PM Modi in Kolkata: ‘Netaji dreamt of strong India… from LAC to LOC, we are following his footsteps’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India was following the footsteps of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who had dreamt of a strong and powerful country. Addressing a crowd at an event marking Bose’s 125th birth anniversary at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial, PM Modi said, “Netaji had dreamt of a strong India… from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to the Line of Control (LOC), we are following his footsteps.”

In his first visit to West Bengal in the run-up to the Assembly elections, PM Modi also said Netaji had once asked people not to lose hope of a “free India”, and similarly, no one could stop India from being Atmanirbhar.

“I wonder how Netaji would have felt had he seen the new India that is taking shape today. How would Netaji have felt seeing India manufacturing its own Covid-19 vaccines? He would have been immensely proud to see India helping other countries fight the pandemic,” PM Modi said.

He announced that Netaji’s birth anniversary (January 23) would henceforth be celebrated as ‘Parakram Divas’, and that the freedom fighter’s life, work and decisions were an inspiration for all. “130 crore Indians are indebted and will remain so to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,” the Prime Minister said.

Minutes before PM Modi’s speech, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was also present at the event, refused to speak after a section of the crowd chanted ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans. “There should be some dignity at a government programme. I am grateful to the Prime Minister and Ministry of Culture for inviting me. But one should not insult someone after inviting that person. In protest, I am not saying anything,” Banerjee said.

Ahead of the PM’s visit to Kolkata, Banerjee took a dig at BJP saying her party does not celebrate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birthday only in the years when elections are scheduled, adding that the saffron party never celebrated Netaji’s birth anniversary before. She also alleged the Centre did not consult her government before declaring Netaji’s birthday as ‘Parakram Diwas’.

PM Modi had landed at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport around 3 pm Saturday, from where he took a helicopter to the city. His chopper landed at the RCTC Ground where he was received by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and state minister Firhad Hakim. He paid tribute to Bose at Netaji Bhavan, and also attended an international seminar on Bose at the National Library, where he interacted with delegates and artists.

Addressing a public event at historic Jerenga Pothar (field) in Assam’s Sivasagar district earlier in the day, PM Modi attacked the previous governments in the state for depriving its lakhs of poor indigenous people of their land rights. At the event, the Prime Minister ceremonially distributed over 1 lakh land pattas (land allotment certificates) to families from indigenous communities across the state.

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IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, Pat Cummins vs Steve Smith

Pat Cummins claimed four wickets and skipper Eoin Morgan scored 68 as Kolkata Knight Riders knocked Rajasthan Royals out of the Indian Premier League with a 60-run win on Sunday.

Kolkata ended the league phase with their seventh win this season to have a chance of reaching the play-offs while Royals are set to finish bottom of the eight-team table.

Morgan hit his first half-century of the campaign to propel Kolkata to 191 for seven and Cummins then returned figures of 4-34 as Royals managed just 131 for nine in 20 overs in Dubai.

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Cricket news 2020: Pat Cummins half century, IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

Australian paceman Pat Cummins somewhat salvaged his horrific run of form in the Indian Premier League by scoring his maiden T20 half century against the Mumbai Indians on Saturday morning (AEDT).

Walking to the crease at 61/5, Cummins smacked 53 off 36 balls in a career-best performance, combining with England captain Eoin Morgan for an 87-run sixth-wicket partnership.

After a horror start to their innings, the duo guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to 148/5 from their 20 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Cummins and Morgan hit 35 runs off the final 12 balls to give a semblance of respectability to the score.

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No chemical used against BJP workers, claims Bengal govt; 89 detained in Kolkata, 24 in Howrah

The West Bengal government has denied allegation levelled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the state police used water mixed with chemicals to charge at BJP workers when they were trying to march towards Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s office in Kolkata on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference, West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said the police did not use any chemical in the water used for water cannons.

“No chemical was used in cannon water. It is wrong information. Globally, the intent to use coloured water (in water cannon) is to identify a person post dispersal for further necessary action as per the law, if required,” he said.

Hundreds of BJP workers hit the streets in Kolkata and Howrah on Thursday to protest against the West Bengal government over the “worsening” law and order situation in the state.

