PM Modi will lead the nation in celebrating the event at the Red Fort in the national capital
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 73rd Independence Day today at 7.30 am. He is likely to touch upon a host of topics ranging from the centre's decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir's special status to his vision for a "New India". 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.
PM Modi will lead the nation in celebrating the event at the Red Fort in the national capital. He will unfurl the tricolour and deliver the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the monument.
Here are the LIVE updates of PM Modi's Independence Day speech:
Aug 15, 201907:13 (IST)Visitors, performers and jawans gather at the Red Fort
Delhi: Visitors, performers and jawans gather at the Red Fort ahead of #IndependenceDay celebrations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation shortly, from here. pic.twitter.com/qQvu7mpreP
– ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2019
Aug 15, 201907:03 (IST)US extends best wishes to India on Independence Day
- 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.
Aug 15, 201906:57 (IST)Schedule of PM Modi
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
Aug 15, 201906:38 (IST)PM Modi to address the nation at 7.30 am
- 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.
Aug 15, 201906:37 (IST)Independence Day to be a colourful one: Ministry of Defence statement
- 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.
Aug 15, 201906:36 (IST)
- 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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