The US Lockheed Aircraft Corporation paid bribes estimated at more than $110,000 to Mexican officials to encourage purchase of its planes, the New York Times quoted company documents as saying. The NYT said the documents in possession of a US senate subcommittee include a letter from Lockheed’s agent in Mexico. Cathay Pacific Airways announced in Hong Kong that its director of flight operations “resigned’’ after investigations showed that he received $80,000 from Lockheed Aircraft Corporation for helping the sale of Lockheed Tristar aircraft. A commission to investigate charges against Prince Bernhard was set up in Holland today.
Acharya Vinoba Bhave wanted an end to the political stalemate in the country and had succeeded in cracking it by organising the Acharya Sammelan, said Narendra Dube, convener of the Central Bhoodan Yagna silver jubilee committee, at a press conference. He said Prime Minister Indira Gandhi might meet Vinoba soon. The PM was keen to break the stalemate with Vinoba’s help, said Dube.
Mohit Sen, member of CPI’s central executive, briefed the media that delegates at the party’s national council meet stressed on the need for a change of idiom in the party’s functioning. The new style of functioning was intended to bring up the party from the status of a left mass organisation to that of a national mass organisation, he said. Members pointed out that the middle classes were realising more and more the need for the Emergency and the 20-point programme.
Algeria Trade Pact
Algeria offered to export crude oil and liquified natural gas, besides engineering goods to India. This was disclosed by Algerian minister for commerce in New Delhi after he signed his country’s first trade treaty with India.