LIVE updates: Flood-like situation in Gujarat, Odisha after heavy rainfall

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Flood-like situation in Gujarat's Surat after heavy rainfall | Photo: @ANI
At least 18 people have been killed and 21 others reported missing after a massive landslide hit Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district, authorities said on Sunday, adding that a search and rescue operation was ongoing in the affected area. The landslide, which occurred on Friday in the district's Jugal Rural Municipality, also damaged 37 houses in Lidi village.

Krishna District Administration said that over 100,000 cusecs are expected in the Prakasam barrage and appealed people living in low-lying areas of the district to be alert about the possibility of flooding caused by heavy rains. The heavy rains have caused the Krishna river to overflow at Keesara.

The death toll due to the floods in Assam rose to 112 on Friday while more than 5.6 million people have been affected by the deluge so far. The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) had informed that a total of 56,89,584 have been affected across 30 districts of the state.

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday announced his retirement in an Instagram post. Dhoni posted a video montage with pictures at different points of his career along with a caption: "Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired."


2:16 AM IST High-speed mobile Internet services were restored on a trial basis in one district each in Kashmir and Jammu regions over a year after the facility was suspended, according to an official order on Sunday.   The resumption of 4G Internet services on mobile devices came days after the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that a special committee looking into the matter was considering allowing the facility on a trial basis in two districts of the Union Territory.   According to the order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir home department, the high-speed mobile data services will be restored in Ganderbal district of Kashmir and Udhampur of Jammu region with immediate effect.

2:16 AM IST President Donald Trump said Saturday he may ask for the resignation of every member of his cabinet if he’s re-elected -- and added that he’s not pleased with all of them.   “I could see something like that happening,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. “I wouldn’t say I’m thrilled with everybody, frankly.”     The president didn’t specify which cabinet members he’s unhappy with.Trump has privately said that he intends to replace Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after the November election, according to people familiar with internal discussions.   Asked about Esper, Trump said Saturday that he had no problem with his defense secretary.

2:15 AM IST Saudi Arabia’s inflation quickened at the fastest pace since at least 2012 after the kingdom tripled its value-added tax.   Consumer prices rose an annual 6.1% in July from 0.5% in June, data released by the General Authority for Statistics showed on Sunday.   The increase was driven mainly by an acceleration in the cost of food and beverages -- which rose more than 14% compared with last year -- and transport, which rose 7.3%.  Reductions in fuel and gasoline prices offset the broader inflation pickup.

2:15 AM IST Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is putting 2 million viable jobs in peril by ending his coronavirus jobs support programme too early, risking an unnecessary unemployment crisis, according to a think tank.   The Institute for Public Policy Research estimates that 3 million workers will still be relying on the plan when it ends in October, two-thirds of whom are in roles that would be sustainable if the help was extended into next year.

12:42 AM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India and Mauritius enjoy a unique friendship based on shared cultural and linguistic heritage, and robust cooperation in many areas.   He was responding to Mauritius' Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth's greetings to him on India's 74th Independence Day, which was celebrated on Saturday.

8:57 PM IST The Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka has opened all border roads to Kasaragod district in Kerala, allowing inter-state travel of daily commuters with some regulations related to COVID-19 norms, according to a PTI report.   As per the new order of Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner K V Rajendra, the commuters would have to secure monthly passes from the local gram panchayat, municipality or town panchayat for their daily travel. They are also directed to record the details at the checkpost on entering and exiting the border. The travellers would also have to undergo medical check-up and screening at the checkpost.

8:41 PM IST At least 227 people lost their lives due to monsoon-induced natural disasters across Nepal in the past two months, officials said on Sunday.   The Himalayan nation witnessed the arrival of monsoon on June 13. Over 50 districts are affected by landslides and floods triggered by heavy rains, the officials said.

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4G mobile Internet services restored in two districts in J-K on trial basis

High-speed mobile Internet services were restored on a trial basis in one district each in Kashmir and Jammu regions over a year after the facility was suspended, according to an official order on Sunday.
 
The resumption of 4G Internet services on mobile devices came days after the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that a special committee looking into the matter was considering allowing the facility on a trial basis in two districts of the Union Territory.
 
According to the order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir home department, the high-speed mobile data services will be restored in Ganderbal district of Kashmir and Udhampur of Jammu region with immediate effect.

Not pleased: Trump says he may ask for resignation of Cabinet if re-elected

President Donald Trump said Saturday he may ask for the resignation of every member of his cabinet if he’s re-elected -- and added that he’s not pleased with all of them.
 
“I could see something like that happening,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. “I wouldn’t say I’m thrilled with everybody, frankly.”
 
 
The president didn’t specify which cabinet members he’s unhappy with.Trump has privately said that he intends to replace Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after the November election, according to people familiar with internal discussions.
 
Asked about Esper, Trump said Saturday that he had no problem with his defense secretary.

Saudi Arabia's inflation rate surged to 6.1% in July on VAT hike

Saudi Arabia’s inflation quickened at the fastest pace since at least 2012 after the kingdom tripled its value-added tax.
 
Consumer prices rose an annual 6.1% in July from 0.5% in June, data released by the General Authority for Statistics showed on Sunday.
 
The increase was driven mainly by an acceleration in the cost of food and beverages -- which rose more than 14% compared with last year -- and transport, which rose 7.3%. 

Reductions in fuel and gasoline prices offset the broader inflation pickup.

Rishi Sunak told ending furlough puts 2 million viable jobs in peril

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is putting 2 million viable jobs in peril by ending his coronavirus jobs support programme too early, risking an unnecessary unemployment crisis, according to a think tank.
 
