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  • Nation celebrates its 74th Independence day today.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls Tri-Colour from the Rampart of Red Fort in New Delhi.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterate country's resolve for Atma Nirbhar Bharat and calls to develop vocal for local mindset.

  • Prime Minister announces launch of National Digital Health Mission from today.

  • Government identifies 7 thousand projects from different sectors to bring new revolution in infrastructure.

  • Prime Minsiter says India is dealing effectively with both terrorism and expansionism.

  • President Ramnath Kovind says India loves peace but can give befitting reply to misadventure by any country; Praises Corona warriors and soldiers for their valour.

  • President approves 84 gallantary awards for Armed Forces personnel.


The Nation is celebrating its 74th Independence Day today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag at the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in Delhi and addressed the nation this morning. Mr Modi was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Red Fort. The Prime Minister then inspected Guard of Honour.

The Guard of Honour contingent for the Prime Minister consisted of one officer and 24 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police. This year, the Guard of Honour was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Gaurav S Yewalkar. Before coming to Red Fort, the Prime Minister paid homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the Corona warriors who have helped the nation fight against the pandemic. He greeted the nation on the occasion of Independence Day and said people breathe in Independent India today because of the sacrifice of thousands of heroes. 

He also saluted all members of the armed forces and personnel who guard the nation's  independence and keep everyone safe. He expressed confidence that the country will together fight all the challenges that it is facing including floods and landslides.

The Prime Minister said India is dealing effectively with both terrorism and expansionism. He said those who challenged India's sovereignty, be it at the LOC or the LAC, have been given a befitting reply in their own language.

Mr Modi asserted that India became a challenge to forces of expansionism with its freedom struggle. The Prime Minister said that respect for India's sovereignty is supreme for us and the world has seen this in Ladakh what our brave soldiers can do to uphold this resolution.

The Prime Minister said India will celebrate the 75th year of independence next year and a huge festival is in front of the people. He pointed out that there was no period of slavery in the past when there was no attempt for freedom. He said all attempts were made to root out country's cultures and traditions in the past. He said the idea of expansionism led to the enslavement of many countries but even in the midst of fierce wars, India did not falter in its freedom struggle.

The Prime Minister said in the midst of the Corona pandemic, 130 crore Indians have pledged to build an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Mr Modi expressed confidence that India will realize this dream. He said he has firm belief on the abilities, confidence and potential of  Indians.

The Prime Minister said that today, India can not only feed its people but many countries of the world. Mr Modi said India's share in the world economy should increase for which India has to be self-reliant. He said he is confident that measures like opening up the Space sector will generate many new employment opportunities for the youth and provide further avenues to hone their skills and potential. The Prime Minister gave the call for Vocal For Local. Mr Modi said AatmaNirbhar Bharat means not just reducing imports, but also increasing skills, creativity, and abilities. He said India has to go beyond reducing imports.

He said only a few months ago, India used to import N-95 masks, PPE kits, and ventilators. Prime Minister stated that today, India is not only fulfilling its own needs, but has also come forward to help other countries. Mr Modi said FDI inflows have risen by 18 per cent in past year.

Mr Modi said many big companies of the world are turning to India today. He said country must not only go ahead with the mantra of Make in India, but Make for World as well. He said there is a need to give a new direction to the overall infrastructure development of the country to move India towards modernity at a fast pace. He said the National Infrastructure Pipeline Project will enable this and country is moving towards spending more than 100 lakh crore rupees on this. He said about 7,000 projects of different sectors have been identified to bring new revolution in infrastructure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced the launch of National Digital Health Mission from today. He said National Digital Health Mission will bring a new revolution in India's health sector and all Indians will get health IDs.

The Prime Minister said it was unthinkable earlier that crores of rupees would be directly transferred in the Jan Dhan accounts of the poor in the country.

Mr Modi stressed that women empowerment has a huge role to play in AatmaNirbhar bharat. He informed that of the 40 crore Jan Dhan accounts opened in the country, about 22 crore accounts belong to women. He said that in April, May and June this year, about 30 thousand crore rupees have been directly transferred to the accounts of women.

He said Digital India too has a great role to play in making the nation self reliant. Mr Modi said before 2014, only 5 dozen panchayats in the country were connected with optical fiber.

The Prime Minister said the Jal Jeevan Mission was announced from the Red Fort last year and now, more than one lakh houses are getting water connection every day.

Prime Minister said education has a great importance in building self-reliant India. Keeping this in mind, Mr Modi said, a new National Education Policy was brought. 


