Independence Day 2019 highlights: Pinarayi Vijayan, E Palaniswami, Jagan Mohan Reddy hoist tricolour in celebration of 73rd Independence Day

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Independence Day 2019 highlights: Pinarayi Vijayan, E Palaniswami, Jagan Mohan Reddy hoist tricolour in celebration of 73rd Independence Day
  • 13:10 (IST)

    Congress slams Narendra Modi's speech at Red Fort, says 5-trillion dollar economy 'not possible' currently

    The Congress picked up a point that Narendra Modi made in his speech at the Red Fort on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day, that India will grow to a five-trillion-dollar economy.

    The Sonia Gandhi-led party said that India could not be an "ideal economy" in the current situation. "To get there, we need to keep the growth rate at 9 percent continuously for 5 years with a total investment rate of 38 percent of GDP. We currently have an investment rate of 31.3 percent with a growth rate of 6.8 percent," the tweet said.

  • 13:02 (IST)

    Ram Nath Kovind, Rajnath Singh pay tribute at National War Memorial

    President Ram Nath Kovind and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along the three chiefs of the defence forces on Thursday paid tribute at the National War Memorial on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day.

  • 12:44 (IST)

    Indian embassy in Indonesia celebrates Independence Day

     

    The Indian Embassy in Indonesia celebrated the 73rd Independence Day at the embassy's office in Jakarta.

  • 12:28 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh greet Sonia Gandhi on Independence Day

     

    Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, Manmohan Singh, and others celebrated Independence Day on Thursday at the Congress headquarters with interim party president Sonia Gandhi.

  • 12:14 (IST)

    Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh chief ministers celebrate 73rd Independence Day

    Chief Ministers Pinarayi Vijayan, Edappadi K Palaniswami, and Jagan Mohan Reddy celebrated the 73rd Independence Day by hoisting the National Flag in Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, and Amaravati, respectively.

  • 12:03 (IST)

    Ladakh BJP MP plays traditional instruments during Independence Day celebrations in Leh

    BJP MP from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, played a traditional drum with locals in Leh as part of celebrations of the 73rd Independence Day.

  • 11:56 (IST)

    BJP celebrates Independence Day in Jammu

    BJP's Jammu and Kashmir president Ravinder Raina celebrated the 73rd Independence Day in Jammu. Restrictions were relaxed in the Jammu region of the state in the last week, however, communication clampdown and curfew continue to be imposed in the Kashmir Valley. Stringent security measures were also put in place in the restive region ahead of Independence Day, after the Centre scrapped Article 370, which provided the state with autonomy.

  • 11:47 (IST)

    Asaduddin Owaisi hoists National Flag in Hyderabad

     

    AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday hoisted the tricolour near the Madina chowk in Hyderabad, as the country celebrated the 73rd Independence Day.

  • 11:37 (IST)

    Vladimir Putin extends Independence Day greetings to Narendra Modi, Ram Nath Kovind

    Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day and said that India "rightfully takes pride in great achievements" in various fields.

  • 11:14 (IST)

    Supreme Court celebrates 73rd Independence Day

    The Supreme Court also celebrated the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday, with Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi hoisting the National Flag in the premises of the apex court.

    Gogoi, along with Attorney General KK Venugopal and Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad addressed the gathering on the occasion.

  • 10:18 (IST)

    Congress hoists tri-colour at party headquarters

    Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday hoisted the National Flag at the party's headquarters on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal, BS Hooda, Ahmed Patel, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and others are also present at the ceremony.

  • 10:15 (IST)

    Ram Madhav extends Independence Day greetings from Ladakh

    BJP leader Ram Madhav, who is also the party's in-charge of the northeast states, celebrated Independence Day in Ladakh's Leh on Thursday.

    Asserting that the region was happy with its new status as a Union Territory, He said, "This Independence Day is very special for the entire country, there is also the additional significance of securing Union Territory (UT) status (for Ladakh). I'm happy to be a part of the celebrations of the first Independence Day of the UT of Ladakh."

  • 09:49 (IST)

    Narendra Modi greets Bipin Rawat, Karambir Singh, BS Dhanoa after Independence Day speech

    Narendra Modi greeted the chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force after his Independence Day address on Thursday during which he announced the government's decision of appointing a 'chief of defence staff', or CDS, who is expected to the one-point leader for the three security forces.

  • 09:34 (IST)

    Chief of Defence Staff to be head of all three security forces

    In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address, announced the creation of a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the tri-defence services. The prime minister said the CDS will ensure synergy among the three services and provide effective leadership to them.

