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Republic Day 2024 Highlights: President Murmu, Macron depart; PM Modi greets public

Republic Day 2024 Parade Highlights: The Republic Day parade concluded after a spectacular fly-past by the Indian Air Force.
Republic Day 2024 LIVE: President Murmu, Macron depart as parade concludes.
Republic Day 2024 LIVE: President Murmu, Macron depart as parade concludes.

Republic Day 2024 Highlights: Welcome to our live blog coverage of the historic 75th Republic Day celebrations. The grand event at Kartavya Path in the national capital, graced by President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was a breathtaking display of patriotic fervour and cultural richness. This year's Republic Day parade, set against the backdrop of a historic milestone, featured special moments, including the participation of French President Emmanuel Macron as its chief guest....Read More

The day kicked off with a solemn and heartfelt tribute to the fallen heroes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the National War Memorial. Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his tradition of wearing vibrant and colourful turbans for Republic Day celebrations. For the 75th Republic Day, he chose a multi-colored bandhani print safa 'pagdi' (turban), which he paired with a white 'kurta-pyjama' and a brown Nehru jacket.

Prime Minister Modi, along with other dignitaries, then reached the saluting dais at Kartavya Path to witness the grand parade that encapsulates the spirit of India's diverse and vibrant heritage.

Discontinued after Indira Gandhi's death, ‘buggy tradition' revived by President Murmu on 75th Republic Day

President Droupadi Murmu and President Emmanuel Macron were escorted by the illustrious President’s Bodyguard - ‘Rashtrapati Ke Angrakshak’. The President’s Bodyguard is the seniormost Regiment of the Indian Army. This Republic Day holds a special significance for the regiment as they mark 250 years of dedicated service since their inception in 1773. The two Presidents will make a grand entrance in the 'Traditional Buggy', reviving a practice after a gap of 40 years.

Follow our live blog for real-time updates on the ceremonies, performances, and the camaraderie between Prime Minister Modi and chief guest Macron.

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Jan 26, 2024 10:11 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: PM Modi pays tribute to fallen heroes at National War Memorial

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying tribute to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.

Jan 26, 2024 10:07 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Former Maldives President wishes India

On the joyous occasion of India’s 75th Republic Day I extend best wishes to Pres Murmu (@rashtrapatibhvn), PM @narendramodi

, the government and people of India. May the unbreakable bonds of friendship that have long existed between Maldives and India go from strength to strength.

Jan 26, 2024 10:02 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Russia extends wishes in unique manner

Russian Embassy in India wished Indians on the 75th Republic Day in a unique way. The officials along with others at the Russian Embassy in India danced to the song of a Bollywood movie, Gadar, 'Mae Nikla Gaddi Leke'.

In his message Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov wrote "Warmest congratulations on the #RepublicDay, India! Wishing our Indian friends prosperity, well-being and very bright #AmritKaal! Long live #Bharat! Long live Rusi-Bharatiya Dosti!"

Jan 26, 2024 9:44 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extends best wishes, says Constitution soul of the Indian Republic

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended his warm wishes to the citizens of the country on the occasion of Republic Day. Gandhi highlighted the significance of the Indian Constitution as the bedrock that unites the dreams of the freedom movement and serves as the soul of the Indian Republic.

“Protection of the basic principles of the Constitution and loyalty to them is the true tribute to the immortal freedom fighters. Best wishes to all the countrymen on Republic Day. Jai Hind,” he said in a post on X.

Jan 26, 2024 9:34 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Uttarakhand CM extends greetings, urges to take pledge to discharge fundamental duties

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami conveyed his greetings for India's 75th Republic Day in a video shared on social media. He urged Indians to take pride in the country's Constitution and pledged to fulfil basic duties with patriotism. He commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi for leading India towards self-reliance and global leadership.

"Republic Day, a symbol of the unity, strength and diversity of the nation, is an opportunity for every Indian to be dedicated and proud of the country's Constitution. On this auspicious occasion of Republic Day, let us all take a pledge to discharge our fundamental duties with patriotism and spirit of service and take the country on the path of all-round development by creating a better India and a self-reliant India," Dhami said.

"Today, under the guidance of our illustrious Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, our country, along with becoming a self-reliant India, is creating its own unique identity by emerging as a world leader in the entire world, which is a matter of respect and pride for every Indian. Once again hearty congratulations and best wishes to all of you on Republic Day," he added.

Jan 26, 2024 9:28 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: 'Shivalinga' at Rishikesh temple decorated with tricolour

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: To mark India's 75th Republic Day, the Shivalinga at Chandreshwar Mahadev Temple in Rishikesh and the Baba Mahakaleshwar Shivling in Ujjain were adorned in tricolour decorations using fresh flower petals and leaves. The vibrant displays added a festive touch to the significant occasion.

