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Why is Aug 18 being marked as Netaji’s death anniversary, ask kin

Mitra also alleged that the Central government had spied for over two decades on the family of Netaji to secure the political interests of a particular family.

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Kolkata, Aug 18 : Some family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and activists are not happy with many politicians, including senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, observing August 18 as the death anniversary of the redoubtable freedom fighter.

“It is absolutely false… there is no question of observing the date as Netaji’s death anniversary. Even the Justice Mukherjee Commission has also said that Netaji did not die in the plane crash,” contended Netaji’s grandnephew and activist Indraneel Mitra.

August 18 marks the 75th death anniversary of Netaji amid controversies even now as many refuse to believe that he died in the plane crash. These people think that Netaji had survived and lived till old age in hiding, and that his death remains an unsolved mystery.

“The theory of the plane crash was imposed by Jawaharlal Nehru and his associates to secure his political position as the Prime Minister of India. He had declared Netaji a war criminal, then imposed the air crash theory of Netaji on the entire nation when there was no official information to substantiate the accident,” Mitra alleged, adding that he is “extremely disappointed” to see people observing August 18 as the freedom fighter’s death anniversary.

Mitra also alleged that the Central government had spied for over two decades on the family of Netaji to secure the political interests of a particular family.

Ever since the August 18, 1945 plane crash in Taiwan, there have been multiple theories about how Netaji dodged death and went on to live incognito or died in some other way.

Author and Netaji researcher Dr. Jayanta Chowdhury said that it is “annoying” to know that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid tribute to Netaji on his death anniversary. He said many senior BJP leaders like Kailash Vijayvargiya and others also paid respect to Netaji on social media, marking the day as his death anniversary.

He said that Justice Mukherjee Commission of Enquiry had said: “As regards the ancillary query (vide paragraph 3 of the notification), the commission is of the view – consequent upon its above findings – that in undertaking the scrutiny of publications touching upon the question of death or otherwise of Netaji, the Central Government can proceed on the basis that he is dead but did not die in the plane crash, as alleged.”

Chowdhury said that the commission’s version “clearly nullified the air crash logic”. “I don’t know why the leaders and members of the current government have also started believing in the same flawed theory,” he added.

Netaji’s great-grandniece Rajashree Choudhury also told IANS that there was no question of ashes and the resurrection of the plane crash theory again. “Netaji met several people after that, as per declassified files, including Nikhil Chattopadhayay, son of revolutionary Virendranath Chattopadhayay, in 1968 at Russia’s Omsk,” she claimed.

A declassified Prime Minister’s Office file had an affidavit filed by Narendranath Sindkdar, a writer-journalist who was based in Moscow between 1966 and 1991, claiming that Chattopadhyay and his wife had met Bose in the Siberian town 23 years after he was apparently killed in a plane crash, she said.

“Filed before the Mukherjee Commission in 2000, Sindkdar’s affidavit quoted Chattopadhyay as saying that Bose was in hiding in Russia for he feared being prosecuted as a war criminal in India,” Choudhury said.

Netaji’s great-grandniece said there were several radio speeches of Netaji after August 18, 1945. She said that above all, Netaji’s elder brother Suresh Chandra Bose’s dissent report in one of the earliest inquiries said that his brother never died in an air crash as there was no plane which took off or landed in Taihaku on August 18.

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Azim Premji and Dr Devi Shetty chosen for PCB awards

Besides them 25 senior journalists have been selected for the ‘Press Club Annual Awards’, a release said.

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Bengaluru, Jan 19: The chairman of Wipro Limited Azim Premji and the founder chairman of Narayana Health Dr Devi Prasad Shetty are among those who have been selected for the annual awards given by the Press Club of Bangalore.

Premji has been chosen for ‘Press Club Person of the Year’, while Dr Shetty and actor-Director Sudeep Sanjeev have been selected for the ‘Press Club Special Award.’

Besides them 25 senior journalists have been selected for the ‘Press Club Annual Awards’, a release said.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will facilitate the awardees at a function scheduled for the third week of February, it said.

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Elizabeth Olsen: Nepotism creates fear that you don’t deserve the work you get

The actress added that she “always had this need to prove myself to everyone around me that I work really hard”, adding: “I couldn’t walk in a room without everyone already having an opinion.”

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Los Angeles, Jan 19 : Hollywood star Elizabeth Olsen says she once thought of changing her surname and distance herself from the success of her family because it was insanity growing up in the spotlight.

“It was insanity. There were times when my sisters would always be spotted and I would be in the car with them and it would really freak me out. It has helped me navigate how I want to approach my career,” said the actress, whose older sisters are Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.

The actress added that she “always had this need to prove myself to everyone around me that I work really hard”, adding: “I couldn’t walk in a room without everyone already having an opinion.”

Elizabeth opened up om the fears of nepotism.

“The thing about nepotism is the fear that you don’t earn or deserve the work. There was even a part of me when I was a little girl that thought if I’m gonna be an actress I’m going to go by Elizabeth Chase, which is my middle name. And then, once I started working, I was like, ‘I love my family, I like my name, I love my sisters. Why would I be so ashamed of that?’ It’s fine now,” she said.

The actress said fame has made her more of a homebody.

“Fame has also made me someone who is more of a homebody than maybe I would like to be but I know where not to go. If I could do whatever I wanted for the day, I’d start with the gym, then I’d go to the grocery store, because it’s my favourite thing,” Elizabeth told The Sun.

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Covid-19 vax: WHO warns of ‘catastrophic moral failure’

He said over 39 million vaccine doses had been given in 49 richer states – but one poor nation had only 25 doses.

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Geneva, Jan 19 : The world faces a “catastrophic moral failure” because of unequal Covid-19 vaccine policies, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to get injections before vulnerable people in poorer states, the BBC reported.

He said over 39 million vaccine doses had been given in 49 richer states – but one poor nation had only 25 doses.

Meanwhile, both the WHO and China were criticised for their Covid response.

An independent panel commissioned by the WHO said the UN public health body should have declared an international emergency earlier, and also rapped China for not taking public health measures sooner.

So far, China, India, Russia, the UK and the US have all developed Covid vaccines, with others being made by multinational teams – like the American-German Pfizer vaccine.

Almost all of these nations have prioritised distribution to their own populations.

Speaking at a WHO executive board session on Monday, Tedros said: “I need to be blunt: the world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure – and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world’s poorest countries.”

Tedros said a “me-first” approach would be self-defeating because it would push up prices and encourage hoarding.

“Ultimately, these actions will only prolong the pandemic, the restrictions needed to contain it, and human and economic suffering,” he added.

The WHO head called for a full commitment to the global vaccine-sharing scheme Covax, which is due to start rolling out next month.

“My challenge to all member states is to ensure that by the time World Health Day arrives on April 7, Covid-19 vaccines are being administered in every country, as a symbol of hope for overcoming both the pandemic and the inequalities that lie at the root of so many global health challenges,” Tedros said.

So far, more than 180 countries have signed up to the Covax initiative, which is supported by the WHO and a group of international vaccine advocacy groups. Its aim is to unite countries into one bloc so they have more power to negotiate with drug companies.

Ninety-two countries – all of them low or middle-income – will have their vaccines paid for by a fund sponsored by donors.

“We have secured two billion doses from five producers, with options of more than one billion more doses, and we aim to start deliveries in February,” Tedros said.

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