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India Celebrates 65th Republic Day

India today celebrated its 65th Republic day. As Rajpath in the capital saw parades by defence personnel and security forces and display of India's military strength, different states in the country celebrated the occasion with fervour.

Punjab & Haryana

Punjab and Haryana joined the nation in celebrating the 65th Republic day with hoisting of tri-colour and colourful parades amidst tight security arrangements.

Contingents of police, Home Guards, NCC and school children, among others, participated in the parades held at several district headquarters in the two states and their joint capital Chandigarh.

The celebrations at most places in the region were held under foggy conditions.

Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil and Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia unfurled the tri-colour at Patiala and Gurgaon respectively, while Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda took salute at Ludhiana and Nuh respectively.

In Chandigarh, K K Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, unfurled the tri-colour and took the salute.

The functions to mark the day were organised at other district headquarters in Punjab and Haryana, including at Jalandhar, Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Moga, Ambala, Gurgaon, Karnal, Rohtak and Hisar.

Tripura

Hoisting the tri-colour at the Assam Rifles ground here on the 65th Republic day, Tripura Governor Devanand Konwar said the state has set an example of good governance and raised a high moral of democracy.

"The state has set an example of good governance and raised a high moral of democracy," he said.

"I am also happy to note that the state of Tripura has been making appreciable progress in different sectors. The extremist activities in Tripura have been contained and the law and order situation has improved," he said.

The Governor also took salute from paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR), CRPF, BSF, state police and NCC.

Tamil Nadu

Governor K Rosaiah hoisted the national tri-colour and took the salute at an impressive march-past by members of the armed forces, state police divisions and scouts and guides among others on the stretch along the famous Marina beach.

Cultural events such as folk dances from Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Gujarat were also presented by college students and others with the Marina stretch being decked up for the special occasion.

The parade was commanded by Wing Commander Kamal Singh Obad. Among the tableaux presented by the defence forces were Arjun and T-72 battle tanks.

Jayalalithaa presented the Gandhi Adigal Awards, Anna Gallantry Medals and Kottai Ameer Award for Communal Harmony to various recipients. Each of these carried cash reward and medals.

Tight security arrangements were made here as thousands of people, young and old, thronged the Kamarajar Salai along the Marina to witness the grand display.

Andaman

Lieutenant Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lt Gen (Retd) AK Singh, urged the people of the Union Territory to take part in the government's development programmes.

Greeting the islanders on the 65th Republic Day, Singh urged them to dedicate themselves to the cause of freedom, unity and solidarity.

He payed homage to the freedom fighters and martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice to safeguard the country.

He said that the culture of the UT was "unique" and added that, "This is our strength and we shall not disturb the harmony prevailing in the islands."

He hoisted the national flag and distributed commemoration certificates and cash awards to 13 people and organisations.

Mizoram

Mizoram Governor Vakkom Purushothaman delivered his gubernatorial address after unfurling the tricolour at the Assam Rifles ground here, saying that the economic growth rate in the state was higher than that of the national growth recorded at 7.8 per cent.

He said the Planning Commission had so far released Rs 1,208.82 crore under the Additional Central Assistance for implementation of the NLUP while expected fund flow from the central ministries under Convergence Plan was estimated at Rs 760.43 crore by the end of the current fiscal.

He thanked and congratulated the state election machinery, church, civil societies, media and the general public for having reposed faith and confidence in the government.

Puducherry

Lt Governor Virendra Kataria unfurled the tricolour and inspected a guard of honour presented by the Puducherry Armed police.

He presented President's police medals for meritorious services to various police personnel.

Kataria gave away the Chief Minister`s Rolling Trophy jointly to 36 schools including a few government schools for scoring cent percent pass in the SSLC public examination in March last year.

In a message released on the occasion, he said Puducherry encouraged establishment of eco-friendly industries units consuming less water and power by entrepreneurs.

