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(dated June 29, 1963)

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(dated June 29, 1963)
(dated June 29, 1963)

Inland water transport

The Union Ministry of Transport and Communications is taking “effective steps” for the development of inland water transport in Kerala and Assam. A Directorate is also being set up in the Ministry to study how best inland water transport can be developed and in which parts of the country. This was stated in Bombay on June 28 by Mr. Raj Bahadur, Minister of State in the Union Ministry of Transport and Communications, in his address to the 35{+t}{+h}annual meeting of the Indian Roads and Transport Development Association. Mr. Raj Bahadur said that the Government had under consideration a scheme for extension of the canal system of Kerala between Badagara and Mahe to serve the rich copra-coir hinterland.

Indo-Pakistan hotline

Pakistan’s External Affairs Minister, Mr. Bhutto, said on June 27 that India and Pakistan should have a “hotline” similar to the one agreed to between America and the Soviet Union. In a statement he said Pakistan welcomed the “hotline” between Washington and Moscow because it facilitated contact. Any form of contact between people holding different points of view and considered adversaries was a good thing. Only by greater contact, Mr. Bhutto said, people understood each other and reduced tension. He added: “In principle it is a sound development because today it is between Washington and Moscow, tomorrow it may be between Washington and Peking. These are developments in the interest of peace which reduce dangers of conflict.”

Government hotels

Mr. Raj Bahadur, Union Minister for Tourism, said on June 28 the Central Government were considering starting hotels in important cities in co-operation with State Governments. Indians abroad were ready to invest in this “joint venture”. He said the Centre had acquired a site in Bombay near Nariman Point and would approach the State Government for setting up a “fashionable hotel.” They did not want to hand it over to private parties, as it would lead to “unwanted criticism.” The Minister said the Government in consultation with the States had introduced all-India permits for visiting tourists.


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