Jan 26, 2024 9:16 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Australia PM wishes India

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese extended warm wishes to the people of India on the occasion of Republic Day and said the two countries have “never been closer”.

“Since Independence, India has drawn on the vitality and diligence of its people to build a modern nation defined by innovation and success. On our shared national days, we also have an opportunity to celebrate the depth of our friendship. Australia and India have never been closer,” Albanese said in a statement.

“The bonds between our two nations are lifelong and intergenerational, built on the deep and enduring links between our people. The Indian diaspora here in Australia is the lifeblood of our friendship. Importantly, ours is a relationship with a bright future. As we together honour and cherish the region we call home, we are united in advancing and preserving an open, inclusive, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”

Jan 26, 2024 9:09 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Bihar CM unfurls tricolour at his residence

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar unfurled the national flag at his residence in Patna on the occasion of the 75th Republic Day. He also distributed sweets among the people present there.

Jan 26, 2024 8:56 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: R-Day chief guest Emmanuel Macron extends wishes

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: French President Emmanuel Macron extended his wish to Prime Minister Modi and the people of India on the occasion of 75th Republic Day.

Posting a photograph of him with PM Modi on X, Macron wrote, “My dear friend @narendramodi, Indian people, My warmest wishes on your Republic Day. Happy and proud to be with you. Let's celebrate!”

Jan 26, 2024 8:46 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: BJP chief unfurls national flag at party HQ in Delhi

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda unfurled the national flag on the occasion of 75th Republic Day at party headquarters in Delhi.

"Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on '75th Republic Day'. Today, on this occasion, I salute all our freedom fighters, brave soldiers and constitution-makers who sacrificed everything for the sovereignty, integrity and unity of the nation," Nadda posted on X.

Jan 26, 2024 8:43 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Sudarsan Pattnaik's sand art at Puri beach

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik unveiled a spectacular sand art creation on the pristine shores of Puri beach in Odisha. Using a diverse array of elements, including oranges, capsicum, flowers, and lemons, Pattnaik skillfully crafted an intricate design that pays homage to the spirit of the nation.

"Also, the message 'Mera Bharat Mahan Hai' (My India is great), has been incorporated into the art," he says.

Jan 26, 2024 8:34 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: RSS chief participates in R-Day celebrations at Nagpur office

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat participated in Republic Day celebrations at the organisation's Nagpur office. Speaking on the occasion the RSS chief stressed the importance of brotherhood to achieve greater heights.

"The strength of the people of India is infinite. When this strength rises, it does many miracles. Today, we are moving forward in every sector. We can achieve only when we are bound by a sense of brotherhood...In our country, there is a tradition of accepting diversity. The country will rise to greater heights when everyone works together with a sense of brotherhood and follows the Constitution."

Jan 26, 2024 8:24 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Nearly 300 yoga teachers, instructors to witness parade

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Yoga teachers and instructors from various states have been invited as special guests to witness the Republic Day parade at Kartavya Path. The government has extended this invitation to 291 yoga teachers and instructors, along with their family members, acknowledging their contribution to primary healthcare through yoga at the grassroots level across the nation. Following the Republic Day event, the invitees will have the opportunity to interact with Union Minister of Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, at his residence.

Jan 26, 2024 8:07 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Telangana CM lays a wreath at Veerula Sainik Smarak

Telangana chief minister Revanth Reddy lays a wreath at Veerula Sainik Smarak at the Army Parade Ground in Secunderabad on the occasion of Republic Day.

Jan 26, 2024 7:58 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Rajasthan CM unfurls tricolour at his residence

Rajasthan chief minister Bhajanlal Sharma unfurled the national flag at his residence on the occasion of 75th Republic Day.

Jan 26, 2024 7:45 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: People start arriving at Kartavya Path

People from different parts of the country have started arriving at Kartavya Path in New Delhi to watch the Republic Day Parade.

"I am here to watch the parade. I am very excited to see it. I asked my father so he got the passes," says a kid named Zoya who reached Kartavya Path to see the Republic Parade.

Jan 26, 2024 7:41 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: PM Modi extends wishes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended wishes to the people of India on the occasion of the 75th Republic Day.

"Best wishes on special occasion of the 75th Republic Day. Jai Hind!" he said in a social media post on X.

Jan 26, 2024 7:37 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Many firsts this Republic Day parade

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: For the first time, an all-women tri-services contingent will be part of the event. The Republic Day parade will be heralded by over 100 women artistes playing Indian musical instruments for the first time instead of the traditional military bands. Around 15 women pilots will 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.

Jan 26, 2024 7:22 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Time for a quick catch-up!

Macron's visit: French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in New Delhi to participate in the Republic Day celebrations as India's chief guest.

Bilateral talks: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron engage in discussions in Jaipur, focusing on strengthening the India-France Strategic Partnership.

Gallantry Awards: President Droupadi Murmu approves gallantry awards for 80 Armed Forces personnel.

