Independence Day 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort to celebrate the country's 75th Independence Day on Sunday.As the tricolour got hoisted by PM Modi, flower petals were showered at the venue by two Mi-17 1V helicopters of the IAF in Amrut formation.On today's special occasion, the Centre invited 32 athletes -- who have won medals at the Olympics -- and two officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at the Red Fort. Additionally, 40 Olympians, support staff and the SAI and sports federation officials have also been invited to grace the Gyan Path in front of the ramparts.A separate block has been created on the south side of the Red Fort's ramparts for Corona warriors such as health workers to honour them for playing a vital role in fighting the pandemic.India Independence Day 2021: Catch all the live updates hereAll updates to this LIVE blog have ended.PM Modi greets Indian Olympics contingentPM Modi greeted the Indian contingent that participated in Tokyo Olympics and NCC cadets at the Red Fort.PM Modi concludes his 8th Independence Day speechPrime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his address to the nation on the 75th Independence Day at Red Fort. The prime minister spoke for around 90 minutes.Make India energy independent before 2047: PM ModiIndia need to become energy independent to become more progressive, the prime minister said in his Independents Day speech.PM Modi asked citizens to take a resolution that to make India energy independent before 100 years of independence. PM Modi announces National Hydrogen Mission‘We have to make India a hub for production and export of Green Hydrogen,’ PM Modi said in his Independence day speech at Red Fort. “Green growth will give rise to green jobs,” the PM added. PM opens Sainik school for girl childPM Modi said that all Sainik schools will be opened for girl child. Now, girl child will be able to take admission in Sainik schools. Govt to develop e-commerce platform for Women Self Help Group: PM ModiAn e-commerce platform for products from Women Self help groups will be developed, PM Modi said on Independence Day.“Today, when India is walking with the mantra of 'Vocal for Local', this platform will take these products to both domestic and global markets,” the PM added.Praising women self-help groups, Modi said there are more than eight crore women in the villages who are associated with them.These women make various products and now the government will prepare an e-commerce platform for their products to get a big market in the country and abroad, he said. We have to work together…: PM ModiPM Modi in his Independence Day speech said:We have to work together for Next Generation Infrastructure.We have to work together for World Class Manufacturing.We have to work together for Cutting Edge InnovationWe have to work together for New Age Technology75 Vande Bharat trains to connect every corner of the country in 75 weeks: PM Modi at Red FortPrime Minister Narendra Modi said that"75 Vande Bharat trains will be connecting every corner of the country in 75 weeks of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence". PM Modi also said that the work of connecting all the state capitals of North-East with rail service would be completed soon Govt will soon launch Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti Yojana: PM ModiIt's an infrastructure plan which will help give economy an integrated and holistic path, said PM Modi. PM Modi lists Centre's steps for small farmersHe said that his government will built ware houses for farmers at block level. “In the coming years, we will have to increase the collective power of the small farmers of the country. We have to give them new facilities. They must become the country's pride,” said PM Modi at Red Fort.Indus Central University to make Ladakh a center of higher education: PM ModiPM Modi admired Ladakh and said that the union territiry is witnessing the creation of modern infrastructure. The prime minister said, " Indus Central University will make Ladakh a center of higher education".From Ujjwala to Ayushman Bharat, PM praises Centre's schemesAccording to PM Modi, the benefits of the BJP-led NDA government's schemes have picked up the pace and have reached their goals. PM Modi, during his Independence Day speech, boasted welfare schemes launched by his government and said, "in the last 7 years have reached the doorsteps of crores of poor".Essential to fully utilise the capabilities of India to take it to new heights, in the 21st century: PM ModiDuring his 8th Independence Day speech, PM Modi urged citizens to fully utilise the capabilities of India to take it to new heights in the 21st century. “We have to hold hands of the section that is lagging behind, the area that is lagging behind,” PM added.The prime minister also said that the country will continue to care about basic facilities, reservation for Dalits, backwards, tribals, economically weak sections of general category. “Recently reservation was granted to OBCs, under all-India quota, in medical education. States have been granted right to make their own OBC lists,” PM said in his I-Day speech.‘Have to make the next 25 years glorious,': PM ModiPM Modi said that time has come for India's development journey. He asked citizens to “make new thresholds, new dreams and new aspirations. We have to make the next 25 years glorious".PM Modi praises Jal Jeevan MissionOver 4.5 crore families have got piped water in last two years, PM Modi said on his Independence Day speech. PM Modi says that India needs 100% welfare pension, housing for the poor‘We need to fight malnutrition, provide ration to poor families,’ the prime minster said. India gave free ration to 80 crore people amid Covid-19 pandemic: PM Modi PM Modi lauds India's Covid-19 vaccination drive, CoWIN portalThe Prime minister said that over 54 crore people in India have been vaccinated to date. He said that CoWIN app has become a global attraction.PM Modi praise Indian Olympics atheletePM Modi said urged the nation to applaud their achievement today.