Republic Day 2024 Live | President Droupadi Murmu and Chief Guest Emmanuel Macron depart from the venue

75th Republic Day celebrations conclude with a show of force by the Indian Air Force.

January 26, 2024 08:02 am | Updated 04:49 pm IST

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks on the day of Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, India, January 26, 2024. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks on the day of Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, India, January 26, 2024. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi | Photo Credit: ADNAN ABIDI

75th Republic Day celebrations: India ushered in its 75th Republic Day with a grand display of its women power and military might that included elite marching contingents, missiles, warplanes, surveillance gadgets and lethal weapon systems, with French President Emmanuel Macron gracing the occasion as the chief guest.

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The presence of President Macron was further amplified by the French Rafales flying along with the Indian Rafales over Kartavya Path, a first for a foreign air force.

Delhi Police has deployed over 14,000 security personnel across the Capital ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, the department said, adding that “robust and flawless” security arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of 77,000 invitees at Kartavya Path.

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  • January 26, 2024 15:27
    Goldie, golden retriever of canine squad of CISF

    KARNATAKA MANGALURU : 26/01/2024 : Goldie, the Golden Retriever of the canine squad of CISF rolls a barrel at the Republic Day Celebrations at Mangaluru International Airport in Mangaluru on 26, 2024. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

  • January 26, 2024 15:25
    Motorist Ali Baba decorates his motorcycle

    HYDERABAD, TELANGANA, 25/01/2024: A motorist Ali Baba decorating his motorcycle with tricolor flag and national leaders picture during the 75th Republic Day celebrations in Old City of Hyderabad on Friday, January 26, 2024. Photo: NAGARA GOPAL / The Hindu

  • January 26, 2024 14:45
    1500 dancers performed folk dances at Kartavya Path

    As part of the Republic Day 2024 celebrations, Kartavya Path in Delhi came alive with a spectacular showcase of cultural performances.

    A group consisting of 1500 dancers delivered a powerful message of unity in diversity through their mesmerizing acts.

    The grand performance includes 30 folk dance styles uniquely prevalent in different states of the country. 120 dancers have also donned masks related to various tribal and folk performing arts and 120 dancers are performing dances with traditional umbrellas and other artistic objects from Gujarat, Manipur, Kerala and Maharashtra. - ANI

  • January 26, 2024 14:44
    NCC has first-ever all-girl outing in Republic Day parade

    An all-girl contingent and band of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), fielded for the first time, marched on Kartavya Path in the morning. 

    The contingent, comprising148 cadets from across the nation, was led by Senior Under Officer Punnya Ponnamma from Kar and Goa Directorate.

    With nearly 17 lakh cadets on its roll, NCC is one of the largest youth uniformed organisations in the world.

  • January 26, 2024 14:43
    16 States take part in the parade

    A total of 16 tableaux from states and Union territories and nine from central ministries and departments rolled down the Kartavya Path during the parade.

    The states and Union territories from where the tableaux took part in the parade are Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.

  • January 26, 2024 14:41
    Many firsts in the Republic Day Parade

    For the first time, an all-women tri-services contingent marched down the Kartavya Path, reflecting the country’s growing ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power).

    In another first, the parade was heralded by over 100 women artistes playing Indian musical instruments such as sankh, naadswaram and nagada instead of traditional military bands kickstarting the celebrations.

    The first Army contingent leading the mechanised column was the 61 Cavalry, which was raised in 1953. It was followed by 11 mechanised columns, 12 marching contingents and a fly-past by advanced light helicopters of the Army Aviation Corps.

  • January 26, 2024 14:40
    J&K govt announces awards for 36 people

    Thirty-six people, including para archer and Arjuna Awardee Sheetal Devi, were selected for government awards in Jammu and Kashmir. 

    Late Head Constable Abdul Majeed has been awarded posthumously in the category of award for achievements in the field of bravery that carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation to the awardee, according to an order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) Commissioner-Secretary Sanjeev Verma.

    The government also conferred the award to Dogri writers Mohan Singh, Inderjeet Kesar, Gojri writer Mansha Khaki and broadcaster and writer Brij Nath Pandit Betab in the category of achievements in the field of literature.

    For their contribution to performing arts, film and television, actor Gulzar Ganaie, Pahari artist Kartar Chand, theatre artist Pawan Verma, actor and director Kuldeep Raina and vocalist and music composer Munir Ahmad Mir have been awarded.

