September 23, 1972
GENERAL ASSEMBLY AGREES TO BANGLADESH'S MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
The United Nations General Assembly today agrees to discuss the question of admission of Bangladesh during its current session. A recommendation made to this effect by the general committee at the initiative of Yugoslavia was accepted by the Assembly.
In the discussion, Pakistan, China and Albania express their opposition to the consideration of the issue of Bangladesh's admission.
Turkey, Iran and Nigeria take the stand that an opportunity should be given to the parties concerned to settle their differences in terms of the UN resolutions before considering the admission of Bangladesh in the Assembly.
Belgium, which had supported Bangladesh in the Security Council and also at the meeting of the General Assembly, says that this is an inopportune time to consider the question. The Belgian delegation feels that any immediate discussion would endanger the "intricate process of detente and reconciliation" in the Subcontinent.
DRIVE AGAINST CORRUPTION WILL CONTINUE
The government's drive against corruption, nepotism and misuse of power will continue, say government sources. So far, 44 members of constituent assembly have been stripped of their membership on charges of corruption and favouritism. The government has also suspended six officials, including two chairmen of autonomous organisations, for dereliction of duty and misconduct. Meanwhile the law-enforcing agencies imposed a curfew and launched combing operations in a bid to stop smuggling and eliminate the anti-social elements.
FIRST BANGLADESH CONSIGNMENT OF MOLASSES TO INDIA
The first railway consignment carrying 1,200 tonnes of molasses from Bangladesh arrives at Naihati in 24-Pargana district today. Another rake of 60 wagons loaded with molasses is on its way to India from Bangladesh.
SOURCES: September 25, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.