“Let’s applaud our Olympic champions. Not only has they made the country proud, but also inspired the future generations," PM Modi said.We need to pay tribute to our healthcare workers: PM Modi on 75th Independence DayPM Modi paid tribute to all heathcare workers during his Independence Day speech at Red Fort, Delhi. “Our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, our cleaning workers, our vaccine makers - everyone who has worked diligently to serve people during the COVID pandemic - deserve our gratitude,” PM Modi said during his 8th Independence Day speech.PM Modi hoists tricolour at Red Fort 75th Independence Day Celebrations: PM Modi arrives at Red Fort; PM inspects the guard of honour at Red Fort PM Modi pays floral tributes at RajghatPM Narendra Modi paid floral tribute at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.Independence Day 2021: In just a few hours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort to celebrate the country's 75th Independence Day.As soon as the tricolour is hoisted by the PM on Sunday, flower petals will be showered at the venue by two Mi-17 1V helicopters of the IAF in Amrut formation.Thereafter, PM Modi’s address will be broadcast live by Doordarshan, and PIB India.On today's special occasion, the Centre has invited 32 athletes -- who have won medals at the Olympics -- and two officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at the Red Fort. Additionally, 40 Olympians, support staff and the SAI and sports federation officials have also been invited to grace the Gyan Path in front of the ramparts.A separate block has been created on the south side of the Red Fort's ramparts for Corona warriors such as health workers to honour them for playing a vital role in fighting the pandemic.India Independence Day 2021: Catch all the live updates herePM Modi pays floral tributes at RajghatPM Narendra Modi paid floral tribute at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.|#+|PM Modi will hoist the Tricolour, shortlyPM Modi will shortly hoist the Tricolour at the ramparts of Red Fort and address the nation Tokyo Olympics Indian athletes have reached Red FortIndia's Olympic contingent are the special guests at the Red Fort on August 15.Bhutan Prime Minister extends wishes to India on 75th Independence DayBhutan Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering wished Indians on the the occasion of 75th Independence Day. Vice President greets the nationVice President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday greeted the nation on the ocassion of 75th India's Independence Day.He asked everyone to recall the countless, valiant sacrifices of our founding leaders who won our nation’s freedom.Let us re-dedicate ourselves to uphold the core values of our great nation: Chief of the Army StaffExtending greetings on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, General MM Naravane, who is the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, wished everyone a very happy and glorious 75th Independence Day."On the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, I pay homage to our countrymen whose courage and sacrifice enable us to live in an independent nation. On this day, let us re-dedicate ourselves to uphold the core values and ethos of our great nation," the chief of Army staff said. India's 75th Independence day; all you need to know about today's event- Upon the arrival of the Prime Minister at the Red Fort, he will be received by Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) Rajnath Singh, Raksha Rajya Mantri (MoS in the Ministry of Defence) Ajay Bhatt and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar.- The Defence Secretary will introduce the General Officer Commanding (GoC), Delhi Area, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, AVSM, to the Prime Minister.- The GoC Delhi Area will then conduct PM Modi to the Saluting Base where a combined Inter-Services and Delhi Police Guard will present general salute to the Prime Minister. Thereafter, the Prime Minister will inspect the Guard of Honour.- The Guard of Honour contingent for the Prime Minister will consist of one officer and 20 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police. Indian Navy is the coordinating service this year. The Guard of Honour will be commanded by Commander Piyush Gaur. - The Naval Contingent in the Prime Minister’s Guard will be commanded by Lt Commander Sune Phogat, the Army Contingent by Major Vikas Sangwan and the Air Force contingent by Sqn Ldr A Berwal. The Delhi Police contingent will be commanded by Additional DCP (West District) Shri Subodh Kumar Goswami.-After inspecting the Guard of Honour, Prime Minister Modi will proceed to the ramparts of the Red Fort- The GoC Delhi area will conduct the Prime Minister to the dais on the rampart to hoist the National Flag.- After being hoisted, the Tricolour will receive a ‘Rashtriya Salute’.- The Navy Band, consisting of 16 men will play the National Anthem during hoisting of the National Flag and the ‘Rashritya Salute’. The Band will be conducted by MCPO Vincent Johnson.-Lt Commander P Priyambada Sahoo will assist PM Modi in hoisting the National Flag. It will be synchronised with the 21 Gun Salute fired by the valiant gunners of the elite 2233 Field Battery (Ceremonial).- The National Flag Guard comprising five officers and 130 men from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police will present Rashtriya Salute at the time of hoisting of the National Flag by the Prime Minister.- As soon as the National Flag is hoisted by the Prime Minister, flower petals will be showered at the venue by two Mi 17 1V helicopters of the Indian Air Force in Amrut Formation. - After the showering of flower petals, the Prime Minister will address the Nation. - At the conclusion of the speech of PM Modi, the cadets of National Cadet Corps (NCC) will sing the National Anthem.- Five hundred (500) NCC cadets (Army, Navy and Air Force) from different schools will be taking part in this festival of National Fervour.Independence Day 2021: Preparations underway for the national flag hoisting ceremony at Red FortHere are the latest pictures of the Red Fort where PM Modi will soon be hoisting the national flag. Indian Olympic athletes, including gold medalist Neeraj Chopra leave for Red FortIndian Olympic athletes leave from Ashoka Hotel for the national flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on India's 75th Independence Day.PM Modi to unfurl flag at Red Fort, two IAF helicopters to shower flower petalsPrime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort to celebrate the country's 75th Independence Day and two Mi-17 1V helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will shower flower petals at the venue.PM Modi wishes ‘Happy Independence Day’ to Indian citizensPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished ‘Happy Independence Day’ on Twitter. “Wishing you all a very Happy 75th Independence Day. May this year of the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence infuse new energy and new consciousness among the countrymen,” PM Modi wrote in Hindi.