  • January 26, 2024 13:26
    Jammu and Kashmir LG pays homage to fallen heroes at Balidan Stambh

    Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday paid homage to troops by laying a wreath at the Balidan Stambh war memorial here.

    The Tiger division of the Indian Army celebrated the 75th Republic Day at the war memorial, a defence spokesperson said.

    Lieutenant Governor laid a wreath at the ‘Eternal Flame’ of the memorial to pay tribute to the fallen heroes with a ceremonial guard of honour in the presence of other ranks of the Tiger division, the spokesperson said.

  • January 26, 2024 13:25
    200 NSS female volunteers marched in the parade

    A 200-strong female volunteers’ contingent of National Service Scheme (NSS) participated in the Republic Day Parade where they marched on Kartavya Path.

    The NSS has 3.9 million volunteers in its fold, drawn from 657 universities, 51 directorates and two councils, 20,669 colleges and institutions of higher learning and 11,998 senior secondary schools.

    The contingent marched under the command of Ragina Tamang from Sikkim, Regional Directorate of NSS, Guwahati.

  • January 26, 2024 13:23
    Advani hoists national flag at his residence

    Senior BJP leader and former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani hoisted the national flag at his residence on Republic Day, his office said.

    The 96-year-old leader has been hoisting the tricolour at his residence on Independence Day and Republic Day for decades.

  • January 26, 2024 13:12
    Intruder detained after security breach during Republic Day celebrations in Bengaluru, investigation underway

    During the Republic Day celebrations at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground in Bengaluru on January 26, a man, identified as Parashuram, attempted to illegally enter the Parade Ground to disrupt the motorcycle display.

    Police officials and security personnel detained the man from the ground and are currently investigating the motive behind his entry to the ground.

    According to police officials, upon being taken away from the ground, the man was saying that he was upset with the government. “The person jumped off from the media box designated for journalists during the event. The investigation is in progress, and additional details will be disclosed,” a senior police official said.

  • January 26, 2024 13:05
    President's bodyguard at Kartavya Path

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  • January 26, 2024 13:04
    Nepal PM extends Republic Day wishes to India

    Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal extended Republic Day wishes to India and expressed confidence over the strengthening of India-Nepal ties. 

    Taking to X, Nepal PMO said, “On the occasion of the 75th Republic Day of India, I extend my best wishes to PM Shri @narendramodi ji, the government and friendly people of India for good health, peace and prosperity. I am confident that the ties of friendship between our countries will continue to grow further.”

    Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu on Friday celebrated the 75th Republic Day and unfurled the national flag.

    - ANI

  • January 26, 2024 12:56
    Chhattisgarh tableau at Kartavya Path
  • January 26, 2024 12:54
    Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai unfurls national flag on Republic Day in Jagdalpur

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai unfurled the national flag on the occasion of 75th Republic Day in Jagdalpur, a city in Bastar district.

    The Chief Minister took the salute of the parade at Lalbagh Ground in Jagdalpur on the occasion and extended greetings to the people of the state.

    The Chief Minister’s office posted on X, “CM Sai extended greetings to the people of the state on the 75th Republic Day of India. he remembered the martyrs and freedom fighters of the country on the occasion. CM said this day is a symbol of the country’s unity, integrity, sovereignty, and equal justice system.”

  • January 26, 2024 12:49
    India’s military might, women power was on full display

    India ushered in its 75th Republic Day with a grand display of its women power and military might that included elite marching contingents, missiles, warplanes, surveillance gadgets and lethal weapon systems, with French President Emmanuel Macron gracing the occasion as the chief guest.

    For the first time, an all-women tri-services contingent marched down the Kartavya Path, reflecting the country’s growing ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power).

    In another first, the parade was heralded by over 100 women artistes playing Indian musical instruments such as sankh, naadswaram and nagada instead of traditional military bands kickstarting the celebrations.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:43
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi escorts President Murmu and French president as they depart from the venue

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  • January 26, 2024 12:40
    Indian Air Force’s Rafale displays the Vijay manoeuvre to mark the conclusion of Republic Day celebrations.
  • January 26, 2024 12:37
    IAF’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft fly-past over Kartavya Path
  • January 26, 2024 12:36
    All-women tri-services contingent led by Captain Sandhya marches down Kartavya Path

    For the first time in the history of the Republic Day parade, a contingent of women soldiers from the tri-services – Corps of Military Police of the Army, Navy and the Air Force – marched down the Kartavay Path.

