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Republic Day Highlights: 90-minute iconic parade at Rajpath ends with a grand show of IAF's flypast

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New Delhi, Jan 26: India is celebrating its 70th Republic Day today. South African President Cyril Ramaphos is the chief guest this year. He is accompanied by First Lady Dr. Tshepo Motsepe along with a high-level delegation that includes nine ministers, senior officials, and a 50-member business contingent.

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Ramaphos is the second South African President after Nelson Mandela to be the chief guest at the Republic Day Parade on the historic Rajpath.

Here are the Highlights:

Newest First Oldest First
12:14 PM, 26 Jan
R-Day parade officially comes to a close
12:13 PM, 26 Jan
President Kovind and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa have left the parade ground.
12:13 PM, 26 Jan
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti praised the conferring of Ashok Chakra to Lance Naik Nazir Wani, saying "Heartwarming to see his family receive the Ashok Chakra. Lance Nazir Wani saw both sides of conflict. First as a militant & then as a soldier."
12:04 PM, 26 Jan
Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan on Saturday addressed an almost-empty ground on the 70th Republic Day, due to a statewide boycott call given by an umbrella organisation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. No member from the general public attended the function, police said adding that only ministers, legislators and top officials were present. The boycott call was given by the NGO Coordination Committee, an organisation of civil society groups and student bodies. Six armed contingents participated in the Republic Day parade, officials said. Up to 30 contingents traditionally take part in the annual event.
11:47 AM, 26 Jan
Narendra Modi greets crowds at Republic Day parade in Delhi
11:39 AM, 26 Jan
Nari Shakti! Captain Shikha Surbhi would be performing daredevil stunts and a standing salute on a moving motorcycle.
11:37 AM, 26 Jan
Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa witness flypast at Republic Day parade in Delhi
11:26 AM, 26 Jan
Motorcyclists showcase Yoga display, at Rajpath during Republic Day parade
Motorcyclists showcase Yoga display, at Rajpath during Republic Day parade
11:13 AM, 26 Jan
The Swachh Bharat Mission tableau stressed on Mahatma Gandhi's message of "cleanliness being next to godliness". Students of several schools were part of the tableau -- which proceeded under a song aimed at promoting the usage of toilets.
11:10 AM, 26 Jan
The Darul Uloom Firangi Mahal Madarasa in Lucknow celebrated the 70th Republic Day with fervour as the students and teachers unfurled the national flag.
11:09 AM, 26 Jan
26 children including 6 girls and 20 boys have been honoured with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puruskar 2019
11:08 AM, 26 Jan
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel celebrating Republic day at 18,000 feet and -30 degree celsius in Ladakh
11:05 AM, 26 Jan
The tableau presented by the Ministry of Railways recalled how the train services proved a vital role in Mahatma Gandhi's independence movement. Gandhi had used the Railways between 1910s to 1947 to travel to the lengths and breadths of the nation with the aim of uniting it in the struggle against the colonial powers.
11:00 AM, 26 Jan
The Uttar Pradesh tableau highlighted the state's religious culture. The song accompanying the tableau recalled how the state had been braced by Sant Kabir and Gautam Buddha.
11:00 AM, 26 Jan
The Power Ministry tableau highlighted how the rural electrification has been completed by the government, bringing light and current to every remotest corner of the nation.
10:56 AM, 26 Jan
The tableau presented by the state of Delhi stressed on how the national capital adopted Mahatma Gandhi's core principles of diversity and pluralism.
10:56 AM, 26 Jan
Sweets exchanged between India and Pakistan at Attari-Wagah border
10:56 AM, 26 Jan
Tableau of Punjab is based on the theme of Jallianwala Bagh massacre
10:55 AM, 26 Jan
The Tableau of Karnataka is based on the 39th session of the Indian National Congress held in Belagavi in 1924, which was presided over by Mahatma Gandhi
10:53 AM, 26 Jan
The tableau presented by the state of Gujarat recalled how Mahatma Gandhi led the Dandi March, which forced the British regime to revoke the high taxes on salt.
10:46 AM, 26 Jan
The State Tableaus are now on display. The northeastern state of Sikkim highlighted how it practices 100 percent organic farming.
10:46 AM, 26 Jan
The tableau of Maharashtra saluted the Quit India Movement -- the final agitation between 1942-47 which culminated in the freedom of the nation from the colonial British rule.
10:46 AM, 26 Jan
The tableau of Andaman & Nicobar recalled Mahatma Gandhi's impact on the inmates of cellular jail. The song played along with the presentation recalled how Gandhi's letter filled the prison inmates with immense hope.
10:44 AM, 26 Jan
In a first, all-women Assam Rifles contingent marches past Rajpath on Republic Day 2019
10:40 AM, 26 Jan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued with his tradition of donning colourful turbans at Republic Day celebrations on Saturday by sporting a yellowish orange headgear with a red tail. Wearing his traditional kurta pajama and the trademark Nehru jacket, Modi paid tributes to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti before heading for the Republic Day parade.'
10:39 AM, 26 Jan
Camel Mounted Band of BSF playing 'Hum Hai Seema Suraksha Bal', at Rajpath
10:38 AM, 26 Jan
Lt. Ambika Sudhakaran leads Indian Navy's marching regiment at Republic Day2019 parade
10:37 AM, 26 Jan
Lt. Bhavna Kasturi leads the Indian Army Service Corps regiment at Republic Day 2019 parade
10:33 AM, 26 Jan
The overall theme for the Republic Day celebrations this year is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and tableaux of many states, themed on the iconic freedom fighter, are lined up for the occasion.
10:33 AM, 26 Jan
The Veterans tableau-2019, it showcases the theme, 'Veterans: Accelerators in Nation's Growth'
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