Eleven members of the family of hanged premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were arrested in Naudero shortly before a mass rally was held near his grave. Later, the police used tear gas and fired in the air to disperse hundreds who were marching to the former premier’s village of Naudero. The rally was part of the civil disobedience campaign against President Zia-uI-Haq’s military regime.
No flood in Mathura
Govardhan town in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh was saved from floods for a second time within a week when the authorities managed to plug cuts made in the embankments of the Govardhan drain and Bharatpur feeder. In spite of round-the-clock police patrolling of the bunds, villagers cut them.
Jayewardene to India
Sri Lankan President J R Jayewardene sees no role for India in the present crisis in his country until the Tamils give up “secessionist demands” and wants Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to keep her “hands off”. In an Interview by The Sunday Times he spoke — in most trenchant terms, according to the interviewer — about the support and sanctuary allegedly received by “terrorists” in Tamil Nadu.
Insat-1B space launch
The countdown for the launch of Insat-1B on board the space shuttle, Challenger, on August 30 from Cape Canaveral in the United Slates commenced at 2 am IST. The Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan was fully ready to support the launch. The voice links with Ford Aerospace at Palo Alto, the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral and the Johnson Space Centre at Houston had been exercised and checked in the morning.