The Chinese Red Cross will hand over to the Indian Red Cross at Bomdi La on December 5, 64 sick and wounded Indian prisoners. Originally, it was announced that 53 prisoners would be handed over. But according to a later communication received by the Indian Red Cross from the Chinese Red Cross Association, one of the Indian prisoners had died, reducing the number to 52. The Chinese Red Cross have, however, informed that they would hand over another 12 sick and wounded prisoners, making the total 64. An official spokesman said that the Indian Red Cross Association had asked for certain facilities like transport to enable them to take charge of the prisoners and the Government had agreed to provide the facilities.
Production of tyres
Mr. R. Venkataraman, Minister for Industries, hailed Indo-American co-operation in the field of industrial development when he commissioned the main plant of the Rs. two-crore Madras Rubber Factory at Tiruvottiyur. The occasion was availed of by the management of the Company to present to the Government 101 truck tyres (valued about Rs.50,000) manufactured in their pilot plant as a gift to the Defence Fund. The presentation was made by Mr. K.M. Cherian, Chairman of the Factory. Mr. T.S. Ramanujam, on behalf of the workers, gave a contribution of Rs.1,025, being their one day’s wages for the Fund.
The Government of Pondicherry have finalised the sale deed of the house in Easwaran Koil Street in Pondicherry, where the great Tamil Poet and Patriot Sri C. Subramania Bharathi had lived for quite a number of years during his political exile in Pondicherry. The house was purchased at a cost of Rs.30,000 and will be preserved by the Government as a fitting memorial to the great poet. A library and a museum would be attached to it. Mr. L. Nathan, President of the State Congress, praised Mr. C.E. Bharathan, Counsellar for Education, and the Government of Pondicherry for having successfully negotiated the purchase of the historic house in which the great Poet had lived.