Missed Republic Day parade? Here’s what happened on Rajpath – R-Day highlights

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 26 January 2019, 12:29 PM

Republic Day 2019: India is celebrating its 70th Republic Day today. The highlight of the celebrations will be the majestic parade on Delhi’s Rajpath today. The parade will showcase India’s military might and cultural diversity. The parade will start at 9.50 am from Vijay Chowk and pass through Rajpath, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar (BSZ) Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg and proceed for the Red Fort. A function will also be held at India Gate at 09.00 am, the traffic police said. In order to facilitate smooth passage of the parade, movement of vehicles on certain roads leading to the parade route will be restricted, they said.


Here are LIVE updates from Delhi and across the nation:

  Jan 26, 2019  11:25 (IST)

Indian Air Force fighter jets impress audience with stunning flypast


  Jan 26, 2019  11:20 (IST)

Motorcyclists showcase Yoga display, at Rajpath during Republic Day parade

  Jan 26, 2019  11:19 (IST)

And now the moment is here… the commandos stun the audience with their amazing stunts.

  Jan 26, 2019  11:17 (IST)

Looks like on this special day, politicians have set aside their differences as the watch the stunning parade. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is seen sitting next to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. They can be seen sharing a light moment.  


  Jan 26, 2019  11:14 (IST)

School children give beautiful dance performance just before the Indian Air Force’s flypast begins.

  Jan 26, 2019  11:09 (IST)

26 children, who have been awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puruskar 2019 for their exceptional achievement take part in the Republic Day parade.

  Jan 26, 2019  10:45 (IST)

The colourful tableaux take over the Rajpath

  Jan 26, 2019  10:33 (IST)

Tunes of ‘kadam, kadam badhaye jaa’ fill the air on historic Rajpath as smart contingents of armed forces march during the parade.

  Jan 26, 2019  10:29 (IST)

Amidst loud cheer and applause, Assam Rifles’ all-women contingent marches on Rajpath 

  Jan 26, 2019  10:22 (IST)

Meanwhile, away in Siliguri on Indo-Bangla border, BSF troops exchange sweets with their Bangladeshi counterparts at Fulbari

  Jan 26, 2019  10:19 (IST)

10:18 am: This is the very moment India officially became a ‘Republic’

  Jan 26, 2019  10:18 (IST)

K-9 Vajra, a self-propelled howitzer, commanded by Captain Devansh Bhutani is seen on Rajpath


  Jan 26, 2019  10:07 (IST)

The celebrations begin on a solemn note as President Ram Nath Kovind honours Lance Naik Nazir (posthumously) with Ashok Chakra. 

  Jan 26, 2019  09:59 (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind has reached the Rajpath. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Chief Guest of this year’s Republic Day celebrations, has also reached the venue. 

  Jan 26, 2019  09:51 (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind’s cavalcade will reach the Rajpath shortly

  Jan 26, 2019  09:46 (IST)

All three service chiefs along with Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are also present at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

  Jan 26, 2019  09:45 (IST)

The ‘Last Post’ is being played at Amar Jawan Jyoti right now. It is a symbol of paying tributes to the martyrs.

  Jan 26, 2019  09:42 (IST)

Dressed in smart kurta and churidar, Prime Minister Modi is sporting his signature ‘bandhani’ saafa

  Jan 26, 2019  09:40 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Amar Jawan Jyoti to pay solemn tributes to the martyred soldiers

  Jan 26, 2019  09:14 (IST)

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari unfurl the tricolour at their respective residences in Delhi

  Jan 26, 2019  09:06 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath present at Republic Day in Lucknow


  Jan 26, 2019  08:51 (IST)

Back in Delhi, the parade will begin on Rajpath at 9.50 am. Before this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti

  Jan 26, 2019  08:50 (IST)

Republic Day celebrations begin in Bhubaneswar. Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal is present at the event


  Jan 26, 2019  08:49 (IST)

BJP President Amit Shah unfurls the Tricolour at the party office in Delhi


  Jan 26, 2019  08:16 (IST)

The excitement is palpable: Several people have already taken their seats before the start of the parade


  Jan 26, 2019  08:10 (IST)

Flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like paragliders, paramotors, hang gliders, UAVs, UASs, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot-air balloons, small size powered aircraft, quadcopters or para jumping from aircraft are prohibited over the jurisdiction of National Capital Territory of Delhi from January 9 to February 9

  Jan 26, 2019  08:09 (IST)

On Republic Day, no vehicular movement will be allowed on Tilak Marg, BSZ Marg and Subhash Marg in both directions from 10 am onwards, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Alok Kumar said.

  Jan 26, 2019  08:09 (IST)

Boarding and de-boarding will not be allowed between 8.45am and 12 pm at Lok Kalyan Marg (Race Course) and Patel Chowk metro stations

  Jan 26, 2019  08:08 (IST)

According to Delhi Police, Parakram vans, manned by NSG-trained commandos, have been patrolling strategic locations to ensure that security is not jeopardised.

  Jan 26, 2019  08:08 (IST)

Women commandos, mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters have been deployed at strategic locations to keep a close watch on the eight-km-long Republic Day parade route from Rajpath to the Red Fort in central Delhi.

First Published: Saturday, January 26, 2019 08:00 AM
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