63rd Republic Day Celebrated Across India
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Tamil Nadu:
The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated in Tamil Nadu with Governor K Rosaiah unfurling the national tricolour and Chief Minister J Jayalalaithaa presenting the gallantry awards here.

Rosaiah unfurled the national flag and took salute at the ceremonial march past by the three armed forces, besides Tamil Nadu Police, Fire and Rescue Services among others.

Floats by Army and IAF, dance programmes by school children were the other attractions at the Republic Day celebrations held at the Marina here attended by many, including top officials from the armed forces, police and diplomats.

Earlier, huge crowds thronged the long stretch of Marina and cheered the floats and personnel. Elaborate security arrangements had been made for the occasion.


Lt Governor Dr Iqbal Singh unfurled national flag on Republic Day and After inspecting guard of honour presented by the Puducherry Armed Police, he presented Lt Governor`s Police medals to SI M Aroumougame and he Head Constable Sengeni Varadhan.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy, Speaker V Sabapathy, Ministers, legislators of various political parties were among those who were present.

Chief Minister later unfurled the tricolour on the premises of the Puducherry Assembly.


Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said the state is poised to make major strides in infrastructure development without compromising on the welfare of the common people and the goal of inclusive growth.

Giving his Republic Day message after hoisting the national flag at the Central Stadium here, Chandy said the programmes initiated by the UDF Government based on the slogan "development and care" have created positive results and given confidence to move forward to achieve the targets set by it since it came to power in May last.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected an impressive Republic Day parade of various contingents of armed forces, police, NCC and Scouts and Guides.


Republic day was celebrated in Manipur amid tight security amid a boycott call by major insurgent outfits today. The Governor Gurbachan Jagat unfurled the national flag and took salute from the participants in the march past at Kangla here.

Despite massive security arrangement a powerful bomb was exploded by suspected militants in the capital complex this morning, but none was injured.

Police patrol was intensified throughout the state especially in the in valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur and Thoubal.


Governor Shivraj Patil unfurled the Tricolour at the Republic Day function in Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur. Patil inspected the Republic Day parade and took salute from the jawans of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary, Rajasthan Police, Traffic Police, Hadirani Battalion, Government Railway Police, Jail, Home Guards, Ex-servicemen, NCC and Scouts.

After the march past, Patil awarded Police Medal for gallantry (posthumously) to constable Chandrabhan. His wife Rajwanti Devi was present to take the award.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and senior officers were present on the occasion.

Earlier, Gehlot unfurled the National Flag at his official residence. While Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat unfurled the Tricolour at the Vidhan Sabha.

Arunachal Pradesh:

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J J Singh expressed concern over the prevalent tendency to call ‘bandhs’ in the state and exhorted people to come in open against such culture for all-round development of the state.

Unfurling the national tri-colour on the 63rd Republic Day at Indira Gandhi Park here this morning, the Governor cautioned the state government would not tolerate such culture in future and would deal with all such activities with a stern hand.


Governor Devanand Konwar unfurled the tricolour at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Patna. He  pledged the Nitish Kumar government would take the state on the development trajectory with thrust on strengthening the infrastructural facilities, electricity, agriculture and ensuring development with justice.

The governor said the state government had taken crucial steps for better facilities for people and maintaining communal harmony and amity.

Governor said to rein in corruption effectively, Lokayukta bill 2011 was passed by the state legislature bringing people's representatives from the 'Mukhiya' (village head) level to the Chief Minister under its purview.

Governor said the state government had taken stringent measures to check crime and the cooperative department was making relentless efforts for promoting the Self-Help-Groups.

Special poice stations are being created for taking swift legal action against crime on women, dalits and scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

He also said the state government's initiatives to provide 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayati raj institutions have started yielding good results.


Governor Dr. D Y Patil today unfurled the tri-colour at the Assam Rifles ground here and appealed to the youth to join hands to build up a peaceful and developed Tripura.

The Governor was given guard of honour by the state and central paramilitary forces along with the state police and NCC.

In his address, Governor said, the state has earned a high recognition in terms of development and governance in the country.

He said, the National Highway 44 running through Tripura is being made four lane from Dharmanagar in North Tripura to Sabroom in South Tripura, while work for laying railway track from Agartala to Sabroom was progressing in full swing.

Also the state would be power surplus in this year with the 726 Mg Watt Gas based thermal power project at Palatana in south Tripura generating power by this year.

