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  • Jammu and Kashmir gears up for Independence Day celebrations; Sarpanches to hoist the national flag in their respective panchayats tomorrow.

  • Civilian administration announces further relaxation in Prohibitory orders in large parts of Jammu & Kashmir.

  • Preparations are on across the country to mark the 73rd Independence Day.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind to address the nation  on the eve of  Independence Day today.

  • Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat  launches Swaccha Survakshan Grameen in New Delhi.

  • And in Cricket, India take on West Indies in the third and final ODI this evening in Port of Spain; Match begins at 7 pm.


In Jammu  and Kashmir, situation is showing significant improvement  with restrictions having been completely lifted in Jammu Division even as some curbs continue at some places in Kashmir Valley. This was stated by J&K Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal while addressing a press conference in Srinagar today. He said that the stage is all set for the Independence Day Celebrations.

"The overall situation remained calm, further relaxation in prohibitory order have been given in large number of areas including Srinagar and these relaxation will continue to be given till afternoon today. On all other front civil supply, national Highway, Airport, Medical facilities things continue to be normal."

J&K Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Muneer Khan who was also present on the occasion said that schools and other establishments are functioning normally in Jammu division after  the lifting of restrictions. He said that restrictions at certain places are in place in Kashmir but made it clear that these are not imposed in a generalized manner. Khan said that at present the main focus of the Government is to ensure smooth and peaceful celebration of Independence Day across the J & K.

"Presently our main focus is 15th of august and all the preparations are in place to ensure peaceful celebration throughout the state. The law and order situation has been totally under control. There has been localised incidents in various parts of Srinagar district and other district also which have been contained and dealt locally."

Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik has asked all the deputy commissioners to direct the sarpanches to hoist the national flag in their respective panchayats on Independence Day. In a meeting held at Raj Bhavan yesterday evening, Mr Malik reviewed the situation regarding security, law and order and basic and essential services.

Here is a report from our correspondent:

"The Senior Police Officer said that Law order situation is totally under control in the State. However, he said that there have been localised incidents in various parts of Srinagar district and other districts, which had been contained & dealt with locally. Khan said that during these incidents there have been no major injuries. Muneer Khan said that it is the endeavor of the Government that no causality should take place. He said that when a new situation of law & order arises, opposite parties including the neighbouring states take the initiative of unleashing the propaganda. He said that as part of vicious propaganda Videos of 2010 and 2016 are in circulation now in Kashmir Valley. However, ADGP said that Police and State Administration is taking all measures to thwart these attempts. RK RAINA, AIR NEWS, JAMMU"


Preparations are on across the Nation to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day tomorrow.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the National Flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi and address the nation. Security has been tightened in the national capital. A multi-layered security ring, including NSG snipers, elite SWAT commandos and kite catchers, are placed around the Red Fort. Special spotters of Delhi Police and the paramilitary force personnel are also  keeping a hawk eye on parking areas. Sniffer dogs are also deployed as part of the extensive security deployment.

The venue, which will see the presence of senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people during the Prime Minister's address, will have multiple CCTV cameras.

Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory for the Independence Day function at the Red Fort. Seven roads including Netaji Subhash Marg, SP Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk Road, Nishad Raj Marg, Esplanade Road, and the Ring Road from Rajghat to Y-Point-Hanuman Setu will be closed for general public tomorrow from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. and only labeled vehicles will be permitted.

In Tripura, parade rehearsals are going on in full force in all police and para-military headquarters and battalions.

Most houses are getting prepared to hoist the Tri-colour flag in their premises. Educational institutions, offices and commercial enterprises are also taking up various events, cultural functions and decoration themes to celebrate the freedom and pay tribute to the martyrs.

The main official programme will be held at Assam Rifles ground at Agartala, where Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb will hoist the national flag, inspect the parade by troops and deliver address before the people.

In Chhattisgarh, preparations for the Independence Day are in full swing. The main ceremony will be held at Police Parade Ground in the state capital Raipur where Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will hoist the tricolor. More from our correspondent-

"People are gearing up for Independence day preparations in Chhattisgarh. Citizens, especially children were seen busy in buying flags, bunting and other items to celebrate the Independence Day. All Government premises and major buildings in the Raipur were decorated with colourful lights. Security has been beefed up in all the sensitive places across Chhattisgarh, particularly in the Maoist-affected regions of the state to avoid any disturbances by the rebels during the celebrations. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur"

Nagaland will join the rest of the country in celebrating the 73rd Independence Day. Our correspondent reports that  Chief Minister Niphiu Rio will hoist the National tri-colour at the Secretariat Plaza Kohima tomorrow.