The Institute for Public Policy Research estimates that 3 million workers will still be relying on the plan when it ends in October, two-thirds of whom are in roles that would be sustainable if the help was extended into next year.

India, Mauritius enjoy unique friendship: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India and Mauritius enjoy a unique friendship based on shared cultural and linguistic heritage, and robust cooperation in many areas.
 
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Latest News LIVE: Karnataka-Kerala border roads opened for inter-state travel

The Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka has opened all border roads to Kasaragod district in Kerala, allowing inter-state travel of daily commuters with some regulations related to COVID-19 norms, according to a PTI report.
 
As per the new order of Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner K V Rajendra, the commuters would have to secure monthly passes from the local gram panchayat, municipality or town panchayat for their daily travel. They are also directed to record the details at the checkpost on entering and exiting the border. The travellers would also have to undergo medical check-up and screening at the checkpost.

Monsoon-induced disasters kill 227 people in Nepal, thousands displaced

At least 227 people lost their lives due to monsoon-induced natural disasters across Nepal in the past two months, officials said on Sunday.
 
The Himalayan nation witnessed the arrival of monsoon on June 13. Over 50 districts are affected by landslides and floods triggered by heavy rains, the officials said.

Assam flood situation improves marginally; over 11,000 people affected in three districts

The flood situation in Assam improved marginally as the number of people affected by the deluge reduced on Sunday, a disaster management bulletin said. A total of 11,812 people were affected by the floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Baksa districts on Sunday, against 13,300 on the previous day, the bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.
 
Lakhimpur remained the worst-affected district with 9,600 flood-hit people, followed by 1,912 in Dhemaji and 300 in Baksa, it said. Altogether 31 villages and 1,630 hectares of cropland across Assam are under the water, the bulletin said.

BSF nabs Pakistani fisherman, seizes four boats off Gujarat coast: Officials

Four Pakistani boats were seized by the Border Security Force on Sunday from Harami Nallah' creek along the India-Pakistan border in Gujarat's Kutch district, the force said. A Pakistani fisherman, identified as Alla Bachao Siddique (25), from Sindh province of Pakistan was apprehended, while others managed to escape, it said.
 
A patrolling team of the BSF's Bhuj unit observed movement of four to five Pakistani men on boats near the 'Harami Nallah', in Kutch region, at around 6 am, according to a PTI report.

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"MCX iCOMDEX Bullion Index Futures contracts, expiring September, October and November, will be available for trading with effect from August 24," the commodity exchange said in a circular on Saturday.
 
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Flood havoc continues in Andhra Pradesh districts; SDRF deployed

The swollen Godavari river continued to cause flood havoc in East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday as tens of villages lay marooned even as three teams of State Disaster Response Force have been deployed for rescue and relief operations, according to a PTI report.
 
Two teams of SDRF personnel have been deployed in West Godavari and one in the East. One more team of SDRF is also being moved to Rajamahendravaram. The second warning signal has been raised after the floodwater discharge at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram crossed 14.84 lakh cusecs.
 
The East Godavari district administration moved over 2,000 people to four relief camps under Rampachodavaram and Yetapaka divisions, according to the State Disaster Management Authority.

Flood like situation in several parts of Odisha, orange alert issued for Malkangiri

An orange alert has been issued in Odisha's Malkangiri district following severe flood-like situation in several parts of the state due to incessant rains. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that a few more places in Odisha may also receive heavy to very heavy rainfall.
 
"Low-pressure conditions in the Bay of Bengal will continue for another 24 hours. An orange warning has been issued for the Malkangiri district for the next 24 hours. A few more places in Odisha may also receive heavy to very heavy rainfall: Umasankar Das, Senior Scientist at the IMD, Bhubaneswar said.
 
Meanwhile, several areas in Odisha's Dhenkanal were seen submerged under floodwaters.

Flood-like situation in Limbayat area of Surat following incessant rainfall in Gujarat

Gold imports dip 81% in Apr-Jul period to $2.47 billion

India's gold imports, which have a bearing on the current account deficit (CAD), plunged 81.22 per cent to USD 2.47 billion (about Rs 18,590 crore) during April-July period of 2020-21 due to a significant fall in demand in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the Commerce Ministry.
 
Imports of the yellow metal stood at USD 13.16 billion (about Rs 91,440 crore) in the corresponding period of 2019-20. Similarly, silver imports during the first four months of the current financial year also dipped 56.5 per cent to USD 685.32 million (about Rs 5,185 crore), news agency PTI reported.

Goa to host 2020-21 Indian Super League season from November

The upcoming edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) is set to be staged in Goa for the season 2020-21, according to an ANI report.
 
The 2020-21 season will start from November and it will be played behind closed doors at three venues - Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda; GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim; and Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco.

"I am delighted to bring the ISL Season 7 to the state of Goa, from where we had left the action last season. Congratulations to the beautiful state of Goa and their passionate fans of football, as they once again become the epicenter of the beautiful game in India," Nita Ambani, Founder, and Chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) said in an official statement.
 

CBDT undergoing significant restructuring for faceless assessment

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Detailed guidelines have been issued on reallocation of roles and functions to do away with physical interface between the taxpayer and the tax authorities.
 
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Working on pay norms of retired officials, re-appointed on contract: FinMin

The finance ministry is working on norms to regulate salary paid to retired central government employees re-appointed on contract and has proposed keeping nomination-based appointments at "bare minimum".
 
In an office memorandum dated August 13, the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, said that ministries/departments appoint retired central government employees on contract basis, including as consultants, but there are no uniform guidelines for regulating the salary payment in such cases.
 
