India is today celebrating its 73rd Independence Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag at Red Fort in New Delhi at 7.30 am followed by the national anthem and a 21-cannon grand salute as a respect to the freedom fighters. He addressed the nation. It is worth mentioning here that this is PM Narendra Modi’s sixth speech as head of the nation. In the meantime, security has been tightened in the national capital and surrounding borders due to the abrogation of Article 370, 35A from Jammu and Kashmir. Centre has also organised a poster designing competition based on the theme "Changing Face of India-Independence Day 2019" as part of the Independence Day celebrations. The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be conferred with the Vir Chakra (Indian gallantry award) on Independence Day. He was captured on February 27, by the Pakistan army while ejecting from his MiG21 fighter jet during aerial combat as retaliation to Pulwama terror attack.
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3:45 pm: People celebrated Independence Day in Kalimpong, earlier today, the celebrations will continue tomorrow as well.
2:55 pm: Security personnel celebrated Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan in RS Pura sector, Jammu and Kashmir.
2:45 pm: 73rd Independence Day celebrations in Tangdhar and Machchal sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.
2:30 pm: BJP Working President JP Nadda said, “It's a matter of pride for us that we have the opportunity to work as a citizen of India at a time when the country has taken a leap under Narendra Modi’s leadership, with the hope of becoming one of the developed nations in the world.”
2:00 pm: Women & children tie rakhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Take a look:
1:50 pm: Cooch Behar: Sweets exchanged at India-Bangladesh border between Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) on the occasion of Independence Day.
Cooch Behar: Sweets exchanged at India-Bangladesh border between Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) on the occasion of #IndiaIndependenceDay. #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/rGE8u3w7Vr— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2019
1:35 pm: 73rd India Independence Day celebrated at Indian High Commission in Pakistan. Charge d'affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia unfurled the National Flag and read out the President's message.
73rd #IndiaIndependenceDay celebrated at Indian High Commission in Pakistan. Chargé d'affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia unfurled the National Flag and read out the President's message. pic.twitter.com/ptpBFzTMB8— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2019
1:20 pm: Ladakh: A banner seen on a street in Leh.
1:05 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind and three Service Chiefs paid tribute at National War Memorial on the occasion of Independence Day. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present.
12:45 pm: WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets children at Red Fort in Delhi on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.
12:20 pm: Indonesia: 73rd India Independence Day celebrated at the Indian Embassy in Jakarta.
12:05 pm: WATCH BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal plays a traditional drum with locals while celebrating 73rd Independence Day, in Leh.
11:50 am: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik during India Independence Day celebrations at Sher-e-Kashmir stadium.
11:40 am: KUPWARA: Independence Day India celebrations in Kupwara. Jammu and Kashmir
11:20 am: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Trivandrum, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in Chennai and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy in Amaravati hoist Tricolour during during 73rd IndependenceDay celebrations.
11:10 am: AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi unfurls tricolour near Madina Chowk, Hyderabad.
11:00 am: Russian President Vladimir Putin writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on 73rd Independence Day. Letter states, "Kindly accept cordial congratulations on the national day of the Republic of India, the Independence Day".
10:30 am: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium in SRINAGAR: I assure the people of Jammu & Kashmir that their identity is not on the line, it hasn't been tampered with. The constitution of India allows different regional identities to flourish.
10:10 am: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik unfurls the national flag at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium, Srinagar on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.
10:05 am: Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi hoists the tricolour at party office in Delhi.
10:00 am: Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel hoist the tricolour on the occasion of 73rd IndiaIndependence Day at OP Dorjila Post (altitude of 18,800 feet) in Sikkim.
9:50 am: JP Nadda hoists tricolour on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day at BJP HQ.
9:45 am: Home Minister Amit Shah hoists tricolour at his residence.
9:15 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets children at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.
9:12 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa at Red Fort.
9:10 am: PM Modi concludes the Independence Day speech, outlines government’s roadmap for the next five years.
9:05 am: India has so much to offer. I know people travel to different countries for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations in India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom: PM Modi
9:04 am: Travel to 10 new places in India. It's important to preserve culture: PM Modi's message to encourage tourism.
