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Republic Day 2020 Highlights: India is celebrating its 71st Republic Day today. The parade at Rajpath, which showcased India’s military might, is considered the day’s main attraction.

By HT Correspondent | Jan 26, 2020 18:41 IST
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India celebrates its 71st Republic Day today. On this day in 1950, the Constitution of India came into force. The Republic Day parade, which is considered the main attraction of the day’s celebration, was held along Rajpath. It was a 90-minute event. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest at the parade.

Before the parade began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute at the National War Memorial and President Ram Nath Kovind unfurled the national flag along with General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff.

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5:41 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan for ‘At home’ reception

PM Narendra Modi arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan for ‘At home’ reception hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind.

 

5:12 pm IST

Beating retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border on Republic Day

Beating retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border on Republic Day.

 

4:36 pm IST

Air India Distributes 30,000 National Flags To Passengers On Republic Day

The national carrier Air India celebrated the 71st Republic Day by distributing 30,000 Indian flags made of eco-friendly seed paper among the passengers at airports in metro cities and Srinagar on Sunday.

4:27 pm IST

JNU’s first girls NCC battalion present guard of honour to VC on Republic Day

The girl’s unit of the National Cadet Corps, newly established at the Jawaharlal Nehru University here, on Sunday presented guard of honour to Vice Chancellor M Jagdesh Kumar at the varsity on the occasion of Republic Day.

3:50 pm IST

Standing ovation to 49 little heroes on Republic Day

Spectators of Republic Day parade at Rajpath gave a standing ovation to the 49 little heroes of the country who came in decorated jeeps.

The people tried to connect with these 49 children, 18 girls and 31 boys, who were honoured with the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for the their exceptional achievement.

3:13 pm IST

PM Modi shares glimpses from Rajpath

PM Modi shares glimpses from Rajpath on Republic Day.

 

3:04 pm IST

PM Modi thanks Maldives president and Sri Lankan PM for Republic Day wishes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the president of Maldives and the prime minister of Sri Lanka for their Republic Day greetings, saying New Delhi cherished the deep-rooted friendship with the two countries.

3:01 pm IST

School students perform traditional dance forms

School children from different parts of the country performed various traditional Indian dance forms at the 71st Republic Day parade in Delhi on Sunday.

2:55 pm IST

Bangladesh President, PM greet India on 71st Republic Day

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday greeted people of India on the occasion of the country’s 71st Republic Day.

2:53 pm IST

Delhi: Tableau of Goa depicts its extensive seashore complete with its biodiversity

Delhi: Tableau of Goa depicts its extensive seashore complete with its biodiversity and livelihoods and the tableau of Odisha showcases Rukuna Ratha Yatra of Lord Lingaraja who is worshipped as Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu (Harihara), in Lingaraj Temple at Bhubaneswar.

 

2:31 pm IST

In a first, almost all mosques in Kerala hosted Tricolur on Republic Day

In a first, almost all mosques in Kerala hosted Tricolur on Republic Day on Sunday. A scene from Palayam Juma Masjid in state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Many Muslim organizations have exhorted believers to celebrate Republic Day to give a message across.

In a first, almost all mosques in Kerala hosted Tricolur on Republic Day ( HT Photo/Vivek R Nair )
1:55 pm IST

Women grab limelight at India’s Republic Day pageantry

In Rajpath’s annual pomp-filled spectacle of military might featuring army tanks, horses and camels this year, women took the centre-stage.

Inspector Seema Nag saluted the gathered VIPs as she led her fellow bikers, one precariously perched at the top of a ladder wedged behind her vehicle’s handlebars.

And in front of the guest of honour Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, Captain Tania Shergill, a fourth-generation army officer, led an all-male Corps of Signals military communications contingent. :AFP

1:40 pm IST

‘Sikkim a model state for others to emulate’: Governor Ganga Prasad

Governor Ganga Prasad in his speech after unfurling the national flag at a function in Sikkim said the state has become a model state for others to emulate for maintaining peace and harmony. “Sikkim has assimilated development, peace, harmony and security. There is no problem like communal riots or strikes in the state. It’s a model state for others to emulate,” he said.

1:15 pm IST

BSF hoists national flag at Attari-Wagah border on Republic Day

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday organised the customary flag hoisting ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar on Republic Day.

