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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Thousands gather for Longowal's funeral SANGRUR, India (AP) — The army was placed on alert in Punjab today to prevent violence a; the funeral of an assassinated Sikh moderate who had been hailed as a saint for his peace initiative with the government. lens of thousands of mourners gathered in the dusty village of Ixmogwal, home of the top Sikh political leader, Harchand Singh Longowal. He was gunned down by extremists in the courtyard of a temple near Sangrur on Tuesday. I he funeral was to be conducted with full state honors and the body cremated. Longowal. 57-year-old leader of the main faction of the Sikhs’ Akali Dal political party, signed an agreement with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on July 24 to end three years disturbances in Punjab by Sikhs seeking greater autonomy from the federal government. Extremists rejected the agreement. Gandhi, whose mother Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated last Oct. 31, allegedly by Sikhs, said in Parliament today that Longowal was “a man of faith and sincerity, dedicated to national unity and development of Punjab. The beloved saint stood for communal harmony and brotherhood of Hindus and Sikhs." "With the ultimate sacrifice, he has joined the long line of martyrs from the Sikh community and Punjab who gave their lives for India’s integrity." Gandhi said. Parliament was adjourned as a sign of respect. However, opposition leaders pleaded with the government to call off state elections scheduled for Sept. 22 in Punjab. They said the assassination exposed inadequate security and destroyed the harmony generated by the Longowal-Gandhi peace accord The government placed the army-on alert throughout Punjab, India’s northern breadbasket. Authorities also ordered a curfew today in most parts of Ludhiana, Punjab’s largest city and industrial center. India’s 13 million Sikhs are a minority in every state but Punjab, where they are a slight majority. “Sant Longowal Assassinated," "Sant Longowal Shot Dead," "Man of Peace Is Killed," said headlines in today’s Indian newspapers. Longowal was called a "sant,” or saint, by his followers and the Indian press. Longowal moved to this village of 9,000 people in June after militants led by the father of slain terrorist preacher Jarnail Singh Bhin-dranwale tried to oust him as party president. He was killed hours after other gunmen killed a Hindu leader of the Congress Party and wounded two other party members in Jullundur, a Punjab city farther to the north. Police said he was receiving a sword from a priest in front of an audience of thousands of Sikhs when a youth in the audience got up and fired at him. Death toll rises in battle between Christians, Moslems BEIRUT, l>e ba non Apt Artillery and rocket exchanges between Christian and Moslem militiamen shook Beirut and surrounding towns for a third day today, and police said the death toll in the latest bout of the civil war was 264 killed and 775 wounded Druse gunners pounded Christian east Beirut and the coastal highway north of the capital with renewed barrages of Soviet-made grad and katyusha rockets today. Christian radio stations reported. Police said two women, aged 23 and 27. were killed from the renewed bombardment in the scenic Christian mountain resort town of Brummana. Nineteen other civilians were killed and 65 wounded in overnight artillery exchanges in and around Beirut Police said that 264 people have been killed in IO days of shelling and San Antonio man charged in hit-and-run SAN ANTONIO AP A 21-year-old man was ordered held on $10,000 bond after he was charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a teen-age girl Gregory Casterjana was charged late Tuesday with failure to stop and render aid after a Monday accident tfiat killed Kimberly Ixiurie. The 17-year-old girl was dead on arrival at a local hospital after she Has struck by a vehicle on a residential street in north San Antonio. Witnesses ''aid the girl was standing beside a pickup truck parked on Coverage accurate, complete Ex-hostage praises press AUSTIN (AP) — Two Texans taken hostage in the June hijacking of a TWA jetliner say coverage of the Middle Eastern ordeal was accurate, but they aren’t sure victims of such incidents should be turned into celebrities. "It worries me that a society seems to make celebrities out of people for such unimportant reasons,” said Dr. Ben Harris, a University of Texas professor who was a hostage for about 36 hours. "One of the really amazing things to me as a professional educator for the past 40 years is that I spent my lifetime making a reputation in my field, and I become a celebrity in a few short day s," Harris said. His comments came during a session w itll members of the Austin chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Harris, 62, of Round Rock, is a professor of education administration. He and his wife, Mary Lee, were aboard the TWA jetliner that was hijacked in mid-June by Shiite extremists. Mrs. Harris was released after about 12 hours and Harris the following day. Mrs. Harris said she shared her husband’s feelings about being made an instant celebrity during the crisis. "All in all, I think the press treated us very fairly. I felt as Ben did that they were making celebrities out of us when we really hadn’t done anything, making almost too much out of this," she said. Harris said reporters appeared to try to be as unobtrusive as possible in dealing with the exhostages. He