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Marshal Arjan Singh cremated with full state honours at Delhi’s Brar Square

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The 98-year-old war veteran, who passed away after a cardiac arrest on Saturday, was given a 17-gun salute and fly-past

Hundreds of mourners bid a tearful adieu to Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh whose last rites were performed amid a 17-gun salute and a fly-past at Delhi’s Cantonment area, on Monday.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the three service chiefs, and several former chiefs and senior officers were among those who paid tribute to the soldier, mostly remembered for his military leadership during the 1965 war with Pakistan.

A flypast by India’s most potent fighter jet Su-30 and Mi-17 V5 helicopters was carried out and a 17-gun salute by the ceremonial battery honoured the Marshal who died on Saturday after a massive cardiac arrest. He was 98.

The mortal remains – kept at his Kautilya Marg residence on Sunday for visitors to pay their tributes – were brought to Brar Square in a decorated gun carriage.

The tricolour-wrapped coffin was then placed atop a pedestal where top political leadership and serving and retired military officers paid tribute to the first and the only five-star officer of the IAF.

Sitharaman, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Army chief General Bipin Rawat, Union urban development minister Hardeep Puri, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, besides several former service chiefs, relatives and friends, were among those present.

After wreaths were laid and tributes paid, a prayer was said by a Sikh priest, following which the tricolour was removed from the coffin and handed over to his family.

The body was then placed on the funeral pyre.

Last honours were accorded to the hero, who inspired generations of Indians in his years of service to the nation, with the ceremonial battery of Indian Army giving a 17-gun salute with their 25-pounder guns.

Soon after, three Mi-17 V5 helicopters flew over with the IAF insignia in a ‘vic’ formation, followed by three Su-30 fighter jets in a “missing man” formation.

The formation is an aerial salute performed as part of a flypast of aircraft at a funeral or memorial event, typically in memory of a fallen pilot, a well-known military service member or veteran, or a well-known political figure.

A military band played farewell tunes, as Arjan Singh’s son Arvind, who had flown in from the US, lit the funeral pyre after religious rituals.

A tri-services guard lowered arms as a mark of respect.

Born in Lyallpur (now Pakistan’s Faislabad) on April 15, 1919, Arjan Singh was a fourth-generation soldier.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Taking over as the chief of IAF in 1964 when he was hardly 44, Arjan Singh led the force in the 1965 war, and has been lauded for his vision for modernisation of the Indian Air Force.

A fighter pilot, Arjan Singh had flown over 60 types of aircraft during his career, led the formation at the fly-past over Red Fort on the first independence day in 1947, and was still flying as the chief of the IAF in the 1960s.

He served in different capacities after retiring and in 2002, he became the first and only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank as Marshal of the Indian Air Force.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Manipur violence: One dead, another injured in bomb blast near Imphal College

An unidentified miscreants exploded a strong bomb at the office of AMSU around 9:30 pm.

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In an incident on Friday night, a person was killed and another person injured in an IED explosion at the premises of the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) situated inside the DM College complex in Manipur’s Imphal West district.

According to reports, on Friday night, an unidentified miscreants exploded a strong bomb at the office of AMSU around 9:30 pm, resulting in hurting two people. After arrival at the city hospital for treatment, one victim, identified as Oinam Kenagy, 24, died and another, identified as Salam Michael, 24, is currently undergoing treatment.

After the explosion, a police team quickly arrived at the location to assess the situation. The police are currently conducting further investigations as the attackers have not yet been identified.

It is worth noting that since September 10, 2022, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed on the area where the explosion occurred. This is due to an ongoing dispute

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PM Modi pays tribute to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary

PM Modi also unveiled Guru Ravidas’s statue in Varanasi.

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PM modi paid tribute to Guru Ravidas on his 647th birth anniversary. Remembring him today, the PM said, his message on harmony will continue to inspire generations.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, PM Modi shared a video captioned it saying, respectful tribute to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary. On this occasion, the PM conveyed his best wishes everyone across the country. He further said, his message based on equality and harmony will continue to inspire every generation of the society.

Meanwhile, yesterday PM Modi unveiled Guru Ravidas’s statue in Varanasi. He also addressed the people gathered their. At the Sant Guru Ravidas Janmasthali temple in Seer Govardhanpur, close to BHU, the Prime Minister dedicated a recently installed statue of Sant Ravidas that is close to Ravidas Park.

Addressing teh audiance PM Modi complimented the devotion of participants from all across the country, especially those from Punjab, saying that because of their presence, Kashi started to resemble a miniature version of Punjab.

PM Modi also inaugurated a number of development projects around Sant Ravidas Janmasthali at the event, with a combined budget of about Rs 32 crores. The foundation stone was placed for the Sant Ravidas Museum and the park’s beautifying, which is projected to cost approximately Rs 62 crore. These developments also include improvements to the infrastructure.

Guru Ravidas was a popular saint, poet, and philosopher who campaigned for equality and human rights. Most people in North India celebrate Guru Ravidas Jayanti, particularly in the state of Punjab.

On this day, people commemorate the birth anniversary of the revered saint Guru Ravidas, whose sermons and teachings have improved people’s lives. He is also known for his contributions to the Bakti Movement. Guru Ravidas is also called Raidas, Rohidas, and Ruhidas. He is sometimes referred to as Bhagat Ravidas. In the year 1377 CE, Guru Ravidas was born in the state of Uttar Pradesh in a little village known as Seer Govardhanpur.

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Akhilesh Yadav slams BJP after young unemployed man hangs himself over paper leak in UP’s Kannauj

Yadav said the BJP, who had deployed every trick to come into power, turned away in the name of providing jobs.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav slammed the BJP government after a 28-year-old unemployed man hanged himself over the paper leak in Kannauj. He said it’s a dream to find a job under its regime.

Samajwadi Party chief, taking to X, further attacked the BJP for their negligence in terms of providing jobs to youths. Yadav said the BJP, who had deployed every trick to come into power, turned away in the name of providing jobs.

He further expressed his sadness over the news and said it upset with the tragedy of joblessness, a young man from Kannaj, identified as Brajesh Pal, committed suicide by hanging himself.  

Before doing this he burned all his degrees. Giving up life is not a solution. Only struggle finds the way to a solution. Expecting a job in the BJP government is a dream, Yadav added.

According to police, the 28-year-old unemployed man burned all his education certificates and committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in the Bhoodpurwa area here.

Police further stated that student Pal had recently appeared for a police recruitment exam and was upset over the paper leak. On February 22, he killed himself.

In a suicide note, he blamed joblessness behind his major move to kill himself. He further wrote, now I am upset. What is the use of degrees when one cannot get a job, he wrote.

In his note, Pal wrote that he had betrayed his family, and asked them to marry off his sister in a very good manner. His father works in a private job in Delhi. He was the only son of his parents. Pal’s body has been sent for post-mortem, Sadar Police Station SHO Vishnu Kant Tiwari said.

The UP Police constable exam held on February 17 and 18 faced both exam paper leaks and cases of impersonation. Since then, there has been a growing demand for a redo of the exams. Many districts’ candidates demanded exam cancellation after discovering a leaked paper on WhatsApp before entering the exam hall, as reported.

Meanwhile, Lucknow witnessed a massive protest over paper leaks in two recruitment exams held in UP.  

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