Independence Day 2018 Updates: In last 15 August address of his term, Narendra Modi sets tone for 2019 battle

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Independence Day 2018 Updates: In last 15 August address of his term, Narendra Modi sets tone for 2019 battle
  • 15:53 (IST)

    Understand India' programme to be launched in China

    India plans to launch an "Understanding India" programme in China to "demystify" the country and create a better understanding of it. Despite being immediate neighbours, India and China lack people-to-people contact and cultural exchange.

    Indian Council of Cultural Relations President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who was in Beijing to attend the World Congress of Philosophy, said that by watching Bollywood and reading websites one can know India only superficially. "India cannot be understood by simply reading books and visiting websites. India is an experience," Sahasrabuddhe said.

  • 15:49 (IST)

    AAP tweets cartoon to hit at BJP on I-DAY

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Independence Day sand art at Odisha's Puri beach

  • 15:27 (IST)

    Indian and Chinese armies jointly celebrate Independence Day at Nathu La pass 

    The Indian Army and Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) jointly celebrated India's 72nd Independence Day at the Nathu La pass in Sikkim. A border meeting between the two armies also took place today at Nathu La.

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Modi reaches out to honest tax payer in I-day speech 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to honest taxpayers saying it is their taxes that fund the government programmes for the poor and "these good deeds will earn them 'punya'. Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on the 72nd Republic Day, Modi said the country was witnessing "a festival of honesty". 

    He said the number of direct tax payers had nearly doubled and the number of those paying indirect tax had gone up from 70 lakh to 1.16 crore in one year of GST implementation. The salaried middle class was among those considered honest tax payers and Modi's mention of them in the Independence Day address is being seen as a ploy to reach out to them ahead of the Assembly polls later in 2018 and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

    The middle class in India is estimated to be over 300 million. 

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Congress mocks Amit Shah for accidentally dropping National Flag while unfurling it  

    The Congress party tweeted out a video of BJP national president Amit Shah, trying to unfurl the National Flag. However, instead of climbing up the mast, the flag accidentally came down. Shah, quickly realised his mistake and hoisted the flag properly. 

    The Congress party took a dig at Shah for 'insulting' the National Flag and tweeted that those who can't even take care of the National Flag can't run the country. 

  • 10:42 (IST)

    APJ Abdul Kalam's elder brother unfurls flag at his Rameshwaram house

    Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar, the elder brother of APJ Abdul Kalam unfurls tricolour at Kalam House. 

  • 10:41 (IST)

    Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman thanks Modi for offering women SSC officers Permanent Commission

    Defence minsiter Nirmala Sitharaman thanks the prime minister on Twitter, says, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart @PMOIndia @narendramodi for offering women SSC officers Permanent Commission. At every step, you do the needful to empower women." 

  • 10:27 (IST)

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hoists the national flag in Kolkata

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hoists the national flag in Kolkata. Earlier, Banerjee paid rich tributes to the nation on the eve of the 72nd Independence Day. "Salute to our great nation and all my brothers and sisters. Like every year, we will be celebrating 'Freedom at midnight... Jai Hind. Bande Mataram Independence Day India," Banerjee wrote on Twitter.

  • 10:25 (IST)

    Pakistan Rangers and BSF exchange sweets at Attari- Wagah border on the occasion of Independence Day

    After security personnel in India and Bangladesh border, Pakistan Rangers and BSF exchange sweets at Attari- Wagah border on the occasion of Independence Day.

  • 10:10 (IST)

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi unfurls the tricolour at party headquarters in Delhi

    Like his BJP counterparts, Congress president unfurled the tricolour at the Congress headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday. While wishing Indians, Rahul recalls freedom fighters who laid down their lives for this day. Meanwhile, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday unfurled the tricolour here to mark the 72nd Independence Day celebrations in Bengaluru. Kumaraswamy joined about 8,000 people at the Field Marshal Manekshaw parade ground in the city centre on the occasion.

  • 10:03 (IST)

    'Want to provide quality life for Indians,' says Modi at Red Fort

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he wanted to provide quality life for all Indians, which includes housing, electricity, water and other amenities. "Housing for all, power for all, water for all, LPG for all, toilet for all, skill for all, health for all, insurance for all, connectivity for all," Modi said towards the end of his Independence Day speech at the Red Fort in Delhi. "Malnutrition is a big problem. I want to provide quality life to my people."- IANS

  • 10:01 (IST)

    Congress leader Digvijaya Singh slams Modi for his Independence Day speech, says PM is misguiding people

    Congress leader Digvijaya Singh slams Modi for his Independence Day speech and says that the prime minister is misguiding people with his false promises. He also said that the speech seemed like an election rally address than an Independence Day speech.

