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Balearic president thanks “thousands” for their efforts during the crisis

Balearic president thanks “thousands” for their efforts during the crisis



On Sunday, and to mark Balearics Day on Monday, President Armengol expressed her thanks for all that has been done by “thousands” of professionals, businesses and essential sectors. “They have supported the key mechanisms that have enabled this society to resist the pandemic. For which we thank them once again.” They have been the “muscle of this resistant and tenacious society”.

Armengol was speaking at the government’s event at La Lonja in Palma. She said that “today it is clearer than ever that we are a strong people”. The people of the Balearics have learned “three great lessons” as a result of the health and economic crisis. Firstly, that the government’s plan prior to the pandemic to promote a “more egalitarian and fairer” society, an economy with higher quality employment and a more environmentally friendly model of growth remains valid.

Secondly, that the pandemic has caused a “rapid growth in poverty and inequality”, which is why it is necessary to reinforce the welfare state, redouble the commitment to quality training and employment, and “deepen a more redistributive and fairer economy”. Thirdly, the pandemic has highlighted like never before the structural deficiencies that the Balearic Islands have suffered for “too many decades”, such as the “excessive” dependence on the tourism sector and the delay in diversification through technology, research and innovation.

The pandemic, she added, offers the solution. Armengol drew attention to the “unprecedented” European response and the forthcoming distribution of European funds that should be “the catalyst for diversification, modernisation, and transition towards a more sustainable, egalitarian and cohesive Balearic society”. “The future is in our hands. The virus can hurt us and make us suffer. It can steal lives and bring tears. It can threaten our projects and cast doubt on our hopes. But it will not be able to defeat us. It will not be able to impose itself, it cannot prevent that next year, when we return here and look back, we can say that together we beat coronavirus.”

The government’s Gold Medal, the regional community’s highest distinction, went to all health workers for the efforts they have made. The government wished to recognise many others and sacrifices made in the face of an unprecedented challenge. Ramon Llull Prizes were therefore awarded to the educational community; residents of nursing homes and workers; cleaners; supermarket workers; companies providing other essential services such as freight transport. Public and private security forces were honoured, as were farmers and fishermen, social services’ professionals and volunteers, the cultural sector, and businesspeople who converted their activities in response to needs created by the health emergency.



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Political leaders urged to ‘redouble’ efforts to tackle drugs deaths and poor mental health

Political leaders urged to ‘redouble’ efforts to tackle drugs deaths and poor mental health







The Church of Scotland is urging political party leaders to redouble their efforts to tackle the country’s “appalling” record on drugs deaths and suicide.

Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, is holding online meetings with MSPs tomorrow and will press them on what action is and will be taken.

Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair.

A total of 1,264 people in Scotland died of drug misuse in 2019, a 6% increase on the previous year.

There were 833 probable suicides in Scotland in 2019, up from 784 the previous year.

Dr Fair has been at the forefront of supporting people living with addictions in Arbroath in Angus since 2006.

Renewed focus on tackling poverty

He set up the Havilah Project at St Andrew’s Parish Church which also provides mental health support services introduced after the suicide of Frightened Rabbit frontman, Scott Hutchison, in 2018.

The Moderator will also urge party leaders to recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a “disproportionate impact” on vulnerable people in the most deprived communities.

The Church believes that the response to the recovery must focus not on putting the world back the way it was but with a renewed effort to tackle poverty.

It acknowledges that the impact of the pandemic, particularly on children and young people, the elderly and those without access to the internet, has been severe.

Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament

Dr Fair is holding online meetings with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the SNP, Douglas Ross of the Scottish Conservatives, Willie Rennie of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens.

He will also be speaking with Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh as part of the Moderator’s annual visit to the Scottish Parliament.

Mental health crisis

Speaking ahead of the meetings, Dr Fair said: “The Church is glad that the Scottish Government has worked with us closely throughout the pandemic to try and keep people safe.

“I am looking forward to discussing the many brilliant ways in which the Church has been involved in community cohesion and support efforts.

“Given my own particular interests, I look forward to discussing how the parliament’s recent decision to declare a ‘mental health crisis’ can lead to meaningful action.”

