India celebrated its 68th Republic Day on Thursday. The day was marked by a grand parade in the national capital, New Delhi.
The parade showcased India’s military strength, achievements and its diverse culture at the Rajpath.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attended the parade as the Chief Guest.
11:30 AM: Indian Air Force fighter jets fly over Rajpath.
11:25 AM: Indian Airforce aircraft fly over Rajpath.
11:23 AM: Indian Air Force fly past begins with the Mi-35 attack helicopters.
11:20 AM: Daredevil bikers of the Military police perform stunts at Rajpath.
11:10 AM: School children from across the country participate in the parade at Rajpath.
10:50 AM: States showcase their cultural diversity at Rajpath
10:40 AM: Commandos of the National Security Guard march at Rajpath.
10:30 AM: Contingents of the Indian Army, BSF and Navy march at Rajpath
10:20 AM: Other military contingents march down Rajpath.
10:10 AM: Contingent of 179 UAE soldiers leads the parade.
10:05 AM: The Republic Day parade begins.
10:03 AM: President Pranab Mukjherjee presents the gallantry awards to the soldiers and their relatives.
9:57 AM: President Pranab Mukherjee and chief guest Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan arrive at Rajpath.
9:55 AM: Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari arrives at Rajpath, greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries.
9:50 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Rajpath, received by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the three military service chiefs.
9:40 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays a ceremonial wreath on the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate.
9:30 AM: The national capital is wrapped in an unprecedented security cover with thousands of security force personnel keeping vigil to ward off any terror strike or untoward incident.
Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters were deployed to keep a watch on the eight-km-long parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort besides nearby localities.
9:20 AM: The main highlight of this year’s parade will be a fly-past by Tejas, the made-in-India multi-role fighter jet that has been inducted into the Indian Air Force.
9:15 AM: A 149-member UAE Presidential Guard, the Air Force, the Navy and Army contingent led by a UAE band consisting of 35 musicians will be marching on Rajpath and presenting a ceremonial salute to the President of India.
9:10 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the nation on the occasion.
गणतंत्र दिवस की सभी देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। #RepublicDay greetings to everyone.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 26, 2017
President Pranab Mukherjee also tweeted warm greetings
Warm greetings to Government and people of Australia on their National Day #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) January 26, 2017
9:05 AM: For the first time, a contingent of the National Security Guard (NSG), popularly known as the Black Cat Commandoes, will march-past the Rajpath.
9:00 AM: The Republic Day parade is scheduled to begin at 9:50 am.