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the people on the occasion of Independence Day. He conveyed his greetings and good wishes to the people of the country. Mr Naidu paid tributes and remembered the brave freedom fighters who made countless sacrifices to build an independent nation. Home Minister Amit Shah today remembered nations' freedom fighters and brave soldiers on the occasion of Independence Day. In a series of tweets, Mr Shah expressed pride that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is realising the dream of an independent, strong and capable India as seen by freedom fighters.


President Ram Nath Kovind hailed the efforts of the Centre, State and Union Territories in effective management of COVID-19. Addressing the nation, on the eve of the 74th Independence Day yesterday, Mr. Kovind said that the celebrations this year will be restrained due to the global pandemic. He praised the efforts of Corona Warriors who went much beyond their call of duty to save lives and ensure essential services. He said, for a country so vast and diverse with high population density, effective management and containment of the corona virus required super-human efforts. .

Hinting at the recent border skirmishes, Mr. Kovind said that Indian soldiers gallantly defended the borders of the country from all misadventures of expansion. He remembered the martyrs who sacrificed their lives protecting the nation's pride and said that the entire nation salutes them for their bravery. Speaking about the New Education Policy, Mr. Kovind said that its implementation will lead to a new quality education system.


President Ram Nath Kovind has approved 84 gallantry awards for defence personnel, including nine Shaurya Chakra. The Kirti Chakra has been posthumously awarded to Abdul Rashid Kalas, Head Constable, Jammu and Kashmir Police. Those from the Army who have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra for counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir are Lt.Col. Krishan Singh Rawat from the elite Special Forces, Major Anil Urs and Havildar Alok Kumar Dubey. Wing Commander Vishak Nair from the Indian Air Force was also awarded the Shaurya Chakra.

The Shaurya Chakra is awarded for "gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy". It is the third highest gallantry award in peacetime.   

The president also approved Sena Medal (gallantry) to 60 Army personnel, Nao Sena Medal (gallantry) to four from the Navy and five Vayu Sena Medal (gallantry) for the Air Force. Bar to Sena Medal has been approved for five Army personnel.

The president has also approved 19 Mention-in-Despatches to the Army personnel for their significant contributions in different military operations, which include eight posthumous for 'Operation Meghdoot' and 'Operation Rakshak'. 


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government is doing everything to keep the morale of armed forces high and meet the operational requirement. He said, the country's forces are at the forefront in the defence of nation. Mr Singh said, history is a witness to the fact that India has never attacked anywhere and anytime to capture the land of another country. He said, if any enemy country attacks India, then it will be given a befitting reply.


Ladakh is celebrating its first Independence Day as a Union Territory. At the historic Polo ground, Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur will unfurl the tricolor at 10 this morning. More from our correspondent:

"In the new status, the youngest UT Ladakh is celebrating Independence Day today. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic in the region the celeberations are scàled down to hoisting the national flag address by the LG RK Mathur and conclude with the national anthem. However, the arrangements of couple of cultural Audio Visual shows representing Leh and Kàrgil will be screened at the venue. Similarly, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh and Kargil CECs Gyal P Wangyal and Feroz Ahmed Khan also unfurl the tricolour at different functions. Ramesh Chandra, AIR NEWS, Leh".


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adtyanath has appealed to people to celebrate Independence day while keeping in mind the health guidelines related to Covid-19. More from our correspondent:

"On Country’s 74th Independence Day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath congratulated the people of state and said that the day reminds us about the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and national heroes. Heavy security arrangements are in place at state borders and other important places on this occasion. All Government buildings and other institutions have been illuminated with beautiful tricolor lights. State government has also ordered the release of 74 prisoners from different jails to mark the country's 74th  Independence Day. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has launched a portal SRIJAN which is a one stop shop online portal that provides access to the vendors to take up items for indigenization. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh said this will help the industry partners to play an active role in the  goal of  self-reliance in the defence sector. Pursuant to Atmanirbhar Bharat announcement, Department of Defence Production has developed an indigenization portal, srijandefence.gov.in, as “opportunities for Make in India in Defence.

The Defence Minister called upon the Indian industry partners to show complete commitment and take proactive participation in the pursuit of Indigenization and self-reliance in the Defence Sector. He said Self-reliance in Defence manufacturing has been envisioned not only as domestic requirement but also with export  perspective and can be made possible with  concerted efforts.


The pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir  will resume tomorrow. The yatra was under suspension for nearly five months in view of the coronavirus pandemic since March 18. Chief Executive Officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Ramesh Kumar said during the first week, there will be a cap of 2,000 pilgrims each day of which 1,900 will be from Jammu and Kashmir and the remaining 100 from outside. Mr Kumar said that people will be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage after registration only through online in order to avoid any assembly at the yatra registration counter.


