Credit from Japan
India and Japan signed an agreement in Tokyo on May 23 for an additional Rs.7.14-crore Japanese credit to India for the first two years of this country’s Third Five-Year Plan. A joint communiqué issued simultaneously in New Delhi and Tokyo said the Japanese credit would be used for the Durgapur Special Steel and Alloy Project as well as for purchases from Japan of items agreed upon by the two countries. With to-day’s loan, the amount made available by Japan since the commencement of the Third Plan goes up to about Rs. 50 crores.
Temples in Goa
Prime Minister Nehru had a busy day to-day, the second day of his visit to Goa, visiting the famous Cathedral in old Goa and the Hindu Mangesh temple at Ponda and later the Santa Durga temple on the way to Margoa, the second largest town in Goa. As the Prime Minister arrived at the Mangesh temple, a crowd of Harijans, who are denied the right to enter the temple, staged a demonstration at the entrance. They displayed placards reading “Beloved Panditji, please help us to get temple entry.” Another placard carried a slogan “Goa Harijans welcome Pandit Nehru.” After returning from worship, the demonstrating Harijans raised slogans saying “Panditji, you were given the freedom to worship, we were denied that facility.” Mr. Nehru was visibly moved by this slogan and said what they stated was correct. The Prime Minister asked the chief trustee of the temple, who was accompanying him, why Harijans should be prevented from offering worship when they were enjoying this right all over India. The trustee replied that the matter was engaging their attention and very soon a decision would be taken.
Boeing service via Madras
Madras airport will receive Air-India’s Boeing 707 jet aircraft for the first time on June 2 at 5 p.m. when the plane will make a trial landing on the newly strengthened and extended main runway in Meenambakkam. Demonstration flights have been arranged for guests the same evening. The plane will return to Bombay in the night.