    Led by 26-year-old Captain Sandhya, the contingent represented jointness, integrity and synergy among the services.

    “I feel fortunate to get the opportunity to lead it. It is a proud moment for me as well as every member of the team,” 26-year-old Ms. Sandhya told PTI before the parade.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:33
    PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron at the parade

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  • January 26, 2024 12:29
    Newly-inducted Prachand helicopter takes part in fly past over Kartavya Path
  • January 26, 2024 12:26
    “A great honour for France,” says President Macron as French contingent marches at Kartavya Path

    French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his thanks for the “great honour for France” as his country’s trrops and aircrafts to be invited to march in the 75th Republic Parade of India.”

    A great honor for France. Thank you, India,” posted Mr. Marcron on X as Kartavya Path witnessed a march past by a combined band and marching contingent of the French Armed Forces. The marching members were drawn from the French Foreign Legion, a well known and unigue corps of about 10,000 men from around the world, including India marched on the Kartavya Path.

  • January 26, 2024 12:23
    School children performing a dance at the Republic Day celebration in Udupi

    KARNATAKA MANGALURU : 26/01/2024 : School children performing a dance at the Republic Day celebration in Udupi on January 26, 2024. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

  • January 26, 2024 12:21
    CRPF contingent: More than 200 women personnel march down Kartavya Path

    More than 200 women personnel of the CRPF - largest para-military force in the world - marched down the Kartavya Path in the 75th Republic Day parade.

    The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has the distinction of raising one of the first women band contingents. Constable Sosa Alpaben led the CRPF band consisting of 100 women personnel and it was playing ‘Desh Ke Hum Hai Rakshak.

  • January 26, 2024 12:15
    R-Day parade dazzled by cultural extravaganza celebrating women power

    In a spectacular display of cultural richness and “Nari Shakti”, the third edition of the “Vande Bharatam” in the Republic Day parade of Friday showcased the theme “Cultural expression of women power - accomplishment through resolve”.

    A group of 1,500 dancers under the banner of “Vande Bharatam-Nari Shakti” graced the parade with a message of unity in diversity. The performance showcased 30 distinctive folk dance styles, including Kuchipudi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Satriya, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, Manipuri, contemporary classical dance, and Bollywood styles.

    Adding a touch of tradition and diversity, 120 dancers adorned masks representing various tribal and folk performing arts, while another 120 dancers performed with traditional umbrellas and artistic objects from Gujarat, Manipur, Kerala and Maharashtra.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:13
    ‘Super 100’ winners of Veergatha project among special guests

    The ‘Super 100 winners’ of Veer Gatha 3.0 were among the special guests at the Republic Day parade here.

    The third edition of ‘Veer Gatha’ was held between July 13 and September 30 last year. A record 1.36 crore students from 2.42 lakh schools across the country shared their inspirational stories through essays, poems, drawings and multimedia presentations.

    After a series of evaluations under various rubrics for assessment at the state and district levels, nearly 3,900 entries were submitted for national-level evaluation.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:12
    “Ghoomer”, adorned camels in Rajasthan tableau

    Rajasthan’s tableau gave a demonstration of the development of women’s handicraft industries, and a glimpse of the cultural and architectural legacy of the state.

    The tableau was fronted by a display of the state’s famous ‘ghoomar’ dance – a traditional dance practised by the women of Rajasthan during festivals.

    A statue of Meera Bai, a symbol of devotion and power, was displayed in the rear part of the tableau. The rich handicraft traditions including ‘bandhej’, ‘bagru’ print, and applique work depicted the skill of the women of Rajasthan.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:11
    Gujarat tableau displays Dhordo village of Rann of Kutch

    Located on India’s western tip, Dhordo, the gateway to the Rann of Kutch, was the theme of Gujarat’s tableau in the Republic Day parade on Friday. Dhordo made it to a UN body’s best villages list last year.

    The tableau presents the border village as the global icon of Gujarat’s tourism development.

    Known as the gateway to the picturesque white Rann, Dhordo celebrates its traditional handicrafts, folk music and the annual Rann Utsav.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:10
    MEA’s tableau showcases India’s G20 presidency achievements

    The successful hosting of the G20 Summit and India’s achievements during its presidency of the powerful grouping were showcased in the Ministry of External Affairs tableau which rolled down the Kartavya Path as part of the 75th Republic Day parade.

