• Short Summary

    THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, MRS INDIRA GANDHI, INAUGURATED THE NEW HILL STATE OF MEGHALAYA, ON THURSDAY (APRIL 2).

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    THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, MRS INDIRA GANDHI, INAUGURATED THE NEW HILL STATE OF MEGHALAYA, ON THURSDAY (APRIL 2).

    THE NEW STATE OF MEGHALAYA IS IN THE NORTH EAST OF INDIA AND HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 900,000 PEOPLE. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 8,500-SQUARE-MILES (21,000 SQ.KM). THE STATE WILL HAVE A LARGE MEASURE OF CONTROL OVER ITS OWN AFFAIRS ALTHOUGH IT WILL REMAIN PART OF ASSAM WITH A COMMON GOVERNOR AND CAPITAL.

    CONTROL OF LAW AND ORDER AND MAJOR PORTFOLIOS LIKE HEAVY INDUSTRIES WILL STAY WITH THE ASSAM GOVERNMENT BUT VILLAGE AND TOWN POLICE WILL WEAR A NEW MEGHALAYA BADGE.

    THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT APPROVED OF THE SCHEME TO CREATE THE AUTONOMOUS STATE AFTER NEARLY NINE YEARS OF AGITATION BY THE TRIBES IN THE AREA.

    MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE NEW STATE ATE CHRISTIANS AND THE LITERACY RATE IN AMONGST THE HIGHEST IN INDIA.

    DEMONSTRATORS PROTESTING AGAINST THE LIMITED POWERS OF THE NEW STATE GREETED MRS GANDHI BUT ENTHUSIASTIC CROWDS HEARD HER INAUGURATION SPEECH.

    PART OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVAL WAS A RELIGIOUS SERVICE IN THE MAIN CHURCH IN SHILLONG.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA64R0GT603Y0XF9CJAOS6L8WO9
    Media URN:
    VLVA64R0GT603Y0XF9CJAOS6L8WO9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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