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Subhash Chandra Bose, popularly known as “Netaji” was born on 23rd January 1897. Netaji is considered the most exceptional and revered Freedom Fighter in the history of the Indian Freedom Struggle. Netaji was responsible to build the first Indian Armed Force named as the “Azad Hind Fauj”.
You may have heard this popular slogan- “Tum Mujhe Khoon Do, Main Tumhe Azaadi Dunga” (You give me blood, I will give you independence), this too, has been given by Netaji! This slogan ignited the fire of patriotism in the hearts of many Indians during the Indian Freedom Struggle Movement.
To commemorate Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's 125th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a holographic monument of him at India Gate on January 23, which will mark the beginning of India’s Republic Day celebrations. At 6 p.m., Prime Minister Modi will unveil a holographic statue of Netaji during a ceremony at India Gate in Delhi. A 25-foot-tall granite monument of Netaji will eventually replace the hologram statue.
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said:
"At a time when the entire nation is marking the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I am glad to share that his grand statue, made of granite, will be installed at India Gate. This would be a symbol of India's indebtedness to him”
"Till the grand statue of Netaji Bose is completed, a hologram statue of his would be present at the same place. I will unveil the hologram statue on 23rd January, Netaji’s birth anniversary,”
It was announced in a statement by the Prime Minister's Office that the hologram statue will be put beneath a canopy that formerly housed a monument of King George V that was dismantled in 1968. The holographic statue will be powered by a 4K projector with a luminosity of 30,000 lumens. The holographic statue is 28 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Modi will also award 'Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskars,’ the goal of this award is to honor disaster management professionals in India for their selfless dedication and outstanding contributions.
On the occasion of his birth anniversary, which is celebrated as “Parakram Diwas”, we would like to present to you-
5 Lesser-known Facts about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose:
1. Netaji Was a Brilliant Child During His Student Life: Bose was an exceptionally bright and brilliant student and he secured top ranks throughout his study in school and university. He completed his BA in Philosophy with a first-class score in 1918.2. Bose Was Imprisoned Eleven Times: During the period of the year 1921-1941, Netaji was imprisoned eleven times in various jails due to his stand for complete Indian independence.
3. Netaji cleared the Indian Civil Service examination: Subhash Chandra Bose cleared the Indian Civil Service examination in 1920 in England. Later, he resigned from his civil service job on April 23, 1921, after hearing about India’s Freedom Movement.
4. Netaji believed Bhagavad Gita To Be a Great source of inspiration for him: Bose believed that the Srimad Bhagavad Gita was a great source of inspiration for him to carry on his endeavor. Swami Vivekananda’s teachings on universal brotherhood, his nationalist thoughts, and his emphasis on social service and reform have had instilled a vision in him.
5. During The Second World War, Bose Travelled Many Countries: At the outset of World War 2, Netaji had travelled to a number of countries, including the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and Imperial Japan, so as to seek an alliance with each and to attack the British government in India.
5 Inspiring Quotes By Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose:
1. No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions.
2. One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.
3. Life loses half its interest if there is no struggle- if there are no risks to be taken.
4. Believe in your own power. A “borrowed power” does not prove to be beneficial for you.
5. Freedom is not given, it is taken.
Note: Today, we sincerely salute the iconic freedom fighter Netaji who showed great courage to bring freedom to India. He will always remain a champion in our hearts who was born with a dream to free India and did his best to achieve it! Best wishes to you all for Parakram Diwas as well!
Graphic Content By: Kashish Rai
(Keywords: Republic Day, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Birth Anniversary, Prakram Diwas)
High drama was witnessed in Kanpur Dehat for over an hour when a man, upset over his wife's alleged affair with a local man, climbed the tower with his children and threatened to commit suicide. The incident took place on Monday near Gandhi Nagar in Akbarpur, when the man threatened to commit suicide after throwing his kids down from a height of nearly 40-feet. Chaos prevailed around the area and the locals informed the police that rushed to the spot.
After about half-an-hour of convincing, the police managed to bring him and his children down. The man told the police that his wife's affair was going on with his neighbor. He had complained to the police, but no action was taken. Police said that as per the man, his wife had developed an illicit relationship with a man, living nearby their house. "As per the man, in his absence, his neighbor visited his house often. He said that he had reprimanded his neighbor many times, but to no avail," said the police.
The man had complained to the police, but no action was taken. | Pixabay
The man had also lodged a complaint with the police but no action was taken. On the other hand, Akbarpur police said that on the basis of the complaint, action for breach of peace has been taken against the neighbor accused of luring his wife. Circle officer (CO) Akbarpur Arun Kumar said that the police are trying to sort out the issue. "Whatever action is appropriate will be taken," the official added. (IANS/SP)
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The US forces continued their bombardment of buildings and institutions in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, as part of their alleged manhunt of Islamic State (IS) fugitives, state news agency SANA reported. The US forces are shelling buildings and public institutions on Tuesday in the vicinity of the Sina'a prison in the Gweiran neighborhood in Hasakah "on the pretext of hunting down IS militants who fled the prison," said SANA.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed the US airstrikes as civilian casualties have been reported. | Wikimedia Commons
The shelling came in tandem with waves of raids by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to homes in the surrounding areas, rounding up many civilians and taking them to unknown locations, the state news agency added. On January 20, IS inmates inside the Sina'a prison, which is controlled by the SDF, started a riot that was coordinated with IS militants from outside, who detonated the prison's gates with two booby-trapped vehicles, succeeding to free some prisoners.
