Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday unfurled the national flag at the Red Fort to mark India’s 71st Independence Day. Modi, who reached the 17th century monument to give his customary Independence Day speech, was received by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.

Later, he received a Guard of Honour from a contingent of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police. The Prime Minister then unfurled the national flag amid a 21 gun salute.

Here are the LIVE updates:

08: 30 am: PM Modi concludes his Independence Day address at Red Fort with chants of ‘Jai Hind’, ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’

08: 22 am: We are dedicating significant attention to East India-Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Northeast. These parts have to develop further: PM

08: 13 am: The poison of casteism and communalism can never be beneficial for our nation. This is the country of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi:PM

08:10 am: We are nurturing our youth to be job creators and not just job seekers: PM Modi

08: 05 am: Be it issue of gas subsidy, Swachh Bharat or demonetisation, people of India have extended their full support: PM Modi

08: 00 am: We can reach Mangalyaan within 9 months, this is our capability, but one rail project was stuck for last 42 years: PM Modi

07: 50 am: You will be happy to know that today we are not alone against our fight against terrorism, many countries supporting us actively: PM Modi

07: 40 am: GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST & the role of technology has also helped: PM

07: 25 am: The country’s security remains our priority; our forces have always proved their mettle: PM Modi

07: 15 am: Must leave this ‘Chalta Hai’ nature. We have to now think of ‘Badal Sakta Hai’- it will help us progress as a nation: PM Modi

07: 10 am: January 1, 2018 will not be an ordinary day; those born in this century will start turning 18, ‘Bhagya Vidhatas’ of our country: PM Modi

07: 07 am: Everybody is equal in our nation, no one big or small. We together can bring a positive change in the nation: PM Modi

07: 05 am: We have to take nation forward with the resolve of creating a ‘New India’: PM Modi

07: 03 am: This is special year, 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav: PM

07: 02 am: People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters & the tragedy in Gorakhpur: PM Modi

07: 00 am: PM Modi begins addressing the nation, wishes everyone Independence Day and Janmashtami