State Chief Ministers hoist national flag on Independence Day

Bihar/ Trivendrum/ Bhopal/ Ranchi/ Lucknow, Aug 15 (ANI): Chief Ministers of various states on Friday hoisted the National Flag on the occasion of 68th Independence Day. Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi hoisted the national flag in Patna and said that Bihar will move forward with an aim for development. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren while addressing the gathering at the Independence Day function held at the Morabadi ground Soren said that Mining had destroyed Jharkhand. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy also hoisted the flag in Trivendrum during a grand Independence Day event. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan hoisted the flag in state capital Bhopal. Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav along with SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also hoisted the National Flag at the Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow. Aug 15, 2014

J&K CM Omar Abdullah unfurls National Flag, addresses people Part - 2

Srinagar, Aug 15 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday unfurled the national flag at the Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar. Abdullah said that his government has tried its level best to provide facilities to the people of his state. He added that with continuous efforts the government would be able to end AFSPA from the state. Aug 15, 2014

Jharkhand Governor faints during Independence Day speech

Dumka, Aug 15 (ANI): Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed fainted on Friday while giving his Independence Day speech in Dumka after he hoisted the National Flag at a local ground. Ahmed was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors said he fainted due to fluctuation of blood pressure. He is out of danger now and is being accompanied by a doctor to Ranchi. Aug 15, 2014

Sonia Gandhi hoists national flag at Congress Headquarters

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi hoisted National Flag at All India Congress Committee (AICC) office on the occasion of 68th Independence Day. Sonia unfurled the national flag in the presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice-President of party and scion of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Rahul Gandhi and the party workers. After hoisting the flag, Sonia greeted all party workers and also distributed sweets to the small children. Aug 15, 2014

Building collapses in floodwater in Nalanda, four die

Nalanda, Aug 15 (ANI): Four died as huge flow of water causing floods made a three storey building collapse in Bihar on August 15 (Friday). Water released from a dam in the neighbouring state Jharkhand along with incessant heavy rains heightened the possibility of floods and led to the disaster in Nalanda district of Bihar. According to natives, huge waterflow hit the building at night, which caused the damage and made it fall. Aug 15, 2014

Politicians highlight issues Modi missed in his Independence Day speech

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Indian political leaders on Friday underlined misses in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech, while also appreciating his effort to touch upon basic issues the country is facing. Modi, in his speech on the occasion of 68th Independence Day on Friday (August 15), highlighted various topics from digitalization of India to poverty. He urged global investors to make India a manufacturing hub, and pitched for manufacturing in the electronic sector, also calling for foreign investment in manufacturing chemicals, automobiles, agro-business and others. However, Politicos felt he did not mention the core struggles of India, such as inflation and corruption. Congress' Rashid Alvi said that Modi could have talked about major problems like militancy from Pakistan but refrained. Aug 15, 2014

Kashmir observes complete shutdown on 68th Independence Day

Srinagar, Aug 15 (ANI): Kashmir observed a complete shutdown on Friday as India celebrated its 68th Independence Day in a flourish of patriotic zeal and national enthusiasm. Shops remained closed and the traffic was off the roads. People preferred to stay inside their homes due to the shutdown and restrictions in some of the areas in Kashmir valley. Both the separatist factions of Kashmir's Hurriyat conference and the Jihad council had called for a shutdown across the valley. The roads were empty and only security personnel were seen patrolling the areas in the summer capital of Srinagar. Tight security measures have been taken by the security forces to avoid any untoward incident on the Independence Day. Aug 15, 2014

JandK CM Omar Abdullah unfurls National Flag, addresses people Part - 1

Srinagar, Aug 15 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday unfurled the national flag at the Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar. Abdullah said that his government has tried its level best to provide facilities to the people of his state. He added that with continuous efforts the government would be able to end AFSPA from the state. 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

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

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

PM Narendra Modi announces scrapping of Planning Commission

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that a new institution would be formed in place of the planning commission. The Planning Commission is an institution in the Government of India, which formulates the country's Five-Year Plans, among other functions. Modi also reached out to global investors on Friday, asking them to come and manufacture goods in India. He laid emphasis on IT and related industry, and said the country must come to be regarded as "Digital India" and benefit from the manufacture of electronics instead of imports. Earlier today, the Prime Minister unfurled the flag in the central court of Red Fort, after inspecting the guard of honour. After hoisting the National Flag from the ramparts of Red Fort, he began his addressal to the nation. The Prime Minister also paid homage at the Rajghat before reaching the Red Fort. Aug 15, 2014

BJP President Amit Shah hoists national flag at party headquarters

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Friday hoisted the national flag at the party headquarters on the occasion of Independence Day. Shah extended greetings to the people of the country on the occasion and said that his party is devoted to work for the betterment of the country. Aug 15, 2014