Sixty-four dacoits surrendered before Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister N.D. Tiwari in Bateshwar, a dust-laden temple town in the Yamuna ravines. Thousands of villagers converged in the town to witness the surrender. At least 50 more dacoits were hiding in the ravines. The CM gave the assurance that the surrendered dacoits and their families would be protected by the state.
Racial Tension In UK
Deputy High Commissioner Natwar Singh called on the British Foreign Office to express concern over the Hawley Report that had created tension among the Asian communities in the UK. The Indian envoy also objected to the tone and contents of Enoch Powell’s speech in the House of Commons and said he was surprised the British government did not care to take his government into confidence when it sent Hawley to New Delhi on the so-called fact-finding mission on immigration.
Cyclone Hits Konkan
More than 350 fishermen went missing after a severe cyclone lashed the Maharashtra coast. More than 35 fishing craft that had sailed off before the cyclone were caught in the storm on their return journey, and went to the bottom of the sea.
War Reaches Beirut
Syrian planes screamed over Beirut as Lebanese left-wingers staged a general strike to protest Syria’s military intervention in Lebanon’s civil war. A barrage of anti-aircraft fire went up from Palestinian refugee camps, but the planes circled over the capital city and then flew away. Syrian forces have taken over the country’s airbase at Rayyak.
President Suharto, a four-star general who led the forces that crushed an attempted communist-led coup in 1965,
retired from the Indonesian army, a week before reaching the retirement age of 55.