Promotions in Army
The Defence Minister, Mr. Y.B. Chavan, on September 20 assured in the Rajya Sabha that every step was being taken to remove deficiencies noticed in the Army and keep it fit for all times to come. Mr. Chavan, who was intervening in the one-day debate on the NEFA reverses enquiry report and defence preparedness, said the Army Headquarters was aware of the need to create a new pattern of relationship between the officers and jawans consistent with our democratic traditions and necessary instructions had been issued. The Minister further disclosed that the Chief of the Army Staff was thinking of having a series of exercises to test the fighting qualities of those who had been promoted to the officer cadre. He said promotions were made only on merit. During the debate, Opposition leaders made allegations and demands which had been made on earlier occasions. Mr. Chavan said he was disappointed to note that political considerations had been brought in discussing the report of the enquiry into the reverses.
David Low dead
Sir David Low, well-known cartoonist, died in London on September 20. He was 72. Once described by Sir Winston Churchill as the greatest cartoonist of modern times, Sir David was born in New Zealand and began satirical drawing at an early age. After a long career with the London Evening Standard , he joined The Guardian ten years ago.
Sankar refutes charges
The Kerala Assembly on September 20 rejected the Communists’ no-confidence motion against the Ministry by 65 votes to 45. This is the second time in the life of the 1-month-old Congress Ministry headed by Mr. R. Sankar that a no-confidence motion had been thrown out. Unlike on the previous occasion, the Praja Socialist Party supported the motion, while the Muslim League remained neutral as before. The 65 out of the 66 members of the Congress Party (excluding the Speaker) were present in the House and voted down the motion. The Chief Minister made a spirited attack on the “irresponsible nature” of the allegations levelled by the Opposition.