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(dated August 24, 1961)
(dated August 24, 1961)

Punjab tangle

Master Tara Singh's representatives, who included Sant Fateh Singh, flew to Delhi on August 23 from Amritsar and had an hour's talk with Mr. Nehru. What was common ground between the two sides was that Master Tara Singh should not be allowed to die by fasting. But on how to bring this about there was almost an unbridgeable gulf between them. At the conclusion of the talks, Sant Fateh Singh told Pressmen that the talks had not progressed to a stage where he could advise Master Tara Singh to break his fast.

Berlin situation

British, French and American troops were deployed in West Berlin on August 23 to “ensure the integrity of the sector border” with East Berlin following tighter border controls announced by the East German Interior Ministry. A spokesman said the deployment was ordered by the three Western Commandants in the city. The British force consists of a company of the King's Royal Rifle Corps – who moved up to the Brandenburg Gate, the main crossing point between the two sectors. The U.S. army sent several armoured vehicles and tanks to the border, according to an American spokesman. The allied troops in the three Western sectors would patrol the zone. Within minutes of the allied troop movements, the Communists brought up reinforcements on their side of the wall of barbed wire and concrete they had erected to restrict free movement in the city.

Tara Singh's health

On the ninth day of his fast on August 23 to back up his demand for Punjabi Suba, Master Tara Singh lost one more pound bringing the total loss in weight to 16 pounds. The health report said his condition was causing grave anxiety and further deterioration might prove dangerous.

Latest craze in the U.S.

The latest craze to sweep the United States is collecting English pennies and farthings – the latter are no longer legal tender in Britain. A Pennsylvania firm has now “cashed in” on the craze by offering collectors 1,000 farthings for $33.50 – which means that collectors pay almost £12 for just over £1 worth of coins, says a NAFEN message.


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