Morarji to quit office
Mr. K.K. Shah, Congress General Secretary, told The Hindu on August 16 that Mr. Morarji Desai, Union Finance Minister, sent in his resignation to the Prime Minister in pursuance of the “Kamaraj plan” on August 13. He said that all the members of the Working Committee were a party to the resolution and since Mr. Morarji Desai was also one of those who supported the resolution, his resignation should be taken for granted. Some of the Ministers had also sent in their resignations.
India against border pact
In a strongly worded note delivered to Chinese Government on July 15, 1963, India has accused Peking of concluding the border agreement with Pakistan with the intention of adding to the existing tensions in the border regions. India’s note forms part of White Paper Number Nine which was placed before Parliament on August 16 by the Prime Minister. It covers correspondence exchanged between New Delhi and Peking from January 1963 to end of July 1963. India’s note is in reply to Chinese letter of March 25 in which Peking maintained its right to conclude the border agreement with Pakistan, another sovereign country, and questioned the propriety of India, a third party, to interfere with this agreement.
Mr. M. Bhaktavatsalam, Minister for Education, said in Madras on August 13 that apart from acquiring knowledge from original works in one’s own language, it was necessary that knowledge from books of other languages should be made available for one’s enjoyment and enlightenment by suitable translations. The Education Minister, who was presiding over the valedictory meeting of the four-day seminar on “Translations,’ conducted by the Bureau of Tamil Publications and the Southern Languages Book Trust at the New Woodlands Hotel, Mylapore, urged the need for a sense of realism and practical outlook in the matter of translations. The Minister explained the work that was being done in the matter of translation in order to fully implement Tamil as the language of administration.