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Republic Day 2019 celebrations: Spirit of patriotism soars and roars as parade displays India's might, valour and culture

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Republic Day celebrations: The spirit of patriotism soared and roared on Rajpath as Indian defence forces displayed their might and valour as part of parade.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: January 26, 2019 14:10 IST
PM Modi grees children at Rajpth as Republic Day parade

PM Modi grees children at Rajpth as Republic Day parade concludes

Tri-colour, national pride and patriotic fervour has taken over the country as India celebrates its 70th Republic Day. The parade from Vijay Chowk to Red Fort Grounds enthraled the hearts of billions of Indians as security forces gave a glimpse of their valour along with the best of artillery, including  M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers, recently acquired from the US and K9 Vajra. 

Indian culture was celebrated on Rajpath with 22 tableaux by states and central government departments, and performance by school children. As many as 26 national award winning children, seated in open jeeps, were also form part of the cultural pageant. 

Also read | Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh and Dr Bhupen Hazarika awarded Bharat Ratna

To celebrate the day in peace, the national capital has been covered with a thick blanket of security. Women commandos, mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters have been deployed at strategic locations to keep a close watch on the eight-km-long Republic Day parade route from Rajpath to the Red Fort in central Delhi.

A senior police officer said around 25,000 security personnel have been deployed at strategic locations in central Delhi to ensure that no untoward incident takes place to dampen the spirit of the nation. 

Also read | India celebrates 70th Republic Day today; Delhi turns into fortress, anti-aircraft guns deployed

Here are the latest updates on Republic Day celebrations from Delhi and across the nation: 

A glimpse of Republic Day Parade: India's might and valour envelopes Rajpath

11:30 am: Republic Day parade concludes. PM Modi greets children at Rajpath as Republic Day Parade concludes. 

11:09 am: Brave children honoured

11:05 am: Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel celebrating Republic Day at 18,000 feet and -30 degree celsius in Ladakh

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel celebrating Republic Day at 18,000 feet and -30 degree celsius in Ladakh

10:50 am: Sweets exchanged at Attari-Wagah border. 

10:05 am: President Ram Nath Kovind awards Ashok Chakra: Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani, who lost his life while killing 6 terrorists in an operation in Kashmir, awarded the Ashok Chakra. Award was received by his wife and mother.

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Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani

10:02 am: PM Modi greets his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh 

10:00 am: 21-gun salute roars patriotism: The spirit of patriotism soared and roared as the national anthem was sung in the accompaniment of booming 21 gun salute at the Rajpath here during the Republic Day function. The well-coordinated gun salute by seven cannons of 2281 Field Regiment starts with the first note of the national anthem and ends with the last. The duration of the 21 gun salute coincides with the length of the national anthem. Each gun (25-pounder) is handled by a team of three personnel. Special clocks are used to measure time in smaller units for precision. Also, back up gun are there to the meet the situation where a gun does not go off. The battery fires 21 rounds in 52 seconds.

10:00 am: Parade of India's might, valour and culture begins at Rajpath 

09:58 am: President Kovind, Chief Guest President Ramaphosa arrive at Rajpath

09:45 am: PM Modi pays tribute to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti. The PM, president and Chief Guest  President Ramaphosa will move to Vijay Chowk where the parade will begin shortly.

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 PM Modi pay tribute to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti

9:38 am: PM Narendra Modi to arrive shortly.

9:37 am: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

08:45 am: Naval contingent comprises 144 young sailors: The Naval Contingent will comprise of 144 young sailors led by Lieutenant Commander Ambika Sudhakarn as Contingent Commander. It will be followed by Naval tableau titled, ‘Indian Navy – Combat Ready Force for National Security’, which will proudly illustrate the combat potential of the multi-dimensional Indian Navy of the 21st Century.

08:35 am: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal present at Republic Day 2019 celebrations in Bhubaneswar.

08:32 am: BJP President Amit Shah unfurls the tricolour at the party office in Delhi.

08:30 am: Anti-aircraft guns, SWAT women commandos, snipers deployed in Delhi: SWAT women commandos, mobile hit teams, snipers are among the varied layers of security under which the national capital has been placed for the Republic Day celebrations. Elaborate measures, including deployment of anti-aircraft guns, were put in place to secure the airspace. Following the arrest of two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) members, who were planning to carry out terror strikes in the city during the 70th Republic Day celebrations, Delhi had been placed under high-security cover to avoid any terror strike or untoward incident. The arrested members of the JeM had identified Lajpat Nagar market, Haj Manzil, Turkman Gate, Paharganj, India Gate and the IGL gas pipeline in east Delhi as potential targets, police said.

08:16 am: Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan hoists tri-colour on Republic Day 2019 in Vijayawada.