To prevent them from surrounding the Secretariat, police set up barricades. As the BJP workers tried to cross the barricades, police resorted to lathicharge and used water cannons to disperse the protestors. Many BJP workers, including some senior state leaders are said to have been injured in the police action.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he has been told that the water used in water cannons had some chemical in it, “which is why people have been vomiting”.

BJP MP and party’s youth wing president Tejaswi Surya too levelled similar allegations and said he will urge the Union Home Ministry to probe the matter.

Police in Kolkata use water cannons to disperse protesting BJP workers. (Photo: PTI)

89 detained in Kolkata, 24 in Howrah

Meanwhile, the police have detained 89 people in Kolkata and 24 in Howrah over today’s protest against the state government.

Chief Secretary, West Bengal, Alapan Bandyopadhyay said, “There was no misuse of power in the entire handling of protestors. They have violated the Pandemic Act.”

He said evidence of violent incidents have been found in today’s protests and police have recovered firearm from the protestors. “Policemen were also attacked and some of them have sustained injuries.”

“The applicant (BJP) last evening had mentioned several rallies and said, each rally will have around 25,000 youth. If each rally had to be allowed then that would have been a travesty as per the lockdown norms,” Alapan Bandyopadhyay said.

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Australia Test cricket vs India, Shane Warne vs Steve Waugh, Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Shane Warne has revealed Steve Waugh’s decision to enforce the follow-on against India in 2001 came despite the reluctance of much of his attack.

Among Australia’s most successful ever captains, alongside the dominance of his team, Waugh’s time in charge is remembered for two controversial decisions.

The first was dropping Warne for the final Test of the 1999 tour of the West Indies. The second was electing to enforce the follow-on against India in the 2001 Eden Gardens Test.

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PM Modi launches Covid-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata: Highlights | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched “high throughput” Covid-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata, which will ramp up testing capacity and help strengthen early detection and treatment in the country.
While launching the testing facilities through a video link, PM Modi said crores of citizens of the country are fighting the global epidemic very bravely.
Here is what PM Modi said:
* The way right decisions were taken at the right time in the country, today it is a result of those decisions that India is in a much better position than other countries. Today, the death rate due to the coronavirus in our country is much less than the big countries.
* The most important decision for a long fight against corona was that corona specific health infrastructure should be rapidly built in the country. For this reason, the Central government announced a package of Rs 15,000 crore at the very beginning.
* Be it an isolation centre, a Covid special hospital, network of testing, tracing and tracking, India expanded its capabilities at a very fast pace. Today, India has more than 11,000 Covid facilities, more than 11 lakh isolations beds.
* In January, we had only one centre for the coronavirus tests, today around 1,300 labs are working in the whole country. More than 5 lakh tests are being conducted in India every day. In the coming weeks, it is being tried to do 10 lakh tests per day.
* Our scientists are working fast for producing a vaccine. But till there is no effective medicine or vaccine against the virus, masks, distance of 2 metres, hand sanitization are our only options.
* In Covid-19 fight, we have come to a point where we do not lack awareness.
* These labs will not remain restricted to testing of Covid-19 but will be expanded for testing of many other diseases including Hepatitis B & C, HIV, and dengue in future.
* Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Kolkata are major centers of economic activity. Millions of youth of the country come to fulfill their careers, their dreams in these cities. Now the available testing capacity in these three places is going to add to the already available capacity.
* With the launch of hi-tech state-of-the-art testing facility, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are going to get more strength in the fight against the coronavirus.

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Wind and Rain Lash Kolkata as Cyclone Amphan Bears Down

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Residents of Midland Told ‘Evacuate Immediately’ After Dam Breaches

Michigan’s Edenville and Sandford dams overflowed following heavy rainfall on May 19, forcing the evacuation of communities downstream. The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the length of the Tittabawassee River after the dam breaches, which followed days of heavy rain in Michigan, Illinois, and across the Midwest. Local media reported that the evacuations would include the towns of Edenville, Sanford, and parts of the city of Midland, which is home to 42,000 people. This video shows a fire truck broadcasting evacuation warnings to residents in Midland. Credit: LemurKing 69 via Storyful

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