Yielding to public and diplomatic pressure, British Prime Minister James Callaghan finally agreed to meet Asian community leaders. No date had been fixed. Asian community leaders were officially informed they would be received by the PM soon. Envoys of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh had suggested a meeting between the prime minister and Asian community leaders to bring about racial harmony.
The flood situation in Assam turned grave. Tripura and Cachar districts continued to be in the grip of floods with almost all rivers, including the Barak, Longai, Dhaleswari, Katakhal and their tributaries, in high spate. Over 200 villages were hit and flood waters had seeped into Silchar, headquarters of Cachar district, affecting essential services including the civil hospital, telephone exchange and post office. The army and police were continuing rescue of marooned people and clearing landslides that had disrupted rail and road communications for the last five days.
The leading commando organisation Fatah said a new ceasefire been agreed in Lebanon that stipulated withdrawal of Syrian forces within 10 days. The pullback would include Syrian forces in Beirut.
Pension From Banks
The government decided to make payment of pensions through public sector banks. In the first instance, pensions would be payable at all branches of the State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all nationalised banks at New Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Lucknow. All civil pensioners of the central government, including officers of all-India services retiring from a post under the central government, were to be among those eligible to avail of the new facility.