  • 09:52 (IST)

    India to be engine of world growth for 3 decades, says Modi
     
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India will be the engine of growth for the world economy for the next three decades as the "sleeping elephant" has started to run on the back of structural reforms like GST. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, he listed out the pace of reforms in the last four years of his government that pulled out the country from being considered a "fragile and risky" economy to being the fastest in the world.

  • 09:47 (IST)

    India, Bangladesh security personnel exchanges sweets at the border on Independence Day

    Indian and Bangladesh security personnel exchanged sweets at the border on Independence Day on Wednesday. Earlier, ahead of the Independence Day, Indian authorities had asked security forces to increase vigil along the international borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar, officials said on Monday. Border Security Force troopers are guarding India's border with Bangladesh while the Assam Rifles are deployed along the country's frontier with Myanmar.

  • 09:45 (IST)

    Google celebrates Indian Independence Day with truck art doodle
     
    Search engine Google on Wednesday dedicated a doodle to mark India's 72nd Independence Day inspired by the nation's truck art. The doodle features a couple of peacocks crossing their beaks at the centre and the national birds are flanked on both sides by a Bengal tiger and an elephant. Other elements in the doodle comprise India's national flower, the lotus with the sun rising in the backdrop and a riot of colourful flowers.
     
     
    "A long-standing tradition in this four million square kilometre nation where truckers who live on the road surround themselves with cheerful folk art to occupy their minds during long months away from their families," the search engine giant said in a statement.- PTI

  • 09:43 (IST)

    Leaders across party lines hoist the national flag on 72nd Independence Day

    BJP President Amit Shah unfurls the national flag at Party headquarters in Delhi while Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami hoists the tricolour in Chennai.

  • 09:37 (IST)

    Mahali tribe made bamboo fans provide relief to Independence Day invitees in humid Delhi 

    Colourful fans handcrafted by tribal artisans offered relief to the dignitaries, including foreign diplomats and politicians, braving high humidity levels during the Independence Day function at the historic Red Fort.  An overcast sky with high relative humidity was a perfect recipe for a typical sultry morning in the national capital. The bamboo-made fans crafted by artisans from the Mahali tribe of West Bengal, were provided to the invitees, including ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats and other VVIPs. A thousand hand-crafted fans were procured by the defence ministry from the Tribal Affairs Ministry's agency TRIFED, as part of the government's efforts to popularise tribal products.- PTI

  • 09:35 (IST)

    Narendra Modi resumes his trend of delivering long speeches on Independence Day
     
    After delivering his shortest Independence Day speech last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi resumed his trend of delivering long speeches and spoke for over 80 minutes while addressing the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort. Modi had last year spoken for 57 minutes, his shortest Independence Day speech in five years.
     
    In 2016, he had spoken for 96 minutes, the longest ever Independence Day address by an Indian prime minister. India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru spoke for 72 minutes in 1947 which was till 2015 the longest ever speech from the Red Fort.- PTI

  • 09:32 (IST)

    Indian Railways announces new time-table on the occasion of Independence Day

    The Indian Railways on Tuesday in its new time-table announced that it is all set to introduce more of its niche trains such as Antyodaya Express, Uday Express and Tejas Express in the next 12 months. According to the Railway Ministry's new Trains at a Glance (TAG), the railway publication, it includes the name of one new Antyodaya Express and two brand new Tejas Express trains. The new list also includes two new Uday Express trains. 

    On Tuesday, Goyal has directed that the issues raised by US companies with regard to fast-tracking clearance at the railways' research and development wing RDSO, third-party certification and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be examined by the Railway Board, according to a statement from the national transporter.

  • 09:24 (IST)

    In a first, Indian flag hoisted in Fiji on 72nd Independence Day

    Fiji is the 1st place where Indian tricolour was hoisted on the 72nd Independence Day.INS Sahyadri paraded the guard while the flag was hoisted by Vishwas Sapkal, High Commissioner of India, with Captain Shantanu Jha and Captain Manish Rai.

  • 09:21 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis unfurls the flag in Mumbai

    Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis unfurled the tricolour in Mumbai on Wednesday. Meanwhile, police have been put on high alert for Independence Day across Mumbai with maximum number of personnel deployed for patrolling and vehicles coming into the city being frisked at all entry points, a senior official said on Wednesday. He said that the security at sensitive locations as well as vital installations had been tightened in view of the red letter day.

