Independence Day 2017 celebrations LIVE updates: PM Narendra Modi hails Jawans’ sacrifice in guarding India’s borders

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New Delhi | Updated: August 16, 2017 1:33:15 AM

Independence Day 2017: India is celebrating the 71st Independence Day today. On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hoisted the tricolour for the fourth time from the ramparts of Red Fort in the national capital.

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Independence Day 2017: India is celebrating the 71st Independence Day today. On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hoisted the Tricolour for the fourth time from the ramparts of Red Fort in the national capital. PM Modi in his trademark style spoke elaborately on an array issues. The Prime Minister asked people to follow ‘Badal Sakta Hai’ attitude. From Gorakhpur tragedy to triple talaq, PM Modi has underlined that India will stand united. He also said that the country will fulfill the promise of ‘Swaraj’.

On the eve of Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation for the first time. The President emphasised the New India dream, saying, “In the year 2022, our country will complete 75 years of Independence. It is our national resolve to attain certain desired milestones for a New India by then. When we speak of a New India, what do we mean? There are some obvious parameters – like a house for every family, power on demand, better roads and telecom, a modern railway network, rapid and sustained growth.”

Here are the live updates of Independence Day 2017 celebrations:

12: 00 AM: Even the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau took to Twitter and wished India for its 71st Independence Day. He wrote, “India and Canada enjoy a special relationship with so much in common. My best wishes for a happy Independence Day.”

11: 45 PM: After Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti unfurled the tricolour at the Bakshi stadium in Jammu and Kashmir, most of the people in the general stands remain seated when the national anthem was played, reported PTI.

11: 30 PM: Indian expats in huge numbers attended the Independence Day celebrations at the embassy in Beijing. Indian envoy Vijay Gokhale, during the event, read the address of President Ram Nath Kovind.

11: 15 PM: According to a PTI report, Indians in countries like the US, China, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Egypt, Israel and South Africa celebrated the day with hoisting of the national flag and singing of patriotic songs.

11:00 PM: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today alleged that Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) refused to broadcast his Independence Day address unless he ‘reshaped’ it and termed it as an “undemocratic, autocratic and intolerant step,” reported PTI.

10: 45 PM: On the occasion of India’s 71st Independence Day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that the Ministry will grant medical visa in all bonafide cases pending with them.

10.20 pm: Earlier in the day, The BCCI shared the video on its Twitter handle and said, ” Team India gathered at Kandy to hoist the tricolour on the occasion of Independence Day.”

10.00 pm: Earlier in the day, skipper Virat Kohli unfurled the flag after which the team sang the national anthem. Accompanying the captain was head coach Ravi Sashtri who was present during the entire session.

9.40 pm: Priyanka Chopra, who is currently having a good in US, posted a video of herself on Instagram. “Independence Day #Vibes #MyHeartBelongsToIndia,” she wrote.

9.20 pm: Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra also took to Twitter to post their wishes. Big B posted a video of himself saluting the national flag with the caption that read, “Jai Hind,” while SRK wrote, “Happy Independence Day to all of us.”

9.00 pm: In a video message, Virat Kohli said that 15th August is also his late father’s birthday. “Wishing everyone a very Happy Independence Day. It’s more special for me since it’s my Father’s B’day also. ?? #IndependenceDayIndia #JaiHind,” Kohli wrote on Twitter.

8.40 pm In a special gesture to pay tribute to jawans, musical duo Salim-Sulaiman on Tuesday dedicated a song to the men in uniform on the occasion of India’s 71st Independence Day. Salim-Sulaiman released the song titled “Mera Desh Hi Dharam”.

8.20 pm: Taking to Twitter, Cricket great Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday gave a special message to the countrymen on the occasion of 70th Independence Day. In a tweet, Tendulkar appealed his fans to set a goal of achieving a “Swachh Bharat and a Swasth Bharat.”

7.40 pm: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar had a special message to give to the country on its 70th Independence Day. In a tweet, he appealed for everyone to set a goal of achieving a “Swachh Bharat and a Swasth Bharat.”

7.20 pm: He also asked everyone to “feel the pride” of being part of a “glorious nation” that has made “immense progress” in “nearly every field.”

7.00 pm: Watch | Celebrations at Attari-Wagah border on Indian Independence Day

6.40 pm: Beating retreat ceremony underway at Attari Wagah Border

6.20 pm: In a statement, Mehbooba, the chief of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and BJP ally, said she has all along believed that dialogue and peaceful means only can help in resolving issues as the futility of violence has been established all around.

