October 17, 1972
BANGLADESH GRANTED PERMANENT OBSERVER STATUS
Bangladesh has become a permanent observer of the United Nations, informs a spokesman for UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim. Bangladesh is the seventh permanent observer. Kurt Waldheim's office says permanent observer status is granted on the basis of participation in UN bodies and acceptance as a nation by the international community. The other permanent observers in the UN are West Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, South Vietnam and the Vatican.
ALPP BODY TO SCRUTINISE AMENDMENTS
Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman maintains today that the draft constitution is an excellent one but at the same time he welcomes any amendment or suggestion that could further improve it or would be deemed beneficial for the country. The prime minister, who is also leader of the House, addresses a meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) which meets at the Engineers Institute to process the amendments to the draft constitution sought to be moved by the MCAs from the party.
Bangabandhu assures the MCAs belonging to the party that they would find adequate opportunities to discuss proposals for reasonable changes in the draft constitution at the ALPP meeting.
STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO ENSURE FAIR POLLS
Bangabandhu provides categorical assurance that the government would do everything possible to ensure free and fair elections in the country. While talking to a delegation of labour leaders, which calls on the prime minister at the Gono Bhaban today, Bangabandhu says that certain disruptive forces are trying to create chaos and confusion in the country. The administration would deal with these anti-people elements with iron hands. The members of the delegation point to the political murders going on at different pockets in the country and say these killings would have direct bearing on the forthcoming polls. The prime minister also thinks that such killings would negate the democratic traditions in the country.
SOURCES: October 18, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.