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Mr. C. D. Deshmukh, India's Finance Minister, said in Calcutta that India was standing on the threshold of a great upsurge of economic development and nothing could be more appropriate than the establishment of a new modern mint to cater to the needs of the changed pattern of an invigorated economy.
Mr. Deshmukh, who was opening the Indian Government's new mint at Alipore, said that the completion of this mint whose scheme was conceived 50 years ago, had synchronised with the rapid strides that India had begun to take in the field of economic development.
The Finance Minister said considering the important role that India must play in the development of South-East Asia, it is in the fitness of things that the mint should be able to undertake coinage work for her neighbouring countries whenever called upon to do so. In case India decided to adopt decimal coinage this mint should be most useful in producing the coins of new denominations. The mint was situated on 26 acres of land and adjacent to it about 61 acres of land were being used for the construction of a residential colony for its employees.
Ethical Code for Journalists
Experts from the United States and Soviet Russia were the only two in agreement, though for different reasons, in opposing a proposal to call on international conference of journalists and information personnel to adopt a Code of Ethics, at the United Nations.
Mr. Carrol Binder, the U.S. expert, asked: "Who will pay for the conference?" If the Governments were asked for funds, he said, they would expect something for their money. Equally critical of the Draft Code of Ethics, Mr. Binder said that, as it stood, it was only of historical interest. Mr. Binder thought that with the world divided as at present, the time for an international journalists' conference was not favourable even in the near future.
M. Vassily M. Zonov, the Soviet expert, said as the Draft Code lacked certain provisions he had proposed such as making it a fundamental obligation for journalists to fight Fascist propaganda, racial discrimination, and aggression a world conference to adopt the Code would be useless.
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