Independence Day

President Kovind to attend Bangladesh’s 50th Victory Day celebrations during 3-day Dhaka visit

New Delhi [India]: President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Dhaka from December 15 to 17 at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid to attend the 50th Victory Day celebrations of the country, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release on Monday.
During the visit, the President will hold a delegation-level meeting with Hamid. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen are scheduled to call upon the President, the release added. Earlier, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had paid a State Visit to Bangladesh from March 26 to 27 this year. He had attended the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh, the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is a major pillar of India’s Neighbourhood First Policy. India and Bangladesh share progressive, comprehensive and substantial cooperation in diverse areas ranging from security, border management and defence, water resources, trade, transport and connectivity, health, culture and people-to-people ties, energy and power to development partnership and sub-regional cooperation. Both countries have closely cooperated in addressing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the release read.
The upcoming visit of the President on this historic occasion is a reflection of the high priority that both countries attach to the bilateral relationship. It also reaffirms the shared desire of both countries to further consolidate and strengthen the multifaceted and irreversible partnership, based on historical and cultural ties, mutual trust and understanding.

Jaishankar greets Zambian counterpart on country’s Independence Day

New Delhi [India] : External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar extended greetings to his Zambian counterpart Stanley Kakubo on the anniversary of his country’s Independence Day.
The Minister said that India is committed to strengthening the long-standing ties of the two nations. “Warm greetings to FM Stanley Kakubo and the Government & people of Zambia on their Independence Day. Committed to strengthening of our long-standing ties,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.

Jaishankar represents India at Mexico’s 200th independence day celebrations

Mexico City [Mexico]: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday represented India at Mexico’s Independence day celebrations.
Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to Mexico to attend the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence. “Represented India at the celebrations of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of attaining Independence. Affirmed our strong bonds and privileged partnership,” EAM said in a tweet.
During the visit, Jaishankar also met Mexican President Andres Manuel.
“Conveyed greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An open conversation on our governance priorities and practices. Great scope for exchange of experiences and best practices,” Jaishankar said in another tweet.
Jaishankar met Bangladesh’s Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam in Mexico City during celebrations of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of attaining Independence on Monday (local time).
Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar said: “Good to meet Bangladeshi MoS for Foreign Affairs @MdShahriarAlam at the independence day celebrations in Mexico City.”
Jaishankar is on a two-day visit to Mexico and is participating in the commemorative events of the 200th anniversary of the consolidation of Mexican Independence along with other world leaders.It is his first visit to the country as External Affairs Minister.

Taliban kills people for carrying Afghan national flag

Kabul [Afghanistan: The Taliban on Thursday killed three people for carrying the Afghan national flag in Asadabad city of Kunar province.


The protests linked to the flag are being seen as a nascent symbol of resistance against the terrorist outfit after its takeover of Afghanistan. The Taliban shelled a car covered in national Afghan flags, killing three persons.
There were some isolated protests linked to the flag in Kabul as well, with people, including women, walking down the streets past Taliban fighters waving the old flag and saying: ‘Our flag is our identity.'”


It was Afghanistan’s Independence Day on Thursday.


Rashid Khan, cricketer and captain of the country’s T-20I team, wished his countrymen on the occasion of Afghanistan’s Independence Day.
“Today let us take some time to value our nation and never forget the sacrifices. We hope and pray for the peaceful, developed and United nation INSHALLAH. Happy Independence Day,” he said in a tweet.


Thursday’s incident in Asadabad took place after three Afghans were shot dead on Wednesday in Jalalabad during a protest rally held against the removal of the Afghan flag by the Taliban.
Several provinces across Afghanistan witnessed protests with Afghans taking to the streets holding Afghanistan’s national flag, which is no longer in use since the Taliban took Kabul city.


Residents in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar and Khost on Wednesday publically rallied under the Afghan national flag.
Since Afghanistan fell to the terrorist group on Sunday, the Taliban have sought to present an image of themselves as more progressive, inclusive and restrained — claiming that they will not seek retribution against their political enemies.
Members of the Taliban’s sophisticated communications operation have been increasingly visible in the first days of the new regime, telling international journalists at every opportunity that the group will form an “inclusive Islamic government.”
But the actions have dashed hopes that the Taliban might have changed in the intervening decades.

Cricketer Rashid Khan prays for ‘peaceful, developed’ Afghanistan on Independence Day

New Delhi [India]: Amid turmoil and chaos after the Taliban takeover, Rashid Khan, the Afghan cricketer on Thursday wished his countrymen on the occasion of Afghanistan’s Independence Day.


“Today let us take some time to value our nation and never forget the sacrifices. We hope and pray for the peaceful, developed and United nation INSHALLAH. Happy Independence Day,” tweeted Afghanistan’s T-20I captain Khan.

This comes after three Afghans were shot dead on Wednesday in Jalalabad during a protest rally held against the removal of the Afghan flag by the Taliban.
Several provinces across Afghanistan witnessed protests with Afghans taking to the streets holding Afghanistan’s national flag, which is no longer in use since the Taliban took Kabul city.


Residents in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar and Khost on Wednesday publically rallied under the Afghan national flag.


Earlier, Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan has appealed to “world leaders” to not leave the people of Afghanistan in “chaos”, amid intensifying violence by the Taliban in the war-torn country.
Afghanistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 19 commemorating the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919.

