• Short Summary

    TASHKENT WHERE THE KASHMIR TALKS RESUMED TODAY (FRIDAY) IS A THRIVING INDUSTRIOUS CITY. IT IS?

  • Description

    TASHKENT WHERE THE KASHMIR TALKS RESUMED TODAY (FRIDAY) IS A THRIVING INDUSTRIOUS CITY. IT IS PREDOMINANTLY EUROPEAN THOUGH IT RANKS AS THE LARGEST CITY IN CENTRAL ASIA, AND IS THE CAPITAL OF UZBEKISTAN.

    IT HAS A MIXED POPULATION OF MORE THAN A MILLION - NEARLY HALF IS WESTERN RUSSIAN, THE OTHER MAIN GROUP IS UZBEK AND THE TWO MINORITIES ARE UKRAINIAN AND JEWISH.

    WHEN THE TALKS BEGAN ON TUESDAY, NEARLY A THIRD OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY TURNED OUT TO SEE MR KOSYGIN, PRESIDENT AYUB AND MR SHASTRI, AND THE TWO HUNDRED NEWSMEN AND CAMERAMEN FOLLOWING THEM.

    TODAY THEY ARE USED TO THE EXTRA BUSTLE AND THE CITY IS BACK TO ITS DAILY LABOUR. LIKE ALL CITIES IT HAS TWO SIDES - THE OLD THE MODERN. THE PRESENT CENTRE HAS GROWN UP AT THE TOP OF THE HILL WHERE RUSSIAN COLONISERS A CENTURY AGO BUILT THEIR WHITE-WASHED BUNGALOWS ALONG BROAD TREE-LINED STREETS.

    SINCE THEN, TASHKENT HAS BECOME A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL CITY. THERE ARE 300 FACTORIES, INCLUDING THE BIGGEST TEXTILE MILL IN THE U.S.S.R. THE CENTRE AND THE EXTENSIVE NEW HOUSING ESTATES ARE DIFFICULT TO DISTINGUISH FROM TOWNS IN THE WESTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY.

    THE VIEW IS RUSSIAN - A UNIVERSITY WITH 40,000 STUDENT, A NEW TOURIST HOTEL, A GIGANTIC OPERA HOUSE, AN ONION-DOMED CHURCH. BUT BEYOND IS ASIA - THE MARKETS, ORIENTAL IN FLAVOUR. THERE ARE TWENTY-NINE OF THEM, DOTTED WITH MOUNTAINS OF WATER MELONS AND OTHER PRODUCE.

    AS IS OFTEN THE CASE IN SOCIALIST RUSSIA, THEY ARE THE OUTLET FOR PRODUCE FROM SMALLHOLDERS' PRIVATE PLOTS AND PRICES ARE DETERMINED BY SUPPLY AND DEMAND. AT THE LAST COUNT (IN 1964) OVER 65 PER CENT. OF VEGETABLE SALES IN UZBEKISTAN WERE HANDLED BY PRIVATE MARKETS.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3FQLUJUVEWGSDCGQDI539J61C
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FQLUJUVEWGSDCGQDI539J61C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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