South African Prez Cyril Ramaphosa will be chief guest at the parade, which will be presided by the president of India, Kovind.
New Delhi: On 70th Republic Day, elaborate arrangements have been made for celebrations across the country, especially in New Delhi, where the majestic parade will be held on the Rajpath.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest at the parade, which will be presided by the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind. Ramaphosa was invited by PM Modi when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina last year.
Carrying forward the tradition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at the India Gate.
Besides the several contingents of the Indian Army and other forces, the parade will also have representations from various states and ministries of the government.
Twenty-two tableaux of states and central government departments, and performances by school children will be part of the 90-minute parade. From modern to traditional, the themes will be an eclectic mix of folk dances, music and drama.
Here are the LIVE updates:
11:45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets crowds at Republic Day parade in Delhi
11:35 am: PM Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa witness flypast at Republic Day parade in Delhi.
PM Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa witness flypast at Republic Day parade in Delhi pic.twitter.com/XSd1B6Lrgw— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2019
11:20 am: 33 people on 9 motorcycles make a human pyramid, Subedar Major Ramesh A leads this formation.
11:15 am: Motorcyclists showcase Yoga display, at Rajpath during Republic Day parade
11:05 am: 26 children including 6 girls and 20 boys have been honoured with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puruskar 2019
11:02 am: Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel celebrating Republic Day at 18,000 feet and -30 degree celsius in Ladakh
10:42 am: Sweets exchanged between India and Pakistan at Attari-Wagah border.
10:40 am: Tableaux of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Maharashtra and Sikkim
10:35 am: Camel Mounted Band of BSF at Rajpath.
10:24 am: The Veterans tableau-2019, it showcases the theme, 'Veterans: Accelerators in Nation's Growth'
10:20 am: On the occasion of 70th Republic Day, BSF exchange sweets with their Bangladeshi counterparts, at Fulbari, at Indo-Bangladesh border near Siliguri in West Bengal.
10:10 am: Visuals of the T-90 (Bhishma), the main battle tank of the Indian Army, commanded by Captain Navneet Eric of 45 Cavalry.
10:05 am: Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani, who lost his life while killing 6 terrorists in an operation in Kashmir, awarded the Ashok Chakra. Award was received by his wife and mother.
10:02 am: President Kovind unfurls Indian flag.
10:00 am: PM Modi receives President Ram Nath Kovind with the R-Day chief guest South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
09:45 am: PM Modi pays tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.
— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2019
09:00 am: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel takes part in Republic Day celebrations in Raipur.
08:50 am: Republic Day parade will begin at Rajpath at 09:50 am.
08:47 am: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal present at Republic Day 2019 celebrations in Bhubaneswar.
— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2019
08:45 am: BJP President Amit Shah unfurls the tricolour at the party office in Delhi
08:00 am: Crowds gather for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in Delhi.
07:30 am: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit unfurls the national flag on Republic Day 2019. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam also present.
07:15 am: PM Modi wishes the nation on 70th Republic Day.
Happy Republic Day to all fellow Indians.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 26, 2019
सभी देशवासियों को #गणतंत्रदिवस की शुभकामनाएं।
07:00 am: The Delhi Traffic Police has advised commuters to plan their journeys in advance to avoid delays and avoid the route of Republic Day parade between Vijay Chowk and Red Fort grounds in the national capital.