As it happened: PM Modi's first Independence Day speech of his second term

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 15, 2019, 06.41 AM (IST)

PM Narendra Modi paying homage at Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi,at Rajghat,on occasion of 73rd Independence Day. Photograph: Others

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“I know people travel abroad for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom,” PM Modi said.


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Let us try to protect our mother earth by reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and products. I want to demand something from my farmers today. I cannot let my mother earth be degraded. I want to appeal to all my farmers to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers by 30-40%. Just by doing this you will be doing a service to Mother Earth: PM Modi.


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Prime Minister Modi says state and central government together will spend 3.5 trillion rupees on supplying water in the next few years.


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Dreams and aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are fulfilled, that is the responsibility of 130 crore people of India: PM Narendra Modi


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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. "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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One Nation, One constitution: PM Modi

In the political alleys of India, some kept opposing the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A. Now they are being asked if this was so important, why did you not make it permanent in the last 70 years? They keep saying what has happened is wrong but did they have any solutions? No. During the difficult times of independence, people like Vallabhai Patel took very tough and valiant decisions. But because of Article 370, there emerged problems. Today, as I address the nation, I can say that every citizen can proudly say it is one nation one constitution.

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PM Narendra Modi says "this is the time to think about the India of the 21st century and how the dreams of the people will be fulfilled."


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PM Modi says: "India understands the importance of water conservation and thus, a new ministry for Jal Shakti has been created. Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people-friendly."


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“We have also provided justice to all the Muslim women by implementing the triple talaq bill,” says PM Modi.


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2019-2024 will be a period of fulfilling the aspirations of the nation: PM Modi


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This is the time to think about the India of the 21st century and how the dreams of the people will be fulfilled: PM Narendra Modi


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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 and passed for Triple Talaq Bill from the Parliament.


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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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Red Fort



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PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat



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First glimpses of the majestic Red Fort in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi.



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New Delhi on high alert

Delhi has been put on high alert in view of Independence Day celebrations. Security has been ramped up in the national capital with police barriers put in place across the city. Heavy police deployments have been made in areas within a 3 km radius of the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Thursday morning to mark the 73rd Independence Day of India.

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Independence Day: Rajnath Singh hoists the tricolour at his residence




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Prime Minister extends greetings to people on Rakshabandhan




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PM Modi likely to focus on 'New India' in his address to nation on Independence Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to focus on the theme of 'New India' in his address to the nation on 73rd Independence Day on Thursday.

To mark what will be his sixth consecutive address to the nation, 3,500 girl students drawn from 41 government schools in the national capital, 5,000 boys and 700 NCC cadets of 17 schools will display 'strength in unity' by the formation of words, 'Naya Bharat' (New India).

Aug 15, 2019, 06.47 AM

Changes in J&K will enable people to enjoy similar rights as others in India: President Kovind

On the eve of India's Independence Day, President Kovind addressed the nation today asserting that recent changes in Jammu & Kashmir including Ladakh would be of immense benefit to the region.