Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on the 73rd Independence Day. SWAT commandos, NSG snipers and facial recognition software are part of a thick security blanket at the Red Fort. This will be his sixth consecutive address to the nation as the Prime Minister ever since the BJP-led NDA first came to power in 2014. He inspected the guard of honour and then hurled the Tri-colour at Red Fort.
Here are the LIVE updates of 73rd Independence Day:
- The Prime Minister begins his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort by conveying Independence Day greetings.
- He conveys wishes of Raksha Bandhan to the nation.
- Today, when we are marking Independence Day, many of our citizens are suffering due to floods in various parts of the nation.
- We stand in complete solidarity with those affected by the floods and I assure that all possible support that is needed will be provided to them.
- I bow to all those great women and men who devoted their lives so that India becomes free.
- It has been under ten weeks since the new Government was formed but several pathbreaking decisions have been taken.
- This includes decisions for Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, the end of Triple Talaq, steps for the welfare of farmers and traders.
- India understands the important of water conservation and thus, a new ministry for Jal Shakti has been created.
- Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people of the nation on the 73rd Independence Day.
- “Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Indians. Jai Hind!” tweeted Modi from his official Twitter account.
- PM Modi inspects guard of honour at Red Fort
- Wishing India on its 73rd Independence Day, the United States has said New Delhi and Washington enjoy close ties of friendship which over the time have flourished into a “strategic partnership”.
- In a statement, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said: “On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people of India on your Independence Day.”
- “The United States and India have enjoyed close ties of friendship since the U.S. supported India”s independence 72 years ago. Our shared democratic values, strong people-to-people ties, and commitment to economic growth further cemented our relationship. Over the past two decades, our friendship has flourished into a strategic partnership, and we now cooperate on a range of important issues, from defence and counterterrorism to freedom of navigation and cutting-edge science, including in space,” he added.
Tomorrow, on Independence Day, PM @narendramodi will pay tributes to Bapu at Rajghat at 7 AM.
7:30 AM onwards, the Prime Minister’s address from the ramparts of the Red Fort will begin.
Live coverage of the Independence Day celebrations will commence 6:30 AM onwards.
– PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 14, 2019
- PM Modi will lead the nation in celebrating the event at the Red Fort in Delhi this morning. He will unfurl the National Flag and deliver the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the monument, starting 7:30 am.
- Multi-layered security arrangements are in place across Delhi. The Red Fort, from where PM Modi will address the nation, has been put under a high-security cover.
- Around 500 CCTV cameras have been installed around the venue, where ministers, bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people will gather to hear the prime minister.
- Army, paramilitary forces and 20,000 Delhi Police personnel have also been deployed. The roads leading to the Red Fort are under surveillance and police personnel are taking help of sniffer dogs to check vehicles in north and central districts of Delhi.
- Security protocols have also been devised for the “At Home” function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- This year’s Independence Day event promises to be a colourful one, marked by the participation of children.
- “On this festival of national fervour, 3,500 girl students drawn from 41 government schools in Delhi; 5,000 boy spectators and 700 NCC cadets from 17 schools will display ‘strength in unity’ through the formation of the words Naya Bharat,” read a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence.
- PM Modi has often used Independence Day to announce his government’s flagship schemes such as ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Ayushman Bharat’.
- He is also known to present report cards on his government’s performance to highlight how well the country has grown on his watch.
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