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Nation's military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress on display at Rajpath on 72nd Republic Day.

Rafale aircraft makes debut during fly-past.

Republic Day Celebrations across the country and the globe marked with patriotic fervour.

Home Minister Amit Shah reviews situation arising out of farmer's agitation in the national capital.

More than 20 lakh beneficiaries receive COVID-19 vaccine under countrywide vaccination drive.

Bharat Parv begins on a virtual platform showcasing the glory of the nation.

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Now, the news:

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The 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 the Ministry of Defence 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, Splendid 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’ enthraling 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 attractions 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 had 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 elderly with co-morbidities were not permitted. This year, there was no Chief Guest from a Foreign country due to the pandemic. The event was held following all necessary Covid -19 preventive protocols. 

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The Republic Day was celebrated acorss the country and globe  marked with patriotic fervour. Ladakh celebrated Republic Day with great zeal and enthusiasm. Several functions  were organised to mark the occassion. The main function was organised at Polo Ground  in Leh. Lieutanant Governor R K Mathur unfurled the tri colour and took salute of the march past.


 In the Kashmir Valley, the 72nd Republic Day Celebrations concluded peacefully amid tight security and high vigil.The main event was held at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, where Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Khan unfurled the tri-colour and took salute of the ceremonial march past. Contingents of Jammu Kashmir Police, Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, besides others participated in the march past. Following the Covid-19 related protocol, participation of locals was limited.


"At the snow- covered Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar, top officials of the UT administration and police besides a limited number of people were present. In his speech, the Advisor to Lt. Governor, Baseer Khan, highlighted the achievements and various programmes launched by the Central and UT governments. He made a special mention of recently launched Ayushman Bharat Sehat Scheme for the UT.  Khan said that more than 10 lakh farmers of the UT are benefitting from the PM-Kisan Yojana. He  said that it was for the first time that DDC elections were held in Jammu and Kashmir. Which he described as a historic step.  At the end of the function, several cultural programmes were presented by the local artists. Ishfaq Shah, AIR News, Srinagar"



In Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatraya unfurled the national flag and took the salute of march past at the state-level Republic Day function held on the historic Ridge. The Governor inspected the parade and took salute from an impressive march past, led by Parade Commander Capt. Dheeraj Saini from 2 Naga Regiment.


In Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh  Republic Day was 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.  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.


In Uttar Pradesh, Republic day functions were organized at all district headquarters, educational institutions, Madarasas and various government offices. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hoisted the tricolor at his residence in Lucknow. Later he also participated in the  Republic Day parade in front of vidhansabha building. The Chief Minister greeted the people of the state and also paid tribute to the Jawans who laid down their lives while protecting the country.


In Rajasthan, the 72nd Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour in accordance with COVID guidelines. The state-level function was held at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, where Governor Kalraj Mishra unfurled the tricolor and took the salute of the march past.


"Artists from different regions performed folk dance in the State Level function. Motorcycle and horse riding shows were also performed by the Rajasthan Police. Army and police bands were the main attraction of the function. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot hoisted the national flag at CM’s residence. Members of the State Council of Ministers hoisted the tricolor at the divisions and district headquarters and took salute of the march past.  Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur"


In Madhya Pradesh, the 72nd Republic Day celebrated with enthusiasm today while following Covid protocol.


"Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan unfurled the tricolour in Rewa at SAF ground.  Mr Chouhan said that we are marching towards victory over Corona pandemic under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that our state is moving rapidly towards self-reliance. Work has started in all the districts of the state according to the “Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh' roadmap. Main function in the state was held at Bhopal's Lal Parade Maidan where the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mr Rameshwar Sharma unfurled the National Flag. The ceremony was marked by colourful parade and impressive march past by platoons of police and other forces. State Ministers and District Collectors unfurled the National Flag at other districts ."Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal."


The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated across Chhattisgarh with gaiety and enthusiasm today.


"The main function of Republic day was held at the Police Parade Ground in the capital Raipur .  Governor Anusuiya Uike hoisted the flag and took the salute of the parade. The Governor also honored the Corona Warriors during the ceremony. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel hoisted the flag at Lal Bagh ground in Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar.  Meanwhile, the tricolor was hoisted  for the first time after independence  in the village of Minpa in Maoist-affected Sukma district of Bastar division today.  On this occasion, great enthusiasm was seen among the local villagers.  Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur"



Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan unfurled tricolour at historic Gandhi Maidan Patna on the occasion of Republic Day. 


In Jharkhand, Republic Day was celebrated with great zeal and fervour across the state. Governor Draupadi Murmu unfurled the national flag at the main function organised at Morhabadi grounds in Ranchi.