Farmers hold Tiranga Yatras

New Delhi [India], August 15 : Amid the ongoing 75th Independence Day celebrations across the country, farmers took out Tiranga Yatras in Punjab and Haryana to mark the occasion and demand the repeal of the farm laws.
In Haryana’s Kurukshetra, farmers held a tractor Tiranga Yatra from Pipli to Kundli Border. Speaking to ANI, farmer leader Gurnam Singh said, “As the country has completed 75 years of Independence, we have planned to take out Tiranga Yatra from Pipili, which is said to be the place for farmers’ revolution. Today we have re-named it as Kisan Kranti Chowk, because on September 10 farmers were baton-charged here. Many farmers sustained serious injuries in the incident. From here we will take the yatra to Kundli Border. We demand the repeal of three black farm laws.”

Farmers also took out Tiranga Yatra at Singhu Border which had started from Haryana’s Kurukshetra.

Another ‘Tiranga Tractor Parade’ was taken out in Uchana Kalan, Jind on the occasion of 75th Independence Day.

“The parade is being led by women and the Tricolour has also been hoisted by them. We want that the three black laws should be repealed and MSP should be guaranteed to farmers,” said a woman participant who was seen driving a tractor.
Meanwhile, Sub Inspector Rajesh Kumar who was on duty in Jind during the parade said, “We have made all security arrangements. Their route is fixed and they have so far carried out the procession peacefully. Forces have been deployed at all places and we have all arrangements to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.”

Farmers also held a Tiranga Yatra march from the Attari-Wagah border to the Golden Gate in Amritsar.
“We want the repeal of the three black farm laws. We’ll continue our protest in Delhi and around its borders until the government revokes these laws,” added Kabil Singh, one of the farmers participating in the march.

Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains.

‘Sorry state of affairs’: CJI Ramana expresses concern over ‘lack of debate’ in Parliament

​Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Sunday expressed concern over the lack of debate in Parliament and state legislatures, and said it is a “sorry state of affairs” as the absence of quality debate leaves many aspects of laws unclear and increases the burden on courts.

New Delhi, india, August 15 : Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Sunday expressed concern over the lack of debate in Parliament and state legislatures, and said it is a “sorry state of affairs” as the absence of quality debate leaves many aspects of laws unclear and increases the burden on courts.

Speaking at the 75th Independence Day function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association in the lawns of the top court, he said that an elaborate discussion during the law-making process reduces litigation as when courts interpret them, “we all knew the intent of the legislature”.

The Chief Justice exhorted the members of the legal fraternity to participate in public life and share their experience about laws. He said the country’s long freedom struggle was led by lawyers.

“Whether it is Mahatma Gandhi or Babu Rajendra Prasad, they were legal luminaries, who sacrificed their property, family and life and led the movement.”

“Most of the members of first Lok sabha and Rajya Sabha were all lawyers and members from the legal fraternity. Unfortunately, we know what is happening now in the Parliament with respect to debates on laws,” CJI Ramana said in his address to the bar members. He said there used to be debates in Parliament on various constitutional amendments and how they will affect the people.

“Long ago, I have seen a debate during the introduction of the Industrial Disputes Act and a member from Tamil Nadu used to discuss the law so elaborately as to how the law will affect the working class. It used to reduce the burden on the courts, as when the courts interpreted the law, we all knew the intent of the legislature,” the Chief Justice said.

“Now, it is a sorry state of affairs. There are a lot of gaps and a lot of ambiguity in the law-making process due to lack of debates. We don’t know what the intent of the legislature is. We don’t know for what purpose the laws are made. This causes great inconvenience to the people. This happens when members of the legal fraternity are not in the Parliament and state legislature,”he added.

The Monsoon session of parliament was short-terminated last week following days of relentless protest by the Opposition over the Pegasus snooping row, farm laws, price rise and other issues.

The CJI told the lawyers, “Don’t confine yourself to your profession, earning money and living comfortably. Please think over it. We should actively participate in public life, do some good service and share the experience with the country. Hopefully, goodness will come out of it in the country.”

The CJI added the Supreme Court has played an active role in the country and has given more than what the Constitution has thought of, but he expects the legal fraternity to contribute more.

“There are small issues but around 75 percent of the people in need of justice have got legal aid. You (lawyers) all should participate in the legal aid movement. On November 26 and 27, we may have two day workshops on Constitution Day on legal aid,” he said.

At the outset, the chief justice said it is a historic day and an occasion for all to rethink and review the policies to understand “what we have achieved and what we have to achieve in the future”.

“Seventy-five years is not a small period in the history of the country but we have to also consider the vast landscape and geographical condition of our country,” the CJI said, while recalling his childhood days when they were given jaggery and and murmura (puffed rice) in school on the occasion of Independence Day.

“Since then, a lot of development has taken place. Small things given to us in school made us very happy but in today’s time when we have so many facilities, we are not happy. I think this is due to our saturation level,” he said.

Supreme Court Judges AM Khanwilkar and V Ramasubramanian were also present on the occasion alongside several lawyers and members of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was also present on the occasion, said the Chief Justice of India is the ‘karta’ (guardian) of Indian legal family and thus he does not wish to say anything more.

“India is a young democracy and when we look around the neighbouring countries and they call themselves democracy and we all know how they have failed. In contrast, we have been able to sustain it the way it was envisioned by the framers of our Constitution,” Mehta said.

