Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 25, 1974 · Page 10
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September 25, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 10

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10 · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Stpl. 25. 1974 FAYITTIVILLI, ARKANSAS Raises Fears Of Famine Hunger Gripping West Bengal ; CALCUTTA, India (AP) -Hunger pfticially described as tpe worst in a decade has gripped the back-country villages of West Bengal, raising ffars of widespread famine. : The president of the state's ruling Congress party, Arun K. Ittaitra. estimated 1,000 persons already have died because of food shortages and diseases Connected to malnutrition. 'Thousands of villagers have tuit their huts in hard-hit isp- Ipted areas to beg for food in cjties and towns, their babies in their arms and their possessions in.bundles on their heads. The . slate government has launched an emergency rcliel operation to keep them alive. : '.'We shall deal with this situation on a war footing,'" pledged Sidhartha Shankar Ray, West Bengal chief minis ler. in an interview. ; Scarcity also has attacked ru- ral pockets in seven .other In; dian states, leading to predictions that New Delhi will lave to get massive food im- jorts soon to avoid famine in .he .countryside. The predictions are rein 'orced by estimates from agricultural experts that the fall crop, mostly rice, will be sharply down in West Bengal and the rest of India because of broad areas suffering from drought and lack of fertilizer. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's government already has signed deals for importing about two million tons of food- grains through December much of it from the Unitec Slates. But the International Wheat Council said last week she will need a total of three million to five million tons to get the nation by until next summer's wheat comes in. Mrs. Gandhi's envoys abroad laye quietly made India's leeds known in the hope of get- ,ing aid and concessionary food sales or loans from the United States, Western -Europe and the Soviet Union. President Ford pledged last week that the United Stales will increase its world food aid but the quanlilies available are expected lo be disclosed only at Hie World Food Conference in Rome in November. Indian officials in New Delhi and slate, officials here in Calcutta have been reticent to cry publicly for help from abroad because the Indian public has oeen told since the good crop years of 1970-71 that the nation is virtually self-sufficient in food. Nowhere has the scarcity hi harder than in the backwarc villages of the West Benga countryside where landless Exhibition Hall b Planned For ; Springdale '· SPRINGDALE Preparations are now being made to build an exhibition hall for Springdale on Rodeo of the fizarks grounds off Old Missouri Hoad. f Chamber of Commerce director. Lee Zachary, said Tuesday that the Chamber's executive board will be presented with a contract that agrees lo operate an exhibition hall to be built by the Rodeo of the Ozarks board. »The board is expected to make a final decision on whc Ui'er to accept the contract at a specially-called meeting this week. ; the proposed building would be constructed in the overflow parking lot across f r o m Parsons Stadium. The 80 foot By 150 foot structure would be financed by the Rodeo boari of directors. ; A large stage would be built ipside the hall. Pointing out tha 1 Springdale now has no such hal for large groups and specia events, Zachary predicted th b'uilding would be well used. · The hall might possibly be completed by next spring, in time lo stage the annual fin a"rls ball, Zachary said. Hi Springdale Receives Official Bicentennial Community Flag SPRINGDALE -- The City of! Springdale received it? designation as a Bicentennial Community, the ninth city in Arkansas to be so honored, in a noon ceremony.Tuesday at the Fireside Inn. Presenting the American devolution Bicentennial Committee's flag to Mayor Park Phillips, Earline Vining of the national bicentennial commillee iredicled that Springdale would have a "fantastic celebration of the nation's 200th birthday." Mrs. Vining, director of the ive-state regional office headquartered in Dallas, Texas that coordinates bicentennial plans, discussed the - effects of the planned celebration. "The bicentennial affords the opportunity for involvement and a coordinated effort from t h e local to the state to the federal levels. It is an opportunity for everyone to become involved." With her to make the flag and plaque presentation was noted that the hall would serve the function of a civic center. The Chamber tried to launcl a civic center project over a year ago out failed when citi zens voted down a millage to finance it. lennis Parker, director of th' Arkansas bicentennial program Mrs.' Parker told the audienc if approximately 75 people tha she was proud of Springdale' application. About the celebration as vhole, she said, "There will b a revival of patriotic spirit sue as this country has not see n a long ti-me." To date. 1,297 cities in th United States have applied fo a n d received bicentennia community status. Master of Ceremonies at th meeting, Lee Zachary sai several ideas have been ir eluded in bicentennial plan Zachary, chairman of the b centennial committee and exc cutive director of the Chambe of Commerce which sponsore Ihe lunch, said further sugge tions from the public are we corned. Project possibilities to dat include repeating a Butterfiel Stage Coach run from St. Loui Mq., to this area, rebuilding Shilo frontier town (Springda used to be called Shilo), inco porating all present activitie such as the annual rodeo in the celebration, and beauti cation programs. NEWS WHILE IT IS NEWS IN THE TIMES rm hands · have b.een caughl a 'vicious grip-of 'high-prices id. unemployment. EATING WEEDS Some have resorted to eating eeds, snails and frogs because ey cannot get the .traditional ce or even the less desirable rude vvheat. · Thousands have oured into towns to-line up at ut-rate kitchens set lip by lo- al merchants. About a month ago Kanai uslinli brought his wife and even children to Calcutta, welling its army of beggars, ecause there was neither food or work for him in their vil- age of Bergram, about 150 :iles -southwest oE the city, hey came by 'train without ckets.. "Even : my employer, a maj- a r i jotedar (middle-class armer), was in difficulty," {ushnti told a visitor to his ampsite on a sidewalk. The family's last, real meal ·as a little rice and lentil soup anded out by a Calcutta shop- eeper. Mrs. Kushnti added va- er to'the mixture'to make it go around for her 25-year-old husband and six children. She only has six to feed now lecause a 6-year-old daughter died soon after the family took up residence on the streetside. "The oaby died eating all this rubbish," said Kushnti. "We couldn't give her milk." The plight of families like the Cushntis has been an annual lardship in West Bengal for years during the lean time be- ween spring planting and the rice harvest in late October; But in past years thousands of landless laborers could count on rice loans from farmers to ide them over until harvest ;ime, when they repaid the oans with their work. Or they could get enough food to squeeze by from government ration shops where grains are sold at subsidized prices. This year, however, high prices -- up 100 per cent to 40 cents a kilogram (2.2 pounds) in some areas -- have enticed the farmers to sell their stocks to traders who take the food to cities where the cash is. Rice loans are out this year, and the landless can't afford' the 'high market -'prices. In addition, the government ration shops have been unable to give more than a few hundred grams a week--enough to eat for three days out of the seven--because of inadequate government procurement. The rpsiilf* hnntfrv nprmt , : : MAfflNlHCBNT MITTENS Camel Patent- Navy Patent Red Patent Grey Patent Black Patent 20 Crushed Gold $·1100 21 1. Lightweight/ padded leather sole. 2. Foam cushioned insole. 3. Flexible comfort all day. Style, fit, value and comfort! What more can you say. Try 'cm, you'll like 'cm. Mittens...in a variety of colors. Come in today. 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