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  • Nation celebrates 72nd Republic Day with zeal and pride;  President Ram Nath Kovind takes salute of the parade  at Rajpath.

  • Military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress on display at R-Day parade.

  • Newly Inducted Rafale fighter jets roar during fly past, as nation watches the show in awe.

  • Padma Awards for 119 achievers including S P Balasubramaniam, Ram Vilas Paswan  and former Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe.

  • Maha Vir Chakra awarded to Galwan valley hero Col Santosh Babu posthumously.

  • Bharat Parv begins on virtual platform.


As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps –

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 


Nation is celebrating its 72nd Republic Day today. The main function was held at Rajpath in the National Capital where President Ram Nath Kovind took the salute of the parade.  

India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress were on display during the Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath.

Thirty-two tableaux, 17 from States and Union Territories, nine from various Ministries or Departments and Paramilitary Forces and six from Ministry of Defence were rolled down the Rajpath.

Some of the highlights of the tablaux were Vision’for Carbon neutral Ladakh,

Sun Temple of Modhera, Gujarat, Tea-tribes of Assam, Splendorous Sounds of Chhattisgarh’s Folk Music, Coir of Kerala, Digital Bharat, Four Labour Codes, Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, New India: ‘Vocal for Local’, CRPF and BRO. School children performed Bajasal Dance of Odisha, Tamil Nadu Folk Dance, and theme dances on Hum Fit Toh India Fit and Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Rafale fighter jets, which were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) last year, featured in the Republic Day parade and culminated the flypast by carrying out the 'Vertical Charlie' formation.

A Rafale jet with two Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft and two MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters conducted the "Eklavya" formation at a height of 300 m and a speed of 780 km/h. The parade culminated with a single Rafale aircraft flying at a speed of 900km/hr carrying out a 'Vertical Charlie'.

Five Rafale fighter planes were formally inducted into the IAF in September last year. A total of 38 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft participated in the flypast this year. The ‘Trinetra’ formation comprising of three Su-30MKIs - the three aircraft split outwards and upwards, forming a ‘Trishul in the Sky’ enthralled the audience.

During the function, indigenously-developed Main Battle Tank of the Indian Army, T-90 Bhishma, Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP II, Brahmos Weapon System, Pinaka Bridge Laying tanks T-72, Samvijay Electronic Warfare System were the main attraction in the mechanised columns. Naval Tableau titled Swarnim Vijay Varsh  showcased the Indian Navy’s attack on Karachi harbour in 1971.

A 122-member proud contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces also marched on Rajpath.

This morning, the Republic Day Parade ceremony started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial where he led the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath.

The National Flag was unfurled followed by the National Anthem with a booming 21-gun salute. The parade commenced with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute.

This time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade route has been shortened. The parade started from Vijay Chowk, as usual, but culminated at the National Stadium instead of ending at the Red Fort. Only around 25 thousand spectators were allowed to witness the parade as compared to the average of 1.15 lakh people every year. Children below 15 years and the elderly with co-morbidities were not permitted. This year, there was no Chief Guest from Foreign country due to the pandemic.  The event was held following all necessary Covid -19 preventive protocols. 


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the countrymen on the 72nd Republic Day. In a tweet, Mr Naidu called upon people to devote to ideals like freedom, equality, fraternity and justice to all which are enshrined in the Constitution. He urged people to renew the pledge to civilizational ideals and and Constitutional values and dedicate to build an inclusive, peaceful, harmonious and progressive India. He said, citizens should reaffirm their commitment towards the Constitution.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Republic Day.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah have also greeted the citizens on the occasion.

Home Minister Amit Shah has said that Republic Day is a symbol of India’s multicolored diversity and rich cultural heritage. In a tweet, Mr Shah remembered all the great personalities due to whose struggle the Constitution came into effect on this day in 1950. He saluted the brave men who have protected the Indian Republic with their valor.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has greeted people of India on the occasion of Republic Day. In video message, he said UK and India are working side by side to free humanity from the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Johnson was due to be in New Delhi as the chief guest at the republic day parade but had to call off the visit following the outbreak of a new deadlier variant of coronavirus in the UK. In his message, the UK PM reiterated his plan to visit India in the coming months.


The President has approved awards of 455 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.

These include one Mahavir Chakra, 5 Kirti Chakras, 5 Vir Chakras, 7 Shaurya Chakras, 4 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 130 Sena Medal (Gallantry), one Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 4 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 30 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 4 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 51 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 11 Yudh Seva Medal, 3 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 43 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) including 2 COVID Warriors, 8 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 3 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) including one COVID Warrior and 131 Vishisht Seva Medal including 12 COVID Warriors.

