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Republic Day 2021 LIVE Updates: India faced an expansionist move on its borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it, says Kovind – The Indian Express

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President Ram Nath Kovind during his address to nation on the eve of Republic Day. (Photo: Twitter @President of India)

Republic Day 2021 LIVE Updates: Greeting the nation on the eve of India’s 72nd Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind, in his address, acknowledged the hardships of farmers and Army, who are working towards contributing to food security and border security. “Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast & populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges & COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained agricultural production,” he said.

“Similarly, from freezing cold at Siachen and Galwan valley in Ladakh with temperatures as low as -50 to -60°C to scorching heat in Jaisalmer with temperatures as high as 50°C – on land, in the skies and at the vast coastal areas – our warriors are vigilant every moment.” He also said that India faced an expansionist move on its borders. “But our valiant soldiers foiled it. Army, Air Force and Navy are adequately mobilised in well-coordinated manner to thwart any attempt to undermine our security,” he added.

With Covid-19 protocols in place and the protesting farmers’ tractor march scheduled in the national capital, Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi will certainly wear a different look this year. While gravity-defying stunts by motorcycle-borne men will be missing, the spectator size too has been reduced to 25,000 from around 1.25 lakh last year. The parade of children who receive bravery awards will also be missing. Keeping in mind social distancing, the size of marching contingents has been reduced from 144 to 96.  Also, all members of the tableaux contingents from various states, ministries and government departments have undergone Covid testing.

Delhi Police has granted the farmers, protesting against the three contentious farm laws, permission to carry out a tractor parade on January 26 inside Delhi, but with modifications in their planned route and on the condition that they will start only after the completion of the official parade on Rajpath. As per the agreement, the farmers will enter Delhi from all the three borders where thousands of them have been camping for the past two months, but stay in the adjoining areas and not venture towards Central Delhi.

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9.27- 9.45 am | NWM wreath laying.
9.52 – am | Arr of PM near main dais.
9.55 am | Arr of President
10 am | Unfurling of National Flag.
10-11.30 am |  Main Parade & Tableaus.
11.25 am |  Fly past

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Kovind also hailed the role of the doctors, nurses and other frontline workers in fighting the pandemic, often sacrificing their lives while on their jobs. Kovind also expressed condolences to bereaved families of those who lost their lives to Covid-19. 

“Let us look at year 2020 as a year of learning,” said President Kovind. He also said that the country experienced an economic slowdown for a brief period. It has now started showing signs of recovery, he added.

“The pandemic tried to derail the education process of young generation, but schools and colleges to the new technology swiftly and kept the process running successfully,” Kovind said.

Kovind urged the public to receive Covid vaccines made in India, and said India has successfully fought the war against coronavirus.

“India “faced” an expansionist move on its borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. We lost 20 of our soldiers in the process,” said President Kovind on the eve of 72nd Republic day.

President Kovind: “I am sure that with a view to reducing the risk of such pandemics, the issue of climate change will be accorded top priority at the global level.”

President Ram Nath Kovind: “From freezing cold at Siachen & Galwan valley in Ladakh with temperatures as low as -50 to -60°C to scorching heat in Jaisalmer with temperatures as high as 50°C – on land, in the skies & at the vast coastal areas – our warriors are vigilant every moment.”

President Ram Nath Kovind, in his address, says, “Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast & populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges & COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained agricultural production: President Ram Nath Kovind. Nation is committed to welfare of the farmers,”  

“On Republic Day tomorrow, Congress, Left & its allies have planned marches in all districts to support farmers’ agitation in Delhi. On Jan 30th, we’ll also go to Gandhi Ashram & conduct an assembly on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary,” ANI quoted Left Front Chairman Biman Bose as saying. 