9:02 am: There is a 'huge' scope to improve India's tourism sector: PM Modi
9:01 am: We have made new strides in Space technology. Our Chandrayaan-II is speeding towards the moon today: PM Modi
9:00 am: “Digital payment ko haan, nakad ko na' Can we make this our motto? Let us increase the use of digital payments all over the country: PM Modi
8:58 am: Terrorism in any corner of the world is a war against humanity, humanitarian forces of the world must unite, sponsors and exporters of terror must be exposed and India has to play an active role in this: PM Modi
8:56 am: Will urge shopkeepers to stop using plastic bags: PM Modi promotes 'lets make India plastic free'.
8:54 am: PM Modi emphasises on discarding of plastic bags, tells nation to use cloth and jute bags
8:52 am: To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort: India will have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective, says PM Modi.
8:50 am: Afghanistan to celebrate 100th independence in a few days. PM Modi congratulates the neighbouring country.
8:48 am: The fundamentals of our economy are strong: PM Modi
8:46 am: Today, the government in India is stable, policy regime is predictable ... the world is eager to explore trade with India: PM Modi
8:44 am: India can become a global hub of tourism: PM Modi
8:42 am: Each district of India has so much to offer. Let us make local products attractive. May more export hubs emerge. Our guiding principle is 'zero defect, zero effect: PM Modi
8:40 am: We have to keep in mind global best practices and build good systems: PM Modi
8:38 am: Our aim is to reach among first 50 nations in ease of doing business: PM Modi
8:35 am: Citizens have to take up the responsibility. Reaching 5-trillion-economy by 2024 is achievable, says PM Modi.
8:32 am: Rural India immensely developed in last five years. Rs 100 trillion will be invested towards infrastructure in five years: PM Modi
8:31 am: People’s thinking has changed. Earlier, people were happy with merely a plan to make a railway station. Now people ask- when will Vande Bharat Express come to my area. People do not want only good railway stations or bus stations, they ask- when is a good airport coming: PM Modi
8:30 am: “India does not want incremental progress. A high jump is needed, our thought process has to be expanded. We have to keep in mind global best practices and build good systems: PM Modi
8:28 am: Today the world acknowledges India's growth globally: PM Modi
8:26 am: On the occasion, PM Modi talks about minimum interference of government. He further added that citizens shouldn't feel lack of government either.
8:24 am: Every effort made to remove corruption and black money is welcome. These are menaces that have ruined India for 70 long years. Let us always reward honesty: PM Modi
8:23 am: Let our people have the freedom of pursuing their own aspirations, let the right ecosystem be made in this regard: PM Modi
8:22 am: Population explosion in the country will create various problems for the coming generations. Those who follow the policy of small family also contribute to the development of the nation, it is also a form of patriotism: PM Modi
8:20 am: PM Modi advocates family planning, says social awareness must be spread on population control.
8:19 am: Population growth is a huge challenge. We must safeguard the future of India: PM Modi
8:16 am: The movement towards water conservation has to take place at the grassroots level. It cannot become a mere Government programme. People from all walks of life have to be integrated in this movement: PM Modi
8:14 am: Work on the Jal Jeevan Mission will progress with great vigour in the years to come: PM Modi
8:13 am: It is unfortunate, however, that so many people lack access to water even 70 years after Independence: PM Modi
8:12 am: GST brought to life the dream of One Nation, One Tax: PM Modi
8:10 am: India has also achieved 'one nation, one grid' in the energy sector. Arrangements have been made for 'one nation, one mobility card'. Today, India is talking about 'one nation, one election': PM Modi
8:05 am: Politics comes and goes but steps in the interest of the nation are paramount: PM Modi
8:01 am: The old system in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh led to corruption, nepotism but there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities. The dreams of sanitation workers were incomplete. How can we accept this: PM Modi
8:00 am: One nation, one constitution: PM Modi says on scrapping of Article 370
7:58 am: We do not believe in creating problems or dragging them. In less than 70 days of our new Government, Article 370 was revoked, and in both Houses of Parliament, 2/3rd of the members supported this move: PM Modi
7:55 am: We are also working to provide inclusive development to adivasis, minorities and all sections of the society. We have a plan for the next five years and are implementing them one by one: PM Modi on "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas".
