Sanjiva Reddi to resign
Mr. N. Sanjiva Reddi on January 29 announced that he had decided to vacate office as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in view of the remarks made by the Supreme Court in the Kurnool road transport nationalisation case and he had accordingly written to the Congress President, Mr. Kamaraj, to permit him to resign. This announcement was made by the Chief Minister at a hurriedly called Press Conference after his return from Kurnool, where he had been on a tour. The Chief Minister said he did not wish to trouble the Prime Minister and, therefore, had requested Mr. Kamaraj to consult Mr. Nehru and give a decision.
Mr. Dinesh Singh, Deputy Minister for External Affairs, on January 28 conferred with Mr. Aly Sabry, U.A.R. Prime Minister, for 90 minutes on speeding up the convocation of the proposed second non-aligned conference. Mr. Singh, who is carrying a message from Mr. Nehru to President Nasser on the subject, also conferred with the Foreign Minister, Dr. Mahmud Fawzi, and the Deputy Foreign Minister. Informed sources said the talks centred on fixing the date and venue of the preliminary and main conferences. Meanwhile Al Ahram, which is taken to reflect the official view, reported on January 28 that President Nasser and President Tito of Yugoslavia were meeting “in the next few weeks” to discuss the proposed non-aligned conference.
The U.S. on January 29 launched a 562-ton Saturn I super-rocket and put into orbit a satellite, far bigger than anything Russia has produced. The giant Saturn rocket, intended as a forerunner of the Boosters, which will land a man on the moon within the next 10 years, gave the U.S. at least a temporary lead over Russia in rocket supremacy. President Johnson in Washington and millions of other television viewers across the U.S. watched as the great rocket leapt into flaming life seconds before lift-off. The Saturn lifted off agonisingly slow at first but picked up speed as the eight engines of the paraffin and liquid oxygen-powered first stage built up their powerful thrust from 475 tons of fuel.