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India celebrates 73rd Independence Day

Addressing the nation on 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said several crucial legislations were passed within 10 weeks of the formation of his second government, including abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, ban on the practice of Triple Talaq and changes in anti-terror laws.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2019.

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The decision to remove the special rights of Kashmir

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered an Independence Day speech on Thursday that spotlighted a decision to remove the special rights of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir among the bold moves of his second term.

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Turn India into a $5-trillion economy

Modi talked about his aim to turn India into a $5-trillion economy within five years, by spurring wealth creation, boosting exports and tourism, and spending 100 trillion rupees ($1.4 trillion) on infrastructure.

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"India will have a chief of defence staff"

"To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision ... India will have a chief of defence staff," Modi said.

However, he did not address the weakening economy and calls by the industry for a swift package of government measures to stimulate demand.

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India’s Parliament

India’s Parliament is all lit up, thanks to the lighting facility inaugurated today, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted yesterday.

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Invest 100 trillion rupees in infrastructure

Modi said he would invest 100 trillion rupees in infrastructure over the next five years and a further 3.6 trillion to improve water infrastructure and pipe clean water to every home.

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Jammu and Kashmir Governor hoisted the flag

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik hoisted the national flag at Srinagar to mark the occasion of India's 73rd Independence.

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Cadets attend the ceremony

Cadets attend a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day, which marks the of the end of British colonial rule, at the Red Fort in New Delhi 

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Bangladesh - India border

Sweets were exchanged at Bangladesh - India border between Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) to mark the 73rd Independence Day of India.

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