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NDTV Bureau | Srinagar | Aug 15, 2015:: Fifteen-year-old Jhanvi Behal, who trended on Twitter In March after challenging student leader Kanhaiya Kumar to a debate, had gone to Srinagar today, meaning to hoist the Tricolour on Independence Day. But her plans went awry when the authorities packed her off from the airport in view of the law and order situation in the state.
The teen activist, who had planned to hoist the flag at Lal Chowk, the city centre, said the authorities had requested her not to proceed with her plans, citing the possible dangers.
“I have given the flag to officers, who’ve assured they will unfurl the Tricolour in Srinagar on my behalf,” she told the media.
Tension prevailed at the airport for a while as Ms Behal and her supporters carrying Indian flags, shouted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” slogans. In retaliation, some passengers also shouted anti-India slogans.
Sources said the situation in the airport is now under control.
Kashmir has been witnessing continuous protests for five weeks since the killing of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8. More than 50 people have died in clashes between the protesters and the security forces and over 5000 people have been injured.
The student from Ludhiana had drawn media attention after she challenged Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar to a debate. “Kanhaiya Ji, if you have so much mojo, go guard our borders and then talk of patriotism,” she had told Mr Kumar through NDTV.
She had also accused of Mr Kumar — who was arrested on sedition charges following a campus event supporting executed Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru — of “supporting terrorists”.
NDTV Bureau | Srinagar | Aug 15, 2015:: A Central Reserve Police Force officer died and 9 others were injured as a group of terrorists struck at Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar this morning. Officers said the gunfire has now stopped and combing operations are on.
The attack started around 8 am, officials said. The CRPF men, who were patrolling the largely residential area, were fired on from three sides. When they retaliated, the terrorists ran into the neighbouring houses.
It is suspected that two or more terrorists are involved, officials said, but it is not clear whether they are dead or managed to escape. The officials are yet to recover any bodies.
Among the injured are 8 men from the CRPF and one police officer.
Nowhatta is not far from Srinagar’s Bakshee Stadium, where Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti participated in the Independence Day celebrations. The capital of Jammu and Kashmir is on high security alert for Independence Day.
The attack came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering his Independence Day speech at Delhi’s Red Fort. PM Modi criticised Pakistan in strong words, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
“When terrorists killed innocent children in Peshawar… there were tears in the eyes of India’s Parliament, India’s schools, India’s children… This is our nature. But look at the other side. They glorify terrorists. They celebrate when innocent lives are lost. What kind of terror-inspired people and governments are these?” said PM Modi, who has accused Pakistan of instigating the violence and unrest in Kashmir since last month.
More than 50 people have died and thousands have been injured in clashes between protesters and security forces since July 8, when violent protests erupted after 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed by security forces.
Many parts of Srinagar, including the Nowhatta area, have been under curfew since then. Security was tightened even more with separatists urging people to observe a “black day” today.
Security forces have also foiled an attempt by terrorists this morning to infiltrate into India in Uri, about 70 km from Srinagar. Two terrorists have been killed.
Agencies | New Delhi | Aug 15, 2016:: After he unfurled the National flag at Delhi’s spectacular Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is “our duty to make India the very best”, adding that his focus is on taking India “swarajya (self-governance) to surajya (good governance)”.
Wearing a short-sleeved white kurta and a turban streaked in shades of orange, red and pink, the PM said his government is committed to “responsibility and accountability” and has earned the trust of the people with “reform, perform and transform”as its mantra.
The PM’s address as India celebrates its 70th year of freedom was once again made without the bulletproof enclosure used by some of his predecessors.
“If we have millions of problems, we have 1.25 billion minds to solve them as well,” the PM said while stressing that the country’s founding principles including non-violence, social harmony and a respect for all religions. His remarks come amid outrage over attacks on Dalits or members of the lowest caste in different parts of the country including his home state of Gujarat.
The PM in a lengthy speech presented an update on his administration’s record in bringing electricity and toilets to villages, curtailing inflation to 6%, controlling leakages in delivering subsidies in welfare reform schemes, and guaranteed greater transparency in government action and policy
“We want to change the situation where people are scared of Income Tax authorities, particularly the middle class,” he said.
In a clear message to Pakistan at a time of deteriorating relations, Mr Modi said the people of Balochistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir have thanked India for speaking up on their behalf. India has faulted Pakistan for instigating weeks of violence in the Kashmir Valley in which nearly 60 people have died and thousands have been left injured as protestors clash with security forces.
Here are the Top quotes from his Independence Day speech Red Fort
*From Ved to Vivekanand, Upnishad to Upgrah (satellite), from Mohan (Lord Krishna) to Mohan (Mahatma Gandhi), from Mahabharat’s Bhim to Bhim Rao (Ambedkar) we have a long legacy. Great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar and saints like Ramanajunacharya have stressed on need for social unity. India is a thousands-year-old civilization. From Bhim of Mahabharat to Bhim Rao (Ambedkar), our journey has been long
*We all will have to rise above the evils in our society. Only then we can make a robust and successful India.
*We don’t do anything in bits and pieces. We have an integrated approach to our work.
*Guru Gobind Singh (10th Sikh Guru) used to say ‘the hand which never did any Sewa, how can I consider that hand pious?’ I want to congratulate our farmers for their hard work.
*Just three hours from Delhi, in Hathras, there is a village Narda Patela. It takes only three hours to reach there from Delhi but it took 70 years for electricity to reach that village.
*After 70 years of Independence, the nation has changed. Now the people don’t get satisfied by a mere declaration of policy or plan. Now it expects to see the changes on grassroots.
*Today i am not only going to talk about policy but also about intention.
*There are a lot of problems which our country faces but we also have 1.25 billion people to solve these problems.
*Want to change situation where people are scared of Income Tax authorities. Under the previous government, inflation had crossed 10 per cent. Under our efforts, we have not let it go above 6 per cent. Economic progress is not the only measure of an empowered society. A strong society is built on social justice.
*Whether it is Panchayat or Parliament, whether it if Gram Pradhan or Prime Minister, everyone will have to fulfil their responsibilities to achieve the goal of ‘Surajya’.
*Today our resolve is to turn the Swaraj (Self-Rule) into Su-Rajya (Good governance. Surajya means a qualitative and positive change in the lives of the citizens of India. Our mantra is reform, perform, transform.
*The way people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have thanked me, they have thanked the whole population of my country. I want to offer my gratitude to these people.
*In Peshawar, when innocent children were killed in a terrorist attack, India’s parliament was crying. The whole nation was shedding tears for those kids, but our neighbouring country has been trying to glorify the terrorists and terrorism. Many innocents were killed in Peshawar terrorist attack, but there were tears in everyone’s eyes in Parliament here. That is the nature of India.
*Violence does not have any place in our country. In the name of Maoism at the forest areas and in the name of terrorism at the borders, violence is being carried out.
*A nation which is divided because of reasons like caste and religion cannot achieve great things.
The PM’s comments today echoed his statement last week in which he said Pakistan has illegally occupied a part of Kashmir that will always belong to India. Delhi has also urged Islamabad to stop violating human rights in the region of Balochistan, which is seeking independence from Pakistan.
__Courtesy to the sources.