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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 25, 1982, Tokyo, JapanSaturday december 25, 1982 Pacific stars and stripes world 5 34 firemen among Plant blast victims compiled from wire services Caracas Venezuela thirty four firemen were among the at least 145 people killed in a explosion and fire at a Power station Here officials reported workers continued to search through the rubble for More made appeals on radio and television for medicines food and clothing to Aid the More than 500 people injured and thousands left homeless from sunday s blast. Twenty of the firefighters were buried in a common grave because their badly charred bodies were no recognizable according to fire department firemen who were killed in the explosion at the Tacoa Arr Cifes Plant were identified. They were buried individually after funeral ceremony attended by presi Dent Luis Herrera Power company imposed staggered Power cuts after the disaster the greatest in Venezuela since an earthquake killed about 500 people in 1967.the Plant provides most of the Power to Caracas. A spokesman forthe electricity company of Caracas said supplies should be restored tothe capital by the weekend. A spokesman for the Rescue Tea said a total of at least 150 bodies police stand guard around the mass graveside in Caracas wednesday. The official death count to 195. Determine the cause of the explosion Saia a Wiki 01 at in Cost in us cd however stood at 145. Herrera Campins who imposed at one of the Plant s nine fuel Oil most them burned beyond Recagni newspaper reports on the number electricity and water rationing in tanks. The initial blast triggered two Tion had been recovered by noon of bodies recovered ranged from 160 Caracas ordered an investigation to More explosions and the fire. Japan will Cut tariffs to soothe Trade criticism Tokyo a the japanese government moved thursday to Cut tariffs on 40 agricultural and 28 Industrial products in a step to Blun criticisms of its Trade policies before prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone s mid january sum Mit with president Reagan in Washington. Government sources said top government an Liberal democratic party officials also reached a Mutual understanding that substantial Tariff reductions Are needed in tobacco chocolate and biscuits three items which Are often named a examples of How Japan shuts out foreign goods. The 28 Industrial items include paper products handkerchiefs calculator parts batteries and machinery International Trade and Industry ministry Miti officials these tariffs will be eliminated on five categories of farm tractors internal combustion engines Over 500 horsepower and six categories of molding machines. Current tariffs on these items Are in the 4 percent to 9 percent Range. A Miti official said Japan imported $364million Worth of the 28 items in 1981. The Tariff cuts were expected to be formally approved by the government on Friday and Are a follow up of a major Trade package announced inlay in which Japan reduced or eliminated tariffs on 215 items. The proposed cuts would go into effect apr ill. However that package and other measures to simplify customs procedures for imports failed to reverse the winding of Japan s massive Trade surpluses with the United states and Europe. Japan s Trade advantage with the United states i expected to hit $20 billion in 1982, up from $16 billion the previous year. The government reportedly is anxious to show that it is moving positively to ease Trade friction before the new prime minister s visit to Washington. Nakasone has called for new Trade policies in the face of protectionist moves in the United states against japanese Auto imports and in Europe against its electronic goods. Copies of time Fortune seized by philippine court in libel Case Are released International polish internees freed Manila a a filipino judge has ordered postal and customs officials to release All copies of Tim and Fortune magazines attached earlier in a libel Case after Tim inc. Complained the action was an undue restraint on Freedom of the press. Judge Rizalina Vera of the court of first instance in the Manila suburb of pasig ruled however that other assets of time inc. In the Philippines mostly Bank account remain attached by the court. Vera ordered the attachment of the assets in october after Ricardo Silverio a prominent filipino Busi Nessman filed a $4.5 million libel suit against the american publisher. To libel claim Silverio claimed he was lib eled by Fortune Magazine writer Louis Kraar on the . Television pro Gram meet the suit charged that Kraar depicted Silverio As a businessman who took advantage of his Friendship with president Ferdinand e. Mar cos who appeared on the program during his . Visit in september. Magazines not libellous in their motion to release the magazines time s lawyers argued that preventing or delaying their distribution is an undue restraint on Freedom of the press particularly considering said magazines Are not held because they contain any libellous materials but strictly on their asset value. They also argued that subscribe copies Are not assets of time inc. When they arrive in the Philippines. Even if they were the lawyer added unless promptly delivered to readers news magazines like Tim become stale and Are of no value for the purposes of satisfying plaintiff claim if instead time put up a Bond of $113,636, which the court accepted. Warsaw Poland up Poland ordered the release of All martial Law internees thursday but promptly re arrested seven of the outlawed Solidarity Union leaders for attempting to Over throw the government officials seven men were All Mem Bers of the Union s 107-Membernational commission and had been interned since martial Law was imposed dec. 13, 1981, face verdicts ranging from five Yearsin jail to the death penalty if found official statement gave no hint of Why the seven we rearrested but a press spokesman in the military prosecutor s office said they were charged with attempting to overthrow the Politi Cal system under article 123 of the penal code. India Pakistan talks . Times new Delhi India India and Pakistan have taken what appears to be a major step toward improving bilateral relations by announcing the formation of a joint commission to promote cooperation and an agreement on the release of prisoners. The joint commission is the firs such panel to be set up since the two neighbors traditional rival who have fought three wars gained Independence from Brita Inin 1947. Indian spokesman Mani Shan Kar Aiyer and his pakistani counterpart Mujahid Hussain also announced an agreement on an Exchange of prisoners who had completed their prison they said that this involved 232 indians held in pakistani jails and 25 pakistani detained in India. The detainees Are not prisoners of War but people who had been arrested on other charges including violation of immigration Laws and smug gling the officials said. Dissident to . Seoul up Kim Taejung one of South Korea s most prominent dissidents left thurs Day for the United states where he will receive treatment for an arthritic s wife said her husband wants to receive medical treat ment in Washington where one of her Brothers lives

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