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Forty years ago on September 21, 1983: Sri Lankan government advised to pursue legal action against The Indian Express

Peace talks

India and Cyprus emphasised the need to ensure peace and reduce tension. At a banquet hosted by President Spyros Kyprianou, the two leaders expressed their opposition to the increasing militarisation. Kyprianou said: “It is our fervent wish that there is permanent peace and security in the world, the best of universal freedom and universal justice.”

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38th UN session

The 38th United Nations General Assembly session opened amidst colourful ceremonies and a growing controversy concerning the legality of the decision to bar Soviet diplomatic planes from landing at New York’s main commercial airports. As a result, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A Gromyko cancelled his scheduled visit. The Soviet Union said the United States had not guaranteed Gromyko’s safety or the proper handling of his plane.

Action against media

The Sri Lankan government has decided to initiate action after consulting legal opinion against certain foreign newspapers including The Indian Express, for the publication of allegedly libellous reports about certain cabinet ministers. It said that at the cabinet meeting, the Minister for Industries and Scientific Affairs had referred to “libellous reports about him by The Indian Express, the BBC and other papers.”

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Power struggle

A quarrel between two Congress (I) leaders blew the fuse plunging Sarai Rohilla and the surrounding areas into darkness for two days and two nights. The darkness sparked unprecedented protests. Residents jammed traffic on Rohtak Road for two hours.

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