June 20, 1982, forty years ago: The Israeli invasion
Helicopter-assisted Israeli troops landed on the Dahrai Qadib ridge in north Lebanon, 60km north of Beirut, reliable Lebanese sources said. The landing site was near the road connecting Tripoli, the largest city in the coastal area, to the Bekaa Valley in central Lebanon. There were no details on the size of Israeli forces landing in a region currently under the control of Syrians in the Arab Deterrent Force, or their immediate targets. It was reported that just outside Beirut, Israeli troops arriving from the south were holding a ceasefire there. But relevant military forces in Tel Aviv immediately denied reports of an Israeli landing. Israeli troops reportedly occupied the police station near the village of Cedar shortly after landing.
Lok Dal President Charan Singh said the possibility of an “ex parte” presidential election could not be ruled out. He said that if the opposition did not field a candidate against the Congressional (I) candidate, it would not be a boycott of an election, but an “ex-parte election.” The Lok Dal leader declined to comment on Indira Gandhi’s response to the opposition’s joint letter. The meeting of opposition leaders has been scheduled. Charan Singh hopes a decision will be made by then. The Lok Dal leader admitted that the opposition was weak. The ruling party took advantage of this.
Expanding tax benefits and creating a separate export promotion council, coupled with an aggressive marketing strategy, are among a number of proposals from the Commerce Department’s task force to promote project exports. The report has suggested that Indian construction companies should be treated as industrial companies in order to be eligible for tax benefits.