A special report said there were at least 73,000 unemployed engineers — 20,000 graduates and 53,000 diploma-holders — in the country. Mechanical and electrical engineers dominated the list of unemployed. However, the report, based on data available with various official agencies, suggested that many who had registered at the employment exchange may not be without a job but could be looking for better options.
Strike In Spain
More than a lakh workers in the Basque province of Spain struck work to protest the executions of two Basque separatists by the Franco regime. The workers stayed at home to avoid a confrontation with the security forces. Officials said the death penalty could be meted out to several more Basque nationalists.
Solicitor General L.N. Sinha told the Supreme Court that under the amendment to the Representation of the People Act (RPA) of 1974, the expenses incurred or authorised by a political party were not to be considered election expenses incurred by a candidate. Shanti Bhushan, counsel for Raj Narain, speaking on the validity of the RPA Amendment Act, 1974, had contended that since Section 71 of the RPA, which limits election expenses, has not been deleted, the only possible construction on the amendment was it did not cover the cases in which the candidate had authorised the expenses.
Portuguese PM Jose Pinheiro De Azevedo ordered troops into all television and radio stations in a bid to break the strength of leftist revolutionaries, a report said. The troops forced their way into the studios just after noon and handed over to announcers a statement from the premier accusing radio and TV of exploiting “a provocative campaign encouraging seditious attitudes”.