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Parts of Sukma district flooded following heavy rainfall in Chhattisgarh; normal life disrupted

Govt may not need to infuse fresh capital in PSU banks this fiscal

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Andhra Irrigation department warns people of flooding in low-lying areas

Irrigation department officials of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday has appealed people of low lying areas to be on alert as 70 gates of Prakasam Barrage in Vijaywada has been lifted to release the floodwater, according to an ANI report.
 
"River Krishna is overflowing at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada. The floodwater level is increasing at a fast pace. A huge amount of water is accumulating at the barrage due to rains in upper areas. The irrigation department has lifted 70 gates and leaving the flood water into the sea," said the officials.
 
The officials added that a warning has been issued to the people of low lying areas to be on alert for the possibility of floods.

Ground Penetrating Radar to be used to locate bodies buried in landslide

Ground Penetrating Radar will be used to locate bodies buried in the landslide at Pettimudi in the district, where the death toll has risen to 58 with the recovery of three more bodies, a senior official said on Sunday.
 
The GPR would assist the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), police, fire force personnel and locals, who have been engaged in search and rescue operations for the last nine days, District Collector H Dineshan said.
 
"We have requested for a Ground Penetrating Radar from Chennai. We hope it will reach here by Tuesday. Currently 12 people are missing," Dineshan told PTI.
 

Flood like situation in Dhenkanal district of Odisha following heavy rainfall

National Highway 7 blocked near Gauchar in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, due to rockfall

The Badrinath National Highway 07 was blocked after a landslide occurred near Gauchar in Chamoli district today afternoon. The incident created a hindrance for those commuting from the area. So far, no injuries have been reported due to the incident.
 
With this, the work for reopening the highway blocked by landslides in Badrinath Highway, Karnprayag, Baldoda, and Lambgarh has been started. The intermittent rains have put the lives of locals in danger as the Badrinath highway has been closed due to debris falling from the mountains. Earlier, Chamoli District Magistrate Swati S Bhadoria said that several roads have been closed due to torrential rains.

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Latest News LIVE: Landslide death toll in Idukki district of Kerala rises to 58

The death toll in the Rajamala landslide has increased to 58 after two more bodies were recovered on Sunday, according to an official statement of the Idukki district of Kerala Information Office. The district information office said that the search operation is underway to find the remaining 12 persons who went missing after the landslide.
 
"Death toll in Rajamala landslide rises to 58 after two more bodies were recovered today. Search operations underway to find the remaining 12 missing people," it stated. The incident occurred in the Idukki district on August 7.

Latest News LIVE update: 58 more arrested for Bengaluru riots

As part of its investigation into the riots that rocked the city's eastern suburb on August 11 night, police arrested 58 more people for their alleged involvement in them, an official said on Sunday.
 
"We have arrested 58 more people since Friday, taking the total number of suspects held for their role in the riots to 264 so far, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) for Bengaluru East S.D. Sharanappa told IANS.
 
The police also booked 52 cases against all the accused under various sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) for rioting, looting, arson and destroying public property, ostensibly, in protest against a derogatory post on the social media on that fateful day.
 
"Of the arrested, the main accused are in our (police) custody for interrogation, while others have been lodged in the central jail on the city's outskirts and the Ballari prison under 14-day judicial custody, as investigation on their role in the riots is underway," said Sharanappa.

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir's Kamalkote sector

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamalkote sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, officials said.
 
From 10:45 to 11:45 am, ceasefire violation was reported from Lowergrah and Upergrah posts of Kamalkote Sector in Uri area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, the officials said.

Latest News LIVE: 18 dead, 21 missing in massive Nepal landslide

At least 18 people have been killed and 21 others reported missing after a massive landslide hit Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district, authorities said on Sunday, adding that a search and rescue operation was ongoing in the affected area. The landslide, which occurred on Friday in the district's Jugal Rural Municipality, also damaged 37 houses in Lidi village.
 
Among the 18 victims, there were 11 children, four women and three men, Superintendent of Police Prajwol Maharjan, chief of District Police Office, Sindhupalchowk, told Xinhua news agency. The local administration has relocated affected people to a nearly safe location.
 
"A nearby hill has also remained split open and there are 25 houses below that hill," said Maharjan.

Latest News LIVE update: Death toll in Rajamala landslide rises to 58; search operations underway

Gwalior-Chambal Expressway to be named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee: MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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18 dead in landslide in Nepal

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Happy Indian Independence Day! Reflecting on the past 74 years, it’s remarkable how much progress our people have made in the fight for justice: Kamala Harris

President pay tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

President Ram Nath Kovind & Prime Minister Narendra Modi pay tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee , on his death anniversary today at 'Sadaiv Atal' - the memorial of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at 'Sadaiv Atal' to pay tributes

Vaishno Devi Temple to reopen for public today

Mata Vaishno Devi Temple will reopen for public today, nearly 5 months after it was suspended due to COVID-19. Only 2,000 people will be allowed to visit the temple per day. A devotee says, "I'm happy that people can visit the temple once again."

PM Modi pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Tributes to beloved Atal Ji on his Punya Tithi. India will always remember his outstanding service and efforts towards our nation’s progress: Modi

Kamala Harris recounts childhood India visits, good idli, long walks with grandfather

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Saturday took a trip down memory lane, recalling her mother's attempts to "instil a love of good idli" in her and sister Maya and "long walks" with her grandfather in Chennai. Speaking during an event by 'South Asians of Biden', Harris extended wishes on India's Independence Day and said Indian and US communities are bound together by so much more than their shared history and culture. "When my mother Shyamala [Gopalan] stepped off a plane in California as a 19-year-old, she didn't have much in way of belongings but she carried with her lessons from home, including ones she'd learned from her parents," she said.