Chief Minister N.Rangasamy and his cabinet colleagues, Union Minister of State in PMO V.Narayanasamy, Speaker V Sabapathy, legislators, officials and representatives of various organisations were among those who witnessed the celebrations.

Several departments presented tableaux highlighting various schemes implemented by them in Puducherry. Cultural programme by students of various schools marked the highlight of the celebration which lasted two hours.

Arunachal Pradesh

Unfurling the national flag on Republic Day, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma exhorted the people to root out corruption and criminal activities from the state.

"The true essence of a mature democracy is by way of discussion, debate and dissension and not by disruption."

"We must re-dedicate ourselves on this day to the peaceful realisation of the dream that had inspired the captains and soldiers of our freedom struggle, the dream of establishing a classless, co-operative, free and egalitarian society," he said.

In his maiden address to the people, the Governor urged the youths and their mentors to ensure that the energy of the youth was not diverted towards disruption.

Goa

Addressing the Republic day parade, the Governor B V Wanchoo referred to the January 4 incident in which over 30 people died after a five-storey building caved in at Canacona town.

"Today is the day of joy. But on this joyous occasion, our heart goes to our fellow citizens who recently lost their dear ones in tragic circumstances at Canacona," the Governor said in his customary address after inspecting the parade.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the families who suffered loss of life or property. I want to assure people that the state stands with them in this moment of crisis," Wanchoo said.

The Governor said the government was aiming for "zero tolerance" towards corruption.

Rajasthan

Eighteen police officers and other personnel were felicitated by Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva amid tight security arrangements.

ADG-ATS Dr Alok Tripathi and Sub Inspector (Traffic) Ramakant Sharma were awarded President's Police medal whereas IPS officers Vishan Bansal and Rohit Mahajan, RPS officers Pahad Singh, Ram Singh and Lalit, Sub-Inspectors Hanuman Singh and Munna Lal were awarded Police Medals for distinguished services.

ASI Devendra Singh, Bhanwar Singh, Balwant Singh, Head Constables Kan Singh, Kishore Singh, Shrawan Singh and Hawa Singh, and Constables Bhuri Lal and Jaikishan were also awarded Police Medals.

Eight other government employees were also awarded meritorious certificates.

After the award distribution, over 1000 school students and 150 folk artists enthralled people in the stadium with their colourful dance performances.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was also present in the function.

Madhya Pradesh

The main function was held at the Lal Parade ground here where Governor Ram Naresh Yadav unfurled the national flag and took the salute at a march past of various forces.

In his address on the occasion, the Governor said Madhya Pradesh was no longer a poor state was in fast lane of development.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan unfurled the national flag at Vidisha where he recounted the steps taken for development by the state in the last 10 years.

Tableaux showing development undertaken by various government departments were also taken out at the Lal Parade ground.

Kerala

Governor Nikhil Kumar wanted the government to explore the possibility of PPP model for the state's economic growth.

Platoons from Army, Air Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Railway Protection Force, Special Armed Force, Trivandrum City Armed Reserve Police, Kerala Prison Department, Kerala Fire and Rescue Force, were among those which took part in the parade.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and senior government officials were present on the occasion.

State Ministers took part in the Republic Day celebrations organised in the district headquarters. Cultural programmes were also held as part of the celebrations.

Jharkhand

Chief Minister Hemant Soren unfurled the tri-colour and said that four lakh youths were being imparted skill training to make them eligible for several kinds of jobs.

The chief minister highlighted the government's helping hand to the student community by citing the policies of making available free books, uniform and midday meals to the students at the primary level and waiving off the registration and examination fees at the matriculation and intermediate levels.

He also spoke about the other initiatives like insurance cover, expansion of roads, computerization, Indira Awas, technical education, minority education, sports, health and other schemes to make an environment of stability, peace and progress in the state.

Assam

Hoisting the National Flag, Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik condemned the recent incidents of violence in many districts across the state and said the culprits will be punished.

"I appeal to all...Organisations to shun violence and join the mainstream for the development of the state... The government is making all out efforts to persuade the other remaining outfits to come forward for negotiations," he said.

