NEW DELHI: Just before his retirement, Gen V K Singh has ratified a court martials decision to dismiss former military secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash from service after he was found guilty by an Army court in the Sukna land scam case. The dismi

ssal means that he will not get any benefits like pension and will not be entitled to use Army rank or any privilege attached with military service.

Prakash is the senior- most officer to have been awarded this punishment by the Army.

The Army Chief confirmed the sentence awarded to the former Military Secretary by a General Court Martial ( GCM) in December last year. The decision was taken by Gen V K Singh on May 21, ten days before his retirement from service.

Nine go blind after operation in Andhra

HYDERABAD: Nine people lost their sight after undergoing surgery at a private hospital in Ongole town of Andhra Pradesh. The victims, from poor families, were on Sunday shifted to the government- run Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital here.

The doctors said the retinas were damaged and chances of their regaining eyesight were bleak. The victims underwent cataract operation three days ago in Ongole, about 340 km from here.

Doctors here blamed infection for the tragedy.

In December last year, five people went blind after undergoing surgery at a free eye surgery camp in Nandyal town of Kurnool district.

Teen murder case accused arrested

MUMBAI: Eight months after a teenager allegedly killed his classmate, police have arrested the accused in Borivali. The deceased Sanjez Borle and the accused Chetan Kankar, both 19 years, were studying in Kohinoor Technical Institute, when the incident happened in September last year.

According to police, Borle had made some objectionable video of Kankar and threatened to upload those clips on Facebook. On September 20, 2011 Kankar followed Borle to the Borivali national park and killed him by hitting with a stone and took his phone, police said.

Pak: No Kayani, Antony meeting

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani military on Sunday dismissed reports that army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani would meet Indian Defence Minister A K Antony on the sidelines of a regional defence meeting in Singapore.

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