Independence Day 2017 highlights | Some madrasas in UP defy order on national anthem
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for a “New India” that will be free of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption as he urged those wielding the gun in Kashmir to join the mainstream so that the Kashmir problem is solved through “embrace”.
Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on India’s 71st Independence Day, Modi warned those indulging in mob violence, saying attacks in the name of “aastha” (faith) was not something to be happy about and won’t be accepted.
Officials said anti-aircraft and anti-drone guns were deployed in and around Red Fort. An additional 500 closed-circuit television and high-resolution cameras were placed in and around Red Fort.
3:20 pm: In his Independence Day speech, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Maharashtra government aims to make farmers of the state debt-free.
The chief minister also announced that the homeless would be provided houses by 2019 and construction of three lakh houses in the state under ‘houses for all’ scheme has begun.
3:15 pm: Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat hoisted the national flag and led the 71st Independence Day celebrations in the state. He also administered an oath for maintaining moral values to government officials and employees.
2.55pm: India on Tuesday gifted 30 ambulances and six buses to Nepalese hospitals, charitable organisations and educational institutions.
2.40pm: Manipur saw peaceful celebrations of the 71st Independence Day on Tuesday despite a boycott and strike called by seven insurgent groups.
Chief minister N Biren Singh unfurled the national flag and took salute from 43 contingents in the Ist Manipur Rifles parade ground.
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1.45pm: The Congress on Tuesday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech as “most disappointing” and said his promise of curbing black money “remains a sham”.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said the Modi government has “promoted black money hoarding” and promoted “crony capitalism”.
1.40pm: Surrounded in waist-deep waters but with an unwavering gaze at the national flag, four teachers and two students of a school in flood-hit Dhubri district of Assam made sure the Tricolour was hoisted and the Jana Gana Mana sung to celebrate India’s 71st Independence Day.
1.30pm: Supreme Court chief justice Jagdish Singh Khehar says every citizen should be proud of his or her religious and ethnic identify while being equally proud of their Indian identity.
1.15pm: As the nation celebrates its 71st Independence Day, Bollywood too shared its wishes to mark the occasion. From Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan, from Priyanka Chopra to Madhur Bhandarkar -- all took to their respective social media to express their pride in being an Indian, and wished their friends, fans and followers a Happy Independence Day on Tuesday.
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1pm: Bareilly’s Barelvi madrasas on Tuesday openly defied the Uttar Pradesh government’s directive that the national anthem be mandatorily sung at all Islamic educational institutions across the state on the occasion of Independence Day.
12.45pm: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that new policies will be initiated for the youth, who are migrating to metropolitan cities in search of employment opportunities.
12.30pm: Of eight claims made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in three Independence Day speeches from 2014 to 2016, three have been kept and five have been partially kept, according to a Factchecker analysis.
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12.10pm: The Madhya Pradesh government aims to make the state free of corruption and poverty by 2022, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Tuesday.
11.50am: Hundreds of members of the Indian diaspora in the UK took part in the first-ever Freedom Run to mark India’s 70th Independence Day with the one-mile journey beginning from the historic Parliament Square in London.
11.40am: Omar Abdullah hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that the Kashmir problem cannot be resolved by “abuse” and “bullets” will be applicable to security forces too.
“Actually he (Modi) said the Kashmir issue will not be resolved by abuse and bullets. I guess that covers both sides - terrorists and security forces,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister tweeted.
11.30am: Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswami says his government is working with the sole aim of public service by “smashing all hurdles before us.”
He unfurled the national flag at Fort St. George in Chennai on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day. The CM said his government’s slogan was ‘all-round development’, inspired by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
11.20am: Delhi Metro services are running as usual. However, stations like Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate and ITO are having restricted entry and exit during the ceremony owing to security considerations. Parking is not available at the stations till 2pm in view of the security measures.
11am: About 70,000 Delhi Police personnel kept a tight vigil over the national capital, especially around the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 71st Independence Day.
10.55am: Amid the Doklam standoff, a customary border personnel meeting held between India and China on India’s Independence Day is unlikely as Beijing has not responded to communications from New Delhi.
