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100 files related to Netaji declassified by PM Modi on his birth anniversary

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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

New Delhi: Files related to the Iconic leader Subhas Chandra Bose, commonly known as Netaji, were declassified today by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Netaji, who raised an army in Singapore to fight the British, passed away in a plane crash which continues to be a mystery.

Today, on the birth anniversary of Netaji, Modi released digital copies of 100 files at the National Archives of India following the government’s decision to declassify the files of the freedom fighter.

PM Modi also launched a web portal https://netajipapers.gov.in to release the digital version of the 100 files.

“As a first step, the National Archives of India is placing 100 files relating to Netaji in the public domain after preliminary conservation treatment and digitization,” a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

It added that the remaining files will be placed in the public domain after their conservation treatment and digitization.

“The Government of India has written to the concerned foreign governments to declassify all files or papers related to Netaji. The government is committed to pursue this matter with them,” the statement said.

Bose’s family members, who were present during the declassification, were overwhelmed by the decision, calling it a “great day for the entire nation”.

Modi also met Netaji family members, including Professor Chitra Ghosh, Chandra Bose and Surya Kumar Bose.

Earlier, in a meeting held in Delhi on 14 October’15, Modi promised Netaji’s family member that the union government would declassify the files relating to Netaji in a phased manner and make them accessible to the public.

Following the announced, the first lot of 33 files was declassified by the PMO and handed over to the National Archives of India on December 4, 2015.

“Subsequently, the ministries of home Affairs and external affairs too initiated the process of declassification of files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in their respective collection which were then transferred to the National Archives of India,” the statement added.

Netaji, an important personality in Indian freedom fight, was not only a president of Indian National Congress but also formed Indian National Army to fight the British India.

Bose’s death which was reported to be in a plane crash in Formosa, now Taiwan, in 1945 has remained a mystery. The patriotic freedom fighter was born on January 23, 1897, in Cuttack, Odisha.

The National Archives received 990 declassified files, pertaining to the INA, from the defence ministry in 1997.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded that Netaji should be declared “Leader of the Nation”.

“Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose must be given the title ‘Leader of the Nation’. He deserves that honour,” Banerjee tweeted minutes after Modi declassified the files.

Mamata Banerjee’s government on September 18, 2015, had released 64 files running into 12,744 pages in the presence of Netaji’s family members, campaigning for declassification of the files to unravel the mystery surrounding his sudden disappearance over 70 years ago.

The release of the files “will meet the long-standing public demand” and “will also facilitate scholars to carry out further research on Netaji”, a culture ministry statement has said.

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen said in Kolkata on Saturday that he was interested in seeing the contents of the files. But it was far more important to debate his (Subhas Chandra Bose) life and work, to follow his vision, rather than to discuss in what circumstances he died.(IANS)

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Submarine INS Kalvari Commissioned by PM Modi : Best Example of Make in India

INS Kalvari is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited, real boost to Make in India project

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INS Kalvari, Indian Navy (Photo: Twitter/Indian Navy)
  • “INS Kalvari is a great example of ‘ Make in India ‘. I would like to congratulate everyone associated with this submarine,” PM Modi said. PM Modi also thanked France for its co-operation

    In Mumbai PM Modi has commissioned scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy. INS Kalvari has been named after the maritime force’s first-ever underwater craft.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by Prime Minster Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Maharasahtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, other senior Indian Navy officers, and delegates from France.

The Scorpenes are being built by the Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd under Project 75 with transfer of technology from a foreign collaborator — DCNS of France.

INS Kalvari
INS Kalvari is named after the dreaded tiger shark (Photos: Twitter/Indian Navy)

INS Kalvari : Proud Moment for Indian Navy and Entire Country

It is a proud moment for the the entire country as the submarine is a prime example of flagship program of PM Modi government’s ‘ Make in India ‘ project. The special combat features of the Scorpenes include superior stealth and ability to launch crippling attacks with precision-guided weapons. The attacks can easily be carried out with torpedoes while submerged or on the surface, making it a deadly weapon.

Facts about INS Kalvari

  • The submarine has a length of 67.5 metre and a height of about 12.3 metres. The hull form, fin and hydroplanes are specifically designed to produce minimum underwater resistance.
  • The boat has 360 battery cells, each weighing 750 kg, to power the extremely silent Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor. The stealth of the boat is further enhanced through the mounting of equipment inside the pressure hull on shock absorbing cradles.
  • This is first of the six Scorpene-class submarines to handed over by MDL. The six submarines are being built as part of the Rs 23,652 crore “Project-75” of the Indian Navy.

“The technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons,” an official of the MDL said.

It is really very positive to see Make in India boosting the defence sector. INS Kalvari will surely add more strength to mighty Indian Navy.

– by Shaurya Ritwik, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik

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Rahul Gandhi Points at PM Modi to Vacate the Seat over Gas price Hike

Rahul Gandhi's twitter attack on PM Modi: Vacant your seat over the gas price hike.

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Rahul Gandhi's verbal attack on PM Modi
Rahul Gandhi's verbal attack on PM Modi wikimedia commons

NEW DELHI: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked the Narendra Modi-led central government after the prices of cooking gas was again hiked, asking him to “vacate the ‘Sinhasan’ (post of the Prime Minister)”.

“Mehangi gas, mehanga rashan. Band karo khokala bhashan. Dam bandho kam do. Warna khali karo sinhasan (Expensive gas, expensive ration. Stop making hollow promises. Fix the rates and give employment or else vacate the post),” Rahul Gandhi tweeted attaching a news report of the hike.

Gandhi was referring to the price hike announced by the state-run oil firms on Wednesday.

The prices of the LPG cylinder’s went up by Rs 4.50, while the non-subsidised rates were hiked by a steeper Rs 93 per cylinder.(IANS)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Greet nation on Diwali

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation. VOA

New Delhi, October 19: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday greeted the nation on Diwali.

Modi said: Deepawali ke pawan parv par sabhi deshvasio ko hardik shubhkamnaye #HappyDiwali to everyone! (On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, greetings to the nation).”

Rajnath Singh said: “Warm greetings and best wishes to you and your entire family on the auspicious occasion of Deepawali. Wishing you a Shubh and #HappyDeepawali.” (IANS)