Netaji fans want Jan 23 to be International Patriotism Day
Even as West Bengal on Wednesday observed the 111th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose with various programmes, an organisation dedicated to popularising the freedom fighter's ideals has urged the United Nations to declare Jan 23 as International Patriotism Day.
In a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Jayanta Chowdhuri, the general secretary of the Kolkata-based Netaji Chetana Mancha, said: "I would request you to kindly announce Jan 23 as International Patriotism Day, taking into consideration the enormous and unparalleled contribution of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the freedom movement of India and other oppressed nations."
Chowdhuri added: "Subhas Chandra Bose is not only a national hero but also a patriot in the true sense in the entire world. Mr Bose had sacrificed his whole life to liberate the suffering Indian masses from the shackles of British imperialism."
"He had refused a coveted white collar job and all comforts of life for the cause of Indian independence. He had been twice elected as the president of the Indian National Congress, put behind bars 11 times and had escaped from house-arrest on the eve of World War II."
In the letter, he said: "To liberate his motherland, he continued the struggle and had escaped to Afghanistan and finally to Germany disguised as Orlando Mazotta. There Mr Bose had established the Indian Legion and through its various radio stations, delivered lectures to mobilize the masses of India and abroad and also make people aware of the struggle of freedom-loving patriotic Indians."
Police arrested two youths for alleged thefts in Manimajra. The arrested accused have been identified as Arjun, 20, of Kishangarh, and Deepak, 20, of Dhanas. Police said Krishan Lal of Mori Gate, Manimajra, reported a theft of a total of 10 ceiling and pedestal fans from his shop at the Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, on June 19.
Two men, who worked as carriers for a gang involved in a slew of cybercrimes, were arrested with ₹35.7 lakh cash and jewellery worth ₹12.94 lakh on Saturday. The arrested accused are Chauhan Ratan, and his brother-in-law Parmar Rajesh of Sector 47, Chandigarh. The gang's modus operandi involves hacking accounts, cloning and skimming cards to purchase items and then selling them immediately to get cash.
Work is underway in the city to remodel six roundabouts as per the latest directives of the Indian Road Congress so as to reduce fatalities due to road mishaps. The roundabouts being upgraded include the Sector 14/15/24/25 roundabout, Sector 15/16/23/24 roundabout, Sector 36/37/41/42 roundabout, Sector 37/38/40/41 roundabout, Sector 19/27/20/30 roundabout and Sector 31/32/46/47 roundabout.
In the third assault case involving a juvenile in the past 10 days, police apprehended a teenager for attacking a 19-year-old youth with an iron rod near the public toilets at Charan Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran on Friday night. The victim, Anuraj, alias a resident of Charan Singh Colony, Basu, is under treatment at the Panchkula civil hospital in Sector 6. His father, Shri Niwasan blocked his son's way and threatened to kill him.
Tributes were paid to Major Sandeep Sagar on his 23rd death anniversary in Panchkula on Saturday. Students of Chaman Lal DAV School presented a patriotic song in his memory. Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker Gian Chand Gupta also laid a wreath in the presence of the Major's mother Raksha Sagar, sister Anjali Madiya, Zila Sainik Board secretary Col Naresh and other family members and relatives.