The Chief Justice of India unfurled the national flag after which the national anthem was played by a police band.

Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh welcomed the guests and said that it is a historic day as the country is celebrating its 75th Independence Day. He thanked the Chief Justice and other judges for gracing the occasion.

Punjab: Balloons, flags of Pakistan found

Rupnagar (Punjab) [India], August 15 : Balloons and flags of Pakistan were found in the fields of Sandoa village in the Rupnagar district of Punjab on Sunday morning, the police said.
The incident created panic among the residents. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Rupnagar Dr Akhil Chaudhary said that this can be activities of some miscreants.
“Further investigation in the matter is underway,” he said.
The nation is celebrating the 75th Independence Day today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hoisted the national flag and delivered the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi.

Putin greet India on 75th Independence Day, praises country for role in global arena

Moscow [Russia], August 15 : Russian President Vladimir Putin extended his warm greetings to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, stating that further enhancement of Russian-Indian ties was in the interests of both nations.
“Kindly accept cordial congratulations on #Independence Day. The success achieved by #India in economic, social, other spheres is widely acknowledged. India rightfully enjoys high prestige in the global arena, plays important role in solving topical issues of the international agenda,” Putin said in his congratulatory message on Sunday. “We appreciate Russia-India relations of privileged strategic partnership. I’m convinced, further enhancement of the whole range of constructive ties entirely meets interests of our peoples and goes within course of strengthening stability and security on regional and global level,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag and delivered the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi today.
Greetings have poured from all across the world wishing India on its 75th Independence Day.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden extended wishes to India saying that New Delhi and Washington must show the world that the “two great and diverse democracies” can deliver for people everywhere.

Countries wish India on 75th Independence Day

Kathmandu [Nepal], August 15 : Sri Lanka, Nepal and Taiwan on Sunday extended greetings to India on its 75th Independence Day.
Taking to Twitter, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said, “On the occasion of the 75th Independence Day of #India, congratulations and greetings to Prime Minister Shri @narendramodiji, the government and people of India.” India celebrated its 75th Independence Day on Sunday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisting the national flag and delivering the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi today.
“Best wishes and warm congratulations from the people and the Government of #SriLanka to the people and the Government of Republic of #India on the occasion of 75th Independence Day of India, on 15 August 2021,” Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a Tweet.
“Warmest congratulations to Indian friends far & wide on #IndiaIndependenceDay. We salute the world’s largest & Asia’s earliest #Democracy, which occupies a special place in our hearts. Taiwan & India are great democratic partners holding authoritarianism at bay,” Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said in a Tweet.
Earlier, US, Russia and Japan have also wished India on Independence Day and praised the country’s effort in economic, social, other spheres.

Burhan Wani’s father hoists “Tiranga”

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 15 : Muzaffar Wani, the father of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2016, unfurled the national flag at a government school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday.
Muzaffar Wani, who is a teacher by profession, hoised the national flag on the premises of the Government Girls Higher Secondary School in the Tral area of Pulwama district on the occasion of 75th Independence Day. Self-styled commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani, along with two other terrorists was killed in an encounter in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir in June 2016.
Wani, who was 22-year-old, at the time of his death, was an Internet-savvy Kashmiri militant was reportedly a resident of Dadsara village in south Kashmir’s Tral area. He had left home in 2010-days before he was to take the Class 10 examination to join the region’s front-line indigenous militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
He soon rose to become its district commander and figured in the list of most-wanted militants.
Reportedly, there was a Rs. 10 lakh reward for information leading to his arrest.

TN : Hike in pension for freedom fighters

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 15 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin hoisted the national flag on the ramparts of Fort St George on 75th Independence Day on Sunday. As the DMK government completes 100 days in office, Stalin unfurled the tricolour for the first time as chief minister.
He also received a guard of honour at Fort St George. After hoisting the flag, CM Stalin said, “The Tamil Nadu government has increased the pension of all freedom fighters from Rs 17,000 to Rs 18,000 and the family pension from Rs 8,500 to Rs 9,000,” adding that the government will compile the documents of freedom fighters from Tamil Nadu and will be released.
He also said that Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Madurai will be renovated at a cost of Rs 6 crore.

Honoured to attend Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort: Neeraj Chopra

New Delhi [India], August 15 : Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever Gold Medallist in track and field said it was an honour for him to attend the 75th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort on Sunday.
Olympians, including Neeraj, PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu along with two officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) attended the 75th Independence Day celebrations. “It was an honour to attend the Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort today. As an athlete and a soldier, my heart is full of emotion when I see the national flag flying high. Jai Hind,” Neeraj Chopra tweeted.
Indian men’s hockey player Mandeep Singh said he witnessed the best Independence Day celebrations on Sunday.
“Special day to remember witnessed the best Independence Day celebration,” Mandeep tweeted.
Star boxer Maty Kom extended greeting from the Red Fort to her fans and followers.
“My warm greetings to all on the occasion of 75th Independence Day,” Mary Kom tweeted.
Sprinter Dutee Chand shared a picture from the event and said it is always a pride to stand near the National Flag.
“It always a pride to stand near to National Flag. Today is very memorable day for me as I am at Redfort attending the 75th Independence Day of India with Honorable PM and all esteemed Guests. Wish you all Happy Independence Day,” Dutee Chand tweeted.
PM Modi in his Independence Day Speech applauded the Indian contingent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and said the country was proud of them for bringing glory to the nation and that their feat has inspired the future generation.
“The athletes who have made us proud at Tokyo Olympics are here amongst us today. I urge the nation to applaud their achievement today. They have not only won our hearts but also inspired future generations,” PM Modi said in his address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
PM Modi also greeted the Olympic athletes after the conclusion of his Independence Day speech here at the Red Fort.
Around 240 Olympians, support staff, and SAI and sports federation officials were invited to grace the Gyan Path in front of the Ramparts.

