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India is celebrating its 74th Independence Day on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Rajghat and paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi as the celebrations started. The prime minister then proceeded to the Red Fort where he remembered those who laid their lives for India’s Independence.

PM Modi also applauded the grit and resilience of the country’s frontline workers in fight against Covid-19, which has killed thousands in the country. He also stressed on the need to become self-reliant.

Seventy-three years of independence from the British rule is being celebrated in a subdued manner due to the coronavirus crisis

Over 1,500 “coronavirus winners” who recovered from the disease, are present at the function in a symbol of the citizens’ determination to fight the pandemic and emerge winners.

Around 4,000 personnel are on security duty for the function.

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09:01 am IST

Covid-19 is not an obstacle big enough to hamper self-reliant India’s growth: PM Modi

“Covid-19 is not an obstacle big enough to hamper self-reliant India’s growth,” says PM Modi.

08:59 am IST

India’s policies, processes and products should be the best: PM Modi

“Our processes, policies, products should be the best. That is how India will be at the top of the world,” says PM Modi.

08:55 am IST

NCC will select 1 lakh cadets from coastal, border areas, one-third will be female cadets: PM

“National Cadet Corps will select 1 lakh cadets from coastal and border areas and one-third of these will be female cadets,” says PM Modi.

08:52 am IST

Working with maritime neighbours to ensure peace and stability in Southeast Asia: PM

“We are working with our maritime neighbours to ensure peace and stability in Southeast Asia,” says PM Modi in Independence Day speech.

08:47 am IST

India is thankful to all nations who extended help during Covid-19 struggle: PM Modi

PM Modi thanked all nations who extended help to India during her struggle with coronavirus.

08:45 am IST

Ladakh showed how India responds to those who threaten her territorial integrity: PM Modi

“From LOC to LAC, whoever dared to cross the line and threaten the territorial integrity of India was met with an appropriate response from our brave soldiers,” says PM Modi.

08:41 am IST

Decreasing carbon footprint will be done on a war-footing: PM Modi

“Decreasing our carbon footprint and conservation of biodiversity will be done on a war-footing,” says PM Modi in Independence Day speech.

08:38 am IST

J-K has completed one year of independence from Article 370

“This one year is a year of the new journey of development for Jammu and Kashmir. This one year is the year of the rights received by the women and the Dalits in Jammu and Kashmir. This one year is also the year of a life of dignity for the refugees in Jammu and Kashmir,” says PM Modi.

08:36 am IST

3 vaccines candidates are at different stages of testing in India: PM Modi

“All of us are waiting for a vaccine for Covid-19. I want to tell you that three vaccine candidates are at different stages of testing in the country. A made in India vaccine will be out soon,” says PM Modi.

08:33 am IST

PM Modi announces National Digital Health Mission

PM Modi announces National Digital Health Mission, says it will bring a revolution in India’s health sector

08:30 am IST

We have worked for women empowerment: PM Modi

“We have worked for women empowerment- Navy and airforce are taking women in combat, women are now leaders, we abolished triple talaq, got sanitary pads to women for just 1 rupee,” says PM Modi

08:25 am IST

Optical fibre network will reach all 6 lakh villages of India: PM

All 6 lakh villages on India will be connected via optical fibre within 1,000 days, says PM Modi

08:22 am IST

National Education Policy will equip kids for global competition: PM

Education plays an important role in new India, and we have introduced the National Education policy, which will help our children grow and be equipped for global competition.

08:19 am IST

Rs 90,000 crore directly transferred to bank accounts of poor: PM

About Rs 90,000 crore directly transferred to bank accounts of poor; over 80 crore people provided free food grains, says PM Modi.

08:18 am IST

Middle class will benefit most from ease of living, says PM Modi

Middle class will benefit most from a better ranking in ease of living and we are striving for it, says PM Modi.

08:16 am IST

Jal Jeevan Mission empowered spirit of cooperative competitive federalism, says PM Modi

Jal Jeevan Mission has empowered the spirit of cooperative competitive federalism, says PM Modi.

08:14 am IST

Economic clusters will be formed in villages: PM Modi

We need to strengthen agrarian businesses. Economic clusters will be formed in villages for this purpose, says PM Modi.

