Polls gather momentum
India's third general elections gathered further momentum on February 19, when the first stage of polling began in the States of Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and the Union Territory of Manipur. In West Bengal, it was the fourth day of voting.
War to end in Algeria
France and the Algerian Nationalist leaders have agreed on terms to end the seven-year war in Algeria, it was disclosed by sources close to the French Government in Paris on February 19. A cease-fire is expected to be announced after both sides have signed the agreement, providing for the creation of a temporary executive in Algeria representing all sections of the community.
An unfavourable astronomical constellation contributed to the North German flood disaster, the Bochum “Volkssternwarte” (People's Observatory) said in Bochum on February 18. The observatory said it had made a detailed study of weather conditions on the North Sea coast on February 16 and 17 in relation to the positions of the moon and the sun. The observatory concluded from these data that the mountainous waves with which gales were pounding the coast had been made higher still by the sun and the moon caused the tide.
Royal handshake for sale
Handshakes with the Princess Royal, the 64-year-old aunt of Queen Elizabeth, are being offered for £25 each as part of a charity campaign by the Young Men's Christian Association to raise funds for development of the Association in the County of Cumberland. The sale of royal handshakes will take place when the Princess Royal visits Cumberland in May.
Four thousand school children of Delhi, both boys and girls, gave a mass display of physical training in Delhi, on February 17 in honour of the Asian educationists and express attending the UNESCO symposium on overall educational planning in Asia. The display, arranged under the National Discipline Scheme, began with a march-past by 12 platoons.