I am not Pradhan Mantri but Pradhan Sewak: Modi at Red Fort on Independence Day

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New Delhi, Aug 15: India is celebrating 68th Independence Day on Friday, Aug 15, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Red Fort and hoisted Indian tricolour. Now, he is delivering his much awaited speech. Follow Live updates here.

8:41 am: PM Modi concludes his maiden speech at Red Fort.

8:40 am: The strength of the saviour is much more than the strength of the person who kills. Lets unite to fight poverty: PM.

8:39 am: Can we not wage a war and emerge victorious against poverty. Let us defeat poverty: PM.

8:37 am: If you work 14 hours, I will work 15 hours because I am not Pradhan Mantri I am the Pradhan Sewak: PM.

8:36 am: PM Narendra Modi calls SAARC nations to come together and eliminate poverty.

8:35 am: Importance of federal structure is only increasing. This is a good thing and we have to strengthen it: PM.

8:31 am: In a short span of time we will initiative a new institution that will work in place of the Planning Commission: PM.

8:29 am: People are asking for a while now- what about the Planning Commission: PM.

8:27 am: 11th October is Jay Prakash Narayan's birth anniversary. On that day we will share the blueprint with MPs and States: PM.

8:25 am: I announce an initiative- Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. If we have to build the nation we have to start from the villages: PM.

8:23 am: I come from a poor family and I want the poor to get dignity. We want to start a movement for a Clean India: PM.

8:21 am: Let us pledge that I will not make my surroundings dirty.

8:20 am: We want to give an impetus to tourism. Tourism gives opportunities to the poorest of the poor: PM Narendra Modi.

8:18 am: Let us think about 0 defect- that our products are not defected and 0 effect- our products have no adverse effect on the environment: PM.

8:16 am: Let us come together and think of ways India does not have to import but we export to the world: PM.

8:15 am: Our dream should be that all over the world we can say-Made in India, says PM.

8:12 am: I tell the world- Come, Make In India. Sell anywhere but manufacture here. We have the skill and talent, PM.

8:11 am: We need to give impetus to manufacturing sector, says PM.

8:10 am: We are a youthful nation. Our youth are our strength. The world and India needs a skilled workforce: PM.

8:06 am: We believe in Jan Bhagidari. We believe in taking everyone together: PM.

8:04 am: Our sportspersons have brought us immense pride. So many brought us medals and I am proud that there are several daughters too: PM.

8:00 am: I appeal to parents not to sacrifice the girl child. I have seen families where 1 daughter served parents more than even 5 sons, says PM.

7:57 am: With the gun you can make the earth red but if you have a plough you can make the earth green. Till when will we take others' lives: PM.

7:55 am: I saw that even in one Government there were different Governments. It was as if each had their own Jagirs, says PM Narendra Modi.

7:52 am: I came from outside Delhi but I can say there is immense skill in the people who are in Govt. I want to integrate their strengths, says PM.

7:50 am: PM Narendra Modi says he was surprised to find tussle between departments in government.

7:47 am: When I read that the new govt officers came on time I was not happy; should officers coming on time be news?, asks PM.

7:44 am: Our head hangs in shame when we hear news about rape. Parents ask about daughters but did anyone dare ask their sons, says PM.

7:42 am: I express my gratitude to all the previous Governments and PMs, to their work which has taken India to its present height, says PM.

7:39 am: We must walk together, think together, and make a determination to take the nation ahead together, says PM.

7:37 am: To all the former govts, former Prime Ministers, I express my gratitude to have brought the country to such heights, says PM Modi.

7:35 am: This country was not built by politicians or rulers or governments. It has been made by our farmers, mothers, sisters, youth, teachers, says Modi.

7:33 am: Main aapke beech Pradhan Mantri ke roop mei nahin, pradhan sevak ke roop mei maujood hoon (I am not talking as a PM but as a servant to the nation), says PM Modi.

7:30 am: PM Narendra Modi unfurls the National Flag at Red Fort.

7:15 am: Ahead of his speech at Red Fort, PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

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