Independence Day Celebrations: PM Modi outlines focus on ‘Made In India’, exhorts nation to think local to improve rural economy

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PM Narendra Modi's Independence Day Speech Highlights: Addressing the nation from ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, PM Modi said steps like scrapping Article 370 were a step towards realising the dreams of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

PM Modi Speech Live, PM Narendra Modi Independence Day SpeechPM Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the government at the Centre has been tirelessly working towards fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people and decisions it has taken in the 10 weeks it has been in power are proof of it. Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort in the national capital, Prime Minister Modi said began his speech by greeting the people on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and also expressed grief at the loss of lives in floods across several states in the country. Modi said that the government was doing all it can to help the flood victims. Making note of the removal of Articles 370 and 35 A, constitutional provisions that accorded special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, were a step towards realising the dreams of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

The Prime Minister made note of several developments in the 10 weeks it has been in power and said made note of the passage of the triple talaq bill and the medical council bill, among others. PM Modi further said that the 5 years of his government’s first term went in understanding the aspirations of the people and the second term will be dedicated to realising them. He said that the nation was on the path towards achieving new milestones everyday and expressed confidence that it will reach newer heights in the coming year. Modi further said that issues that were left unaddressed for 70 years have been realised in 70 days. “This is no longer the time to either defer our problems or to nurture them. You have sent me here to remove your problems and we are doing just that,” the PM said.

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    09:15 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Watch: BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal dances

    BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal dances while celebrating 73rd IndiaIndependence Day in Leh.

    09:08 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Bhaiyaji Joshi unfurls Tricolour at RSS headquarters in Nagpur

    Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) General Secretary Bhaiyaji Joshi unfurls the national flag at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on the occasion of 73rd IndiaIndependence Day. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also pays tribute.

    09:02 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Huge scope to improve India's tourism sector: Modi

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    08:58 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Say yes to digital payment, no to cash: PM Modi

    "Yes to digital payment, no to cash". Can we make this our motto. Let us further the use of digital payments all over the nation, PM Narendra Modi said.

    08:56 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM urges people to accord priority to local products

    In his address, PM Narendra Modi also urged people to accord priority to local products for a better tomorrow. "Our priority should be a 'Made in India' product. Can we think of consuming local products, improving rural economy and the MSME sector," he said.

    08:55 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    India soon to become open defecation free country: PM Modi

    Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Rad Fort, PM Modi said, "I am confident that India will soon become open defecation free country."

    08:54 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi for making India free from plastic

    PM Modi asked people to shun using plastic. "Can we free India from single use plastic? The time for implementing such an idea has come. May teams be mobilised to work in this direction. Let a significant step be made on 2nd October," he said.

    08:51 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi announces creation of Chief of Defence Staff

    PM Narendra Modi announced creation of Chief of Defence Staff to ensure coordination and provide effective leadership to three services. "Our forces are India's pride. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort. India will have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective," he said.

    08:50 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Strongly fighting against those supporting terrorism, says PM

    PM Narendra Modi said that India is strongly fighting against those supporting terrorism. "India is not the only target of terrorism in the region. Countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have also been affected," he said/

    08:48 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Govt has contained price rise: PM Modi

    PM Narendra modi said that his government has contained price rise and boosted growth rate. "Wealth creation is important for us as only then wealth distribution will happen; need to respect those who create wealth," he said.

    08:39 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Fundamentals of our economy are strong: PM Modi

    Today, PM Modi said that the Government in India is stable, policy regime is predictable...the world is eager to explore trade with India. 'We are working to keep prices under check and increase development. The fundamentals of our economy are strong,' he said.

    08:38 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    India can become a 5 trillion dollar economy in next 5 years: Modi

    PM Narendra Modi said that India can become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the next five years.

    08:37 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Time to think how to boost exports: PM

    PM Narendra Modi said that time has come to think about how we can boost exports. Each district of India has so much to offer. Let us make local products attractive. May more export hubs emerge. Our guiding principle is Zero Defect, Zero Effect.

    08:36 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Times are changing and we have to accept that, says PM Modi

    PM Modi said that people's thinking has changed. 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. "Earlier the aspiration was to have a good mobile phone but now, people aspire better data speed. Times are changing and we have to accept that," he said.

    08:34 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Govt to invest Rs 100 lakh cr in infrastructure building: PM Modi

    Prime Miniater said that when India celebrates its 75th Independence Day, every household should have 24 hours electricity supply. 'We have decided to invest Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure building," he said.

    08:31 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    High jump is needed, our thought process has to be expanded: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that India does not want to wait too long for incremental progress. A high jump is needed, our thought process has to be expanded. "We have to keep in mind global best practices and build good systems," he said.

    08:29 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Focus in on ease of doing business: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that the government's aim is to reach among first 50 nations in ease of doing business.

    08:27 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Govt should have minimal role in people's lives: PM Modi

    PM Narendra Modi said that government should have minimal role in people's lives. "Let our people have the freedom of pursuing their own aspirations, let the right eco-system be made in this regard," he said.

    08:24 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Corruption, black money ruined India for 70 years: PM Modi

    PM Narendra Mosi said that every effort made to remove corruption and black money is welcome. These are menaces that have ruined India for 70 years.

    08:22 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Govt abolished 1,450 laws that were of no use: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that his government is working for the betterment of all. He noted that the government has ended nearly 1,450 laws that were of no use for the common people.

    08:17 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Centre, states should launch schemes to tackle population: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that population explosion in the country will create various problems for the coming generations. Those who follow the policy of small family also contribute to the development of the nation, it is also a form of patriotism. "We have to be concerned about population explosion. Centre as well as state govts should launch schemes to tackle it," he said.

