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dated September 25, 1951: George VI undergoes surgery

King George underwent re-section surgery in Buckingham Palace on the 23rd. A major part of a lung was removed. The monarch was reported to be restful. ``Whist anxiety must remain for some days, the King's immediate post-operative condition is satisfactory,'' said a medical bulletin. The operation was carried out by the noted chest surgeon, Dr. Clement Price Thomas.

Government machinery and the Congress

Mr. F. G. Natesa Iyer of Woriur, Trichy, said in a letter to the Editor: ``Having read, with pride and patriotic enthusiasm, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's assurance that absolute impartiality will be ensured by the government and by the Congress in the coming elections, and that only men of integrity, character, and capacity would be selected as candidates, I am constrained to state that the Tamizhnad Congress Election Committee, which began its work in Tiruchirappalli recently is off to a bad start, which, if not corrected, is bound to vitiate the promises made by the Congress president-cum-Prime Minister. The committee met in a private house which became the concern of the local municipality to clean and make fit for the occasion, as the Chief Minister and two Ministers came. Secondly, the national flag with Ashoka Chakra was flown in the compound against all orders of Government against its misuse. Third, because of the presence of the Chief Minister and Ministers, the Police Department from top to bottom was all over the house, its compound and the streets leading to the place, with what effect on the public it may well be imagined. Fourth, the Chief Minister used the Government car of his office, with the national flag on its bonnet, although he attended this meeting and a public meeting in the evening as a member of the Congress party, and not in his capacity as Chief Minister.

Gandhi picture postcards

The Posts and Telegraphs Department was to issue, on the 2nd of October, four picture post-cards in Hindi, depicting aspects of the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Selected from the photo collection of Kanu Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma, the four attractively toned cards were to be sold at an anna and a half each.

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