Rice to poor till 2024

In a bid to end malnutrition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that by 2024, rice provided by various schemes of the government will be fortified.

New Delhi [India], August 15 : Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister said, “The government will fortify the rice which it gives to the poor under its different schemes and will provide nutritious rice to the poor. Whether it is the rice available at the ration shop or the rice available in the mid-day meal, by the year 2024, the rice available through every scheme will be fortified.” Highlighting the benefits of the government schemes, Narendra Modi said that over 4.5 crore families have received tap water connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
“Within two years of Jal Jeevan mission, more than 4.5 crore families have started receiving water from the tap,” he said.
“We have to move forward with a target of achieving saturation in our schemes,” he added.
Prime Minster further noted that facilities like roads and electricity have reached villages and there is a “rapid”change being witnessed in rural areas.
“Today we see our villages changing rapidly. In past few years, facilities like road and electricity have reached villages. Today, optical fiber network is providing the power of data to villages, internet is reaching there. Digital entrepreneurs are getting ready in villages too,” he said.
On the occasion of 75th Independence Day today, the Prime Minister hoisted the national flag and delivered the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi.

PM Modi greets Olympic athletes after concluding the Independence Day speech

New Delhi [India], August 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the Olympic athletes after the conclusion of his Independence Day speech here at the Red Fort.
Athletes of the Indian contingent who had participated in the Tokyo Games, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever Gold Medallist in track and field, Mirabai Chanu along with officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), were among those present at the Red Fort on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day. PM Modi in his Independence Day speech on Sunday applauded the Indian Olympic athletes and said the country was proud of them for bringing glory to the nation and that their feat has inspired the future generation.
PM Modi also said awareness regarding sports and fitness has come within the country and the results were seen during the Tokyo Olympics.
India recorded its best-ever medal haul at the recently concluded Olympics by bagging a total of seven medals – one Gold, two silver, and four bronze.
“There was a time when sports wasn’t considered a part of the mainstream. Parents used to tell children that they would spoil their life if they kept playing. Now, awareness regarding sports and fitness has come within the country. We have experienced this in Olympics this time,” said PM Modi
“It’s a major turning point for our country. In this decade we’ve to further speed up drive to bring in talent, technology, and professionalism in sports in the country.
“It’s a matter of pride that India’s daughters are giving a splendid performance, be it Boards exams or Olympics,” the PM added.
Around 240 Olympians, support staff, and SAI and sports federation officials were also invited to grace the Gyan Path in front of the Ramparts.
On Saturday, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind hosted a ‘High Tea’ for the Indian Contingent of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre. The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu also graced the occasion.
The President congratulated the entire Indian Contingent for their excellent efforts. He also appreciated the role played by the coaches, support staff, family members, and well-wishers who contributed to their preparations.

Independence Day: Locals in Kanpur continuing tradition of hoisting national flag at midnight since 1947

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Locals in Kanpur hoisted the national flag at midnight to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day.
Independence Day was celebrated with fireworks at the midnight on Meston Road of the city. The tradition of hoisting the national flag at midnight has been followed here since 1947. The flag was first hoisted here at 12 o’clock on the intervening night of August 14 and August 15 in 1947. The freedom fighters of the city also participate in this flag hoisting.
People sang the national anthem after the flag hoisting ceremony.

“Today we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of our Independence. We have been following our 75-year-old tradition of hoisting the flag at midnight. We remember the people who sacrificed their lives for the country,” Congress worker Shankar Datt Mishra told ANI.

The country is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, marking the 75th year of Independence, amid patriotic fervour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Independence Day celebrations from Red Fort on Sunday. He will hoist the national flag and deliver the customary address to the nation.

PM Modi extends greetings on 75th Independence Day

New Delhi [India]: Extending greetings on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ will infuse new energy and new consciousness among the countrymen.
“Greetings to you all on Independence Day. May this year of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ infuse new energy and new consciousness among the countrymen. Jai Hind!” tweeted PM Modi. Prime Minister will lead the Independence Day celebrations from Red Fort on Sunday. He will hoist the national flag and deliver the customary address to the nation.
The country is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, marking the 75th year of Independence, amid patriotic fervour. A series of events are being organised across the country to mark the occasion.

