A party of 40 Chinese soldiers intruded into Indian territory on the northern border and killed four Indian soldiers in an unprovoked firing, it was announced. The Indian personnel were on routine duty. An official spokesperson did not disclose where exactly the incident took place but said it had taken place where no incident had taken place in the past. The bodies were handed over to the Indian side at a mutually agreed place about a week after the incident. New Delhi lodged a strong protest with the Chinese government against what the spokesperson described as “the deliberate killing of Indian personnel performing their routine duty”.
All for democracy
Commonwealth parliamentarians stressed that there was no viable substitute for parliamentary democracy. Speaking at the plenary session of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in New Delhi, several delegates, particularly from developing countries, said the parliamentary system had to be adapted to meet the changing situations in individual countries.
The RBI announced several changes in its credit policy, which somewhat liberalised commercial bank credit investments in industries as also for financing the movement of agricultural commodities and industrial inventories. In a series of measures to tackle the problems of a developing sectoral recession, the RBI considerably liberalised its credit authorisation scheme.
Yeti, the legendary abominable snowman, recently paid a nocturnal visit to a Himalayan mountaineering expedition’s camp and slunk off into the snowy wastes as quietly as it came. According to the Nepalese foreign ministry, when the Japanese Sendai Alpine club team woke up, they discovered near their tents the prints of five-toed feet, ostensibly those of the enigmatic snowman.