6.00 pm: In his speech, Modi reached out to strife-hit Kashmiris, asserting that Kashmir problem cannot be resolved by either bullets or by abuses and that a solution can be found by embracing them.

5.40 pm: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also joined the Kashmir-based parties in welcoming Modi’s statement on Kashmir in his Independence Day speech, saying that if humanity and justice replace bullets and abuses, resolution of Kashmir issue can become a reality.

5.20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashmir outreach today was welcomed in Jammu and Kashmir with PDP chief and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stressing only dialogue can resolve problems and NC leader Omar Abdullah saying it has been “very well received” by people in the state though there was need for action.

5.00 pm: Indira ji ne jo surgical operation kiya Pakistan ko do tukra kar diya aur inka surgical operation to dhong hai: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav

4.4o pm: Charo taraf hamle ho rhe hain. China ghus rha hai, inke paas masala hi nahi hai 10 din ka yudh bhi ladne ke liye: Lalu Prasad Yadav

4.20 pm: On PM Modi’s suggestion music composer duo Salim-Sulaiman dedicate a song to soldiers on Independence Day India

4.00 pm: Ladakh-MoS I&B RS Rathore unfurled tricolor in presence of group of 50women bikers,who reached Khardung La pass to promote women empowerment
3.38 pm: People standing together & expressing complete dismay. What’s left is govt action. Mere expression of solidarity won’t help: S Yechury on PM speech

12:50 PM: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami took part in Independence Day celebrations in Chennai.

12:46 PM: Uttar Pradesh Government is taking care of over 650 homeless children in Lucknow & looking after their education, some of those kids came to meet me, says Yogi Adityanath.

12:43 PM: Sweets and greetings exchanged at India-Bangladesh border Independence Day in Siliguri of West Bengal.

12:40 PM: Sri Lanka- Team India unfurl the tricolor at Kandy.

12:35 PM: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti took part in Independence Day celebrations held in Srinagar.

12:30 PM: Uttar Pkradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath distributed bags and books to orphan children in Lucknow on the occasion of 71st Independence Day, said children are the future of the nation.

12:25 PM: Take a look at PM Modi’s tweet

11:45 AM: Justice has to be certain and swift in order to tackle crime against women, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on 71st Independence Day, deploring “tendencies to shield” sons of politicians involved in such cases.

11:40 AM: President Ram Nath Kovind and the three Service Chiefs pay tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

11:30 AM: This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the ‘Quit India Movement’, 100th anniversary of the ‘Champaran Satyagraha’, and the 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav, as mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation from Red Fort today.

11:25 AM: “January 1 2018 will not be an ordinary day; those born in this century will start turning 18, the ‘Bhagya Vidhatas’ of our country. Everybody is equal in our nation; no one is big or small. Together we can bring a positive change in the nation,” he said.

11:20 AM: WATCH- Here is what PM Narendra Modi said about resolving Kashmir issue

11:15 AM: PM Narendra Modi gave mantra of Terrorism-free, Corruption-free, Poverty-free, Dirt-free, Casteism-free India. We are working towards this: MP Shivraj Singh Chouhan

11:10 AM: PM Narendra Modi at Red Fort

Image courtesy- Narendra Modi Twitter

11:05 AM: Sweets exchanged at Wagah-Attari border on 71st Independence Day

11:00 AM: Tricolor unfurled at Firangi Mahal Madrasa in Lucknow.

10:55 AM: Tricolor unfurled at Aligarh Muslim University

10:40 AM: PM in a very trivial manner equated the Gorakhpur tragedy to the other natural calamities, he should’ve been careful, says Anand Sharma.

10:35 AM: Opposition today is responsible and we allowed constitution amendment to pass; didn’t expect him to completely ignore&then expect cooperation, says Anand Sharma

10:30 AM: PM was making tall claims on GST, for 7 years he and BJP in opposition had stalled GST: Former Union Minister Anand Sharma

10:25 AM: PM mentioned surgical strike in his speech, this is about a year old; after that repeated attacks,violations took place: Congress leader Anand Sharma

10:08 AM: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also present at flag hoisting ceremony at party headquarter in Delhi.

10:04 AM: Congress President Sonia Gandhi unfurls the tricolor at party headquarter in Delhi.

10:00 AM: WATCH- Baba Ramdev unfurls 100 ft tricolour at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar

9:55 AM: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan at Independence Day celebration in Thiruvananthapuram.