The incident triggered clashes between IS and the SDF as well as US airstrikes on the areas, where the IS fugitives could have sought shelter in, Xinhua news agency reported. The clashes and airstrikes are still ongoing as the SDF has so far failed to contain the situation and storm the prison. The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed the US airstrikes as civilian casualties have been reported. Hasakah province is largely controlled by the US-backed SDF, while certain areas, particularly in the city of Qamishli, are still under the control of the Syrian government. (IANS/ MBI)
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The circulating avian influenza outbreaks, including in India, do not seem to pose the 'high' risk but surveillance and biosecurity measures are necessary to reduce spillover risk between poultry and wild birds, a UN-backed scientific task force said. Throughout the past autumn and current winter in the northern hemisphere, multiple avian influenza outbreaks, caused predominantly by the H5N1 HPAI virus, plus other subtypes, including H5N8, have occurred in India, the UK, the Netherlands and Israel with the ever recorded mortality of the Svalbard barnacle geese in Solway Coast.
The Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds, co-convened by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Monday recommended that surveillance and biosecurity measures are reinforced to reduce spillover risk between poultry and wild birds. The Task Force has convened and produced recommendations and guidance for authorities and managers of countries affected or at risk. Wild birds, including globally threatened species, are victims of HPAI viruses causing avian influenza. Affected sites also include areas of international relevance for conservation such as protected wetlands.
More than 2,400 migratory water birds died in the Pong wetlands in Himachal last year because of avian influenza. | Unsplash
It is essential that authorities with responsibility for animal health apply the One Health approach for communicating and addressing avian influenza. That means recognising the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment and acting with a coordinated and unified approach. The Task Force reminds authorities of their international obligations to ensure their response to the pathogenic virus does not include the culling of wild birds, nor actions that would cause damage to natural ecosystems, especially wetlands.
Ruth Cromie, who coordinated the work of the Task Force and the production of the statement, said: "Avian influenza represents a One Health issue threatening health across the board. The highly pathogenic viruses are still relatively new in wild birds and this winter's high levels of mortality remind us of their vulnerability and that working to promote healthy wildlife benefits us all." H5N1 is currently the avian influenza lineage most found in Africa and Eurasia in both poultry and wild birds. The wide range of wild birds affected include wildfowl, waders, gulls, cranes, grebes, herons, pelicans, gamebirds, corvids and raptors (diurnal and nocturnal), in addition to sporadic cases in mammals such as red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) and harbor Phoca vitulina and grey seal Halichoerus grypus.
Consider occupational exposure, e.g. those working on poultry culling operations. | Unsplash
In terms of human health, the currently circulating H5N1 HPAI viruses do not seem to pose the same zoonotic risk as the 'original' Asian lineage H5N1 (clade 2.2 and their derivatives plus clade 18.104.22.168b H5N6 viruses currently in China). In general, the risk can be considered low, recognising that some agencies now consider occupational exposure, e.g. those working on poultry culling operations, as low or moderate. In India, several instances of bird flu were reported in 2021. More than 2,400 migratory water birds, and almost half of them being endangered bar-headed goose, died in the Pong wetlands in Himachal Pradesh last year and that avian influenza (H5N1) was the cause.
Besides the bar-headed goose, the other species that died were the shoveler, the river tern, the pochard and the common teal. An 11-year-old boy died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi last year due to avian influenza, country's first fatality. India reported the first outbreak of avian influenza in 2006. RSPB Scotland is calling for an emergency local moratorium restricting shooting on the Solway for the rest of the wildfowling season. It calls for urgent action to reduce the devastating impacts of avian influenza. New statistics from the most recent counts show that the UK is this winter experiencing the worst outbreak of this deadly disease on record, with migratory geese which 'over winter' on the Solway being the hardest hit.
According to RSPB Scotland, the latest population counts of the Svalbard barnacle goose show a drop in numbers from 43,703 in November last year to 27,133 in this month's count. This represents a decline of 38 per cent in the Svalbard breeding population of this species from winter 2020-21. CMS Executive Secretary Amy Fraenkel said: "Through late 2021 and early 2022 there have been numerous outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, with severe impacts on migratory birds. "The CMS Secretariat responded by convening the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds together with the FAO. We are pleased to share its advice and key recommendations for countries affected or at risk, and look forward to continuing our collaborative work to minimize risks to humans, poultry and wild populations of migratory birds." (IANS/SP)
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