• Short Summary

    TWO MONTHS FROM NOW, IT WILL BE POLLING TIME IN CEYLON. BEFORE INAUGURATING THE ELECTION?

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    TWO MONTHS FROM NOW, IT WILL BE POLLING TIME IN CEYLON. BEFORE INAUGURATING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN, MRS. SIRIMAVO BANDARANAIKE, THE PRIME MINISTER, AND MEMBERS OF HER COALITION CABINET VISITED THE SACRED CITY OF ANURADHAPURA, ABOUT 120 MILES (74.5 KMS) NORTH OF COLOMBO, TO OFFER PRAYERS.

    ANURADHAPURA WAS CEYLON'S CAPITAL DURING THE ERA OF THE SINHALESE KINGS. BUT TODAY, IT IS BETTER KNOWN FOR THE RUWANALI DAGOBA TEMPLE, WHICH IS NEAR THE SACRED BO-TREE. ACCORDING TO CEYLON'S BUDDHISTS, IT IS A SAPLING FROM THE ORIGINAL BO-TREE AT BODHGAYA, IN INDIA, UNDER WHICH THE LORD BUDDHA ATTAINED ENLIGHTENMENT.

    AT THE ALTAR OF THE BO-TREE, MRS. BANDARANAIKE AND HER CABINET COLLEAGUES, PLACED BOUQUETS OF FLOWERS, WHILE A HIGH RANKING BUDDHIST PRIEST BLESSED THEM.

    LATER IN THE EVENING, THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE PARTY ATTENDED A POLITICAL RALLY HELD NOT FAR FROM THE TEMPLE'S PRECINCTS. THE PLATFORM FROM WHERE THE SPEAKERS MADE THEIR SPEECH WAS FLANKED WITH HUGE PORTRAITS OF THE LATE SOLOMON BANDARANAIKE, THE HUSBAND OF THE PRESENT PRIME MINISTER, WHO WAS ASSASSINATED IN SEPTEMBER 1959.

    (MRS. BANDARANAIKE'S GOVERNMENT FELL EARLY IN DECEMBER, AFTER A 'NO CONFIDENCE' MOTION WAS PASSED. PARLIAMENT WAS DISSOLVED ON DECEMBER 17, AND THE DATE FOR THE ELECTION IS MARCH 24TH).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LW3PILU9COUF5A0Z80DWTMY2
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LW3PILU9COUF5A0Z80DWTMY2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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