also said he was satisfied by the newspaper coverage he received, but some television coverage w as less complete. "I was generally very pleased with the way the (written) press did treat the information we gave them and the way they approached us in terms of getting access to us They were always courteous, they were always thoughtful, they were always willing to take no’ or a delay," he said. Falwell criticized for remarks car bombings. More than 2,500 houses sustained considrable damage and 1,138 cars were destroy ed in the shelling duels between Moslem and Christian gunners in Beirut and hills overlooking the capital. Police said the final casualty toll from the latest car bombing attack that rocked North Ivebanon’s port city of Tripoli on Tuesday stood at 45 killed and 89 wounded. the shoulder of a road when she was hit. Police said witnesses told them the vehicle involved was a topless gray or black Jeep. A vehicle matching that description was seized in a parking lot in north San Antonio late Tuesday. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Rev. Jerry Falwell, greeted by waves of criticism for his remarks on South Africa and Bishop Desmond Tutu, insisted today in a debate with the Rev. Jesse Jackson that he is against apartheid but said he believes economic sanctions will harm South African blacks rather than help change the government. Black leaders are up in arms over Falwell’s remarks characterizing Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, as a phony. One called Falwell "a racist demagogue." Without sanctions, "We do at least have hope for change in South Africa. We have hope to cut out the cancer and not kill the patient," Falwell said on ABC-TV’s "Good Morning America." "We have hope not to starve little children, minority children .. by dismvesting, closing down the Ford plants, closing down the various American investments. Jackson appeared with Falwell and said his trip to South Africa was "an insult to those of us who are Christians and w ho care. " "Falwell. you supported apartheid in southern America until it was over Now you're supporting apartheid in southern Africa while it's still alive," Jackson said. Jackson, .speaking from Boston. charged that Falwell acted as an agent of the Reagan administration, representing the government’s views on South Africa and apartheid "I’m sorry Rev. Jackson still thinks whites are bad people. Reagan did not send me and I went on my own," Falwell said from Lynchburg. Va "I don’t believe any Christian could support segregation, apartheid." he said. "I do not .support that policy of the Botha government, any more than I support the total discrimination of the Soviet Union's policies on red China, Cuba or most of the African nations outside South Africa. "However. I believe we can cut out the cancer without killing the patient and handing over to the Soviet Union one more nation." Falwell said. Falwell also appeared on the "CBS Morning News," saying "There is no debate between myself and the persons calling for sanctions as far as apartheid.” He said that during his visit to South Africa he visited black and mixed-race communities and found "the entire nonwhite public is saying sanctions w ill kill our children ...." Falwell met in South Africa with President P W Botha, and said he had been assured the country was making progress towards change. Of Tutu, Anglican bishop of Johannesburg, and a leader in antiapartheid efforts, Falwell said, "I think he’s a phony, period, as far as representing the black people of South Africa. And if anyone here doubts that, go out to the black public in South Africa and ask them. We did. We have it on videotape." The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a candidate for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination, in an emotional speech Tuesday at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., likened Falwell to some of history s great villains. Anyone who would choose Botha over Tutu, would choose Bull Connor over Martin Luther King; would choose Hitler over the Jews; would choose Herod over Jesus; and would choose Pharaoh over Moses." Falwell later repeated his comments at a Washington news conference and was challenged by the Rev. Joseph lowery, head (rf the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. lowery, .speaking after Falwell at the same platform, said the Moral Majority leader was employing a tactic used by opponents of the U.S. civil rights movement — seeking to discredit legitimate black leaders and select the blacks with whom they'd like to deal BACK TO SCHOOL Thursday, August 22nd thru Wednesday, August 28th, 1985 SPECIALS N (ILLER rn (ILLER PAPER nnsHtirc Merlilz louse teal Filler Paper Herliti 200 Ct Sheet Composition Notebook 40 Sheets Herlitz 1 ’A" Ring See Thru Binder Only $1.99 Aladdin Character Steel or Plastic Lunch Kits Only J $4.99 Crayola Crayons 69$ 79$ $1.57 Crayola* cnavoM* k Box of 16 s Boh of 24 s Elmer's School Glue Or Glue All et Mitts Glue MI 8 OI Btl Freewood V Rings Binder W/Pockets $2.39 IO SUPER SAVER </) 1 o IT* Ball Pens Herliti No 40610 5-Pocket Note- Book $1.29 200 Sheets Composition Book Stsrdancer or Joe Bob Gobbler 60 Sheets 120 Sheets Paper Tablets Big Chief*(aia) Erasable    AQ Ink Pen *p«ck V I Bic Roller.........990 Mechanical    a*    AQ Pen  . . . . 6 Pack Y ■ Le Page White Paste.... o IO co ** _ ° • IO ^ Wooden Map Pencils........ . on2 . 590 Riviera No 2 Lead School Pencils. . .. omo 590 Pointed or Blunt Scissors...... . . . 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