Colonel B Santosh Babu, the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar Regiment, who lost his life during the Galwan Valley clash last year, will be posthumously awarded with Maha Vir Chakra.

Subedar Sanjiv Kumar of 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment, CRPF Inspector Pintu Kumar Singh, CRPF Head Constable Shyam Narayan Singh Yadav, CRPF Constable Vinod Kumar will be posthumously awarded with Kirti Chakra. Deputy Commandant CRPF Rahul Mathur will be awarded Kirti Chakra.

Naib Subedar Nuduram Soren of 16 Bihar Regiment, Havildar K Palani of 81 Field Regiment, Naik Deepak Singh of Army Medical Corps 16 Bihar Regiment and Sepoy Gurtej Singh of 3rd Battalion Punjab Regiment will be awarded Vir Chakra posthumously. Havildar Tejinder Singh of 3 Medium Regiment will be awarded Vir Chakra.

Major Anuj Sood of 21st Battalion Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir police inspector Arshad Khan, J&K police Selection Grade Constable GH Mustafa Barah, J&K police Constable Naseer Ahmed Kolie and J&K Special Police Officer Bilal Ahmed Magray will be posthumously awarded with Shaurya Chakra. Rifleman Pranab Jyoti Das of 6th Battalion Assam Rifles and Paratrooper Sonam Tshering Tamang will be awarded Shaurya Chakra.


The Government has announced Padma Awards on the occasion of Republic Day.

Seven persons will get Padma Vibhushan. They include former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo and Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. Eminent Singer late S P Balasubramaniam will be awarded the 2nd highest civilian award posthumously. 

Ten persons will get Padma Bhushan. They include former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Singer K S Chithra, prominent poet Chandrashekhara Kambara and retired Civil Servant Nripendra Misra. Former Gujarat Chief Minister late Keshubhai Patel, Former Assam Chief Minister late Tarun Gogoi and Former Union Minister late Ram Vilas Paswan will be honoured with Padma Bhushan posthumously.

102 persons will get Padma Shri. They include Social Worker Sindutai Sapkal, Musician Bombay Jayashri, British film director Peter Brook and Greek Indologist Nicholas Kazanas. Former Governor of Goa late Mridula Sinha, Spanish-Indian Jesuit priest and author late Father Vallés will be given the award posthumously.

The list includes many unsung heros of the country.


In Kashmir Valley, the 72nd Republic Day was celebrated peacefully amid tight security and high vigil. The largest event was held at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, where Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Khan, was the chief guest and took salute of the ceremonial march past.

Following the Covid-19 related protocol, participation of people was limited. At the end, several cultural programmes were also held during the function.

Similar functions were also held at all district headquarters of the Valley. Notably, the main function was held at Jammu where Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha, was the chief guest.


Ladakh celebrated the 72nd Republic Day with great zeal and enthusiasm. Several function were organised across Ladakh to mark the occassion. The main function was organised at Polo Ground in Leh. Lieutanant Governor R K Mathur hoisted the tri colour National flag and salute the march past.

Addressing the occassion, Mr R K Mathur has highlighted the developmental activities being carried by the UT administration.


The Republic Day was celebrated in Himachal Pradesh with national fervor and gaiety today. The state-level function was held at Shimla's historic Ridge Ground where Governor Bandaru Dattatreya hoisted the national flag and took the parade salute of the passing contingent of army, ITBP, police, home guards, NCC cadets,  scout and Guides. Top officials and dignitaries including Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj were present at the ceremony.


In Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Republic day is being celebrated with great zeal and spirit of patriotism. In Punjab, the state level function was organised at S A S Nagar, Mohali, where Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore unfurled the national flag and took the salute at the colorful parade by contingents of police, paramilitary forces home guards and NCC. Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, unfurled the national flag at Patiala.

In Haryana, due to Covid pandemic, the state level function was organised in Haryana Raj Bhawan at Chandigarh, where Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya unfurled the national flag, while Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal unfurled the national flag at Panchkula.


Gujarat is celebrating the 72nd Republic Day today with traditional fervor and patriotism. State level function was held at Dahod, the tribal district of central Gujarat. Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvvrat unfurled the tricolor in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. AIR correspondent reports that a series of educational and development projects have been launched in Dahod district during the last two days.

