September 7, Forty Years Ago: Turkey Earthquake

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on September 7, Forty Years Ago.

Updated: September 7, 2015 3:12 am
indian express, indian express front page A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on September 7, Forty Years Ago.

A strong earthquake rocked eastern Turkey, killing hundreds. Government sources said unconfirmed reports indicated that 1,000 people may have been killed in what appeared to be eastern Turkey’s worst earthquake since August 1966, when 2,529 died.

Finance Minister C. Subramaniam, after meeting the World Bank president and IMF managing director, was convinced that India’s financial requirements would be met. He also interacted with members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and gave the assurance that the Emergency was only a temporary phase. The PM has categorically reaffirmed her commitment to democracy, elections and the judicial system. Censorship too was temporary, Subramaniam said.

Plight Of Squatters
The Indian Express visited the settlement camp for squatters in Seelampur in Delhi, where over 600 families who were living in Chanakyapuri had been forcefully relocated. The camp is far from their previous site of work. “The shifting to Seelampur for the squatters has been a shattering experience. Rendered idle and unable to find work in poor and crowded Seelampur, each day has meant slipping into greater debt with visits to moneylenders as a last resort. Many of them have sold their last bits of jewellery and are borrowing money from friends and relatives… A wave of depression has swept the Seelampur camp…” the report said.

TN Censorship
The Tamil Nadu government prohibited the sale or distribution of the issues of The Statesman dated August 28, and The Conqueror dated August 3, under the Defence and Internal Security of Indian Rules. A gazette notification said the government also prohibited the sale or distribution of a Tamil weekly, Jawaharism, dated August 23.

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