Independence Day 2018 Highlights: PM Modi promises house, water, health, power, connectivity for all

15 August 2018, 11:06 AM
Independence Day 2018 LIVE: PM Modi pledges house, water, health, power, connectivity for all (ANI Photo)
Independence Day 2018 LIVE: PM Modi pledges house, water, health, power, connectivity for all (ANI Photo)

India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday (August 15). On this occasion, the nation looks forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, which will be for the last time before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. To ensure smooth celebration of the Independence Day 2018, security has been tightened across the country and the borders of national capital Delhi sealed. Delhi Traffic Police has issued a traffic advisory to avoid traffic congestion in the national capital. At least half a dozen roads in Delhi are closed today. However, the metro services will operate as usual, the Delhi Metro authorities said.

Independence Day 2018 | Highlights of Prime Minister Modi's speech:

# 08:50 AM: We pledge house, power, water, health, connectivity for all

#08:46 AM: I am proud of the fact that three women judges in Supreme Court are delivering justice. Since independence, this is the first cabinet where so many women are a part of the cabinet: PM Modi

#08:45 AM: The practice of Triple Talaq has caused great injustice to Muslim women. We are striving to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end. I promise the Muslim women that I will work to ensure justice is done to them: PM Modi

#08:43 AM: Women officers commissioned in short service will get opportunity for permanent commission like their male counterparts: PM Modi

#08:40 AM: We have to free our society and country from this disgusting mentality of rape. Recently in Madhya Pradesh a rapist was hanged by fast track court. We should spread this news and make people aware. Rule of law is supreme,no one can take law in their hands.

#08:35 AM: Today, India is celebrating the festival of honesty. We will not forgive the corrupt and those who have black money. They have ruined the nation. Delhi's streets are free from power brokers. From the voice of power brokers, the voice of the poor is heard.

#08:30 AM: The honest Indian taxpayer has a big role in the progress of the country. It is due to them that so many people are fed, the lives of the poor are transformed.

#08:25 AM: The healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians. It is important to ensure that we free the poor of India from poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare: PM Modi

#08:20 AM: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan will be launched on 25th September this year. It is high time we ensure that the poor of India get proper access to good quality and affordable health care: PM Modi

#08:15 AM: Due to Swachh Bharat mission, lakhs of children can lead healthier lives. Even the WHO has praised it. Mahatma Gandhi led the Satyagrahis to freedom. Today, the Swachhagrahis have to ensure a Swachh Bharat: PM Modi

#08:10 AM: As significant as economic growth, is dignity of the individual. Our schemes such as Ujjwala and Saubhagya Yojana are enhancing the dignity of fellow Indians. 

#08:04 AM: The demand for higher MSP was pending for years. From farmers to political parties to agriculture experts, everybody was asking about it but nothing happened. With blessings of the farmers, the decision on MSP was taken by our Government: PM Modi

#08:02 AM: If we had continued at the same pace at which toilets were being constructed in 2013, the pace at which electrification was happening in 2013, then it would have taken us decades to complete: PM Modi

#07:59 AM: We are very proud of what we have achieved but at the same time, we also have to look at where we have come from. That is when we will realize the unbelievable strides the nation has taken: PM Modi

#07:55 AM: The Constitution given to us by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has spoken about justice for all. We have to ensure social justice for all and create an India that is developing rapidly: PM Modi

#07:51 AM: The Constitution given to us by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has spoken about justice for all. We have to ensure social justice for all and create an India that is developing rapidly: PM Modi

#07:50 AM: Next year on Baisakhi, it will be 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. I pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives.

#07:48 AM: Modi condoles deaths due to floods: Many parts of the nation witnessed good monsoon but at the same time parts of India have been severely hit by floods. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in these floods, in various parts of India: PM Modi

#07:45 AM: OBC Commission strengthened: The recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament was one devoted to social justice. The Parliament session witnessed the passage of the bill to create an OBC Commission: 

#07:40 AM: Nation is achieving new heights: In his final Independence Day speech, Modi said that the country is full of self-confidence and is regularly crossing new heights.

#07:35 AM: WATCH: PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the Red Fort in Delhi.

#07:31 AM: PM Narendra Modi unfurls the tricolour at Red Fort.

#07:25 AM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at Red Fort in Delhi.

#07:20 AM: Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Red Fort, to address the nation shortly

#07:15 AM: Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

#07:10 AM: Former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh & HD Deve Gowda, Union Minister JP Nadda & BJP leader LK Advani at the Red Fort. 

#07:00 AM: PM Modi wishes nation on Independence Day

#06:50 AM: Rajanth Singh hoists tricolour at his home: Union Home Minister hoists the Tiranga at his residence on Independence Day.

#06:40 AM: Security beefed up in Mumbai: Ahead of the Independence day, security has been tightened in Mumbai and other major cities of India. Visuals from Mumbai's Eastern Express Highway. 

#06:30 AM: Independence Day 2018 Delhi Traffic advisory: Following road links will remain closed for public on Wednesday (15 August) from 5 am to 9 am:

  1. Netaji Subhash Marg from Delhi Gate to Chatta Rail
  2. Lothian Road to GPO Delhi to Chatta Rail
  3. S.P. Mukherjee Marg from HC Sen Marg to Yamuna Bazar Chowk
  4. Chandni Chowk Road from Fountain Chowk to Red Fort
  5. Nishad Raj Marg from Ring Road to Netaji Subhash Marg
  6. Esplanade Road and its Link Road to Netaji Subhash Marg

#06:00 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation Live Updates. We wish you a very happy Independence Day. As India gears up to celebrate its 72nd Independence Day Today (August 15), all eyes will be on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will address the nation from the ramparts of historic Red Fort for the last time in his tenure. Stay with us to hear PM Modi's Independence Day speech.

First Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 06:20 AM
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