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(dated April 24 , 1963)

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(dated April 24 , 1963)
(dated April 24 , 1963)

Stir in hall of Parliament

Quite a stir was created in the Central Hall of Parliament on April 23 when Swami Rameshwaranand, a protagonist of Hindi, who is under suspension from the House till the end of the session for trying to obstruct the proceedings attempted to perform what he called ‘Havan’ (Penance). Members sitting in the Central Hall were surprised to find Swami Rameshwaranand making elaborate preparations with vessels, a tumbler of water and small firewood pieces to be lit for ‘Havan.’ Earlier, he had announced that he would burn a copy of the Official Languages Bill. Several members, including Mr. Satyanarain Sinha, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, the two General Secretaries of the Congress, Mr. Panch Hazari and Mr. Raghunath Singh politely, but firmly, told the Swamiji that he should not do the ‘Havan’ within the Parliamentary precincts as it was forbidden.

Periyar supply stopped

The flow of water for power generation from the Periyar Dam would be completely stopped for a period of ten days from midnight to-day, to facilitate the Public Works Department to carry out repairs to the irrigation system in the Periyar ayacut. Since there will be no power generation in the Periyar power house, the Electricity Board has requested the high tension consumers in this region to reduce their consumption from the grid by about 50 to 60 per cent during the period of the closure of the tower house, by staggering their lead during the peak hours between 8 and 11 in the morning and between 4 and 8 hours in the evening every day. The Periyar power house accounts for about 105 megawatts — nearly a third of the total power potential of the State — in the Madras grid.

Russia’s new Sputnik

Russia on April 22 successfully shot another Cosmos Sputnik into space, the second this month and the 15{+t}{+h}in the year-old series. The satellite’s equipment was functioning normally as Cosmos 15 circled the earth every 89.77 minutes at a height of between 107 and 230 miles, Tass reported. The Russians have launched one Cosmos satellite a month since the current series began in March last year.


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