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15.08.2020

THE HEADLINES:

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

  • Addressing the nation from  the Ramparts of Red Fort on the 74th Independence Day, Prime Minister announces launch of National Digital Health Mission; All Indians to get Health IDs.

  • Seven thousand projects of different sectors and over 100 lakh crore rupees earmarked for overall infrastructure development.

  • Prime Minister assures that India is dealing effectively with both terrorism and expansionism.

  • Reports of Independence Day celebrations coming in from different states and UTs.

  • COVID-19 Recovery rate improves to 71.61 per cent.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India must become self-reliant and use its vast natural resources to produce for the domestic as well as global market. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day, Mr Modi said in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, 130 crore Indians have pledged to build an 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'. He expressed confidence that India will realise this dream.


The Prime Minister said the country received record foreign direct investments during the last fiscal and the FDI growth was recorded at 18 per cent. He said even during the coronavirus pandemic, big global companies are looking towards India. 


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. He 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 and the world has seen in Ladakh what the country's brave soldiers can do to uphold this resolution.


Mr Modi reiterated his 'Vocal for Local' call and said India should strive to meet the needs of the world as well. He wondered how long the country would continue to export raw materials and import finished products. He said India has vast natural resources and the need of the hour is value addition. He said the nation has to move forward with the mantra of Make for the World along with Make-in-India. He further said 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' does not mean only reducing dependence on imports, but also strengthening India's capacity, creativity and skills.

Addressing the nation for the seventh time in a row from the Red Fort, he said there are numerous challenges in becoming self-reliant, but there are millions of solutions as well. He said India has always believed that the entire world is one family and while India focuses on economic growth and development, humanity must retain a central role in this process. Citing an example of what India can do, Mr Modi said before the COVID-19 pandemic, the country was not making N-95 masks, PPE's and ventilators, but now it is in a position to export such items.


The Prime Minister emphasized the 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 the 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 a new revolution in infrastructure. He stressed on the need to remove silos saying the entire country has to move towards multi-modal connectivity infrastructure.


The Prime Minister said AatmaNirbhar Krishi and AatmaNirbhar Kisan are priorities of an AatmaNirbhar India. He said Agriculture Infrastructure Fund of  one lakh crore rupees has been created recently to give modern infrastructure to the farmers of the country. Mr Modi 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.


The Prime Minister said education has great importance in building a self-reliant India. Keeping this in mind, Mr Modi said, a new National Education Policy was brought. 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. In the last five years, 1.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country have been connected with optical fiber. The Prime Minister said in the coming 1000 days, every village in the country will be connected with optical fiber. He said  Lakshadweep will also be connected to submarine optical fiber cable. He said NCC is being expanded in border areas and special training will be provided to about one lakh new NCC cadets.


Prime Minister 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 in April, May and June this year, about 30 thousand crore rupees have been directly transferred to the accounts of women.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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. He said every test, every disease, medicines prescribed by doctors, reports and related information will be contained in this one health ID.


Mr Modi informed that three corona vaccines are in various stages of trial in India and large-scale production will begin once scientists give their nod.


The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude for all the corona warriors.


Mr Modi said the government fulfilled the longstanding demand of people by making Ladakh a Union Territory last year.  He said Ladakh is moving forward today to touch new heights of development. He said just as Sikkim has made its mark as an organic state, efforts are being made to make Ladakh a carbon neutral region.


Mr Modi said, one-fourth of the world's population lives in South Asia  and several possibilities can be created with cooperation and participation. He said all leaders of the countries of the region have an important responsibility towards the development and progress of this population. He said ASEAN countries, which are also India's maritime neighbors, also hold very special importance. He said that as much as India's efforts are for peace and harmony, India is committed to its security and strengthening the army. He said India is working towards self-sufficiency in defence production.


The Prime Minister also said that a special campaign with a holistic approach is also being worked out to reduce pollution in 100 selected cities of the country. He said India is fully committed to the preservation and promotion of its biodiversity. In the recent past, tiger population has increased at a rapid pace in the country. Mr Modi said a project for safeguarding Asiatic lions is also going to start in the country soon. He said Project Dolphin is also going to begin for protection of dolphins both in rivers and seas.


