May 2&3, 1972
BANGABANDHU VISITS DEFENCE MINISTRY
On May 2, 1972 Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visits defence ministry. He meets with the senior staff of the ministry. He is accompanied by defence secretary, Chief of Staff Colonel Shafiullah and Colonel Khaled Mosharraf, among others.
JAPANESE DELEGATION CALLS ON BANGABANDHU
A Japanese delegation calls on Bangabandhu on May 2, 1972 at his official residence. They discuss various issues related to the reconstruction of war-torn Bangladesh, rehabilitation of the displaced people and trade between the two countries.
BANGABANDHU'S FOUR-DAY VISIT TO NORTH BENGAL
Bangabandhu will leave for North Bengal on a four-day visit on May 8, 1972. He will visit Bogura, Rajshahi, Pabna and Rangpur on the tour. Tofael Ahmed, political secretary of the prime minister, will accompany him.
GOVERNMENT PLANS HEALTH SYSTEM OVERHAUL
The government declares today that the healthcare system will be overhauled. Under this scheme, all the 14 health service departments including family planning, TB control and rural health will be brought under a single authority. The government will also set up a health centre at each thana. At present there are 65 rural health centres in the country. These centres will be upgraded to thana health centres. There will be 20-25 beds in each health service centre.
BANGLADESH FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS ON INDIRA GANDHI
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdus Samad Azad calls on Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on May 2, 1972. Indian Foreign Minister Swaran Singh and Chairman of the policy planning committee of the Indian external affairs ministry DP Dhar were also present at the meeting. They discuss various bilateral and international issues including recently concluded Indo-Pak emissary level talks.
SEVERE SHORTAGE OF FISH IN CITY MARKETS
There has been an acute shortage of fish in the city markets for the last couple of days. Whatever fish are available, are priced very high. For example, the price of a half a kilogramme of hilsa is not less than Tk 4. Fish production in the country has fallen drastically this year. On top of that, the supply remains poor due to weak transportation system.
SOURCES: May 3 & 4, 1972 issues of Ittefaq, The Bangladesh Observer, Azad, Morning News, Dainik Bangla and Purbodesh.