"72nd Republic day is being celebrated in Gujarat with the strict implementation of Covid19 protocols. The state level function was held at Dahod, the tribal district of central Gujarat. Governor Shri Acharya Devvrat has unfurled the tricolor amidst the showers of rose petals by the Air force helicopters. Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also inspected the parade and march past on this occasion. Women police platoons of Surat and Vaddodara also participated in the impressive march past. Motorcycle stunts and Horse shows remained the center of attraction. Tribal folk dance presented during the cultural programs.  Freedom fighters and senior citizens have been felicitated by the Governor and the Chief Minister on this occasion. The functions of Republic day celebrations are also held in other districts of the state. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh -RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat today unfurled the tricolor at Sangh's Gujarat headquarters Dr. Hedgewar Bhavan in Ahmedabad. Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Bhagwat said that our constitution also speaks about our responsibilities along with our civil rights. He said that we get the guidance from our constitution- for which direction we should take our country.


In Maharashtra Republic Day is being celebrated with patriotic fervor. Addressing a colorful function at Shivaji Park Ground in Mumbai after unfurling the national flag, Maharashtra Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari said, the state government has disbursed  20 thousand crore rupees to 30 lakh registered farmers under Mahatma Jyotirao Phule farmers’ loan waiver scheme.

Under Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0’, Governor Koshyari said the state has attracted investments worth Two lakh crore rupees by signing MOUs with various leading companies and through foreign direct investment. He noted that the huge investment is a big achievement of the government as it will pave way to provide employment to more than 2.53 lakh people. The Republic Day event which was attended by Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, top government, defence and police officials was held by adhering to the Covid-19 norms, where all the luminaries were seen wearing mask and maintaining physical distance. Governor Koshyari also informed that during the lockdown period, financial assistance of five thousand rupees each was provided to more than one million construction and Mathadi workers. He said, under the project “whatever is sold will be cultivated, 1,345 district wise and crop-wise value chains are being implemented. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai."


In Odisha, Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal unfurled the national flag and took salute of the impressive Republic Day parade held at Gandhi Marg, Bhubaneswar. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too was present on the occasion.

"A total of 14 contingents took part in the state level parade on the Gandhi marg in capital Bhubaneswar led by a young lady IPS officer. The celebration that took place under the cloud of covid-19 was conspicuous in the absence of too many eager onlookers, enthusiastic students, vivid tableaux and vibrant cultural programs. The shadow of the pandemic did cast itself wide enough to cut down on crowding and cultural flourish at the venues across the state but certainly not deep enough to dampen the spirit of patriotism that rules supreme all over. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."


Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan has said strong foundations are being laid towards achieving Golden Telangana. Addressing after unfurling the National Flag at the Republic Day programme held in Hyderabad the Governor said the state is implementing a plethora of innovative, unique and people-oriented schemes and programmes and carved a niche for itself in the history of the country. 


In Tamilnadu, Republic day celebrations were held all over the state. The day reflected the Nation's pride with District Collectors unfurling the National flags at district and reviewing the parade.

"Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit hoisted the tricolour National flag before the Mahatma Gandhi Satue situated before the Marina Beach at Chennai. He also placed a wreath at the War Memorial for the brave heroes who lost their precious lives during the war. The entire Kamarajar Salai was decorated and had a festive appearance even as the colourful parade was held. Chief Minister Palanisamy gave away awards for bravery and achievements in various fields. cultural performances were done by South Zone Cultural Centre. Due to Covid restriction, School students were not allowed to participate in the cultural events this time. Colourful tableaus displayed the achievements of the Government. The High Comissioners of Consulates attended the event apart from Parliament members and State Ministers and members of the legislative assembly. The day was celebrated at various Central, Public institutions and High Court with national pride and fervor. Joy, AIR News, Chennai."


Along with the rest of the nation, Arunachal Pradesh also celebrated the 72nd Republic day with zeal and vigor today, amidst COVID19 pandemic. The main function was held at IG Park in Itanagar. Governor Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) unfurled the national flag and took the salute from the parade.


The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm at the Indian Embassy in Beijing, China and the consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai. Ambassador Vikram Misri unfurled the National Flag which was followed by singing of the National Anthem. Mr. Misri read.

President of India’s address to the nation on the occasion. During his address, Mr. Misri hailed the values enshrined in the Constitution of India.


The annual event Bharat Parv, celebrating the spirit of India, is being organised from today on a virtual platform www.bharatparv2021.com till 31st January. Themed pavilions of multiple States and Union Territories will showcase their tourism destinations, cuisine, handicraft and other features. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will inaugurate Bharat Parv-2021 in the presence of Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel.

Ministry of Tourism organizes Bharat Parv every year since 2016 in front of the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of Republic Day Celebrations.