Dr Fair met Scott Hutchison’s mother, Marion, last September to discuss mental health issues.

Scott-Hutchison
Marion Hutchison and her family are determined to use the “voice” that the Frightened Rabbit frontman has given them to campaign for better mental health services. Scott Hutchison by Michelle Shiers.

“I also want to ask the First Minister and party leaders about strategies to tackle Scotland’s appalling drugs deaths and suicide figures,” he said.

“Although I am the Moderator of the General Assembly, I’m first and foremost a parish minister and these subjects are ever before me in the lives of real people.

“We’ve got to do better.’

Other issues on the agenda include an independent review of adult social care – a topic that affects CrossReach, the operating name of the Church’s social care council, which provides services across the country.

The Church has not taken a position on the Scottish independence question but Dr Fair will make clear to MSPs that it wants to be an influential voice when it comes to debate about what kind of country Scotland could be.

With a presence in communities across the country, congregations are well placed to play a role as “enablers of passionate and courteous discussion”.

Marion-Hutchison
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair and Marion Hutchison

The Church of Scotland engages with governments and parliamentarians on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics of mutual concern and to try and find a way to work together for the common good.

Dr Fair said he acknowledged that some people think religion and politics should be kept separate but he does not share the view.

“The Church cares about people and the communities it serves and people and communities are affected by every single decision made by politicians and political institutions,” he added.

“So, of course we’re interested and concerned about politics in the broadest sense, not party politics.”

The Church will seek a meeting with the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party in due course.





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Greater Houston Mourns Storm Victims As Relief Efforts Continue

Greater Houston Mourns Storm Victims As Relief Efforts Continue


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With the worst of winter’s wrath finally behind us, most Houston area residents now have power and heat as one of the most trying weeks in recent memory nears its end. However, access to water remains a widespread problem.

And as residents begin the long, hard recovery process, the tragic toll of this catastrophic cold spell becomes more apparent each day.

Cristian Pavon, age 11, died Tuesday morning in his freezing Conroe home.

Cristian Pavon, age 11, died Tuesday morning in his freezing Conroe home.

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The Houston Chronicle has reported that at least 25 people have died this week across Harris, Galveston and Brazoria counties due to the devastating winter storm.

On Tuesday morning, 11-year-old Cristian Pavon was found lifeless in bed inside his powerless Conroe home, his family wrote on a GoFundMe page set up by the deceased boy’s relatives. The fundraiser’s organizer wrote that the donations will be used to send Pavon’s body back to Honduras, his family’s home country, where he longed to return one day to see his grandparents.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences disclosed on Thursday that at least four Harris County residents died from hypothermia this week. According to the Chronicle , one of them was Crosby resident Carrol Anderson, a 75-year-old Vietnam vet who froze to death in his truck, which he was using to power an oxygen tank since his home had no electricity.

Another county resident who perished in the cold was an adult man found dead with no shoes and socks in a parking lot near Aldine, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Thursday.

A Sugar Land woman and three of her grandchildren died in a house fire Tuesday morning; ABC13 reported that their home was without power and a fireplace burning is expected to have caused the fatal blaze.

There have also been hundreds of local carbon monoxide poisonings caused by bone-chilled residents warming their homes with dangerous outdoor heating equipment like barbecue grills or power generators running indoors. Two Houston residents — a mother and her child — died due to the noxious invisible gas after running the family’s car in a closed garage on Tuesday.

Locals lucky enough to have survived these past few frozen days lined up to receive much needed safe drinking water at a city water distribution event at Delmar Stadium on Friday morning. It’s a crucial bit of relief as millions of Texans — including most of the city of Houston — are still under notice to boil water before drinking due to water quality concerns spurred by burst pipes and low water pressure across the state.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Friday that Houston's water may be unsafe until Monday or longer.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Friday that Houston’s water may be unsafe until Monday or longer.

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Houston Mayor Turner said Friday to expect more water distributions in the days ahead, and warned that Houstonians may still need to boil their water through Monday, or even longer.

“The goal is to try to be in a position to come out of this boil water notice Monday. That’s the goal… maybe a day or two either way, but that’s the goal,” Turner said.

