CORPORATIONS: Electronic Brainpower

In the primitive mountain kingdom of Nepal, crunched between India and China, there are only 250 telephones, most of which connect the palace of 38-year-old King Mahendra with those of the Ranas, hereditary Prime Ministers. For the rest of its communications, Nepal depends on foot-runners, drum flourishes which announce major events, and one broadcasting station. This week Chicago's Cook Electric Co. was signed up by the International Cooperation Administration to bring modern communications to Nepal. Under a $1.5 million contract, Cook will set up a 1,500-line telephone system and a 50-station...

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