Patil said the democracy has given voice to every citizen and every people should respect this system because it can bring prosperity in human life.


Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed today said naxalism was a big problem in the state's progress and appealed to extremists to shun the path of violence.

"Naxalism is a big problem in the path of development. Violence has no place in a democracy," Ahmed said while unfurling the flag to mark the Republic Day celebrations here.

"I appeal to the misguided youth to keep away from the path of violence and adopt peace and brotherhood, which is good for them and the state," the governor said.

Quoting B R Ambedkar that it required strong-willed persons to take the state on progressive path, Ahmed said "today is the day for introspection; let us pledge to take our state to such a stage that would leave others think what was the secret behind our growth."

The governor said there should be efforts to improve the education sector because it was another important plank for development.


Nagaland celebrated the Republic Day peacefully with Governor Nikhil Kumar exhorting the people to rededicate themselves to eradicate corruption and distrust from the society.

Hoisting the tri-colour at civil secretariat ground here, the governor also asked the people to work for peace, progress and prosperity.

Highlighting the achievements of the state in various fields, Kumar said "today our literacy rate, health indicators and economic growth are much better than many states of the country."

Appreciating the role of administration, police, paramilitary forces, civil society and church in maintaining law and order, the governor said "our state has had the distinction of having the least crime rate in the country last year as per the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau."


Odisha Governor M C Bhandare unfurled the tri-colour in the state capital as the day was celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm in most parts of the state barring some Maoist-hit areas were the Naxalites unfurled black flags.

As the governor took salute of an impressive parade at the state level function in Bhubaneswar, colourful tablaux and cultural pageants unfolded the state's rich culture and progress made in different sectors unfolded at the majestic Mahatma Gandhi Road.

On a jarring note, some remote areas in Maoist-affected districts like Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Koraput saw hoisting of black flags by the ultras.

Due to Maoist scare, the day could not be celebrated in several schools located in remote areas of Chitrakonda, Kalimela and Motu in Malkangiri district as no teacher and student turned up, reports said.

Despite tight security, Maoists hoisted black flags and put up posters and banners in Kalimela and Motu areas of naxal-hit Malkangiri where the ultras had asked people to refrain from celebrating the day.

Similarly, in Kalahandi district black flags and posters were seen in Thuamul Rampur area with a call to boycott the celebrations, sources said.

Elaborate security arrangements were made in the Maoist infested districts with heavy force deployment and intensive patrolling in view of the threat from the ultras.

As the day was being celebrated with usual enthusiasm in most other parts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hoisted the tri-colour at a function in Cuttack.

Describing Odisha a land of peace and rich cultural heritage, Patnaik said the country and the state had developed immensely but a lot more needed to be done.


A multi-pronged strategy adopted by the Assam government has made possible peace pacts with militants and suspension of counter-insurgency operations, Governor J B Patnaik said at his 63rd Republic Day address.

"The strategy in the form of sustained development efforts, counter-insurgency operations against active militant groups and peace overtures for people willing to come forward for negotiated settlement has paid rich dividends," Patnaik said while unfurling the tricolour at the new Republic Day venue in Khanapara.

"The government is hopeful that Paresh Baruah led ULFA (anti-talk) faction will also come forward to solve their problems through negotiations by shunning the path of violence," Patnaik said.

The Governor once again called upon the militant groups, who have not come forward for peace talks so far, "to come for negotiated settlement of their demands withing the framework of the Constitution. Our doors are always open".

Patnaik said that his government's achievements were reflected in Assam being on the fast track of development.

"Assam's inclusive development is an example of equitable development in which economic and other inequalities are gradually reducing," he said.


Despite chilling conditions and overnight snowfall, thousands of people across Kashmir thronged the venues where Republic Day were being celebrated.

The main function in the Valley was held at Bakshi Stadium here amidst tight security.

J&K Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather unfurled the national flag at Bakshi Stadium where over 5,000 people attended the function.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti, Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani and ruling National Conference MLAs Peer Afaq and Irfan Ahmad Shah were also present at the venue.

Elaborate security arrangements were made to ensure that the Republic Day passes peacefully.

However, mobile phone and portable Internet services were shut down from 9 am till noon as a precautionary measure. These services remain shut on Republic Day and Independence Day after militants used a mobile phone to trigger a bomb blast outside Bakshi Stadium in 2005.

