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    For some residents of Chittagong in East Pakistan, life is nearly back to normal.

    Their city?

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    For some residents of Chittagong in East Pakistan, life is nearly back to normal.

    Their city suffered little during the Indian attack last month -- only the port and industrial area being targets for Indian bombers.

    Shops and street markets are open again and flourishing, and the people are also finding time for luxuries like cinema -going.

    Other residents have a less-cheerful outlook. Many thousands depend for employment on the big jute mills near the city. These remain closed -- with little prospect at present of being opened.

    A large number of the mills have been nationalised by the Bangladesh administration -- others remain in the hands of their Bengali owners.

    East Pakistan's only major export is jute -- but economists say Bangladesh will have to work hard to sell the product in a world where the demand for jute is declining rapidly.

    SYNOPSIS: In East Pakistan -- the city of Chittagong. Outwardly, it's nearly back to normal after last month's war. The city wasn't badly damaged during the fighting: only the port, the industrial area and the military establishments were attacked by Indian planes.

    Street markets in the city are flourishing again.

    The occasional soldier on patrol is barely noticed by shoppers -- who find the shelves well stocked with food. There's even time for luxuries -- and long queues are forming outside popular cinemas in Chittagong.

    The harbour at Chittagong is the busiest in East Pakistan -- the outlet for nearly all the jute exported form the area. But unlike the shopping area, the damage caused by the war is still very evident. One of the ships hit by Indian bombers was a Greek freighter. Now she lies in three parts -- half-submerged in the harbour.

    Near the harbour -- a Pakistan army store was bombed and burnt out.

    Industrial buildings were hit too. At the waterfront -- some commerce is going on. Loads of jute are being unloaded -- hopefully for processing in the big jute mills outside Chittagong. Jute is East Pakistan's chief source of overseas revenue -- and on it the new Bangladesh administration will depend for overseas funds.

    But jute mills around Chittagong remain closed, denying employment to thousands of workers. This one is owned by Bengali businessman -- and escaped the nationalisation imposed on a large number of mills by the Bangladesh administration. The management say they have no money to pay workers -- because trading banks have received no instructions about the accounts of business houses.

    This jute mill was nationalised. All the equipment is in perfect working order -- but the Bangladesh administration has yet to appoint management staff to this and other nationalised concerns.

    Members of the Mukti Bahini guard the mill to ensure that the equipment remains undamaged.

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