A spokesman of the External affairs Ministry stated on October 4 that for the sixth day in succession, quiet continues to prevail in the area where the Chinese intruded three weeks ago. No one in authority will say whether this lull is in the nature of the calm before the storm. While the Indian forces are reinforced and maintaining pressure on the Chinese to withdraw north of the McMahon line, they are restraining themselves from overrunning the Chinese post. Although the Chinese have announced that their post in this area has been cut off from the rear, it is not taken seriously by the Indian side. Apparently, the Chinese post has not been totally encircled and the lull of the past one week is being utilised by the Chinese to reinforce their forward posts.
Legal provisions to ensure the effective enforcement of regulations against adulteration of food and drugs are being made by the Union Health Ministry, it is learnt. Both the Prevention of Food Adulteration and the Drug Acts are expected to be amended suitably at the winter session of Parliament. The amendments would provide, among other things, for a minimum punishment for offences under these Acts. As in the case of the Drugs Act, it is proposed to give the Central Government concurrent powers in regard to the enforcement of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act. The Health Ministry has also drafted legislation to prevent the contamination of foodstuffs by insecticides.
A new set of traffic signals (manual) will be adopted by the Madras State Police from November 1. In the new system there are ten types of signals to deal with different traffic situations, whereas in the present system there are only four types, as contained in Schedule XI of the Motor Vehicles Act. This change is effected to attain uniformity throughout the country in accordance with the decision of the conference of Inspectors-General of Police held in Delhi in 1958. In view of the increasing volume of inter-State vehicular traffic, it was found necessary to adopt a single system of traffic signals.