  • 09:18 (IST)

    Meira Kumar urges nation to remember cause of freedom from colonialism

    Congress leader Ashok Gehlot tweets, "Independence Day is an occasion to salute the dedication, valour and zeal of our armed forces, with which they protect our borders day and night, in thunders n desert storms. Let us salute to all our soldiers." while Meira Kumar says,"On Independence day we salute those who fought for the cause of freedom from colonialism, injustice and oppression. Their sacrifices continue to inspire us."

  • 09:14 (IST)

    US Ambassador to India Ken Juster tweets wishes on Independence Day

  • 09:14 (IST)

    Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman wishes people, mourns 'martyrs of the soil'

    Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman says,"As we celebrate this festival of freedom, my heart goes out to those brave martyrs of the soil and their families who gave the supreme sacrifice to protect our motherland. "

  • 09:04 (IST)

    PM Narendra Modi concludes his speech, says we want to progress more

    Before concluding his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says," We want to progress more. There is no question of stopping or getting tired on the way."

  • 08:59 (IST)

    Today there are three women judges in Supreme Court: Modi

    Enlisting the progress of women during his tenure, Prime Minister Modi said post Independence, this is the first Cabinet where maximum women have found a place. The prime minister said, "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." He also said that women officers commissioned in short service will get the opportunity for a permanent commission like their male counterparts.

  • 08:53 (IST)

    We don't want bullets or slurs, but development in Jammu and Kashmir, says PM in speech at Red Fort

    Bringing up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "We don't want bullets or slurs, but development in Jammu and Kashmir."

  • 08:51 (IST)

    'From 126, Left-wing Extremism is restricted to 90 districts,' says Modi

    Talking of the north east, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Tripura, Meghalaya and many parts of Arunachal Pradesh are seeing historic peace. "From 126, Left Wing Extremism is restricted to 90 districts. We are working to ensure peace across the nation."

  • 08:47 (IST)

    I ensure the Muslim women that I will give justice to triple talaq victims, says Modi

    Raising the issue of triple talaq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "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."

  • 08:45 (IST)

    We have to free our society, country from this disgusting mentality of rape: Modi

    Saying that the rule of law is supreme,no one can take law in their hands, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says,"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." 

  • 08:36 (IST)

    Narendra Modi mentions demonetisation, says his govt will not forgive those hoarding black money

    As significant as economic growth, is the dignity of the individual, says Modi. Our schemes such as Ujjwala and Saubhagya Yojana are enhancing the dignity of fellow Indian. "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," says Modi. Recalling demonetisation he says that his government will not forgive those hoarding black money. "They have ruined the country. Delhi's streets are now free from power brokers. From the voice of power brokers, the voice of the poor is heard," says Modi.

    He also says that in the last two years, 5 crore people have been lifted out of poverty. "Taxpayers have almost doubled as compared to 2013. In 2013, there were 3 crore taxpayers and now there are close to 7.25 people paying direct tax," claims Modi.

  • 08:28 (IST)

    PM announces Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan which will be launched on 25th September

    Announcing the launch of health schemes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "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 healthcare." Due to Swachh Bharat mission, lakhs of children can lead healthier lives and even the WHO has praised it, says Modi. "Mahatma Gandhi led the Satyagrahis to freedom. Today, the Swachhagrahis have to ensure a Swachh Bharat, " he says.Claiming that the healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians, he says, "It is important to ensure that we free the poor of India from poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare."

  • 08:25 (IST)

    'Hum makkhan par lakeer nahi, patthar par lakeer kheenchne waale hain,'says Modi

    Mentioning accomplishments in the agricultural sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says,"The farmers of our country are emphasising on solar farming. Apart from farming, the farmers can now sell electricity produced from solar energy." Enlisting his achievements, the prime minister says, "Hum makkhan par lakeer nahi, patthar par lakeer kheenchne waale hain," (I am one of those who write my promises indelibly on stone and not butter).

  • 08:19 (IST)

    In the year 2022 or if possible before, India will unfurl the tricolour in space, says Modi at Red Fort

    Prime Minister Modi talks about India's technological advancement and says,"India is proud of our scientists, who are excelling in their research and are at the forefront of innovation." While announcing the launch of Gaganyaan, he says,"In the year 2022 or if possible before, India will unfurl the tricolour in space." Modi says that in 2022, when we will celebrate 75th year of Independence we are dedicated to send the people of the country to space. "We will launch Gaganyan which will be made by Indian scientist then we will become the 4th country in the world to take people to space."

