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14 October 1981, forty years ago: PM-Akali talks

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi will meet the Akali delegation on 16 October. Besides the Akalis, Mrs Gandhi will also meet important Hindu leaders from Punjab before leaving for a 10-day foreign tour. The PM’s secretariat is busy arranging for his meeting with the Akali leaders. Mrs Gandhi relies on the advice of neither Home Minister Zail Singh or Punjab Chief Minister Darbara Singh. While Zail Singh has been in favor of talks with the Akalis, Darbara Singh was not too keen on it. Mrs. Gandhi is aware of the views of these two leaders. Therefore, she can take the guidance of former External Affairs Minister Swaran Singh to resolve the Punjab confusion. It is possible that Hindu leaders may be invited either on or before 16 October. This is considered necessary, especially after the assassination of Lala Jagat Narayan, which had created a lot of tension in the state.

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It seems Pakistan is yet to make up its mind about what to do with the five hijackers who forced an Indian Airlines Boeing to land in Lahore two weeks ago. Speaking to reporters after a ceremony in Rawalpindi, President Zia-ul-Haq avoided a direct answer to a question about Islamabad’s decision on the Indian request for the return of the hijackers. The decision will be made known later, officially, the general said. Indian Ambassador Natwar Singh made a formal request on 30 September for the return of the hijackers led by Gajendra Singh of Dal Khalsa, within hours of his arrest in Lahore by Pakistani commandos.

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India is to provide Ghana Line of Credit of Rs 50 million as per one of the five agreements signed between the two countries to strengthen bilateral cooperation in economic, trade, scientific and cultural fields.

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