Reports of good turnout of people at Republic Day functions were received from almost all district and town headquarters in the Valley where cabinet ministers presided over the function.

Bandipora witnessed the highest attendance of 14,000 people attending the function as CAPD Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon unfurled the tricolor.

Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed hoisted the National Flag at Baramulla district headquarters where over 10,000 people attended the function.

Rural Development Minister Ali Mohmmad Sagar presided over the function in Ganderbal district where nearly 5,000 people were present to witness the parade.

Both factions of Hurriyat Conference had called for observing the day as 'black day', accusing the Centre of not taking steps to resolve Kashmir issue despite passage of more than six decades.

Black flags were hoisted in many parts of the old Srinagar City, especially in Gojwara and Nowhatta areas, considered to be stronghold of moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

However, a police spokesman said the black flags were hoisted to "glorify the martyrdom" and demand punishment for the killers of Tariq Ahmad Bhat.


In a veiled warning to the BJP government, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj today said he would not allow dilution or weakening of Lokayukta and independence of investigating agencies would be maintained.

"Karnataka Lokayukta has rendered an exemplary service and done the state proud ... Let me assure you there shall be no dilution or weakening of Lokayukta," he said in his Republic Day address here.

Any attempt to weaken administrative structures and institutions should be avoided, Bhardwaj said, adding attempts should be made to strengthen them.

Bhardwaj's comments came in the backdrop of a stand-off between him and the government over appointment of former Kerala High Court Chief Justice S R Bannurmath as Lokayukta.

The government has kept the post of Lokayuka vacant since September last and has been insisting on the appointment of Bannurmath, whose name Bhardwaj has rejected.

"Society is demanding an environment free from corruption and we have to work to fulfil it," he said.

Without mentioning incidents of church attacks, Bhardwaj said the government should maintain strict vigil on certain fringe elements working overtime to disturb the peace and harmony.

"With our collective resolve, we must defeat the designs of such elements," he said.

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and Opposition Leader in the Assembly Siddaramaiah were among those attended the function at the Manekshaw Parade Grounds.

Children from various schools presented an impressive cultural programmes on the occasion.

Andhra Pradesh:

Observing that youth is the focus of the State Government, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan today said massive efforts are being made to generate employment for the young, in addition to the number of welfare schemes being implemented currently.

"The mission (Rajiv Education and Employment Mission) is mandated to provide placements to 15 lakh youth by 2014, as an inclusive programme to reach the needy sections particularly SC, ST, BC, youth and women," he said in his Republic Day speech here.

The Industrial Investment Policy-2010-15 envisages creation of five lakh jobs per year with an overall investment of Rs 15,000 crore annually for achieving a 17 per cent growth in manufacturing sector, the Governor said.

He highlighted the welfare and development programmes like interest-free loans and 'Rythu Sadassulu' (farmers' meets) for the benefit of farming community, one kilo rice for one rupee, Indira Jala Prabha' irrigation programme for SC/ST farmers and 'Jalayagnam' (irrigation mission) social security pensions, strengthening of health care sector, students tuition fees reimbursement.

Earlier, the Governor unfurled the national flag and reviewed the ceremonial parade held at the Parade Grounds.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, his deputy C Damodar Rajanarasimha, Assembly Speaker N Manohar, several Ministers and other dignitaries attended the event.

The Republic Day was celebrated at the offices of Congress, Telugu Desam, BJP and other parties.

In Pune, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar took the salute at a smartly turned out parade at Shivajinagar Police Ground.

In Nagpur, Social Welfare Minister Shivajirao Moghe unfurled the tricolour at Kasturchand Park Ground. Speaking on the occasion, Moghe called for strengthening democracy in the country and described it as a soul of India.

Moghe, who is also Guardian Minister of Nagpur, said every citizen should be aware of his rights.


Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan today hoisted the national flag here and underlined the need for people's cooperation in fight against terrorism.

Despite the all-round progress made by Maharashtra during the last 50 years, there are areas that need special attention. The Government is determined to achieve ambitious targets it has set, he noted.

As the Governor was not well, Maharashtra Minister of State for Housing and Industries Sachin Ahir read out his speech on the occasion.

The Governor praised the Government for taking appropriate measures to supply drinking water through tankers, supply fodder and providing EGS work to labourers in the areas affected by uneven rainfall.