Iran refutes US announcement of seizing Iranian oil tankers as "lie"

The US announcement of seizing four Iranian oil tankers is a "lie," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said. "Neither the ships nor the flag was Iranian. The whole story is a lie," Rouhani was quoted by semi official news agency ISNA as stating. Washington's claim that about 1.116 million barrels of Iran's petroleum were seized was all about "escaping from the humiliation" of its failure in an anti-Iran resolution at the UN Security Council, the Iranian president said during a briefing session of the Iranian COVID-19 Task Force on Saturday

Heavy rains lash parts of Delhi, Noida in the morning

Heavy rains lash parts of Delhi, Noida in the morning. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted 'partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers' today.

If elected, will stand with India in confronting threats facing it: Biden

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden asserted that if elected, his administration will stand with New Delhi in confronting the threats it faces and called for strengthening the "bond" between India and the US. Presidential elections in the US will held on November 3 and the 77-year-old is challenging incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the polls. "Fifteen years ago, I was leading the efforts to approve the historic civil nuclear deal with India. I said that if the US and India became closer friends and partners, then the world will be a safer place," Biden, who was vice-president in the Obama administration, said while addressing the Indian-American community on India's Independence Day.

Organise a farewell match for MS Dhoni in Ranchi: Jharkhand CM to BCCI

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday appealed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to organise a farewell match for Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Ranchi after the former India captain. Read more

Putin greets India on I-Day, praises for success in various spheres

India rightfully enjoys high prestige among the international community, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said as he greeted the Indian government on the country's 74th Independence Day

Rajasthan CM Gehlot meets Governor Mishra at Raj Bhawan



Cricketer Suresh Raina announces retirement from international cricket



Modi's 'New India' not self-reliant, but subservient to corporates: Left

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech, the Left parties on Saturday said it was full of rhetoric while alleging that his "New India" is subservient to corporates and not self-reliant.
 

Urging the citizens of the country to unite against the government's move to privatise India's assets, the Left parties said only a people's movement can fight the present regime.
 

"The New India that the prime minister spoke about in his speech at the Red Fort is a negation of that India, which was established by our Constitution. This India is not self-reliant, but subservient to foreign corporates. A people's movement is the only way to reverse the multi-pronged attacks on our Constitution by this government," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said at a webinar organised by the party.

 

BSF always prepared to face internal and external security challenges: IG

BSF Inspector General N S Jamwal of Jammu frontier on Saturday said his force always remains prepared to face internal and external security challenges and take necessary measures to ensure the safety of border residents.
 

Jamwal was speaking after hoisting the tricolour at Octroi Border Outpost on the outskirts of Jammu to mark the 74th Independence day.
 

"For us, the internal and external security challenges remain always in our mind... the threat is always there, especially on the western border and the border residents do face a lot of trouble," Jamwal said.

Cricketer M S Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket



Flood situation improves in Assam; 13,300 in 3 districts affected

Flood water receded from one district of Assam reducing the number of people affected by the calamity to over 13,300 across three districts on Saturday, an official bulletin said here.
 

At present, 36 villages in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Baksa districts are under water, according to the daily flood bulletin issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
 

The water had receded from Biswanath district since Friday when more than 29,600 people in 56 villages of four districts were reeling under the impact of the deluge.

Jaishankar thanks Israel, Russia, Bhutan, other countries for I-Day wishes

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar thanked the foreign ministers of Israel, Russia, Bhutan, the Maldives, Lithuania and Latvia on Saturday for their wishes on India's 74th Independence Day.
 

Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, in a tweet, said since independence, India has strived to be, and now become, an enduring example of democracy and development for the region and the world.
 

Responding to his tweet, Jaishankar said the relationship between India and the Maldives is a shining example of "Neighbourhood First".

Parliament House, North Block, South Block and India Gate illuminated on Independence Day



Naval and Coast Guard ships dressed with signalling flags in Kochi

In the absence of ceremonial parade in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, Naval and Coast Guard ships at Kochi were dressed with signalling flags and pennants in a ceremonial manner as a customary method of celebration on Independence Day on Saturday, said Defence PRO for Kerala.
 

India is celebrating its 74th Independence Day in a relatively muted manner in terms of participation of people in view of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

PM to inaugurate 'Atal Tunnel' in Rohtang next month: Himachal CM on I-Day

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday said the 'Atal Tunnel' in Rohtang would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the end of September this year.
 

Thakur stated this whilepresiding over a state-level Independence Day function at the historic Dhalpur Maidan in Kullu district.
 

He also said the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the state's economy, however, India reported less deaths due to the disease as compared to other countries due to timely decisions taken by the prime minister to check its spread.

Ladakh celebrates I-Day a year after being declared UT

The Union Territory of Ladakh on Saturday celebrated the 74th Independence Day as Lt Governor R K Mathur used the opportunity to dispel apprehensions of the locals with regard to protection of land and fear of inundation by outsiders.
 

The celebrations also come as Ladakh completed one year of it becoming a union territory.
 

In his Independence Day address at Leh Polo-ground where he unfurled the tricolour and inspected the guard of honour, the Lt Governor said the UT status of Ladakh has heightened the expectations of people.
 

"The Union Territory (UT) status has heightened the expectations and aspirations of the people of Ladakh along with certain apprehensions in terms of protection of land, environment, job and fear of inundation by outsiders.

President Ram Nath Kovind hosts 'At Home' reception on the occasion of Independence Day



U'khand CM lays foundation stone of development projects worth over Rs 76 cr in Gairsain

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday hoisted the national flag both in Dehradun and Gairsain, the summer capital of the state, where he also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of development projects worth over Rs 76 crore to mark the Independence Day.
 