Thirty-two children have been chosen for the Pradhan Mantri Bal Puraskar this year for displaying valour, exceptional abilities and outstanding accomplishments in various fields, including arts, culture, archery and swimming. Jyoti Kumari, 16, cycled to her native place Darbhanga district in Bihar from Gurgaon in Haryana covering around 1,200 km with her father on the rear carrier amid the nationwide lockdown in May last year. She has been awarded for her bravery. –PTI

President Ram Nath Kovind awards Tatrakshak medals for Distinguished Service to two Indian Coast Guard personnel.

Occasionally, a televised event can cause a lump to rise in the throat, due to an overwhelming feeling of national pride, like when our cricket team wins a major tournament overseas. But something that occurs more predictably is the president’s annual address on the eve of Republic Day. We watch it on our televisions, not merely as spectators but as participants in the exercise of nation building that we embarked upon collectively in 1950. Read full story here

For the second year in a row, Republic Day celebrations in the national capital will be held under the shadow of raging protests against laws passed by the Centre. In 2020, it was the agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). This time, thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at the borders of Delhi for more than two months, demanding the Centre repeal the three farm laws. This year’s Republic Day parade will also be the first major public event in pandemic times. What is new this year? Who is this year’s chief guest? Read our explainer here

The Delhi Traffic Police has issued a traffic advisory for the Republic Day parade on January 26. “There would be elaborate traffic arrangements and restrictions in place for smooth conduct of the parade and tableaux along with respective routes,” the advisory stated.

The Republic Day parade will begin at 9:50 am Tuesday from Vijay Chowk and proceed to the National Stadium, while tableaux will start from Vijay Chowk and move towards Red Fort ground. The wreath-laying function will be held at National War Memorial at 9 am. Full advisory here

Anticipating heavy farmer movement towards Delhi for tomorrow’s tractor march, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and several of his ministers were forced to change their venues for the flag hoisting ceremony on Republic Day. Khattar will now unfurl the flag in Pachkula and not Panipat as previously planned.

The state government is avoiding sending ministers to sensitive districts including Sonipat, Hisar, Palwal, Fatehabad, Rohtak, Kaithal, Jind, Charkhi Dadri and Sirsa which saw massive farmer mobilisation for the protest rally in Delhi. However, no official reason was given for changing the venue. Read full story here

President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation on the eve of India’s 72nd Republic Day. This will be broadcast at 7 pm on All India Radio and Doordarshan TV channels across India. The speech will be telecast on all the channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version, and later in regional languages on respective regional channels. The All India Radio will broadcast regional language versions of the President’s address 9.30 pm onwards.

Two officers of Gujarat Police will be awarded the President’s Police Medal (PPM), while 19 other officers will be awarded Police Medals (PM) on the occasion of Republic Day. Police inspector BN Shah with the Motor Transport Department and police inspector KJ Chandana of the Wireless Department — both posted at the Ahmedabad police commissionerate — will be awarded the PPM for their distinguished service for the year 2021. Nineteen other officers, including IPS officers Archana Shivhare, Inspector General of Police, State Crime Records Bureau in Gandhinagar, and JR Mothaliya, IG Border Range in Kutch, will be awarded the PM for their meritorious service.

A total of 32 tableaux — 17 of various states and UTs, nine of ministries and six from the defence arm — will be seen going down Rajpath this year. Among these, the tableaux of Ladakh –– the Union Territory that was created in 2019 after bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir –– will be included for the first time. Meanwhile, a multi-layered security arrangement has been put in place at all the venues across Jammu and Kashmir to ensure peaceful Republic Day celebrations, the officials said on Monday.

For the first time in 55 years, there will also be no chief guest at this year’s parade, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed “regret” that he would not be able to visit India.

The contingent of 61 Cavalry will be led by a horse that has attended the parade for the last 18 years. The horse is 21 years old, a year older than when the animal usually retires.The contingent from Bangladesh will mark the third instance of a military contingent from a friendly foreign nation participating in the parade — the first was France in 2016, and then UAE in 2017.

Ninety per cent of the Territorial Army’s contingent comprises people from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, who are coming to the mainland for the first time.

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