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Union government to organize ‘Bharat Parv’ at Red Fort

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New Delhi: Bharat Parv‘ event is being organized by the Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi from 26th to 29th January 2016, as part of the Republic Day Celebrations.

The prime objective of organizing the event is to generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public.

The Ministry of Tourism has been designated as the Nodal Ministry for the event, the highlights of which include a display of Republic Day Parade tableaux, performances by the Armed Forces Bands (static and moving), Food Festival, Crafts Mela and Cultural Performances from different regions of the country.

The Cultural Performances will include choreographed Folk / Tribal Dances and Music arranged by the Ministry of Culture through its Zonal Cultural Centrsr as well as performances by cultural troupes from the different States of the country.

The Food Festival will have stalls set up by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) showcasing street food from different States / UTs as well as by State Governments and the Institutes of Hotel Management.

The Crafts Mela will showcase the handicrafts and handlooms of the country, arranged by the Ministry of Textiles through the Offices of the Development Commissioners of Handlooms and Handicrafts as well as State Governments.

The timings of the Event are from 5.00 PM to 9.00 PM on 26th January 2016 and from 12.00 Noon to 9.00 PM on the 27th, 28th& 29th January 2016. The Event is open to the public and entry is free. However, identity proof is to be carried. (PIB)(Photo: www.newhdwallpapers.in)

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No Sikh Regiment in R-Day parade ‘sad and regrettable’: Badal to PM

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Chandigarh: The controversy over the exclusion of the Sikh Regiment from the Republic Day parade in Delhi refuses to settle down, with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday describing the episode as “sad and regrettable” in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and saying that the community was “hurt”.

In his letter, Badal said “the absence of the Sikh regiment from the Republic Day parade was sad and regrettable”.

Badal urged the central government to issue necessary instructions and guidelines “to ensure that the Sikh Regiment is never kept out of Republic Day parade in future”.

“A widespread feeling of hurt and resentment (has been) caused by the non-inclusion of the Sikh Regiment in the Republic Day parade where French President Francois Hollande was the chief guest,” Badal said in the letter.

According to reports, the Sikh Regiment, which had participated in the parade earlier, was excluded this time.

The Sikh community has been at loggerheads with the French government due to the latter’s ban on students wearing turbans in schools in France as it was seen as a religious symbol.

“The Republic Day parade is always regarded as a great occasion to showcase India’s multi-cultural and multi-religious identity, highlighting its secular ethos.

“As a vibrant and fiercely patriotic minority community in the country, the Sikhs are always seen as the most powerful symbol of this multi-dimensional identity and secular character of the country,” Badal said.

“The exclusion of the Sikh Regiment from the parade would be regrettable at any time but it was doubly so this year because of the presence of the French president as a special guest at the event.

“The Sikhs have been facing several practices in France which amount to the denial of freedom to observe the fundamental religious practices to the community, including a ban on the wearing of turbans one of the five symbols of their religion,” Badal said.

Incidentally, the French president started his India tour on January 24 from Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana which was designed by French architect Le Corbusier.

Hollande was received at the Chandigarh airport by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is also the acting Punjab governor, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher.

However, Punjab Chief Minister Badal was admitted to a hospital a day earlier and could not meet Hollande. But his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal did not step in to receive the French president.

Modi, breaking protocol, specially flew to Chandigarh to welcome the French president at the famous Rock Garden. (IANS)

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Indian community celebrates Republic Day in Egypt

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Cairo: The Indian community celebrated the 67th Indian Republic Day in Egypt with great spirit and enthusiasm.

India’s Ambassador Sanjay Bhattacharyya hoisted the national flag at India House and read out the address to the nation by President Pranab Mukherjee.

“I am very enthused by the fact that a lot of Egyptians showed the active interest in this event… people have been very excited about the significance of this event. I think our Egyptian friends see a close connect between our traditions and their’s,” Bhattacharyya said.

He said the year 2016 will be even more exciting with a busy calendar of high-level exchanges, business meets and cultural events.(IANS)

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Ministers attend Indian R-Day celebration in UAE

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Abu Dhabi: Minister of Culture, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Minister of Labour, Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash attended Indian Republic Day celebration hosted by T P Seetharam in UAE.

The event, held on Tuesday, was also attended by many Arab and foreign diplomats, businessmen and Indians living in the country.

During his speech at the ceremony, the Indian Ambassador commended the outstanding bilateral relations between the UAE and India in various fields.(IANS)(image: researchkonnection.ae)