Tight security blanket covers New Delhi as India celebrates 68th Independence Day

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Security was beefed up in New Delhi on Friday as thousands of police and paramilitary personnel kept a strict vigil to thwart any possible threats on 68th Independence Day. Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed at the airport, market places, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and metro stations in major Indian cities. Marking 67 years of independence, Modi unfurled the national tricolour flag and delivered his first speech at the historic podium from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi. Authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that security remains watertight throughout the country. Aug 15, 2014

LK Advani unfurls national flag and distributes sweets at his residence

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Friday unfurled the National Flag and distributed sweets at his residence. Advani said that he was happy that PM Narendra Modi decided not to deliver a written speech but to speak extempore. He added that the impact of his speech was good. Aug 15, 2014

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat hoist national flag on Independence Day

Nagpur, Aug 15 (ANI): Celebrating India's 67 years of independence from the British rule, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday hoisted the national flag in Nagpur city. While wishing the nation on its 68th Independence Day, Bhagwat said the foundation of India stands on the sacrifices made. Aug 15, 2014

PM Narendra Modi addresses on Independence Day, calls on for united development

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): While addressing people on special occasion of 68th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the nation for a unified development. He said that the country is made by thousands who sacrificed their lives and to farmers, poor and downtrodden. PM Modi also paid respect to previous government and to all previous prime ministers. Aug 15, 2014

PM Narendra Modi talks about women safety and non-violence in his I-Day speech Part - 1

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): PM Narendra Modi, while addressing at the Red Fort on the 68th Independence Day, talked about women safety and saving girl child. He appealed the doctors and mothers to not kill their girl child and also put focus on the sex ratio. Further, Modi also talked about non violence and appealed the nation to opt for the path of non violence. The prime minister also said that parents should have information on whereabouts of their son as they do in the case of daughters and that this would help decreasing crime rates. Aug 15, 2014

PM Narendra Modi talks about women safety and non-violence in his I-Day speech Part - 2

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): PM Narendra Modi, while addressing at the Red Fort on the 68th Independence Day, talked about women safety and saving girl child. He appealed the doctors and mothers to not kill their girl child and also put focus on the sex ratio. Further, Modi also talked about non violence and appealed the nation to opt for the path of non violence. The prime minister also said that parents should have information on whereabouts of their son as they do in the case of daughters and that this would help decreasing crime rates. Aug 15, 2014

India needs substantial foreign exchange reserves as buffer against outflows: Raghuram Rajan

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said that country needs substantial foreign exchange reserves as a buffer against capital outflows. India had foreign exchange reserves of $320.56 billion as of the week ending August 1, close to surpassing the record high of $320.785 billion set in September 2011.Rajan has set himself a target of lowering consumer inflation and is even ready to raise rates to achieve it, risking friction with the new government if he is seen as overstepping Aug 15, 2014

First budget session of NDA govt satisfactory: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu hails the first budget session 2014 of Modi-led NDA government, which concluded on Thursday, as satisfactory. The budget session 2014 ran over the span of 27 days with 167 working hours in lower house and 142 working hours in the upper house of the parliament. Naidu said the session has been satisfactory adding, various national and international issues were discussed.He also said that the prime issues discussed during the session were, price rise, implementation of MNREGA, threat of drought in various parts of the country, problems with UPSC-CSAT examination, reorganization of Andhra Pradesh Polavaram project, atrocities against women, Gaza issue, efforts made by Indian government to safely get back Indian nationals stranded in Iraq, encephalitis, sugarcane farmers issue, and Kashmiri pundits’ issues. Meanwhile, Naidu was quite appreciative of passing of Judges’ appointment bill adding, the entire parliament spoke in a single voice. Aug 15, 2014

Indian Army launches 'Mission Humsafar' to cleanup unexploded bomb shells in Kashmir

Jammu, Aug 15 (ANI): Indian army launched unexploded bomb shells cleanup drive in Akhnoor area of Jammu and Kashmir. The drive 'Mission Humsafar' commenced on August 05 and will have the unexploded shells removed from the Kalith Field Firing Ranges, a notified range which is being used by the army since 1970. Speaking about the mission, Brigadier RS Baduria said that under the drive the army will expand its search mission. Baduria also thanked people of the state for being supportive and cooperative towards the mission. Aug 15, 2014

PM Narendra Modi hoists national flag on 68th Independence Day

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag at the historic Red Fort in Delhi on the prestigious occasion of 68th Independence Day. After receiving the guard of honour, PM Modi reached the central court of Red Fort to unfurl the national flag. Modi walked the red carpet to reach central court as thousands of people waited for the sight. Senior leaders and ministers were also present at the auspicious event. The prime minister also paid homage to the martyrs at the Rajghat. Modi will now address the nation from the historic Red Fort as the Prime Minister for the first time. The level of expectation is extremely high owing to Modi’s excellent oratory skills. India got its independence from the British colonial rule in 1947. Aug 15, 2014

'Prince of Pot' back in Canada from US prison

Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery returned home Tuesday, vowing "political revenge" after spending more than four years in a US prison for selling marijuana seeds by mail across the border. Duration: 01:24 Aug 14, 2014

Gabon: pangolins killed for their bodyparts

The pangolin, a small scaly anteater is one of the biggest victims of poaching in Gabon. The pangolin trade was banned in 2000 by international law, but it remains one of the most sought after species by traffickers. Duration: 00:58 Aug 14, 2014

Freedom is a celebration, independence is a challenge: President while addressing nation on eve of I

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): While addressing and greeting the nation on the eve of Independence Day, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that Freedom is a celebration and independence is a challenge. The President said that intolerance and violence is a betrayal of the letter and spirit of democracy and slammed those who believe in the "poison drip of inflammatory provocation". Talking about good governance, he said India needs creative thinking in governance that enables fast track development and ensures social harmony. He also said that the good governance involves participation by people and transparency on the part of the government. He appealed the political parties to keep the nation first and that the people should defend the secular fabric with vigour. Finally said that this is the time to take action and people should not wait any further. Aug 14, 2014