"Lauding the efforts of the state government in controlling the spread of Corona virus, Governor Draupadi Murmu during her Republic Day speech made an appeal to show maximum participation in the ongoing Corona Vaccination Drive from all sections of the society to curb the spread of virus further. Presenting Gallantry awards to 12 policemen for their excellent show of valour and courage on this occasion,  the Governor cited that the new year will open new doors of opportunities and recruitment in the state,as the state public service commission shall conduct regular recruitment examination every year. Mrs Murmu announced  the new state government measure of waiving off farmers loan of Rs. 50 thousand each and the other ongoing welfare schemes of the state government.  Shilpi, AIR News Ranchi. "



West Bengal also celebrated the Repulib Day with traditional gaiety and fervour.


In Sikkim  Republic Day is being celebrated along with the rest of the country. The main function held at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok, Sikkim governor Ganga Prasad unfurled the national flag to kick off celebrations.


In Assam,  the 72nd Republic Day has been celebrated across the state with enthusiasm. 


"Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi unfurled the Tri-colour at Khanapara in Guwahati. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and a host of dignitaries were present on this occasion. Addressing the gathering, Governor Prof Mukhi said that the Assam government is confident of overcoming all future challenges to the state to a newer height of development. The Chief Minister presented the Republic Day Journalism award to Atin Das. Various events including bike rally, plantation drives have been  organized to mark the day across the state. MANAS PRATIM SARMA/AIR NEWS/Guwahati."



Arunachal Pradesh also celebrated the 72nd Republic day today. 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. 


In Nagaland Governor RN Ravi unfurled the national flag and took the Rashtriya Salute from the marching contingents at the state level function held at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza in Kohima.


Mizoram also joined the nation in celebrating Republic Day. The celebration began with the Governor Sreedharan Pillai unfurling the national flag at the main function held in Assam Rifles ground in Aizawl.


Tripura also joined the nation in celebrating Republic Day amid tight security arrangements. Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais unfurled the tricolor and took salutations of impressive march past contingents held at Assam Rifles Ground in Agartala.


 Gujarat is celebrating 72nd Republic Day today with traditional fervor and patriotism. State level function was held at Dahod. Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvvrat unfurled the tricolor in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. 


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 the colors of our national flag are the symbols of  Sacrifice, karma, light, purity, prosperity. He said that we should guide the people and the world by our life and work and not by the words.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the countrymen on the 72nd Republic Day. In a tweet, Mr Naidu called upon the people to devote to ideals like freedom, equality, fraternity and justice to all which are enshrined in the Constitution.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people on the occasion of Republic Day. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah also greeted the citizens on the occasion. Home Minister Amit Shah said that Republic Day is a symbol of India’s multicolored diversity and rich cultural heritage.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has greeted people of India on the occasion of Republic Day.

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President Ram Nath Kovind today hosted - At Home reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan this evening on the occasion of Republic Day. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and other Cabinet Ministers were also present.

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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.

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The President approved awards of 455 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to the Armed Forces personnel and others. 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 the Maha Vir Chakra.

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The Indian diaspora community of Bangladesh also celebrated Republic Day with enthusiasm in Dhaka. The High Commission of India in Dhaka organised the Republic Day programme inviting Indians in Dhaka to participate in the event. Our Dhaka Correspondent has filed this report-


"The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated in Bangladesh today with great enthusiasm by the Indian community in Dhaka. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami hoisted the flag in the chancery premises. After the flag hoisting ceremony, the High Commissioner read out parts of the President’s address to the nation delivered on the eve of Republic Day. Members of the Indian Community in Dhaka participated in the Republic Day celebration at the Chancery premises. During the programme, High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami interacted with the Indian community members. Republic Day was celebrated in other parts of Bangladesh also. Assistant High Commissions of India in Sylhet, Khulna and Chittagong celebrated the Republic Day with flag hoisting in the chancery premises. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended her warm greetings to India on the occasion of the Republic Day. In her letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina termed the relationship between the two countries as special. Rajesh Jha, AIR News, Dhaka."

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The Embassy of India in Beijing celebrated the 72nd Republic Day with zeal and enthusiasm with due diligence in addressing to COVID-19 protocols. The celebrations were also held at consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai. Ambassador Vikram Misri unfurled the National Flag which was followed by singing of the National Anthem. Mr. Misri read Hon. 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. This was followed by a short cultural program including a soulful rendition of ‘Vande Mataram’.


