Dated June 19, 1963
No persecution of Chinese
The Government of India have rejected as baseless Peking’s allegations of ruthless persecution of Chinese nationals in India. In a series of notes exchanged with the Chinese Government since May 16, the Government have pointed out the co-operative attitude adopted in the matter of repatriation of Chinese nationals and have contrasted it with Peking’s refusal to allow any representative of the Indian or International Red Cross to visit camps of Indian prisoners of war in China. The Government have also charged the Chinese Government with deliberately preventing the restoration of normal relations between the two countries by continuously indulging in poisonous propaganda against India.
Admissions on donations
A very disquieting factor has emerged in a survey made of the problem of admissions to schools [in Madras] this year. This relates to the method adopted by some well-known school managements of demanding a premium from parents seeking admission for their children in the schools. The practice seems to be prevalent both in the boys’ and girls’ schools – in elementary as well as high schools. Parents complain that what the Government try to accomplish by way of making education available even to the poorest in the land – by offering fee scholarships and other concessions – is nullified by the demand for donations. One parent complained that he had to pay Rs.15 for getting his daughter admitted, of all things, in the First Standard of an elementary school! Now, while this person is in fairly well-to-do circumstances, another person, an attender in an office in Mount Road, was asked to pay Rs. 25 for a seat for his daughter in the IV Class.
Sikh religious body
The no-confidence motion sponsored by 30 members of the Master Tara Singh group, with the object of dislodging Sant Chanan Singh, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee President, his executive committee and other office-bearers belonging to the Sant Fateh Singh group, was defeated by a margin of 19 votes at a specially summoned SGPC general body meeting in Amritsar on June 18.