Bedi on Test Loss
Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi denied he had declared his team’s second innings in the fourth cricket Test, which gave the West Indies a series win. “It was just that we had no other fit batsmen able to bat and we were forced to come in,” Bedi said. Gundappa Vishwanath, Anshuman Gaekwad and Brijesh Patel were all injured when batting in India’s first innings. Bedi said that in addition to them, neither he himself nor Bhagwat Chandrasekhar was able to bat. India’s innings should, therefore, be officially recorded as 97 all out, and not 97 for five declared, for the second innings, Bedi said. He added that he had declared the first innings at 306 for six “in disgust”, but then changed his wording to say his decision had been made for “self-preservation”. Describing Michael Holding’s bowling as war in the first two days, Bedi said he had no complaints about the Jamaican yesterday.
A high-level seven-member delegation was leaving for Dacca for talks on the allocation of the Ganga waters. The spokesman of the ministry of external affairs said India hoped that the technical-level talks would lead to better mutual understanding and pave the way for an amicable settlement of the question of allocation of the lean-season flows of the Ganga waters between India and Bangladesh.
Govt & Media
Several members of the consultative committee attached to the ministry of information and broadcasting urged the government to take necessary steps for delinking newspapers from business houses. I&B minister Vidya Charan Shukla said that although the government was interested in delinking the press from monopoly houses, it would like to move cautiously.
PM’s Moscow Trip
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was scheduled to visit the Soviet Union from June 8. The new Indian ambassador, I.K. Gujral, was expected to assume his post in Moscow in the first week of May.