    The MEA’s tableau reflected India’s leadership of addressing global issues in an ambitious, decisive, inclusive and action-oriented manner.

    It also depicted the successful completion of India’s G20 presidency last year and its achievements.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:08
    PM’s vision to strengthen port-led development showcased on tableau

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to strengthen port-led development through the Sagarmala programme and “Nari Shakti” in the maritime sector were showcased in the Republic Day tableau of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

    The flagship programme of the ministry has helped reduce turn-around time, thereby increasing the cargo handling efficiency at ports.

    The front portion of the tableau portrayed the commitment of the ministry to provide opportunities to women.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:07
    CSIR showcases purple revolution, electric tractor

    The purple revolution unfolding in the lavender fields of Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir found a proud place on the tableau of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday in the Republic Day parade.

    The purple revolution showcases India’s scientific prowess and the industrious spirit of the farmers of Bhaderwah and adjoining regions who have turned entrepreneurs over the past few years, a senior CSIR official said.

    The enchanting tableau, decked with lavender flowers, narrates the story of development of an elite variety of lavender at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine at Jammu, its cultivation, and its processing to produce essential oils, perfumes and incense sticks.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:06
    Meity’s tableau focuses on AI for social empowerment

    India leveraging the power of artificial intelligence in healthcare, logistics and education to further social empowerment was the theme of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s Republic Day parade tableau.

    The tractor portion of the tableau, which rolled down the Kartavya Path on Friday, showcased a “female robot” in a thinking posture. The base of the tractor depicted a 3D scale model of a chip. Circuit design on the sides with LED lights showcased the energy that artificial intelligence carries to take India towards development.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 12:03
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav at Republic Day celebrations in Ujjain

    Ujjain: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav during the 7th Republic Day function in Ujjain, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_26_2024_000127B)

  • January 26, 2024 11:57
    Ram Lalla consecration in Ayodhya showcased in Uttar Pradesh's tableau

    An artistic image of Ram Lalla whose new idol was recently consecrated at a grand temple in Ayodhya is the showpiece of Uttar Pradesh’s tableau in this year’s Republic Day parade.

    The tableau also depicts the first-ever operational high-speed regional rapid transit system (RRTS) of the country. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the priority section of its first corridor in October.

    The front portion of the tableau symbolically represents the consecration ceremony that took place in Ayodhya on January 22, with an artistic model depicting Lord Ram in a young avatar holding a bow and arrow.

  • January 26, 2024 11:55
    Tamil Nadu government honours Alt News’ Mohammed Zubair with award for communal harmony

    During the Republic Day celebrations in Chennai, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin handed over the Kottai Ameer Communal Harmony Award, 2024 to Alt News’ co-founder Mohammed Zubair. Governor R.N. Ravi was among the dignitaries present during the celebrations.

    Mr. Zubair, a native of Denkanikottai of Krishnagiri district, through his Alt News portal has been analysing the veracity of the news coming out on social media and “his work helps to prevent the occurrence of violence in society likely to be caused by fake news,” the citation read and went on to recall that in March 2023, there was a rapid spread on social media that migrant workers were being attacked in Tamil Nadu.

  • January 26, 2024 11:53
    Chandrayaan-3, Aditya L-1 get prominence in ISRO’s R-Day tableau

    The landing of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft near the south pole of the Moon and the Aditya L-1 mission to study the Sun found a prominent place in ISRO’s tableau in the Republic Day parade.

    The tableau also showcased the participation of women scientists in various missions of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which is now planning to carry out India’s maiden human space flight next year.

    The tableau had a model of the Launch Vehicle Mark-3 that took Chandrayaan-3 to the Moon from Sriharikota. The lunar landing site of the spacecraft which was named Shiv Shakti Point by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also featured.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:52
    DRDO tableau marches in the parade

    DRDO tableau led by scientist Sunita Jena showcases women empowerment

  • January 26, 2024 11:49
    Tamil Nadu’s tableau showcases historical Kudavolai electoral system

    Tamil Nadu’s tableau in the Republic Day parade on the Kartavya Path highlighted the historical significance of the Kudavolai electoral system, which emerged during the 10th century Chola era and marked an early stride towards democracy.

    Used to elect representatives to run the village administration, it voiced the collective will of the people to the empire.

