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Independence Day PM Speech 2020 Updates: COVID-19 won't stop India's dream of becoming self-reliant, says PM

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Aug 15, 2020 - 11:32 (IST)

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AK Antony hoists the national flag at Congress party's headquarters

Aug 15, 2020 - 11:25 (IST)

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Venkaiah Naidu compliments PM for unveiling 'contours of atmanirbhar bharat'

Close to 75 years of our freedom, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the contours of building Aatmanirbhar Bharat. I also compliment him for being the prime minister with the fourth-longest tenure so far, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. 

Aug 15, 2020 - 11:09 (IST)

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US wishes 'good' friend India on Independence Day

Wishing India on its 74th Independence Day, the US has said the two countries share "close bonds of friendship and democratic traditions," which over the time has flourished into a comprehensive global strategic partnership.

"On behalf of the government of the United States of America and the American people, I extend greetings and best wishes to the people of India on your Independence Day," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Aug 15, 2020 - 11:05 (IST)

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History of Independence Day

The British East India Company first arrived in India in 1619, setting up trading posts in the port of Surat, Gujarat. It slowly established itself at a position of authority with the victory at the Battle of Plassey in 1757 and the Battle of Buxar in 1764. Following the triumphs, it started expanding its power to other parts of the country through wars and annexations.

Rebellions against the British started as early as the 1750s and in 1857 came the Indian rebellion which would later develop into a full-fledged battle for freedom.

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Aug 15, 2020 - 11:03 (IST)

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Arvind Kejriwal hoists national flag

Aug 15, 2020 - 09:50 (IST)

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'Atmanirbhar Bharat' has become mantra for everyone: PM

For how long India will keep exporting raw materials and import finished products, Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation on the occasion of India''s 74th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, and asked citizens to prepare themselves for a self-reliant India.

Aug 15, 2020 - 09:32 (IST)

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Narendra Modi leaves from Red Fort

Aug 15, 2020 - 09:19 (IST)

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PM concludes national address

Narendra Modi concluded his address at 74th Independence Day, which lasted for almost 90 minutes. The National Cadet Corps cadets sang the national anthem.

"'Coronavirus can be a hindrance but can’t beat India’s resolve for Atmanirbhar Bharat," said Modi.

Aug 15, 2020 - 09:17 (IST)

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Modi on construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

"Construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya started 10 days ago. Ram Janmabhoomi issue that prevailed for centuries, has been resolved peacefully. The conduct of people of the country has been unprecedented and is an inspiration for future," said Narendra Modi on Saturday.

Aug 15, 2020 - 09:00 (IST)

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Will extend fast internet connectivity to Lakshadweep soon: PM

"We have around 1,300 islands. We have chosen some islands for rapid development. Recently, we connected Andaman and Nicobar Islands with an undersea cable for better internet. Next, we’ll connect Lakshadweep," said Narendra Modi.

Independence Day 2020 LATEST Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a special campaign with a holistic approach is also being worked out to reduce pollution in 100 selected cities of country.

Ladakh, situated in the heights of the Himalayas, is moving forward today to touch new heights of development, said Narendra Modi on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that three Indian COVID-19 vaccines are in different phases of development.

National Education Policy will keep students rooted to their culture but will also turn them into global citizens, said Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India was going through a unique phase due to the pandemic, but would achieve victory owing to the resolve of the people.

He reiterated India's resolve to be self-reliant and 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'. "This dream is turning into a pledge," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed confidence in defeating the novel coronavirus on Saturday during his address on the 74th Independence Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag and delivered his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from the iconic Red Fort on Saturday.

According to a Defence ministry statement, the prime minister will also receive the Guard of Honour contingent, consisting of one officer and 24 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police.

Major Shweta Pandey will assist the prime minister in unfurling the National Flag.

On his arrival at 7.18 AM in front of the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort, the prime minister will be received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar.

The defence secretary will introduce the General Officer Commanding (GoC), Delhi Area, Lt Gen Vijay Kumar Mishra to the prime minister.

The GoC Delhi Area will then conduct the prime minister to the Saluting Base where a combined inter-services and police guards will present general salute to him, following which he will inspect the Guard of Honour, the statement said.

The Guard of Honour will be positioned directly in front of the National Flag across the moat below the ramparts.

This year, Army being the coordinating Service, the Guard of Honour will be commanded by Lt Col Gaurav S Yewalkar.

Army contingent in the prime minister's Guard will be commanded by Major Palvinder Grewal, the Navy contingent by Lt Commander KVR Reddy, while Squadron Leader Vikas Kumar will lead the Air Force contingent and the Delhi Police contingent will be led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Jitender Kumar Meena.

After inspecting the Guard of Honour, the prime minister will proceed to the ramparts of the Red Fort where he will be greeted by the defence minister, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.

The GoC Delhi area will conduct the prime minister to the dais on the rampart to unfurl the National Flag.

After the tri-colour is unfurled by the prime minister, the National Guard will give 'Rashtriya Salute' to the National Flag, the statement said.

The unfurling of the tri-colour will synchronise with the 21 Gun Salute fired by the gunners of the elite 2233 Field Battery (Ceremonial). The ceremonial battery will be commanded by Lt Col Jitendra Singh Mehta and the Gun Position Officer will be Naib Subedar (AIG) Anil Chand.

The National Flag Guard comprising 32 men and one officer each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police will present 'Rashtriya Salute' at the time of unfurling of the National Flag by the prime minister.

Major Surya Prakash from the Army will be in command of this Inter-Services Guard and Police Guard. The Naval Contingent for the National Flag Guard will be commanded by Lt Commander Vivek Tingloo, Air Force contingent by Squadron Leader Mayank Abhishek and Delhi Police contingent by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sudhanshu Dhama.

After unfurling the National Flag, the prime minister will address the nation. After the speech of the prime minister is over, the National Cadet Corps cadets will sing the National Anthem.

A total of 500 NCC cadets (Army, Navy and Air Force) from different schools will be taking part, it added.

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