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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 15, 1980-Page 9

Gandhi blasts previous

NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Indira
Gandhi, reinstalled as prime minister
last night, charged that those ruling
India during her 34 months out of power
had reduced the economy to what she
described as a "shocking" condition.
In her first broadcast to the nation as
reinstated prime minister, she said the
people now realize that the "solid
economic, social, and political in-
frastructure," built up in the first 30
years of Indian independence, "was
allowed to be dissipated in just 30 mon-
ths" of rule by the Morarji Desai and
Charan Singh governments that
followed her defeat.
"We assume office in the wake of
severe drought and acute shortage of
vital inputs, aggravated by negligence
and mishandling, a year-and-a-half of
strained industrial relations resulting

in a loss of over 50 million man-days of
work, one year of non-utilization of half
of our installed industrial capacity,,a
record deficit. . . and half of our in-
stalled industrial capacity, a record
deficit. . . and sharply declining rate
of growth of exports," Gandhi said.
"The overall picture of the economy,
gathered from officials, is far worse
than I had expected. Indeed, it is
shocking," she added.
ACCUSING HER predecessors of
sowing "seeds of bitterness, confron-
tation, division, and destabilization,"
she urged national reconciliation,
saying "Our country needs the healing
touch. We have only one adversary -
social and economic injustice. We have
only one goal: to build a strong, self-
confident, self-reliant independent In-

Gandhi's Indira Congress Party
scored a landslide victory in the
national election Jan. 3 and 6, winning
351 of 525 seats in the lower house of
In a ceremony at Rashtrapati
Bhavan, the presidential palace,
President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
swore in the daughter of India's first
prime minister, the late Jawaharlal
Nehru, for her fourth term at leader of
this nation of 640 million people, the
world's most populous democracy.
Minutes after taking the oath, Gandhi
reoccupied the prime minister's office
where from 1966 until her 1977 election
defeat she had ruled India as one of the

world's most powerful women.
GANDHI TOOK the oath of allegian-
,Ce along with 14 Cabinet ministers and
seven ministers of state. She appointed
only two members of her previous
cabinets. Her controversial son, Sanjay
Gandhi, was not named to one of the
posts. There had been speculation she
would be included in the Cabinet.
Gandhi chose P. V. Narasimha Rao, a
farmer, lawyer and former chief
minister of the southern state of Andhra
Pradesh, as her foreign minister. Gan-'
dhi's choice of a man with no experien-
ce in foreign affairs appears to indicate
she plans to dominate foreign policy

SAT not the key to the 'U';
other factors more crucial

Introductoly Discussions
On The Haha'IFaith
THUR., JAN. 31

(Continued from Page 1)
college years," he said.
WHEN ADMISSIONS personnel con-
sider applications, Erickson said, they
first look at high school performance as
represented by grade point average
and class rank. Also important is the
type and level of high school courses
and whether the curriculum is well-
rounded, he said.
In addition, Erickson said the Ad-
missions Office considers trends in
secondary school performance and
looks with favor upon applicants whose

grades have shown improvement over
time. Extracurricular activities are
weighed but not heavily, he said.
Erickson refuted Nader's charges,
stating that the companies that com-
pose the tests work to keep them as ob-
jective as possible.
"Nader has been more critical than
he has a right to be," Erickson said.
The admissions official added that
students with very poor grades won't
likely be admitted to the University,
even if their test scores are outstan-

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gin serious
Jimmy Durante has lapsed into uncon-
sciousness and was listed in serious
condition yesterday at St. John's
Hospital, a friend pf, h 6-year-old
Durante's former press agent, Joe
Bleedon, said he visited Durante on
Sunday but that the entertainer was
'unaware of his presence.,
"HIS EYES were closed and he was
king oxygen," Bleedon said.
Durante, who had been reported in
fair condition, has worsened since the
weekend, said hospital spokeswoman
Marsha Bolyanatz.
"There is a deterioration in vital
signs from the weekend," she said.
"Progressive pulmonary condition
remains serious."
BLEEDON SAID close family and
friends had visited the ailing comedian
his private room.
'"Jerry and Patti Lewis came up,
Danny Thomas, Peter Lawford's been
there - and of course his'wife, Mar-
jorie, and adopted daughter, Cece,"
:Bleedon said.
Bolyanatz said friends and fans have
been flooding the hospital with cards,
letters, and telephone calls.
"WE'VE BEEN receiving phone
calls nationwide and also some inter-
national phone calls," she said. "There
f-ere 50 to 75 a day over the weekend.
far as cards and letters coming in,
e've received about 100 a day."
Durante, who started out in show
business some 70 years ago, was

hospitalized Jan. 7 with pneumonitis, a
form of pneumonia.
Durante started out as a piano player
at age 17. His oversized nose - which
earned him the nickname "The
Schnoz," - raspy voice and trademark
farewell, "Good night, Mrs: Calabash,
wherever you are," endeared him to
millions in a career that spanned all
forms of entertainment from vaudeville
to television and films.

... ill with pneumonia


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