    Historical evidence for this system is documented in the Uthiramerur inscriptions located in the Kanchipuram district.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:42
    Chhattisgarh tableau depicts Bastar’s 600-year-old tribal tradition

    Chhattisgarh’s tableau in the 75th Republic Day parade depicted the 600-year-old tribal tradition of community decision-making in the state’s Bastar region.

    It reflected the democratic consciousness and traditional democratic values present in tribal communities since ancient times as well as presented the story of the origin and evolution of democracy in India.

    The tableau depicted the ancient tribal form of Parliament in Bastar known as “Muria Darbar”.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:40
    Manipur tableau showcases women-run ‘Mother’s Market’

    Manipur’s tableau in the 75th Republic Day parade showcased its Ima Keithel, also known as the “Mother’s Market”.

    The 500-year-old Ima Keithel, the only market in the world run entirely by women, serves as a classic example of “Nari Shakti”.

    Based on the theme “Thambal Gi langla – Lotus Threads”, the tableau depicted women extracting delicate fibre from lotus stems and making yarn using traditional spinning wheels.

    In the centre, the float depicts a woman weaving clothes using “Eyong” – a traditional Manipuri loom. There was a replica of the Ima Keithel building at the rear end of the float.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:40
    Madhya Prdaesh tableau portrays state’s self-reliant, progressive women

    Madhya Pradesh’s tableau in the Republic Day parade on Friday portrayed self-reliant and progressive women of the state.

    The float gave the message that the state has achieved notable success in integrating women directly into the development process through its welfare schemes.

    It illustrated the progressive journey of women in the state through self-help groups, local leadership and representation even in the aviation sector.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:37
    Pradhan Mantri Bal Puraskar recipients participate in 75th Republic Day parade

    Recipients of the Pradhan Mantri Bal Puraskar showcased their achievements and diverse talents, embodying the spirit of innovation, courage and excellence during the 75th Republic Day parade.

    The award this year was given to 19 children - nine boys and 10 girls - from 18 states and Union Territories for exceptional bravery, artistic prowess, innovative thinking and selfless service.

  • January 26, 2024 11:35
    Yogi Adityanath calls on people to build a ‘self-reliant’ India

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath greeted the people on Republic Day and called on them to build a “capable, self-reliant India.” In a post on X, Mr. Adityanath said, “Hearty congratulations and best wishes to the people of the state on the 75th Republic Day! “This national festival not only remembers our immortal fighters but also provides us an opportunity to commit ourselves to the realization of the concept of ‘Ek Bharat-Shrestha Bharat’.

    “Let us all be determined to build a ‘capable self-reliant India’! Jai Hind!” Adityanath also hoisted the national flag at his official residence.

  • January 26, 2024 11:31
    State tableaux march down the Kartavya Path
  • January 26, 2024 11:28
    Indian Coast Guard band marches down Kartavya Path

    The elegantly dressed Indian Coast Guard band marched down the Kartavya Path on the occasion of 75th Republic Day, playing the tune “Suraksha”.

    The band was under the command of Pappanoor G Babu.

    The Indian Coast Guard -- ‘Sentinels of our Seas’ - contingent was led by Assistant Commandant Chunauti Sharma followed by officers of assistant commandants Priya Dahiya, Hardik and Pallavi.

  • January 26, 2024 11:26
    DRDO tableau led by scientist Sunita Jena showcases women empowerment

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation’s tableau in the Republic Day parade on Friday depicted women empowerment and was led by renowned scientist Sunita Jena.

    Women’s involvement in the areas of research and development was showcased in the tableau themed on “Women Power in protecting the nation by providing the defence technologies in all five dimensions.” The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in the pursuit of self-reliance to defence, has developed many high tech systems. The tableau was led by Sunita Jena, an outstanding scientist and specialist in guided missiles.

    She was involved in the development of the Indigenous Liquid Ramjet Technology.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:23
    Delhi Police’s all women contingent marches down Kartavya Path

    The Delhi Police’s all-women contingent marched down the Kartavya Path on Republic Day for the first time in its history.

    The contingent was led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Shweta K Sugathan.

    The Delhi Police contingent comprised one female gazetted officer, three women sub-inspectors, 44 women head-constables, and 100 women constables, all draped in red ‘safa’.