12:50 pm IST

ULFA-I calls for shutdown on Republic Day in Guwahati

Security personnel stood guard at roads in Guwahati on Republic Day as ULFA (I) called for a shutdown on Sunday.

12:30 pm IST

Mobile phone services snapped, Republic Day celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir amid tight security

Suspension of mobile phone services as a precautionary measure on Republic Day in Kashmir comes a few hours after mobile data services were restored in the valley in Saturday.

Meanwhile, amid tight security, Republic day was celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir first time after the abrogation of Article 370 and after the bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories on August 5.

12:09 pm IST

Grenades lobbed in eastern Assam by separatists: Police

Police said five grenades were lobbed in the eastern Assam state by separatist militants who have routinely boycotted the Republic Day celebrations. No one was injured, police said. : AP

12:01 pm IST

Brazilian President’s visit also aimed at strengthening ties

Apart from attending the Republic Day celebrations, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit is also aimed at strengthening trade and investment ties across a range of fields between the two countries.

11:50 am IST

PM Modi sports saffron turban on 71st Republic Day

Continuing his tradition of donning colourful turbans on Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sported a saffron ‘bandhej’ headgear with a tail for the 71st Republic Day. : PTI

11:40 am IST

President Ram Nath Kovind, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro leave Rajpath

President Kovind and chief guest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have left Rajpath for Rashtrapati Bhawan. PM Modi has also left Rajpath.

11:30 am IST

Republic Day parade concludes with IAF’s grand show

Republic Day parade concluded with IAF’s grand show. President saluted the cavalry as national anthem played in the background.

11:26 am IST

Vic formation, comprising three Dornier aircraft, seen at Rajpath

Wing Commander SK Chauhan leads the ‘Vic’ formation, comprising three Dornier aircraft. The captains of the other two aircraft are Squadron Leader Vikas Kumar and Squadron Leader Abhishek Vashisht.

 

11:22 am IST

Dhanush gun system, Apache, Chinook helicopters on display for first time

Dhanush gun system, Apache, Chinook helicopters on display for first time

 

11:18 am IST

Women CRPF biker team performs daredevil stunts for the first time

Women CRPF biker team performs daredevil stunts for the first time.

 

11:12 am IST

Delhi school kids try to describe Rajasthan’s beauty through a performance

Delhi school kids try to describe the beauty of Rajasthan through a performance.

11:06 am IST

School kids begin cultural performance

School kids have begun their performance on various themes such as ‘Yoga’, ‘Freedom’.

10:57 am IST

Gurunanak’s message of universal oneness showcased on Punjab tableau

Gurunanak’s message of universal oneness showcased on Punjab tableau.

10:52 am IST

Karnataka tableau, followed by Jammu and Kashmir on Rajpath

Karnataka tableau was followed by union territory J-K’s tableau. J-K’s theme was ‘back to village’.

 

10:48 am IST

Meghalaya, Rajasthan tableaux on Rajpath, followed by UP’s

Meghalaya, Rajasthan tableaux were showcased on Rajpath, followed by UP’s tableau which had dancers performing Kathak.

10:46 am IST

Dancers decorate Odisha tableau

Odisha tableau was decorated with dancers from the state.

10:45 am IST

Goa tableau on Rajpath

Goa tableau has music from the state and a huge frog with a guitar.

10:43 am IST

Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh tableaux on Rajpath

These tableaux showcase the lives of tribes.

10:42 am IST

Assam tableau showcasing culture on Rajpath

Assam tableau carries the state culture along as most things on display are made of cane or bamboo.

10:41 am IST

Rajasthan, Telangana tableaux on Rajpath

Rajasthan, Telangana tableaux on Rajpath

10:40 am IST

‘Tell a woman she cant do it, and she will show you how its done’: Captain Tanya Shergil

“Tell a woman she cant do it, and she will show you how its done!! Captain Tanya Shergil, a 4th Generation #Army Officer leads Corps of Signals marching contingent ” tweeted PIB.

 

10:39 am IST

Tamil Nadu’s tableau on Rajpath

Tamil Nadu’s tableau is now on Rajpath.

10:38 am IST

NSS marching contingent on Rajpath

NSS marching contingent is on Rajpath.