"Government employees of all department and citizens led by respective ward executives are taking active participation in cleaning the office premises, pedestrian foot path and road. On the occasion, 26 Parade contingents will take part in the auspicious celebration. Besides, Cultural presentation by various Naga Tribes and other events, children from Cherry Blossom School Kohima will perform the National Anthem in Sign language.  Other highlights of the programme include Governor at Home, visitations to various charitable organizations by different NGOs, exhibition football match, band Display and Beating of Retreat. FOR AIR NEWS, Asonuo, Kohima"


On the occasion of the Independence Day, 56 personnel have been awarded Fire Service Medals this year. Of these, President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry has been awarded to one, President’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service to eight  and Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service to 47 personnel.

Besides, 44 personnel have also been awarded Home Guard and Civil Defence Medals. Out of these, President’s Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal for Distinguished Service have been awarded to eight  and Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Meritorious Service to 36 personnel.


President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day today. It will be broadcast on the entire network of All India Radio and Doordarshan from 7 PM. This can be heard on FM Gold, FM Rainbow, Rajdhani, Indraprastha channels and all other additional frequencies of the AIR. It will also be relayed on the youtube Channel of AIR News NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. All India Radio will broadcast regional language versions of the President's Address from 8 PM onwards on its respective regional networks.

All India Radio will also broadcast the message of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the eve of the Independence Day at 6.15 PM on Rajdhani, FM Rainbow and FM Gold Channels. It will also be relayed on the youtube Channel of AIR News NEWSONAIROFFICIAL.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that what the NDA Government was able to achieve in the first 75 days was the outcome of the robust base it was able to build in the last five years. In an exclusive interview to a news agency, Mr Modi said hundreds of reforms in the last five years have ensured that the country is now ready to take off, powered by the aspirations of the people.  He said, his Government has set an unprecedented pace within just the first few days and it was able to achieve is the result of Right Intentions and Clear Policy.

The Prime Minister said, people of India, irrespective of what their political preference is, have supported the steps taken in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.


The centre today launched the country's largest sanitation survey Swachh Survekshan Grameen-2019. The aim of this survey is to engage rural communities in improvement of the sanitation status of their districts and states through intensive campaign. The 45-day long survey will take place in 18 thousand villages of 698 districts. Swachhata activities have also been planned at around 87 thousand public places where community meetings will be organized. People can also directly give their feedback through the mobile app.

Launching the second edition of the survey in New Delhi, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said, the aim of this survey is to accelerate the momentum of Swachhta Abhiyan.


India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 left the earth's orbit early this morning and is moving towards the moon following the successful completion of a crucial manoeuvre by the Indian Space Research Organisation. ISRO said, it has carried out the manoeuvre called 'Trans Lunar Insertion' at 2:21 AM, following which the spacecraft successfully entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.

Chandrayaan-2 is expected to reach the moon's orbit on August 20 and land on lunar surface on September 7. If successful, the mission will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the Moon.


In a direct snub to Pakistan, Poland, the current president of the UN Security Council, has said that India and Pakistan should bilaterally resolve the Kashmir issue. Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told reporters at the UN in New York that both countries can work out a mutually beneficial solution bilaterally. He said, Poland agrees with the EU’s position on this issue. Last week, the EU had said that it supports a bilateral political solution between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, which remains the only way to resolve the issue. Which supports a bilateral political solution between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

The statement by the current president of the UN Security Council is a vindication of India's stand. Russia has already endorsed the stand taken by New Delhi while US has maintained a neutral stand on the issue.

The panic in Islamabad is reflected in the statement of its Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi who admitted that his countrymen need not live in a fool's paradise. The Pak Foreign Minister also lamented that the support from the Muslim world in this regard is hard to come by.


Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani today said under SAMARTH scheme the target is to provide skill development to 10 lakh youth in the textile sector. Speaking at a function after signing MoUs with different state governments in New Delhi, Mrs Irani said in textile industry, 75 per cent of those who work are women.


Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal  held a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi yesterday and  discussed on several issues including maintenance of law and order after publication of final version of National Register of Citizens. He also apprised Mr. Shah on  the damages caused by the recent floods in the state.


In Cricket, the third and final One-Day International match between India and the West Indies will be played today in Port of Spain. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 PM.

All India Radio will broadcast running commentary on the match alternately in Hindi and English from 6.30 PM till the end of the match. It can be heard on Rajdhani and FM Rainbow Network.


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