32 Olympic winners invited to 75th Independence Day Celebrations

New Delhi [India]: Thirty-two Olympic winners, including javelin thrower Subedar Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever Gold Medallist in track and field, along with two officials of Sports Authority of India (SAI) have been invited to participate in the 75th Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort on Sunday.
Around 240 Olympians, support staff, and SAI and sports federation officials have also been invited to grace the Gyan Path in front of the Ramparts. In Tokyo, India recorded its best-ever medal haul in the recently concluded Olympics by bagging a total of seven medals – one Gold, two silver, and four bronze. The Nation is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, marking the 75th year of Independence from the foreign rule. The whole country has been gripped by patriotic fervour. A series of events are being organized across the country by different ministries of the Government of India, various state governments and Union Territories, the Armed Forces, and the general public alike to mark this momentous occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in celebrating this historic 75th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2021. He will hoist the National Flag and deliver the customary address to the nation.
It may be recalled that the Prime Minister had launched ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ from Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad in Gujarat in March 2021 to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence. The celebrations will continue till August 15, 2023.
Upon the arrival of the Prime Minister at the Red Fort, he will be received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar.
Defence Secretary will introduce the General Officer Commanding (GoC), Delhi Area, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, AVSM, to the Prime Minister. The GoC Delhi Area will then conduct PM Modi to the Saluting Base where a combined Inter-Services and Delhi Police Guard will present a general salute to the Prime Minister. Thereafter, the Prime Minister will inspect the Guard of Honour.
The Guard of Honour contingent for the Prime Minister will consist of one officer and 20 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Delhi Police. Indian Navy is the coordinating service this year. The Guard of Honour will be commanded by Commander Piyush Gaur. The Naval Contingent in the Prime Minister’s Guard will be commanded by Lt Commander SunePhogat, the Army Contingent by Major Vikas Sangwan, and the Air Force contingent by Squadron leader A Berwal. The Delhi Police contingent will be commanded by Additional DCP (West District) Subodh Kumar Goswami.
After inspecting the Guard of Honour, PM Modi will proceed to the ramparts of the Red Fort. The GoC Delhi area will conduct the Prime Minister to the dais on the rampart to hoist the National Flag.
After being hoisted, the Tricolour will receive a ‘Rashtriya Salute’. The Navy Band, consisting of 16 men will play the National Anthem during the hoisting of the National Flag and the ‘Rashritya Salute’.
For the first time ever, this year as soon as the National Flag is hoisted by the Prime Minister, flower petals will be showered at the venue by two Mi 17 1V helicopters of the Indian Air Force in Amrut Formation.
After the showering of flower petals, the Prime Minister will address the Nation. At the conclusion of the speech of the Prime Minister, the cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) will sing the National Anthem. 500 NCC cadets (Army, Navy, and Air Force) from different schools will be taking part in this festival of National Fervour.
Lt Commander P Priyambada Sahoo will assist the Prime Minister in hoisting the National Flag. It will be synchronized with the 21 Gun Salute fired by the valiant gunners of the elite 2233 Field Battery (Ceremonial). The ceremonial battery is commanded by Lt Col Jitendra Singh Mehta, SM, and the Gun Position Officer will be Naib Subedar (AIG) Anil Chand.
The National Flag Guard comprising five officers and 130 men from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police will present Rashtriya Salute at the time of hoisting of the National Flag by the Prime Minister. Commander Kuldeep M Neralkar from the Indian Navy will be in command of this Inter-Services Guard and Police Guard.
The Navy Contingent in the National Flag Guard will be commanded by Lt Commander Praveen Saraswat, the Army Contingent by Major Anshul Kumar, and the Air Force contingent by Sqn Leader Rohit Malik. The Delhi Police contingent will be commanded by Additional DCP (South West District) Shri Amit Goel.
Ahead of Independence Day celebrations, Delhi Police have intensified security arrangements in the national capital by deploying police forces and commandos across Delhi, according to a security plan chalked out with the coordination of State governments and security agencies.
Superintendents of Police of all districts in Delhi have been instructed to be vigilant ahead of Independence Day, informed Delhi Police on Saturday.
Earlier on Friday, a high-level meeting of top officials of Delhi Police was held to discuss a new intelligence alert about miscreants who could try to infiltrate the security at the Red Fort on August 15.
The security has been tightened near Red Fort, ahead of Independence Day celebrations in the national capital.
The posters of the most wanted terrorists have been put around the area to alert people and to report any suspected person to the police.
“There will be a 360-degree drone coverage to counter unfriendly objects on Independence day and to counter the anti-drone challenge staff is being trained on how to respond to unfriendly objects. Coordinated training with Air Force, National Security Guard (NSG), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is in progress,” said Anita Roy, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, North.

98-yr-old freedom fighter commemorated

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: A 98-year-old freedom fighter who contributed to the Quit India movement was honoured by the Government of India on Saturday. The freedom fighter, identified as Kartick Chandra Dutta, was honoured at his Kolkata residence by representatives of the government.
“Dutta was among the few freedom fighters who were invited in Delhi to get honoured by the Government of India on the occasion of Independence Day but it could not happen because of Covid. So the government sent their people here. He has been honoured in Delhi by the President and the Prime Minister before this about five or six times,” said Dutta’s son, Debakar.
On his father’s contribution as a freedom fighter, he said: “Since the beginning, he wanted to do something for his country. He had a group of like-minded friends as well. He raised slogans during the Quit India movement but was arrested and put into prison.”
“I was not aware of him being a freedom fighter. My mother-in-law told me about it. It was tough when he was put behind bars,” said Manjula, his wife.

Kartick Chandra Dutta recalled being sent to prison several times but not leaving the freedom struggle in spite of that.
Kartick still remembers the times he was invited to the President’s House to be honoured on Independence Day and expressed the wish that he gets to visit Delhi again in the future on this occasion.

