Interim Secretary of U.N.
Russia and the United States have agreed on U Thant, Burmese delegate to the U.N., as interim Secretary-General, Mr. Adlai Stevenson, chief U.S. delegate, said on October 15. Observers said the agreement on the name of U Thant leaves wide areas of differences, including Soviet insistence that East Europe should have an assistant Secretary-General, if West Europe did. Mr. Stevenson said: “Now, we have come a long way from that. There will be a Secretary-General. And by the way, I should say we have agreed on him. Ambassador U Thant is acceptable to the Soviet Union and highly acceptable to the United States.Now, we seem to be engaged in a dispute as to how many Under-Secretaries he will have, who will constitute his cabinet, and from what regions of the world shall they come.”
Mountaineering expeditions in future are expected to be accompanied by meteorologists not only to issue weather forecasts for the benefit of the expeditions but also to bring back valuable observations recorded in ordinarily inaccessible mountainous regions. For the first time in the history of the Indian Meteorological department, a meteorologist was deputed to accompany the expedition to the Everest in 1960 and the success of this venture in meteorological aid to mountaineering has led the department to think in terms of sending meteorologists with similar expeditions.
UNESCO Research body
The Union Minister for Scientific Research and cultural Affairs, Dr. Humayun Kabir, inaugurating the five-day meeting of the UNESCO International Advisory Committee on Research in the Natural Science programme in New Delhi on October 16 , called for greater international co-operation and collaboration in the fields of science and technology. Dr. Kabir said that the 14-member Advisory Committee will finalise the UNESCO's research programme for the next two years. He gave an assurance of India's co-operation in research ventures and thanked the U.N. body for the assistance it has rendered to India in the fields of science and technology.