News Flash: I salute courage & heroism of security forces, says President Pranab Mukherjee

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Bengaluru, Aug 14: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday greeted the people ahead of India's Independence Day on Saturday and said the country should strive towards attaining social equality.

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11.02 pm: 3 BSF jawans chosen for police medals for gallantry for giving a 'befitting' reply to spate of ceasefire violations by Pak in J&K

10.34 pm: Petrol price cut by Rs 1.27 per litre; diesel by Rs 1.17: PTI

9.47 pm: We'll continue our peaceful protest until OROP is implemented,hopeful of some assurance from PM tomm: Surinder Singh

8.43 pm: After a gap of more than half a century, the US flag is raised over US embassy in Havana, Cuba

8.00 pm: CBI registers two fresh FIRs in Vyapam scam case; First FIR registered against 5 accused persons and second against 13 accused persons.

7.50 pm: World Badminton Championship: Saina Nehwal beats Wang Yihan 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 to enter maiden semifinal

7.15 pm: In Vizag, students hoist India's largest National Flag, measuring 25000 sq ft on eve of India's 69th I-Day.

7.05 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP Chief Amit Shah at Nitin Gadkari's book release function.

7.00 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee addresses the nation on 69th Independence Day.

6.45 pm: Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali will be court-martialled (general) over his remarks on Pakistan boat issue.

6.30 pm: Twenty-six CISF officers have been decorated with President's Police Medal and other similar awards on the eve of the Independence day.

6.15 pm: A tight security blanket is thrown across the country on the eve of Independence Day with an elaborate ground-to-air apparatus put in place in the national capital where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the tricolour tomorrow.

6.00 pm: "We want Iran to regain its share of India's oil imports & expect Iran to make efforts to help promote participation of Indian companies", saysVikas Swarup, MEA.

5.45 pm: "I am an Indian but Bihar is my weakness and my strength. Two wrongs dont make a right: Shatrughan Sinha on monsoon session of the Parl", says BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha.

5.30 pm: "Govt should fulfill the promises it made on OROP as soon as possible", says Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

5.20 pm: Govt has been reviewing health of banking institutions. Even though challenging situation existed, no cause for panic situation: Arun Jaitley.

5.05 pm: Ceasefire violation in Shahpur sector (Poonch, J&K). None reported injured. Firing started at 8:15 am today and is still underway - ANI.

4.55 pm: The Indian High Commissioner called on the Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs today: Pak MoFA.


4.40 pm: Their (Congress) old habit of putting the interest of Nehru-Gandhi family ahead of the nation's interest, was seen by all: Rajyavardhan Rathore.

4.35 pm: Govt appoints MDs and Chairpersons of 5 PSUs - BOB, PNB, BOI, Canara Bank and IDBI Bank. Rs 20,000 crore capital infusion into PSBs will be released soon : Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia

4.25 pm: Congress which claims 130 years of seniority, 50 years of experience, its behavior is unacceptable, undemocratic & unreasonable: Venkaiah Naidu.


4.10 pm: Pakistan Army is continuously resorting to ceasefire violations along the Line of Control: Defence PRO.


4.00 pm: Radhe Maa granted interim anticipatory bail for 2 weeks by Bombay High Court.

3.45 pm: Keeping in view terror threats and latest inputs, it was a security drive conducted by NDMC & Delhi police: MK Meena, Joint CP on ex-servicemen.


3.35 pm: There are technical difficulties: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on One Rank One Pension.


3.20 pm: Congress is behaving like a spoilt child who shouts when a toy is snatched away from him: Manohar Parrikar

3:00 pm: Uttar Pradesh Assembly and Legislative Council adjourned for the day after paying tributes to late fmr President APJ Abdul Kalam

2:40 pm: BJP doesn't believe in democracy, says Congress.

2:20 pm: AAP MLA Surinder Singh at ex-servicemen's protest over OROP at Jantar Manta. 

2:00 pm: Rahul Gandhi arrives at Jantar Mantar to meet ex-Servicemen demanding OROP.

1:45 pm: Delhi Police to file appeal against lower court 's judgement of discharging all suspects in the IPL fixing scandal.

1:30 pm: Ex servicemen protest over OROP at Jantar Mantar.

1:15 pm: CBI raids offices of Bengal-based microfinance company.

1:00 pm: One killed, three injured in group clash in Uttar Pradesh.

12:45 pm: "We will issue red corner notice against Lalit Modi very soon, says Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

12:25 pm: Hyderabad police nabbed 4 HuJI militants.

12:10 pm: Asiya Andrabi and her supporters wave Pakistan flag in the Srinagar valley.

11:45 am:  Order on anticipatory bail plea of Digambar Kamat in Louis Berger Case to come on  August 19.

11: 30 am: Restrictions in parts of Srinagar in view of Pakistan Independence Day. 

11:00 am: Radhe Maa to be questioned by Maharashtra Police.

10:45 am: Radhe Maa leaves from her home, leaving for Kandivali Police station in Mumbai

10:30 am: Radhe Maa is about to leave for Kandivali Police station in Mumbai.

10:15 am: Pakistan flag seen in Old city of Srinagar.

10:00 am: Security tightened at Jantar Mantar in Delhi where ex-servicemen are protesting.

9:45 am: Ex-servicemen demanding OROP, forcefully evacuated by Police at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

9:30 am: 1 Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) terrorist killed in encounter with joint forces in Kokrajhar district, Assam, 1 pistol and IED recovered.

9:15 am: Police trying to break protest of ex-servicemen forcefully, demanding OROP at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

9:00 am: Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Keran sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian troops retaliate.

8:45 am: President Pranab Mukherjee to address the nation today on the eve of country's 69th Independence Day at 7 pm today. 

8:30 am: Cochin International airport set to become first airport of India which would be operating on solar power.

8:15 am: 11 Kawad pilgrims died  and 5 injured in an accident, injured admitted to the Civil Hospital in Jharkhand.

8:00 am: UP Assembly Monsoon session to begin today.

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