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Republic Day Live Updates: India To Celebrate 72nd Republic Day Today Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

72nd Republic Day: There will be fewer soldiers in the Army, Navy contingents at today’s parade (File)

New Delhi:

India will celebrate its 72nd Republic Day today with a shortened programme at Rajpath in Delhi amid the coronavirus pandemic. The programme will begin at 9 am and conclude after the traditional fly past 11.25 am.

Apart from a reduced list of events, the parade will also have a shorter route, no chief guest, fewer spectators, no children under 15 in the annual parade, and fewer soldiers in the Army and Navy contingents.

India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress will be on display during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath. Apart from tableaus of Armed forces, 17 tableaus from different states and nine tableaus from different ministries/departments of the central government and Paramilitary Forces and six from Ministry of Defence will also be on display during the annual parade.

The Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial.

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Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans celebrate 72nd #RepublicDay at a high-altitude Border Outpost in Ladakh.

(Source: ITBP)

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla unfurls the Tricolour at his residence, on Republic Day.

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Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit  lays wreath at the War Memorial at Rajaji Salai, in Chennai, on Republic Day.

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Watch: Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans marching with the national flag on a frozen water body in Ladakh on Republic Day.

Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda unfurls the national flag at party headquarters on Republic Day.

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Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans celebrate the 72nd Republic Day at a high-altitude Border Outpost in Ladakh. 

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Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal unfurls the national flag on Republic Day; Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also present.

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Delhi: BJP chief JP Nadda unfurls the national flag at party headquarters on #RepublicDay

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Republic Day: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Greets India

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted India on Republic Day and said working together to eliminate Covid; will visit India later this year.

In his video message to celebrate the birth of an “extraordinary Constitution” that established India “as the biggest sovereign democracy in the world”, UK PM reiterated his plan to visit India in the coming months.

“I was hugely looking forward to joining you for this important occasion at the kind invitation of my friend Prime Minister Modi, alas our common struggle against COVID has kept me in London,” said Mr Johnson.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot hoists the Tricolour at Chief Minister residence in Jaipur.

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The Tricolour unfurled at the RSS office in Ahmedabad. Organisation’s Chief Mohan Bhagwat also present. 

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Republic Day Parade: 38 Delhi cops awarded police medal

Thirty-eight Delhi Police personnel have been awarded police medal for their services, officials said.

Seventeen have been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG), three President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 18 Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of the Republic Day.

DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav and his special cell team, including Inspectors Prabhat Kumar Pankaj, Pankaj Kumar; Sub-Inspectors Krishan Kumar, Neeraj Kumar Sharma; Head Constable Girdhar Singh Gurjer; and Constable Gurdeep Singh, were awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry for bringing under control criminal “Kranti Gang” in the Delhi NCR in 2018.

A team led by DCP Pramod Singh Kushwah with ACP Hridaya Bhushan, SI Sandesh K and ASI Bhupender Kumar arrested a suspected ISIS terrorist, Yusuf Khan, in September last year and recovered heavy ammunition. They have been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry.

DCP Pramod Singh Kushwah and Inspector Vinod Kumar have been given the PMG for arresting three ISIS terrorists in Delhi in January last year.

DCP G Ram Gopal Naik, ACP Rajesh Kumar, Inspector Vinay Tyagi and Constable Kuldeep Singh will receive the PMG for rescuing a five-year-old child of a Delhi businessman after an operation of 11 days in 2018.

Republic Day Parade: India’s Military Might, Cultural Diversity, Social And Economic Progress To Be Displayed Today

Indian Armed forces are all set to display its military might during the annual parade.

The Indian Army will be represented by a Mounted Column of 61 Cavalry, seven mechanised columns, six marching contingents and fly-past by Rudra and Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters of the Army Aviation. Indigenously-developed Main Battle Tank of the Indian Army, T-90 Bhishma, Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) Ballway Machine Pikate (BMP II), Brahmos Weapon System, Pinaka Bridge Laying tanks T-72, Samvijay Electronic Warfare System and Schilka Weapon system will be the main attraction in the mechanised columns.

The other marching contingents of the Army will include the Jat Regiment, the Garhwal Regiment, the Mahar Regiment, the Jammu & Kashmir Rifles Regiment, the Bengal Sappers and the Territorial Army. The Combined Band of the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre, Para Regimental Centre and Jat Regimental Centre, Sikh Regimental Centre, Assam Regimental Centre, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles Regimental Centre, Sikh Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre and Artillery Centre (Nasik Road) will also march past the saluting dais.

  • India will celebrate its 72nd Republic Day today with a shortened programme at Rajpath in Delhi amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • The programme will begin at 9 am and conclude after the traditional fly past 11.25 am.
  • The Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial. 
  • PM Modi will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath. 
  • Thereafter, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the parade.
  • As per tradition, the National Flag will be unfurled followed by the National Anthem with a booming 21-gun salute. 
  • The parade will commence with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute. 
  • The parade will be commanded by Parade Commander, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, Ati Vishisth Seva medal, General Officer Commanding Delhi Area. Major General Alok Kacker, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area will be the Parade Second-in-Command.
  • After the unfurling of National Flag, the proud winners of the highest gallantry awards will be awarded. 
  • They include the winners of the Param Vir Chakra and the Ashok Chakra. 
  • Param Vir Chakra winners Subedar Major Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers and Subedar Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles and Ashok Chakra winner Lieutenant Colonel D Sreeram Kumar will follow the Deputy Parade Commander on Jeeps. 
  • The Param Vir Chakra is awarded for the most conspicuous act of bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of the enemy. The Ashok Chakra is awarded for similar acts of valour and self-sacrifice but other than in the face of the enemy.
Republic Day 2021: PM Modi Greets Nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted all Indians on the country’s 72nd Republic Day today. “Wishing all the people of India a Happy Republic Day,” he tweeted.

Shinzo Abe, SP Balasubrahmanyam Among Padma Vibhushan Recipients

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam have been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India, the government announced today. Celebrated singer SP Balasubrahmanyam was conferred the honour posthumously. He died in a Chennai hospital last year after almost two months of treatment.

Former chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi and former union minister Ram Vilas Paswan have also been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award posthumously. Former Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also been conferred the Padma Bhushan. (Read full story here)
Social Distancing, Shorter Route At Republic Day Parade: 10 Points
India will celebrate its 72nd Republic Day today with a shortened programme – scheduled to start at 9 am and conclude after the traditional fly past 11.25 am – because of the coronavirus pandemic. Apart from a reduced list of events, the parade will also have a shorter route, no chief guest, fewer spectators, no children under 15 in the annual parade, and fewer soldiers in the Army and Navy contingents. However, the newly inducted Rafale fighter jet will be among the many stars on show, as will a Bangladeshi tri-service contingent that will lead the parade on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 India-Pakistan war. A total of 32 tableaus – 17 from states and UTs, six from the Defence Ministry and nine others – will take part.

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