• Short Summary

    THE NEWLY ELECTED CEYLON PARLIAMENT WAS CEREMONIALLY OPENED BY GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR OLIVER GOONETILLEKE, FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST.

  • Description

    THE NEWLY ELECTED CEYLON PARLIAMENT WAS CEREMONIALLY OPENED BY GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR OLIVER GOONETILLEKE, FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST.

    THE INDEPENDENCE HALL IN COLOMBO - THE SEAT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - WAS GAILY DECORATED WITH FLAGS, BUNTINGS AND FLOWERS. A LARGE CROWD GATHERED TO WITNESS THE CEREMONIAL OPENING OF THE NEWLY ELECTED HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT ON FRIDAY, AUG. 12.

    A MOTORCADE OF 55 CARS BROUGHT THE MEMBERS TO THE INDEPENDENCE HALL, EARLIER, THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS IN CEYLON TOOK THEIR SEATS IN THE DISTINGUISHED VISITORS' GALLERY.

    THEN CAME PRIME MINISTER MRS. SIRIMA BANDARAIKE - THE WORLD'S FIRST WOMAN PRIME MINISTER - AND HER CABINET.

    SMART MOUNTED POLICEMEN ESCORTED THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL TO THE INDEPENDENCE HALL, AND SIR OLIVER GOONETILLEKE'S ARRIVAL WAS MARKED BY THE FIRING OF A 21-GUN SALUTE.

    THE CEYLON ARMY PROVIDED A GUARD OF HONOUR FOR THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL, ATTIRED IN FULL CEREMONIAL UNIFORM AND ALUMED HAT.

    HE WAS RECEIVED BY THE SPEAKER AND ESCORTED INTO THE CHAMBER.

    THE MAIN POINTS OF THE TRADITIONAL "SPEECH FROM THE THRONE" OUTLINING THE POLICY OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT WERE:-
    IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS POLICY OF NON-ALIGNMENT, NEUTRALITY AND CO-EXISTENCE; FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH ALL COUNTRIES.

    IN THE DOMESTIC FIELD: ENCOURAGEMENT OF INVESTMENT OF FOREIGN CAPITAL. TO IMPLEMENT THIS A FOREIGN DEPARTMENT WILL BE SET UP. ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL PLANNING DEPARTMENT TO PLAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

    NO NATIONALISATION OF ESTATES OR PLANTATIONS AS THIS IS NOT "ADVANTAGEOUS" TO THE COUNTRY.

    SETTING UP OF A TYRE AND TUBE FACTORY AND IRON AND STEEL FACTORY WITH SOVIET ASSISTANCE.

    INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION TO TAKE OVER CERTAIN NEWSPAPERS AND PLACE THEM UNDER STATUTORY BODIES WITH UNRESTRICTED SHAREHOLDING BUT RESTRICTED INDIVIDUAL SHAREHOLDING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA70ZEPYB9YXK34O20CFMYAC8FX
    Media URN:
    VLVA70ZEPYB9YXK34O20CFMYAC8FX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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