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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Canada appoints military attache to Iran Have you seen This is the latest picture of Cindy the four-year-old Hamilton girl who has been missing for five days The taken by her mother within the last two shows her in the backyard of the apartment building from which she dis- appeared Hospital medicine racket exposed By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY Govern- ment health inspectors were recently summoned to find out how medicine stocks in a large state-run hospital in Calcutta were disappearing It did not take long for the inspectors to learn that the drugs were finding their way to some of the city's drug stores A check of people waiting for free medicines in the hospital's outpatients depart- ment showed that many were in no way ill They were agents of drug stores depending on government hospitals for their supplies The Times of India News Service reported that hospital including clerks compounders nurses and even doctors are helping to divert medicines to druggists and private dispensaries In some said the news almost a fourth of the drugs supplied to public hospitals are stolen Stealing drugs from public hospitals has become big business Dr Rafiq the ener- getic health minister of Maha- rashtra province said the problem has become urgent He told the provincial legislature he has received complaints that 10 to 50 per cent of medicines in govern- ment hospitals in his province are involved Dr Zakana narrated the case of a government doctor who prescribed medicines worth about from the state medical store for his mother-in-law who was hale and hearty The government of West Bengal province has set up a bureau of vigilance and investigation to probe thefts from state medical stores Speaking m the West Bengal Health Minister Ajit Panja said are determined to stop this misuse of resources intended for the poor The guilty will get deterrent punishment A secret inquiry conducted by the West Bengal health ministry yielded facts reported the Calcutta Statesman The paper said some doctors were im- plicated K health minister of Andhra has taken personal charge of the drive against hospital thieves Regulations discussed on new oil tankers WASHINGTON A United States Coast Guard proposal that new American oil tluae carrying Alaskan allowed to operate with single bottoms was given full sup port Tuesday by the federal maritime administration But the a branch of the commerce protested that other parts of the proposed coast guard regulations might interfere with the American shipbuilding program and with attempts to consolidate the functions of crew on American ships The comments came as the coast guard opened two days of public hearings on its proposed rules for construc- tion of new ocean-going oil tankers The rules have already drawn the ire of some en- vironmental groups for failing to require double bottoms The interior department has also been pushing the protec- tive double bottoms because of the increase in oil shipping expected to take place once start Double-bottomed hulls are designed to reduce the chance of oil spills when tankers go aground or collide The route proposed for Alaskan oil would include a stretch through the narrow Juan de Fuca strait between British Columbia and Washington state Neither environmental groups nor the interior depart- ment testified during the first day of although interior is preparing com- ments on the proposed rules The coast guard has propos- ed lessening the chances of oil spills through new operating rules and by requiring new ships to have segregated ballast tanks to reduce the oil discharges now blamed for much of the oil pollution in coastal waters John repre- senting the maritime adminis- told the coast guard the proposed rules might interfere with the ad- ministration's shipbuilding program because they would apply to all ships put into ser- New importance attached to Persian Gulf area OTTAWA An indication of the growing impor- tance of what is happening in the Persian Gulf area has been provided here with news that the Canadian government is sending a military attache to Iran. The defence department said this week that the military attache in the Canadian embassy in is being withdrawn and a military man will be sent to em- bassy in Tehran A spokesman said the Canadian forces have a fixed num- ber of attaches and their location is determined after inter- departmental consultation with external affairs officials He added that Iran was a centre of rapidly increasing in- fluence and power in a strategically important part of the world Boiled that means Canada wants another ear to the ground in an area that supplies some of its oil and much of that of the West and which is regionally influential and a neighbor of the Soviet Union Military attaches are the of men in charge of collecting military intelligence from friends and not-quite friends Most governments accept this and if there is something they want to keep they keep it away from the attache For not long ago Canadian Forces officers messes in Ottawa were warned to guard against Warsaw pact military attaches wandering in for a drink and a listen The attaches meet and exchange information with other attaches and keep in touch with the forces of the government to which they are accredited If they learn they pass it Canada's case to the director-general of in- telligence and secunty The importance of the Iranian appointment is that Canada is joining other countries in recognizing that Iran is becom- ing a major military power in the region It is using its oil riches to procure military about million worth from Canada since 1971 It is near little countries with big oil is com- peting with Iraq and Saudi Arabia for control of the Persian Gulf and indeed is in sporadic conflict with neighboring Iraq It belongs to the almost dormant and American-influenced Central Treaty with Turkey and Paki- stan But officials say in practice it is slowly adopting a pol- icy of neutralism The official policy of independent nationalism has given military preparedness top priority On top of all the country provides a good window into what is happening in the Middle East The military attache in Turkey also is responsible for Lebanon and Jordan but no doubt has been busy- on other matters recently Since oil and the money it generates have become an im- portant consideration of western governments Canada has been upgrading its diplomatic presence in several areas This year it opened an embassy in Saudi Arabia and it plans in the indefinite future to open another in Iraq The em- bassy in which has responsibility for five countries is being expanded Sears Lawn Mower aranc STARTS THURSDAY PERSONAL SHOPPING ONLY CRAFTSMAN ELECTRIC MOWER Non-rusting die cast aluminum deck. wheels. 5 position fingertip height adjusters. 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