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

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    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 - Incuding 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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