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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the Prime Minister's address to the nation today from the Red Fort reinforces the resolve of a self-reliant India. In a series of tweets, Mr Singh said the Prime Minister has announced the National Digital Health Mission which will bring revolutionary changes in the health sector.


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Home Minister Amit Shah today remembered the 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. He urged people to take a pledge to fulfill the dream of a self-reliant India and make maximum contribution to take the country to new heights.


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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Environment Prakash Javadekar  has said that Prime Minister laid a detailed picture of a self reliant India infront of the whole country in his address to the nation today. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for Make in India, Make for the World will pave the way for better avenues of development and growth in the country. Mr. Javadekar reiterated that Atma Nirbhar Bharat Mission is a way to join the global supply chain by enhancing indigenous growth.


He hailed the Prime Minister's announcement of Project Lion and Project Dolphin, which he said will prove game-changers in terms of protection of natural habitat of these animal species.


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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'. 


Operation 'Meghdoot' was launched in 1984 to secure control of the heights predominating the Siachen Glacier.


'Operation Rakshak' is also an ongoing counter-insurgency operation in Jammu and Kashmir.


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A total of 926 Police personnel have been awarded Medals on the occasion of Independence Day. Police Medals for Gallantry have been awarded to 215 police personnel for their conspicuous gallant action. President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service has been awarded to 80 police personnel and Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 631 police personnel. 


Among the majority of the 215 Gallantry Awards, 123 personnel are being awarded for their gallant action in Jammu and Kashmir, 29 personnel for their gallant action in Left Wing extremism affected areas and 8 personnel for their gallant action in North-East Region. Among the personnel receiving Gallantry Awards, 55 are from CRPF, 81 are from J and K police, 23 are from Uttar Pradesh and 16 are from Delhi Police, 14 are from Maharashtra  and  12 are from Jharkhand and the remaining from the other States and UTs and Central Armed Police Forces.


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President Ram Nath Kovind today paid tributes to Martyrs at the National War Memorial in New Delhi on the occasion of 74th Independence Day. Mr Kovind laid a wreath at the Memorial and paid homage to the Martyrs. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria were present on the occasion.


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Reports of Independence Day celebrations are coming in from different states and Union Territories.Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the national tricolor at Rajbhavan in Gandhinagar. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also unfurled the tricolor at Swarnim Park in Gandhinagar this morning. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that due to Coronavirus pandemic, the main functions have been organized in the state capital instead of different district headquarters.


The main theme of today’s Independence Day celebrations is Corona Warriors, Atmanirbhar Bharat and Atmanirbhar Gujarat. Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the tricolor at Rajbhavan and planted a tree. The traditional At Home ceremony hosted by the Governor every year has been cancelled due to Covid19. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani dedicated 14 development projects worth of Rs.161 crore and laid the foundation stone of 6 projects worth of Rs.178 crore for the people of Surat through video conferencing last evening. Front line Corona Warriors have been felicitated throughout the state today. State wide Cleanliness Drive culminated today with a series of functions like Shramdan, Ratri sabha, wall painting, plantation, essay and painting competitions. Yogesh Pandya/ AIR News/Amedabad/


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In Maharashtra, the 74th Independence Day is being celebrated with full patriotic fervor. In the main official function held at Mantralaya in Mumbai, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray hoisted the tri-colour in the presence of senior officials of the government and police. The state government while acknowledging the immense contribution of the Covid Yodhas had invited the doctors, nurses and police personnel for the event which took place by maintaining social distancing norms. More from our Mumbai correspondent:-


