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    INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER, MRS. INDIRA GANDHI, ON FRIDAY DEDICATED THE THUMBA ROCKET LAUNCHING RANGE AT?

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    INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER, MRS. INDIRA GANDHI, ON FRIDAY DEDICATED THE THUMBA ROCKET LAUNCHING RANGE AT TRIVANDRUM IN KERALA STATE...... THE FIRST LAUNCHING RANGE TO BE SPONSORED BY THE UNITED NATIONS. THE BASE IS INTENDED FOR INTERNATIONAL USE AND SCIENTISTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WILL BE ABLE TO CONDUCT PEACEFUL RESEARCH THERE.

    UNITED STATES SCIENTISTS HAVE ALREADY CONDUCTED JOINT EXPERIMENTS WITH INDIA AT THUMBA AND THE SOVIET UNION, JAPAN, INDONESIA AND EAST AND WEST GERMANY PLAN SIMILAR VENTURES SOON. THE SITE FOR THE BASE WAS SELECTED BECAUSE IT LIES ALMOST EXACTLY ON THE MAGNETIC EQUATOR AND MAKES POSSIBLE THE STUDY OF FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO THE EQUATOR, ESPECIALLY THE ELECTRO-JET, A NARROW STREAM OF ELECTRIC CURRENT FROM 50 TO 80 MILES HIGH.

    AS MRS. GANDHI ARRIVED AT THE BASE, SEVERAL HUNDRED DEMONSTRATORS, MEMBERS OF THE MARXIST COMMUNIST PARTY, GREETED HER WITH SHOUTS OF "GIVE US RICE" AND "DON'T USE FOOD FOR POLITICAL REVENGE." THE COMMUNIST PARTY DOMINATES THE SEVEN-PARTY UNITED FRONT GOVERNMENT IN THE SOUTHERN INDIA STATE.

    HOWEVER, THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE DROWNED OUT BY THOUSANDS OF CHEERING SPECTATORS AND CONGRESS PARTY MEMBERS, SHOUTING "INDIA'S HOPE, INDIRA GANDHI."
    MRS. GANDHI INSPECTED THE BASE AND SAW ROCKETS RANGING FROM THE AMERICAN NIKE-APACHE TO INDIA'S OWN ROCKET, THE ROHINE, THE COUNTRY'S FIRST STEP INTO THE ROCKET FIELD. A ROHINE ROCKET WAS FIRED DURING HER TOUR.

    MRS. GANDHI WAS ALSO SHOWN A CHURCH WHICH HAS BEEN DE-CONSECRATED SO THAT IT COULD BE CONVERTED TO OFFICES.

    LATER, MRS. GANDHI PRESSED A BUTTON ON THE FIRING CONSOLE WHICH SEND AN AMERICAN ROCKET SOARING INTO THE AIR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8GITK8EB01BTBVHVR20P33F9S
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GITK8EB01BTBVHVR20P33F9S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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