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World knew about Jallianwala Bagh massacre only because of this British journalist

UKM Newsdesk

LONDON April 15: The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Acting Brig-Gen Reginald Dyer fired rifles into a crowd of Indians, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab.

The news of this catastrophe wouldnt have been known to the world if it was not for this British journalist who braved to publish the news. Benjamin Guy Horniman (1873 – 1948) was a British journalist and editor of The Bombay Chronicle, is also particularly notable for his support of Indian independence.

Following the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, Horniman managed to smuggle photographs of the incident and broke the story about the massacre and its aftermath in the Labour Party’s mouthpiece the Daily Herald. The exposé broke through the censorship on the matter and unleashed a wave of revulsion in the British public over the incidents and the Hunter Commission. One of his correspondents, Goverdhan Das, was imprisoned for three years. Horniman himself was arrested for his coverage of the massacre and criticism of the colonial government and deported to London, and the Chronicle closed down (temporarily).

In England he continued his journalistic crusade against the colonial government and authored British Administration and the Amritsar Massacre in 1920. He returned to India a few years later and resumed the editorship of the Chronicle. In 1929 he launched his own newspaper, the Indian National Herald and its Weekly Herald. He later resigned from The Bombay Chronicle to start the Bombay Sentinel, an evening newspaper which he edited from 1933 for 12 years.

He died in 1948. The Horniman Circle Gardens in Mumbai, formerly the Elphinstone Circle, were named in his honour. His memoirs, unfinished at the time of his death, were entitled Fifty Years of Journalism.

In a tribute to this notable journalist, the famous cartoonist Kesava Shankara Pillai, considered to be the father of Indian political cartooning, in his political journal, Shankar’s Weekly, wrote:

“Benjamin Guy Horniman was British by birth, but for about 40 years, he was the Bayard of Indian journalism. . . He was our greatest tradition or banner of freedom and our school of journalism. His epitaph should be ‘England’s greatest and perhaps the only real gift to India’.”

Priya Prakash Varrier signs Rs 1-crore deal for national commercial

MUMBAI July 10: It has been a while since we heard from Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier. With her eyebrow dance, she took the entire nation by storm and was soon flooded with film offers from multiple film industries across the country.
Now, the wink girl is yet again in the news.
According to reports, she has inked a massive deal for a national commercial. It is said that Priya has signed the deal for a whopping Rs 1 crore.
Speaking to a website, a source said, “She shot for the commercial on Friday morning. It was a heavily guarded shoot, as it is in the national ad space.”
“We have been informed that she has been paid around Rs 1 crore to endorse the brand. That’s a huge sum for a newcomer,” said the source.
We told you earlier that Priya Prakash Varrier charges nearly Rs 8 lakh for promotions through her Instagram account. She has a huge fan following on Instagram, with 6.2 million users.
As of now, Priya Prakash Varrier has signed two Bollywood projects. It is said that the actress will be playing a key role in director Rohit Shetty’s Simmba starring Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan.
If reports are anything to by, the actress has signed to be part of another big Bollywood flick. An official announcement regarding this film is yet to be out.

Liverpool Malayalee Association to celebrate Easter and Vishu on April 14

By A Staff Reporter

LIVERPOOL March 5: Liverpool Malayalee Association (LIMA) will celebrate Easter and Vishu on Saturday, April 14 from 5pm to midnight at the Whiston Town Hall in Liverpool.

The celebrations will see a host of cultural events to celebrate the two holy festivities.

For further details please contact 07859060320 or 07886247099

Nivin Pauly’s family entertraner ‘Hey Jude’ in cinemas all over Europe

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON March 2: Nivin Pauly’s family entertainer ‘Hey Jude’ has been released in cinemas all over Europe from March 2. The film has won several accolades for its honest and engaging picturisation of the friendship between Jude, a mathematical genius with Asperger’s Syndrome and Crystal, a musician diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

The film is a fun ride and not a story of pity and melodrama — rather a story of self-discovery, says reviews. Continue reading “Nivin Pauly’s family entertraner ‘Hey Jude’ in cinemas all over Europe”

NRIs must register for Goods and Services Tax in India

By Jeevan Vipinachandran
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) may be the most revolutionary change to happen to India’s national commercial market in decades. NRIs would be wise to take advantage of it for business and commerce.

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