- Andaman's Ross Island will be called Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep
- Neil Island, Havelock Island renamed to Shaheed Dweep, Swaraj Dweep
- Renaming a tribute to freedom movement leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar to mark the 75th anniversary of the raising of the Indian national flag by freedom movement icon Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose during the fight for India's independence.
The Ross Island was renamed to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep, PM Modi said during a speech in Port Blair. The three islands are major tourist spots.
On this day in 1943, Netaji had suggested that Andaman and Nicobar Islands be renamed as Shahid and Swaraj Dweep respectively. During the World War II, the Japanese had captured the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Netaji came here as the Azad Hind Fauz led by him was an ally of the Japanese force.
"The historical event of 30th December 1943 has been completed today after 75 years," he said.
The Prime Minister also released a commemorative stamp, its first-day cover and a Rs 75 coin on this special day.
He also announced setting up of a university after Netaji.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister inaugurated a number of development projects and laid foundation stones of several others related to energy, connectivity, education, tourism and health sectors.
He also visited the Marina Park and raised a national flag on a 150-feet high mast.
(With inputs from PTI)