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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, January 13, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Future of Bangladesh democracy in doubt DACCA (Reuter) Amid starvation, economic chaos, administrative disruption and armed extremists, the introduction of a state of national emergency has given rise to apprehensions about the future of democracy in Bangladesh. Widespread fears have grown that Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman may use the new emergency powers to suppress op- position. The measures give the government wide powers to censor the news media, intercept mail, ban strikes and political par- ties, and deport foreigners. Fundamental constitutional rights have been suspended. On the other hand, the powers also provide tough measures, including the death penalty, to punish economic offenders such as the hoarders, profiteers and smugglers, crippling this new country of 75 million persons. An air of uncertainty is obvious as the ad- ministration, widely considered inefficient, struggles to keep the country and itself afloat. Critics of the government, such as the leader of the tiny parliamentary opposition, Ataur Rahman Khan, say democracy is almost dead now. However, despite fears of political suppression, not much has happened since the national emergency was declared Dec. 28. Main speculation on the reason why the emergency was proclaimed concerns possibility of Sheikh Mujib installing a presidential form of government with a prime minister under him, at least to retain the image of father-of-the-country amid all the troubles, including a crisis within his own ruling Awami League party. Bangladesh was created three years ago after a civil war in which it broke away from Pakistan. Since then there has been little respite for its hungry millions, many of whom have been living by sheer will to exist. One relief organization in Dacca, the Anjuman-e-Mufudil Islam, says it is burying unclaimed bodies of persons who starved to death at the rate of between 20 and 30 a day in the capital. The inflation rate makes last year's 30-per- cent rise in Indian prices relatively in- significant. The highly-overvalued Bangladesh curren- cy, the taka, is still tumbling. Foreign cur- rencies, including the Indian rupee, fetch a premium of between 150 and 200 per cent on the thriving unofficial market. Bureaucratic mishandling, and lack of foreign exchange to pay for machinery and spare parts, are crippling what there is of in- dustry. All this has only given a new cutting edge to already rampant corruption, hoarding and profiteering. The government says it needs all the powers granted it in the emergency or- der to fight these evils, as well as extremists and alleged pro Pakistani elements. There is no doubt that armed extremist groups, most of them politically ultra-left, pose a problem for Sheikh Mujib. In a speech last month he said that members of his Awami League had been killed by these groups in the last three years. But some senior opposition leaders, even while condemning violence, argue that the guerrillas were not killing at random. They were picking mostly Awami League men and those they considered guilty of corruption, the opposition says. f t CIA transportation probe sparks laughs in London Herald London Bureau LONDON Peals of hysterical laughter rang through the swaying car- riages of London's subway trains as commuters read of a plan by the mighty CIA to steal the secrets of the city's underground transport system. "Blimey, mate, they're wel- come to cart the whole ruddy lot off to said one bowler-hatted stockbroker's clerk, wiping his eyes clear of tears of merriment. The CIA conspiracy turned out to be one of those rare is- sues that causes London tube travellers to talk to each other instead of gazing at advertise- ments for jobs as bank clerks. "The only secret we've got is how to make passengers grow beards as they wait for said one rather dis- loyal train guard. said a typist with acne. "We can show the Yanks how to keep filthy, old carriages in service long after they belong to the junk heap." The only person in Britain who seemed to take the spy threat seriously was Labor MP William who said he would ask the prime minister about the alleged CIA plan to have American businessmen spy on air and land transportation developments in Britain, Canada, West Germany, France and the Soviet Union. British scientists said they didn't know what the CIA hoped to find out that isn't already public knowledge. Apart from the London sub- way, which is fluently cursed daily because chronic staff shortages make service inter- mittent, the Central Intelligence Agency is said to be interested in tracked air- cushion vehicles, magnetic levitation vehicles and engines using unususal fuels such as hydrogen. Professor Eric Laithwaite, of the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, said: "There's not much to be found out about air-cushion vehicles, or hovercraft, in Britain now because the thickheads in our national government have killed all research by refusing money." Professor Fred Eastham, of Aberdeen University, who for months has been developing a magnetic levitation rapid transit system, said: "They don't need spies to find out what's going on in magnetic levitation research. 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