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Forty Years Ago, November 7, 1980: Assam At Standstill

The entire public transport system in Assam, including road and ferry services, has virtually came to a grinding halt due to scarcity of petroleum products, particularly high-speed diesel, the adviser to the Governor, K Ramamurthy, told newsmen Gauhati.

By: Editorial | November 7, 2020 2:20:11 am
Assam, Assam unrest petrol 1980, Ronald Reagan US president, Indira Gandhi, forty years ago Express front page, November 07, 1980. (Express archives)

The entire public transport system in Assam, including road and ferry services, has virtually came to a grinding halt due to scarcity of petroleum products, particularly high-speed diesel, the adviser to the Governor, K Ramamurthy, told newsmen Gauhati. He said that while the ferry services of the Central Inland Water Transport Corporation would come to a halt within a day or two, the movement of goods, including foodgrain, within Assam and to other states in the North-Eastern region had stopped. The city buses operated by the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) went off the road, he added.

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Embarrassing Leak

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