(dated January 11, 1963)
Pakistan leaning to Peking
There is much speculation about the “border” agreement between Pakistan and China announced on the eve of the first round of Indo-Pakistan talks on Kashmir and other related matters held at Rawalpindi recently. It is generally assumed that a shift is noticeable in the foreign policy of Pakistan inasmuch as despite her membership of the South-East Asia Treaty Organisation she is gradually coming closer to Communist China. How long this trend will last, it is difficult to foretell. But the report that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Mohammed Ali, is visiting Peking in the near future, is considered significant in the existing situation. Legally, Pakistan has no “common border” with China. The only common border which the recent Sino-Pakistan provisional agreement seeks to cover is the frontier between the Gilgit-Skardu region of Kashmir and the Sinkiang province of China.
Small-pox in Calcutta
Fifty-two persons died of small-pox in the city during the week ended January 5 as against 28 the week before, it is officially learnt. Health authorities received reports of 66 attacks as against 50 in the previous week. A high official of the Calcutta Corporation told PTI that small-pox might be declared in an epidemic form in the city next week if this trend continued. Calcutta had small-pox in an epidemic form in 1957, he added.
Production of drugs
The problem of spurious drugs has assumed serious proportions in recent times, according to the Union Minister for Health, Dr. Sushila Nayyar, who inaugurated in Madras the first meeting of the recently constituted Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee.
The legal aspect in regard to the procurement of gold held by temples in Kerala for investment in Gold Bonds was under the consideration of the Government. Mr. M.P. Govindan Nair, Minister in charge of Religious Endowments, gave this information in a written answer in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. Asked whether the Government had any suggestions to make about these gold deposits, the Minister replied in the negative.