"Members from Indian community could not participate due to COVID-19 pandemic related situation in Beijing and its adjoining provinces, Hebei and Heilongjiang. There have been restrictions on movements, observation of prevention and control measures and also prohibition on large gatherings. Nonetheless, Indians working in multilateral institutions and in other small groups celebrated the Republic Day. Indian missions in South Korea and Japan also celebrated Republic Day following COVID-19 protocols by local governments. Indian community members joined the event online. Many South Korean leaders also joined the event online and congratulated India on its 72nd Republic Day showing the bipartisan support to the India-Korea Special Strategic Partnership. Not only this, both in South Korea and Japan, native citizens also gave online cultural performances along with Indian community members. Anshuman Mishra, AIR News Beijing"

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Home Minister Amit Shah today reviewed the situation arising out of the farmers' agitation in the National Capital. The meeting was attended by Union Home Secretary, Delhi Police Commissioner and Senior Officers. Sources said, during the meeting, it was decided to increase the number of paramilitary forces in Delhi.


Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava has asked the agitating farmers not to indulge in violence. He appealed to them to maintain peace and return through the designated routes. He said, the time and the routes for the tractor rally were finalised after several rounds of meetings. The agitators defied the conditions and started their march before the scheduled time and they chose the path of violence. The Delhi Police said, this led to vandalism in which many police personnel were injured. The Police displayed utmost restraint during the tractor rally.  In view of the situation, Delhi Police took necessary steps with restraint to maintain law and order. Delhi Police said, this agitation has caused great damage to public property.


Joint Commissioner of Police, Alok Kumar said, this agitation has caused great damage to public property. He said, legal action will be taken against those who assaulted the police personnel during the farmers' tractor rally.

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Bharat Parv 2021, a festival to celebrate the spirit of India has begun today. The festival is being organised on a virtual platform www.bharatparv2021.com this year from today till 31st of January. The mega event envisages generating patriotic fervour and showcases the rich and varied cultural diversity of the country. The 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. Themed pavilions of multiple States and Union Territories have showcased their tourist destinations, cuisine, handicraft and other features. 


Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurated the Bharat Parv-2021 in the presence of Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Birla said, the Bharat Parv offers a unique glimpse of India's cultural diversity. He said, this event will provide an opportunity to know and understand the art, culture, food, clothing and traditions of the 28 states and eight Union territories of the country.


The glimpses of Republic Day Parade and recorded performances of Armed forces music bands will also be available on this virtual platform. Various Central Ministries and other organizations including Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Ayush, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Railways, Archaeological Survey of India, National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Arts, Khadi and Village Industries Commission and others are displaying handicrafts, handlooms, music, dance, paintings, literary material and other features from all over the country.


Prasar Bharati has set up its virtual stall which will showcase its efforts towards promoting Ek Bharat-Shrestha Bharat. Another media unit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Bureau of Outreach and Communication focuses on 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by exhibiting photos, videos, animation related to Swachch Bharat, Sashakt Bharat, Bapu Ke Sapno Ka Bharat’. Celebrating the diversity and spirit of India, Publication Division’s virtual pavilion is exhibiting a rich display of books on art and culture, history and biographies of builders of modern India.

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The Government today said that more than 20 lakh beneficiaries have received the vaccination under the countrywide COVID19 vaccination drive. Union Health Ministry said, in the last 24 hours, more than four lakh people were inoculated across seven thousand 764 sessions. Karnataka stands at top position with over two lakh 31 thousand jabs followed by Odisha, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana.


Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate reached 96.90 per cent with the total recovery of more than 15 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said that more than one crore three lakh patients have already recovered from this disease. Covid-19 active cases are on a continuously declining trajectory in the country.


Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is one lakh 77 thousand 266 which comprises only 1.66 per cent of the total positive cases.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.


The National Capital is likely to have cold wave. The temperature will hover between three and 21 degrees Celsius.


Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be around 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 28 degrees.


Chennai will witness fog or mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will vary between 20 and 31 degrees Celsius.


In Kolkata, there will be fog or mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. The city will observe a minimum of around 16 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 26 degrees.


In Srinagar, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night. The temperature will hover between minus three and nine degrees Celsius.


Jammu, Leh, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky.


In Jammu,  the minimum temperature will be around six degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 21 degrees.


Leh will have a minimum temperature of minus 15 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.


In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between minus six and 11 degrees Celsius.


In Muzaffarabad the temperature will hover between three and 18 degrees Celsius.


Dehradun will observe a minimum temperature of around seven degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 22 degrees. The city will have moderate fog.


Chandigarh will have fog or mist in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The temperature is likely to hover between seven and 19 degrees Celsius.


In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be around 19 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be 33 degrees. The city will witness fog or mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later.


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