To mark the anniversary of the 1950 revolution that ended the Rana family's rule in Nepal, scores of development projects have been launched throughout the country.
SV Koirala being received by Soviet officials
GV PAN.. of group
SV Group watching
SV Prime Minister and officials look at blueprints and sketches of hospital
CU Prime Minister looking and pointing
CU Picture of hospital
SV Prime Minister with garland offers a rose to Mr Sokolov
SV Soviet official working on the project makes a speech
SV Prime Minister addressing people
CU Soviet Ministers listen
SV Prime Minister walking down trench
CU Laying foundation stone
SV Band playing
GV Of site where hospital will be built
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Background: To mark the anniversary of the 1950 revolution that ended the Rana family's rule in Nepal, scores of development projects have been launched throughout the country. Under a Nepal-Soviet economic agreement an ultra-modern 50-bed hospital is planned for Katmandu, and Nov 11 Premier Koirala laid the foundation stone at an official ceremony.
Arriving at the site the Nepalese Prime Minister was greeted by Mr Sokolov, Charge d'affaires at the Russian Embassy, and shown blueprints and sketches of the hospital.
After a speech to the crowds, Mr Koirala descended into a trench to lay the foundation stone.
The hospital - costing over GBP1/2 million - will be entirely equipped with Soviet medical apparatus, and construction will be under Russian supervision. Initially, the hospital will be run by Soviet medical experts, but the work will soon be taken over by Nepalese staff.