Independence Day 2018 Highlights: From Panchayat To Parliament, Women Are Contributing To Nation-Building, Says PM

Independence Day: PM Modi said the country is filled with confidence and is scaling new heights.

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Independence Day 2018 Highlights: From Panchayat To Parliament, Women Are Contributing To Nation-Building, Says PM

Independence Day 2018: PM Modi announced mega health scheme today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the long awaited manned space mission by India. Speaking on the 72nd Independence Day celebrations, PM Modi said: "By 2022, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in hand". The other big announcement of the day was the rollout of the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme -- the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme. Focussing on the achievements of his government in his fifth and final Independence Day speech before next year's general elections, PM Modi said, "We can take tough decisions because nation's interest is first for us, not party's".

India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day today. Like every year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, his fifth speech after the BJP-led NDA came to power in 2014.

For the past three years, PM Modi has invited ideas and suggestions directly from people. According to MyGov.in, PM Modi will pick up some of the ideas in his speech. For the 72nd Independence Day celebrations, the Navy is the coordinating service. The Guard of Honour will be commanded by Commander PR Jagan Mohan of the Indian Navy.

Here are the highlights on Independence Day 2018 :

 


Aug 15, 2018
15:04 (IST)
Independence Day: All-Women SWAT Team Guarded Red Fort During PM Narendra Modi's Speech
India's first all-women SWAT team from the north east beamed with pride as it provided security cover to the historic Red Fort today on the Independence Day."
Aug 15, 2018
12:35 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
12:34 (IST)
PM Modi Says Corrupt, Black Money Hoarders Will Not Be Spared
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today vowed not to spare corrupt and black money holders, saying efforts of his government have freed corridors of power from brokers, enhanced the number of taxpayers and saved Rs 90,000 crore by eliminating bogus beneficiaries."
Aug 15, 2018
12:05 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
11:11 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
11:09 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
10:44 (IST)
Independence Day 2018: See Sudarsan Pattnaik's Sand Tribute For India's 72nd Independence Day
Padma Shri award-winning sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a beautiful sand sculpture to mark India's 72nd Independence Day."
Aug 15, 2018
10:33 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
10:16 (IST)
Independence Day 2018: Nation Celebrates The Spirit Of Freedom. See Pictures, Photo Gallery
India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day today. The day will be marked by celebrations all over the country and PM Modi's address at the Red Fort. Here is the Independence Day celebration in pictures."
Aug 15, 2018
10:13 (IST)
Solve Kashmir Problem By Embracing Its People, Not With Bullets: PM Modi
Repeating the words used last year on Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said Kashmirs problems can be resolved only by embracing its people, not with bullets or abuses."
Aug 15, 2018
09:53 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
09:47 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
09:37 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
09:35 (IST)
What Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in his Independence Day speech

  • Maharashtra is developing and participating in national programmes like Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan 
  • Farmers should get maximum MSP, we have purchased produce on record level. In 2016 state govt spent Rs 450 crore for purchasing farmer produce
  • 16,000 villages have water now because of JalYukt Shivir Yojna
  • Maharashtra has generated maximum jobs. In last one year 8 lakh jobs in organised sector
  • New policies have been made for SC/ST people
  • Maharashtra has made progress in house for everyone project of centre government
Aug 15, 2018
09:22 (IST)
Top 10 quotes from PM Modi's speech
  • We are celebrating this Independence Day when every Indian anywhere in the world is proud that India is the sixth biggest economy in the world today.
  • The recently concluded Parliament session was one devoted to social justice. The Parliament session witnessed the passage of the Bill to create an Other Backward Class (OBC) Commission.
  • When 1.25 billion dreams go towards a goal, there's nothing that cannot happen. In 2014, the people of the country did not just stop at forming a government. They got together for nation-building and they will keep at it.
  • India used to be counted in the 'Fragile Five' in the world. But today, India is a multi-trillion dollar investment. Everything has changed.
  • Businesses used to talk about red tape, now they talk about red carpet. They used to talk about policy paralysis, today they talk about reform, perform, transform.
  • By 2022, when India completes 75 years of independence, India will send a son or daughter to the space with the national flag in hand. With this, India will become the fourth nation to send a human to the space.
  • Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan will be launched on September 25 this year, on Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay's birth anniversary. It is high time we ensure that the poor of the country get access to good quality and affordable healthcare.
  • Women officers commissioned in short service (SSC) will get opportunity for permanent commission like men.
  • The honest taxpayer of India has a major role in the progress of the nation. It is due to them that so many people are fed, the lives of the poor are transformed.
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee showed us the way for Jammu and Kashmir: Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat, Kashmiriyat. We want to go ahead on that road. Not by bullets and abuse, we want to embrace the patriotic people of Kashmir.
Aug 15, 2018
09:16 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
09:15 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
09:13 (IST)
Independence Day 2018: Massive Security Deployment In Delhi, Red Fort
The historic Red Fort, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 72nd Independence Day today, has been put under a heavy security cover, along with other critical areas in the national capital."
Aug 15, 2018
09:10 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
09:09 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
09:04 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
08:58 (IST)
Independence Day: We Will Send An Indian To Space By 2022 With Tricolor In Hand, Says PM Narendra Modi
The 370-year-old Red Fort today played venue for a colossal announcement, the ramifications of which perhaps for the first time extend beyond earth itself."
Aug 15, 2018
08:57 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
08:53 (IST)


