New Delhi: India on Saturday showcased its military might and rich cultural diversity during the Republic Day parade from Rajpath to Rad Fort. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk was the chief guest.

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A thick security blanket was thrown around the national capital with thousands of armed personnel keeping a tight vigil to thwart any possible terror strike or any untoward incident during the Republic Day celebrations.

Snipers with sophisticated arms were on high-rises while hundreds of police personnel were keeping the eight km parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort under their watch.

Around 25,000 police personnel, including those from paramilitary forces and sharpshooters from the elite National Security Guards (NSG) were deployed across the city in the run-up to the national celebrations.

India's 64th Republic Day celebration

12:30pm: IAF flypast marks end of Republic Day parade

12:01pm: Agni V missile displayed at Republic Day parade

11:35am: Indian Air Force begins flypast with ‘Chakra’ formation

11:32am: Led by Major SS Rathor, 135 rider team present motorcycle stunts at Rajpath

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11:23am: School children put on cultural performance at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day parade

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11:15am: Tableaus from Information and Broadcast Ministry, Ministry of Railways depict country’s progress during Republic Day parade

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11:03am: Tableaus from Bihar represents artifacts of the glorious state

11am: Tableaus from different states representing historic and cultural heritage of India

10:50am: Contingent of National Cadet Corps march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade

10:40am: Indian Air Force regiments lead the parade

10:41am: World’s only camel mounted contingent marches down the Rajpath

10:42am: Ex-servicemen march down the Rajpath

10:30am: Indian Navy regiments lead the parade

10:22am: Indian Army regiments lead the parade

10: 21am: India displays its might at Rajpath in national capital


10: 20am: “I pay tribute to our martyrs whose spirit of service and sacrifice continues to inspire the nation." Dr Manmohan Singh on twitter.

10:04am: Four MI 17 choppers shower flower petals at Rajpath

09:59am: President Pranab Mukherjee unfurls tricolor

09:55am: President Pranab Mukherjee arrives at Rajpath with chief guest (Chief guest at the 64th Republic Day Parade is Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck)

09:21 am: President’s cavalcade makes its way down Rajpath

09:40 am: Prime Minister Manmohan SIngh pays floral tribute to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti

09:35am: Antony greets all three service chiefs

09:20am: All three service chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force staff – Gen Bikram Singh, NAK Browne and Admiral DK Joshi, pay homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti

First Republic Day celebraion (in pics)

(JPN)

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