Speaking at the chief ministers’ conference in Delhi, Prime Minister Morarji Desai bowed to the states’ plea for a review of the existing rates of additional excise duties levied on textiles, tobacco and sugar in lieu of the sales tax as well as for a review of the grant-in-aid in lieu of the railway passenger tax.
Prime Minister Morarji Desai and the External Affairs Minister A B Vajpayee declined to comment on the Pakistan Supreme Court verdict on Mr Bhutto. “It is their internal affair and I do not want to interfere,” Desai said.
The 13-hour high drama involving the skyjacking of the Delhi-bound Indian Airlines Boeing 737 ended on a comic note at 6:30 am at the Babatpur airport in Varanasi. The two young skyjackers handed over two toy pistols and a cricket ball wrapped in black cloth looking like a hand grenade to the district magistrate of […]
“Let no one think that this government is weak,” Desai said to applause at a massive gathering of people at Ukai, near Surat. Desai accused Mrs Gandhi of adopting devious means to regain power but said all her attempts would end in frustration.
India had cordial relations with all countries and the Soviet leaders understood this. Asked about the Soviet reaction to India’s improvement of relations with China, Morarji Desai said talks in this regard will have to take place between India and China.
This may have been done deliberately so that the crew in the cockpit and the front part of the aircraft, would take the main impact of the crash. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar, brought Desai back to Delhi in another TU-124, Rajhans.