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Not a mere sepoy; Mangal Pandey was the man who sparked off the great rebellion of 1857

Mangal Pandey was the man who sparked off the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Here’s what you need to know about the great ‘sepoy’ when we celebrate the 161th anniversary of the great rebellion of 1857

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One of the most inspiring figures in the Indian independence movement and widely known as the man behind the great rebellion of 1857, Mangal Pandey became a symbol of India’s rage against the British.

Pandey was a sepoy (soldier) with the 34th Bengal Native Infantry regiment of the infamous British East India Company. A hero for the Indian masses, he successfully played a crucial role in the unrest that resulted in the rebellion of 1857, which became a turning point in India’s struggle for independence.

The unrest against the British East Company turned intense when they had come up with the norm of using cartridges that made up of cow and pig fat. This was something unacceptable for both the Hindus and Muslims for religious reasons. Mangal Pandey was working at the Bengal Infantry in Barrackpore then.

The protests had no result. Finally Mangal Pandey decided to challenge the British with the arms in his hands. Mangal Pandey had succeeded in gaining the support of Indian soldiers against the inhuman actions of the British East India Company’s army.

Savarkar’s work, The Indian War of Independence, 1857, had become a sacred book for the nationalists across India to lead their struggle against the invaders

On March 29, 1857 Pandey dared to fire Lieutenant Baugh, the Adjutant of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry, but he missed the shot. The valiant effort by Pandey had paved the way for Sepoy Mutiny, and he was sentenced to death bu the British.

Pandey was hanged on April 8, 1857 by the British. In 1909, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar published a book named The Indian War of Independence, 1857, which celebrated the sacrifice of Mangal Pandey and the Sepoy Mutiny as two path-breaking events to inspire the revolutionary movements in India. Savarkar’s work had become a sacred book for the nationalists across India to lead their struggle against the invaders.

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Several US citizens were among those killed in Sri Lanka: Mike Pompeo

We stand with the Sri Lankan government, says US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo

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WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo has strongly condemned the brutal terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning that killed more than 200 people.

The attacks demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security-according to a statement issued by the office of Pompeo.

He confirmed that several US citizens were among those killed in the inhuman attack.

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Jet Airways announces operations temporarily suspended

All domestic and international flights to be cancelled effective today (April 17, 2019)

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Finally, the official announcement has come. India’s oldest privately-owned airline issued statement on Wednesday that they are compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights with immediate effect. The last flight is on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday night the State Bank of India (SBI), on behalf of the consortium of Indian lenders, made it clear that they are not in a position to consider Jet’s request for critical interim funding of Rs 400 crore.

“Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, the airline will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going. Consequently, with immediate effect, Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights,” Jet Airways said in a press statement.

Jet Airways, the airline founded by entrepreneur Naresh Goyal, is ending services after 25 years of flying.

What is next?

What is next for Jet is depending upon the new owner. The airline needs to await the bid finalisation process by SBI and the consortium of lenders.

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‘Universities such as Nalanda made India international centre of knowledge’

In the 21st century, Indian universities must push themselves to reach a status of yesteryear institutions like Nalanda: says the President

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Universities such as Nalanda made India international centre of knowledge and education, said Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. He was speaking at the releasing function of India Rankings 2019 and Atal Rankings of Institutions on Innovation Achievement.

In the 21st century, Indian universities must push themselves to reach a status of yesteryear institutions like Nalanda, the President added. He is of the opinion that the current expansion and progress in higher education has widened access and equity in the education sector.

But the President also expressed his concern over the quality of higher education in the country.

“It is essential to ensure that higher education not only fulfils individual aspirations, but also achieves national goals and priorities,” Ramnath Kovind said.

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