September 18, Forty Years Ago: No Soviet Visit

The Soviet Union cancelled Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko’s trip to New York to lead the Soviet delegation to the 38th session of the UN General Assembly and questioned the fitness of the United States as the location of the UN headquarters. A Soviet communique said this followed the failure of the American authorities to assure the security of the head of the Soviet delegation.

Ganga Flood

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The Ganga wrought more havoc as it rose further in Bihar and West Bengal areas, though it was receding in eastern Uttar Pradesh while the Brahmaputra’s tributaries demolished a part of Kokrajhar town in lower Assam, reports said. The current floods, one of the worst in recent times, have taken a toll of 338 human lives in three states — UP alone accounting for 217 of them.

Freed For Eid

Pakistan’s military authorities freed more than 1,000 political prisoners on the eve of Id-ul-Zuha as an opposition civil disobedience campaign demanding an end to martial law completed its fifth week. More protest demonstrations took place in the troubled southern province of Sindh where opposition sources said at least two towns observed complete strikes.

Pakistan Innings

Pakistan, replying to India’s first innings score of 275 (Roger Binny 83 not out) had made 22 runs for no loss when the play was stopped due to heavy rain 20 minutes before tea on the third day of the first cricket Test between India and Pakistan in Bangalore.

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