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Independence Day 2020 Updates: Atma Nirbhar, strong resolve main themes of PM Modi’s speech

By Anuj Cariappa
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New Delhi, Aug 15: 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' was the centrepiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day address as he presented a broad outline for spurring India's growth in diverse sectors and asserted that the coronavirus pandemic cannot halt the country's march towards self-reliance.

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9:54 PM, 15 Aug
Parliament House, North Block, South Block and India Gate illuminated on 74th Independence Day
6:50 PM, 15 Aug
EAM S. Jaishankar, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh & Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria present.
6:42 PM, 15 Aug
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla present.
6:42 PM, 15 Aug
President Ram Nath Kovind hosts 'At Home' reception in the President House on the occasion of Independence Day.
6:10 PM, 15 Aug
Beating retreat ceremony underway at the Attari-Wagah border on Independence Day.
6:09 PM, 15 Aug
Bhutan Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji tweeted, "I take this privilege to wish every Indians, a very #HappyIndependenceDay. I pray for your great country to grow from strength to strength." Replying to Dorji, Jaishankar said, "Your warm sentiments reflect our unique relationship.
5:24 PM, 15 Aug
The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Russia also greeted Jaishankar on India's Independence Day. He thanked Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for his wishes and said India greatly values the exceptionally close and time-tested relationship.
5:24 PM, 15 Aug
Responding to his tweet, Jaishankar said their bilateral relationship is a shining example of 'Neighbourhood First'.
5:23 PM, 15 Aug
Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, in a tweet, said since independence, India has strived to be, and now become, an enduring example of democracy and development, for the region and the world.
5:22 PM, 15 Aug
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday thanked the foreign ministers of Russia, Bhutan, the Maldives, Lithuania and Latvia for their wishes on India's 74th Independence Day.
5:01 PM, 15 Aug
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani hoisted the national flag in Gandhinagar on the occasion of 74th Independence Day.
4:44 PM, 15 Aug
Oli called up Modi and greeted the government and people of India on the country's 74th Independence Day, an official statement said. It said Oli also conveyed to Modi his congratulations for India's recent election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
4:44 PM, 15 Aug
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli held a telephonic conversation on Saturday, in the first high-level contact after ties between the two countries came under severe strain following issuance of a new political map by the Himalayan nation in May.
4:20 PM, 15 Aug
Today is the day when we remember freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Also, since independence, so many of our soldiers have lost their lives for the security of our country. Let's salute them all today: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
3:48 PM, 15 Aug
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hoisted the National Flag at Judges' Field in Guwahati, earlier today.
3:41 PM, 15 Aug
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb hoisted the National Flag at Assam Rifles ground in Agartala, earlier today.
3:34 PM, 15 Aug
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and its people for Independence Day wishes.
3:33 PM, 15 Aug
Leh: Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, Radha Krishna Mathur hoisted the national flag at Polo Ground on the occasion of 74th Independence Day.
3:31 PM, 15 Aug
Himachal Pradesh: Members of Central Tibetan Administration hoisted the National Flag today on Independence Day, in Dharamshala.
3:29 PM, 15 Aug
Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy hoisted the National Flag & inspected the guard of honour at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Vijayawada on the occasion of Independence Day.
3:19 PM, 15 Aug
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao hoisted the national flag at Pragathi Bhavan on the occasion of 74th IndependenceDay.
3:19 PM, 15 Aug
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hoisted the National Flag, in Bhubaneswar, earlier today. He said, "Every life is precious for us and no individual will be deprived of COVID-19 treatment, due to monetary constraints."
3:04 PM, 15 Aug
Very low flag & kite sales are being recorded this year in Delhi on Independence Day, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
2:58 PM, 15 Aug
Indian Army dogs Vida and Sophie awarded the Chief of Army Staff 'Commendation Cards' on Independence Day this year, for their role in different operations.
2:54 PM, 15 Aug
This ceremony is a testament to the unity that our great nation has showcased as a beacon to the entire world. I congratulate PM Modi on his message of unity, in his speech today: Maulana Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, All India Imam Organisation while celebrating Independence Day.
2:53 PM, 15 Aug
All India Imam Organisation celebrated Independence Day with a flag hoisting ceremony today.
2:30 PM, 15 Aug
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hoisted the National Flag at Judges' Field in Guwahati, earlier today.
2:23 PM, 15 Aug
I attended Independece Day celebrations at Red Fort, today morning. It was very encouraging listening to PM Modi. We look forward to strengthening our ties. As India will be 'Atmanirbhar', we also want to be a part of it: Mohammad Imran, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India
2:12 PM, 15 Aug
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hoisted the National Flag at Gandhi Maidan in Patna earlier today.
2:12 PM, 15 Aug
Telangana:
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi hoisted the National Flag at Madina Circle in Hyderabad earlier today.
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