  • Tripura, Meghalaya and many parts of Arunachal Pradesh are seeing historic peace. 
  • From 126, Left Wing Extremism is restricted to 90 districts. 
  • We are working to ensure peace across the nation
Aug 15, 2018
08:50 (IST)
"I want to assure my Muslim sisters that while triple talaq has destroyed many lives and adds fear to many. We tried bringing a law to bring it down in this parliament session but some forces opposed it. I want to assure my Muslim sisters and daughters that we will not stop till we end triple talaq"
Aug 15, 2018
08:50 (IST)

"I am proud of the fact that three women judges in Supreme Court are delivering justice. Since independence, this is the first cabinet where so many women are a part of the cabinet"
Aug 15, 2018
08:47 (IST)
PM Modi's warning to rapists
  • Today we are proud that there are three women justices in the Supreme Court
  • The current cabinet has most number of women since independence
  • Some forces which challenge this - Rape of women is painful. But the pain a woman who is raped undergoes, we should feel much more pained
  • These demonic mentalities are being tackled sternly
  • It should be widely reported how rapists are hanging from the gallows for their crimes
Aug 15, 2018
08:37 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
08:35 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
08:34 (IST)
We have saved Rs 90,000 crore from falling into wrong hands: PM
  • We have cracked down on black money, corruption
  • We have saved Rs 90,000 crore from falling into wrong hands, and is helping ordinary Indians
  • I assure all honest taxpayers today that these schemes run on their money and if anyone gets credit for them, it is not the government but the taxpayers
Aug 15, 2018
08:31 (IST)
"5 crore people have been brought out of poverty": PM Modi
  • 5 crore people have been brought out of poverty
  • The number of beneficiaries in Ayushman Bharat will be the size of the population of America, Canada, Mexico or the entire population of Europe
Aug 15, 2018
08:30 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
08:29 (IST)

"We have announced Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan under Ayushman Bharat which will provide insurance coverage to 10 crore families - nearly 50 crore people - up to Rs 5 lakh. It will be launched on Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay's birth anniversary.

"The healthcare initiatives of the Government of India will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians. It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare," says PM Modi.
Aug 15, 2018
08:28 (IST)

"We have announced Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan under Ayushman Bharat which will provide insurance coverage to 10 crore families - nearly 50 crore people - up to Rs 5 lakh. It will be launched on Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay's birth anniversary"
Aug 15, 2018
08:24 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
08:23 (IST)
"In 2014, when I announced the sanitation programme, many laughed at us. Today, we have saved 3 lakh children because of it.

"Due to Swachh Bharat mission, lakhs of children can lead healthier lives. Even the WHO has praised it. Mahatma Gandhi led the Satyagrahis to freedom. Today, the Swachhagrahis have to ensure a Swachh Bharat," says PM.