Public Works Director Carol Haddock said that even though local water pressure has hit the level the state requires for safe consumption in most parts of the city, there are still a few spots where pressure is lagging behind. Once the entire city has hit that water pressure milestone, that pressure has to stay stabilized for several hours before water samples can be taken and sent to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and TCEQ then needs 24 hours to make sure that the water is safe to drink.

Update 4:14 p.m.: On Friday, TCEQ executive director Toby Baker said that more than 1,000 of Texas’ approximately 7,000 public water systems have issued boil water notices “due to lack of power and frozen and broken pipes.” Over 14 million Texans are affected, up from 13 million on Thursday.

Update 5:40 p.m.: Houston ISD has announced that all its schools and offices will remain closed through Tuesday, February 23. Students will transition to virtual learning on Wednesday through Friday. Regular, in-person instruction will resume on Monday, March 1.

Houstonians picked up free water at Delmar Stadium Friday.

Houstonians picked up free water at Delmar Stadium Friday.

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In an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning, Turner said that he hasn’t spoken with Gov. Greg Abbott at all during this crisis. The phone works both ways, of course, but it is difficult to understand why the governor wouldn’t dial-up the mayor of the largest city in his state during a disaster of this magnitude.

When Turner was asked at Friday’s press conference if he’s attempted to reach out to Abbott himself, the mayor didn’t answer; He only said he had been “laser-focused” on local relief efforts, but did make sure to mention President Joe Biden’s administration has reached out to him “several times” this week.

Turner then announced that his office was told Biden “will sign the major [disaster] declaration today,” and that Biden’s administration “indicated that the president intends to be visiting Texas soon.”

In response to the power grid failures that left millions of Texans and over a million Houston area residents without power (many for days on end), Turner reminded everyone that back when he was in the Texas House in 2011, he filed a bill that if passed would have required ERCOT (the Electric Reliability Council of Texas) to keep dedicated power reserves on hand to prevent blackouts from serious weather events.

“That bill never got a hearing… and it would have prevented what has happened across the state this week,” Turner said, before asking state legislators to “dust-off my bill and re-file it.”

Houstonians suffering from damage like burst water pipes and caved-in ceilings during the storm can expect assistance from a city relief fund that Turner said is currently being set up. The fund will prioritize assisting city residents “who were already on the margins” before this awful weather.

“As the lights come on and the water pressure goes up,” Turner said, “we want to be sensitive to the fact that for many of these individuals… they will be in crisis mode for weeks and months to come, and we have to be very focused on doing everything we can to assist these persons, these families, within our city.” Two prominent former Houstonians who’ve already reached out to contribute to those efforts are former Houston Rockets James Harden and Russell Westbrook, Turner announced.

Turner thanked the city employees and volunteers who worked overnight to get Friday’s water giveaway up and running, and got a few shots in at those critics who claim government should stay out of people’s lives as much as possible but change their tune when a disaster strikes.

“To everybody that vilifies government: government is bad until you need it,” he said. “Because you know who’s out here? It’s not the private sector. These are government employees who have braved the snow, the sleet, the storm. These are government employees.”

“So as much as people talk about and against the government, government is bad until you need it,” Turner continued. “And then when you need it, you want it to show up.”

Helping our neighbors, one case at a time.

Helping our neighbors, one case at a time.

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Safe drinking water is in short supply these days.

Safe drinking water is in short supply these days.

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G7: EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion and announces support for African vaccination efforts

G7: EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion and announces support for African vaccination efforts


Sputnik V vaccine

On 17 February, the European Commission launched its “HERA Incubator” to address the threat of new coronavirus variants. HERA will work with researchers, biotech companies, manufacturers and public authorities to detect new variants, provide incentives to develop new and adapted vaccines, speed up the approval process for these vaccines, and ensure scaling up of manufacturing capacities. 

Asked about the status of Sputnik V, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen raised three issues: authorisation, production site verification, and a question over how Russia could “theoretically” offer millions and millions of doses, “while not sufficiently progressing in vaccinating the own people. This is also a question I think that should be answered.”

Authorization

Von der Leyen confirmed that the Sputnik V vaccine developers had not applied for conditional market authorization with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), despite reports to the contrary, but added that that might change. 