The main attraction of this year's Independence Day celebration was the presence of Covid warriors like doctors, nurses, health workers and personnel from police department as special invitees at the function held at Mantralaya . Addressing the people, the chief minister expressed gratitude to all the Covid warriors and said they discharged their duties in the period of crisis without any kind of hesitation. Vowing that farmers' will be enabled to stand on their feet, the CM said good medical services will be provided in the villages and far flung areas of the state. He also greeted the people who have recovered from Covid and called them real fighters. He said that the government will implement the slum rehabilitation scheme in important cities of the state.  After the unlock process began in the state, he said, 60 thousand industries have started functioning and 16 lakh employees have been working in them. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel unfurled the tri-colour at the main function held at the state capital Raipur, while, cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries hoisted the national flag at the district headquarters. More from our Raipur correspondent--


In Chhattisgarh, during the Independence Day functions at the state and district-level, Corona warriors- including doctors, policemen, health and sanitation workers were felicitated for their selfless service during the pandemic. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, guidelines were issued by the state government for necessary safeguards. Independence Day programmes were held with limited attendance and no cultural performances were organized. School children were strictly prohibited from attending the events. The state government had decided not to hold public programmes at tehsil and Janpad levels. Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in the state, especially in Maoist-affected areas. Additional forces were deployed in the Bastar region. Intense patrolling is being carrying out in the interior areas and along inter-district and interstate borders to prevent untoward incidents. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur.


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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha  unfurled the tricolor in Srinagar today. In his address he said that Jammu and Kashmir has always  been an integral part of the existence of India in each and every respect-culturally, politically, socially and spiritually. He stressed on five points which are Equality & Justice, Panchayati Raj, Everyone's Welfare, Rapid Development & Economic Development and Employment. He said that his government will make development, peace, progress and social harmony, the most integral part of the narrative of Jammu and Kashmir. More from our Srinagar Correspondent :


The Lietenant Governor extended warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. In his message, he laid much emphasis on development, peace and social harmony since these are the most integral parts of the narrative of J&K.  He further said that Anti Corruption Department will be strengthened to put in place a transparent system of governance which will be dedicated to empowering the marginalised and weaker sections of the society. The LG appealed to the people of the Jammu and Kashmir to follow the guidelines of the administration in an effort to prevent the spread of the pandemic furthermore. He said that as soon as the COVID 19 pandemic subsides, the vacant posts of panchayats will be filled up to establish the third tier of governance viz. the Pachayatai  Raj at the district levels in Jammu and Kashmir. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar .


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Union territory Ladakh celebrated 74th Independence Day today. As an young Union Territory, this is first Independence Day celebration for the Union territory. More from our correspondent:


Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan Hoisted the National Flag at the main function of the Independence Day held at Khree Sultan Cho Sports Stadium Biamathang taking care of the Covid 19 SOPs. There was no Independence Day parade and cultural programmes this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. While delivering his speech on this occasion the Chief Guest Congratulated all the Frontline Workers led by Deputy Commissioner Kargil Baseer Ul haq Chowdhary for successfully containment of the Spread of Covid 19 in the district. He also thanked the Public, of Kargil, Religious and Social Organizations for following the Guidelines issued by the District Administration which eased the fight against Covid 19 for the administration. On this occasion pre-recorded solo patriotic items and skits on COVID-19 mitigation measures by the local artists were releyed. For AIR News this is Anayat Ali from Kargil.


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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has vowed to build a ‘KalyanaRajya’, a Welfare state with the avowed principle of ‘development as the only mantra. Delivering his Independence Day speech in Bengaluru today, the Chief Minister said that giant strides are taken towards realizing Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of building a Ram Rajya. Saying that Covid-19, has posed huge challenges, he noted that the lockdown is not the only solution to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The Chief Minister emphasized the need to facilitate the bouncing back of economic activities by following the central government guidelines. He appealed to people to make it mandatory to wear face masks, washing hands with soap and maintain social distancing. More from our Correspondent :


In his Independence Day speech Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa informed that the government has come to the rescue of farmers in distress by buying 3175 rupees crore worth of farm products such as green gram, tur dal, groundnut, chickpea and copra under the minimum support price programme from 5.82 lakh farmers. Under Ayushman Bharat scheme health cards are distributed to 1.31 crore people in the state and offered health coverage to 8.5 lakh beneficiaries. Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 7.06 crore man days created. In Bengaluru the pandemic has not dampened the celebrations. Flags fluttered over vehicles and buildings, people gathered in street corners to unfurl the national flag and distribute sweets. Patriotic songs were played in residential areas. <><>SUDHINDRA, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU. 


