October 31 & November 1, 1972
SURANJIT, LARMA STAGE WALK-OUT
The Gonoparishad adopts 16 articles with nine minor amendments moved by the members of the ruling party on October 31, 1972. Of the 25 amendments taken up for consideration nine are accepted, five are ruled out and six are not moved and four are moved and rejected by the House. Suranjit Sengupta, NAP ( Mujaffar) and Manobendra Narayan Larma, an independent member from Chittagong Hill Tracts stage a walk-out. Suranjit Sengupa walks-out because his first amendment to article 1 was ruled out by the Speaker. Larma while objecting to the amendment to article 6 moved by Abdur Razzaak Bhuiyan says that Chakma are not Bengalis and as such all the citizens of Bangladesh should not be identified as Bengali as the amendment has sought. The amendment is however carried in the House.
1OM POUND CZECH CREDIT FOR BANGLADESH
Bangladesh and Czechoslovakia sign two agreements in Dhaka on October 31, 1972, providing for Czech assistance for economic development of Bangladesh and mutual cooperation in the filed of science and technology. The first agreement provides for a Czech credit of 10 million pounds for purchase of industrial plants and capital equipment and securing technical assistance from Czechoslovakia for implementation of various projects.
TK 76 CRORE PROVIDED FOR RELIEF SO FAR
The government of Bangladesh has so far provided Tk 76 crore besides money sanctioned from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund and other sources for the relief and rehabilitation of the millions who had suffered at the hands of the Yahya's hordes during the War of Liberation. This money has been provided in the shape of house building grants, test relief grants to the orphans and disabled persons, contingency for the rehabilitation of the affected people.
RECOGNITION BY HONDURAS
Honduras has recognised Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign country. The total number of countries which have so far recognised Bangladesh now stands at 93.
INDO-BANGLADESH PROTOCOL ON WATER TRANSPORT
India and Bangladesh sign a protocol on inland water transport providing trade and transit facilities between the two countries on November 1, 1972. The protocol which will be valid initially for a period of five years thus revives the transit trade facilities on water ways suspended during 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.
SOURCES: November 1 & 2, 1972, issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.