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August 15, 2014

15th August 2014 - Daily Current Affairs updates


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International Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will make her maiden visit to China later this month amid hectic consultations between the two countries to sort out scheduling problems in Chinese President Xi Jinping's high-profile trip to New Delhi. 

National Affairs
  • India celebrated its 68th Independence Day today. 
  • PM Modi unfurled the National Flag at Red Fort on Independence Day
  • Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the historical Red Fort in New Delhi. In his maiden Independence Day Speech he spoke on a wide range of issues, from financial inclusion schemes to stressing on need to enhance manufacturing. Here are some highlights
    • Modi launched the 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana' to help poor open bank accounts which will come with the facility of a debit card and an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh.
    • "We should dream of a Digital India. Digital India is a dream for the poor, with broadband connectivity, we can ensure long-distance education," he said
    • Modi asked all MPs to develop  a model village in their constituencies by 2016. 
    • Giving an open invitation to the world to make India a manufacturing hub, He said, "Come make in India. Be it plastics or cars or satellites or agricultural products, come make in India."
    • Modi declared that he would like to run the country on the basis of consensus and not on majority in Parliament and called for a 10-year moratorium on caste and communal violence.
    • He announced that a new institution will be set up to replace the Planning Commission.
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif greeted PM Modi on India's Independence Day, wished prosperity to the people of India.
  • For the first time ever, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) played patriotic songs in all its 3800 AC and Non AC low floor buses on this Independence Day.

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