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dated 7th May 1952: Dr. Rajendra Prasad

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was, on May 6, declared elected as the first President of the Indian Union under the new Constitution by an overwhelming majority. Even those who contested the election made it clear that they did not question his personal worth or ignore the fact that he had conducted himself in his exalted office with great distinction. Excerpts from the day's Editorial: "The uncontested election of Dr. Radhakrishnan to the office of Vice-President has been welcomed all over the country and not least in his own State. It is not merely a recognition of his great prestige and many-sided distinction; it is expressive of India's faith in the possibility of a rational solution of the disagreements and misunderstandings that today divide the world into a number of armed camp."

Nepal and India

Mr. M.P. Koirala, Nepalese Prime Minister, said in Kathmandu that Nepal was having most cordial relations with India. Nepal had made requests for India's assistance on all kinds of matters and India had met them with readiness to help, he said. The latest instance of Indian help was the sending of the military mission at Nepalese request to reorganise the Army and Defence and the financial help to Nepal.

Mr. Koirala referred to certain anti-Indian expressions in Nepal and said these need not cause any concern to the Indians. The Indian Military Mission had been subjected to fantastic propaganda that in its guise thousands of troops had come to Kathmandu. When that exaggeration did not sustain itself the Prime Minister said, the critics had started that thousands of troops had come from India to West Nepal's Pokhra district. All this is nonsense, he said adding that the total strength of mission officers and staff would be about 120.

Pulitzer awards

"The Canine Mutiny" by Herman Wouk and "The Shrike" by Joseph Kramm received the 1952 Pulitzer Prize awards in fiction and drama, it was announced in New York. The Journalism prize "for meritorious public service" when to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

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