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May 18, 1976, Forty Years Ago: On Everest

The ministry said two British army serg-eants, Bronco Lane of Manchester and Brummie Stokes of Birmingham, reached the top of the 8,848-metre summit.

By: Express News Service |
May 18, 2016 12:58:13 am
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Two climbers of a 34-member joint Nepalese-British expedition scaled Mt Everest, ending an assault that took more than seven weeks and cost the life of one climber, the Foreign Ministry said today. The ministry said two British army serg-eants, Bronco Lane of Manchester and Brummie Stokes of Birmingham, reached the top of the 8,848-metre summit. Quoting a message from the team’s base camp, a ministry spokesman said the two men spent the previous night on the summit. Lane and Stokes became the 53rd and 54th persons respectively to reach the top of Everest.

Sanjay’s Call

Youth Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi called upon Congressmen to work as watchdogs to protect the interests of the people against any misuse of powers under the Emergency by officials, including in the police. Listing the aims and objects of the 20-point programme of the prime minister and his four-point programme, he said all these schemes were being carried out by government officials. It was quit possible that some of them exceeded the limit and overdo things. It was the duty of Congressmen to keep a watch on the implementation of the programme and bring the cases of deficiency and misuse of power to the notice of higher authorities.

Big Brother Sarkar

Minister of State for Home Affairs Om Mehta told a meeting of members of Parliament consultative committee of his ministry that a close watch was being kept on the circulation of objectionable literature in certain areas inciting people to agitational and subversive activities. As a result of the drive launched in different states since the Emergency, 7,000 persons have apprehended and 34 printing presses seized. Mehta also said that the government lays considerable emphasis on weeding out corrupt police officials.

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