There has been a fresh wave of strikes, demonstrations and processions by students at different places in West Pakistan, including Lahore, Lyallpur and Jhelum.
Students’ demands include reduction of three-year degree course to two, cheaper education and redress of grievances against heads of certain institutions.
West Pakistan’s Education Minister, Begum Mahmooda Salim, told a news conference in Lahore that the Government would not “bow down” to any pressure and take suitable measures to avoid its recurrence.
Pact on space research
The Indo-U.S. memorandum of understanding relating to co-operation in outer space research, announced last week, has no significance other than peaceful utilisation of outer space, it is officially stated here.
The memorandum, which is in pursuance of a U.N. resolution, is the first step in making India eligible for playing host for the international equatorial sounding rocket-launching facility to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the U.N. General Assembly.
Abusive words in letter
The question whether the Government were entitled to take note merely of “vulgar and obscene” methods of expression employed by a person (Government servant) in his private correspondence and to say that the use of such a language had rendered him unfit to be continued in the Government service was raised in a petition before His Lordship Mr. Justice K. Srinivasan, in the Madras High Court.
His Lordship said that in a case where the Government had no cause of complaint against the petitioner-servant, in so far as the discharge of his duties were concerned, it was impossible to conceive that the Government could take note of matters unconnected with such official duties. Sayed Azam, a pharmacist in the Medical Subordinate Service, was dismissed following his misunderstanding with another person over his marrying a trainee mid-wife. It was alleged that in his letter to the concerned party, he used abusive language against officials, which was, however, denied by the petitioner.