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PM Modi drops teleprompter for Independence Day speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today led the Independence Day celebrations from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi.

On the occasion of 76th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went old school in his customary address to the nation where he used paper notes for his speech from the historic Red Fort in the national capital on Monday. 

The teleprompter was sidelined by the Prime Minister as he began his speech by congratulating the nation on the completion of 75 years of independence which is being celebrated in the country under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. 

Wearing a traditional tri-coloured motif safa (turban) with a long trail, PM Modi in his ninth address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, recalled the "architects of free India" who made a major contribution to India's freedom struggle.

A multi-layered security cover along with Facial Recognition System cameras were installed at each entry/exit point at the fort. Security personnel also deployed trained catchers to ensure that the premises remain monkey-free during the day.

As many as 231 regular kite-flyers from the walled city area were roped in by the police to ensure a clear sky for about three hours on the morning of August 15.