Security tighten ahead of I-Day

New Delhi [India], August 14 : Superintendents of Police of all districts in Delhi have been instructed to be vigilant ahead of Independence Day, informed Delhi Police on Saturday.
Delhi Police check vehicles and identity cards of commuters as security has been tightened in the national capital ahead of Independence Day celebrations.
Earlier on Friday, a high-level meeting of top officials of Delhi Police was held to discuss a new intelligence alert about miscreants who could try to infiltrate the security at the Red Fort on August 15.” A high-level meeting of the top officials of the Delhi Police is underway. The agenda of the meeting is August 15 security and to discuss the fresh intelligence alert shared by the agencies,” sources told ANI.
“An attempt could also be made to create a law and order situation at various religious sites in Delhi,” sources added. Meanwhile, a full dress rehearsal was held at Red Fort on Saturday morning

Trell celebrates Independence day with ‘#AzaadHoAzaadRaho’

New Delhi, Aug 13: Trell, which is one of India’s largest lifestyle social commerce platform is celebrating Independence Day with its new initiative #AzaadHoAzaadRaho. With this campaign, Trell wants to instil the message for its audience- be free, be Azaad of anything and everything that holds them back.
On the occasion of independence day, Trell has launched an Independence anthem that resonates with the spirit of Young India. With empowering lyrics that scream out #AzaadHoAzaadRaho, loud and proud, the anthem features Rock and HipHop Indian Artivist, EPR Iyer & GJ Storm and Trellers motivating them to free themselves from the shackles of negative thoughts and societal stereotypes.
Across the platform, Trellers are empowering audiences to express freely & recreate their own versions of the anthem.

I-Day preparations at Sher-e-Kashmir stadium

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Ahead of 75th Independence Day, a full dress rehearsal was held at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar on Friday.
“I pay my respects to all the sacrifices made by armed forces and police for the country,” said PK Pole Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir. “My message for the people is that we are going to celebrate 75th independence day this coming Sunday and ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’,” the Divisional Commissioner added.
“Many freedom fighters of our nation have been martyred while they were fighting for our freedom, be it Netaji Subash Chandra Bose or Mahatma Gandhi, the list is big but this day holds a lot of importance to our county,” he further said.
“I also appeal to the youth of the state to join the forces, it will lead you towards a bright future while you are severe for the nation,” he added.
Earlier in the day, to emphasize the importance of the national festival and to convey the message of maintaining peace and harmony to the general public, the Srinagar district police has decorated the city’s roads with hoardings ahead of Independence day celebrations.

Independence Day hoardings ignite spirit of patriotism in Srinagar

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: To emphasize the importance of the national festival and to convey the message of maintaining peace and harmony to the general public, the Srinagar district police has decorated the city’s roads with hoardings ahead of Independence day celebrations.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Gh Mohid-u-din said, “The most important area of Srinagar is the East Zone. The district police, Srinagar has put up hoardings in the area as decoration ahead of Independence Day to remind the general public of the important national festival and convey a message of happiness, and maintain peace and harmony. More such hoardings shall be put up across Srinagar shortly.”

Meanwhile, ahead of Independence Day, security forces including Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday conducted a joint drone surveillance drill in Srinagar.
The surveillance exercise is being conducted to keep a watch at the areas near Lal Chowk and the Independence Day parade stadium in Srinagar.
“With the help of the drones, we are able to keep a watch at a larger area. We are trying to keep any negative elements at bay,” SP Headquarters Arif Shah said.
DSP Gh Mohid-u-din said, “The drill is being conducted as Independence day is around the corner. We will keep an eye on the areas near the Independence Day parade stadium till August 15 as it is a very sensitive area.”
“The drones can help us to detect any activities or a person with the wrong intension and we take immediate action against it. We will have an accurate surveillance record, ” he said.
The exercise will continue till August 15.

I-Day : Delhi Police holds high-level meeting t

New Delhi [India], August 13 : A high-level meeting of top officials of Delhi Police is underway to discuss a new intelligence alert about miscreants who could try to infiltrate the security at the Red Fort on August 15.
“A high-level meeting of the top officials of the Delhi Police is underway. The agenda of the meeting is August 15 security and to discuss the fresh intelligence alert shared by the agencies,” sources told ANI. Sources further stated that as per the fresh alert, “miscreants and those with ideological leanings towards the Khalistani movement could portray themselves as Delhi Police personnel and try to infiltrate the Red Fort security”.
“An attempt could also be made to create a law and order situation at various religious sites in Delhi,” sources added.
Meanwhile, a full dress rehearsal was held at Red Fort on Friday morning.