Sputnik like all vaccine candidates will have to follow the EU’s full scrutiny process. The EMA has already published a clarification (10 February) because of misleading press reports claiming that Sputnik V had made an application for a rolling review, or market authorisation for their vaccine, it hasn’t.

Today, the EMA sent a tweet making it clear, again, that the Sputnik vaccine was not under “rolling review” or the later “market authorisation” process. 

Instead, the EMA has confirmed that the developers have received scientific advice on the latest regulatory and scientific guidance for the development of their vaccine, those companies that have received advice are listed on the EMA website. 

Nevertheless, yesterday, Sputnik V claimed yet again in a Twitter response to von der Leyen: “Sputnik V submitted an application for rolling review, request for market authorization is the next step.” 

According to Statista, a company specializing in market data, over 200 million doses have been agreed for export to 20 countries,  and there are major plans for production outside Russia in Korea, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and China, according to the Sputnik website. As of February 2021, vaccination with Sputnik V has started or is starting in the following countries: Bolivia, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Palestine, the UAE, Paraguay, Hungary, Armenia, Bosnian Serb Republic, Venezuela and Iran. 

The widely respected Lancet peer-reviewed medical journal recently published an article claiming that Sputnik V is safe and effective, based on interim results from a phase 3 trial. The developers Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology have a successful track record and their two vector approach – using two types of carrier viruses has been used successfully in the past to vaccinate against Ebola. 

The vaccine is outside the EU’s advanced purchasing agreements and can be purchased by any EU member state. Hungary has already had a delivery of 40,000 doses, of an order of over 2 million to be delivered over the next three months. Other EU countries are also considering approval for emergency use, something that they are entitled to do under the current rules, as already shown in the UK last year. The EU, however, has not been willing to take the added risks and liability for this approach and will only deploy the vaccine when it has received conditional market authorisation from the EMA. 

Site inspection

Von der Leyen said that lessons had been learned about the need to inspect the process and production on site since the start of the pandemic, alluding to the difficulties experienced by both BioNTech/Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Since there is currently no production of Sputnik V in the EU, this would mean that the EU would need to have an agreement to access and verify production of sites in Russia. This could prove difficult given that diplomatic relations have been weakened following the recent visit by EU High Representative Josep Borrell to Moscow.  



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Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah

Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah


Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the 'Shauryanjali Programme' - a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the ‘Shauryanjali Programme’ – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.

KOLKATA, Feb 19: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but his legacy of courage, patriotism and selfless service to the nation will endure till eternity and continue to inspire future generations.
Shah, while inaugurating the “Shauryanjali Programme” – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, urged the youth of the nation to draw inspiration from the lives and struggles of the freedom fighters.
“Efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but failed. His legacy of courage, patriotism, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation will continue to inspire generations to come,” he told a gathering at the National Library.
Recalling how Bose, as a brilliant student cracked the ICS, Shah said, the legendary freedom fighter left the job and plunged into the freedom struggle just to drive home the message that the nation was more important to him than a comfortable life under the British yoke.
Shah said Bose’s popularity was evident when he twice became president of the Congress, once after defeating the candidate of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Netaji is still loved and respected by people like he was many, many years ago. His indomitable spirit still inspires people,” he said.
It was Netaji’s undaunted spirit and enthusiasm that led to the formation of the Indian National Army (INA), the journey for which began from the soil of Bengal, Shah said.
“Sacrifice is the only means to take a nation forward even if that means sacrificing one’s career. Had Netaji thought of his career, the INA would not have been formed,” he added.
The home minister asked the youth of the country to read about the life of Bose and his struggles.
“Only a young generation that knows history can build a strong nation,” he said.
He also inaugurated the ‘Biplabi Bangla’ exhibition on the life of freedom fighters from Bengal like Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, and flagged off a cycle rally.
Divided into three teams named after Netaji, Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, the cyclists will collectively traverse 900 km to spread the message of the illustrious freedom fighters. (PTI)



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Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah

Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah


Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the 'Shauryanjali Programme' - a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the ‘Shauryanjali Programme’ – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.

