Daily Briefing: PM Modi’s I-Day speech; CJI DY Chandrachud on confidence in the judiciary; and more

🇮🇳 77th Independence Day

In his address nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the prevailing situation in Manipur. “Path for solution in Manipur will be found through peace. Centre and state government making all efforts for solution,” he said.

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With this being PM Modi’s last Independence Day speech before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, here’s a look at his previous speeches from 2014 to 2022.

⚡ Only in Express

In an Express series, ‘At the Steering Wheel – The Road Ahead’, beginning today, Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud writes: “The conduct of judges will instil confidence when their actions are uninfluenced by social and political pressure, and from the inherent biases that we all hold as human beings.”

📰 From the Front Page

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has submitted SOPs regarding appearance of government officials in court proceedings to the Supreme Court. These include: Courts should refrain from making “personal comments” on “dress, physical appearance, educational and social background”; in case of a court-appointed committee, judges should only describe the “broad composition” but not name individual officials.

India’s retail inflation rate surged to a 15-month high of 7.44 per cent in July 2023, primarily driven by a rise in prices of vegetables, cereals, pulses, spices and milk and products, data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Monday showed.

👩‍💻 Must read

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking 15 more days to conclude its inquiry in the Adani-Hindenburg case, saying that it has “substantially progressed” in its investigations. Here is what has happened in the case ever since the  Hindenburg Research report came out in January.

From drones and jetpack suits to precision guided munitions, robotic mules to portable helipads, the Army has initiated the process of identifying, procuring, and inducting a range of niche technologies as it seeks to stay ahead of the curve in tune with the evolving nature of modern warfare, senior officials have said.

Looking for his roots in shattered pieces of history— and paper, Delhi-based Gurpreet Singh Anand has a collection of over 1500 books on Partition, what he calls his “Bundle of Pain”. We bring you his journey of collecting and preserving these pieces, 76 years after his family was forced to migrate from Rawalpindi, when Punjab was bisected.

⌛And Finally…

Ahead of the G20 Summit, the Ministry of External Affairs organised a visit for journalists from 15 countries of the grouping to the Election Commission of India to interact with Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and view a demonstration of the electronic voting machine (EVM) to showcase how India’s electoral process works. Don’t miss today’s Delhi Confidential for more!

In the latest episode of our 3 Things podcast, and on the occasion of India’s 76th year of Independence, three historians share their favourite stories from the country’s freedom struggle.

Until next time,

Sonal Gupta and Ayesha Jain

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