appear before the CBI on Monday. 

Despite stay orders, land sold after fudging records
Chandigarh, May 7
The corruption case registered by the CBI against Raj Khurana, Punjab ’s Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Finance) and BJP MLA from Rajpura today became murkier with the Punjab Automobile Mechanics Association alleging that both co-accused Devinder and CBI complainant Manpreet were partners in many cases of land grabbing and illegal land sales.

Kanimozhi brain behind KTV: CBI
New Delhi, May 7
In an argument stretching close to two hours, the CBI today vehemently challenged the DMK MP Kanimozhi’s bail plea on the grounds that receiving of ‘illegal gratification’ of Rs 200 crore by Kalaignar Television (KTV) in 2G Spectrum allocation scam could not have taken place without the knowledge and consent of the accused whom he termed as “the most active brain behind the KTV”.

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UP farmers’ stir turns bloody; 2 cops killed
Villager dead; DM, SSP among many hurt

Lucknow, May 7
A policeman escorts injured Noida District Magistrate Deepak Agarwal. The three-month old agitation of Greater Noida farmers’ for better land compensation turned violent today when a clash between the protesters and the police left two cops and a villager dead.

A policeman escorts injured Noida District Magistrate Deepak Agarwal. — AFP

Hasan ‘front man’ of Khashoggi: ED chargesheet
Mumbai, May 7
International arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi had helped Hasan Ali Khan open his account with UBS, Zurich, to use it to launder tainted money and for the Pune stud farm owner CHF (Swiss currency) 28.5 million was “petty cash” to buy a hotel in Switzerland. Khan was acting as a “front man” for Khashoggi, a persona-non-grata in Switzerland, and Pune stud farm owner’s UBS account was used to park the arms dealer’s money, says the chargesheet filed yesterday

No pact yet to bring PM under Lokpal
New Delhi, May 7
The government and the Civil Society representatives in the Drafting Committee of the proposed Lokpal Bill came to a general agreement today on the autonomy and financial independence of the Lokpal but failed to agree on bringing the Prime Minister and the judiciary under its purview. The Drafting Committee chaired by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee



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Gilani to brief Parliament on Osama debacle
Islamabad, May 7
Faced with mounting criticism from the public and media for his government’s response to the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani would brief Parliament tomorrow to “take the nation into confidence” on the issue.
The announcement came after Gilani held a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari and army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to review the fallout of the killing of bin Laden in an operation by US special forces in the garrison city of Abbottabad on Monday.

Orissa to resume land acquisition for Posco project
Bhubaneswar, May 7
Armed with the final forest clearance order for the mega Posco steel project near Paradip, the Orissa Government today decided to resume land acquisition activities from May 18 even as opponents of the South Korean steel major were preparing to foil the bid.
"The state government will begin land acquisition work for Posco project from the place where it halted last year in view of a stop work order from the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF).

Meet Marcos, India’s version of Seals
Indian naval marine force has carried out joint exercises with US counterparts

New Delhi, May 7
Away from the public glare, the Indian Navy, in the past two decades, has prepared its own special forces on the pattern of the US Navy Seals-the team that killed Osama Bin Laden earlier this week in a stealth operation carried out in the dead of the night using choppers and sophisticated equipment. The Indian Naval Marine force called the ‘Marcos’ has been modelled on the US Navy Seals in the training pattern, working style and the secrecy.



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