"My government condemns the recent killings of innocent persons in Karbi Anglong, Chirang, Kokrajhar and Udalguri districts. We are taking firm steps to strengthen the security environment in these areas and to apprehend the perpetrators of such inhuman crimes," Patnaik said.

He also said the capital city will get a Police Commissionerate this year to meet the law and order needs.

West Bengal

In Kolkata Governor M K Narayanan presided over the marchpast of armed and police forces.

Colourful parade and procession with decorated tableaux portraying the state's culture and heritage were highlights of the programme, which was attended by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

"I salute all those whose selfless toil, struggle and sacrifice gave us our freedom and established democracy in the country. We have always placed people above everything else. Our plans, programmes, policies and priorities are always people-centric," Banerjee said in a message on Facebook.

"It is our firm commitment to protect the interests of the common people and the deprived sections of society. We are for all religions, caste, creed and communities. Let’s all stay united. We are for united India.," she said.

Bihar

Addressing the Republic Day function at the Gandhi Maidan, the Governor D Y Patil said, "Today, an environment of communal and social harmony is existing in Bihar."

The state government has adopted a policy of "zero tolerance" for weeding out corruption for which a special campaign against corrupt officials by vigilance and economic wing of the Bihar police was underway, he said.

In the field of education, enrolment of students in schools has increased and dropout rate cut down through several innovative schemes like cycle yojna, uniform and scholarship programmes, he said.

In the sphere of health, in addition to ensuring attendance of doctors in government hospitals, provisions have been made for free distribution of medicine, pathological tests and x-ray, the Governor said. Steps have been taken for establishment of super speciality hospitals.

Women's empowerment has been focus of the state government. As part of this, a women's police station has been opened in every district. 35 per cent seats have been reserved for women in recruitment of constables and sub inspector, he said.

Patil also mentioned significant progress made in the state

in other areas like agriculture, social welfare and minorities development.

Meghalaya

Thousands of people defied a bandh call given by a separatist outfit and joined the 65th Republic Day celebrations in Meghalaya amid tight security.

Unfurling the tri-colour, Governor K K Paul expressed "anxiety" over the four month-long agitation by pressure groups to demand implementation of Inner Line Permit and the spurt of militant activities in Garo Hills region of the state.

"The internal security scenario in the state has been by and large satisfactory but one of anxiety," he said while highlighting the initiatives of the state government in positively engaging with the NGOs to "find out a pragmatic and an effective mechanism to deal with the issue of influx".

Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt assured that the state government would firmly deal with naxals and other terror elements operating in the state.

"The state government is looking forward to ensure equal opportunity for development and better facilities to everyone as per provisions of constitution. At the same time, it will firmly deal with the anti-constitutional, anti-democratic, naxalism and other terror elements," the Governor said in his address.

He unfurled the tricolour and received guard of honour from the joint parade of the state police, Chhattisgarh Armed Police, CRPF, BSF, CISF, National Cadet Corps, National Service Scheme, Scout and Guide students at the Parade Ground here to mark India's 65th Republic Day amid tight security.

About 5,000 people, including children, thronged the venue in the heart of the city to witness the colourful parade with patriotic fervour and gaiety.

Chief Minister Raman Singh hoisted the tricolour at Ambikapur district headquarters amid tight security. Some of the ministers and MLAs also took part in the celebrations at different places in the state.

Security had been stepped across the state, especially in the Maoist-hit region ahead of the R-Day function and no untoward incident was reported so far, police said.

Andhra Pradesh

The Governor E S L Narasimhan unfurled the national flag and reviewed the parade on the occasion.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, his cabinet colleagues and several other leaders and officials attended the event.

"My government has initiated measures to set up IT incubation centres in several cities and towns across the state. IT investment region (ITIR) in Visakhapatnam is soon expected to be in place and this project is likely to get clearances on a fast-track mode", the Governor said.

