An unidentified assailant stabbed an Air India sales executive in the chest, piercing a lung in the airline’s Melbourne office. The attackers escaped leaving behind a note from the Anand Marg. It was the latest in the series of attacks on Indian government staff in Australia, attributed to the Anand Marg. Just about a month ago, India’s millitary attache was stabbed in the chest, while he slept at his Canberra home.
South Africa took sweeping measures to quell dissent over his race policies, arresting black leaders and banning at least 18 organisations. Among the groups banned by the Justice Minister James Kruger, as a threat to public order, were the anti-apartheid Christian Institute and the newspaper, The World. In its last issue, The World called for the immediate release of its two reporters detained without trial for 232 days.
Security for Cricket
The External Affairs ministry has taken adequate measures for the security of the members of India’s cricket team that is scheduled to leave for Australia on October 24 for a three-month tour. Armed guards will be posted the moment the team reaches Adelaide on October 25.
Plain clothes police raided the office of Bhun Chetty, the lawyer of Indian origin who represented the family of the late Steve Bikolo, following the black leaders’ death in early September. Violent controversy had raged over how Bikolo met his death. Police action against Chetty was part of a nationwide swoop on the homes of prominent anti-apartheid militants. But observers suspect that Chetty had come under special police scrutiny after “embarrassing” leaks on the autopsy of Bikolo’s body.
China Joins food body
China is ready to join the 36-member World Food Council. This would be of special significance as China is by far the world largest producer and consumers of rice and grains. Last year, it reported production of 120 million tonnes of rice.