Akali agitation to end
Master Tara Singh, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, said in New Delhi on January 9 that since the Punjab government had lifted all restrictions relating to the Punjabi Suba agitation, “our agitation will also shift from demonstrative to persuasive and constitutional means.” He told Pressmen: “I welcome the steps taken by the government and consider this gesture as a step towards the solution of the longstanding problem”. The Punjab government granted amnesty to Akali prisoners, excepting those involved in violence. This will result in the release of 5,000 Akali prisoners. The Akali leader claimed that the agitation was never launched by the Akali Dal and “the government which imposed restrictions and bans were responsible for it.”
Production of sugar
Mr. D.D. Puri, president of the Indian Sugar Mills' Association, said in Hyderabad on January 8 that they were in the throes of a crisis of sugar surplus as against shortage last year. Unless internal consumption was increased, the industry was going to be affected, as there were difficulties in export, he added. Speaking at a party given by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry to the members of the Development Council for Sugar industry, Mr. Puri said they were likely to face a serious situation by the middle of the year. They were now in a position to supply sugar to ancillary industries at concessional rates. They proposed that excise duty should be levied only on consumption of sugar and not on those industries which used sugar as the principal component.
Gun produced at Ishapore
Mr. V.K. Krishna Menon, Defence Minister, presented a double barrel 12 bore shot gun made by the Ordnance Factory, Ishapore, to General A.H. Nasution, Minister of National Security, Indonesia. Mr. Menon also presented a pair of field glasses made in the Ordnance factories to each member of General Nasution's party. Present at the presentation ceremony were Sardar Surjeet Singh Majithia and Mr. K. Raghuramiah, Deputy Defence Ministers, the three Service Chiefs and the Defence Secretary, Mr. O. Pulla Reddi.