KOLKATA, Feb 19: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but his legacy of courage, patriotism and selfless service to the nation will endure till eternity and continue to inspire future generations.
Shah, while inaugurating the “Shauryanjali Programme” – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, urged the youth of the nation to draw inspiration from the lives and struggles of the freedom fighters.
“Efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but failed. His legacy of courage, patriotism, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation will continue to inspire generations to come,” he told a gathering at the National Library.
Recalling how Bose, as a brilliant student cracked the ICS, Shah said, the legendary freedom fighter left the job and plunged into the freedom struggle just to drive home the message that the nation was more important to him than a comfortable life under the British yoke.
Shah said Bose’s popularity was evident when he twice became president of the Congress, once after defeating the candidate of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Netaji is still loved and respected by people like he was many, many years ago. His indomitable spirit still inspires people,” he said.
It was Netaji’s undaunted spirit and enthusiasm that led to the formation of the Indian National Army (INA), the journey for which began from the soil of Bengal, Shah said.
“Sacrifice is the only means to take a nation forward even if that means sacrificing one’s career. Had Netaji thought of his career, the INA would not have been formed,” he added.
The home minister asked the youth of the country to read about the life of Bose and his struggles.
“Only a young generation that knows history can build a strong nation,” he said.
He also inaugurated the ‘Biplabi Bangla’ exhibition on the life of freedom fighters from Bengal like Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, and flagged off a cycle rally.
Divided into three teams named after Netaji, Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, the cyclists will collectively traverse 900 km to spread the message of the illustrious freedom fighters. (PTI)



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Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah

Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah


Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the 'Shauryanjali Programme' - a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the ‘Shauryanjali Programme’ – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.

KOLKATA, Feb 19: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but his legacy of courage, patriotism and selfless service to the nation will endure till eternity and continue to inspire future generations.
Shah, while inaugurating the “Shauryanjali Programme” – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, urged the youth of the nation to draw inspiration from the lives and struggles of the freedom fighters.
“Efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but failed. His legacy of courage, patriotism, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation will continue to inspire generations to come,” he told a gathering at the National Library.
Recalling how Bose, as a brilliant student cracked the ICS, Shah said, the legendary freedom fighter left the job and plunged into the freedom struggle just to drive home the message that the nation was more important to him than a comfortable life under the British yoke.
Shah said Bose’s popularity was evident when he twice became president of the Congress, once after defeating the candidate of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Netaji is still loved and respected by people like he was many, many years ago. His indomitable spirit still inspires people,” he said.
It was Netaji’s undaunted spirit and enthusiasm that led to the formation of the Indian National Army (INA), the journey for which began from the soil of Bengal, Shah said.
“Sacrifice is the only means to take a nation forward even if that means sacrificing one’s career. Had Netaji thought of his career, the INA would not have been formed,” he added.
The home minister asked the youth of the country to read about the life of Bose and his struggles.
“Only a young generation that knows history can build a strong nation,” he said.
He also inaugurated the ‘Biplabi Bangla’ exhibition on the life of freedom fighters from Bengal like Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, and flagged off a cycle rally.
Divided into three teams named after Netaji, Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, the cyclists will collectively traverse 900 km to spread the message of the illustrious freedom fighters. (PTI)



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Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah

Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah


Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the 'Shauryanjali Programme' - a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the ‘Shauryanjali Programme’ – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.

KOLKATA, Feb 19: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but his legacy of courage, patriotism and selfless service to the nation will endure till eternity and continue to inspire future generations.
Shah, while inaugurating the “Shauryanjali Programme” – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, urged the youth of the nation to draw inspiration from the lives and struggles of the freedom fighters.
“Efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but failed. His legacy of courage, patriotism, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation will continue to inspire generations to come,” he told a gathering at the National Library.
Recalling how Bose, as a brilliant student cracked the ICS, Shah said, the legendary freedom fighter left the job and plunged into the freedom struggle just to drive home the message that the nation was more important to him than a comfortable life under the British yoke.
Shah said Bose’s popularity was evident when he twice became president of the Congress, once after defeating the candidate of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Netaji is still loved and respected by people like he was many, many years ago. His indomitable spirit still inspires people,” he said.
It was Netaji’s undaunted spirit and enthusiasm that led to the formation of the Indian National Army (INA), the journey for which began from the soil of Bengal, Shah said.
“Sacrifice is the only means to take a nation forward even if that means sacrificing one’s career. Had Netaji thought of his career, the INA would not have been formed,” he added.
The home minister asked the youth of the country to read about the life of Bose and his struggles.
“Only a young generation that knows history can build a strong nation,” he said.
He also inaugurated the ‘Biplabi Bangla’ exhibition on the life of freedom fighters from Bengal like Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, and flagged off a cycle rally.
Divided into three teams named after Netaji, Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, the cyclists will collectively traverse 900 km to spread the message of the illustrious freedom fighters. (PTI)