Padma Awards: On the eve of the 75th Republic Day, 132 individuals, including cinema legends Vyjayantimala, Chiranjeevi, and Mithun Chakraborty, receive Padma Awards for 2024.

Heightened security measures in Delhi: Special traffic arrangements, anti-sabotage checks, and SWAT teams are in place, particularly around Kartavya Path, the main area for the Republic Day parade. Security measures extend to potential aerial threats, with special arrangements for vulnerable areas post the Ayodhya consecration ceremony.

Metro celebrations: Delhi Metro introduces a specially wrapped train to celebrate the 75th Republic Day, formally pressed into service from Mandi House Metro Station on the Violet Line.

Republic Day Parade: The Republic Day parade will showcase India's military prowess, cultural diversity, and innovative initiatives. Notable displays include the unique 61 Cavalry, the only active Horse Cavalry Regiment globally, along with military hardware such as the T-90 Bhishma Tank, Nag Missile System, and a Drone Jammer System.

Google Doodle Celebrates Republic Day: Google marks India's 75th Republic Day with a special Doodle showcasing the evolution of Republic Day parades through the decades. The artwork, created by guest artist Vrinda Zaveri, displays parades on different screens, including a black-and-white television set, a color TV, and a mobile phone.

Jan 26, 2024 7:14 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Over 70,000 personnel deployed across Delhi

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: For the 75th Republic Day celebrations in Delhi, heightened security measures have been implemented with over 70,000 personnel deployed across the city. Special traffic arrangements and restrictions, particularly in central Delhi, aim to ensure smooth vehicle movement. Around 14,000 personnel have been deployed to secure Kartavya Path, the main area for the Republic Day parade, where around 77,000 invitees are expected. Security measures include commandoes, quick reaction teams, anti-sabotage checks, and SWAT teams at strategic locations. The police are prepared for potential aerial threats. Special arrangements have been made for vulnerable areas post the Ayodhya consecration ceremony. Traffic advisories detail restrictions along the parade route, including closures and limited access from Thursday evening. Prohibitions on certain aerial activities in Delhi extend till February 15. Special arrangements are in place for Metro commuters holding Republic Day ceremony invitations.

Jan 26, 2024 7:10 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: US extends Republic Day wishes to India

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated the people of India on the 75th Republic Day and hoped to deepen the "vibrant people-to-people ties between our nations". Blinken highlighted significant milestones in the past year, including collaboration during India's successful G20 Presidency.

"In the year ahead, we look forward to further deepening the vibrant people-to-people ties between our countries and advancing our ambitious agenda for cooperation on our most vital priorities," he said.

Jan 26, 2024 6:47 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Army doctor gets Kirti Chakra posthumously for saving lives in fire

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: President Droupadi Murmu has approved gallantry awards for 80 Armed Forces personnel on the eve of the 75th Republic Day. The honours include six Kirti Chakras, 16 Shaurya Chakras, 53 Sena Medals, one Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), and four Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry). Captain Anshuman Singh, Army Medical Corps, Havaldar Abdul Majid, and Sepoy Pawan Kumar received posthumous Kirti Chakras for their exceptional bravery. Captain Singh, a doctor, sacrificed his life while rescuing individuals during a fire incident in the Siachen Glacier area on July 19, 2023.

Jan 26, 2024 6:29 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: Google Doodle features parade on different screens over decades

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: For India's 75th Republic Day, the Google Doodle celebrated the occasion by showcasing the evolution of Republic Day parades through the decades. Created by guest artist Vrinda Zaveri, the doodle displayed the parades on different screens, including a black-and-white television set, a colour TV, and a mobile phone. The artwork depicted how the Republic Day parade would have appeared on these diverse screens. Last year's Google Doodle for India's 74th Republic Day was an intricately hand-cut paper artwork by artist Parth Kothekar, featuring elements of the parade such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) marching contingent, and motorcycle riders.

Jan 26, 2024 6:16 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: India's military prowess to be showcased at Republic Day parade

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: India's 75th Republic Day celebration will showcase its military strength, cultural diversity, and innovative initiatives. The Republic Day parade, featuring the unique 61 Cavalry, the only active Horse Cavalry Regiment globally, will kick off with a French band and marching contingent. The display includes military hardware like the T-90 Bhishma Tank, Nag Missile System (NAMIS), BMP-2/2K Infantry Combat Vehicle, Pinaka Rocket System, SWATHI Weapon Locating Radar, Sarvatra Mobile Bridging System, and a Drone Jammer System.

Jan 26, 2024 6:03 AM IST

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: History, significance of January 26

Republic Day 2024 LIVE updates: India's Republic Day is celebrated on January 26th each year to honour the day when the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950, replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of the country. This marked the transition of India from a colonial system to a sovereign democratic republic. The day of January 26 celebrates the spirit and soul of a sovereign nation.

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