It is for the first time that a chief minister unfurled the tricolour at Gairsain, which was formally declared the summer capital of the state in June, fulfilling a major promise made by the BJP in its vision document for the 2017 assembly polls.
 

The development projects worth Rs 76.67 crore include the construction of a helipad in Gairsain, an EVMwarehouse at Gopeshwar and reconstruction and repairs of over a dozen motorroads in the area.

 

Mammoth steps taken to make country self-reliant in defence sector: PM

India has as much commitment to make its security apparatus and Army strong as it has for establishing peace and harmony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, stressing that mammoth steps have been taken to make the country self-reliant in the defence sector.
 

In his Independence Day speech, Modi said recently, import of more than 100 military equipment has been stopped.
 

"From missiles to light military helicopters, from assault rifles to transport aircraft - all will be made in India. Our Tejas is getting ready to equip itself as per the modern requirements, for putting up a show of its majesty, speed and strength," he said.

UP among fastest growing states in green projects: IGBC

Uttar Pradesh is one of the fastest growing states in terms of green building projects as the state has more than 570 such projects covering over 1,400 million sq ft area, according to the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
 

The IGBC, formed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in 2001, said as on date, India has 5,975 projects, spanning 7.55 billion sq ft of green buildings and green-built environment that are adopting its green rating programmes.
 

India has also bagged the prestigious distinction of becoming one of the top five countries in the world in terms of built-up area of green projects, it said.

Delhi HC plans to open courts from September 1



WHO Chief Scientist honoured with Tamil Nadu CM's special award

Chief Scientist of World Health Organisation, Soumya Swaminathan was on Saturday conferred with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's special award, in recognition of her advisory role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
 

Swaminathan received the award from Chief Minister K Palaniswami on the 74th Independence Day celebration at Fort St George here.


The WHO representative has been offering suggestions to the state health department to step up measures in fighting the pandemic.

Gujarat CM Rupani hoists national flag in Gandhinagar



Assam CM announces schemes to woo farmers ahead of Assembly polls

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, while delivering his last Independence Day speech before the Assembly elections next year, on Saturday announced a slew of incentives in the agriculture sector such as setting up of rice clusters, mills, cold storages and milk processing units.
 

Hoisting the Tricolour at a subdued function to celebrate the 74th Independence Day here, Sonowal said farmers have productively utilised the lockdown and their products were exported to Dubai, London, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong and other markets.
 

He said rice clusters will be set up in Dhemaji and Baksa districts for its production in a scientific manner.

NCC cadets enthused after PM announces plan for expansion in border, coastal areas

Scores of cadets who attended the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort on Saturday expressed great excitement after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government's plan to expand the NCC in border and coastal areas.
 

In his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the prime minister said that keeping in mind development of youth in border and coastal areas, the government is going to expand the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for them.
 

"We are going to train around one lakh new cadets and efforts will be made to ensure one-third of those are girls," Modi said.
 

He said there are around 173 districts in border and coastal areas.

Andhra CM Reddy hoist national flag in Vijaywada



Punjab CM promises jobs, debt relief for landless farmers

Pitching for the revival of the state economy, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced relief for landless farmers and said his government will help youth get six lakh jobs over the next two years.
 

The Punjab CM also called for readiness to combat the border threat from Pakistan and China. With tensions at the borders continuing, India will have to be prepared to deal with any eventuality, said the CM in his Independence Day address here.
 

He said of the six lakh jobs, one lakh will be provided in the government sector.


The CM said 50,000 government jobs will be provided in 2020-21 and the rest in 2021-22. He also announced a virtual mega job mela next month with a target of placement of 50,000 youth in the private sector.

Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, Radha Krishna Mathur hoisted the national flag



Telangana CM K C Rao hoist national flag at Pragathi Bhavan



Amit Shah unfurls tricolour at home; extends Independence day greetings to countrymen

Union Home Minister Amit Shah extended his greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Independence Day on Saturday and said the dream of the freedom fighters of an independent, strong and self-sufficient India has been realised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 

After unfurling the national flag at his residence here, Shah said on one hand, the Modi government has provided the poor and deprived sections of the society with housing, power and health insurance, while on the other hand, India has emerged as a powerful nation.
 

"Today we are very proud that the independent, strong and self-sufficient India our freedom fighters dreamt of, has been realised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi," he said in a tweet.

Punjab CM calls for readiness to combat threat from Pakistan, China

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday called for readiness to combat the border threat from Pakistan and China.
 

With tensions at the borders continuing, India will have to be prepared to deal with any eventuality, said the CM in his Independence Day address here.
 

Warning of a continued threat from neighbouring countries, Singh said Punjab will always be at the forefront of fighting the enemy at the borders.
 

While Pakistan continued to resort to firing every day, China, on the other hand, talks about friendship but remains a danger to the nation, said Singh while recalling the recent attack on Indian soldiers by the Chinese forces in Ladakh.

Indian Army troops in J&K Gurez sector celebrate Independence Day



India faces 'twin challenges' of Covid-19, aggression at borders: Indian envoy to China

Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri on Saturday said that 2020 has been a very unusual year for India as it had to face the "twin challenges" of Covid-19 as well as aggression on the country's borders.
 

Addressing a large gathering of Beijing-based Indian community at the India House here on the country's 74th Independence Day, Misri talked about the problems faced by the Indian expatriates in China. Many family members of the expatriates are stranded in India due to visa-related issues following the COVD-19 pandemic and disruption of flights.
 

