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December 17, 1976, Forty Years Ago: New pledge

The price of oil will rise by 10 and 15 per cent next year, the chairman of the oil ministers conference, Sheikh Abdel Aziz al-Thani said in Doha.

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December 17, 2016 12:02:23 am

Non-communist opposition parties pledged their commitment to “peaceful and non-violent action” and parliamentary democracy. In a resolution adopted at a meeting of the leaders of these parties, they stressed that in view of this commitment, “they accept certain reasonable restraints that should apply appropriately to the government, the opposition and the public”. The opposition parties said they were prepared to work out a comprehensive code of democratic functioning binding all the three sections of the political life. Expressing their readiness for discussion with the government on national issues, the leaders sought “restoration of civil liberties and democratic rights to the people”.

Prez rule in Orissa

Orissa came under president’s rule on Thursday, December 16. The state assembly has been kept in suspended animation. The central action followed the resignation of Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy. Orissa was under president’s rule in 1961, 1971 and 1973. In her resignation, Satpathy said her future course of action “will be guided by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Congress leadership, and the opinion of my party colleagues”. “I am anxious that there should be a cohesive and business-like environment so that the drought-sticken people of Orissa are given meaningful relief instead of acrimonious verbiage. Their interests, not my office, comes first,” she told the media.

Spain referendum

Buoyed by a landslide win in a referendum on its political reform plans, the Spanish government reaffirmed that its ban on the communist party would not be lifted before parliamentary elections next spring. Information Minister
Andres Reguera Guajardo said the issue would be reconsidered by the new parliament, which is intended to dismantle the authoritarian regime of the late General Franco.

Oil price hike

The price of oil will rise by 10 and 15 per cent next year, the chairman of the oil ministers conference, Sheikh Abdel Aziz al-Thani said in Doha.

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