    Bringing up agricultural development, he says, "With a 'Beej Se Bazar Tak' approach, we are bringing exceptional reforms in the agriculture sector. Our aim is to double farmer incomes by 2022."

  • 08:12 (IST)

    We brought North East closer to Delhi, says Modi in last speech at Red Fort before polls 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "There was a time when north east India used to feel that Delhi is very far from them, but today we have brought Delhi to the doorstep of the North East." Modi says that news of highway, railway, airways, waterways, and information-based highways are coming in from the North East. The youth is generating employment, North East is also is witnessing the rise of new educational institutes, he says. India's voice is being heard effectively at the world stage. and we are integral parts of forums whose doors were earlier closed for us, says Modi. We were counted among fragile 5, but now we are a multi-trillion dollar investment destination, adds Modi.

  • 08:10 (IST)

    India is now land of reform, perform, transform, says Narendra Modi at Red Fort

    Launching an attack on UPA government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says,"From being seen as among the fragile five, India is now the land of reform, perform and transform. We are all set for record economic growth."

  • 08:05 (IST)

    MSP decision was taken by our govt after UPA's years of delay, says Modi

    Who did not want the GST to be passed, yet it was pending for years. Last year, GST became a reality.I want to thank the business community for the success of the GST. Bringing up issue of delay in reforms, the prime minister says, "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 the blessings of the farmers, the decision on MSP was taken by our government." He adds that there has been rapid "vikas" (development) in the last four years.

  • 07:58 (IST)

    Indians did not just elect govt, they participated in nation building: Modi

    Indians did not just elect a government, they went ahead and participated in nation building. The country has progressed manifold as compared to the government's speed in 2013. Launching an attack on UPA govt, Modi says, "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."

  • 07:55 (IST)

    Narendra Modi lists NDA's achievements, says we didn't just form govt, we are making process

    Narendra Modi lists NDA govt's achievements, schemes in last speech at Red Fort before polls. "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," says Modi. We didn't just form the government, we are making process," PM Modi says while counting the success and contribution on his government.

  • 07:52 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Union home minister Rajnath Singh greets India on Independence Day

    The nation pays respect to all freedom fighters and tributes to those martyrs who laid down their lives for India’s freedom, Union home minister Rajnath Singh says.

  • 07:49 (IST)

    We have to ensure social justice for all, create an India that is progressing rapidly: Modi

    On the 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "The Constitution of India, 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 progressing rapidly."

  • 07:46 (IST)

    Narendra Modi condoles family of those who lost their lives in floods

    Mentioning the Kerala floods, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says "This year, on one hand, we got news of good rainfall in the country, on the other hand, we know how people are struggling due to floods in some parts of India. " My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in these floods, in various parts of India, says Modi. He also pays tribute to the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, says next year on Baisakhi, it will be 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. 

  • 07:44 (IST)

    Monsoon Session of Parliament was devoted to social justice: Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "India has registered its name as one of the largest global power. And after such an achievement, we are celebrating the Independence Day today. He also brought up 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.

  • 07:43 (IST)

    PM salutes women of India, says daughters have coloured the world in tricolour

    Addressing the nation on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "We are proudly celebrating Independence Day today as six women officers of the Indian Navy, circumnavigated the globe recently recalling on INSV Tarini. While saluting the women of India, the prime minister says our daughters have crossed all seven seas and have coloured the world in tricolour. 

  • 07:40 (IST)

    Earlier, Narendra Modi unfurled the Indian flag at the Red Fort

    PM Narendra Modi unfurled the Indian flag at Red Fort. Modi salutes the women of India, says our daughters have crossed all seven seas and have coloured the world in tricolour.

  • 07:38 (IST)

    Narendra Modi's last speech as prime minister before 2019 general election begins

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins speech at Red Fort; says the country is scaling new heights. Earlier, Modi arrived at the historic Red Fort with defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • 07:33 (IST)

    Team of five Delhi Police officers involved in encounter of gangster Neetu Dabhodi receive police medals
     
     
    A team of five Delhi Police officers involved in the encounter of gangster Neetu Dabhodia in 2013 are among the 24 police personnel who have been conferred police medals for their exemplary service on Independence Day. Five police officers from the Special Cell - Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Kumar Yadav and his team comprising ACPs Lalit Mohan Negi, Hridaya Bhushan, Ramesh Chander Lamba and Sub-Inspector Sukbir Singh have been awarded Police Medals for Gallantry. They formed the team that risked its life and killed gangster Dabhodia in an encounter in 2013. Among the 16 officers are Amarendra Kumar Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police Rajendra Singh Sagar, Aditional DCP and ACPs Birjender Singh Rai and Sanjay Dutt. 

