Live Updates: 68th Republic Day parade concludes

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New Delhi, Jan 26: On Thursday, India is celebrating its 68th Republic Day to honour the Constitution of the country as it came into force on January 26, 1950.

The official celebrations of the Republic Day will start after President Pranab Mukherjee will hoist the flag at Rajpath in New Delhi. This will be followed by the Republic Day parade.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been invited as the chief guest to attend the Republic Day celebrations.

Security measures have been beefed up across the country, especially in the capital to thwart any untoward incident.

Stay tuned for live updates here:

10.18: Due to air space closure two Air India flights diverted to neighbouring airports.

10.12 am: Indian Army's premier T-90 Tanks on display.

10.09 am: UAE soldiers lead the March at #Rajpath. 179 UAE soldiers, band members part of parade.

10.07 am: Four Mi-17 V5 helicopters in inverted 'Y' formation, shower flower petals.

10.04 am: Wife of Havildar Hangpan Dada received Ashok Chakra. Hangpan Dada died after killing 3 terrorists in J&K.

10.02 am: Tricolour unflured at Rajpath.

9.55 am: President Pranab Mukherjee arrives at Rajpath. 

9.51 am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrives at Rajpath. 

9.50 am: PM arrives at Rajpath for Republic Day parade. 

9.36 am: There have been 6 low intensity blasts(in upper assam). All in no man's land. No damage of any kind:Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay.

9.35 am: Blast near a tea garden in Assam's Chowkidinghee in Dibrugarh district. No casualties or injuries reported.

9.31 am: Four bomb blasts occurred in Upper regions of Assam. No casualties, say TV reports.

9.30 am: Two blasts in Imphal East, one in Mantripukhri and another near Manipur college.No casualties reported.

9.25 am: Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari unfurls tricolour at his residence.

8.59 am: Another IED blast in a paddy field in Assam's Charaideo district. No casualty reported.

8.47 am: Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah unfurls the tricolour at party HQ.

8.31 am: IED blast in Assam's Charaideo district. No casualties reported.

8.20 am: As a part of security measures, three Delhi metro stations are shut and no flights from Delhi till 12.30 pm: Reports 

7.40 am: Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also wished the nation on Republic Day. However, he slammed the Modi government for a raid conducted in one of his offices by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. He informed this on Twitter.

6.40 am: Early in the morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to greet the nation on Republic Day.

This is what he tweeted:

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