China successfully carried out its 18th nuclear test explosion. A press communique announcing the blast said China’s nuclear testing was strictly for defensive aims, and that it would never be the first country to use nuclear weapons. It did not say whether the test took place underground like the last Chinese nuclear explosion on October 7, 1975. Although the location of the explosion was not disclosed, it was probable that it was carried out, like the previous 17, at the Lop Nur test site in Sinkiang in north-eastern China. Before yesterday’s blast, China had carried out 15 nuclear tests in the atmosphere and two of them underground.
Chirac In Delhi
Prime Minister of France Jacques Chirac made it clear at a press conference in New Delhi that France would continue the nuclear cooperation with India and study any request that came from New Delhi for the supply of defence equipment. When referred by a couple of western correspondents to his being the first top Western statesman to visit India after the promulgation of the Emergency, Chirac said France did not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.
The search operations at the Chasnala mine continued. Altogether 22 of the 28 skeletons that were spotted had been brought overground from the first horizon of the inundated colliery.
The nation celebrated the completion of 10 years in office of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with great enthusiasm, a report said. At a massive rally in Bombay’s Shivaji Park, speakers including Congress president D.K. Barooah, I&B minister V.C. Shukla, Maharashtra chief Minister S.B. Chavan said her contribution towards protecting the country from evil forces and her genuine concern for the poor had no parallel in the history of India after independence.