On security front, Sankaranarayanan said the police force is being strengthened and equipped with new technology to meet the challenges posed by terrorism.

"However, active cooperation and constant vigilance on the part of the citizens is equally important to strengthen the efforts of the police," he appealed.

The Government has taken several steps to provide speedy justice to the citizens by setting up more courts, including fast track ones and starting evening courts. As a result, the pendency of Court cases in Maharashtra has reduced significantly, he added.

Traditional koli, adivasi and lavani dances were staged at the function attended by dignitaries and citizens.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad and DGP K Subramaniam, among others, attended the event.

Madhya Pradesh:

Madhya Pradesh has registered an impressive growth rate of over 10 per cent in the last year of 11th Five-Year Plan and it is now counted among the fast developing states, Governor Ram Naresh Yadav said today.

"In the last year of 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-12), Madhya Pradesh has registered a growth rate of over 10 per cent which is more than the national average. Madhya Pradesh, once counted among the BIMARU (backward) states, is now counted among the developing states of the country," he said.

The Governor was speaking after hoisting the national flag at the Lal Parade Ground on the occasion of Republic Day. He also took salute from the state police and other wings.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan unfurl the tricolour at Jabalpur, while Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani hoisted the national flag at Sagar amid traditional fanfare.

At Indore, Industries Minister Kailash Vijaywargiya hoisted the national flag while Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra unfurled the tricolour at Gwalior.

After hoisting the tricolour, the Ministers and District Collectors read out the message of the Chief Minister on the occasion.

West Bengal:

West Bengal joined the rest of the country in celebrating the 63rd Republic Day today with the hoisting of the Tricolour in all districts, including Maoist-hit Jangalmahal.

The main function was held on the Indira Gandhi Sarani in the Maidan area where Governor M K Narayanan unfurled the Tricolour before taking salute at the traditional Republic Day parade.

Five girls, Mukti, Beena, Afsana, Sunita and Sangeeta who won this year's National Bravery Award, were given pride of place at the event with their vehicle immediately following that of parade commander and Deputy GoC of Army's Bengal Area command, Brig A K Sharma.

Various contingents of the armed forces, para-military, state and city police, various state government departments and NGOs participated in the parade which also showcased some military hardware.

For the first time, the Election Commission's state unit participated with a tableau with the slogan "greater participation for a stronger democracy".

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, some of her cabinet colleagues witnessed the parade along with the GOC-in-C of the Army's Eastern Command Lt Gen Bikram Singh, chief secretary Samar Ghosh, home secretary G D Gautama, DGP Naparajit Mukherjee and city police commissioner R K Pachnanda.

The day was celebrated at the headquarters of the Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway, Metro Railway and the Kolkata Port Trust.

Republic Day was also celebrated in Maoist-affected Jhargram in West Midnapore district where the sub-divisional officer unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at a march past.


Gujarat Governor Dr Kamla today unfurled the national flag at Jawahar Maidan ground here.

In the address afterwards, she called on the people to "guard the democratic fabric through collective participation."

The Governor had recently clashed with Chief Minister Narendra Modi over appointment of Lokayukta in the state.

"Gujarat is fast progressing on the path of development, and Chief Minister Narendra Modi has laid the roadmap for it," she said on this occasion.

Modi, who was present, reviewed the Republic Day parade along with the state police chief Chitranjan Singh and Chief Secretary A K Joti.

Modi said in his speech that people should take a pledge today that they would not allow any ploy which may lead to destruction of unity and integrity of the country.

"We should ensure that India's constitutional commitments and federal structure are not disturbed," he said.

The Chief Minister also greeted the people through his twitter account.


Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt today called on the people in the state to resolve to root out Naxalites.

Presiding over the Republic Day function at the Police Parade ground here, he said that while the state was making strides in development the Naxals were making the life of the rural population miserable and trying to undermine the development efforts.

The state government is giving priority to increase morale of the security forces by increasing their strength, and recruiting local youths from tribal areas, he said.

Dutt expressed satisfaction with the state's GDP growth rate of 11.56 percent and increase in production of rice at 91 lakh metric tonnes.

Due to the efforts of the government the infant mortality had come come down, he said.

The per capita consumption of electricity in the state is much more than the average consumption in the country, he added.

While delivering his speech, Dutt suddenly took ill and almost fainted. He completed his speech sitting on a chair after regaining his composure.
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