(dated February 15, 1963)
Land control in Ceylon
The Ceylon Cabinet has approved of legislation to control the alienation of land to non-citizens of Ceylon. Under the legislation, no land can be sold, gifted or leased for a period exceeding five years to a non-citizen or anybody other than a public corporation except on a permit. The legislation, however, does not prevent sale of land to such person or body as has invested foreign capital in Ceylon with the approval of the Government. The provisions of the Bill, if passed into law, will take retrospective effect from February 21, 1963. The Land Commissioner was empowered to issue permits for the purchase of land.
One of the offences indulged in by juvenile delinquents, mostly students, is eve-teasing. A sample survey conducted by the Juvenile Bureau shows that in 1962, 32 such cases were registered under the [Hyderabad] City Police Act, of which all but one (which is pending) ended in conviction. The boys were fined up to a maximum of Rs.50 or in default were remanded to a Certified School where they are kept till they attain the age of 18. A case history for each of the delinquents is maintained. According to the survey, girl-teasing was noticed in more advanced localities like Sultan Bazar, Himayatnagar and Abid Road in Hyderabad and Gopalapuram and the market area in Secunderabad. Such offences are committed as the delinquents go to school or loiter about, it says.
Aerodrome for Calicut
The West Coast Industrialists Association, Calicut, has urged the Government of India to examine the question of providing an aerodrome for Calicut afresh. In a letter to the Union Ministry of Transport and Communications, Mr. D.M.S. Rao, the Association Secretary, drew the attention of the Transport Ministry’s letter of April 1962, wherein he contended, a “promise” was held out that this question would be reviewed. Mr. Rao said an airstrip at Chelari, about 14 miles south of the city, constructed by a private company, could be taken over by the Government and developed. Unless this was done, the progress of Calicut and adjacent areas would be hindered.