Fighting on NEFA border
There was heavy firing on NEFA front on October 10. A spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry giving details said: “In this severe fighting we suffered 17 casualties and the opposing troops suffered heavier casualties.” An official note said that a Chinese sentry threw a grenade at one of the Indian posts. “The Chinese used two-inch mortars, automatic weapons and grenades and are reinforcing their post in our area.” The note makes it clear that the Chinese continue to be on the Indian side of the McMahon Line.
Threat to attack Kennedy
Police arrested a young man who had threatened to assassinate President Kennedy when he arrived to make a speech in Baltimore (Maryland). The man, David Meyer (27), was arrested following an anonymous phone call from a harsh-voiced man to the newspaper Baltimore News Post saying he would assassinate Mr. Kennedy on October 10. Meyer was arrested near the public park where President Kennedy was due to speak several hours later.
Pope John, opening the Vatican Ecumenical Council on October 11 in St. Peter’s basilica, said the Catholic Church considered it her duty “to work actively” for Christian unity. The 80-year-old pontiff told the gathering of 2,500 assembled prelates: “The greatest concern of the Council is that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be guarded and taught more efficaciously.” The Pope said the Church preferred to use “the medicine of mercy” rather than severity in dealing with errors. “She meets the needs of the present day by demonstrating the validity of her teaching rather than by condemnation,” he declared.
A low cost vegetable protein food known as Indian multi-purpose food (a blend of low fat peanut flour and Bengal gram flour fortified with vitamins and minerals) has been developed by the Central Technological Research Institute, Mysore, according to Miss Radha Karnad, Officer on Special Duty (Nutrition) in the Directorate General of Health Services.