September 16, Forty Years Ago: Madrid Hostages

The Palestinian guerillas threatened to kill hostages unless Egypt refused to sign the interim peace agreement with Israel.

By: Express News Service | Published:September 16, 2015 12:07 am
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Palestinian guerillas seized Egypt’s embassy in Madrid and took Ambassador Mahmoud Abdel Ghaffar and two of his aides hostage. The guerillas threatened to kill them unless Egypt refused to sign the interim peace agreement with Israel. The ambassadors of at least four countries — Algeria, Jordan, Iraq and Kuwait — entered the embassy to negotiate the release of the hostages.

Parliament’s Power

Parliament could not, in the exercise of its constituent power, nullify the judgment of a court of records, Shanti Bhushan, counsel for Raj Narain, told the Supreme Court. The only power available to Parliament was to amend the Constitution under Article 368. Just because the procedure of a two-thirds majority passing a bill was followed, it could not be said that the Constitution had been amended. The court had the power to go into the substance of the amendment and adjudicate whether it had anything to do with the Constitution. He added that Parliament may exercise power but it was implicit in the exercise of such power that it had followed the principle of natural justice.

Amritraj Wins

Vijay Amritraj won the men’s singles title in the Carolinas International Tennis Tournament, beating former World No 1 Ilie Nastase of Romania. Amritraj’s victory came after Czechoslovakia’s Martina Navratilova had taken the women’s title from Evonne Goolagong of Australia. Amritraj, who filled in for Manuel Orantes of Spain in the eight-player field, gave one of the best performances of his career to overcome Nastase. Amritraj had beaten Bjorn Borg earlier in the tournament in what was considered an upset.

Ignore The Media

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told the public to ignore the anti-Indian bias of the news media in some Western countries since their prejudice was nothing new.

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