  • January 26, 2024 11:22
    Madras Regiment, India’s oldest infantry, marches through Kartavya Path

    The Madras Regiment led by Captain Yash Dadal of 12th Battalion the Madras Regiment marched past the Kartavya Path on the 75th Republic Day.

    The Thambis as the troops of the Madras regiment are popularly known are seen with their hallmark head gear, ‘Black Pom Pom’. Madras Regiment is the oldest Infantry regiment of Indian Army and finds its origin dated in the year 1750.

    The regiment has a rich martial history of valour and bravery. And it has actively participated in Indo-Pak war 1947-48, against Chinese aggression in 1962, Indo - Pak war 1965 and 71, Operation Pawan, Operation Meghdoot, and many UN Peace Keeping Missions in Congo, Lebanon and Sudan.The Insignia of the madras Regiment is Assaye Elephant, which signifies the Elephent’s seven qualities Courage, Endurance, Sagacity, Strenth, Confidence, Obedience and Faithfulness, truly imbibed in the Thambi DNA.

    - ANI

  • January 26, 2024 11:20
    Veterans tableau depicts how they gallantly defended country

    The role played by armed forces’ veterans during and after their service was depicted in a tableau that rolled down the Kartavya Path during the 75th Republic Day parade.

    The theme of the float was -- “Rashtra Nirman - Pehle Bhi, Ab Bhi, Aage bhi aur Hamesha”.

    The front part of the tableau depicts a major phase in the lives of armed forces personnel, when they “gallantly defended our country at all costs”, read a description about the tableau in an official booklet on the 75th Republic Day celebrations at the Kartavya Path.

    These capable forces along with availability of modern indigenous war fighting platforms clearly reflect that the security of the country is impenetrable, it read.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:19
    ‘Nari Shakti’, ‘Atmanirbharta’ themes ring in tableaux of IAF, Navy

    The three wings of the armed forces showcased India’s rising military might here with an impressive display of assets as their Republic Day tableaux complemented the over-arching theme of ‘Nari Shakti’ and ‘Atmanirbharta’.

    Highlighting India’s growing prowess in shipbuilding, the Indian Navy tableau depicted the imposing indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant and highly capable escort ships INS Delhi, INS Kolkata and INS Shivalik, the LCA, the ALH and the Kalvari-class submarine.

    The Navy tableau’s theme was ‘Nari Shakti’ and ‘Atmanirbharta’.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:16
    All-women contingent of Armed Forces Medical Services showcased

    The Armed Forces Medical Services on Friday showcased an all-women contingent for the first time in the Republic Day parade here.

    The tableau represented the pinnacle of military pageantry, highlighting the strength, discipline and resolute dedication of women officers of the Armed Forces Medical Services.

    It also depicted their hard work, devotion and unwavering commitment extending far beyond the borders, encompassing patient care, logistics, casualty evacuation and public health initiatives in conflict zones in India as well as abroad.

  • January 26, 2024 11:13
    Major Divya Tyagi leads all-men Bombay Sappers contingent

    Major Divya Tyagi made history on Friday by becoming the first woman officer of the Indian Army to lead an all-men contingent of the Bombay Sappers, Bombay Engineer Group and Centre, at the Republic Day parade here.

    Ms. Tyagi is an officer of the 115th Engineer Regiment.

    “The Bombay Sappers traces its ancestry back to 1777 when the Pioneer Lascars were raised under the Bombay Presidency. However, the date of raising of the group is taken as 1820, when the Engineer Lascars were raised and formed into a company designated as ‘Sappers and Miners’ under the Bombay Army,” an information brochure released by the government on the eve of Republic Day said.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 11:11
    Karnataka Governor lauds implementation of guarantee schemes by Congress government in R-Day speech

    Outlining the achievements of the Congress government in Karnataka in 2023 and terming the State as progressive, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on January 26, said the five guarantee schemes were being implemented successfully in the State.

    Presiding over the Republic Day celebrations at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground in Bengaluru, the Governor said his government is working hard to realise the aspirations of the Constitution.

    “My government had assured the people of Karnataka that we would implement the five guarantees — Shakti Yojane, Anna Bhagya, Gruha Jyoti, Gruha Lakshmi and Yuva Nidhi programme. I am happy to state that we have implemented all the five guarantees in the State,” he said.

  • January 26, 2024 11:09
    French President Macron witnesses India’s grand Republic Day parade

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday watched India’s 75th Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Kartavya Path, joining a select group of global leaders to have graced the nation’s biggest ceremonial in the last seven decades.