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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unfurled the tri colour at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. Speaking on the occasion Mr.Kumar said the state government has intensified Corona tests to contain the pandemic.He said one lakh 20 thousand testing are is being done everyday.Earlier it was 20 thousand per day.The Chief Minister said the state government is commited to provide  assistance to flood hit people .He said financial assistance of six thousand rupees to each flood hit family is being provided.


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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hoisted the national flag at  main gate of the state assembly today on the occasion of Independence day. In his speech he paid tribute to the corona warriors and also remembered the freedom fighters and Heroes of the nation who laid their lives during the freedom movement.


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The 74th Independence Day is being celebrated across Assam with high spirit and enthusiasm.  COVID-19 guidelines are being strictly followed while celebrating the day. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal unfurled the national flag at Judges' Field in Guwahati. On this occasion,  Chief Minister announced a slew of measures for the benefit of the farmers. He declared to set up rice cluster at Dhemaji and Baksa districts. Reiterating his commitment to fulfill the clause of the Assam Accord,  Mr. Sonowal said that all the clauses of the Accord will be fulfilled in letter and spirit.


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The 74th Independence day was celebrated by Indian community in Sri Lanka with enthusiasm and nationalistic fervor. The main ceremony was held at the India House in Colombo this morning where Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Gopal Bagalay unfurled the Indian tricolor and read out excerpts of speech of the President, Shri Ramnath Kovind.  The ceremony was  attended by officials and family members of Indian High commission. A BSF contingent staged an impressive march past. Patriotic songs played by Sri Lankan navy band remained the highlight of the program. The ceremony closed with staging of dance performances by artistes from Swami Vivekanand cultural centre in Colombo. Later, the High Commissioner and officials of the Indian High Commission paid floral tributes to the martyrs at the Indian Peace Keeping Force Memorial at Battaramula in Colombo. Similar celebrations are being held by Indian consulates in Jaffna, Hambantota and Kandy.


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Independence Day was observed solemnly at the High Commission of India, Dhaka today.  High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das unfurled the national flag and read out the President’s address to the Nation at the Chancery premises. Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic in the country, the members of the Indian Community in Dhaka joined the event over social media to maintain social distancing.


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The country registered highest number of recoveries from COVID-19 in a single day. Over 57 thousand people in the country got cured and returned to their homes in the last 24 hours. With this the cumulative recoveries from COVID-19 in the country inched further closer to touch the two million mark. So far, a total of 18 lakh 8 thousand 936 people have recovered in the country and with this the nationwide recovery rate has further improved to 71.61 per cent. 32 States and Union Territories have exceeded the 50 per cent recovery mark whereas 12 States and UTs have recorded a Recovery Rate higher than the national average of 71.61 per cent. The case fatality rate continues to show steady decline and now stands at 1.94 per cent.


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


The National Capital Delhi is witness a generally cloudy sky today with forecast of light Rain or Drizzle. Minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degree Celsius. Maximum is expected to settle at around 33 degrees.


For Mumbai, there is a forecast of generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. Minimum temperature recorded was 26 degree and maximum is expected to be around 29 degrees.


Chennai is having Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum temperature recorded was little above 25 degrees celcius and maximum is expected to be around 32 degree Celsius.


Kolkata forecast says, generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degrees while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu was 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees . 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 is partly cloudy sky today.

Leh in Ladakh has mainly clear sky today, which may become partly cloudy towards evening or night. Minimum temperature was 20 and maximum would be around 32 degree Celsius.


In Gilgit, the temperature is hovering between 20 and 40 degrees Celsius. It has a partly cloudy sky today.


In Muzzafarabad, there is partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm today.


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