The New York Times reported that the Pentagon had ordered the US military attache in Santiago to give secret assurance of US support to Chilean army officers preparing to overthrow President Salvador Allende in October 1970. Allende, a socialist, had won the presidential election in September 1970. Henry Kissinger, then presidential assistant for national security affairs, had met the chief of the CIA’s undercover operations to approve a plot to oust Allende, the report said.
Attorney General Niren De claimed plenary power for Parliament to amend the Constitution and said it could not be limited as to the subject matter of the amendment. The wisdom of Parliament or its propriety in executing the constituent power could not be canvassed in courts, he argued before the Supreme Court in the election case involving PM Indira Gandhi. De, defending the Constitution (39th Amendment) Act, claimed taking away judicial review of Gandhi’s election dispute would not result in “a new and radically different Constitution with [a] different basic structure”.
Early estimates put the losses suffered due to floods in Bihar at Rs 500 crore. About 70,000 people were affected by floods in west Patna. Flood waters had receded from the ground floor of the government secretariat, though there was knee-deep water in the compound. Employees were seen drying thousands of files. Cholera was reported from various parts of the city, the report said.
Helping With Relief
The Indian Express called for contributions to help flood victims. The newspaper announced setting up The Indian Express Flood and Famine Relief Fund, with an initial contribution of Rs 50,000 from the The Indian Express group.