President Ram Nath Kovind to address nation on eve of Independence Day at 7 pm today

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation today evening, ie, August 14, on the eve of the nation's 71st Independence Day.

 President Ram Nath Kovind to address nation on eve of Independence Day at 7 pm today

File image of President Ram Nath Kovind. Twitter @AIR

A statement released by the government on Sunday said that the address will be broadcast on the entire national network of All India Radio (AIR) and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi at 7 pm followed by the English version. The Hindi and English broadcasts will then be followed by broadcasts in regional languages by the local Doordarshan channels.

AIR will broadcast the regional language versions of the speech from 8 pm onwards on its respective regional radio channels. Kovind, elected as India's 14th president, was sworn in on 25 July

Kovind, elected as India's 14th president on 20 July, was sworn in on 25 July.

According to PTI, in three weeks since he took over as the President of India, Kovind has given assent to six key legislations, including the one that extends the jurisdiction of trial in cases of maritime claims, arrests, and detentions of ships to various courts. All the legislations, which got the presidential nod, were recently passed by the Parliament.

The president is expected to speak about the issues that the country has been facing recently and the developments that India has witnessed since BJP came to power. The speech will also be broadcast live on YouTube. You can watch it here when it begins:

In last year's speech, former president Pranab Mukherjee focused on the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill for GST, intolerance, attacks on "weaker sections" of the society, obstructionism in politics, the sanctity of the Constitution, India's development, foreign policy, and terrorism. Whether Kovind will follow a similar route will be worth looking forward to.

Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017 16:14:56 IST