The Krupps, a West German firm, offered to build a steel giant on India’s western coast with a capacity of two million tonnes at the first stage. The offer, communicated to a private undertaking in India, said that the Krupps would be willing to guarantee an export of 1.2 million tonnes, worth Rs 600 crore per year for 10 years. The project, according to the Krupps, would employ only 2,500 men, compared to 15,000 at Bokaro.
Pak’s Afghan fear
Pakistan reportedly sought assurance from India that Delhi’s friendship with Kabul would not result in collusion against Islamabad’s interests. Pakistan also suggested that India convene a conference of South Asian countries and give a contractual guarantee that it would use nuclear energy only for peaceful purposes. Pakistan also wanted Delhi to join Islamabad in demanding an international guarantee that nuclear states would not use the bomb against non-nuclear states.
JP in Karnataka
A meeting of opposition parties convened by Jayaprakash Narayan in Bangalore to discuss the possible merger of the non-CPI parties failed to throw up any concrete proposal. No follow-up meeting seemed to be on the cards. The meeting was attended by top local leaders of the Old Congress, Jana Sangh, BLD, Socialist Party, Republican Party of India, CPM and DMK. Only the Old Congress, BLD and Socialist Party supported a unified party.
The Soviet Union decreed an amnesty for several categories of women prisoners, in the second such action in 10 days. The decree, published in the government newspaper, said pending charges against certain women would be dropped. The action was in honour of the International Women’s Year.