After hoisting the national flag and reading of President Ram Nath Kovind's Friday's address to the nation, Misri touched upon the aggression at the borders, in an apparent reference to the situation at the Sino-Indian borders in eastern Ladakh.

I congratulate PM Modi on his message of unity, in his speech today: AIIO



Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal hoisted the National Flag in Guwahati



Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal hoisted the National Flag in Guwahati



Nepal PM Oli greeted his counterpart PM Modi on Independence Day



Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra hoisted the National Flag at his residence



Committee set up to deliberate on minimum marriage age of women: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the government is deliberating on what should be the minimum age of marriage for women and has set up a committee to look into the matter.
 

Addressing the nation on India's 74th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi covered a range of issues related to women, including their role in the armed forces, economic empowerment, the effort to recruit them in the NCC and the government's scheme to provide sanitary napkins at Re 1.
 

We have set up a committee to deliberate on the minimum age for marriage of our daughters. We will take appropriate decisions after the committee submits its report, he said.
 

The minimum age of marriage for women is 18 years and 21 for men.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hoisted the National Flag at Gandhi Maidan in Patna


We must 'Make for the world' as we 'Make in India': PM Modi in I-Day speech

Comprehensive self-reliance, especially in the health sector, a progressive reduction in imports, defeating expansionist forces and a fresh impetus to infrastructure development were the rallying call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on 74th Independence Day. All villages in India will be linked by the optic-fibre network within the next 1,000 days (three years), along with a new cyber security policy. Citizens will get a unique health identity that will comprehensively map the health profile of all Indians.
 
India was working on three vaccines for Covid-19 with drafts for their production and distribution. He repeated a previous promise that an investment of Rs 110 trillion in the infrastructure sector will see a new impetus with 7,000 major projects in several sectors, especially in border areas. The construction of the Ram Temple and a tribute to the ‘restraint’ of Indians merited just a few sentences in a speech that had as its focus a call to Indians to rebuild India amid extreme adversity. Read on...

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh announces major projects for Mohali

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced the virtual inauguration of two major projects for Mohali district, including a 66 KV sub-station and construction of the building of Punjab Biotechnology Incubator. The announcements were made by the Chief Minister while speaking at the state-level Independence Day programme here.
 
The 66KV Sub-station 1 will be set up at Sector 82 in IT City Mohali-2, while the Punjab Biotechnology Incubator building is being constructed at a cost of Rs 31 crore in Knowledge City, Sector 81, said the Chief Minister. Construction of the Incubator building was started recently by PWD (B&R), and work is in progress on the basement.

‘I’m sure he’ll hoist the tri-colour next year’: Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter shares emotional Independence Day post

Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee took to Twitter on Saturday and revisited her memories with father. She said her father never missed hoisting the National Flag on Independence Day.
 
Sharmistha posted images from last year’s Independence Day celebrations and hoped for her father to get better to hoist the tri-colour next year.



'God bless our great nation': Virat Kohli leads wishes on 74th Independence Day

Team India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday took to social media as he led the wishes from cricket fraternity on the occasion of country's 74th Independence Day.
 
"Wishing everyone a Happy Independence Day! God bless our great nation and its countrymen especially the ones who are away from their families, fighting on the front lines to keep us safe. Jai Hind," Kohli said in a tweet.


Rohit Sharma tweeted, "Wishing every Indian a happy #IndependenceDay. Nothing like stepping out for your country."

 
"Going out and playing for my nation is a matter of pride! Happy #IndependenceDay, India," said Shikhar Dhawan.

Independence Day: PM Modi continues 'safa' tradition; opts for saffron, cream turban

Continuing his tradition of donning flamboyant and colourful turbans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sported a saffron and cream headgear with a long tail at the 74th Independence Day celebrations held at the historic Red Fort here on Saturday.
 
The prime minister paired the 'safa' with a half-sleeve kurta and a fitted churidar. He also wore a white scarf with a saffron border that he used to cover his mouth and nose in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
Last year, Modi sported a multi-coloured turban as he gave his sixth Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort after returning to power for a second term with a thumping majority.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hoists the National Flag at Delhi Secretariat, today on Independence Day


Senior Congress leader AK Antony hoists the National Flag at Congress party's headquarters

Senior Congress leader AK Antony hoists the National Flag at Congress party's headquarters, today on #IndependenceDay today. Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal also present.
 

PM's I-Day speech reflects his vision, mission, resolve to build all-inclusive, stronger self-reliant India: Nadda

The spirited and inspiring speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day reflects his vision, mission and resolve to build an all-inclusive and stronger self-reliant India, BJP President J P Nadda said.
 
Delivering his seventh straight Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Modi on Saturday said the call for 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' has captured people's imagination and become a "mantra" for everyone, as he pushed for raising India's share in global economy.
 
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi asked citizens to prepare themselves for a self-reliant India.

'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' also means 'making for the world', says PM Modi

The coronavirus pandemic might be a big global menace, but not so big as to halt India’s aspiration of self-reliance and its development juggernaut, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day. In his speech of nearly 90 minutes, the PM announced the launch of the National Digital Health Mission, emphasised the need for self-reliance and ‘making for the world’, and also spoke of an integrated approach to infrastructure building. Read on...

In next 1,000 days, Lakshadweep will be connected to submarine optical fibre cable: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that in the next 1000 days, "Lakshadweep will also be connected to submarine optical fibre cable."
 
"We have around 1,300 islands. Keeping in mind their geographical location and their significance in the development of the nation, work to begin new projects in some of these islands is underway. We have chosen some islands for rapid development. Recently, we connected Andaman and Nicobar Islands with an undersea cable for a better internet. Next, we will connect Lakshadweep," he said while delivering his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from the iconic Red Fort.

