Indian PM Modi announced creating of post of "Chief of Defence Staff" in India

Indian PM Modi announced creating of post of

NEW DELHI - India on Thursday is celebrating its 73rd Independence Day with many events across the country.

Delivering his sixth Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched upon a range of subjects, beginning from the scrapping of Article 370 and triple talaq practices to advocating for population control and encouraging travel. He also announced the formation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) - the topmost defence officer of the country - to whom all the three service chiefs will report.

The security arrangements across the country have been tightened to ensure that no untoward incident takes place in anywhere. Security agencies have deployed additional personnel and have also relied on technology to keep a close watch on proceedings.

At least 80 companies of security forces (around 6,000 personnel) will be deployed at the Red Fort and the surrounding areas.