08:15 am: People brave winter chill to witness R-Day festivities: 

08:07 am: Republic Day celebrated in Tamil Nadu: Chennai - Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit unfurls the national flag on Republic Day 2019. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam also present.

08:00 am: 'Indian' martial tune `Sankhnaad' to be played at the parade: `Sankhnaad', a martial tune created for the Indian armed forces, will be played for the first time on the 70th Republic Day parade. This new tune has been composed by Dr Tanuja Nafde, a vocalist (Hindustani classical), academician and composer from Nagpur. Since independence, the Indian defence forces have been playing 'martial tune' created before independence by the Britishers. This year, we break the colonial tradition.

07:45 am: Traffic Police advisory: The Delhi Traffic Police has advised commuters to plan their journeys in advance to avoid delays and avoid the route of Republic Day parade between Vijay Chowk and Red Fort grounds in the national capital 

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Delhi Traffic Police advisory

07:30 South African President Cyril Remphosa official guest at the paradeSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade. Ramaphosa is the second President of South Africa after Nelson Mandela to be the Chief Guest at the parade. 

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SA President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by spouse Dr Tshepo Motsepe, welcomed by President Kovind and Prime Narendra Minister Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Friday.

07:14 am: Bharat Ratna for Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen HazarikaThe government on Friday announced Bharat Ratna for Bharatiya Jana Sangh ideologue Nanaji Deshmukh, eminent Assamese poet Bhupen Hazarika and former President Pranab Mukherjee. Nanaji Deshmukh and Dr Bhupen Hazarika will be awarded the country's highest civilian award posthumously.  Pranab Mukherjee has served as the President of India from 2012-2017.

07:00 am: India belongs to each of us and to all of us, says President: Addressing the nation on the eve of 70th Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind underlined that the auspicious day is an occasion to reaffirm commitment to liberty, fraternity and equality across our society and among all citizens. President Kovind said that Republic Day is an occasion to celebrate India and the spirit of being Indian. "India belongs to each of us and to all of us – every group and every community, every region and every identity. It belongs to every citizen and every individual," President Kovind said. 

06:30 am: The Republic Day Parade Ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti under India Gate. Then, President Ram Nath Kovind will hoist the flag at 9.00 am after which the Republic Day parade will kick off from Rajpath at 9.50 am.

06:20 am: 

06:15 am: Prime Miniser Narendra Modi greets the nation: PM Modi on Saturday wished the country on the occassion of 70th Republic Day. "Happy Republic Day to all fellow Indians. Sabhi deshvasio ko gantantradiwas ki shubhkamnayein. Jai Hind," PM Modi tweeted. 

06:10 am: 

06:00 am: Traffic restrictions in New Delhi: According to a traffic advisory, no vehicle has been allowed on Rajpath, from Vijay Chowk to India Gate, from 6pm on January 25 till the parade is over. No cross-traffic will be allowed on Rajpath from 11.00pm on January 25 at Rafi Marg, Janpath, Man Singh Road till the parade is over and ‘C’-Hexagon-India Gate will be closed for vehicular movement from 2am on January 26 till the parade crosses Tilak Marg, it said. No vehicular movement will be allowed on Tilak Marg, BSZ Marg and Subhash Marg in both directions from 10am onwards, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Alok Kumar said.

05:50 am: Exits blocked from Metro stations: Metro services will be available for commuters at all stations on Republic Day, but there will be no boarding and de-boarding at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan stations from 5am to 12pm. Boarding and de-boarding will not be allowed between 8.45am and 12pm at Lok Kalyan Marg (Race Course) and Patel Chowk metro stations, they said.

05:40 am: Security cover in aerial space: Elaborate measures, including deployment of anti-aircraft guns, have also been put in place to secure the airspace over Delhi, police said. The traffic police has banned flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para- gliders, para motors, hang gliders, UAVs, UASs, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot-air balloons, small size powered aircraft, quadcopters or para jumping from aircraft over the jurisdiction of National Capital Territory of Delhi from January 9 to February 9.

05:30 am: Republic Day Parade timings: The 90-minute-long parade will start at 9.50am from Vijay Chowk and pass through Rajpath, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar (BSZ) Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg and proceed for the Red Fort. A function will be held at India Gate at 9 am. As per tradition, after unfurling the National Flag, the national anthem will be played with a 21 gun salute. The parade will then commence and the President will take the salute.

05:00 am: Key shows to watch out for at this year's Republic Day celebrations:  After a gap of three years, the railways is all set to showcase its tableau in the Republic Day parade depicting the "transformation of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi" and highlight the yet-to-be-launched bullet train and Train 18. The main attraction at the Republic Day Parade 2019 will be an all-woman marching contingent, who will be taking part for the first time. The tableau of Gujarat, which will depict Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Historical Dandi March’.

Republic Day 2019: Political Parade on Rajpath

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