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dated November 4, 1960
dated November 4, 1960

Indo-Ceylon ties

Prime Minister Nehru said on November 3, that the ties between India and Ceylon were “old and enduring” and he had no doubt that the strongest bond between the two countries was the message of Buddha. The ties would “not only endure, but become stronger because their foundations are deep,” he added. Mr. Nehru was speaking at the function to mark the opening of the Buddhist pilgrims' rest-house built by the Ceylon Government, near the New Delhi railway station. The Prime Minister said “the message of peace and non-violence of the Buddha is, apart from its other connotations, perhaps something that is most needed in the present-day world of violence,” Mr. Sena-nayake added.

Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Professor Willard F. Libby of the United States was awarded the 1960 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The Nobel award is for “his method of using carbon-14 for age determination in archaeology, geology, geophysics and other branches of science.” This “radio-active calendar” method enables scientists to determine the age of human or animal remains up to 30,000 years old.

Lady Chatterley's Lover

A jury of nine men and three women found Penguin Books not guilty under the obscenity laws for publishing an unexpurgated edition of D.H. Lawrence's novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover. The novel deals with a well-bred woman's passionate love affair with her impotent husband's game-keeper. The firm, who deliberately courted prosecution in an effort to have a 32-year-old ban on the book lifted, had pleaded “not guilty”. The defence had called a string of expert witnesses including writers, broadcasters, literary dons, teachers and two clergymen, including a Bishop, to support their contention that the book was not obscene and that, as a work of high literary merit by a leading author, it should be published. The prosecution objected to the many detailed descriptions of the sexual act in the book, and contended that it might corrupt and deprave any reader. There was applause from people at the back of the London court when the verdict was announced on November 2.


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