08:10 am IST

We will have to work extra hard for upliftment of all: PM Modi

Some areas tend to be left behind in journeys of development. There are 110 districts in India that have to be brought back in the narrative of development. We will have to work extra hard for upliftment of all, says PM Modi.

08:08 am IST

India’s progress seen in all fields in past 6 years: PM Modi

“Be it providing every household with electricity, cooking gas, creating bank accounts for the poor or building toilets in all houses, India has progressed a lot in every field in the last 6 years,” says PM Modi.

08:05 am IST

Opening up space sector will generate employment: PM Modi

“I am confident that measures like opening up space sector will generate many new employment opportunities for our youth, said PM Modi.

08:04 am IST

Record FDI investment reflects world’s confidence in India: PM Modi

India’s record FDI investment shows the world’s growing confidence in our nation, says PM Modi.

08:03 am IST

Make in World should also be a key slogan like Make in India: PM Modi

“Make in World should also be a key slogan like Make in India is,” says PM Modi in his address to the nation.

08:01 am IST

Humanity must be centre of economic growth: PM Modi

While we focus on economic growth and development, humanity must retain a central role in this process, says PM Modi/

08:00 am IST

Vocal for local should be key slogan of independent India: PM Modi

Vocal for local should be the key slogan of independent India, says PM Modi at Red Fort.

07:57 am IST

We have to provide for hungry in our nation, world: PM Modi

“We have to strengthen our agriculture industry, to provide for the hungry in our nation as well as the world,” says PM Modi in Independence Day speech.

07:54 am IST

India has to utilise its human resource: PM Modi

PM Modi says India has to focus on its human resources and skill development.

07:51 am IST

India has to stop exporting raw material, importing finished goods: PM

India has to stop exporting raw material and importing finished goods. We have to become self-reliant, says PM.

07:47 am IST

‘I have faith in India’s approach’: PM Modi on India becoming self-reliant

India has vowed to be self-reliant amid Covid-19. Self-reliance is compulsory for families and for the nation. I have faith in India’s approach.

07:40 am IST

PM lauds nation’s ‘unwavering spirit’

India’s soul has been attacked several times, but our nation’s unwavering spirit conquered all, said PM Modi in his Independence Day speech.

07:38 am IST

I salute the corona warriors: PM Modi

I salute the corona warriors who have worked relentlessly for the nation. I extend my condolences to families that have lost loved ones in this battle against coronavirus, says PM at Red Fort.

07:37 am IST

We owe this freedom to those who fought for Independence: PM Modi

We owe this freedom to those hundreds who fought for our Independence, says PM Modi.

07:34 am IST

PM Modi begins address to nation

PM Modi has begun his address to the nation from the Red Fort.

07:30 am IST

PM Modi unfurls national flag

PM Modi unfurled the national flag at Red Fort and national anthem was played.

07:22 am IST

PM Modi receives guard of honour

Rajnath Singh and defence secretary Ajay Kumar received the PM at Red Fort. The PM received the guard of honour.

07:16 am IST

Amit Shah stresses on self-reliance in I-Day Tweet

Home Minister Amit Shah stressed on the need for a self-reliant India in his Independence Day tweet for the nation: “On this Independence Day, let us take a pledge to fulfil PM Narendra Modi’s dream of a self-reliant India and contribute to taking the country to new heights by using indigenous products.

06:55 am IST

PM Tweets: Happy Independence Day to all fellow Indians

PM Tweets: Happy Independence Day to all fellow Indians.

Jai Hind!

06:44 am IST

Rajnath Singh to receive PM at red fort at 7.18am

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar will receive the PM at Red Fort ahead of his speech and flag hoisting.

06:29 am IST

PM Modi to address nation from Red Fort

PM Narendra Modi will address the nation from Red Fort today. This will be his second Independence Day speech of his second tenure as PM.

06:24 am IST

PM Modi to visit Rajghat at 7am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay his tributes at Rajghat before proceeding towards the Red Fort.

06:20 am IST

India celebrates 74th Independence Day

The country is celebrating 73 years of independence from the British rule today.

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