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    Saffron-robed buddhist monks chanted prayers and thousands of farmers cheered wildly as Prime Ministers Mrs.?

  • Description

    1.
    WV river dam
    5 ft

    2.
    National flags
    7 ft

    3.
    Mrs. Bandaranaike arrives (3 shots)
    15 ft

    4.
    Traditional dance
    19 ft

    5.
    WS people
    21 ft

    6.
    Mr. Bandaranaike with people
    22 ft

    7.
    Mrs. Bandaranaike lights traditional oil lamp (2 shots)
    27 ft

    8.
    WV people
    28 ft

    9.
    Speech by Mrs. Bandaranaike
    31 ft

    10.
    People listening
    32 ft

    11.
    Buddhist monks sitting (2 shots)
    37 ft

    12.
    Mrs. Bandaranaike operates the switch
    41 ft

    13.
    WV river
    45 ft

    14.
    Helicopter
    47 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Saffron-robed buddhist monks chanted prayers and thousands of farmers cheered wildly as Prime Ministers Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike pressed a button to divert water from Sri Lanka's biggest river into parched areas of the north central province.

    The ceremony, held at the auspicious time of 1917 (local) at Polgolla near Kandy in the central hill country, marked completion of the first stage of a 10,000 million Rupee (about one thousand three hundred million U.S. dollars) project using the River Mahaveli for irrigation and electricity generation.

    Mrs. Bandaranaike told the estimated 500,000 strong crowd of farmers, monks, cabinet ministers and diplomats that the project, aided by the world bank, would make the country self-sufficient in food and help revitalise the economy.

    As the diverted river water began to flow a five-mile (8 km) tunnel into the dry zone, thanksgiving services were held in temples, churches and mosques and 2,000 beggars were given a free meal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2PNBBQLLQEWPO3IWWXTENPHEZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2PNBBQLLQEWPO3IWWXTENPHEZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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