    Reportedly, a high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in the country's security system in the wake of the Kargil War in 1999 had called for appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff as a single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister.

  • 09:29 (IST)

    Narendra Modi bats for India Inc, says businessmen are 'wealth of nation'

    Standing up for India Incorporated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said "wealth creators" in the country "should not be eyed with suspicion", but should be respected because they are "India's wealth".

    Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day, he said wealth creation is a great national service. "Let us never see wealth creators with suspicion. Only when wealth is created, wealth will be distributed," he said. "Wealth creation is absolutely essential. Those who create wealth are India's wealth and we respect them."

  • 09:25 (IST)

    Narendra Modi greets children after Independence Day speech

     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the nation on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday and made a strong push for ease of living and population control in the country, was greeted by children as he stepped off the Red Fort stage after his speech.

  • 09:18 (IST)

    Narendra Modi continues tradition of wearing turban for Independence Day speeches

    Continuing the tradition of sporting bright-coloured turbans for his Independence Day speeches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose a predominately yellow-coloured headgear for the first Independence Day address of his second term.

    Modi sported a yellow-coloured turban with a long tail as he addressed the nation from the ramparts of historic Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day.

    Keeping the outfit simple he donned a plain white kurta paired with his 'signature' churidaar. The look was accentuated with a unique scarf around his neck with an orange border placed with a black and white pattern.

  • 09:07 (IST)

    Narendra Modi ends 90-minute-long 15 August address with chants of Vande Mataram

  • 09:04 (IST)

    Modi says will invest Rs 100 lakh cr in infra, $5 trillion economy target achievable

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government will invest a massive Rs 100 lakh crore on developing modern infrastructure that will aid in nearly doubling the size of the Indian economy to $5 trillion in the next five years. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort here on the 73rd Independence Day, he said reforms will continue to be ushered in to help India break into top 50 countries on the 'ease of doing business' ranking.
     
     
    "To some the target of nearly doubling the size of Indian economy to USD 5 trillion in five years may seem difficult. But when we have in five years (of BJP rule) added $1 trillion as compared to USD 2 trillion size achieved in 70 years of independence, then this target is achievable," he said.

  • 09:01 (IST)

    Meanwhile... Watch Ladakh MP dance on occassion of I-Day

  • 08:57 (IST)

    Take pledge to holiday in at least 15 travel destination in India, Narendra Modi's citizen initiative to boost tourism 

    In a bid to boost tourism industry in India, Prime Minister Modi said, "India has much to offer. I know people travel abroad for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom."

  • 08:49 (IST)

    Narendra Modi asks nation to take Swacchh Bharat-like pledge, urges citizens to eliminate use of single use plastic

    Encouraging citizens to eliminate use of single-use-plastic, Modi suggested shop-owners and small entrepreneurs to start gifting their customers cloth bags with their business' branding to ensure advertisement and inculcation of a good habit in the same stroke. 

  • 08:48 (IST)

    Narendra Modi announces creation of Chief of Defence Staff post to commonly helm India's armed forces 

  • 08:48 (IST)

    Narendra Modi slams Pakistan without naming India's beleagured nation 

    Modi said, "Some of our neighbours are bringing the whole region down by spreading terrorism." He claimed that the said neighbour is peddling terrorism in the region to wage a proxy war. 

    Asserting that India can no longer be a mute spectator to terrorism, PM Modi says, "We have exposed the nations backing terrorism." He also announces that India will now have the post of Chief of Defence Staff who will oversee all three forms of defence in India. "This has been a demand for a long time. India cannot think as separate entities. All three forms of India's defence needs to come together," he said.

  • 08:42 (IST)

    Narendra Modi asked about economic growth

    "Today, the Government in India is stable, policy regime is predictable and because of this the world is eager to explore trade with India.  We are working to keep prices under check and increase development. The fundamentals of our economy are strong," Modi said.

  • 08:37 (IST)

    Narendra Modi tells nation to raise bar of aspirations, says dream of turning every district into export hub

    "The time has come to think about how we can boost exports. 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," Modi said. 

  • 08:31 (IST)

    India needs to grow by leaps and bounds, says Narendra Modi 

    We cannot make incremental changes anymore. We should take high leaps now. This country's infrastructure needs to be revamped. Hence, we have decided to invest Rs 100 lakh crore for infrastructure.

  • 08:29 (IST)

    We neither nurse problems, nor keep them pending: Prime Minister on Article 370 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that his government neither nurses problems nor keeps them pending and referred to the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying India now is one nation with one constitution.

