The strength of the Indian Army was proposed to be doubled and similar improvements were contemplated in the other two defence services, the Defence Minister, Mr. Y.B. Chavan, is understood to have told the Congress Parliamentary Party’s Standing Committee on Defence. Mr. Chavan, it is understood, also explained the various measures being taken to strengthen considerably the nation’s defence potential and said the entire requirements of the armed forces in small arms and equipment would be met from internal production. Six more ordnance factories were being planned to be set up soon and their location had already been decided.
Non-nationals in Ceylon will be admitted to Government and Director-managed schools only where there is accommodation after admitting all nationals who seek admission. This is stated in a general circular on admission of students in schools, according to Mr. Badjuddin Mahmud, Minister of Education. The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. S. Thondaman, Nominated Member, in the House of Representatives. Mr. Thondaman raised the question of a circular in which the headmaster of a school had been directed not to admit children under sixth standard who came from estate schools and not to admit non-citizen children in standard six and above.
Retirement of Judges
The Union Ministry of Law has decided to accept the suggestion made by the Chief Justice of India that the benefit of raising the retirement age of High Court Judges from 60 to 62, as provided for in the Constitution (Fifteenth Amendment) Bill, be extended to those High Court Judges who had retired in January 1963, by supporting an amendment to be moved by Mr. Mahavir Tyagi when the bill is taken up in the Lok Sabha. The Law Minister, Mr. A.K. Sen, told the Congress Parliamentary Party Executive that the Chief Justice had written to the Prime Minister, the Union Home Minister and to him, pointing out that about ten Judges from different High Courts were retiring after January 1963 resulting in irreparable loss to the High Courts.