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Independence Day 2019 PM Modi speech Highlights: PM announces creation of Chief of Defence Staff

India Independence Day 2019 PM Narendra Modi Speech Highlight: This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first Independence Day speech after returning to power with a thumping majority in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections.

Independence Day 2019 LIVE: Dressed in a white kurta-pyjama and a colourful turban, PM Modi was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Red Fort. (Express photo/Neeraj Priyadarshi)

India Independence Day 2019 PM Modi Speech Highlights: In his first Independence Day address in NDA’s second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched upon the achievements of his newly formed government in less than 10 weeks of coming to power — abrogation of Article 370, Article 35A, the passing of triple talaq Bill among others. He also said the decision to repeal Article 370 was a step towards fulfilling Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dream

We neither nurse problems nor keep them pending. What could not happen in 70 years happened in less than 70 days. The development of Jammu and Kashmir now depends on us. The spirit of ‘One nation, one Constitution’ is now a reality. Discussions should now be held on one nation one election.” He also slammed the Opposition for politicising the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Politics comes and goes but steps in the interest of the nation are paramount. If Article 370 was so important and life-changing, why was it not made permanent.”

PM Modi also announced the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to households and resolved to spend more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore in coming years. He also asked citizens to join the Jal Ministry in water conservation. In his speech, he also remembered the lives lost in the massive floods across multiple parts of India. He also paid homage to the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters in the struggle for independence.

Dressed in a white kurta-pyjama and a colourful turban, PM Modi was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Red Fort. He then inspected Guard of Honour and unfurled tricolour. Before coming to Red Fort, he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

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Chargé d'affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia unfurled the National Flag and read out the President's message.

Independence Day celebrated at Kochi Naval base

A ceremonial parade was conducted on Thursday at the Naval Base here on the occasion of the nation's 73rd Independence Day. Vice Admiral A K Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, reviewed the parade, comprising 16 platoons including four armed platoons of 24 personnel each. He also laid a wreath in memory of the martyrs who had laid down their lives in the defence of the nation, at the SNC War Memorial, prior to the parade. (PTI)

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PM Modi’s Independence Day speech: Decisive against protracted issues, solicits people’s participation

Through his first Independence Day speech of his second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to frame his next five years as a journey to fulfil the aspirations of the people after having attended to their essential needs during the previous five years. Read more

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Modi gives clarion call to farmers to cut usage of chemical fertilsers, pesticides

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday gave a clarion call to farmers to gradually reduce use of chemical fertilisers and eventually stop their usage to protect soil health.

"Have we ever thought about the health of the mother earth? The way we are using chemical fertilisers and pesticides, we are destroying the earth," he said adding that no body has right to damage soil health. "I have a request for our farming community...We are going to celebrate 75 years of our Independence. Gandhi has shown us the path. Can we reduce the use of chemical fertilisers by 10 to 25 per cent in our farm lands," the prime minister said adding that a campaign should eventually start to stop their use completely.

Sonia Gandhi celebrates Independence Day at Congress headquarters

Congress president Sonia Gandhi unfurled the national tricolour at the party headquarters here on the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday.

The flag hoisting ceremony was attended by many senior leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former party president Rahul Gandhi, Salman Khurshid, Ahmed Patel, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibal, Motilal Vora and Ghulam Nabi Azad.

A group of children present on the occasion greeted Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh who presented them sweets.

Sonia Gandhi hoists the tricolour at party office in Delhi

Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi hoists the tricolour at the party office in Delhi. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal, BS Hooda, Ahmed Patel, Dr.Manmohan Singh and others were present at the party office.

Centre's decision on Article 370 open new door for development of J&K, Ladakh people: Satya Pal Malik

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik, after hoisting the Tricolour, said, "The changes that the Central Government has brought are not only historic but also open a new door for the development of the people of Jammu-Kashmir, & Ladakh."

J&K Guv Satya Pal malik unfurls Tricolour in Srinagar

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik hoisted the national tricolour at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium here in the first Independence Day celebration in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of its special status. After unfurling the flag, Malik inspected the parade of para-military forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police. Restrictions were put in place here in the wake of the abrogation of the special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

PM Modi’s I-Day speech: New J&K approach was needed, 5 trillion dollar economy achievable

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined the ‘achievements of his government within 10 weeks of returning to power’ and cited the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the new law on triple talaq to highlight the key decisions taken to ‘fulfill the aspirations of the people’. Read More

Independence Day celebrations to begin shortly in Srinagar

Independence Day celebrations to begin shortly at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar.

BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal dances while celebrating Independence Day

BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal (in front) dances while celebrating 73rd Independence Day, in Leh.

RSS General Secretary unfurls national flag in Nagpur

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) General Secretary, Bhaiyaji Joshi unfurls the national flag at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also pays tribute.

PM Modi meets children at Red Fort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets children at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd IndependenceDay.

PM 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 USD 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 USD 1 trillion as compared to USD 2 trillion size achieved in 70 years of independence, then this target is achievable," he said.

PM Modi I-Day top quotes: ‘We neither nurse problems nor keep them pending’

On India’s 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the second NDA government has taken  several “pathbreaking” decisions, including abrogation of Article 370, end of Triple Talaq, steps for the welfare of farmers and traders. Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on Thursday, PM Modi said that the old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption and nepotism. Read top quotes from PM Modi's speech today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Independence Day. (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

PM Modi concludes his Independence Day speech

PM Modi concludes his Independence Day speech.

Can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022: PM Modi

Talking about tourism in India, PM Modi says, "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."

Digital payments ko haan, nakad ko naa — can we make this our motto? PM Modi

"Digital payments ko haan, nakad ko naa (yes to digital payments and no to cash)"... Can we make this our motto. Let us further the use of digital payments all over the nation: PM Modi

Those protecting terrorism and supporting it must be exposed: PM Modi

Talking about terrorism, "Those who give protection to terrorism and support it must be exposed. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka also are affected by terrorism. All countries in the world need to come together to fight this menace."

PM Modi: Can we free India from single-use plastic?

PM Modi says, "Can we free India from single-use plastic? The time for implementing such an idea has come. May teams be mobilised to work in this direction. Let a significant step be made on October 2 this year." "Our priority should be a 'Made in India' product. Can we think of consuming local products, improving rural economy and the MSME sector," he added.

India will have a Chief of Defence Staff: PM Modi

PM Modi announced that India will have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. "Our forces are India's pride. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort: India will have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective."

PM Modi greets people of Afghanistan

PM Modi greets people of Afghanistan. "From the ramparts of the Red Fort, I give my greetings to the people of Afghanistan who are marking 100 years of freedom." Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses nation from Red Fort — See photos

PM Modi: The fundamentals of our economy is very strong

PM Modi also says, "The fundamentals of our economy are very strong and this assured us to take the country ahead. "Wealth creation is a great national service.Let us never see wealth creators with suspicion. Only when wealth is created, wealth will be distributed. Wealth creation is absolutely essential. Those who create wealth are India's wealth and we respect them."

World is eager to explore trade with India: PM Narendra Modi

PM Modi says, "Today, the Government in India is stable, policy regime is predictable...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."

Our guiding principle is Zero Defect, Zero Effect: PM Modi

PM Modi says, "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."

Will invest Rs 100 lakh crore on country's infrastructure: PM Modi at Red Fort

PM Modi also says, "I always ask this question..can we not reduce the interference of Governments in people's lives? Let our people have the freedom to follow their own aspirations. We have abolished a lot of laws. Today according to the needs of the 21st century, modern infrastructure is being set up. We have decided to invest Rs 100 lakh crore on the country's infrastructure. Earlier even if a decision was taken on paper that a railway station will be built in an area, there used to be positivity among people for years. Time has changed now, people aren't satisfied with the station, they immediately ask "when will Vande Bharat express come in our area?"

Times are changing and we have to accept that: PM Modi during is Independence Day speech

Asserting that people's thinking has changed, PM Modi says, " Earlier, people were happy with merely a plan to make a railway station. Now people ask- when will Vande Bharat Express come to my area. People do not want only good railway stations or bus stations, they ask- when is a good airport coming. Earlier the aspiration was to have a good mobile phone but now, people aspire better data speed. Times are changing and we have to accept that."