    As the chief guest at the ceremony, Mr. Macron witnessed the grand military parade and the cultural performances along with President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, members of the Union Cabinet, foreign diplomats and a host of other dignitaries.

    It is the sixth time that a French leader was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade.

    Also Read: French President Macron joins PM Modi in Jaipur roadshow, gets Ram temple replica as gift

  • January 26, 2024 11:07
    President Droupadi Murmu, her French counterpart arrive in traditional buggy
  • January 26, 2024 11:04
    World’s only serving horsed cavalry regiment leads army contingent

    The only serving horsed cavalry regiment in the world led the Indian Army contingent at the 75th Republic Day parade on the Kartavya Path, followed by mechanised columns.

    The contingent of the 61st Cavalry of the army was led by Major Yashdeep Ahlawat. Raised in 1953, this is the only serving horse-mounted cavalry regiment in the world, with an amalgamation of all “State Horsed Cavalry Units”.

    The mounted cavalry was followed by main battle tanks T-90 ‘Bhishma’, the NAG missile system, a tank destroyer indigenously designed by the DRDO, and infantry combat and all-terrain vehicles.

    The armoured vehicles were followed by the indigenously designed, developed and manufactured medium-range Pinaka Multiple Rocket Launcher System.

    The cavalry was followed by a total of 11 mechanised columns and 12 marching contingents, and a fly-past by Advanced Light Helicopters of Army Aviation Corps.

  • January 26, 2024 11:01
    Telangana Governor takes dig at previous BRS regime, says people put an end to dictatorial govt

    Speaking at the 75 th Republic Day celebrations after unfurling the National Flag and reviewing the march past here on January 26, Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundarajan said: “The people’s government has been formed in Telangana State. The people’s mandate declared that arrogance and autocracy have no place in Telangana.”

    The Governor in her speech dwelt on the initiates that the Congress Government has embarked on and minced no words in hitting out at the previous BRS Government. She noted that the Government is in the process of reconstructing the ruined constitutional bodies, systems, and values in the last ten years.

  • January 26, 2024 10:59
    Aavaahan, a musical performance, takes centre stage

    Kartavya Path resonated with a melodious ensemble as ‘Aavaahan’ took centre stage, marking the first-ever musical journey at the forefront of the grand parade during the Republic Day celebrations.

    This extraordinary performance enveloped the atmosphere with the auspicious sounds of an exquisite symphony, featuring a variety of Indian musical instruments sourced from different parts of the country.

    The distinguished band comprising 112 women artistes skilfully played a diverse array of folk and tribal percussion instruments, becoming a powerful symbol of women’s strength and prowess.

    Among the mesmerising sounds, 20 artistes showcased the rhythmic beats of Maharashtra’s Dhol and Tasha, while 16 artistes brought the traditional Dappu of Telangana to life. The ensemble also included 16 artistes skilfully playing Dhak and Dhol from West Bengal, with an additional eight artistes blowing conch shells, further enhancing the auditory experience.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 10:52
    Four Mi-17 IV helicopters of 105 Helicopter Unit shower flower petals on audience present at Kartavya Path.
  • January 26, 2024 10:50
    President Droupadi Murmu unfurls national flag on 75th Republic Day
  • January 26, 2024 10:30
    Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan led the Republic Day celebrations in the State.

    Delivering the Republic Day address after unfurling the national flag at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Mr. Khan called for preserving the autonomy of higher education institutions and to prevent “outside interference that leads the youth to engage in activities which pollute the academic environment”. 

    In a veiled swipe at the State government, the Governor said cooperative federalism requires the support from all stakeholders including the States of the nation. 

    He made the remark after citing the Centre’s Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra outreach programme, which was boycotted by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala. 

    Urging the State to nurture a healthier democracy that encourages constructive public discourse, the Governor cautioned against dissent degenerating into violence. He also called for guarded stance against “group rivalries and internal struggles for power” that could affect governance and thereby set a bad example for the youth.

  • January 26, 2024 10:21
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes at National War Memorial on Republic Day

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial on the occasion of the 75th Republic Day. 

    He led the nation in paying solemn tributes by laying a wreath. 

    The iconic memorial in the India Gate complex was inaugurated by Mr. Modi in 2019. 

