India Celebrates 70th Republic Day, Parade Winds Down in Delhi
Catch all the live updates from India’s Republic Day celebrations here.
Thousands of people gathered to watch the Republic Day parade on Saturday, 26 January, in New Delhi’s Rajpath.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti, ahead of the parade.
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is the chief guest for the 70th Republic Day
- President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on Friday, 25 January, on the eve of the 70th Republic Day
- Around 25,000 security personnel are stationed across Delhi-NCR to thwart any terror strike or untoward incident.
President Ram Nath Kovind to Address The Nation Today
President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation on Friday, 25 January, on the eve of the 70th Republic Day.
The address will be broadcast from 7 pm on the entire national network of All India Radio and telecast on all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
This will be followed by broadcast in regional languages by regional channels of Doordarshan, the channel said in a statement.
Unprecedented Security Cover in Delhi for R-day Celebrations
The national capital has been wrapped in an unprecedented security blanket with around 25,000 security personnel keeping hawk-eyed vigil to thwart any terror strike or untoward incident during the 70th Republic Day celebrations.
Security has been beefed up in the wake of the arrest of two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) members, who were allegedly planning to carry out terror strikes in the national capital during the Republic Day celebrations.
The JeM members had reportedly identified Lajpat Nagar market, Haj Manzil, Turkman gate, Paharganj, India Gate and the IGL gas pipeline in east Delhi as potential targets.
Multi-layered security arrangements are in place. Around 25,000 police personnel, including traffic officials, have been deployed. CCTV cameras and face-recognition cameras have also been installed at Rajpath, Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) said.
Ramaphosa Meets PM Modi
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, 25 January, ahead of the Republic Day celebrations tomorrow.
855 Police Personnel Decorated,149 Get Gallantry Medals
A total of 855 police and paramilitary personnel were awarded police medals Friday, including 149 for gallantry in Jammu and Kashmir, Naxal violence affected areas and others, ahead of the Republic Day.
The CRPF, the country's largest paramilitary force, was decorated with maximum 44 awards for bravery followed by Odisha Police at 26 medals, Jammu and Kashmir Police 25 medals and Chhattisgarh 14 medals.
Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were also decorated posthumously with the top category President's Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG).
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