Will be a big thing to win second Test on Independence Day, says Rohit

London [UK], August 13 : Known for his light-hearted replies, India opener Rohit Sharma on Thursday once again hogged the limelight as he won hearts with a smart response in the virtual press conference after the end of the opening day’s play in the second Test against England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton and Rohit’s classy 83-run knock helped India take the opening day honours at the Home of Cricket against England. At the fag end of the press conference, a journalist told Rohit that if the visitors manage to wrap up a win in four days, it will give Team India another reason to celebrate as the fourth day falls on August 15 — India’s Independence Day.
Rohit first saluted the reporter and then said, “If that (India winning the second Test on August 15) happens it will be a big thing for us.”
Rohit’s IPL franchise Mumbai Indians too saluted the skipper for “hitting it out of the park” while he was off the field.
“Hitting it out of the park, on and off the field. Salute, Ro!” Mumbai Indians tweeted.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma said his innings was the “most challenging” knock he has played in the longest format of the game away from home.
“I wouldn’t say the best because as long as you are playing there will be a lot of opportunities that you will be having. But yes, certainly challenging, the most challenging innings I have played. I felt very good, I was happy with the way we started off. Unfortunate dismissal but I couldn’t have done anything to that,” said Rohit while replying to a query from ANI.
Rohit adopted a calm approach and hit the accelerator only in the second session. He smashed 11 fours and one six during his knock.
“That’s the challenge of Test cricket, you may have lots of shots in your books but when the conditions are against you, you have to keep talking to yourself and cut down the shots — unnecessary shots especially with the new ball,” said Rohit. (

Full dress rehearsals at Red Fort

Ahead of the 75th Independence Day celebrations on August 15, a full dress rehearsal was held at Red Fort in the national capital amid tight security on Friday morning.

New Delhi [India], August 13 : Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, security force personnel were seen wearing masks during the rehearsals to avoid transmission of the virus. A march past was conducted in the arena of the Red Fort as a part of the rehearsal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the rampart of Red Fort on August 15.

Meanwhile, Delhi Traffic Police also issued a traffic advisory for August 15. Only those vehicles with a valid pass issued by Delhi Traffic Police will be permitted around the Red Fort area on Independence Day.
The police have issued two types of passes for the invitees — a triangular and a square pass. Vehicles with a triangle pass will be allowed inside the Red Fort complex while those with a square pass, will be permitted in the parking lot away from the Red Fort.

Delhi Traffic Police will close many roads on August 15 from 4 am to 10 am. These include Netaji Subhash Marg from Delhi Gate to Chatta Rail Chowk, Lothian Road from GPO Delhi to Chatta Rail Chowk, S.P.Mukherjee Marg from H.C.Sen Marg to Yamuna Bazar Chowk, Chandni Chowk Road from Fountain Chowk to Red Fort, Nishad Raj Marg from Ring Road to Netaji Subhash Marg, Esplanade Road and its Link Road to Netaji Subhash Marg, Ring Road from Rajghat to ISBT and Outer ring Road from ISBT to IP Flyover i.e. Salimgarh Bypass.
Adequate informative signages will be displayed for the guidance of vehicular traffic destined for the Red Fort at all important traffic junctions, said Delhi Traffic Police in an official statement.
Apart from this, commercial trucks and inter-state buses will also not be permitted to travel between Nizamuddin Bridge and Wazirabad Bridge from 12 midnight till 11 am on August 15.

Independence Day : Haryana Guv to hoist National Flag in Gurugram

Chandigarh, Aug 12: Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya will hoist the National Flag during the state-level Independence Day celebrations on August 15 in Gurugram.
The ‘At Home’ will be organized in Gurugram later in the evening on the same day, an official spokesperson said and added that the flag hoisting will be done immediately after 0900 hrs at various places in the state.
He said that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar would hoist the National Flag at Faridabad while Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala will hoist the National Flag at Mahendragarh.
Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gian Chand Gupta will hoist the National Flag at Karnal and Deputy Speaker Ranbir Gangwa will hoist the National Flag at Bhiwani. Health Minister Anil Vij will hoist the National Flag at Ambala. Education Minister Kanwar Pal will hoist the National Flag at Charkhi Dadri. Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma at Palwal.
Likewise, Power Minister Ranjit Singh will hoist the National Flag at Fatehabad. Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister J P Dalal will hoist the National Flag at Panchkula and Co-Operation Minister Dr Banwari Lal will hoist the National Flag at Panipat.
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment O P Yadav will hoist the National Flag at Yamunanagar. Minister of State for Women and Child Development Kamlesh Dhanda will hoist the National Flag at Hisar.
Similarly, Minister of State for Archaeology and Museums Anoop Dhanak will hoist the National Flag at Rewari. Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sandeep Singh will hoist the National Flag at Nuh.
The spokesperson said that Divisional Commissioner, Karnal will hoist National Flag at Kaithal, Divisional Commissioner, Rohtak will hoist National Flag at Rohtak, Divisional Commissioner, Hisar will hoist National Flag at Sirsa, Deputy Commissioner Kurukshetra will hoist the National Flag in Kurukshetra.
Apart from these programmes, Independence Day celebrations would also be organised in Mandal, District, Sub-Division, Block, Panchayat Headquarters and big villages. If any of these dignitaries or officers are unable to reach these places due to any reason, then the concerned Deputy Commissioner would hoist the National flag there. The concerned sub-divisional officer (civil) or tehsildar will hoist the flag at the sub-division and tehsil headquarters.
The spokesperson said that the Independence Day celebrations should be organized across the state while strictly adhering to the instructions issued by the Central Government on August 3 and by the Haryana State Disaster Management on August 9.

