August 6, 1972
BANGABANDHU'S TALK WITH OFFICIALS
Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today holds important discussions with Bangladeshi officials in London. What is discussed in the meeting cannot be ascertained but sources close to the prime minister inform that the flood situation and food problem are among the important topics. The sources say that the prime minister is very worried about the flood in Bangladesh and he has been keeping in touch with acting Prime Minister Syed Nazrul Islam and other ministers to know details and the measures that have been taken to tackle the situation.
As for Bangabandhu's health condition, the stiches from his gallbladder stone operation are likely to be removed in a couple of days, informs Bangabandhu's personal physician Dr Nurul Islam. "His condition is very good," he adds. Dr Islam hopes that Bangabandhu may leave the clinic in two to three days.
TAJUDDIN'S CALL TO CHINA
Finance and Planning Minister Tajuddin Ahmad calls upon the People's Republic of China to recognise the reality of Bangladesh. He says that China had made a mistake by not supporting the liberation struggle. "Even then, we don't hold any grudge against them," he adds.
On aid from capitalistic countries the minister says it is advisable that Bangladesh takes it as less as possible. The finance minister also appeals to people to observe austerity in their day-to-day lives.
EROSION THREATENS CHANDPUR TOWN
Four salt factories have been eaten up by the Meghna erosion in Chandpur. Puran Bazar is also facing threat of total extinction from erosion. The overall flood situation in the northern part of the country is improving as water is receding.
RELIEF TALKS WITH INDIA
The three-day conference between Bangladesh and India on refugee rehabilitation and relief requirements concludes today. The Indian team is led by Relief and Labour Minister RK Khadilkar while the Bangladeshi side is headed by Relief and Rehabilitation Minister AHM Kamaruzzaman.
SOURCES: August 7, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.