As India celebrates the 71st Independence Day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag for the fourth time. He is addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
Thousands of security personnel, including 9,100 personnel from the Delhi Police, have been deployed in and around the historic Mughal fort which will see the presence of senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people during the PM's address.
8:23 am: Demonetisation has helped check corruption. We have identified approximately 18 lakh people for their disproportionate income
8:22 am: We are fighting corruption - for the bright future of India and the wellbeing of our people, says PM
8:21 am: Up to 400 shell companies were found to be registered on one address, our fight against black money will continue: PM
8:19 am: We are devoting significant attention to eastern India- Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Northeast. These parts have to grow further: PM
8:18 am: We are taking the nation on a new track (of development) and are moving ahead with speed: PM
तब भारत छोड़ो का नारा था... आज भारत जोड़ो का नारा है : PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2017
8:16 am: Violence in the name of 'Astha' is not something to be happy about, it will not be accepted in India, says PM
8:15 am: India is about Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana. Casteism and communalism will not help us, says PM Modi
8:15 am: We increased the duration of maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks: PM
8:14 am: I want to mention those women who have to suffer due to 'Tripe Talaq'- I admire their courage. We are with them in their struggles: PM
8:14 am: The poison of castesim and communalism can never be beneficial for our nation. This is the country of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi: PM
8:11 am: We are nurturing our youngsters to be job creators and not job seekers, says PM
8:09 am: Mutthi bhar algaavvadi naye naye paintre rakhte rehte hain: PM Modi on Kashmir
8:08 am: Be it issue of gas subsidy, Swach Bharat or demonetization, people of India have extended their full support, says PM Modi
8:05 am: We can reach Mangalyaan within 9 months, this is our capability, but one rail project was stuck for last 42 years, says PM Modi
8:00 am: There is no question of being soft of terrorism or terrorists: PM
8:00 am: We have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir: PM
7:59 am: India's stature in the world is rising. The world is with us in fighting the menace of terror. I thank all nations helping us doing so: PM
7:58 am: Good governance is about speed and simplification of processes, says PM Modi
7:57 am: You will be happy to know that today we are not alone against our fight against terrorism, many countries supporting us actively: PM Modi
7:55 am: Humne 'one rank one pension' laagu kara, suraksha balon ka hausla aur badha: PM Modi
7:54 am: GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST & the role of technology has also helped
7:53 am: PM Modi talks about benami property laws, OROP, GST, says the country is marching ahead with the new reforms.
7:52 am: Those who have looted the nation and looted the poor are not able to sleep peacefully today: PM
7:50 am: Nation's security is our priority: PM Modi
7:48 am: We have to leave this 'Chalta Hai' attitude. We have to think of 'Badal Sakta Hai'- this attitude will help us as a nation: PM
7:46 am: 1st January 2018 will not be an ordinary day- those born in this century will start turning 18. They are Bhagya Vidhatas of our nation: PM
7:44 am: In our nation, there is no one big or small...everybody is equal. Together we can bring a positive change in the nation: PM
7:43 am: We have to take the country ahead with the determination of creating a 'New India': PM Modi
7:41 am: This is a special year- 75th anniversary of Quit India, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav: PM
7:40 am: Sympathies of 125 crore people are with victims of these tragedies; Government will extend all possible help
7:39 am: People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters & the tragedy in Gorakhpur, says PM Modi
7:38 am: We remember the great women and men who worked hard for India's freedom: PM Modi
7:30 am: PM Modi unfurls the tricolour from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort
7:18 am: PM Modi receives Guard of Honour commanded by Lt Col Dheeraj Singh of the Indian Army
7:13 am: PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat
7:10 am: PM Modi reaches Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
6:45 am: PM Modi took to Twitter to give Independence Day greeting to the nation. “Independence Day greetings to my fellow Indians. Jai Hind,” he wrote.
#स्वतंत्रतादिवस के शुभ अवसर पर सभी देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। जय हिन्द! Independence Day greetings to my fellow Indians. Jai Hind.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2017
6:35 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh unfurls the national flag at his residence.