Independence Day 2019: From Kashmir To Chief Of Defence Staff Creation, Highlights Of PM's Speech
Independence Day 2019 LIVE: In his first Independence Day address after returning to power with a bigger mandate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff to spearhead the three services, called for measures to check "population explosion" and gave a fresh push to the idea of 'one nation, one election'.
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, Modi pitched abrogation of Article 370 as a step towards 'one nation, one Constitution', saying a new approach was needed as the special provision for Jammu and Kashmir failed to yield desired results in 70 years.
His nearly 95-minute-long address was marked by a host of significant announcements as the prime minister said his government in the second term will work towards fulfilling the people's aspirations and dreams after meeting their needs in the last five years.
Check the highlights from PM Modi's speech on 73rd Independence Day from the Red Fort in Delhi-
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: PM
India has also achieved One Nation, One Grid in the energy sector.
Arrangements have been made for One Nation, One Mobility Card.
Today, India is talking about One Nation, One Election: PM
Politics comes and goes but steps in the interest of the nation are paramount: PM
Yes, there will be obstacles on the way but we have to work to overcome them.
Remember how scared the Muslim women were, who suffered due to Triple Talaq but we ended the practice: PM
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.
Around 500 CCTV cameras have been installed around the venue, where ministers, bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people will gather to hear the prime minister.
An alert has been issued by the intelligence agencies regarding terrorist outfits planning to carry out strikes across the nation and near the Red Fort. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has written to all state police chiefs, directing them to make adequate security arrangements in their respective states, the officer added.
Also, verification of tenants, servants, occupants of guest houses, dealers of used scooters and cars and cyber cafe users is in full swing across the capital.
New Delhi: India will celebrate its 73rd Independence Day on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort after hoisting the Tricolour at 7:30 am, amid multi-layered security arrangements.
In view of the Centre abrogating the constitutional provisions that accorded a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and amid tensions with Pakistan, security has been tightened across the national capital and the neighbouring border areas.
Prime Minister Modi to deliver sixth straight Independence Day speech:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his sixth straight Independence Day speech and is expected to touch on 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.
This will be Modi's sixth August 15 speech, a number equal to the addresses from the ramparts of the Red Fort by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first and only other prime minister from the BJP. Vajpayee had given six straight speeches between 1998-2003.
The defence ministry said on Wednesday that 3,500 girl students from 41 government schools in Delhi, 5,000 boy spectators and 700 NCC cadets of 17 schools will display 'strength in unity' by the formation of words "Naya Bharat" at the venue of Modi's speech.
The guard of honour contingent for the Prime Minister will consist of one officer and 24 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police. It will be positioned directly in front of the National Flag across the moat below the ramparts, it added.
After inspecting the guard of honour, Modi will proceed to the ramparts of the Red Fort where Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his deputy Shripad Naik, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh will greet him.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delhi area will conduct the prime minister to the dais to unfurl the national flag, the ministry said.
Security in National Capital:
The multi-layered security ring, including National Security Guard (NSG) snipers, elite SWAT commandos and kite catchers, will be 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.
For the first time, Delhi Police will be using cameras equipped with a facial recognition software to identify suspects around the Red Fort and the adjoining areas.
The Delhi Traffic Police has also issued an advisory for the Independence Day function at the Red Fort.
Metro services will be normal on August 15, with restrictions on entry and exit at some of the stations on the Violet Line. All metro stations will remain open on Independence Day but parking at the stations will be closed from 6 am on August 14 till 2 pm on August 15.
Security along LoC
The Army and BSF have been put on high alert to step up vigil along Indo-Pak border, officials said on Wednesday. In Jammu region, police has also been put on high degree of vigilance in most of the districts amid intensification of frisking and checking in Jammu city, they said.
This is the first Independence Day after the abrogation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and reorganization of the state into two Union Territories.
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