Billion-dollar arms aid
A decisive point in Indo-U.S. arms negotiations seems now to have been reached with the arrival here of the Boothalingam mission. This ten-man preparatory group composed of senior army, air force and defence production experts is here with concrete proposals. A forerunner of the mission led by Mr. T.T. Krishnamachari, the present mission will place before their counterparts in the U.S. Defence Department their evaluation of arms and equipment required to be imported or produced within India to meet the specific threat posed by China. The mission is expected to adopt a flexible approach when arguing India’s case. The Americans are expected to place before the visiting team their own assessment as contained in U.S. Air Defence Mission report and the U.S. Defence production team report said to have been devised on the initiative of Mr. Krishnamachari.
Vital role of statistics
Prof. Mahalanobis, Director, Indian Statistical Institute, said on Monday that it was the policy of the Institute to establish high-level research units in both natural and social sciences with facilities for research and training in the use of statistical methods in practice. Addressing the second convocation of the Institute on April 16, he said statistics was the new technology of the present age. The scope of statistics extended over the whole range of natural and social sciences. Prof. Mahalanobis said that with regard to the subject of history, there was an integrated programme of studying the social, cultural, economic and political developments of modern India. Arrangements were being made for a first-hand study of historical records in different parts of India.
Supply of cement
There is a regular scramble for cement, which is now in short supply, and the Office of the Cement Controller in Mount Road is virtually besieged every day by people, who require small quantities of cement for repairs to their houses. Though, on an average, over 200 people queue up daily there, the strength on April 16 was over 600. The reason was that last month’s quota had not arrived in time.