The Ceylon Government has announced the expulsion of the North Korean Ambassador and his entire staff following accusations that their country was involved in a plot to overthrow the Government of Mrs.
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Background: The Ceylon Government has announced the expulsion of the North Korean Ambassador and his entire staff following accusations that their country was involved in a plot to overthrow the Government of Mrs. Dirimavo Bandaranaike. The move is the latest event amid the turmoil caused by the Government's fight against insurgents. But despite the fighting, said by the Government to be confined to small pockets, the people in Colombo are celebrating the Singalese New Year which started on April 14. But this year, the festivities are being held in the shadow of the threat to the Government. A 24 hour curfew imposed on April 12 brought fears of a food and fuel shortage. When the people were allowed to enter the streets, long queues formed at stores and tankers selling kerosene.
SYNOPSIS: The Singalese New Year started in Ceylon on April 14. But this year there will be few festivities. Government forces are battling insurgents in areas of the island. A 24 hour curfew which began on April 12 has only just ended. Long lines quickly formed outside food stores and tankers carrying kerosene when it was lifted as people, fearing a food or power shortage, stocked up. Road blocks in the suburbs of Colombo are the only visible sign in the capital that there is trouble on the island. Police stand guard outside their stations and carry out snap searches on people entering leaving their district.
But despite the curfews and general mobilisation, the people are still recognising the New Year as the best they can. The day is spent in religious observance and women make offerings of flowers at temples. The situation in Ceylon is still uncertain. The Government has announced the expulsion of the north Korean Ambassador and his staff. No official reason has been given, but earlier North Korea was accused of complicity in a plot to overthrow the Government of Mrs. Dirimavo Bandaranaike.