• Short Summary

    RANGOON, THE CINDERELLA CITY OF THE FAR EAST, HAS LEAPT INTO THE HEADLINES THIS MONTH AS THE VENUE FOR THE FIFTH SOUTH EAST ASIA PENINSULAR GAMES.

  • Description


    STREET SCENES IN RANGOON: NEWSPAPER SELLERS; STREET TRADERS: BUILDING: TRAFFIC: SHWE DAGON PAGODA: WORSHIPPERS: TRI-SHAW WITH WOMAN PASSENGER: MEN BATHING WITH PAILS.




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    Background: RANGOON, THE CINDERELLA CITY OF THE FAR EAST, HAS LEAPT INTO THE HEADLINES THIS MONTH AS THE VENUE FOR THE FIFTH SOUTH EAST ASIA PENINSULAR GAMES.

    SINCE INDEPENDENCE, GAINED FROM THE BRITISH IN 1948, BURMA HAS BEEN LARGELY UNKNOWN TO THE REST TO THE WORLD. TOURISM HAS BEEN LARGELY DISCOURAGED AND A STRICT CONTROL OF VISAS FOR JOURNALISTS HAS RESTRICTED NEWS OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

    IN THE 21 YEARS SINCE INDEPENDENCE THE COUNTRY HAS UNDERGONE A SERIES OF POLITICAL UPHEAVALS, NOW RESOLVED BY THE FIRM GOVERNMENT OF GENERAL NE WIN WHO HAS HAD THE COUNTRY UNDER MILITARY RULE OF THE PAST SEVEN YEARS.

    FOR THE NORMALLY CAREFREE BURMESE, THOUGH, LIFE GOES ON MUCH AS USUAL.

    THERE ARE ALMOST ONE MILLION PEOPLE IN RANGOON, THE NATION'S CAPITAL, BUT IN THE HINTERLAND BEYOND THE CITY A STATE OF CIVIL WAR EXISTS AMONG THE COUNTRY 26 MILLION PEOPLE. THE REBELS INCLUDE THE PEKING-ALIGNED BURMA COMMUNIST PARTY, THE TROTSKYLITE COMMUNIST PARTY AND THE KAREN NATIONAL UNITY GROUP, A LEFT-WING ORGANISATION OF BURMESE TRIBESMEN.

    THE AVERAGE ANNUAL INCOME THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IS GBP28 AND ILLITERACY RUNS AT A RATE OF 42.3 PER CENT. DESPITE THIS RANGOON'S NEWSPAPER SELLERS FIND A READY SALE FOR THE PAPERS.

    THE PREDOMINANT RELIGION IN BUDDHISM AND THE MAIN TEMPLE IN RANGOON, THE SHWE DAGON PAGODA, IS THE NATION'S MOST IMPORTANT SHRINE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABS8IWKV00LLRO79WX9MIFONZC
    Media URN:
    VLVABS8IWKV00LLRO79WX9MIFONZC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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