The symbolic launch of construction work of the mosque in Ayodhya started today. Indo Islamic cultural foundation the body formed for the construction of a mosque on the land allotted in dhanipur village of Ayodhya district started the construction today.

AIR Lucknow correspondent reports that after unfurling the national flag on the occasion of the Republic day 9 members of the foundation participated in tree plantation at the land allotted for construction of Mosque in dhannipur after instructions of the Supreme Court. Zafar Faruqi the president of Indo Islamic cultural foundation said on the occasion that one library, one research centre and a community kitchen will be constructed along with the mosque on the allotted land. Local Hindu leaders along with the prominent Muslim leaders of the foundation participated in the event.


President Ram Nath Kovind, in his address to the nation on the eve of Republic day said, India is moving forward and taking its rightful place in the world. During the recent years, its arc of influence has been expanding and encompassing the larger part of the world. The President said, despite the serious calamity, India has succeeded in taking forward its activities in many spheres. He said, India has taken great strides in several sectors and economic reforms have continued apace. He said, it has been supplemented by long-pending reforms in areas of labour and agriculture through legislation.

Mr Kovind said, just as the hardworking farmers ensure food security for the country, the brave soldiers of the armed forces ensure security of the national boundaries amid severest conditions.

Hailing the scientist fraternity, the President said, they have strengthened the national endeavours by their contribution to food security, national security, protection against disease and disasters and to different areas of development.


Farmers have defied the conditions set by the Delhi Police for the tractor rally and have started their rally two hours ahead of scheduled time leading to chaos and clashes with cops at many places in the National Capital Region.

Our Correspondent reports that farmers have deviated from the route for the tractor rally set by the Delhi Police, breaching barricades and clashing on with the police in the national capital. The Police used tear gas shells to disperse the protesting farmers at ITO in central Delhi.


Delhi Police today appealed to the protesting farmers to maintain peace. A senior official of Delhi Police urged them to not take law in their hands. This came as protesting farmers have deviated from the route for the tractor rally set by the Delhi police. There are also reports of violence by them in some parts of the national capital.


In view of farmers' protest and security reasons, several metro stations in the national capital have been closed. The Entry and exit gates of all stations on green line are closed along with  Lal Quila metro station. Delhi Metro has also closed the Entry and exit gates of Samaypur Badli, Rohini Sector 18 and 19, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Model Town, GTB Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya, Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines. Indraprastha metro station is also closed.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Climate Adaptation is more significant today than ever before and it is a key element of India’s developmental efforts. Addressing Climate Adaptation Summit through video conferencing, Mr Modi said we have promised ourselves that, we will not just meet our Paris Agreement targets, but exceed them.

The Prime Minister said, Government of India is providing clean cooking fuel to 80 million rural households and connecting 64 million households to piped water supply. He invited leaders to the Third International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure later this year in India. The Prime Minister said, India welcomes the Climate Adaptation Summit and applauds the leadership of Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte towards this cause.


Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the successful maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha yesterday. Akash-NG is a new generation Surface to Air Missile meant for use by Indian Air Force with an aim of intercepting high maneuvering low RCS aerial threats. Ministry of Defence said that the missile intercepted the target with text book precision. The launch met all the test objectives by performing high maneuvers during the trajectory.  Defence Minister  Rajnath Singh congratulated the scientists from DRDO, BEL and team from Indian Air Force for this achievement. Chairman DRDO, Dr. G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team for the successful flight trial of Akash NG Missile.


Weather Forecast for Today :-

Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was minus two degree celsius and the maximum will be 8 degrees.

In Jammu, the minimum temperature was 6 degree Celsius while maximum will be 20 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

Leh will have clear sky.The minimum temperature was minus 15 degree Celsius while the maximum will be zero point six degree.

Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky.The minimum temperature was minus six degree celsius and the maximum will be 11 degrees.

Muzaffarabad will also have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was three degree Celsius and maximum will be around 17 degrees.

In the National capital haze is forecasted. The minimum temperature was two degree Celsius and maximum will be around 19 degrees.


Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius and maximum will be 30 degrees.

Chennai will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 21 degrees Celsius and maximum will be 31 degrees.

Kolkata is likely to witness foggy day. The minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 26 degrees.


In Cricket, Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy 2020-21 will be played from 26-31 January, at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad. All India Radio will Broadcast ball-by-ball bilingual commentary of the tournament. As per scehdule, four quarter finals will be played from 26-27 January, two semi finals on January 29, with the final scheduled on January 31. 


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