Scooters made in India
The indigenous content in scooters manufactured in the country is expected to go up to 90 per cent by the end of next year, Mr. P.C. Sethi, Deputy Minister for Steel and Heavy Industries, informed the Lok Sabha on April 26. He said the target for the third Plan for scooters, motor-cycles and three-wheelers was 60,000 per annum. The production in 1962 was 25,002. A few more firms had been licensed for the manufacture of motor-cycles, scooters and mopeds during the last two years. With the existing units completing their manufacturing programmes and the new units going into production by the middle of 1964 production of these was expected to increase substantially.
(from a letter to the Editor)
Sir: It is distressing to find that our National Anthem is being played in the picture houses at the end of each show without due respect being shown by the people at the time. Not a single person was there in the auditorium of a City theatre recently when the playing of National Anthem was just over. The people left the theatre while the National Anthem was being played.
Friendship of Soviet Union
Prime Minister Nehru has said it was “highly important” that Indo-Soviet relations should be “close, friendly and co-operative” not only from the point of view of both the countries but also from the larger point of view of international affairs. In a message to the three-day national conference of the Indo-Soviet Cultural Society which opened in Madras on April 26, Mr. Nehru said: “The friendship of the Soviet Union is of great value and we cherish it”. The Prime Minister said the fact that Indo-Soviet relations had not been affected even by the Chinese aggression on India, indicated their firm basis.
One million two hundred thousand passengers arrived in London from the United States on board a Boeing jet airliner. They were bees, the first of 8,000,000 being imported in air conditioned planes to restock the hives of British bee keepers hit by temperatures below zero during the past winter.