Here are the Highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech:

9.10 AM: PM Narendra Modi meets children at the Red Fort after completing his Independence Day speech.

9.07 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi concludes his address to the country.

9.05 AM: People of Balochistan,Gilgit and PoK have thanked me a lot in past few days, I am grateful to them: PM Modi.

9.05 AM: When innocents killed in Peshawar terrorist attack, there were tears in everyone's eyes in parliament here. That's the nature of India: PM.

9.05 AM: This is the example of our humanitarian approach, but there are some countries who glorify terrorists: PM Modi.

9.05 AM: We did not get an opportunity to die for the country but we have the opportunity to live for the country: PM Modi.

9.03 AM: This country will never bend before terrorism and Maoism: PM Modi at Red Fort.

9.03 AM: SAARC countries have a common problem – poverty. I call upon all of us to fight poverty, not each other: PM Modi.

9.00 AM: To the youth who have taken up the gun, I urge them to return to their parents, shun violence: PM Modi.

8.58 AM: Violence has no place in our society: PM.

8.58 AM: Let us fight together with poverty, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

8.55 AM: Violence and intolerance have no place in our country, says PM Modi.

8.55 AM: Unity in diversity, this is our strength: PM Modi.

8.55 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the nation will never accept Maoism and terrorism.

8.50 AM: We have implemented One Rank One Pension (OROP), says the Prime Minister.

8.50 AM: OROP was hanging for a long time, we took it head on: PM Modi.

8.50 AM: We have declassified the files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, says PM Modi.

8.50 AM: We do not believe in procrastination, we believe in solving problems: PM Modi.

8.50 AM: My sisters and brothers, we have to fight against social evils. We have to rise above social evils: PM Modi.

8.50 AM: We must encourage women to work in nightshift as well, we have to ensure security of women.

8.45 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi invokes Ramanujacharya, Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar during his speech, says social justice is necessary.

8.42 AM: We have instated a 26-week maternity leave: PM Modi.

8.40 AM: We have rapidly improved our ranking in ease of doing business, says PM Modi.

8.40 AM: Financial independence of women and her participation is important to fight poverty: PM Modi.

8.38 AM: Air India, that used to be much maligned, has an operating profit today.

8.38 AM: While every telecom company in the world flourished, BSNL used to run in losses. Today, BSNL too has turned an operating profit.

8.36 AM: I have done my best to keep corruption away from my government.

8.36 AM: One nation, one grid and one price- we have worked on this: PM Modi.

8.35 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks opposition parties for passing the GST Bill.

8.35 AM: My government has avoided the temptation of resorting to populist measures: PM Modi.

8.33 AM: Image of the nation more important for us than image of the government, says the prime minister.

8.33 AM: There used to be allegations on coal block auctions. Today it is completely transparent. The nation has benefited: PM Modi.

8.32 AM: We have connected Aadhaar card to government schemes to curb corruption: PM Modi.

8.30 AM: But we did not let this happen, we have taken forward the good initiatives taken by the previous government: PM Modi.

8.30 AM: When new government is elected, many-a-times, good initiatives taken by the previous government are forgotten: PM Modi.

8.28 AM: Food godowns with 15 lakh ton capacity built; emphasis on food processing: Aim is to help double farmers' income by 2022: PM Modi.

8.28 AM: Out government is giving importance to 'last man delivery' by taking decisions decisively as our policies and intentions are clear: PM Modi.

8.25 AM: We are giving importance to integrated development against isolated development, empowerment against entitlement: PM Modi.

8.25 AM: We have given impetus to 'per drop, more crop' initiative: PM Modi.

8.20 AM: Reform, perform, transform is the mantra of the government: PM Modi.

8.18 AM: Sowing of pulses has increased 1.5 times this year, it will help solve problem of demand shortfall, says PM.

8.17 AM: If farmers in my country get adequate water, they can turn 'soil' into 'gold': PM Modi.

8.17 AM: We have taken up schemes of water conservation, irrigation in a big way: PM Modi.

8.15 AM: Rs 20,000 cr saved through renegotiation of gas import deal with Qatar: PM.

8.15 AM: I will continue to work to ensure food plate of poor is not affected by inflation: PM.

8.14 AM: How can we forget the bravery and sacrifice of the Sikh Gurus: PM Modi.

8.12 AM: Earlier, the inflation rate was 10 per cent. We tried to control it and did not allow it to cross 6 per cent: PM Modi.

