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Updated: July 29, 2010 00:30 IST

This Day That Age (July 29, 2010)

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In this Nov. 3, 1969 photo, President Richard M. Nixon is shown after his nationwide broadcast on the Vietnam War from his office in the White House in Washington.
AP In this Nov. 3, 1969 photo, President Richard M. Nixon is shown after his nationwide broadcast on the Vietnam War from his office in the White House in Washington.

Congo situation

Hundreds of applauding and cheering Congolese, some chanting “Liberate the Congo” and some holding banners reading “Down with Tshombe” and “Give us back a unified Congo” gave a royal welcome on July 28 to Mr. Dag Hammarskjoeld, United Nations Secretary-General, when he arrived in Leopoldville on July 28 for crucial talks on the Congo's future. The Secretary-General crossed the two-mile wide Congo River from Brazzaville in a white launch bearing the United Nations' insignia. The Congolese Minister for Information, Mr. Anicet Kashamura, told AFP the main aim of Hammarskjoeld's visit to the Congo was to settle the question of the stationing of Belgian troops in the Congo.

Strikes to be ruled out

The Congress Working Committee has categorically stated that “a general strike, which is meant to paralyse the life of the nation, must be ruled out as a type of action, even for the redressal of grievances, and it should be laid down that stoppages of work in essential services are not permissible.” In a 600-word resolution on the recent strike of Central Government employees, adopted on July 28, the Working Committee, after condemning the strike, suggested, “At the same time, steps should be taken to evolve machinery for the settlement of such disputes as may arise. The objective aimed at should be to create conditions which are conducive to the maintenance and improvement of discipline and efficiency.”

Nixon nominated

The Republican Party convention on July 27 unanimously nominated Vice-President Richard Nixon as its candidate for the Presidentship of the United States. Exactly 100 years ago in Chicago, the Party had nominated a candidate, who was later elected and became the greatest President the country had, Abraham Lincoln. Appearing on television, Mr. Nixon said that he felt a sense of “tremendous challenge …. It is a tremendous responsibility, very difficult to meet.” Mr. Nixon's nomination became assured of smooth passage when during the week-end he made peace with Governor Rockefeller mostly on the latter's terms.

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