Eastern Zonal Council
The Eastern Zonal Council, which met in Calcutta on September 16, decided that the members of the Zone, namely Assam, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal, should provide special facilities for a study of South Indian languages, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Canarese in their States. Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri, Union Home Minister, who is the Chairman of the Council, moved a resolution which said that the Council felt it was desirable to encourage in the Zone a study of South Indian languages.
Acharya Bhave, Bhoodan leader, who arrived in Saidpur in East Pakistan on September 16, told his evening prayer gathering that he was convinced there were a band of “servants of Allah” who would carry further his message of Bhoodan, truth, peace and love in East Pakistan. He said that his mission of Bhoodan in East Pakistan had succeeded in a large measure and the spontaneous offer of land gifts made, and affection and hospitality shown to him, so far, amply demonstrated that fact.
A colourful pageant, marking the conclusion of the one-week “Onam celebrations” was held in Trivandrum on September 16. Caprisoned elephants, the cavalry, units of the Armed Reserve, the N.C.C., A.C.C., and Scouts, besides a number of floats depicting the different social, cultural and economic aspects of Onam formed part of the procession.
House in the sea
Two young divers plunged down 35 feet on September 14 and entered their “house in the sea”, where they planned to stay for a week. The cylindrical house, held under the Mediterranean by weights, has an air lock for getting in and out two beds, table and chairs, and a television camera. Albert Falvo and Claude Wesley will demonstrate that man can live for long periods at the bottom of the sea. The experiment is similar to another series of tests by the American Edwin Link. Link’s 1-foot cylinder was designed as a home base from which a man could do long hours of exploration work while undergoing pressure at a depth of 200 feet.