has proven that we have inherent strength in our diversity and the common thread of patriotism makes India unshakeable,” Modi said. An ambitious society is important for any nation. Today, “we are proud that these aspirations are present in every home in India. Every citizen is enthusiastic, looking forward to the rapid progress of New India,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi hoisted the national flag on the ramparts of the Red Fort and addressed the nation on India’s 76th Independence Day. “Citizens are grateful to Bapu, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar who gave their lives in the path of duty,” Prime Minister Modi said at Red Fort. “Every India is filled with pride when remembering the strength of Indian women be it Rani Laxmibai, Jhalkari Bai, Chennamma, Begum Hazrat Mahal,” he added.
In keeping with the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, the Prime Minister chose to wear a white safa with tricolor stripes and a long train for his 76th Independence Day look. The ceremony on August 15 is particularly important this year as it marks the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence, with the government launching a host of drills to add verve around the celebrations. Dressed in the traditional kurta and churidar paired with a blue jacket and black shoes, Modi hoisted the national flag on the ramparts of the Red Fort and addressed the nation for the ninth consecutive time. The safa trail also had tricolor stripes similar to the headgear Modi wore on occasion.
For the first time, a local howitzer, Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), developed under the government’s “Make in India” initiative, was fired during the 21-gun salute ceremony. The gun is completely indigenous, designed and developed by DRDO.
President Draupadi Murmu addressed the nation a day ago (August 14) on the eve of the 75th Independence Day. It was Murmu’s first address to the nation after his election as president last month.
This year is exceptional for India since the country celebrates 75 years of independence. To mark this special day, the BJP-run Center launched the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign under which more than 10 million Indian flags were sold. The Independence Day celebration comes at a time when India, like most countries, appears to be emerging from the grim shadow of Covid-19, which crippled normal life and marred economic activities after its outbreak. in 2020. Modi has often used the opportunity. to highlight the main results of the measures taken by his government and occasionally made important announcements.
Security across India
India has not only been decked in tricolor hues ahead of Independence Day celebrations, but has also been placed under a heavy blanket of security, from Delhi, the epicenter of the mega celebrations, to the Jammu and Kashmir. Police machinery in every state has been put on the back burner to ensure celebrations are not hampered in any way.
In Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, security has been tightened with Delhi Police deploying more than 10,000 personnel to guard the Mughal-era monument . From the Facial Recognition System (FRS) cameras installed at the Fort Rouge entry point to the multi-layered security blanket and deployment of more than 400 kite catchers and flyers on rooftops and other sensitive locations in the area of the strong to counter any threat from sub-conventional aerial platforms – the area is under hawk eye watch.
With nearly 7,000 guests expected at the event at Fort Rouge, a three-mile area around the monument has been marked as a “no kite zone” until the tricolor is raised. Dependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), had said that the provisions of Section 144 had already been instituted in Delhi. Anti-drone systems from the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and other security agencies were also installed, police said.
In the country’s financial capital, Mumbai, several law enforcement units have been deployed to monitor the streets of the metropolis as well as anti-drone systems, an official said. According to the official, although there were no specific contributions in view of Independence Day, the security of vital facilities was routinely tightened and officials were asked to conduct site visits. “We carry out anti-sabotage checks. Since Wednesday, an “all-out operation” has been underway, including checking hotels, vehicles and roadblocks. Measures are being taken against history leafters and those who are external,” the official added.
Delhi rain forecast
The maximum temperature in the nation’s capital stood at 34 degrees Celsius on Sunday, and parts of the city received rain. India’s meteorological department also predicted light rain on Monday when the country celebrates the 76th Independence Day. The minimum temperature in the nation’s capital stood at 27.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday, while relative humidity hovered between 90% and 69%, the weather bureau said. The meteorologist predicted generally cloudy skies with light rain in the morning with strong surface winds (speed 20-30 km/h) on Monday. The maximum temperature in the city is expected to hover around 33 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature around 26 degrees Celsius.
On Saturday, the maximum temperature in the nation’s capital was 35.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the average for the season, and the minimum temperature was 27.4 degrees Celsius.
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