August 7, 1972
BANGABANDHU ACCEPTS SWISS INVITATION
Bangladesh Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman accepts an invitation of the Swiss government for convalescence in that country. The prime minister's doctors also recommend that he go to Switzerland for recuperation. They advise Bangabandhu not to undertake too much travel. Bangabandhu, after his recovery, may hold a conference of Bangladesh envoys in Europe.
The prime minister is making a speedy recovery, informs a health bulletin issued by Bangabandhu's personal physician Dr Nurul Islam.
CABINET REVIEWS LATEST FLOOD SITUATION
The Cabinet today reviews the overall flood situation, particularly the erosion of river banks. The meeting presided over by acting Prime Minister Syed Nazrul Islam decides to face the challenge of erosion with whatever limited resources the country has. The Cabinet takes up the work on protection schemes for towns and cities threatened by erosion, particularly Sirajganj and Chandpur, on a "war footing". The government has already allocated Tk 1 crore as an immediate measure to save the affected areas of Chandpur town.
COLLABORATORS ORDER MAY BE AMENDED
The Collaborators Order is likely to be amended soon by the government to provide for a minimum punishment of five years for those who may be found guilty of charges of collaboration with the Pakistan army during the Liberation War. Most of the members of the Awami League organising committee in its recent meeting urged the government to prescribe a minimum punishment of five years for those found guilty of charges of collaboration. They have also demanded that the collaborators sentenced to death should be shot by firing squad.
2 LAKH TONNES OF FOOD GRAINS FROM INDIA
India will supply 2 lakh tonnes of food grains to meet immediate requirements in the flood-affected areas of Bangladesh, says Indian Minister for Relief and Labour RK Khadilkar in Dhaka today. India has already collected materials for construction of low-cost houses worth Rs 1 crore 36 lakh from West Bengal for Bangladesh, adds the Indian minister.
SOURCES: August 8, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.