  • 07:27 (IST)

    Meanwhile, in Assam, youth club makes 3.5-kilometre long national flag

    Meanwhile, the Sunrise Youth Club of Uparkhuti village in Assam's Baksa has made a 3.5-kilometre long national flag.

  • 07:22 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Red Fort, to address the nation shortly

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the historic Red Fort, will address the nation shortly. He is accompanied by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and goes ahead to inspect the guard of honour.

Independence Day Latest updates: Setting the stage for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday projected himself as an impatient agent of change, castigated the Congress-led UPA for its "governance failure" and promised housing, power, water, sanitation and healthcare for all in his mission to take the country to new heights.

The Congress party tweeted out a video of BJP national president Amit Shah, trying to unfurl the National Flag. However, instead of climbing up the mast, the flag accidentally came down. Shah, quickly realised his mistake and hoisted the flag properly.

On the 72nd Independence Day, before concluding his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the country was on a new trajectory of growth due to initiatives in the last four years of his government and asserted that he was impatient to take the country ahead of many others in the world.

Announcing the launch of health schemes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan will be launched on 25th September this year." He also Narendra Modi announces Rs 5 lakh health insurance for poor at Red Fort. Modi says, "There was a time when North East India used to feel that Delhi is very far from them, but today we have brought Delhi to the doorstep of the North East." Launching an attack on UPA government, Modi says,"From being seen as among the fragile five, India is now the land of reform, perform and transform. We are all set for record economic growth." Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins speech at Red Fort; says the country is scaling new heights. Earlier, Modi arrived at the historic Red Fort with defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

A cordon of tight security, including NSG snipers, elite SWAT commandos, kite catchers, over 500 CCTV cameras and thousands of security personnel, have been thrown around the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 72nd Independence Day.

Police are on high alert in the wake of an attack on JNU student leader Umar Khalid in the Lutyens' Delhi area on Monday and a terror attack in the UK on Tuesday, where a man drove a car at high speed and ploughed into several pedestrians, injuring three people, a senior police officer said.

On Monday, police were informed by a person that a man, wearing a uniform of an Indian Air Force officer, was suspiciously roaming near the Rajiv Chowk Metro station, and when he tried to call him, the man in uniform just fled from there.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met school children after his I-Day speech. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met school children after his I-Day speech. PTI

"This year, intelligence agencies have not issued any specific alerts about any specific terror organisation planning to target the national capital. However, the threat is there from all terror outfits and we have to be alert, especially during this time," a senior police officer said.

While nearly 70,000 Delhi Police personnel are guarding the national capital, close to 10,000 cops have been deployed in the Mughal-era fort, which will see the presence of senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people during the prime minister's address on Wednesday.

Delhi Police personnel have been specifically asked to keep an eye on the sky to ensure that no stray kites are seen in the areas around the Red Fort.

Last year, when the Prime Minister was addressing the nation on Independence Day, a black kite had landed below the podium.

The kite landed quietly without causing any disturbance and the prime minister had continued his address unfazed.

Kite-catchers have been deployed even though kite-flying has been restricted in the area till 11 am. Over 500 CCTV cameras have been installed on the routes leading to the Red Fort with over 200 cameras in the fort itself. The footage is being monitored round the clock, police said.

This time, 36 women personnel of the Delhi Police Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit will also be guarding the venue with their male counterparts.

Police have already carried out anti-sabotage checks in the area and visited hotels in the vicinity in search of suspicious elements, officials said, adding that a security audit of the residents, including tenants, has been completed.

At the Red Fort, a special team of NSG snipers and commandos will form the inner layer of the security cordon, while anti-aircraft guns have been deployed to thwart any aerial intrusion by objects like drones and projectiles, senior police officials said.

Delhi Police has already prohibited aerial activities, including para-gliding, flying UAVs and hot air balloons, across the city.

The buildings facing the Red Fort will be secured by police and paramilitary personnel.

Security along the route to be taken by the Prime Minister's cavalcade, from his official residence to the Red Fort, will be monitored with the help of hundreds of CCTV cameras.

Special "spotters" of Delhi Police and the paramilitary will keep an eye on parking areas. Sniffer dogs will also be part of the extensive security deployment.

According to a statement by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, train services will run as usual. However, stations like Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate and ITO will have restrictions on entry and exit during the ceremony owing to security considerations.

Parking will not be available at the stations till 2 pm on Wednesday in view of the security measures, the DMRC said.


Updated Date: Aug 15, 2018 15:59 PM

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