• Short Summary

    CEYLON OBSERVED HER 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE FEB 4 WITH SOLEMN PRAYERS AND SUBDUED CELEBRATIONS DUE TO THE TENSE SITUATION CREATED BY AN ABORTIVE COUP JAN 28.

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    CEYLON OBSERVED HER 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE FEB 4 WITH SOLEMN PRAYERS AND SUBDUED CELEBRATIONS DUE TO THE TENSE SITUATION CREATED BY AN ABORTIVE COUP JAN 28.

    PROMINENT BUILDINGS, LIKE THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN COLOMBO, WERE DECORATED, BUT THERE WERE NONE OF THE USUAL CEREMONIES.THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL, SIR OLIVER GOONETILLEKE, ATTENDED DIVINE SERVICE AT THE METHODIST CHURCH, WHILE A SALUTE WAS FIRED BY A NEARBY BATTERY OF ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS.

    AT INDEPENDENCE SQUARE, A GAME OF HARD BALL AND COLOMBO EX-MAYOR MR.SUGATHADASA NOT ONLY CUT THE RIBBON TO OPEN THE FESTIVITIES, HE ALSO TOOK THE FIRST STRIKE OF THE GAME, MUCH TO THE AMUSEMENT OF THE CROWD.

    THE CRISIS THAT OVERSHADOWED CEYLON WAS EMPHASISED BY MRS.BANDARANAIKE, THE PRIME MINISTER.SHE ALLEGED THAT THE "FORCES OF REACTION" RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING HER HUSBAND (THE LATE PRIME MINISTER) IN 1959 WERE BEHIND THE RECENT COUP ATTEMPT.TWENTY-ONE SENIOR ARMY AND POLICE OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN DETAINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE ATTEMPTED COUP.EARLY IN JANUARY, THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL EXTENDED THE STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAIMED IN CEYLON LAST APRIL WHEN RIOTS OCCURRED OVER DEMANDS FOR THE RECOGNITION OF TAMIL AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA167N0800GRE60T2JUBTBCEUV6
    Media URN:
    VLVA167N0800GRE60T2JUBTBCEUV6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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