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PM Modi unfurls tricolour at Red Fort to mark Azad Hind Government anniversary

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Oct 21: In a lengthy speech invoking valour and recalling the contribution of the Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army) in the freedom movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his government was committed to taking “big and bold” decisions and that the Indian Army was being modernised as per the dreams of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Modi said that “even 75 years after Independence, Netaji’s dreams have not been fulfilled”.

“India has marched several steps ahead but it is still yet to reach new heights. To achieve this goal, we are going ahead with the vision of a new india, a new India which was imagined by Bose, at a time when destructive forces were attacking us,” the Prime Minister said during his speech at the Police Commemoration Day.

“It is the duty of every Indian to be inspired by Netaji, to fight such forces, to defeat them, and to contribute to nation building in their full capacity.”

He also blamed the previous governments for looking at the country with an “English perspective”.

“Our government is changing this,” he said, insisting that the country’s sovereignty was an important aspect of Bose’s vision.

Modi recalled Bose’s words: “With the power of weapons and sacrifice of blood, you have to achieve freedom and then when the country will be free, you will have to make a steady army for the nation, whose work will be to protect our freedom”.

“Today I can say that India is moving towards the creation of an Army that was visioned by Netaji. Josh, Junoon aur Jazba, these have been parts of our Army for long but now technique and modern weapons and equipments are also being combined with them.

“The strength of our Army has always been for self protection, and it will remain so in the future too,” he maintained.

Modi stressed that India has “never been greedy” for somebody else’s land.

“This has been our history. But whosoever poses a threat to Indian sovereignty will be answered with double strength. Several attempts have been made in the past four years to strengthen our Army.

“The best technology is being made available to Indian Army. This government has the courage to take big and bold decisions. And this will continue in the future too. From surgical strikes to making the Netaji files public, the decisions have been made by only our government.
The dreams that were envisioned by Netaji have been carried forward by only this government,” he said.

Modi was speaking at Red Fort, where in a departure from protocol, he hoisted the national flag to mark the commemoration of the 75 years of the establishment of the Azad Hind Sarkar, the government of “free India”.

The Azad Hind government was raised by Bose during the freedom movement.

Traditionally, the Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort on Independence Day, and in a first he did so on Sunday because soldiers of the Indian National Army faced trails by the British at Red Fort.

Modi also laid the foundation stone of a museum dedicated to the Azad Hind Fauj at the Red Fort.

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Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh pay tributes to Nehru

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New Delhi, Nov 14: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan and others paid homage to the nation’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary at Shanti Van.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Gandhi and senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, P.C. Chacko among others paid floral tributes to Nehru at the Shanti Vana here.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also remembered Nehru.

‘Remembering Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary’, President Kovind tweeted.

“We recall his contribution to our freedom struggle and during his tenure as Prime Minister”, Modi said in a tweet.

Born on November 14, 1889, Nehru took oath as the first Prime Minister on August 15, 1947, after the country attained independence from the British rule.

Chacha Nehru served the country till May 27, 1964. He still remains as the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister.

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Rafale Jet deal hearing in Supreme Court underway

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The Supreme Court on Wednesday began its crucial hearing on pleas seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale fighter jets deal. 

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph to examine the pricing details of the 36 Rafale fighter jets which  India is procuring from France.

The central government on Monday submitted over a 14-page document related to details of its decision-making process before the apex court in a sealed cover.

The initial arguments were started by petitioner advocate Manohar Lal Sharma.

Sharma told the bench that report filed by the government in the court reveals that there has been serious fraud while making the decision post May 2015.

He urged Supreme Court that the matter be heard by a five-judge bench.

Counsel appearing for AAP leader Sanjay Singh told the top court that pricing of the 36 Rafale aircraft deal was revealed in the Parliament twice, hence, the submission of government that pricing details cannot be made public was not acceptable.

Senior lawyer, Prashant Bhushan, appearing for former Union minister Arun Shourie, who is also one of the petitioners in the Rafale deal case, submitted to the three-judge Apex Court that only in three situations, the intergovernmental route can be resorted.

He also told the Apex Court that there was no sovereign guarantee from the side of the France government in the deal.

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Chhattisgarh: 5 Security Personnel, 1 Civilian injured in Bijapur blast

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Bijapur, Nov 14: Five security personnel and one civilian were injured on Wednesday in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

The incident occurred at around 9:00 am in a truck carrying Border Security Forces (BSF) troops of 414 Adhoc Batallion in the Bijapur Ghatti area.

Out of the five security personnel injured, four of them belonged to BSF while one person was from District Reserve Guard (DRG).

“4 BSF jawans, one DRG and one civilian have been injured in IED blast in Bijapur Ghatti (7 kms from Bijapur). All injured have been admitted to a hospital in Bijapur”, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Naxal Operation) P Sundarraj told ANI.

The blast took place two days after the first phase of assembly election to 18 seats in the state.

In the other incident a gunfight broke out during a search operation not far from the IED blast spot. The 85 Battalion of the CRPF troopers were attacked by the insurgents. “Firing is still on,” Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran said.

Both attacks took place simultaneously at 9.15 a.m. in the Mahadev Ghat area, a police officer said.

It was the ninth Maoist attack in 19 days in the poll-bound state where the second phase of voting to 72 seats will take place on November 20.

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