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Modi declassifies Netaji files, family members welcome move

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday declassified 100 files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a top freedom fighter who raised an army to fight the British and whose death in an aircrash continues to be a mystery even after seven decades.

Modi released digital copies of 100 files at the National Archives of India following the government’s decision to declassify files on the freedom fighter. The files were released on the birth anniversary of Bose, who was more popularly addressed with the honorific Netaji.

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Modi also launched a webportal https://netajipapers.gov.in to release digital version of 100 files.

The family members of Bose, some of whom where present during the declassification, were overwhelmed by the decision calling it a “great day for the entire nation.”

Netaji, one of the leading lights of the Indian freedom struggle, set up the Indian National Army (INA) during World War II to take on the British Indian Army.

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A former Congress president and once a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Bose’s reported death in a plane crash in Formosa, now Taiwan, in 1945 has remained a mystery. The bespectacled freedom fighter was born on January 23, 1897 in Cuttack, Odisha.

The National Archives received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (INA) from the defence ministry in 1997.

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

The Mamata Banerjee government on September 18, 2015 put in public domain 64 files running into 12,744 pages in the presence of Netaji’s family members, who have been campaigning for the 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 to see what was there in the files, but it was far more important to debate his life and work, to follow his vision, rather than to discuss in what circumstances he died.

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Delhi riots: Court extends Safoora Zargar’s custody till June 25

Former JNU student Umar Khalid, Jamia Alumni Association President Shifa-Ur-Rehman and Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha have also been booked under the UAPA in connection with the case.

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New Delhi, May 26 : A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of two Jamia Millia Islamia students, Safoora Zargar and Meeran Haider, by one month.

The duo was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in a case pertaining to the communal riots in northeast Delhi in February, which left at least 53 people dead and 200 injured.

The students were produced before Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana of the Patiala House Court through video conferencing at the end of their remand period, following which it was extended further till June 25.

Another Jamia student, Gulfisha Khatoon, activist Khalid Saifi, former Congress councilor Ishrat Jahan and suspended Aam Aadmi Party councilor Tahir Hussain were also produced before the court.

Their matter will again be taken up by the court on May 28.

Former JNU student Umar Khalid, Jamia Alumni Association President Shifa-Ur-Rehman and Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha have also been booked under the UAPA in connection with the case.

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Amid privacy concerns, Centre makes Aarogya Setu app open source

“The key pillars of Aarogya Setu have been transparency, privacy and security and in line with India’s policy on Open Source Software, the source code of Aarogya Setu has now been made open source,”

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New Delhi, May 26 : In a bid to allay the privacy concerns regarding the Aarogya Setu app, the Centre on Tuesday announced it was making the mobile application open source, allowing researchers, experts and developers to understand how it works and the personal data processed through it.

The source code for the Android version of the application is available for review and collaboration on Github. The iOS version of the application will be released as open source within the next two weeks and the server code will be released subsequently, an official statement said.

Almost 98 per cent of Aarogya Setu users are on Android platform, it added.

“The key pillars of Aarogya Setu have been transparency, privacy and security and in line with India’s policy on Open Source Software, the source code of Aarogya Setu has now been made open source,” said the Electronics & IT Ministry statement.

It said that opening the source code to the developer community signifies the government’s continuing commitment to the principles of transparency and collaboration.

“With the release of the source code in the public domain, we are looking to expanding collaboration and to leverage the expertise of top technical brains amongst the talented youth and citizens of our nation and to collectively build a robust and secure technology solution to help support the work of frontline health workers in fighting this pandemic together,” the statement said.

The government has also announced a bug bounty program for the app, whereby the government will pay a cash price of Rs 1 lakh to any developer who finds bugs or loopholes in the application.

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608 flights ferry over 41k passengers today

According to the minister, India’s airports have handled 325 departures and 283 arrivals with 41,673 passengers till 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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New Delhi, May 26 : A day after India resumed domestic flights, a total of 608 services ferrying 41,673 passengers were operated till 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said smooth operations were witnessed on Tuesday.

According to the minister, India’s airports have handled 325 departures and 283 arrivals with 41,673 passengers till 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Smooth operations of domestic civil aviation… Our airports have handled 325 departures & 283 arrivals with 41,673 passengers till 5 p.m. on May 26, the 2nd day after recommencement of domestic flights. Final report for the day will be prepared after details come in at midnight,” he tweeted.

Earlier during the day, the minister in a different tweet said the number of passengers and flights were set to rise as air services to Andhra Pradesh were resumed on Tuesday.”

“Airports are abuzz & passengers are back,” Puri tweeted.

He had said that 58,318 passengers flew to their destinations on 832 flights on May 25, the first day of resumption of air services after two months. “These numbers are set to soar,” he tweeted.

But for West Bengal, domestic flights have been resumed to all states.

Industry insiders said the majority of bookings on Monday and the subsequent few more days were for flights between Metros due to the “pent-up demand”.

Airlines have reported healthy load factors and expected passenger count levels.

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