10:36 am IST

Mobile phone services snapped in Kashmir on Republic Day

Mobile phone services snapped in Kashmir as precautionary measure for ensuring smooth passage of Republic Day celebrations, say officials. : PTI

10:35 am IST

NCC cadets on Rajpath

NCC cadents march past on Rajpath.

10:32 am IST

Delhi Police contingent on Rajpath

Delhi Police’s marching contingent is now on Rajpath. Since 1950, this contingent has been a part of Republic Day parade every year.

10:27 am IST

CRPF marching contingent marches past

CRPF marching contingent marches past.

10:25 am IST

Air Force marching contingent and tableau on Rajpath

Air Force marching contingent marches to ‘Sound Barrier’, followed by Air Force tableau. The theme of the tableau is ‘cutting edge’.

10:23 am IST

Naval tableau marches past on Rajpath

Naval tableau showcasing the might and power of the navy. It also showcases navy’s commitment to nation building.

10:22 am IST

Naval marching contingent march past saluting dias

Naval marching contingent march past saluting dias.

10:19 am IST

Republic Day parade at Dadar TT circle in Mumbai

Republic Day parade at Dadar TT circle in Mumbai.

Republic Day parade at Dadar TT circle in Mumbai ( Pratik Chorge )
10:15 am IST

First marching contingent on Rajpath

First marching contingent, Parachute Regiment, marches past Rajpath.

10:07 am IST

Women CRPF biker team to perform ‘daredevil’ stunts for the first time

Women CRPF biker team is going to perform ‘daredevil’ stunts for the first time today.

10:06 am IST

Dhanush gun system, Apache and Chinook helicopters to be displayed

Dhanush gun system, Apache and Chinook helicopters will be displayed for the first time today.

10:05 am IST

MI-17 V-5 helicopters fly past Rajpath

MI-17 V-5 helicopters fly past and shower flowers at Rajpath.

10:04 am IST

Parade about to begin. India’s military might, discipline to be showcased

Anti-satellite weapon Shakthi, Army’s battle tank Bhishma, Chinook helicopter and Apache helicopter of the Indian Air Force will be a part of the military parade.

10:01 am IST

President unfurls flag, national anthem plays amid 21-gun salute

President Ram Nath Kovind has unfurled the flag and the national anthem has been played amid 21-gun salute.

9:55 am IST

President Ram Nath Kovind, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reach Rajpath

President Ram Nath Kovind, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reach Rajpath. PM Narendra Modi and chief of the three defence forces welcomed them and escorted them to the presidential encloser.

9:54 am IST

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu reaches Rajpath

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu reaches Rajpath.

9:51 am IST

PM Narendra Modi reaches Rajpath

PM Modi has reached the Rajpath.

9:46 am IST

President Ram Nath Kovind, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro start for Rajpath

President Kovind, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have emerged from the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

9:42 am IST

PM Narendra Modi pens down his gratitude on ceremonial book

PM Modi pens down his gratitude on the ceremonial book.

9:39 am IST

PM Modi pays tribute to martyrs at National War Museum

PM Modi pays tribute to martyrs at National War Museum ahead of parade.

9:35 am IST

PM Modi reaches National War Museum

Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Air Staff Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria welcome PM Modi and Rajnath Singh.

9:30 am IST

Rahul Gandhi greets nation on Republic Day

 

9:20 am IST

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hoists national flag at his residence

Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal hoisted the national flag at his residence.

 

9:05 am IST

Rajnath Singh hoists the national flag at his residence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hoisted the national flag at his residence.

9:00 am IST

Republic Day parade set to begin at Rajpath

Republic Day parade is set to begin at Rajpath.

8:50 am IST

TN celebrates R-Day with patriotic fervour

Republic Day parade is underway at Kamarajar Road off Marina Beach in Chennai.

 

8:42 am IST

Over 2000 traffic personnel deployed for smooth flow of traffic

More than 2000 traffic police personnel have been deployed for smooth flow of traffic and for the facilitation of spectators and visitors to the venue. Adequate security and traffic arrangements for the At Home function at Rashtrapati Bhawan have also been made.