     
    Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort here on the 73rd Independence Day, he also said that within 10 weeks of assuming power, his government has taken key decisions such as bringing a new law to ban the practice of instant triple talaq and scrapping provisions of Article 370 related to Jammu and Kashmir. 

  • 08:24 (IST)

    Narendra Modi announces 100 lakh crores for modern infrastructure 

  • 08:22 (IST)

    PM drops hint about new policy on population control

    Narendra Modi, in his 15 August Address, dropped a hint that a central government policy on population control may be next on the cards. He said, "We have to be concerned about population explosion. Centre as well as state governments should launch schemes to tackle it."

  • 08:17 (IST)

    Narendra Modi touches upon population explosion, says choosing to keep family small, act of patriotism

    "I want to talk about population explosion in this country. There is a class of citizens, which contributes to nation building by choosing to have a small family. By ensuring that they bring a child into the world, only when he has the means to bring that child up, a common citizens is also undertaking an act of patriotism," Modi said, 

  • 08:12 (IST)

    Abrogation of Article 370 will enable Kashmiris to hold Centre directly accountable 

    Narendta Modi elaborates on the benefits of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's autonomy saying that the move will enable the people of the region to hold the government at the Centre directly accountable. "After the partition, when people came to India they faced no problems but those who settled in Jammu and Kashmir could never live in peace. The new system in place is for the direct benefit of the people on the ground. Now anyone living in Jammu and Kashmir can directly question the Centre. He now does not need to go via media," Modi said. 

  • 08:11 (IST)

    Narendra Modi speaks about conservation of water 

    "In more than 70 years, all governments have strived in their ways to eradicate poverty. But still, today, there are many homes where this is no drinking water. People have to travel kilometers to fetch pots of drinking. That is why our government has decided to introduce drinking water for every home through our Jal Jeevan Mission," Modi said. 

  • 08:08 (IST)

    ''If Article 370 was beneficial, why did previous govts leave it as temporary provision'

     

    Speaking from the ramparts of Red Fort, Narendra Modi said that he fails to understnd the reasoning behind support to Article 370 and Article 35A. He said, "If these provisions were so important for Jammu and Kashmir's welfare, why did the previous governemnts left it as a temporary provision despite multiple opportunities to do so."

    He said, "This means that they new that this wasn't right but they lacked the will to set things right."

  • 08:02 (IST)

    Narendra Modi says Article 370 promoted secessionism, terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir

    "It is our duty to ensure that citizens in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are able to fulfill their dreams. This responsibility also falls upon all Indians. Over the past 70 years, Article 370 enabled corruption and terrorism," Modi said. 

  • 08:01 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says national sentiment improved from despair to hopefulness in last five years

    "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? Now they were thinking, yes even I can change the nation. The collective confidence of 130 crore people gave us the impetus we needed. We started with the motto of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vishwas', the enthused people of India gave us the confidence. This time no one political party was fighting elections, no MP, no Modi. It was the people of India fighting for their dreams, their aspirations," Modi said. 

  • 07:52 (IST)

    2014 to 2019 years of fulfilling people's needs, govt's second term dedicated to fulfilling India's aspirations

    If the period between 2014 to 2019 was a period of fulfillment of people's requirements, then the period after 2019 is a period of fulfillment of the aspirations of the countrymen, a period to fulfill their dreams, Narendra Modi said. 

  • 07:45 (IST)

    Narendra Modi uses I-Day speech to give 10-week report card of govt

    "It's not even been 10 weeks since the new government was elected and we have provided speed to the development programme. We did not wait even a day to start our work," he said.

  • 07:43 (IST)

    PM remembers freedom fighters, contributors to the growth of nation 

    Commemorating the tall sacrifices made by the Indian freedom fighters, Narendra Modi said, "There were many who laid their lives for the nation. Many were hanged to death for our freedom. Today I remember all of them. Today, for the development of our free India, everybody who has contributed to this, I remember all of them. After the new govt was elected, I have the opportunity to address all of you again"

  • 07:41 (IST)

    Narendra Modi remembers victims of massive floods across India

    Empathising with the people who got hit with the massive floods that hit several states across India, including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Kerala, the prime minister remembered the scores of victims at the start of his speech. He also praised the various security force and NDRF personnel, who are dedicating countless hours to facilitate relief and rescue operations. 

  • 07:35 (IST)

    Wish all citizens a very happy Independence Day: Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended Independence Day greetings to the general public and also wished them on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

  • 07:34 (IST)

    Narendra Modi begins Independence Day speech

  • 07:33 (IST)

    Narendra Modi hoists flag at Red Fort on 73rd Independence Day

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will shortly begin his first Independence Day speech since being voted back to power in the general elections this year, hoisted the National Flag at the Red Fort on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday.

