India and Pakistan signed a formal agreement to start rail services between the country by July 24. The exact date and names of the trains between Lahore and Amritsar would be announced later. The train would leave Amritsar station at nine in the morning and reach Lahore at 1.15pm. Two hours were expected to be taken up to complete customs, health and other formalities at Attari on the border.
The famous vocalist, Siddeshwari Devi, 72, who was admitted to Willingdon Nursing Home in New Delhi after a paralytic stroke, recovered full consciousness. Hospital sources said she had passed the critical stage and was much better. She was expected to be in the nursing home for at least two weeks. Siddeshwari Devi had remained unconscious through out Saturday.
Ugandan commandos and Palestinian guerillas confronted each other with machine guns over the fate of more than 250 airline passengers held by skyjackers at Entebbe airport in Uganda. The Palestinian skyjackers threatened to blow up all their hostages if Ugandan security forces intervened, according to the country’s official radio. The airbus was seized by the guerillas over Greece after a stopover in Athens en route to Paris from Tel Aviv.
Abu On Emergency
Abu Abraham’s pocket cartoon, Private View, had a pithy comment on the Emergency. The tag line read: In spite of income tax reliefs my consolidated gains of Emergency don’t appear very much.
Akali Chief Freed
The Punjab government released from detention Mohan Singh Tur, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, on grounds of health, according to an official announcement.