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Kovind, Modi, Naveen Pay Tribute To Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose



President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several politicians on Wednesday paid rich tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 122nd birth anniversary, calling him the most beloved national hero and a “defiant patriot”.

“He remains one of our most beloved national heroes and an icon of India’s freedom struggle. Netaji is cherished, remembered and missed to this day all over the country,” Kovind tweeted.
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The Prime Minister bowed to Netaji memories, remembering him as “a stalwart who committed himself towards ensuring India is free and lead a life of dignity”.

“We are committed to fulfilling his ideals and creating a strong India,” Modi said.

A number of others also took to Twitter to commemorate Netaji’s birth on this day in 1897 in Odisha’s Cuttack district.

The Congress party remembered him as “a true nationalist, a defiant patriot”.
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“Bose was one of India’s greatest freedom fighters. He will always be remembered for his role in building the Indian National Army and serving the Congress party as one its strongest presidents,” the Congress tweeted.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah tweeted in Hindi saying that Bose “raised a sustained campaign against British rule”.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the veteran freedom fighter “ignited patriotism among the people and inspired them to sacrifice everything for the freedom of the motherland.

“He is an icon of India’s freedom movement and also a role model for today’s youth”.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said Bose’s “valour, patriotism and leadership would always be an inspiration for generations to come”.

“Netaji Subhas Bose gave us the memorable motto of the Azad Hind Fauj: ‘Ittehad, Itmad, Qurbani’ (Unity, Trust, Sacrifice). The patriotic call of ‘Jai Hind’ unites us all till date,” said Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

To fight the British, Bose had formed the Indian National Army (INA) that was also known as the Azad Hind Fauj.


Andrew McDonald appointed Rajasthan Royals head coach




New Delhi: Former Australian cricketer Andrew McDonald has been brought in as the head coach of Rajasthan Royals on a three-year contract. McDonald, who has previously played in IPL for Delhi Daredevils (2009 and 2011) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2012 and 2013), also comes with coaching experience in the league – having been the bowling coach of Virat Kohli’s side. McDonald comes in to replace Paddy Upton, who was only appointed before the start of the previous season.

McDonald, who has significant experience of coaching will have to take Rajasthan to the epitome of success as they aim their second IPL title. Notably, Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the competition in 2008 under the leadership of Shane Warne.

This will be Andrew McDonald’s second stint in the IPL. He has also worked with Royal Challengers Bangalore last year; however, the team management replaced the support staff. Bangalore roped in Mike Hesson as their director of Cricket Operations.

Speaking on his appointment, Andrew McDonald stated that he is keen to take up the new challenge with the Rajasthan side. He also said that he can’t wait to associate with the best players in the biggest league across the world.

“I’m delighted to join the Royals family,” said McDonald. “It’s a great honour to take on this responsibility. The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with our world-class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world,” he added.

Rajasthan Royals, the inaugural IPL champions, had finished at the seventh spot in 2019 edition after registering five wins and ending with 11 points at the end of the league stage.

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