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73rd Independence Day 2019 Preparations HIGHLIGHTS: Massive security put in place ahead of celebrations

73rd Independence Day 2019 Preparations HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort at 7 am, August 15, 2019. This will be his first Independence Day address after winning the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The full dress rehearsal for the Independence Day took place at the Red Fort on Tuesday amid tight security cover (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Independence Day 2019 Preparations HIGHLIGHTS:  Ahead of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations in the country, multi-layered security arrangements are in place across the national capital. In wake of the abrogation of Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, security has been beefed up across New Delhi and neighbouring border areas.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort at 7 am Thursday. This will be his first Independence Day address after the BJP returned to power with a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha polls.

A massive security ring, including NSG snipers, elite SWAT commandos and kite catchers, have been placed around the Red Fort. Special deployments have been made by the SPG and different components of the Army and paramilitary forces, along with around 20,000 Delhi Police personnel, including those from the traffic wing.

The full dress rehearsal for the Independence Day took place at the Red Fort on Tuesday amid tight security cover. Defence personnel from the Army, Navy and the Air Force marched across the Mughal-era Red Fort while school children showcased their performance during the rehearsal.

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Independence Day 2019 preparations LIVE updates: Security has been beefed up and arrangements are underway ahead of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations. Follow the latest news.

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Odisha State Secretariat in Bhubaneshwar was lit up on the eve of India's 73rd Independence Day. 

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West Bengal: Security arrangements heightened in Kolkata

Vigil was increased at entry points to Kolkata and vehicles were checked thoroughly, a senior police official said. Hotels, guest houses and lodges in and around the city were being monitored meticulously to ensure that no outsiders without proper documentation get accommodation, the official was quoted as saying by PTI.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Governor Satya Pal Malik to hoist the national flag tomorrow

Jammu Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik will hoist the national flag at the main function of the Independence Day at Sher-e-Kashmir stadium tomorrow. Independence Day celebrations in Jammu would be led by an advisor to the governor, along with celebrations at divisional, district and sub-district levels, Principal Secretary in the J&K administration Rohit Kansal said.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that this year, Independence Day will be celebrated with "much more enthusiasm", in view of the Centre's decision to revoke Jammu and Kasmir's special status. "By revoking Article 370, we have strongly retaliated to the infiltration activities of Pakistan in Kashmir. The dreams of all Indians are fulfilled in the real sense today", he said.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence Day

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is likley to be conferred with the Vir Chakra tomorrow. Abhinandan was captured on February 27, after he suffered injuries while ejecting from his MiG21 during an aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani air forces.

Mumbai: Security checks at CSMT ahead of Independence Day

Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force conducted security checks at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, ahead of Independence Day. 

Dress rehearsal held in Jammu-Kashmir, situation peaceful: Police

Amid a lockdown in the Valley, the dress rehearsal of the Independence Day celebrations was conducted at all the district headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. No report of any significant incident was received in the last 24 hours, adding that the local authorities were closely monitoring the situation and restrictions were being eased in many areas on the basis of their assessment, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring told news agency PTI.

Dress rehearsal held at Red fort

The full dress rehearsal for the Independence Day took place at the Red Fort on Tuesday amid tight security cover. Defence personnel from the Army, Navy and the Air Force marched across the Mughal-era Red Fort while school children showcased their performance during the rehearsal.

Tightened security measures put in place

In a first, Delhi Police will be using facial recognition technology to identify miscreants around the Red Fort and the adjoining areas.

Five hundred CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the Red Fort. Apart from securing the main venue at the Red Fort, adequate security arrangements for the "At Home" function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan have also been made.

The roads leading to the Red Fort will also be under surveillance. Special motorcycle squads have been deployed. Baggage scanners have been placed at all the entry points of the venue and extensive checking of vehicles is going on in different areas of the north and central districts of the city. Anti-drone detachment and snipers have also been put up.

Delhi metro services to run normally on Independence Day

Metro trains services in Delhi will not be hindered, except for restrictions on entry and exit at some of the stations on the Violet Line. All metro stations will remain open, but parking has been shut from today and will be closed till tomorrow noon.

The entry and exit at four stations of the Violet Line - Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate and ITO - will be permitted from select gates during the I-Day ceremony.

To facilitate people at Lal Quila station on Independence day, additional ticket counters will be opened both at the Lal Quila and Jama Masjid Metro stations along with deployment of additional staff for guiding the rush after the ceremony.

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This year marks the 73rd year of India's Independence (Express photo: Narendra Vaskar/File)

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After being ruled by the British for years, India finally gained its hard-fought Independence on August 15, 1947. “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom,” Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India said on the night of August 15, 1947. Later, to commemorate the occasion, the Indian national flag was hoisted above the Lahori Gate of Red Fort in Delhi, a gesture that became regular subsequently. Every year the day is celebrated with much aplomb. Schools and colleges commemorate this day by arranging for various skits, competitions and other events which remind and celebrate the arduous struggle many had to go through in order to enjoy the Independence we have today.