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Aug 14, 2019 10:33 PM IST | Source:

President's I-Day Eve Address Highlights: Abrogation of Article 370 beneficial for J&K and Ladakh, says Ram Nath Kovind

Live updates from President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the nation on the eve of India's 73rd Independence Day

  • Aug 14, 07:22 PM (IST)
  • Aug 14, 07:58 PM (IST)

    Full text of President Kovind's speech can be read here. 

  • Aug 14, 07:45 PM (IST)

    Highlights from President Kovind's speech:

    # President Ram Nath Kovind, during his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, expressed confidence that the recent changes made in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. 

    # President Kovind also congratulated voters for their participation in the 17th general election, which he called the largest democratic exercise in human history. 

    # President Kovind said that the Parliament functioned extraordinarily this session and many important bills were passed. He said that he hopes and wishes that state assemblies will also follow this trend. 

    # President Kovind said that the government is working towards ensuring that drinking water reaches every home and there is enough water for farmers, under the Jal Shakti Programme.

    # President Kovind, during his address, said that fiscal reforms and easier regulations have meaning only if the entrepreneurs in our country use them to build honest and imaginative enterprises and create sustainable jobs. 

  • Aug 14, 07:32 PM (IST)
  • Aug 14, 07:28 PM (IST)
  • Aug 14, 07:23 PM (IST)

    President Kovind has concluded his address. 

  • Aug 14, 07:20 PM (IST)

    President Kovind: Our country has reached the pinnacle of innovation, science and technology with the nation's Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan projects


  • Aug 14, 07:18 PM (IST)

    President Kovind: India has always flourished on the principle of 'live and let live'. Our culture has always been that of inclusivity, with people of different languages, cultures and regions living together with brotherhood and unity.


  • Aug 14, 07:14 PM (IST)

    President Kovind: Transportation infrastructure is also being strengthened. Roads are being constructed in hinterlands. Air connectivity is being bettered and air fare has been made more affordable.


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