Red Fort security tightened

New Delhi [India]: The security has been tightened near Red Fort, ahead of Independence Day celebrations in the national capital.
The posters of the most wanted terrorists have been put around the area to alert people and to report any suspected person to the police. There will be a 360-degree drone coverage to counter unfriendly objects on Independence day and to counter the anti-drone challenge staff is being trained on how to respond to unfriendly objects. Coordinated training with Air Force, National Security Guard (NSG), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is in progress,” said Anita Roy, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, North.
“Staff deployment for security checks has been in force for two months. Internal checks at markets, near Chandni Chowk area and inside Red Fort are being done, there will be a triple-layer arrangement for security, wherein along with the state borders, all roads leading to Red Fort and the close vicinity of Red Fort will be barricaded and the barricading will continue till late in the evening, even after the event is over,” she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the national flag and address the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort. PM Modi has also invited the entire Indian Olympics contingent to the Red Fort as special guests on Independence Day, August 15.
Archaeological Survey of India notified that the Red Fort would be shut for the public from July 21 to August 15 till Independence Day celebrations.

75th Independence Day

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha on Thursday inaugurated a sports week to celebrate the Independence Day of the nation in Srinagar

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 6 : In this sports week, various sporting events will be organised across Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate the “Azaadi ka Amrut Mahotsav” in connection with 75 years of Independence. During the inauguration function, a girls’ Rugby exhibition match was played between the South Kashmir team and the Srinagar team at TRD Astroturf stadium. Sports lovers including players spread across various games participated in the function.
The girl Rugby players lauded this step taken by Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council as it would help in enhancing their skills and show off their talents. Participating players hoped that such events will be held regularly.
“I feel good. I play football though. Preparations for the exhibition match are going on nicely. These matches must take place regularly so that girls will get a chance to prove themselves,” said Suhaira Ashraf, a Rugby player participating in the match.
Mehvish Rashid, another participant in the match said: “It feels really good that we are having such a match, especially after Covid. It is too much for us. We are happy that the governor is coming, we are proud that we have reached at this level. These tournaments do us a lot of benefit, our skills get enhanced. We are also watching and meeting with other teams.”
Even the coaches expressed their happiness and gratitude for this event.
Irfan Aziz, a Rugby coach said: “I’m the Chief Coach of Jammu and Kashmir Rugby. The opening match will be a rugby match. It will be played in front of the governor. It will feature teams from South Kashmir and Srinagar. Hope the kids are excited about the match. You must have seen that they have been waiting and working for this for a month. We should hold such matches regularly as sports and players bring such positive energy. It will motivate kids that the governor is coming to watch them play. A few days back, the Sports Minister paid a visit here and watched kids play.”
Basit Ahmad, the coach of the Srinagar Rugby team expressed the importance of such events for the players. He said: “I’m the coach of Srinagar girls team. Sports events are important. Kids get to play and they get encouragement. There are so many people that have come here. Everyone is getting involved. Stadiums are being made, development is happening. It is beneficial for kids and coaches. Kids want that such events are held regularly since they work so hard and they want to show off their game. It is huge that a rugby match is being held in front of the governor. This encourages kids for the national level games. Such events must happen on ground level.”
Lieutenant Governor, too, was happy with this event and surge in sports activities over the past few months.
He said: “I’m very happy that since a few months the Sports Council and the Sports Department have increased sports activities and they have kept a motive of playing sports in every village and school every day. I hope this motive will get completed. Every day I read in newspapers that sports activities are being held in villages and it’s a positive sign.”

‘It will be a big day for me’, says Mirabai Chanu as she gears up to meet PM Modi on Independence Day

Imphal (Manipur) [India]: Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Tuesday said that meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day will be a big moment in her life.
PM Modi will invite the entire Indian Olympics contingent to the Red Fort as special guests on Independence Day. He will also personally meet and interact with all of them around that time. Prime Minister Modi will invite all Olympics participants to his residence for the interaction, in addition to the programme at the Red Fort.
“It is a matter of great joy that we have been honoured by PM as he has invited us on such a big day. We will get a chance to meet PM over dinner at his residence. It will be a big day for me. I never thought I would meet him someday,” Mirabai Chanu told ANI.
Chanu had opened India’s medals tally in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics as she bagged a silver in the Women’s 49kg category.
The Indian weightlifter last week received a rousing reception in Imphal as she arrived in her native state Manipur, after a sensational show in the ongoing Tokyo Games.
Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur felicitated India’s first medal winner at the Tokyo Olympics Mirabai Chanu.
After being felicitated, the Indian weightlifter arrived in Imphal amid a roaring welcome by the people. Everyone lined up in Imphal streets to welcome the Olympic champion.

On Independence Day, PM Modi will invite entire Indian Olympics contingent to Red Fort as Special Guests

New Delhi [India], August 3 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will invite the entire Indian Olympics contingent to the Red Fort as special guests on Independence Day, August 15.
He will also personally meet and interact with all of them around that time. Prime Minister Modi will invite all Olympics participants to his residence for the interaction, in addition to the programme at the Red Fort. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi lauded the efforts of Indian sportspersons who are participating in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics and highlighted that this time, the highest number of players had qualified for the games.
While virtually addressing the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Gujarat today, PM Modi said, “This time, the highest number of players from India have qualified in the Olympics. Remember, this has been done while battling the biggest disaster of 100 years. There are many games in which we have qualified for the first time. Not only qualified but also giving tough competition.”
“The zeal, passion and spirit of Indian players are at the highest level. This confidence comes when the right talent is identified and is encouraged. This confidence comes when the systems change and become transparent. This new confidence is becoming the hallmark of New India,” the Prime Minister added.

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