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(dated April 27, 1961)
(dated April 27, 1961)

Revolt in Algeria

The military revolt in Algiers collapsed shortly after midnight on April 26 and Government sources declared that the whole of Algeria was again under the control of the Government. Gen. Maurice Challe the principal leader of the rising, flew to Paris on April 26 from Algeria and surrendered. He will have to face trial and a possible death sentence for his role in the Algerian insurrection. Warrants are out for the arrest of other leaders including Generals Salan, Edmond Jouhaud and Andre Zeller, and all ports and airfields were warned to stop them if they attempt to go abroad. The defeat of the military rebellion in Algiers is ascribed in Paris essentially to the steely determination, coolness and courage of General De Gaulle himself.

Army alert in Ceylon

The Ceylon Government on April 26 ordered general mobilisation and called out on active service nine units of volunteers and reservists of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the home guards. They have been asked to report for duty immediately. By a proclamation last night, the death penalty for looting and arson and other punishments for offences such as breaking of bridges, obstruction to roads and damage to buses and trains was extended to the whole of the island. In a broadcast to the nation the Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike said she had no doubt now that the movement started by the Federal Party was inspired by various organisations in different parts of the island who had been planning secretly to overthrow the lawfully established Government of this country. In a reference to the bank clerks' strike in progress since April 4, the Prime Minister said that certain union officials were being made to use the strike to paralyse the economic life of the country.

Tagore's words

“Not to die but to live ever in this happy world, among people is what I want” – these words of Rabindranath Tagore have become the epigraph of the exhibition opened at the Odessa State University in Ukraine on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the great Indian writer (according to a New Delhi message dated April 25).


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