Nepal reports 594 new cases of coronavirus: Ministry

Nepal has reported 594 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the country to 25,551, the health ministry said on Friday.
 
The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said that it has intensified the number of tests and so far conducted 494,613 tests across the country.
 
As many as 594 new cases and four more Covid-19 related deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, the MoHP said in a statement.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot hoists the National Flag

Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan hoists the National Flag at BJP office in Bhopal


National Infrastructure Pipeline project will play a crucial role in pulling the country out of impact of coronavirus, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi

World is witnessing the results of reforms which we are unveiling one after another; last year FDI in India broke all records with an 18% increase

Federal judge upholds New York's Covid-19 travel quarantine

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by an Arizona woman who claimed New York's 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from hotspot coronavirus states infringed on her fundamental right to travel.
 
US District Court Judge David Hurd on Tuesday became at least the second federal judge to rule against challenges to the quarantines first ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June. The advisory currently covers travelers from 31 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
 
Cynthia Page filed the suit last month, claiming it unfairly stopped her from visiting Brooklyn and helping friends pack up belongings in a house they were preparing to sell.

PM Narendra Modi greets people at the Red Fort, after addressing the nation on Independence Day

Independence Day LIVE updates: Special campaign being worked out to reduce pollution in 100 selected cities, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also says that a special campaign with a holistic approach is also being worked out to reduce pollution in 100 selected cities of country.
 

India is committed to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir: PM Modi

PM Modi says India is committed to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir once delimitation exercise is complete.

India's extended neighbouhood policy has done wonders in recent past: PM Modi

India is working on improving relationships with each of its neighbours, whether they are connected with us by land or sea 
 
Today, our friends are not only those countries with which we are connected by geography but also those with which our thoughts are connected
 
I am proud to say that our extended neighbouhood policy has done wonders in recent past.

Independence Day Speech LIVE: PM Modi on Galwan clash

In Ladakh, the world has seen what India's brave soldiers can do to preserve the integrity of Indian borders

Independence Day LIVE: From LoC to LAC, no one can challenge India's sovereignty, says Modi

From LOC to LAC, wherever someone has tried to undermine the security of the country, our brave soldiers have given a befitting reply in the aggressor's own language.
 

New Education Policy will make Indian youth a global citizen, says PM Modi

“Education has a key role in the making of Aatmanirbhar, modern, new and prosperous India. So, we have brought the new education policy after three decades that has been welcomed throughout the country, which instils new confidence,” says PM Modi in his Independence Day speech.

In terms of production of renewable energy, India now is among the top 5 in the world, says PM Modi in Independence Day speech 2020

Five years ago, India produced only 400 mn litres of ethanol. Now this has rise five times to 2 billion litres. That is a move in the direction of clean energy push
 
 
 
 
 

J&K and Ladakh have been free of Section 370 for one year now, says PM Modi in Independence Day speech 2020

J&K and Ladakh have been free of Section 370 for one year now. This has been a year of true freedom for the region. Govt services have been better availed of to take these areas further on the growth path. By making Ladakh a UT,  we have fulfilled one of their very old demands. Ladakh, Leh, Kargil and other places in that region have the potential to become a model carbon-neutral unit.

We are working on creating opportunities for everyone so that all regions have a parity in development, says Modi

India has a lot of inequality among various parts of the country. Some are more developed than the others. Many states have lots of resources but their development is limited in the absence of opportunities. We are working on creating opportunities for everyone so that all regions have a parity in development

Independence Day Speech LIVE updates: PM Modi on coronavirus vaccine

Everyone everywhere these days is desperately awaiting a coronavirus vaccine. In our country, not one but three vaccines are under trial.
 
Once we get a green signal from scientists, measures will be taken to ensure the vaccine is made available to everyone at the least possible time. 

Independence Day Speech LIVE: PM announces National Digital Health Mission

The National Digital Health Mission will ensure seamless healthcare services through a unified health card

While our women are working in underground mines today, they are also flying planes: PM Modi speech on the 74th Independence Day

Several initiative have been taken to uplift the lives of women in the country.

We are working on empowering the labour force — their skilling, reskilling and upskilling: PM Modi speech on the 74th Independence Day

For labourers who come to cities to work, many initiatives are being taken to ease their life — be it providing them credit or residence, it's all being done.
 
110 districts with sub-national average performance on social indicators have been identified. Now the target is to bring them on a par with national averages.

I-Day speech 2020: In the past 6 years, the country has progressed immensely

In the past 6 years, the country has progressed immensely in providing relief to the poor in a transparent manner, without any discrimination.
 
Who could have though earlier that every penny that leaves Delhi for relief would reach the beneficiary in full. Now that is a reality.
 

With 'Make India', we now have to look at 'Make for the World': PM Modi

Today, Multi-national Companies (MNCs) from across the world are coming  to India. We have to move forward with the 'mantra' of Make in India as well as Make for World: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 

Former PM Atal Bhari Vajpayee had during his time mooted the idea of Golden Quadrilateral. We have to take that idea forward, says Narendra Modi

We cannot work in silos anymore. We have to work together to build a common multi-modal infrastructure, says Modi

I-Day speech 2020: Today, India has also stepped forward to help other countries, says PM Modi

PM Modi says, "A few months back we used to import N-95 masks, PPE kits and ventilators. Today, India is not only meeting its own requirements but it has also stepped forward to help other countries."

