Independence Day 2019 LIVE: Big defence, infra push; PM's key announcements

Modi addresses the nation on India's 73rd Independence Day
Independence Day LIVE updates: In his address to the nation on the 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, 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 the people, citing the new law on triple talaq and the scrapping of the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir. 

The abrogation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the law to ban the practice of instant triple talaq were some of the key decisions taken by the government soon after it assumed power for the second term, he said. PM Modi also said that his government has dedicated itself on all fronts in the service of countrymen.

Meanwhile, Jammu & Kashmir police have beefed up security in Poonch's border area. Additional Army force and local police have been deployed in the area.

Ahead of I-day celebrations in the country, multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place across the national capital. In wake of the abrogation of Article 370, which accorded a special status to Jammu & Kashmir, security has been beefed up across New Delhi and neighbouring border areas.

Stay tuned for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation and all live updates on Independence Day 2019 celebrations across India.


10:52 AM IST “Complete independence will be complete only to the extent of our approach in practice to truth and nonviolence.” - Mahatma Gandhi My best wishes to all of you on this our 73rd Independence Day #HappyIndependenceDay — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 15, 2019

10:51 AM IST Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal, BS Hooda,Ahmed Patel,Dr.Manmohan Singh and others at party office. #IndiaIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/pvtD3JBbWV — ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2019

10:31 AM IST SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik unfurls the national flag at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium on the occasion of 73rd #IndiaIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/IUh2ppZKi3 — ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2019

10:30 AM IST Ladakh: #IndiaIndependenceDay celebrations underway in Leh. pic.twitter.com/DaNTcMue02 — ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2019

10:30 AM IST Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium in SRINAGAR: I assure the people of Jammu & Kashmir that their identity is not on the line, it hasn't been tampered with. The constitution of India allows different regional identities to flourish.

9:20 AM IST Can we free India from single use plastic? The time for implementing such an idea has come. Teams may be mobilised to work in this direction. Let a significant step be made on 2nd October. Our priority should be a 'Made in India' product. Can we think of consuming local products, improving rural economy and the MSME sector.

9:14 AM IST India to get a Chief of Defence Staff Rs 100-trn investment in building modern infra We now have 'One nation, one Constitution' Focus on local for Rs 5-trn economy goal Export, tourism focus for better tomorrow Rs 3.5-trn Jal Jeevan Mission Population explosion a threat for tomorrow

9:09 AM IST There should be no pressure from the government, but when need there should also be no lack of government either; we ended 1 unnecessary law every day in the previous govt and repealed 60 laws in 10 weeks of current government, says Modi in Independence Day speech.

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My best wishes to all of you on this our 73rd Independence Day: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal, BS Hooda,Ahmed Patel,Dr.Manmohan Singh and others at party office

Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik unfurls the national flag at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium

J&K's identity has not been tampered with, says governor Satya Pal Malik

Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium in SRINAGAR: I assure the people of Jammu & Kashmir that their identity is not on the line, it hasn't been tampered with. The constitution of India allows different regional identities to flourish.

Must reduce use of plastic bags: PM Modi

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

Highlights of Independence Day speech 2019

India to get a Chief of Defence Staff
Rs 100-trn investment in building modern infra
We now have 'One nation, one Constitution'
Focus on local for Rs 5-trn economy goal
Export, tourism focus for better tomorrow
Rs 3.5-trn Jal Jeevan Mission
Population explosion a threat for tomorrow
There should be no pressure from the government, but when need there should also be no lack of government either; we ended 1 unnecessary law every day in the previous govt and repealed 60 laws in 10 weeks of current government, says Modi in Independence Day speech.

Modi in Independence Day speech: We neither nurse problems, nor keep them pending, says PM 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.
 
"Our government does not delay decisions. We neither nurse problems nor keep them pending," he said while referring to Article 370.
 
Previous governments made efforts in the past 70 years to deal with Kashmir, but it did not bear results, he said, adding "a new approach was needed".

Modi in Independence Day speech on population explosion

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed concern over "population explosion" in the country saying it causes new challenges for the coming generations, and asserted that the central and state governments should launch measures to deal with the issue.
 
In his Independence Day speech, Modi said the issue of ever-rising population is a matter of concern and said that a small section of society, which keeps their families small, deserves respect. What they are doing is an act of patriotism, he said.
 
This is the first time Modi has raised the issue, even though a section of the BJP has been vocal about the matter.
 
If population is educated and healthy, the country too will be educated and healthy, he said.