9:53 AM: BJP President Amit Shah has unfurled the tricolor at party headquarter in Delhi.

9:51 AM:WATCH- PM Narendra Modi’s take on Triple Talaq

9:50 AM: With the whole country celebrating the 71st Independence Day, residents of Bihar’s Purnea gathered at the town’s Augusta Kranti Jhanda Chowk to continue an old tradition of unfurling the tri colour at 12:01 a.m. at midnight.

9:45 AM: In remembrance of our heroes who have been awarded gallantry awards since Independence, launched the site http://gallantryawards.gov.in, says PM Narendra Modi

9:43 AM: The portal http://gallantryawards.gov.in/  will preserve & tell the stories of our bravest men and women, civilians as well as armed forces personnel, says PM Modi.

9:42 AM: If you have any information/photo that is missing and can be added to the portal, please share it through the feedback link on the site, says PM Modi.

9:40 AM: Mobile Internet service has been blocked in Kashmir.

9:38 AM: Baba Ramdev has unfurled 100 ft tricolour at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

9:35 AM: WATCH- Omar Abdullah’s take on PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech in Red Fort.

9:30 AM: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has hoisted Tricolour.

9:25 AM: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing people on the occasion of Independence Day.

9:15 AM: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra over his Independence Day speech

9:00 AM: WATCH- PM Narendra Modi interacts with students in Red Fort

8:55 AM: A madrassa in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly celebrated 71st Independence Day

8:40 AM: WATCH- PM Narendra Modi says his government will fulfil the promise of Swaraj.

8:35 AM: PM Narendra Modi meets and shakes hands with children in Red Fort.

8:32 AM: PM Narendra Modi concludes his Independence Day address at Red Fort with chants of ‘Jai Hind’, ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’

8:30 AM: WATCH- PM Narendra Modi has sent a strong message, said violence in the name of ‘Astha’ is not something to be happy about, it will not be accepted in India.

8:25 AM: We are fighting corruption – for the bright future of India and the wellbeing of our people, says PM Modi.

8:23 AM: India is about Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana. Casteism and communalism will not help us, says PM Modi.

8:21 AM: We are devoting significant attention to eastern India- Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Northeast. These parts have to grow further, says PM Modi.

8:19 AM: We are taking the nation on a new track (of development) and are moving ahead with speed, says PM Modi.

8:17 AM: Violence in the name of ‘Astha’ is not something to be happy about, it will not be accepted in India, says PM Modi.

8:15 AM: WATCH- PM Modi rolls out vision for India

8:13 AM: PM Narendra Modi hails Muslim women over teen talaq issue.

8:11 am: We are nurturing our youngsters to be job creators and not job seekers, says PM Modi.

8:10 AM: Be it issue of gas subsidy, Swach Bharat or demonetization , people of India have extended their full support:

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8:07 AM: We can reach Mangalyaan within 9 months, this is our capability, but one rail project was stuck for last 42 years: PM Modi

8:05 AM: Over Rs 800 cr worth benami property seized by government

8:03 AM: Till now 7.55 AM. @narendramodi ‘s speech disappointing. Recounting non achievements of 39 months. Lacks Gravitas, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.

8:02 AM: You will be happy to know that today we are not alone against our fight against terrorism, many countries supporting us actively, says PM Modi.

8:01 AM: We have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir, says PM Modi

8:00 AM: WATCH- From Kashmir issue to New India Vision, PM Modi is listing out priorities from Red Fort

7:58 AM: GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST and the role of technology has also helped, PM Modi.

7:56 AM: PM Modi mentioned surgical strikes. The country’s security remains our priority; our forces have always proved their mettle, says PM Modi.

7:54 AM: Must leave this ‘Chalta Hai’ nature. We have to now think of ‘Badal Sakta Hai’- it will help us progress as a nation, says PM Modi

7:52 AM: January 1 2018 will not be an ordinary day, those born in this century will start turning 18, ‘Bhagya Vidhatas’ of our country: PM Modi

7:50 AM: WATCH- From Red Fort, PM Narendra Modi has listed out vision for ‘New India’

7:48 AM: We have to take nation forward with the resolve of creating a ‘New India’, says PM Modi

7:46 AM: Everybody is equal in our nation, no one big or small. We together can bring a positive change in the nation, says PM Modi

7:45 AM: This is special year,75th anniversary of #QuitIndiaMovement,100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha,125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav, says PM Narndra Modi.