8:35 am IST

Capital in four-layer security arrangement for Republic Day

Thousands of security personnel, facial recognition system, drones and CCTV cameras have been put in place as part of Delhi Police’s security arrangements.

“We have a four-layer security arrangement. Inner, middle, outer and one along the border areas across the national capital. Around 5000 to 6000 Delhi Police personnel have been deployed in New Delhi district along with 50 companies of paramilitary forces,” deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi Zone) Eish Singhal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

8:20 am IST

‘Constitution’s soul lies in freedoms guaranteed in its Part III’, tweets P Chidambaram

“Happy Republic Day. The soul of the Constitution lies in the freedoms guaranteed in Part III of the Constitution,” tweets P Chidambaram.

 

8:10 am IST

Cops vigilant against protesters who might carry placards to parade

Tight security has been put in place in the area surrounding Rajpath. In the wake of anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests, Delhi Police will keep an eye out for people clothed in black and those trying to reach India Gate carrying placards or messages related to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) or the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

8:04 am IST

22 tableaux will be shown as part of parade

22 tableaux, 16 from different states and six from various government ministries, will be shown as part of the parade.

7:55 am IST

Metro parking facilities to be shut till 2 pm

Delhi Metro parking facilities which have been shut from 6:00 am on 25th January will remain closed till 2:00 pm on 26th January at all metro stations.

7:49 am IST

Metro operations which begin at 8 am on Sundays to start at 6 am

To facilitate the public attending the Republic Day parade, the following corridors which begin operations at 8:00 am on Sundays will commence at 6:00 am on 26 January 2020.

 

7:42 am IST

A few metro gates to be shut for a while

Entry/exit gates to the following stations will remain closed for a short period on 26th January 2020.

Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan will be closed till 12 pm. Lok Kalyan Marg and Patel Chowk will be closed from 8:45 am to 12 pm. Interchange facility will be available at Central Secretariat.

7:39 am IST

‘Let us recall what our forefathers solemnly resolved...’: PIB tweets

“Let us recall what our forefathers solemnly resolved, what they have bequeathed to us and what we celebrate and honour today,” tweeted PIB.

 

7:34 am IST

‘India’s military might...’: PIB tweets ahead of Republic Day parade

“India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress will be on display during 71st Republic Day Parade 2020 at the majestic Rajpath,” tweeted Press Information Bureau.

 

7:28 am IST

People reach Rajpath to see Republic Day parade live

People have flooded Rajpath to see the parade live. They have already been seated in order to avoid last-minute disorder.

People seated along Rajpath ( Arvind Yadav/HT )
7:25 am IST

Students take out tricolour march on eve of Republic Day

Students of IIT Bombay took out a tricolour march on their campus on the eve of Republic Day.

 

7:20 am IST

Patriotism reflects in religious practices in Uttarakhand

Flowers offered to the deity during morning prayers at Rishikesh’s Chandreshwar Mahadev Temple in Uttarakhand on the occasion of Republic Day .

 

7:15 am IST

PM Modi greets nation on Republic Day

 

7:10 am IST

C-Hexagon around India Gate to be closed: Traffic advisory

The C-Hexagon around India Gate will remain closed from 2 am on January 26 till the end of the parade. Besides, traffic on Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Road will not be allowed from 5 am till the parade is over, a traffic advisory issued by Delhi Traffic Police said.

6:57 am IST

Traffic restrictions put in place

Restrictions on the movement of traffic in the national capital has been put in place. No cross-traffic was allowed on Rajpath from 11 pm on Saturday at Rafi Marg, Janpath and Mansingh Road till the Republic Day Parade is over.

6:50 am IST

Ashoka Chakra, Kirti Chakra to be awarded to courageous youth

President Ram Nath Kovind will award Ashoka Chakra and Kirti Chakra to youth for displaying courage away from the battlefield.

6:45 am IST

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be chief guest at parade

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at the parade.

6:38 am IST

PM Modi to pay tribute at National War Memorial before parade

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay tributes at the National War Memorial before the parade starts along Rajpath.

6:34 am IST

Republic Day parade to begin at 9 am

Republic Day parade will begin at 9 am today. It is expected to go on till 11.30 am.

6:30 am IST

India celebrates 71st Republic Day today

India will celebrate its 71st Republic Day today. The Constitution of India came into force on this day in 1950.