The state government has approved a policy for promoting gaming, animation, media and entertainment (GAME) sectors and in tune with it, a first-of-its kind GAME Park in Ranga Reddy district is coming up, he said.

"The per capita income of AP has moved upwards rapidly in the recent past from Rs 69,350 during 2011-12 to Rs 78,564 in 2012-13. The Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growth at 2004-05 prices in 2012-13 is 5.78 per cent which is higher than the national average", he added.

Noting that the government has taken effective steps to contain the twin challenges of Left Wing extremism and terrorism on the law and order front, Narasimhan said the government was fully committed towards protecting peace, preserving public order and maintaining communal harmony.

Contingents of police, home guards and schoolchildren, among others, participated in the parades and cultural programmes held in district headquarters in the state.

Cultural pageantry by schoolchildren, a stunning display of daredevilry by a team of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre (MLIRC), Belgaum, were among the highlights at the Republic Day celebrations for which tight security arrangements had been put in place.

Karnataka

Pointing to public resentment against corruption, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj today stressed on efficient functioning of public services to reinforce people's faith in democratic governance.

"There is a visible tide in the country of public resentment against corruption, lack of probity in public life and failure to deliver public services, especially to the deprived sections.

"Well functioning public services to make a big difference to people's lives is the need of the hour to revive and reinforce faith of the people in democratic governance," he said in his Republic Day address.

Speaking after unfurling the national tricolour, Bhardwaj said the country cannot afford to weaken people's faith in democratic governance because it was an instrument for social change for eradicating poverty, inequality and social justice.

Contingents of police, home guards and schoolchildren, among others, participated in the parades and cultural programmes held in district headquarters in the state.

Cultural pageantry by schoolchildren, a stunning display of daredevilry by a team of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre (MLIRC), Belgaum, were among the highlights at the Republic Day celebrations for which tight security arrangements had been put in place.

Odisha

Governor S C Jamir unfurled the tri-colour at the main function on Mahatma Gandhi Road, while Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik did so at the historic Barabati stadium in Cuttack.

Patnaik in his speech urged the people to work with commitment to ensure speedy development as a developed India as well as a prosperous Odisha was the goal.

Democracy had been strengthened in the country over the years since Independence and balanced development and progress would ensure proper empowerment of all sections of the society and enable everyone, including the poor to live with dignity.

While people's faith in democracy had grown, the administration has also become responsive, Patnaik said and asked the people work sincerely to protect democratic and secular values.

Tight security arrangements had been made in Maoist-hit Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Gajapati and Nuapada districts in view of the boycott call by the ultras.

No untoward incident was, however, reported from anywhere in the state.

Suspected Maoists put up black flags in some pockets of Chitrakonda and Kalimela areas in Malkangiri district, the sources said.

Jammu & Kashmir

The main ceremony Republic Day for the state was held at Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu where the governor hoisted the national flag and took the salute at the parade in which contingents of army, paramilitary forces, police and school students took part.

The ceremony in the summer capital Srinagar was led by the Minister for Panchayat Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar, who called for a dialogue between the separatists and the Centre for resolving the political issues facing the state.

The function was held under a tight security cover with all roads leading to Bakshi Stadium being sealed as part of the arrangements.

But Republic Day was not without incident in the Valley where a fresh ceasefire violation occurred in Uri sector, army said.

Meanwhile, shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic remained off the roads in most parts of the Valley in response to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatists over their demand for a resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Also, cellphones and wireless internet services across the Valley were temporarily suspended as part of the precautionary measures for Republic Day. Militants have used mobile phones in the past to trigger remote-controlled explosive devices in Kashmir.

Maharashtra

Mumbai witnessed a spectacular Republic Day celebration, with the Maharashtra government organising a grand parade along the Marine Drive on the lines of the parade on Rajpath in the national capital.

This is the first time the parade was held at the Marine Drive in south Mumbai, instead of the Shivaji Park ground in central Mumbai.

