PM Modi, who will be addressing the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort for the third time this Independence Day invited suggestions from the people for inclusion in his speech in his  his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat today.

Here are the the highlights of his speech:

The Centre is working closely with states to help the flood-hit people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as he pitched for technological solutions to the daily life problems and informed about the government plans to earmark Rs 10 crore for innovation.

He also talked about a number of other subjects, including the Indian participation in the Rio Olympics, upcoming Independence day celebrations, his recent visit to South Africa and passage of a bill by Parliament that will unlock over Rs 40,000 crore to states for afforestation. 

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Turning to the upcoming 70th Independence Day celebrations, Modi said the country should also celebrate the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement on August 8.

He asked the countrymen to celebrate these events like a festival by creating an atmosphere of nationalism. “This should not remain a government function but a celebration of the countrymen. Like a Diwali, it should be our own festival,” he said hoping that people will send pictures filled with nationalism to his app.