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Cellular Jail a place of worship for me, says Modi

Speaking on the occasion, he said Andaman and Nicobar Islands are not just a symbol of India’s natural beauty, but are also like a place of pilgrimage for Indians.

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Port Blair, Dec 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the historic Cellular Jail where thousands of Indian freedom fighters suffered incarceration was no less than a place of worship for him as he hoisted the Tricolor on a 150-ft-high mast.

Addressing a public event to mark the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Modi also announced the renaming of three islands.

Ross Island would now be called Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep; Neil Island would be known as Shaheed Dweep; and Havelock Island would be renamed as Swaraj Dweep, he said.

He laid a wreath at the Martyrs Column, visited the Cellular Jail and offered floral tributes at the statue of Bose. He also released a commemorative postal stamp, coin, and First Day Cover.

He also unveiled a series of development projects related to the energy, connectivity and health sectors.

Speaking on the occasion, he said Andaman and Nicobar Islands are not just a symbol of India’s natural beauty, but are also like a place of pilgrimage for Indians.

He said the Andaman and Nicobar Islands remind us of the collective resolve of our freedom fighters.

Recalling Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister said that on Netaji’s call, many youth from the Andamans had dedicated themselves to the freedom of India. He said the flag on the 150-ft mast was an attempt to preserve the memory of this day in 1943, when Netaji unfurled the Tricolour.

He said the Union government was making efforts to highlight every glorious chapter of the country’s history. He mentioned the Panchteerth related to Babasaheb Ambedkar, the National Police Memorial, and the Statue of Unity. He said National Awards have also been announced in the names of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Sardar Patel.

The Prime Minister said that the New India that is being built with the inspiration of these great leaders, has development at its core.

Efforts are being made to make the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as self-sufficient as possible, Modi said. He spoke of the expansion of Port Blair dockyard, which will enable maintenance of big ships.

He called for a report on the condition of rural roads in the islands within two weeks, and said that once the report has been examined, the Union Government will give whatever assistance is possible.

The Prime Minister said that a new Integrated Terminal Building is coming up at Veer Savarkar International Airport. He said the undersea optical fibre cable from Chennai, once completed, would provide good internet connectivity.

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CBI court issues arrest warrant against TMC youth leader

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): A special CBI court at Asansol has issued an arrest warrant against “absconding” TMC youth leader Vinay Kumar Mishra in a cross-border cow smuggling racket in West Bengal, sources said on Wednesday.

One of the Trinamool Youth Congress’ General Secretaries, Mishra was summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) several times in the last one month but he skipped all summonses.

The last summons was served on January 19, the sources said. The agency had also issued a Lookout Notice against him.

The CBI had recently raided Mishra’s residence in Kolkata’s Rashbihari Avenue area but failed to arrest him since he is “absconding”, the sources added.

The crackdown came ahead of state Assembly polls in April-May this year. The central agency is now probing the larger conspiracy angle to the cattle-smuggling racket.

The CBI had filed an FIR in September last year against six persons, including some Border Security Force and Customs officers, who were allegedly bribed by international cattle smugglers.

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4 soldiers injured in Kashmir terror attack

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Four soldiers were injured after terrorists lobbed a grenade on a road opening party (ROP) of the army in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Army said the attack took place when troops were doing a sanitisation drill in the general area of Shamsipura at Khanabal in Kulgam.

Four soldiers received splinter injuries in the terrorist attack. They have been evacuated to army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar after they were provided first aid.

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Delhi Police registers four FIRs in connection with farmers’ tractor parade

In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered four FIRs in connection with the protesting farmers‘ tractor parade in the national capital, officials said here.

“Three FIRs were registered in east district and one in Shahdara district on Tuesday,” a police official said.

Earlier in the day, the tractor parade meant to highlight the demands of the farmer unions dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the city as tens of thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.

A protester died after his tractor overturned near ITO, one of the major flashpoints of the trouble.

In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.

“The farmers began tractor rally before scheduled time. They also resorted to violence and vandalism,” Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said.

“We followed all conditions as promised and did our due diligence but the protest led to extensive damage to public property,” he said.

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