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New Delhi: A tableau of the Election Commission and a marching contingent of the French army will be among the firsts at this year’s Republic Day parade with the Indian Army dog squad also slated to make a return to Rajpath.

The French contingent, consisting of 100 French army personnel and 36 band members, will march on the 67th Republic day for the first time in history. Their position will be behind Param Veer Chakra, Ashok Chakra and Mahavir Chakra winners.

France’s President Francois Hollande will be the guest of honour at this year’s celebrations.

Trained dogs of the Indian army, including Labradors and German Shepherds, will march in the parade after 26 years.

“After 26 years, a dog contingent will be participating in the Republic Day parade.

“We (Ministry of Defence) hope that all these new additions will bring beauty and charm to the occasion,” said D. Mohanty, PRO (Defence).

This year a tableau on the Election Commission will take part in the parade depicting the large participation of people in elections.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will present a tableau with its theme based on the 125th birth anniversary of India’s first law minister Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who is regarded as the chief architect of India’s Constitution.

This year 23 tableaux will participate in the parade where the country will showcase its cultural diversity, development in science and technology and economic and military strength.

According to official, this year many states including Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Maharashtra will not participate in the tableaux. Delhi will also not be there.

Jammu and Kashmir will present its tableau on the economic transformation and natural environment.

The state’s tableau designer Ahmad Dhar said, “The state has seen turmoil. We want to show people different things about the Valley.”

Madhya Pradesh will feature the rare breed of white tigers. The state has one of the largest populations of tigers in the country.

Gujarat is also presenting a theme on wildlife as Asiatic lions of Gir forest will be highlighted in its tableau.

Bihar, in its tableau, will be showcasing the 1917 Champaran movement by Mahatma Gandhi whereas Karnataka will showcase the theme of coffee since the state counts among the top six coffee producers in the world.

Tamil Nadu will showcase the Toda tribe of Nilgiri district. The tribe is identified as one of the six primitive tribal groups of the state.

Tableaus from the Ministry of Communication and IT, Ministry of Panchayat Raj, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will also be a part of the Republic Day parade. (IANS)

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Despite freezing cold, R-Day celebrated in Himachal

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Rajiv Saizal presided over the district-level function at Rekong Peo in snow-bound Kinnaur district

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  • Even though it was a freezing morning, Himachal Pradesh celebrated the 69th Republic Day
  • Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol hoisted the national flag
  • The Governor took the salute in an impressive parade by contingents of various forces

The 69th Republic Day was celebrated across Himachal Pradesh on Friday with gaiety despite a sunny but freezing morning in the state.

Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the national flag at the main function at the historic Ridge here.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his Ministers and other dignitaries were present.

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Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol hoisted the national flag at a function held in the complex of the Himachal Pradesh High Court here.

The Governor took the salute in an impressive parade by contingents of police, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, home guards, the army, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and ex-servicemen. Wikimedia Commons
The Governor took the salute in an impressive parade by contingents of police, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, home guards, the army, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and ex-servicemen. Wikimedia Commons

In snow-bound Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, area legislator and Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda presided over the official function.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Rajiv Saizal presided over the district-level function at Rekong Peo in snow-bound Kinnaur district.

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The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), headquartered in Dharamsala town, also organized a brief ceremony at the Kashag (Tibetan cabinet) secretariat.

As CTA President Lobsang Sangay was on an official visit to Europe, officiating President Karma Gelek Yuthok hoisted the Indian national flag.

“I would like to congratulate and convey the greetings of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people to India on this auspicious occasion,” he said in a message. (IANS)