    It is dedicated to soldiers killed during the India-China War in 1962, India-Pak Wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971, Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka and in the Kargil Conflict in 1999, and also those in the UN peacekeeping missions.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 09:59
    Tamil Nadu Governor unfurls national flag

    Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi unfurled the national flag and the 75th Republic Day celebrations were marked by a march past of contingents of the Armed forces, the state police and colourful cultural events that showcased the Tamil pride.

    Besides the traditional parade, cultural performances of troupes from Odisha, Manipur and Karnataka attracted attention. A key highlight was the cultural events by students; with the revolutionary Tamil poet Bharathidasan’s ‘Tamizhukum Amudhu Endru Per’ song forming the theme. The celebrations were held on Kamarajar Salai near the Marina beachfront.

    Governor Ravi, in his Republic Day message said the epochal event of the ​Pran Pratishtha of Sri Ram Lalla in the Ayodhya Lord Ram temple​ has enthused the entire nation. “Sri Ram has a deep connect with Tamil Nadu. His story has inspired and enriched Tamil literature since the Sangam period, constitutes the soul of Carnatic music and has enriched our classical dance,” Mr. Ravi said.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 09:38
    Telangana Deputy Chief Minister at Republic Day celebrations in Hyderabad

    Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Bhatti Vikramarka Mallu along with Ministers and Congress party leaders participating in the 75th Republic Day celebration at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad. 

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  • January 26, 2024 09:31
    AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge extends greetings on Republic Day

    AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge reminds citizens of the Constitutional values of ‘nyaya’ (justice), ‘maryada’ (dignity), ‘samata’ (equality), and ‘samabhaav’ (equanimity), as he extends good wishes on the occasion of Republic Day.

  • January 26, 2024 09:16
    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken extends Republic Day wishes to India

    United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken extended Republic Day wishes to India and said that the Constitution of India continues to provide an enduring framework for the world’s largest democracy and a foundation of its global leadership.

    ”On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of India on India’s Republic Day. The Constitution of India continues to provide an enduring framework for the world’s largest democracy and a foundation for its global leadership,” he said in an official statement.

    The statement further read, “As President Biden has said, our relationship with India is one of the most consequential in the world.“ Mr. Blinken also highlighted India’s successful G20 presidency and hoped for deepening ties with India.

    - ANI

  • January 26, 2024 08:59
    PM Modi greets people on Republic Day

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted people on the occasion of India’s 75th Republic Day.

  • January 26, 2024 08:43
    Military might and women empowerment to be displayed at Republic Day parade on Kartavya Path

    The armed forces will display an array of home-grown weaponry and military equipment such as missiles, drone jammers, surveillance systems, vehicle-mounted mortars and BMP-II infantry combat vehicles at the parade.

    For the first time, an all-women tri-services contingent will be part of the event.

    The parade will be heralded by over 100 women artistes playing Indian musical instruments such as Sankh, Naadswaram, and Nagada for the first time instead of the traditional military bands.

    Around 15 women pilots will also enthral the audience during the Indian Air Force’s fly-past, representing ‘Nari Shakti’. The contingents of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will also consist of only women personnel.

  • January 26, 2024 08:18
    Delhi police has made several provisions the celebrations

    Commandoes, quick reaction teams, PCR vans, anti-sabotage checks and SWAT teams will be deployed at the specific strategic locations at Kartavya Path and all around the city, Special Commissioner of Police (Security) Dependra Pathak said, adding that the Delhi Police has prepared to tackle the aerial threats also.

    Police have ensured that peace prevails in Delhi’s “vulnerable” areas following ​Monday’s consecration ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya​, he added.

    Booths for missing persons, helpdesks, first-aid kiosks and separate facilitation booths where the visitors can deposit their vehicle keys before the parade have been set up.

    - PTI

  • January 26, 2024 07:59
    Delhi under thick security blanket, over 70,000 personnel deployed across city

    Delhi has been placed under a blanket of security for the 75th Republic Day celebrations on Friday with more than 70,000 personnel deployed across the city, police have said.

    Police have also issued an advisory on traffic arrangements while restrictions have been put in place, especially in central Delhi, for the smooth movement of vehicles in the city on Friday.

    As many as 14,000 personnel have been deployed at and around Kartavya Path for the security of the Republic Day parade, they said, adding that around 77,000 invitees are expected at Kartavya Path to watch this year’s parade.

    - PTI

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