As the tension builds up between India and Pakistan following the recent border battles, Indian cities have been stepping up their civil defence programmes against possible air raids.
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Background: As the tension builds up between India and Pakistan following the recent border battles, Indian cities have been stepping up their civil defence programmes against possible air raids.
The Indian state Governments have increased their hospital building programmes and medical centres, and a 24-hour blood bank centre system has been instituted.
Civil defence officials in Calcutta on Saturday (27 November) launched a drive to recruit more members and distributed helmets to members.
On Saturday afternoon, about 10,000 members of India's Communist Party and the Youth Wing of the Indian Congress Party marched through the streets to the United States consulate, protesting over America's aid programme to pakistan. A strong cordon of police stopped the demonstrators from reaching the consulate offices, and there were no reports of violence.
SYNOPSIS: Civil defence officers in Calcutta have been launching a drive for new recruits as the tension with Pakistan over the recent border troubles increases. State Governments in India have ordered that new hospitals and first aid centres be built, and 24-hour blood banks have been set up to cope with any possible attack.
Most of the new civil defence recruits will be instructed in elementary first aid and will be used to staff the emergency medical centres and blood banks. There are to be more than 12,000 hospital beds in West Bengal, and over 4,000 are earmarked for possible civil defence casualties.
On Saturday, more than 10,000 students, young members of the India Congress Party and Communist Party supporters marched through Calcutta's streets to the offices of the United States Consulate. They were protesting over the American aid programme for Pakistan.
A strong cordon of police prevented the demonstrators from getting too close to the consulate building. The demonstration was peaceful and concentrated on shouting slogans praising the Soviet Union for its support of India, and calling for the release of the captured East Pakistan breakaway leader, Sheikh Mujib Rahman.