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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, December 16, 1974 Plight of Bangladesh desparate By BERNARD WEINRAUB New York Times Service DACCA, Bangladesh After three years' existence Bangladesh has a bankrupt economy. Thousand of her people have died of star- vation, and corruption, entwined with a chaotic bureaucracy, is continuing to thwart development. There are political killings and violence. Three years ago the United Nations estimated that Bangladesh would need billion in foreign assistance to recover from the violence that accompanied her birth nine months of Pakistani army terror and three weeks of war that destroyed crops and wrecked factories, bridges, railways and dwellings. The independence of Bangladesh, the former eastern wing of Pakistan, was greeted with a burst of euphoria here and an outpour- ing of international support. By next summer nearly billion will have been com- mitted, but to the increas- ing sorrow of donors the na- tion has failed to develop a governmental structure, is mired in corruption and has yet to shape a coherent agricultural policy to cope with the birth rate. Per capital income is to a year about the lowest in the world Bengalis, relief officials and diplomats are alternately despondent and alarmed about the dimensions of the problems in the most overcrowded nation in the world. A United Nations of- ficial com'.iented: "What may happen-in the 1960's in In- dia and the rest of South Asia is happening here right now." A senior Bengali economist said: "I have lost hope. I don't know what will happen next. Even I find it difficult to feed my own family. I see no change here except for the worse." A prominent official said: "It's not only desperate but tragic. It's desperate because of a combination of inter- national and national events, and it's tragic because of what's happening to our people. Look outside, look on the streets." Thousands have died of starvation, largely because of floods that devastated the summer crop. The price of coarse rice has increased by 240 per cent in the last year. Thousands of farmers have NOTICE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE REFUSE COLLECTION RESIDENTIAL DATE COLLECTION DECEMBER 21 Regular Monday DECEMBER 23 Regular Tuesday DECEMBER 24 Regular Wednesday DECEMBER 30 Regular Thursday plus Monday DECEMBER 31 Regular Friday plus Tuesday JANUARY 2 Regular Wednesday plus Thursday COMMERCIAL DECEMBER 24 Central Business District Larger Commercial Outlets DECEMBER 26 RESTAURANTS SANITARY LANDFILL HOURS DECEMBER 25 Closed DECEMBER 26 Closed JANUARY 1 Closed sold their pots and pans, their bullocks, even their land to buy food, and are now forlorn squatters in the villages. The streets of Dacca are filled with women begging for money and children carrying naked, often frighteningly thin infants. Hungry families sit silently by. A woman carrying a dead child wails outside the building that, houses the American embassy. The population is growing by three per cent, or two million, a year. Nearly 80 million people live in an area the size of Wisconsin, which has a population of less than five million. At the present rate of growth Bangladesh will at least double in popula- tion in two decades. "It is impossible to think that the population level will be compatible with anything other than the merest survival on the basis of an inter- national the World Bank has reported. The prime minister, Sheik Mujibur Rahman, has made only one brief reference to birth control in speeches over the last three years. A popula- tion control plan, to send health workers with family planning materials into rural areas, was to start last summer but remains sidetracked. A West German team arrived recently for a scheduled two week visit to work out a program to assist birth control efforts: it left after a week saying, in effect, that when the nation was serious about population con- trol it would return. Government officials, who concede that Bangladesh is vulnerable and ailing, say that geographic and historic fac- INCOME TAX COURSE BY CORRESPONDENCE You can Earn Extra Income Learn how to prepare the new Tax Forms and become an INCOME TAX CONSULTANT For Full Details, Contact CANADIAN SCHOOL OF TAX ACCOUNTING 150 EGLINTON AVENUE E. TORONTO. ONTARIO M4P 1 E8 tors 25 years of exploitation by the Pakistani government, and periodic cyclones, floods and left her shattered. Bangladesh was part of Pakistan when the Moslem state was created in 1947 at the end of British rule on the subcontinent. The western wing, where the government was based, received the bulk of development funds, foreign aid, public works projects and industry. The eastern wing, 000 miles across India, was sapped of its resources, which paid to help develop the west, and the Bengalis were left to the mercies of the Punjabis of the west. Bengali grievances explod- ed three years ago, resulting in the breakup of Pakistan. "Before the war we never had the chance to develop our political leaders, bureaucrats, a senior of- ficial explained. "Except for a few telephones and a tall buildings in Dacca, we had nothing. We are like a medieval society, a village society." "The war was a shattering he continued. "Eighty per cent of our managers were non Bengalis, and they left. Our civil servants were non Bengalis. If there is cor- ruption and lethargy now if people don't have a vision of society it's because we never had the experience to build on." A lawyer and prominent in- tellectual voiced a different view, one widely held: "These people have created a society of plunder. They have never made money in their lives, and suddenly they are in charge of factories and giving out licenses and permits. CHARLES GETS AWARD YEOVILTON, England (AP) Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, com- pleted Thursday a three-, month helicopter training course and won a trophy put up by a brewery for the stu- dent making most progress. PHOTO CHARGEX Phone 328-6661 Closed Mondays Open Tnurs. Until 9 p.m. master charge I FLASH! A great gift idea! ALL FLASH UNITS IN STOCK Manufacturer's suggested list prices. Keystone 60-SECOND EVERFLASH Color or Black and White pictures in seconds. Built-in electronic more bulbs. OFF LIST PRICE Reg. list M 04" SPECIAL 50 ONLY' Kiss "PORTABLE" sound goodbye Plug The Amazing New Tape-Mitter into Your Portable Cassette Or FM Radio When tape-mitter is tuned to your AM radio, you get the quality sound from your car radio or hi-fi system. No wires! No installation! No fuss! No maintenance! The most amazing development since the crystal radio. TAPE-MITTER the sound of the cassette through any AM tiome or car system. The better the speaker system, the better the sound! Yes, even up to Concert Hall FM TAPE-MITTER into any portable FM Radio turn any car or home AM Radio into an FM Radio at a fraction of the cost of car equipment. No installation. EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORS PORTABLE TAPE-MITTER into the ear- phone jack of your portable TV. The sound now comes through your AM radio to your hi-fi speak- ers, SO MANY MORE USES. Tape lectures, talks, sales pitches; portable record player sound improve- ment. Suggest list _ A95 Influential columnist This is Walter Lippman, the famed newspaper columnist, who died on the weekend at the age of 85. One of the most influential political writers of his time, the Pulitzer-prize winning Lippmann had been ailing and confined to a wheelchair for some time. He died in New York. Turner made 'honest9 error VANCOUVER (CP) Premier Dave Barrett says Finance Minister John Turner made an "honest mistake" in his budget proposal to put extra taxes on suppliers of natural gas to British Columbia Corp. The mistake resulted, the premier says, because of bureaucratic confusion at the federal level. Premier Barrett said at a news conference that B.C. had followed an agreement worked out with Energy Minister Donald MacDonald. Mr. Turner's proposal would have meant that suppliers of gas to B.C. petroleum would have been taxed at a fair market price set by Ottawa rather than on the price paid by the corporation, ranging from 22 to 33 cents a thousand cubic feet. Premier Barrett said that Mr. MacDonald said at the time the price of export natural gas was raised to a thousand cubic feet, that B.C. Petroleum Corp. could keep the increase from the previous 58 cents if it negotiated a free market price with the producers. "It wasn't an order from (Mr.) MacDonald and (Mr.) Turner. I don't think (Mr.) Turner deliberately set out to create difficulty." He said he maintained his position that he would let resource prices rise to the world level provided the resources are owned by the federal government. Spoiled ballots reason for defeat FARGO, N.D. (AP) Democratic candidate William Guy says that ballots with more than one vote were the major reason for his narrow loss to Republican incumbent Milton Young in their U.S. senate race last month. At a news conference, the former North Dakota governor said he had lost more than votes because voters had marked the name of an independent candidate as well as his own on their ballot papers. In contrast, he said, there were only about 700 spoiled ballots involving double votes for Young and one of the other Candidates. "By voter preference, I won the election, but by the technicality of election law, I lost Guy said. Guy said he has no plans to challenge a recount of the election results, but did not close the door completely to future legal action concerning the election. The North Dakota Canvassing Board certified Young's election Friday by a margin of 186 votes following a recount of the November contest. The board said Young officially had votes to for Guy. However, Democratic State Party Chairman Richard Ista of Fargo, one of the members of the canvassing board, refused to sign the certification statement. "I do not think a winner has been selected through this he said in Bismarck. Ista said a number of the paper ballots not initialed by election officials had been accepted during the recount and said he considers this a violation of state law. Wins vote of confidence ATHENS, Greece (AP) Premier Constantine Caramanlis won his first vote of confidence Saturday since his resounding victory at the polls three weeks ago. Parliament voted 217 for and 78 against his. government's policies with five deputies absent. It was a roll call vote with deputies voting along strict party lines. Caramanlis presented his government's program Wednesday and three days of debate followed. YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used I COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 f NOTICE! To Lethbridge Herald Advertisers: The LctMnidgc Herald YEAR-END PICTURE PARADE Will be Published TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31st This popular once a year feature offers your firm the opportunity to intro- duce members of your sales staff to over Lethbridge Herald read- ers at a very reasonable cost. The Lethbridge Herald Photographers will be available to take pictures at your convenience and by appointment! For further information call the Display Advertising Department! Clip and Mail this Form or Telephone 328-4411 The Lethbridge Herald YEAR-END PICTURE PARADE P.O. Box 670, Lethbridge YES, we wish to be included in the Year-End Picture Parade Name Address Telephone We will be available for picture taking We will require........pictures to be taken Date...................... Time (Deadline for'Picture Taking is December 23rd) ;