Aug 15, 2018
08:18 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
08:16 (IST)
"By 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in their hands," says PM Modi.
Aug 15, 2018
08:14 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
08:14 (IST)

"India's scientists have always made her proud. More so when they launched over 100 satellites at one go. When they successfully launched the Mars mission on the very first attempt."
Aug 15, 2018
08:11 (IST)

"The world that used to talk about electricity blackouts, bottlenecks, today says the sleeping elephant has started walking and will be an engine of global growth"
Aug 15, 2018
08:08 (IST)
Earlier businesses establishments used to talk about red tape, now they talk about red carpet: PM

  • In 2014, esteemed economists and agencies said Indian economy was risky.
  • Today, the same people say reform momentum is strengthening the fundamentals
  • Businesses used to talk about red tape, now they talk about red carpet
  • They used to talk about policy paralysis, today they talk about reform, perform, transform
  • India used to be counted in the 'Fragile Five' in the world, but today, India is a multi-trillion dollar investment. Everything has changed
Aug 15, 2018
08:03 (IST)
PM on implementation of GST
When aims are not clear, it takes ages for things to happen. Revision of MSP was a long-held demand but kept getting delayed. We decided to increase MSP to 1.5 times of production cost. Everyone wanted GST but a consensus couldn't be reached. But the country moved ahead once it was adopted despite initial hiccups.
Aug 15, 2018
08:01 (IST)

"Twice as much roads being built, four times as many houses are being built, record-breaking mobiles are being manufactured, tractors are being sold, planes are being bought"
Aug 15, 2018
07:58 (IST)
PM Modi on his government's achievements

  • Take toilets for example, if we were at 2013 pace, it would have taken centuries to build as many toilets as we have
  • It would have taken a couple of more decades to bring electricity to villages we have
  • It would have taken maybe more than 100 years to get gas connections to all poor mothers
  • It would have taken generations to lay optical fibre in the scale we have done
Aug 15, 2018
07:54 (IST)

"We are proud of what we have achieved and at the same time, we also have to look at where we have come from. That is when we will realised the remarkable strides the nation has made"

Aug 15, 2018
07:52 (IST)
Next year on Baisakhi, it will be 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. I pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives: PM
Aug 15, 2018
07:50 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
07:50 (IST)
I share the grief of those who have lost their loved ones: PM
  • I salute the soldiers, policemen, paramilitary personnel for their service today from this stage
  • I share the grief of those who have lost their loved ones
Aug 15, 2018
07:45 (IST)

"Many parts of the nation witnessed a good monsoon but at the same time parts of India have been affected by flooding. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives due to floods in various parts of India"
Aug 15, 2018
07:42 (IST)
"We are celebrating this Independence Day when every Indian anywhere in the world is proud that India is the sixth biggest economy in the world today," says PM Modi.

Aug 15, 2018
07:40 (IST)

"We celebrating the 72nd Independence Day today at a time when our daughters have crossed seven seas and coloured the seas in the colours of our flag

"We celebrating this day when our adivasi children have scaled Mt Everest and planted the flag there"
Aug 15, 2018
07:38 (IST)
PM Modi addresses nation from Red Fort
  • My best wishes to you on the 72nd Independence Day
  • The country is today filled with confidence, it is scaling new heights
  • The dawn has brought with it new energy and expectations
  • This year, in the Nilgiris, the flower is blooming like the Ashoka Chakra in the flag
  • We celebrating the 72nd Independence Day today at a time when our daughters have crossed seven seas and coloured the seas in the colours of our flag
Aug 15, 2018
07:33 (IST)

PM Modi has unfurled the national flag. Flag hosting was followed by the national anthem.  
Aug 15, 2018
07:21 (IST)
Security has been tightened at and around Red Fort. Cops,SWAT teams, NSG snipers have been deployed
Aug 15, 2018
07:19 (IST)
PM Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

Aug 15, 2018
07:19 (IST)
PM Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

Aug 15, 2018
07:13 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
07:12 (IST)
Visuals of Red Fort

Aug 15, 2018
06:59 (IST)
Aug 15, 2018
06:57 (IST)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh distributes sweets to army personnel at his residence

Aug 15, 2018
06:52 (IST)
India Independence Day 2018 In Independence Day Speech, PM May Launch Healthcare Scheme: 10 Points
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the Red Fort on the 72nd Independence Day today, his fifth and final speech before the general elections next year, he is likely to announce the launch of the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme, called the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme. It will be launched on a pilot basis in some states, with the full-scale roll-out of PM Modi's pet project expected in September end, sources said. Ayushman Bharat, popularly referred to as "Modicare", aims to provide coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families."
Aug 15, 2018
06:43 (IST)
Ayushman Bharat, popularly referred to as "Modicare", aims to provide coverage of Rs. 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families.
Aug 15, 2018
06:39 (IST)
PM Modi is likely to announce the launch of the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme, called the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme today.
Aug 15, 2018
06:37 (IST)
Like every year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, his fifth speech after the BJP-led NDA came to power in 2014.
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