7:54 am: If the Article 370, as the opposition says, was so necessary why did they not make it permanent, why did it always remain provisional. It’s because they didn’t have the courage to come forward and take a bold move: PM Modi
7:52 am: We have also provided justice to all the Muslim women by implementing the triple talaq bill: says PM Modi
7:50 am: Remember how scared Muslim women were, those who suffered due to practice of Triple Talaq, but we ended that. When Islamic nations can ban it then why can't we? When we can ban Sati, when we can take strong steps against female infanticide, child marriage, then why not this: PM Modi
7:48 am: The country fully understands the importance of water conservation and that is why a ministry for Jal Shakti has been formed. Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly: PM Modi
7:47 am: Before the elections in 2013-2014 I went all over the country in order to try to understand the feelings of the people. There was disappointment on everyone's face, people used to think can this country change: PM Modi
7:45 am: If 2014-19 was an era to fulfil people's needs, the time since 2019 is about meeting aspirations and dreams: PM Modi
7:42 am: PM Modi said, “The new government has not completed even 10 weeks, but in this short span of time in every sector we have taken important steps. Article370 and 35A being revoked is a step towards realizing the dream of Sardar Patel.”
7:40 am: PM Modi extends wishes to all citizens on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. I congratulate all my brothers and sisters a very happy Rakshabandhan. May this festival of love fulfills all our aspirations: PM Modi
7:39 am: "There were many who laid their lives for the nation. Many were hanged to death for our freedom. Today I remember all of them," says PM Modi.
7:38 am: PM Modi condoles death of people in recent floods, assures affected people of all help.
7:32 am: PM Modi addresses the Nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi.
7:30 am: PM Modi unfurls Tricolour at Red Fort, Delhi.
7:28 am: PM Modi walking towards the dais to address the Nation at the Red Fort, on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day in Delhi.
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7:27 am: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and other ministers at Red Fort.
7:25 am: PM Modi inspects the Guard of Honour at Red Fort, on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day in Delhi.
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7:20 am: PM Modi reaches Red Fort.
7:15 am: Delhi: Visitors, performers and jawans gather at the Red Fort ahead of Independence Day celebrations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation shortly, from here.
Delhi: Visitors, performers and jawans gather at the Red Fort ahead of #IndependenceDay celebrations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation shortly, from here. pic.twitter.com/qQvu7mpreP— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2019
7:10 am: PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
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Prime Minister @narendramodi pays homage to father of the nation #MahatmaGandhi at #Rajghat ; will proceed to #RedFort for #IndependenceDayIndia celebrations after this#IndependenceDay2019 #HappyIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/KvboWbxVEf— PIB India (@PIB_India) August 15, 2019
7:05 am: SWAT commandos and NSG snipers have been deployed while for the first time cameras with facial recognition software are being used to secure the historic Red Fort where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the national flag on the 73rd Independence Day.
7:03 am: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hoists the tricolour at his residence in Delhi.
7:00 am: First glimpses of the majestic Red Fort and its packed stands awash with colours of the tricolour, awaiting the arrival of PM Modi.
First glimpses of the majestic #RedFort and its packed stands awash with colours of the tricolour, awaiting the arrival of PM @narendramodi— PIB India (@PIB_India) August 15, 2019
YouTube: https://t.co/ZJT25f7y9s#IndependenceDayIndia #IndependenceDay2019 #HappyIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/zZyTL7FnRg
6:56 am: This will be PM Modi’s first Independence Day address to the nation after BJP returned to power for a second term with a majority in the April-May Lok Sabha elections. Overall, this is PM Modi’s sixth Independence Day address.
6:55 am: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “As I said during my recent visit to India, the United States and India are great democracies, global powers, and good friends. I wish the people of India a joyful Independence Day.”
6:52 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes the nation on Independence Day. “Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Indians. Jai Hind!” PM Modi tweets.
6:50 am: The IMD has forecast rain for Independence Day, which could possibly play spoilsport during the Prime Minister’s speech at Red Fort. The Met office also noted that strong surface winds and light showers are expected on Thursday.
6:45 am: PM Modi will pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat at 7 am. At 7.30 am, the prime minister’s address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort will begin.