Tang Shan, an industrial city of one million people only 180 km east of Peking, was reported in total ruin after the most devastating earth quake recorded anywhere in the world since the 1964 Alaska disaster. In the capital itself, an estimated 50 people were killed and city hospitals were swamped by quake victims, diplomatic sources said. One minor tremor was felt later in Peking, where the population of 6 million spent the night on the streets in makeshift tents and shelters. A group of French survivors from Tang Shan’s quake disaster said it had left the town, an important coal mining centre, in ruins.
The talks likely to be held in New Delhi early next week on the political setup in Gujarat, which is under President’s rule since mid-March are certain to be significant. The Gujarat Pradesh Congress chief, Hitendra Desai, and the leader of the Congress legislature party, Madhav Singh Solanki, are likely to arrive in Delhi for the talks. An issue is whether a popular ministry should be formed in the state and if so who should be the chief minister since the Congress legislature party now commands majority in the assembly, which was kept in suspension so that it could be revived whenever a party can form a stable government.
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satellite, though source of self-confidence within the country, seemed to cause concern in some parts of the highly industrialised world, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said. Inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Mrs Indira Gandhi set a two-fold task before the scientific community: One, directing science to improve the living conditions of the teeming millions, and two, finding solutions to problems of resources distribution.