A “moving ceremony”
Prime Minister Nehru on May 14 described the “moving” ceremony of the Presidential change-over that took place on May 13 as “symbolising a certain continuity and certain synthesis between the past and the future.” “How quietly we had done this, which in almost every part of Asia had given rise to trouble and upheaval”, he said. “There was a certain nobility about it. It can only be done by a long history, a nation which has learned how to behave; there was nothing very showy about it, but generations and hundreds of generations of breeding about it.”
Policy for trade promotion
Pursuant to the constitution of a Board of Trade in the Ministry of International Trade, the outlines of a new policy for trade promotion are being drawn, and as they are gradually unfolded it will be seen that they are designed to achieve their principal aim of an integrated trade policy that will pull together and reinforce the effort and organisation which is now scattered or spasmodic. It is only natural that in the new scheme of things the Government's organ of trading, the State Trading Corporation, should receive considerable attention.
Indonesian President Dr. Sukarno was reported to have escaped unharmed on May 14 when an assailant tried to shoot him during a religious ceremony in Jakarta. Jakarta Radio reports monitored in London said five persons were slightly hurt and the police seized the assailant. The attempt was made at Ikada square at the start of the morning prayer meeting. The attacker was arrested immediately.
The Queen's art treasures
An elephant carved in emeralds, a paperweight made from a tiger's paw and an 80-pound alabaster replica of the Taj Mahal are some of Queen Elizabeth's treasures which may be seen by the public when a new Buckingham Palace Art Gallery opens in July. The gallery, built on the site of the palace chapel, bombed during World War II, will house the Queen's art treasures and a changing exhibition of the thousands of gifts she received on her overseas tours.