  • 07:30 (IST)

    Hundreds gather at Red Fort despite a warm day

    Visitors, performers and jawans gather at the Red Fort ahead of Independence Day celebrations even as Delhi rose up to a warm morning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation shortly.

  • 07:20 (IST)

    Narendra Modi pays tribute at Raj Ghat

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his ttributes at the Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. 

  • 07:05 (IST)

    Narendra Modi's first Independence Day speech of second term today

    For the sixth year in a row, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the country from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi on Thursday on the occasion of Independence Day. The abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, a recent landmark decision by the Modi government, and job growth, one of the pillars of the ruling party’s campaign ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, may set the tempo of the prime minister’s speech.

Independence Day Speech 2019 highlights: Chief Ministers Pinarayi Vijayan, Edappadi K Palaniswami, and Jagan Mohan Reddy celebrated the 73rd Independence Day by hoisting the National Flag in Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, and Amaravati, respectively.

Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day and said that India "rightfully takes pride in great achievements" in various fields.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government will invest a massive Rs 100 lakh crore on developing modern infrastructure that will aid in nearly doubling the size of the Indian economy to $5 trillion in the next five years. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort here on the 73rd Independence Day, he said reforms will continue to be ushered in to help India break into top 50 countries on the 'ease of doing business' ranking.

"To some the target of nearly doubling the size of Indian economy to USD 5 trillion in five years may seem difficult. But when we have in five years (of BJP rule) added $1 trillion as compared to USD 2 trillion size achieved in 70 years of independence, then this target is achievable," he said.

Standing up for India Incorporated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said "wealth creators" in the country "should not be eyed with suspicion", but should be respected because they are "India's wealth".

Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day, he said wealth creation is a great national service. "Let us never see wealth creators with suspicion. Only when wealth is created, wealth will be distributed," he said. "Wealth creation is absolutely essential. Those who create wealth are India's wealth and we respect them."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the nation on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday and made a strong push for ease of living and population control in the country, was greeted by children as he stepped off the Red Fort stage after his speech.

Narendra Modi said, "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."

"Today, every Indian can proudly say: One Nation, One Constitution. We are dutybound to achieve Sardar Patel's goal of integrating India," Modi said.

Recounting his government's achievement since it came to power for the second time, Narendra Modi said his govt achieved 70 days what previous govts couldn't do in 70 years

Narendra Modi said, "It's not even been 10 weeks since the new government was elected and we have provided speed to the development programme. We did not wait even a day to start our work."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Red Fort ten minutes before his schedule. He was expected to reach around 7.30 am but according to the live visuals being broadcast on Doordarshan, the prime minister was already being received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the iconic Red Fort.

Modi will address the nation today on the occasion of 73rd year of India's Independence from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi after hoisting the Tricolour.

This will be the prime minister's first Independence Day address to the nation after he returned to power with a thumping majority in the recently-concluded general elections to Lok Sabha.

The prime minister's speech and the proceedings from the Red Fort will be broadcast live on television as well as streamed live on the Internet. Here is where one can watch the Independence Day celebrations:

Television

The coverage of the Independence Day celebration will be available on television news channes like Lok Sabha TV, Rajya Sabha TV and Doordarshan. It will also telecast on CNN-News18 television news channel

YouTube and Google Search

On Tuesday, Tech giant Google announced a continued long-term collaboration with Prasar Bharati, India's largest public broadcasting agency, for live coverage on YouTube and Google Search for events of national importance such as the Independence Day and Republic Day telecast.

"As part of the collaboration, viewers from across the globe will be able to watch the full parade and the prime minister's speech live on Doordarshan's YouTube channel, as India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day on 15 August 2019," the statement made by Google read.

The live stream will commence at 6.30 am. The link to the YouTube live feed will be made available on Google Search — both mobile phones and desktop — when users search for 'India Independence Day'.

Other than Doordarshan's YouTube channel and direct Google search, viewers can watch the live streaming of Modi's address at Firstpost as well.

Other online sources

The proceedings will be streamed live also on the official portals of Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV.

Viewers can also watch the Independence Day speech on the prime minister's personal website – narendramodi.in and on the webcast services of the National Informatics Centre –independenceday.nic.in.

On Facebook, the speech will be made available on the official pages of – Narendra ModiDoordarshan NationalBJP4India and PMOIndia.

The Twitter handles to follow for the Independence Day speech are – Narendra ModiPMOIndia, and DDNational.

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Updated Date: Aug 15, 2019 13:16:29 IST