U.N. approves resolution
The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved an Afro-Asian resolution for setting up a 17-nation committee to recommend steps for a speedy end of colonialism on November 28. It did so after rejecting a Soviet amendment that would have the General Assembly proclaim 1962 as “the year of elimination of colonialism.” Under pressure from African nations, the Soviet Union withdrew its own resolution setting 1962 as the deadline for an end to colonialism. But it insisted upon putting its amendments to vote. The Afro-Asian resolution adopted after three weeks of debate called upon the ruling Powers of colonies “to take action without further delay” to implement last year's declaration of independence for colonial peoples and countries.
Adviser on Asia and Africa
President Kennedy on November 27 appointed Mr. Chester Bowles as his Special Representative and Adviser on African, Asian and Latin American affairs. The White House, announcing his new appointment, said Mr. Bowles would have greater responsibilities and would be working in an area which the President considered second to none in importance. Mr. Bowles would place special emphasis on the problems of the developing countries.
New Palace in Tokyo
A solemn ceremony, on Nov. 27 attended by acting Premier Eisaku Sato (Trade Minister) and more than 200 high officials marked the inauguration of the Emperor's new palace in Tokyo. The 170 million yen structure is built in a blend of Japanese and foreign styles (ferro-concrete). It is surrounded by walls of ivory-coloured bricks and has a copper-plated roof.
Mr. Roy Thomson, the multi-millionaire newspaper proprietor, who owns the London Sunday newspaper, The Sunday Times , has bought control of the £6,700,000 firm Illustrated Newspapers, it was announced in London on November 27. Mr. Thomson has acquired 55 per cent of the shares of the company which publishes a number of “glossy” magazines, including London News .