Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has issued a stern warning to the separatists of Tamil Nadu that the Centre would put down their movement with all the power at its command and at any cost. “Though some opposition leaders have denied that they are still preaching separatism,” Mrs Gandhi told a mammoth meeting in Nagercoil, “we have information that the campaign is still on.” Raising her voice, the prime minister said she would use all the power at her command to put down this movement no matter the cost. Mrs Gandhi described the demands of state autonomy and regionalism as hollow slogans.
Dacca’s Ganga plan
Bangladesh put forward a three-point formula to break the deadlock with India over sharing of waters from the Ganga, a report from Dacca said. The formula includes normal flow of the Ganga below the Farakka barage, the working out of an interim arrangement and the inclusion of Nepal, the third country through which the Ganga flows, in future negotiations. The report quoted a Bangladesh government spokesperson as saying the interim arrangement should form part of a permanent solution, the arrangement should include a decision on storage in the upper reaches of the river.
Japan typhoon toll
The death toll from heavy rains brought by typhoon No 17 in Japan rose to 114. National Police Agency of Japan reported that 48 persons were missing and 331 injured.
MGR on Congress
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Congress were not opposed to each other, AIADMK general secretary M.G. Ramachandran told the media. The AIADMK stood for national integration, he said. It would work for a sovereign. democratic, socialist set up, and strive to get more powers for the states without harming the country’s unity and integrity, he said.