8.12 AM: Due to drought situation in the last 2 years, the government has faced challenges in terms of price rise: PM Modi.

8.10 AM: Electricity has reached 10,000 villages out of 18,000 unelectricified villages: PM.

8.10 AM: From Delhi it takes 3 hours to reach Nagla Fatela village in Hathras. It took 70 years for electricity to reach there: PM Modi.

8.09 AM: Government plans to distribute 77 crore LED bulbs to save power, says PM Modi.

8.09 AM: I urge you all to use LED bulbs, save energy and take part in helping our nation: PM Modi.

8.08 AM:Laying of power transmission lines increased to 50,000 kms in a year from 30,000-35,000-km earlier, says PM Modi in Indepedence Day address.

8.08 AM: We are working to bring in social change, over 70,000 villages are free from open-defecation today: PM Modi.

8.05 AM: In my first speech I had asked how can there be such a huge problem of sanitation in our country: PM Modi.

8.05 AM: Earlier there used to be a lackadaisical approach to government work. Today there is a new energy in government: PM Modi.

8.02 AM: In last 60 years, 14 crore were given gas connections, while my government provided gas connections to over 4 crore people in just 60 weeks: PM Modi.

8.02 AM: We have found 9,000 lower ranks in which there will not be any interviews, there will not be any need of references and middlemen: PM Modi.

8.00 AM: We need to accelerate the pace of our work, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

8.00 AM: Construction of rural roads increased to 100 kms a day from 70-75 km a day: PM Modi.

7.58 AM: We have connected 70 crore Indians to Aadhaar and social security schemes: PM Modi.

7.55 AM: Renewable energy is a focus area for us: PM Modi.

7.53 AM: There should be efficiency in government, efficiency can bring change in the existing system: PM Modi.

7.53 AM: Earlier getting a passport used to take months, today it takes just a couple of weeks: PM Modi.

7.52 AM: Earlier the income tax refund used to take forever; today it takes not more than three weeks: PM Modi.

7.51 AM: I want to change the lives of common people, I am committed to it: PM Modi.

7.50 AM: Today, in all the major government hospitals, online registration is available and medical records are also available online: PM Modi.

7.48 AM: We want to change the situation where people are scared of income tax authorities, particularly among middle class families: PM Modi.

7.47 AM: For this, one needs to give importance to good governance, accountability and transparency in any government is paramount: PM Modi.

7.45 AM: Surajya, the meaning of this is- a qualitative and positive change in the lives of the citizen of India: PM Modi.

7.42 AM: Today, the government is not surrounded by allegations but by expectations: PM Modi.

7.42 AM: Today our resolve is to turn Swaraj (Self-Rule) into Suraj (Good rule): PM Modi.

7.40 AM: Today, more than Karya, I want to talk about Karya Sanskriti on the Government: PM Modi.

7.40 AM: Today when I am talking to you from ramparts of the Red Fort, it is only natural I give you an account of what government is doing: PM Modi.

7.38 AM: India's age is not 70 years but the journey post colonial rule for a better India is 70-year old: PM Modi at Red Fort.

7.38 AM: Sardar Patel united us, it is now our duty to to make our country the best: PM Modi.

7.37 AM: Our independence did not come easy, all Indians were a part of the struggle: PM Modi.

7.37 AM: Yes, we face several problems. But we are capable to overcome them: PM Modi.

7.35 AM: May this energy guide the nation to scale newer heights of progress in the years to come: PM Modi.

7.35 AM: We remember Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, countless people who sacrificed their lives so that we attained Swarajya: PM Modi.

7.35 AM: Today on this special day, I convey my greetings to 125 crore Indians and the Indian community living overseas: PM Modi.

7.34 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his Independence Day speech at the Red Fort.

7.18 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the guard of honour at Red Fort.

7.18 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Red Fort. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar welcomes him.

7.05 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

7.02 AM: Former PM Dr.Manmohan Singh, Gursharan Kaur, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and CJI TS Thakur reach Red Fort.

7.00 AM: LG Najeeb Jung, Amit Shah, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader GN Azad at the Red Fort, PM to speak shortly | ANI


Red Fort, the 17th century monument from where PM Modi will address the nation and adjoining areas have been put under an unprecedented air-to- ground security cover with hawk-eye vigil being maintained across the entire national capital.

Thousands of security personnel, including 5,000 men from Delhi Police, have been deployed to ensure foolproof security in and around the historic Mughal fort which will see the presence of senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people.

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