Negotiations for the release of 50 hostages held in the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur by the Japanese Red Army stalled over new conditions imposed by the guerrillas, a top Malaysian police official said. The report revealed that the terrorists were demanding “a very large amount of money” from the US, Malaysian, Japanese and Swedish governments, whose nationals were among the hostages. The outfit had previously asked for only the release of seven of its cadres jailed for terrorist activities, and a plane to fly them out. A Japanese aircraft carrying five of the criminals whose release had been sought by the terrorists arrived in KL. The Japanese foreign ministry later said the gunmen freed four women and five children who were among the hostages.
Licencing requirements for exports would be done away with for many of the 300 listed commodities, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said. The process would be drastically simplified for other commodities.
The Lok Sabha passed the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, which amended the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and the Indian Penal Code. One of the amendments proposed was to Section 123 (7) of the act, which says that it would be a corrupt practice on the part of a candidate if any assistance had been taken by him or on his behalf from an officer of the government to improve his election prospects. This section provided the grounds for the cancellation of Indira Gandhi’s election from Rae Bareli.
Nearly 500 villages in Deoria district in Uttar Pradesh were inundated after flood waters from the Rapti, Ghaghara and Gandak breached the flank bund on the Bihar side. Railway services in north Bengal and north Bihar were also affected.