The special event began by unfurling of the tricolour by Governor K Sankaranarayanan and playing of the national anthem. He then took the salute at the parade along the Marine Drive promenade.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, his cabinet colleagues, senior bureaucrats and top police officers were present on the occasion.

Around 25 tableaux put up by the state government departments highlighting their achievements in the fields like education and health care, were a part of the parade.

It showcased the military might of the Indian Army and other defence forces and also highlighted the prowess of CISF and Mumbai police.

Thousands of people had gathered at the Marine Drive to witness the colourful event, which culminated in several Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen, Shreyas Talpade, participating in the extravaganza to cheer the crowd.

Celebrations of the Republic Day also took place at various government establishments and private functions across the state by hoisting the tricolour--in district towns and villages.

Gujarat

Governor Kamla Beniwal unfurled the national flag at Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district as part of the state-level function.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was also present on the occasion in Himmatnagar, the district headquarters of Sabarkantha in north Gujarat, located 80 kms from here.

The celebrations received enthusiastic participation from local people who came out in large numbers displaying national spirit.

Forty-one tableaux, showing themes of various state departments, were presented.

One of the tableau based on the theme of "Statue of Unity" was presented by Narmada and Water Department.

The tableau put up by Tribal Development department of the state government received the first prize. It depicted the developmental programmes initiated by the state in the tribal belt from Umargam (in South Gujarat's Valsad district) to Ambaji (in North Gujarat's Banaskantha district).

The youth gave a glimpse of Gujarat's culture through various cultural programmes at Kanknol ground in Himmatnagar even as school students performed Surya Namaskar and Yoga.

Uttar Pradesh

The 65th Republic Day was celebrated with usual pomp and gaiety amidst tight security with Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi taking salute of an impressive parade.

Contingents of Army, Police, Home Guards, NCC and school children, among others, participated in the parade in which the highlight was T-72 tank and anti-tank guided missile launcher, amidst others.

On the occasion four policemen-- Late Govind Singh, Rajesh Kumar Verma, Rakesh Kumar and Satyendra Kumar were awarded President's police medal for gallantry by the Governor.

Six police officers- ADG Sutapa Sanyal, IG Ashish Gupta, IG Chandra Prakash, IG PV Ramaswamy, SP Syed Wasim Ahmad and Deputy SP Kamal Narain Pandey were awarded President's police medal for distinguished service.

While police medal for meritorious service were given to 71 policemen Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was also present in the function.

Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi today joined the nation in celebrating the 65th Republic Day with patriotic fervour, emphasising on peace, harmony and brotherhood as a prerequisite for growth.

Qureshi unfurled the tricolour and took the ceremonial salute by Indian Army and para-military forces including the ITBP, SSB and the Homeguard at a function held at the historic parade ground here.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, who was also present at the occasion among other distinguished guests, arrived at the venue ahead of the Governor and met with freedom fighters from different parts of the state, who had also come to attend the function. He also offered them shawls as a mark of respect.

A well-organised contingent of NCC cadets marched past and ten state government departments paraded their tableaux. The Governor also honoured three police personnel for their distinguished service.

Flag hoisting and cultural programmes were held at all the 13 district headquarters to mark the occasion, official sources said.

Uttarakhand government also warned officials found absent from flag hoisting ceremony of tough action.

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4/D-18
Jan 27, 2014
03:11 AM

With religion in politics, India will never prosper - even given another 65 years.

Misogynist, Chennai
3/D-93
Jan 26, 2014
03:07 PM

Many in India still fear that if they don't vote for Gandhi family, British will come and takeaway their Independence.

David Rukstales, Tokyo
2/D-89
Jan 26, 2014
02:58 PM

Beyond the rituals ..... the republic is moth eaten and crying under our own collective incapabilities and incompetence of a people who talk big ... do little. When power tests our character, character always loses.

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Jan 26, 2014
02:27 PM

Conversation between a new Congress member and an old Congress member.

NM : Why are we celebrating Republic day ?

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