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Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah

Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah


Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the 'Shauryanjali Programme' - a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the ‘Shauryanjali Programme’ – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.

KOLKATA, Feb 19: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but his legacy of courage, patriotism and selfless service to the nation will endure till eternity and continue to inspire future generations.
Shah, while inaugurating the “Shauryanjali Programme” – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, urged the youth of the nation to draw inspiration from the lives and struggles of the freedom fighters.
“Efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but failed. His legacy of courage, patriotism, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation will continue to inspire generations to come,” he told a gathering at the National Library.
Recalling how Bose, as a brilliant student cracked the ICS, Shah said, the legendary freedom fighter left the job and plunged into the freedom struggle just to drive home the message that the nation was more important to him than a comfortable life under the British yoke.
Shah said Bose’s popularity was evident when he twice became president of the Congress, once after defeating the candidate of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Netaji is still loved and respected by people like he was many, many years ago. His indomitable spirit still inspires people,” he said.
It was Netaji’s undaunted spirit and enthusiasm that led to the formation of the Indian National Army (INA), the journey for which began from the soil of Bengal, Shah said.
“Sacrifice is the only means to take a nation forward even if that means sacrificing one’s career. Had Netaji thought of his career, the INA would not have been formed,” he added.
The home minister asked the youth of the country to read about the life of Bose and his struggles.
“Only a young generation that knows history can build a strong nation,” he said.
He also inaugurated the ‘Biplabi Bangla’ exhibition on the life of freedom fighters from Bengal like Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, and flagged off a cycle rally.
Divided into three teams named after Netaji, Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, the cyclists will collectively traverse 900 km to spread the message of the illustrious freedom fighters. (PTI)



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Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah

Efforts made to forget Netaji: Shah


Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the 'Shauryanjali Programme' - a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses after inauguration of the ‘Shauryanjali Programme’ – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, in Kolkata.

KOLKATA, Feb 19: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but his legacy of courage, patriotism and selfless service to the nation will endure till eternity and continue to inspire future generations.
Shah, while inaugurating the “Shauryanjali Programme” – a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, urged the youth of the nation to draw inspiration from the lives and struggles of the freedom fighters.
“Efforts were made to ensure Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is forgotten but failed. His legacy of courage, patriotism, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation will continue to inspire generations to come,” he told a gathering at the National Library.
Recalling how Bose, as a brilliant student cracked the ICS, Shah said, the legendary freedom fighter left the job and plunged into the freedom struggle just to drive home the message that the nation was more important to him than a comfortable life under the British yoke.
Shah said Bose’s popularity was evident when he twice became president of the Congress, once after defeating the candidate of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Netaji is still loved and respected by people like he was many, many years ago. His indomitable spirit still inspires people,” he said.
It was Netaji’s undaunted spirit and enthusiasm that led to the formation of the Indian National Army (INA), the journey for which began from the soil of Bengal, Shah said.
“Sacrifice is the only means to take a nation forward even if that means sacrificing one’s career. Had Netaji thought of his career, the INA would not have been formed,” he added.
The home minister asked the youth of the country to read about the life of Bose and his struggles.
“Only a young generation that knows history can build a strong nation,” he said.
He also inaugurated the ‘Biplabi Bangla’ exhibition on the life of freedom fighters from Bengal like Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, and flagged off a cycle rally.
Divided into three teams named after Netaji, Khudiram Bose and Rash Behari Bose, the cyclists will collectively traverse 900 km to spread the message of the illustrious freedom fighters. (PTI)



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