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    A SPECIAL TRAIN TOOK CEYLON'S NEW PRIME MINISTER MRS. SIRIMA BANDARANAIKE AND SOME OF HER?

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    A SPECIAL TRAIN TOOK CEYLON'S NEW PRIME MINISTER MRS. SIRIMA BANDARANAIKE AND SOME OF HER CABINET AND PARTY COLLEAGUES TO CEYLON'S ANCIENT PLACES OF WORSHIP,JULY 24.

    THE FIRST STOPOVER WAS AT THE SACRED CITY ANURADHAPURA. AS THE WORLD'S FIRST WOMAN PRIME MINISTER STEPPED OUT OF THE TRAIN A MAMMOTH CROWD GAVE HER A TRIUMPHANT OVATION.

    THIS WAS A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY OF DEDICATION, FOR IT WAS UNDER THIS ANCIENT BO TREE OF ANURADHAPURA THAT MRS. BANDARANAIKE FIRED HER FIRST ELECTION SALVO..AN ELECTION WHICH BROUGHT AN IMPRESSIVE VICTORY TO HER SRI LANKA FREEDOM PARTY.

    IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS 2,500-YEAR-OLD BO TREE WAS BROUGHT FROM INDIA AS A SAPLING FROM THE SACRED BO TREE UNDER WHICH LORD BUDDHA ATTAINED "NIRVANA" (LIBERATION).

    FROM THE LION PILLAR, MRS. BANDARANAIKE TOLD THE HUGE CROWD THAT SHE AND HER COLLEAGUES WOULD DO THEIR BEST TO BUILD A UNITED NATION. SHE SAID THE CITY ANURADHAPURA, THE FOUNTAIN-HEAD OF BUDDHIST RELIGION, WAS ALWAYS DEAR TO THE HEART HUSBAND THE LATE PRIME MINISTER SOLOMON BANDARANAIKE WHO WAS ASSASSINATED LAST YEAR.

    AND THEN ON TO KANDY.. THE ANCIENT HILL CAPITAL. HERE THE DESTINATION WAS THE TEMPLE OF TOOTH WHERE, TRADITION HAS IT, THE SACRED TOOTH OF LORD BUDDHA IS LOGGED.

    JUDGED BY THE HUGE CROWD THAT CHEERED THE PRIME MINISTER AT KANDY, IT SEEMED THAT ALL ROADS IN THIS ANCIENT CAPITAL LED TO THE TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH.

    SHE OFFERED A TRAY OF JASMINE FLOWERS AND SHE KNELT ON THE CARPETED FLOOR TO OFFER PRAYERS.

    THE HIGH PRIEST THEN INVOKED THE BLESSINGS OF THE GOD ON THE NEW PRIME MINISTER AND HER GOVERNMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAKYHB5PKRDNXCOKEAG949B4EP
    Media URN:
    VLVAAKYHB5PKRDNXCOKEAG949B4EP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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