    08:16 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    GST brought to life the dream of one nation, one tax: Modi

    In his address,PM Modi noted that GST brought to life the dream of one nation, one tax. India has also achieved one nation, one grid in the energy sector.

    08:13 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Old system in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh led to corruption, nepotism: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that we do not believe in creating problems or dragging them. In less than 70 days of our new government, Article 370 was revoked, and in both Houses of Parliament, 2/3rd of the members supported this move. The old system in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh led to corruption, nepotism but there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities. The dreams of sanitation workers were incomplete. How can we accept this?

    08:11 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    2019 mandate gives us new strength: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that peoples "trust in us have given us new strength. The 2019 mandate shows that hopelessness has given way to hope among masses".

    08:10 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi announces Jal Jeevan Mission

    PM Modi announced the Centre and States will work together to provide drinking water to every household. He said that under the Jal Jeevan Mission, clean water will be provided. He said that the government has allocated Rs 3.5 lakh crore for the project.

    08:09 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi calls for discussion on holding simultaneous election

    In his speech, PM Modi also called for discussion on holding simultaneous elections (One Nation One Election. He said that at least discussion should take place on the matter. "Discussions should now be held on one nation one election, it is imperative to make the country great," he said.

    08:05 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Dream of One Nation, One Constitution has finally been realise: PM Modi

    On Article 370 abrogation, PM Modi said that the long-cherished dream of One Nation, One Constitution has finally been realise. 

    08:05 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Why was Article 370 not made permanent? asks PM Modi

    PM Narendra Modi asked the parties why they made the Article 370 a temporary provision of the Constitution? He said that they parties that were in the power, also know that it was wrong and against the theory of One Nation, One Constitution. He asked why they Article 370 was not permanent and left a temporary provision. "Those who supported Article 370, India is questioning them, If this was so important then why was this Article not made permanent? After all, those people had huge mandates and could have easily removed its temporary status," he said.

    08:02 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi Independence Day speech Live: "Our country can change"

    PM Modi said rhat before the elections in 2013-2014, "I went all over the country in order to try to understand the feelings of the people. There was disappointment on everyone's face, people used to think can this country change?" When I took over in 2014, people used to think "will this country change? But our hard work and dedication have changed so many things. People got to know in these years that our country can change, and we can't remain laid back.

    08:00 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Issues that were left unaddressed for 70 years have been realised in 70 days: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that issues that were left unaddressed for 70 years have been realised in 70 days. "Our government does not delay decisions. We neither nurse problems nor keep them pending," he said while referring to Article 370. "Previous governments made efforts in the past 70 years to deal with Kashmir, but it did not bear results, he said, adding "a new approach was needed".

    07:53 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    If we can abolish Sati, why not triple talaq: PM

    In his address, PM Modi said that the Triple Talaq decision should be seen through the political prism. He said that several Islamic nations had already abolished the triple talaq but in India it was not done due to some reasons. When this nation can do away with Sati system, child marriage, why not Triple Talaq.

    07:51 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi calls for water conservation

    On water issue, PM Modi said that the country fully understands the importance of water conservation and that is why a ministry for Jal Shakti has been formed. Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly.

    07:49 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi Independence Day speech: PM promises 'sabka sath, sabka vikas and sabka vishwas'

    In his address, PM Modi reiterates his 'sabka sath, sabka vikas and sabka vishwas' slogan from the ramparts of the Red Fort. He said that the government is continuously working for the welfare of the people. He said that during the general elections, he had said that it was people of the countr who were contesting the elections.

    07:45 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi Independence Day speech Live: 2019 to 2024 will be about fulfilling aspirations, says PM

    PM Narendra Modi said that 2014 to 2109 was about fulfilling the basic needs of the people while 2019 to 2024 will be about fulfilling the aspirations of the countrymen. He said that the government has taken several decisions tp bring changes in the lives of the people.

    07:40 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi sayd removal of Articles 370 a step towards fulfilling Sardar Patel's dreams

    PM Narendra Modi said that within 10 weeks of the government formation, his government has taken several steps for the people of India. He noted that the government revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir was a step towards fulfilling Sardar Patel's dream. He also noted thatthe government has passed for Triple Talaq Bill from the Parliament.

    07:37 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi greets nation on Independence Day, Rakhi

    PM Narendra Modi extends greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Independence Day and Rakhi. He also expressed grief over the loss of lives due to heavy rains in a few states of the country and assured that the Centre and states are helping the affected people.

    07:35 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi addresses nation from Rad Fort

    PM Narendra Modi is currently addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of country's 73rd Independence Day.

    07:32 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    Narendra Modi unfurls Tricolour at Red Fort

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls Tricolour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day. The unfurling of the national flag was followed by the national anthem and a 21-gun salute.

    07:24 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    PM Modi inspecting Guard of Honour at Red Fort

    PM Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort. He was given the Guard of Honour soon after he reached the Red Fort where he will hoist the Tricolour and address the nation.

    07:20 (IST)15 Aug 2019
    73rd Independence Day LIVE: PM Modi reaches Red Fort

    PM narendra Modi has reached the Red Fort where he will unfurl the Tricolour. He was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Red Fort.

    73rd Independence Day celebrations. India is celebrating its 73rd Independence Day today.India attained freedom from the British rule on August 15 in 1947. Since then, August 15 is celebrated as India's Independence Day. The country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had then hoisted the Tricolour at the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort and made the announcement. Since then, the practice of unfurling the Tricolour at the Red Fort by the incumbent Prime Minister has been underway.