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Republic Day highlights: India showcases military might, cultural richness in grand parade

India is hosting 10 heads of Asean countries as chief guests at its 69th Republic Day celebrations.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 12:20

On the 69th Republic Day, India is showcasing its military prowess, culture, and diversity in the presence of leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations who are attending the mega event at Rajpath as chief guests. For the first time, a tableau of All India Radio is leading a series of 23 tableaux during the parade and it will feature Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly address 'Mann Ki Baat'.

With the leaders of 10 nations in the national capital, Delhi has been wrapped in an unprecedented security blanket with thousands of security personnel keeping a hawk-eyed vigil to prevent any untoward incident during the 69th Republic Day celebrations. Security has also been beefed up across the country in view of the Republic Day celebrations. 

Stay with us for live updates of the Republic Day celebrations from across the country. 



26 January 2018, 11:43 AM

Grand Republic Day celebrations come to an end, national anthem played at the parade ground

26 January 2018, 11:39 AM

LCA aircraft Tejas flew in ‘Vic’ formation followed by five Jaguars in Arrowhead formation. Five MiG-29 Upgrade Air Superiority Fighters flew in Fulcrum style, ‘Trishul’ formation by three Su-30 MKIs and, the Su-30 MKI split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. The flypast concluded with another Su-30 MKI carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’ manoeuvre over the saluting dais.

26 January 2018, 11:37 AM

Spectacular flypast by the IAF commences with the ‘Rudra’ formation comprising three ALH Mk IV WSI helicopters in ‘Vic’ formation, followed by the ‘Hercules’ formation comprising three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in ‘Vic’ formation. Trailing them was the ‘Netra’ which is an Airborne Early Warning and Control System Aircraft also known as “Eye in the Sky”, followed by the ‘Globe formation’ comprising one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30 MKIs.

26 January 2018, 11:31 AM

Women daredevils on bike take the spotlight at the parade

26 January 2018, 11:29 AM

The main attraction of the spectacle, the women’s Motor Cycle team ‘Seema Bhawani’ of Border Security Force at the for the first time at the parade



26 January 2018, 11:20 AM

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26 January 2018, 11:15 AM

150-odd students celebrate the spirit of ASEAN with their dance on the theme One Vision One Identity and One Community

26 January 2018, 11:14 AM

Tableau of Ministry of Youth Affairs and sports

26 January 2018, 11:09 AM

Eighteen children, including seven girls selected for the National Bravery Award 2017 at the parade. Three children have got the award posthumously.

26 January 2018, 11:06 AM

Tableau of Assam

26 January 2018, 11:02 AM

Tableau of Manipur

26 January 2018, 11:02 AM

Tableau of Gujarat

26 January 2018, 11:00 AM

Tableau of Punjab

26 January 2018, 10:57 AM

Tableau of Chhattisgarh

26 January 2018, 10:56 AM

Tableau of Kerala 

26 January 2018, 10:54 AM

Tableau of Laskshwadeep

26 January 2018, 10:52 AM

Tableau of Maharashtra

26 January 2018, 10:50 AM

Tableau of Jammu and Kashmir

26 January 2018, 10:49 AM

Tableau of Tripura

26 January 2018, 10:47 AM

Tableau of Madhya Pradesh displayed at the parade

26 January 2018, 10:45 AM

Tableau of Karnataka displayed at the parade

26 January 2018, 10:43 AM

For the first time, All India Radio showcased its tableau at the parade. It depicted a historic event when Mahatma Gandhi made his maiden and only broadcast through AIR in the wake of post Partition communal riots.

26 January 2018, 10:42 AM

166 members of the NSS contingent led by Commander Anupriya

26 January 2018, 10:32 AM

Camel Contingents marching in at the parade. The BSF camel contingent atop "Ships of the Desert" troops in. The Camel mounted band of the BSF, the only one of its kind in the world, is playing "Ham Hai Seema Suraksha Bal


26 January 2018, 10:30 AM

Indian Air Force Tableau rolls down the Rajpath with the theme “Indian Air Force Encouraging Indigenisation”.


26 January 2018, 10:22 AM

Dogra Regiment with its motto: Kartavyam Anvatma marches on. Its war cry: Jwala Mata ki Jai

26 January 2018, 10:21 AM

The first marching contingent is The Punjab Regiment, the second highest decorated regiment of the Indian Army. Their motto "By Land or Sea", and War Cry "Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal"

26 January 2018, 10:19 AM

Infantry Combat Vehicle Ballway Machine Pikate-II of 12 Guards rolls in followed by the famed Brahmos Missile System of 881 Missile Regiment, the only super sonic cruise missile in the world. 

26 January 2018, 10:13 AM

The marching contingents started with flag bearer contingent bearing the ASEAN and 10 ASEAN countries’ flags followed by the Indian Army Band drawn from 39 Gorkha Training Centre and 1 EME Centre.


26 January 2018, 10:09 AM

Param Vir Chakra winners Subedar Major & Honorary Captain Bana Singh (Retd), Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers and Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles and Ashok Chakra winners Major General Cyrus A Pithawalla (Retd), Lt Col Jas Ram Singh (Retd), Lt Colonel D Sreeram Kumar, Naib Subedar (Honorary) Chhering Mutup (Retd) and Shri Govind Singh of district Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh & Shri Bhure Lal of district Guna also from Madhya Pradesh follow the Deputy Parade Commander on Jeeps.

26 January 2018, 10:09 AM

The parade is being commanded by Lt. General Asit Mistry, General Officer Commanding, Headquarters Delhi Area. Major General Rajpal Punia, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Delhi Area is the parade Second-in-Command.


26 January 2018, 10:07 AM

AshokaChakra awarded to Late Air Force Commando JP Nirala, who lost his life in Bandipora encounter. President Kovind presents award to JP Nirala's mother and wife.

26 January 2018, 10:03 AM

President Kovind unfurls the National Flag, followed by the national anthem that was played with a 21 gun salute. 

26 January 2018, 09:59 AM

President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the parade ground, PM Modi escorts him to the stage

26 January 2018, 09:56 AM

President's wife, the First Lady arrives at the parade ground.

26 January 2018, 09:55 AM

10 ASEAN leaders who the chief guests at this year's Republic Day Parade are :-

Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Dr Thongloun Sisoulith;

Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc;

the State Counsellor of Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK);

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha;

Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato', Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak;

Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong;

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen;  

President of the Republic of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte;

President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo;

Prime Minister of Brunei, Darussalam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.

26 January 2018, 09:51 AM

All 10 ASEAN leaders arrive at the parade ground, President of India to arrive next

26 January 2018, 09:46 AM

All 10 ASEAN leaders who are the chief guests at this year's parade arrive, PM Modi greets the guests.

26 January 2018, 09:44 AM

President of India Ram Nath Kovind is arriving, escorted by 46 Bodyguards on Bay and Dark Bay coloured mounts. Raised in 1773, the President's Bodyguard is the oldest and seniormost Regiment of the Indian Army. 

26 January 2018, 09:39 AM

PM Modi reaches parade ground in Delhi

26 January 2018, 09:30 AM

PM Narendra Modi honours bravehearts at Amar Jawan Jyoti, observes two minute silence for the martyrs. The eternal flame burns to commemorate the indomitable courage of our Armed Forces who made the supreme sacrifice for the motherland.

26 January 2018, 09:27 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Amar Jawan Jyoti with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to pay respect to martyrs.

26 January 2018, 09:17 AM

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26 January 2018, 08:36 AM

BJP Chief Amit Shah unfurls the tricolour at BJP headquarter in Delhi

26 January 2018, 08:35 AM