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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta I THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Wedn-doy, January 12, 1971 MILK FOR THE NEEDY Children wiih pots, pans and glasi containers try to keep themselves amused while waiting for milk rations at the Salt Lake refugee camp on the suburbs of Calcutta. Very few of the families staying at this camp hove gone back home to Bangladesh. Ordinary people given protection By LUCIEN RAJAKARUNA London Observer Service COLOMBO A revolution- ary Idea aimed at protecting ordinary people from exploita- tion or neglect by bureaucrats and businessmen has just been put into practice here in one Asia's smallest countries. Be- side it such Western notions as the Ombudsman or consumer councils, or even the spectacu- lar operations of Ralph Nader In the United States, seem like half measures. Two thousand People's Com- mittees are being set up throughout the island by Mrs Srimavo Bandaranaike's Gov- ernment. Their joh is to exer- dse vigilance over the activity or inartivity Of Govern- ment departments, local auth- orities, State corporations and other institutions, both public and private. The committees are intended to prevent abuse of authority, waste, neglect of duty and the corrupt misuse of public funds failings for which officials in Asian lands are apt to be notorious. They will also keep an eye on the availability, prices and quality of essential commodities. IDEA NOURISHED Plans for a widespread peo- ple's organization of this sort have been on the agenda of Cey- lon's left wing parties for many years. Pressure for its creation has increased as the power of the island's bureau- cracy, and its aloof indifference to the needs of the citizenry, have grown. Zeal for the idea has also been nourished by the local trading practice of hoard- Ing to cause false shortages and force up prices, and hy the op- erations of a lively black mar- ket. It finally became a live issue at the last general election, won by a United Front made up of such disparate elements as Mrs. Bandaranaike's own moderate Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the Trotskyite Lanka Sama Samaj Party, and the island's pro- Moscow Communist Party. Nothing practical was done, however, until the stunningly Soldier shot in Cyprus NICOSIA (AP) A young Greek Cypriot national guards- man, on.duty along the Green Line dividing the rival Greek ind Turkish Cypriot sectors of Nicosia, was shot dead Monday, i government statement said. This was the first serious hooting incident along the Green Line in more than two years. Armed Greek and Turk- ish Cypriot soldiers are eon- itantly on guard there. The government said the inci- dent occurred when "a Turkish Qypriot fired two bursts of auto- matic weapon fire, wilh no cause whatsoever, against na- tional guardsmen standing in the area of their post in the rtcinity of the green line." The official Turkish Cypriot Radio Bayrak said it was "a lad shooting incident following provocations by Greek Cypriot ulional guardsmen." The radio added lhat Turkish minorities had arrested a Turk- ish Cypriot in conncclion with the Incident and that they were helping the UN peace force in in Investigation. successful students' rebellion ot March to May this year com- pelled toe United Front to take a more active interest in re- forms. But ever now the scheme for People's Committees is bemj executed only in a modified form. The original plan, can- vassed during the election cam- paign, was for elected commit- tees, genuinely aimed at popu- lar participation in the West era form of democracy Ceylon had inherited from its old Brit- ish rulers. But in fact commit- tee members are being nomin- ated by the Member of Parlia- ment in each locality and by the Minister of Public Admin- istration, Local Government and Home Affairs, who will "manage" the scheme. COST TOO MUC1I The case made out by the Government against democra- tic elections says that they would cost too much, besides exacerbating political rivalries and perhaps fostering the re- sentments at the roots of this year's rebellion. Ceylon's right wingers, the United National Party, are per' fectly sure that the People's Committees will institute a vi- cious local dictatorship, giving local cells of the United Front unlimited power to har- ass business peope wlMIe pull- ing their punches when it comes to tacklirg Government and lo- cal authority officials. In reply, the Government points to the high proportion of non parti- san members who are to serve on the committees and who may be expected to interest themsevles solely in the well- being of their neighbors. The ultimate objective is to have People's Committees, with a total membership of al- most They are to be given considerable powers of investigation and search and have been promised the full cooperation of the police. It will obviously need time to es- tablish whether or not Ceylon's bold experiment will bring Hie people closer to the Govern- ment they have elected and give them more control over those who now exert so much influence on the nature of their lives. But if it succeeds merely in reducing even by 10 per cent toe delays now habitual in gov- ernment depart m c n t s, most people in Ceylon will think it been worth while. A-ship retires SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) The nuclear ship Savannah was berthed Monday night in downtown terminal in Savan- nah, ending a 10-year life on the high seas. The ship, first atom- ic-powered vessel, will be used to demonstrate peaceful uses of atomic energy at the Eisen hbwer Peace Centre and Mari- time Showcase in Savannah. The ship was launched in 1939 and made its maiden voyage in 1962. It was built at a cost of million. TREAT TB REGINA (CP) There were 308 patients being treated for tuberculosis in Saskatchewan at the end of September, compared with 345 in 1370, the Saskatche- wan Anti-Tuberculosis League reports. There were 114 new ac- tive cases, compared with in 1970, and 42 persons were read- mitted for treatment. SIMPSONS-SEARS Ski and Hockey Equipment CLEARANCE Pedigree and Simpsons-Sears Ski Jackets Regular .99 Tough nylon shell and lining. 100% Polyester insulation and 100% nylon lining. Ski jacket features hidden hood, 2 way zipper front and elaslicized 'cuffs. Choose your jacket from our large selection in assorted styles and colors. White Stag Ski Pants Over the boot style ski panls are super stretch and water repellent.. Inner stirrup of 2 way stretch fabric and fly front. Reg. 19.99 10.99 Men's White Staff Ski Pants 6 ReB. 22.99 Wade of 31% Helance, 4% Lycra, 65% rayon for juper stretch and water repellancy. "Over the boot" .tyle. Navy, Green, Brown. 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