10.40am: Undeterred by the Maoists’ threat, Odisha celebrated the 71st Independence Day amid gaiety and camaraderie with much patriotic fervour on Tuesday.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik hoisted the national flag at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar.
10.25am: Congress president Sonia Gandhi unfurled the tricolour at the AICC headquarters on Akbar Road in New Delhi.
In her Independence Day message, Gandhi stressed the need for every Indian to unite and fight against separatism, terrorism and all such forces that divide and spread hatred in society.
10.05am: Prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a website to honour all the gallantry award winners since Independence.
Announcing the launch of the website http://gallantryawards.gov.in in a series of tweets, Modi said “the portal will preserve and tell the stories of our bravest men and women, civilians as well as armed forces personnel”.
9.45am: PM Modi, in a Twitter post, said he was honoured to address the citizens on Independence Day.
9.30am: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat ignores govt order, hoists tricolour in school in Kerala.
9.15am: Mobile internet services blocked in Kashmir valley, reports ANI News.
8.50am: Search engine Google displayed an artistic doodle which includes a motif of Indian Parliament, a symbolic wheel for the Ashok Chakra and India’s national bird peacock, all submerged in shades of saffron, green, white and blue.
8.40am: J-K: BJP youth wing national vice president Aijaz Hussain and 250 BJP workers, planning a ‘Tiranga Rally’ in Srinagar were detained on Monday night, reports ANI News.
8.30am: To read the top quotes from the Prime Mininster’s speech, click here.
8.29am: PM Modi concludes his Independence Day address at Red Fort with chants of ‘Jai Hind’, ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’.
8.25am: We must take a pledge to make a new India by 2022: PM Modi.
8.21am: We are fighting corruption - for the bright future of India and the well being of our people, says PM Modi.
8.20am: After demonetisation, 3 lakh companies were discovered as shell companies and the registration of 1.75 lakh companies were cancelled: PM Modi.
8.17am: From 1 April to 5 August, the number of people filing income tax went up to 56 lakh, says PM Modi.
Today, I want to proudly tell people that within just three years, we have recovered Rs 1.25 lakh crore black money: PM Modi.
8.15am: Casteism and communalism will not help us. Violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated in this land of Gandhi and Buddha: PM Modi.
8.12am: I admire the courage of women who suffer due to ‘Tripe Talaq’. We are with them in their struggles, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
8.10am: We are nurturing our youth to be job creators and not just job seekers: PM Modi.
8.05am: Be it issue of gas subsidy, Swachh Bharat or demonetisation , people of India extended their full support, says Narendra Modi.
8am: On the basis of those who got gallantry award, we are launching a portal through which the youth can find out about those who sacrificed for the country: PM Modi.
7.55am: We have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir, says PM Modi.
Abuses and bullets won’t solve the Kashmir issue, embracing Kashmiris will, says PM Modi.
7.50am: PM Modi says that India is not alone in the fight against terrorism and other nations are actively supporting its bid to end terrorism.
7.46am: The concern for national security is a natural one in an independent India. Our security forces have always shown their capabilities whenever on duty. Whether it is terrorism or infiltrators, our security personnel have always been ready for sacrifice, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
When surgical strike was carried out, the world came to know about the power that India possesses: PM Modi.
7.43am: We have to leave this ‘Chalta Hai’ attitude and adopt the ‘Badal Sakta Hai’ attitude, which will help us as a nation: PM Modi.
7.42am: We have to take the country ahead with the determination of creating a ‘New India’ : PM Modi.
Everybody is equal in our nation, no one big or small. Together we can bring a positive change in the nation, says Modi during his address to the nation.
7.41am: People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur: PM Modi.
7.40am: This is a special year- 75th anniversary of Quit India, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav: PM Modi.
7.30am: The Army Band plays the National Anthem as PM Modi unfurls the tricolour.
7.20am: PM Modi has arrived at the Red Fort. He will be addressing the nation shortly.
7am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Rajghat to pay his homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
6.30am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on occasion of India’s 71st Independence Day.
(With inputs from Saubhadra Chatterji and Sweta Goswami)