The Farakka barrage across the Ganga was dedicated to the nation. The project, primarily meant to preserve the Calcutta port by diverting water through feeder channels to the Hooghly, was made possible by the Indo-Bangladesh agreement. Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Jagjivan Ram complimented the “farsightedness” of Bangladesh President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the water sharing agreement, the report said.
MISA in Tripura
Five CPM legislators from Tripura, including senior leader Nripen Chakraborty, were arrested under the controversial Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA). MISA had been in the limelight after the Centre proposed amendments which would have made it even more draconian.
A shootin in Iran
Unidentified gunmen shot two US air force officers serving with the Iranian army, a government spokesman in Tehran said. An eyewitness said the gunmen ambushed the officers, who were on their way to work early in the morning, and shot them several times. The officers were identified as Lieutenant-Colonel Jack Turner and Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Schaefer, the Reuters report said. The number of assailants or their motives were not known. Iran was ruled by the shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who had abolished the country’s multi-party system that March.
Brezhnev fighting fit
Several embassies in Moscow were informed that Communist Party Secretary Leonid Brezhnev would be absent from the capital for a fortnight. There was no cause for concern over his health, a diplomatic source said. Brezhnev, as party secretary, was the leader of Soviet Union. The clarification came after rumours about the disappearance of
the leader started circulating in Moscow,
the report said.