Modi in Independence Day speech: Govt to launch Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to households

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday the government will launch a Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to households and resolved to spend more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore in coming years.
 
In his Independence Day address, Modi said half of the country's households do not have access to piped water.
 
"I want to announce from the Red Fort that we will move forward with Jal Jeevan Mission. The Centre and states will work towards it and in coming years, more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore will be spent," he said.
 
Modi said for water conservation, efforts need to quadruple in the next five years as to what was done in the last seven decades.
 

Govt has decided to invest 100 trillion on modern infrastructure

Modi in Independence Day speech: 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.
Modi in Independence Day speech: 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.
Modi in Independence Day speech: Our Muslim daughters and sisters were living lives in fear of Triple Talaq; when we can act against systems of sati, child marriage, female foeticide or dowry then why not raise our voice against triple talaq.

Modi in Independence Day speech: Every effort towards removing corruption and black money is welcome.

Modi in Independence Day speech: Every effort towards removing corruption and black money is welcome. These are issues that have plagued India for 70 years. Let us always reward honesty.
Narendra Modi: It is unfortunate, however, that a lot of people lack access to water even after 70 years of Independence. Work on the Jal Jeevan Mission will continue with great enthusiasm in the years to come. 
Modi in Independence Day speech: 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?

Modi in Independence Day speech: 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.

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.

Modi in Independence Day speech: Those who supported Article 370, India is questioning them

Modi in Independence Day speech: 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.
Modi in Independence Day speech: 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. 

Modi in Independence Day speech: Remember how scared Muslim women were before we banned triple talaq?

Modi in Independence Day speech: 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?

Before 2014, there was disappointment on everyone's face, people used to think can this country change?: Modi's Independence Day speech

Modi in Independence Day speech: 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?
Modi in Independence Day speech: The new govt has not completed even 10 weeks, but in this short span of time in every sector we have taken important steps. Article 370 and 35A being revoked is a step towards realizing the dream of Sardar Patel .
Modi in Independence Day speech: Today, when we are marking Independence Day, many of our citizens are suffering due to floods in various parts of the country. We stand in solidarity with those who are affected by the floods.
Modi in Independence Day speech: The country fully understands the importance of water conservation and that is why a ministry for Jal Shakti has been formed. Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly.

Govt banned Triple talaq within 10 weeks of being re-elected: Modi in Independence Day speech


Massive security put in place ahead of Independence Day celebrations

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.

Independence Day 2019: Visitors, performers and jawans gather at the Red Fort

Indian cricket team wishes nation on Independence Day

Indian cricket team on Thursday wished the nation a very Happy Independence Day.
 
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video on Twitter where Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and coach Ravi Shastri can be seen wishing the Indian citizens on the occasion.
 
 
Wishing the nation, Kohli said: "It is the most iconic day in the history of our country."
 
India are currently in West Indies to play a three-match ODI series. India have already beaten West Indies in a three-match T20I series by 3-0.
 
India are on a 1-0 lead in the ODI series as they registered a 59-run (D/L) win in the second ODI. The first ODI match was abandoned due to rain.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hoists the tricolour at his residence

Independence Day 2019: Mamata Banerjee says democracy is India's most priceless asset

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that democracy is the country's "most priceless asset" and urged people to take an oath not to divide the country.
 
"I salute my nation and all our countrymen & women on Independence Day. Democracy is our most priceless asset. Let us take an oath today, not to divide India. We must unite India.
 
"Irrespective of caste or creed, we are all one India. Secularism is what identifies and unites us a nation," the chief minister wrote on Twitter.
 
Banerjee also said that people should also strive for political, economic freedom as well as freedom of expression.

Parts of Delhi NCR receives rain ahead of Independence Day celebration

India-US friendship flourished into strategic partnership in 2 decades: Pompeo

"Over the past two decades, our friendship has flourished into a strategic partnership and we now cooperate on a range of important issues, from defense and counter-terrorism, to freedom of navigation and cutting-edge science, including in space," Pompeo said in a statement.
 
"As I said during my recent visit to India, the United States and India are great democracies, global powers, and good friends. I wish the people of India a joyful Independence Day," he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extends Independence Day wishes to India

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: On behalf of US Govt, 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 US supported India’s independence 72 years ago.
 
Our shared democratic values, strong people-to-people ties, commitment to economic growth further cemented our relationship. Over past 2 decades, our friendship has flourished into a strategic partnership & we now cooperate on a range of important issues.

Modi greets the nation ahead of his Independence Day speech