7:42 AM: Few days back many of our innocent children died in a hospital, says PM Modi

7:40 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: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur, HD Deve Gowda and Rajnath Singh are present at Red Fort

7:35 AM: WATCH- PM Narendra Modi has begun Independence Day speech in Red Fort

7:31 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hoisted tricolour from Red Fort and greeted the nation.

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7:26 AM: At Red Fort, a special team of NSG snipers and commandos will form the inner layers of the security cordon while anti-aircraft guns have been deployed to thwart any aerial intrusion by objects like drones and projectiles, senior police officials said.

7:23 AM: Watch this video

7:21 AM: PM Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley have reached Red Fort. PM Modi will hoist tricolours and address the nation.

7:19 AM: PM Narendra Modi has paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi this morning

7:17 AM: This Independence Day, let us all come together to light up the lives of the people and work towards PM Narendra Modi’s vision of a New India, Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

7:15 AM: My warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens on the auspicious occasion of JanmashtamI, says President Ram Nath Kovind.

7:12 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Raj Ghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi

7:10 AM: The national capital, including the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 71st Independence Day today, has been put under an unprecedented ground-to-air security cover.

7:06 AM: Close to 70,000 Delhi Police personnel will be guarding the national capital owing to the twin occasions of the Independence Day and Janmashtami festival, a senior police officer said today.

Read Also: PM Narendra Modi greets nation on Independence Day, Krishna Janmashtami

7:02 AM: Meanwhile, the Congress yesterday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making “false” promises, and hoped that in his Independence Day address, he would give an account of the promises that had been fulfilled in the past three years.

6:59 AM: On the eve of the 71st Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved a total of 112 gallantry awards for defence and paramilitary personnel for their sacrifices to the nation, the defence ministry said.

6:54 AM: US President Donald Trump has called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to greet him on Independence Day.

6:50 AM: PM Modi shared this information through a tweet. “Appreciate the warm felicitations from @POTUS, who called this evening to convey Independence Day greetings. Thank you @realDonaldTrump,” the prime minister tweeted.

6:46 AM: Congratulate people of the country on this Independence Day India , let us today take pledge for a new India: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

6:42 AM: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has greeted the nation on Independence Day.

Take a look at Adityanath’s tweet

6:38 AM: WATCH- India @70

6:34 AM: PM Narendra Modi greeted the nation on Janmashtami.

Take a look at PM Modi’s tweet

6:30 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the nation on the occasion of 71st Independence  Day.

Take a look at PM Modi’s Tweet

06: 28 AM: Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday hoisted the national flag at his residence in New Delhi, reported ABP News.

06: 20 AM: Even technology conglomerate Google has made an absolutely stunning doodle playing the motif of Indian Parliament along with a symbolic wheel for the Ashok Chakra.

Watch President Ram Nath Kovind’s first address to the nation:

06: 15 AM: PM Modi had also said he is getting complaints that his speeches are too long. On this, the PM has decided to cut it short this year. Reportedly, he will limit his speech between 40 and 50 minutes this time.

06: 05 AM: Days back Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked all Indians to share their ideas for his speech from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day on Tuesday.

05: 55 AM: Ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, security arrangements have been beefed up in the National Capital especially in Metro stations and other public transport halts.

05: 45 AM: According to IANS, the new President Ram Nath Kovind has approved 112 Gallantry Awards to armed forces and paramilitary personnel on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day.

05: 35 AM: Even Donald Trump on Moday called and greeted PM Narendra Modi ahead of the 71st Independence Day. PM Modi later took to Twitter and thanked the US President for calling him to convey Independence Day greetings.

05: 25 AM: After PM Modi’s speech, children and NCC Cadets will sing the National Anthem. As many as 3,500 girl students and 5,000 boy students from 37 schools and National Cadet Corps will come together to sing patriotic songs in different regional languages, reported PTI.

05: 15 AM: After the flag is hosted by the PM, he will deliver his fourth address to the nation from Red Fort. He has also invited suggestions from public on topics that he should include in his speech.

05: 10 AM: Chiefs of all the three Defence Forces will also be in attendence today during the celebration of Independence Day celebration at Red Fort today.

05: 05 AM: PM Narendra Modi will also inspect the Guard of Honour contingent which comprises of an officer and 24 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police.

05:00 AM: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival at Lahori Gate of Red Fort, he will be received by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.

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