World Tamil Conference in January in Chennai. Sanctioned Rs. 9 lakh for Tirukkural research in universities of the State. In April and May, went to United States at the invitation of the US government. Visited Japan too. Was conferred the honorary doctorate degree by the Annamalai University in September. On September 10, left for New York for treatment. On September 16, Theodore Miller, surgeon in the Manhattan Memorial Hospital, New York, operated upon CNA for cancer in the gullet. Returned to Chennai on November 6. Against the medical advice, CNA addressed a function on December 1 to mark the renaming of the State.