The Government has said that India has exported 23 lakh Personal Protective Equipment PPE kit to five countries in one month. These  countries are the USA, the UK, UAE, Senegal and Slovenia. The Union Health Ministry has said, this has substantially aided India to position itself in the global export market of PPEs. In view of the strengthened domestic production capacity, last month, the Government had permitted export of PPEs


India has conducted a record high of nearly eight lakh 50 thousand Covid tests in a single day yesterday. This has taken the cumulative tests to over two crore 76 lakh. Union Health Ministry said, World Health Organization, WHO has advised that a country needs 140 tests per day per million population. The national average of India is 603 tests per day per million population, with focussed efforts of the Centre and effective implementation by the States and Union Territories.


Sikkim reported 149 new COVID19 cases yesterday, the state’s highest single-day spike. With this, the number of COVID19 cases in Sikkim has crossed the 1000 mark. More from our correspondent:

"According to a health bulletin issued by director general of health Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia on Friday evening, Sikkim’s total COVID19 cases stood at 1080, active cases at 456 and the number of cured and discharged patients was 623, while the state has reported one death so far. Of the 149 new cases, East district reported six and South district reported 143 cases. All the cases from South District are of returnees and contacts from a guest house of a private pharmaceutical company in Samardung, South Sikkim. With Saikat Sarkar, Parijat Sharma from Gangtok for AIR NEWS".


The RBI Board has  approved the transfer of 57,128 crore rupees as surplus to the central government for the accounting year 2019-20. In a statement, RBI has informed that it has also decided to maintain a Contingency Risk Buffer at 5.5 percent. These decisions were taken at the 584th meeting of RBI’s Central Board.


India's foreign exchange reserves have surged by 3.623 billion dollars to reach a new all-time high of 538.191 billion dollars in the week ended 7th August 2020. Foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, rose by 1.464 billion dollars to 492.293 billion dollars. In the previous week, the reserves had increased by 11.938 billion dollars to end at 534.568 billion dollars.


After a successful launch of a unique initiative to take Artificial Intelligence (AI) to schools through ‘ATL AI Modules’, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog in collaboration with NASSCOM has launched the ‘ATL AI Step Up Module’ for students on the eve of India’s Independence Day in order to drive AI education and innovation to the next level in schools across the country.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Chief Secretary regarding excessive water logging in certain areas of the state. Few districts in the state are facing the issue of excessive water logging due to incessant rain in the past few days. Mr. Shah assured the state of full co-operation to handle the situation. He informed that 14 teams of NDRF have been kept on in the state and if required, other teams will also be sent for handling the situation.


In a significant step towards space exploration, a team of researchers from the Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO and the Indian Institute of Science, IISc in Bengaluru has developed a sustainable process to make space bricks on the lunar surface. The process enables making load bearing bricks by using lunar soil, bacteria and guar beans. Named as space bricks, it could be used to assemble structures for habitation on the moon surface in future.


Now, let us take a look at today's weather .

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees Celsius. The city may have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 21 degrees while the maximum will be around 35 degrees Celsius. The city will have a partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 19 and 39 degrees Celsius. It will experience a partly cloudy sky.

In Muzzafarabad, partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm is expected today. The minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius. The city may have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.

The National Capital Delhi may witness generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 21 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 27 degrees. Generally cloudy sky with heavy rain.

Guwahati will have a Ggenerally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city was 25 degrees celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

In Port Blair, the temperature will hover between 24 and 30 degrees celsius. The sky will be generally cloudy with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.


Newspapers Headlines

  • The Asian Age reports that in his address to the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind appreciated the super-human efforts in containing the magnitude of the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Business Standard writes that Covid 19 has accelerated digital payment adoption by 5-10 years.

  • Ayushman Bharat expanded to cover mising middle", writes the Times of India, adding the Centre plans to expand the Ayushman Bharat insurance framework to include 45 crore non-poor population.

  • "SC holds Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court", says the Pioneer.

  • "Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts exceed pre-lockdown level", reports Financial Express.

  • Under the headline, "India-China military talks hit a roadblock", the Hindustan Times says that despite five commander-level meets, stalemate on return to pre-April positions.

  • Under "Former errand boy's free app 'Dukaan' rescues retailers", the Statesman says a small-town engineer and former errand boy Sumit Shah's freely available app Dukaan has helped over 1.5 lakh stores go online during this prolonged Covid-19 turmoil.


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