September 19, Forty Years Ago: PM on energy

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, said that energy could be the focal point of international cooperation, and that the long-range problem was far more acute than it was thought to be. The world’s complacency is totally unjustified, she said while inaugurating the 12th Congress of the World Energy Conference. She castigated the industrialised countries for their practices and attitude in the field of energy.

Insat-1B reaches home

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The Insat-1B, India’s unique three segment satellite, entered its space home. Launched on board the American space shuttle, Challenger, on August 30 from Cape Kennedy, it reached the “nominal” position in its geostationary orbit at 74 degrees east longitude and about 35,680 km above the Earth in geostationary orbit, according to ISRO.

India’s apology

The Soviet Union, in the course of recent ministerial-level trade talks in Moscow, forced India to give a written apology for having given an ultimatum to them in March to reduce the deficit and technical credit to the level of Rs 200 crore. The real reason for the exit of the former finance secretary was that he managed to get such a letter written to the USSR.

United Front meet

The coordination committee of the five-party United Front which met in New Delhi and elected Chandra Shekhar of the Janata Party as the chairman is hopeful of more parties joining the front shortly. The front hopes that it would emerge as the recognised Opposition group in Parliament and will take a “fuller shape” by the middle of next month.

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