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra takes to Twitter to wish the nation on Independence Day

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra takes to Twitter to wish the nation on Independence Day

PM Modi: Going to work on Jal Jeevan Mission, will spend at least 3.5 lakh crore rupees towards this

Talking about the water crisis in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "Today, I am making an important announcement that now we are going to work on Jal Jeevan Mission. We are committed to spending at least 3.5 lakh crore rupees towards this mission. This movement towards water conservation has to take place at the grassroots level. Common people must engage in this movement. It cannot merely be a Govt program. People from all walks of life have to lead this movement."

PM Modi: India does not want incremental progress, a high jump is needed

Pm Modi says, "I always ask- can we not remove the excess influence of Governments on people's lives. Let our people have the freedom of pursuing their own aspirations, let the right eco-system be made in this regard. 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."

India is talking about One Nation, One Election: PM Modi

PM Modi also talked about One Nation, One Election. "Dream of One Nation, One Tax has been brought to life by the GST. Our nation has also successfully achieved One Nation, One Grid in the power sector. And today, India is talking about One Nation, One Election." He further talked about the ease of doing business saying we will have to change our way of thinking.

Those following policy of small family also contribute to development: PM Modi at Red Fort

PM Modi also says, "Population explosion in the country will create various problems for the coming generations. Those who follow the policy of small family also contribute to the development of the nation, it is also a form of patriotism."

PM Modi: Continuously working towards removing corruption from Country

PM Modi also said, "We are continuously working towards removing corruption from our Country. But, it's like a disease. It is so deep that it will take time to remove it completely." "Every effort made to remove corruption and black money is welcome. These are menaces that have ruined India for 70 long years. Let us always reward honesty," he added.

One nation, One Constitution is now a reality, says PM Modi at Red Fort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi for the sixth consecutive time, says, "Those who supported Article 370, India is questioning them, If this was so important then why was this Article not made permanent? After all, those people had huge mandates and could have easily removed its temporary status." He also said "One nation, One Constitution" is now a reality.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that within 10 weeks of returning to power, his government took key decisions to fulfil the aspirations of people and cited the new law on triple talaq and scrapping of special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir. In his address to the nation on 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, he said his government has dedicated itself on all fronts in the service of countrymen. Abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, law to ban the practice of instant triple talaq were some of the key decisions taken by his government soon after assuming power for the second term, he said. "Within two weeks of assuming power, we have dedicated ourselves in fulfilling the aspirations of people on all fronts," he said. Modi also condoled the death of people in recent floods and assured the affected of all help.

Narendra Modi: Following a plan to fulfil aspirations of New India

PM Modi says that the government is following a plan to fulfil aspirations of New India. "Now is the time to think about the India of the 21st century and how the dreams of the people will be fulfilled. We are following a plan to fulfil aspirations of the New India," he said.

We do not believe in creating problems or dragging them: PM Modi

PM Modi also said, "We do not believe in creating problems or dragging them. In less than 70 days of our new Government, Article 370 was revoked, and in both Houses of Parliament, 2/3rd of the members supported this move. The old system in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh led to corruption, nepotism but there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities.The dreams of sanitation workers were incomplete. How can we accept this?"

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PM Modi: When Islamic nations can ban Triple Talaq then why can't we?

Talking further about abolishing the Triple talaq, PM Modi also said, "Remember how scared Muslim women were, those who suffered due to practice of Triple Talaq, but we ended that. When Islamic nations can ban it then why can't we? When we can ban Sati, when we can take strong steps against female infanticide, child marriage, then why not this?"

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Modi has used the annual event to announce the Centre's schemes and present a report card of his government's performance. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra/File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his sixth straight Independence day speech on Thursday. He is expected to touch upon a host of issues ranging from his government's landmark decision on Jammu and Kashmir to the state of economy. This will also be his first August 15 address after coming back to power with a huge mandate. In the past, Modi has used the annual event to announce the Centre's schemes and present a report card of his government's performance.

President, Ram Nath Kovind, also addressed the nation on the eve of Independence Day. Delivering his address, Kovind said the changes made in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh recently will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country.

The PM's speech is being telecast live on television as well as on the Internet. You can watch his speech as well as the proceedings from the Red Fort on TV Channels like Doordarshan, Lok Sabha TV, Rajya Sabha TV. Viewers can also watch the speech on the prime minister's personal website- narendramodi.in.