February 6, 1976, Forty Years Ago

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Published:February 6, 2016 12:32 am

Rise Of Zia

Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto announced wide changes, including expansion of his council of ministers, reorganisation of the top defence structure and appointments of new governors for
the provinces of NWFP and Sind. Radio Pakistan said five new ministers, two new ministers of state and two special assistants to the PM were sworn in. General Tikka Khan, upon retirement, would assume
the office of special assistant for national security with full cabinet rank. This was necessitated by what the official announcement called “the extraordinary situation impinging upon national security”. Lieutenant General Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq would take over from Tikka Khan as chief of the army staff on the same date.

DU Teachers

Delhi University teachers held under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act and Defence of India Rules for more than 48 hours were suspended under the revised university rules. The revised rules, which were approved by the executive council of the university, mentioned that “in case of a teacher who was later released on bail the vice chancellor may, in an exceptional case, permit him to rejoin duty”.

Concorde Project

The UNITED STATES administration’s decision on the controversial Concorde set the stage for lengthy legal wrangles with environmentalists. The US Congress, which was responsible for shooting down the country’s own supersonic transport project, was also getting into the act. The protracted litigation was likely to delay the start of the supersonic services on the lucrative transatlantic route. The central issue in the controversy was noise. The Concorde aircraft was being accused of being several times noisier than second-generation jets like the Boeing 707 and the DC 8.

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