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Independence Day Highlights: Narendra Modi at Red Fort

Sun August 16 2015, 9:20 am
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unfurled the national flag at the historic Red Fort on the occasion of India's 69th Independence Day amid loud cheers from the public.

    Here are the highlights of the ceremony held at the 17th century Mughal monument:
    (Tashi Tobgyal)

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    1. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    Before coming to Red Fort, Modi went to Rajghat and paid homage to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. (Image Source: PIB)

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    2. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    As soon as the Prime Minister's cavalcade arrived at the venue at 7:23 AM, thousands of people from the general public and school children rose to get a glimpse of their leader with a thunderous applause. Modi got down from his armoured car and waved at the crowd. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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    3. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    He then inspected the guard of honour and walked to the ramparts of the Red Fort and unfurled the tricolour at 7:30 AM sharp. (PTI)

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    4. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh along with the Defence Secretary received Modi as he arrived at the Lahore Gate. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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    5. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    People from all walks of life had queued up to participate in the event as early as 5:00 AM. Around 10,000 seats were set aside for general public at the venue and they were filled by 7:00 AM. Security personnel had a tough time managing an enthusiastic crowd. (PTI)

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    6. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    According to the police, about 40,000 people attended the function. There were seating arrangements for 22,000 people, including 8000 VVIPs and VIPs, 4,000 for school children and 10,000 for the general public. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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    7. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    Throughout the speech, people kept cheering and clapping jubilantly. The public responded to every pause with a loud cheer. (PTI)

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    8. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    Tricoloured balloons were released after the Prime Minister concluded his speech. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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    9. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    When Modi's cavalcade was leaving the venue, children waved their caps and scarves and greeted him. As last year, the Prime Minister stopped his car and went to meet the children. He shook hands with some kids and greeted them on the occasion. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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    10. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    Demonstrating their excitement and patriotic zeal, children sang the national anthem with festive fervour both at the beginning and end of the event.

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    11. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    A 21-gun salute was also accorded when the Prime Minister unfurled the national flag. (PTI)

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    12. India's 69th Independence Day Highlights:
    Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with wife Gursharan Kaur, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, BJP President Amit Shah, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar were some of the VVIPs present for the event. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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    H P
    Aug 15, 2015 at 6:28 pm
    It is good to celebrate Independence Day but what about those Indians who have fought for independence but you left them out of India by the parion of the country. Will they call hi a leader? Never. To them hi was a murderer. By the division of Bengal you have kept west Bengal for Hindus and East Bengal for Muslims. Then WHY Nehru did Nehru- Liquate Ali Pact? Is it not to sacrifice West Bengal to Muslims? If so then give it to Bangladesh and finish Bengali Hindus forever.
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