Sirimavo meets Nehru
The Ceylon Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike and India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Nehru, discussed the six-Power proposal to stabilise the cease-fire in the Sino-Indian conflict. The discussion lasted for two hours and fifteen minutes and both the Prime Ministers were assisted by their respective colleagues and senior officers. Beyond stating that the meeting took place in a frank and cordial atmosphere, a Government spokesman would not give any indication as to what was discussed or the trend of the discussion.
The whole of the talks, it is learnt, were of a general nature and Mrs. Bandaranaike was believed to have given her impressions of her visit to China. In the afternoon, Mrs. Lakshmi Menon, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, had a meeting with Mr. Felix Bandaranaike, Ceylon’s Minister without Portfolio, at which the Secretary-General, Mr. R.K. Nehru, Foreign Secretary, Mr. M.J. Desai, and other senior officers were present.
Gold jewels cost more
Prices of ready-to-wear gold ornaments on sale in Bombay principal bullion market shot up by about Rs. 17 to Rs. 120 per 10 grams (reckoned at the gold content of the ornaments) from the ruling level of Rs. 102.75 per 10 grams before the new Gold Control Regulations came into force two days ago. The sharp upsurge in the price of ornaments followed a rush of buyers seeking to cover their requirements of gold jewellery of 22 to 24 carats purity before the existing stocks with jewellers are sold out.
Socialist unity move
Talks between Mr. Ashok Mehta and Mr. Raj Narain, Chairmen respectively of the P.S.P. and the Socialist Party, on the formation of a United Socialist Party began. Mr. Mehta was assisted by Messrs. Ganga Saran Sinha, S.N. Dwivedi and Prem Bhasin, while Mr. Raj Narain was assisted by Messrs. Ram Sevak Yadhav and Rama Mitra. At the end of the two-hour inconclusive meeting, a joint statement was issued, which said that the implications of the resolution of the Bharatpur conference of the Socialist Party were discussed in a spirit of mutual understanding and goodwill.