Even during the corona times, we are getting record FDI: PM Modi speech at the 74th Independence Day

Even during the corona times, we are getting record FDI. It is not without a reason. The world is looking to India for solutions to its problems

It's time to be vocal for local, says PM Modi in his Independence Day Speech

I agree that there are many challenges to our Aatmanirbhar Bharat dream. But if there are challenges, we also draw inspiration from the enterprise of our fellow Indians.
 
During the time of coronavirus pandemic, we have shown again, not just to ourselves but to the world, how our strengths can be used to solve great problems.
 
It's time to be vocal for local. It should be the life mantra for all Indians.

Independence Day 2020 Speech LIVE: PM Narendra Modi pitches for 'self reliant India'

Just like self-reliance is expected from families and people, so it is for the country. We need to be self-reliant
 
How long will we export raw materials to the world and import from them finished goods? How long will this game go on? It's time we produced finished goods here itself
 
Our agriculture sector has shown how self-reliance helps. So have India's space-sector developments.
 
There was a time that finished goods produced in India were appreciated the world over. We have to achieve that again. We have to work on skill development towards that end.

'Atmanirbhar Bharat' Imperative for Nation, says Narendra Modi on Independence Day 2020

Amid coronavirus pandemic, 130 crore Indians took the resolve to be self-reliant and 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' is on the mind of India. This dream is turning into a pledge. Aatmanirbhar Bharat has become a 'mantra' for the 130 cr Indians today: PM Modi.

This is a day to remember the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, says PM Modi on Independence Day 2020

This is a day to remember the sacrifices of our freedom fighters. This is also a day to show gratitude to Security personnel including that of Army, paramilitary and police ensuring our safety: PM Modi.

Independence Day Speech LIVE updates: It was under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi that we achieved our independence, says Modi

It was under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi that we achieved our independence. I salute those who fought for this.

This is a special occasion as when we celebrate our next Independence Day, we will be entering 75 years of Independence, says Modi

This is a special occasion as when we celebrate our next Independence Day, we will be entering 75 years of Independence. That will be an occasion to celebrate the fulfilment of our resolve

Independence Day Speech LIVE updates: I assure state govts that we are standing shoulder to shoulder in mitigating the crisis like floods, says Modi

We have also faced some natural calamities like floods in the northeastern and eastern parts of the country. I assure state govts that we are standing  shoulder to shoulder in mitigating the crisis

PM Narendra Modi's address to the nation on Independence Day LIVE updates

I am certain that the efforts of so many corona warriors and the entire country will come true and we will emerge victorious in our war against coronavirus: PM Modi

PM Modi unfurls the national flag

PM Modi unfurls the Tricolour flag at the ramparts of Red Fort, on the occasion of 74th Independence Day in Delhi.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat reach Red Fort

PM Modi pays homage at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, on the occasion of 74th Independence Day in Delhi.

Delhi: Latest visuals from Red Fort where PM Modi will unfurl the national flag & address the nation on the occasion of Independence Day 2020

Delhi: Latest visuals from Red Fort where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the national flag & address the nation on the occasion of #IndependenceDay2020.

Independence Day 2020: PM Modi to address nation from Red Fort today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in celebrating the 74th Independence Day at the majestic Red Fort here on Saturday.
 
He will unfurl the national flag and deliver the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the iconic monument.
 
On his arrival in front of Lahore Gate of Red Fort, the Prime Minister will be received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar.
 
After the Prime Minister reaches the saluting base, a combined inter-services and police guards will present general salute to him. He will then inspect the Guard of Honour and proceed to the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Delhi: Security check being conducted in Red Fort premises ahead of Independence Day celebrations

Independence Day 2020: US and India have shared close bonds of friendship and democratic traditions, says Pompeo

The US and India share close bonds of friendship and democratic traditions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said as he greeted Indians on the occasion of their 74th Independence Day.
 
"On behalf of the government of the United States of America and the American people, I extend greetings and best wishes to the people of India on your Independence Day," Pompeo said in his India Independence Day greetings message on Friday.
 
"The United States and India have shared close bonds of friendship and democratic traditions since India gained its independence seventy-three years ago," he said.
 
Over the years, the relationship has grown into a Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, involving ever closer cooperation on issues vital to global security and prosperity in the 21st century, Pompeo said.
 
The US and India work together on defence, counterterrorism, trade, investment, energy, the environment, healthcare, agriculture, science and technology, education, space, the oceans, and much more, he said.
 
"As I remarked earlier this year, the United States and India see each other as great pluralist democracies, global powers, and good friends. I wish the people of India a happy Independence Day," Pompeo said.

Independence Day 2020: 52 BSF officials conferred Police medal

Among 52, one Police Medal for Gallantry  (PMG) has been conferred Assistant Commandant Vinay Prasad posthumously whereas the five officials have been conferred with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. Among 52, one Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) has been conferred Assistant Commandant  Vinay Prasad posthumously whereas  the five officials have been conferred with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

The other BSF officials who have been awarded with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service are  DIG Rajesh Sharma, DIG Inderjit Singh Rana,  DIG Hardeep Singh, DIG Ravi Gandhi and Inspector Bhuwan Chandra Joshi.
 
 

Independence Day 2020: 35 Delhi Police personnel awarded Police Medals

Thirty-five Delhi Police personnel, including four women, have been conferred the Police Medal for their services, according to a list released by the police.
 
Sixteen personnel were awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry, three the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 16 were awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the eve of Independence Day.
 
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manishi Chandra, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Govind Sharma, and Inspectors Vinay Kumar, Sanjay Gupta, Rajesh Kumar, Kailash Singh Bisht, Dharmender Kumar, Ravinder Joshi and Vinod Kumar Badola were among those who were awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry.

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