Republic Day celebrated peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar/ Jammu, Jan 26 (ANI): The 66th Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar passed peacefully, despite a call given by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for boycotting the occasion. The celebrations, which were held at the Bakshi Stadium in the city, began with the annual military parade and State Divisional Commissioner Rohit Kansal hoisted the national flag. Despite cold conditions in the valley, students from various schools participated in the event. Also a spectacular parade was held in Jammu region to celebrate the 66th Republic Day. Contingents of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and those of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) also took part in the celebrations. Jan 26, 2015

Twelve dead after train collides with van in Haryana

Hisar, Jan 26 (ANI): Twelve people of the same family died and three got injured on Monday after their vehicle collided with a train at an unmanned crossing in Haryana. The vehicle, Tata Ace, was carrying 15 people when it collided with a passenger train in Barwala district of Hisar. The dead bodies have been sent to a hospital for postmortem and the three injured are also admitted in the same. Police reached the spot to inspect the accident as soon as it was informed. Jan 26, 2015

State governors and dignitaries mark 66th Republic Day in India

Bhopal/ Hyderabad/Raipur/ Vishakhapatnam/ Lucknow, Jan 26 (ANI): Indian states on Monday observed 66th Republic Day. Madhya Pradesh witnessed the parade by the police force as the state governor Ram Naresh Yadav saluted the force and greeted them on the Republic day. Uttar Pradesh being the largest Indian state witnessed various tableaux showcasing the culture and rich heritage and also the parade by the police personnel along with flypast. Meanwhile, a ceremonial parade was also held at the Eastern Naval Command parade ground in Vishakhapatnam. Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, took the salute. Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan also addressed the state on the occasion and saluted the police force. Chhattisgarh Governor Balram Das Tandon also saluted the parade and hoisted the national flag in Raipur. Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. Earlier in the day, the national capital hosted the ceremonial parade with US President Barack Obama as the chief guest. Jan 26, 2015

Sweets exchanged at India-Bangladesh border on Republic Day

Phulbari, Jan 26 (ANI): Sweets were exchanged at India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal on the occasion of 66th Republic Day on Monday. Officers of Border Security Force from India and Border Guard Bangladesh from Bangladesh shook hands and exchanged sweets with each other. This is a common practice between both the countries to exchange sweets on special occasions as a symbol of peace and cooperation. Jan 26, 2015

Vintage car rallies enthrall visitors

Jaipur/ Vadodara, Jan 26 (ANI): Vintage car owners and collectors converged in Jaipur and Vadodara for car rallies, enthralling visitors. The 17th annual vintage car rally drew spectators to Jaipur to get a glimpse of royal era. More than 100 vintage pieces were displayed for the car lovers. Meanwhile, crowds also attended a similar rally in Vadodara city, where around 56 vintage cars were on display. The rally was a part of four-day 'Vadfest', an art and cultural event in the city. The collection included Mercedes, Hudson, Volkswagen, Morris, Rolls-Royce and other brands that attracted visitors. Jan 26, 2015

It feels good to receive honour from the nation: LK Advani on being conferred Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Senior leader LK Advani on Monday said that it feels good to receive honour from the nation after he was conferred Padma Vibhushan award. Advani’s daughter Pratibha Advani also expressed happiness and said that she feels very proud with his father’s achievements. Along with Advani, Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar and Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Prakash Singh Badal will also be conferred with Padma Vibhushan award. Jan 26, 2015

Republic Day Celebrations: Arvind Kejriwal hoists flag at Kaushambi

Kaushambi, Jan 26 (ANI): AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday hoisted the Indian flag at Kaushambi as the nation celebrated the 66th Republic Day. Kejriwal along with his supporters also sang the national anthem. Kejriwal also extended his greetings to the nation and hoped that the values inhibited in our constitution will be put into practice. Jan 26, 2015

Rain fails to dampen cheer as Obama attends India parade

Rain fails to dampen spirits at India's Republic Day parade as Barack Obama becomes the first US president to attend the spectacular military and cultural display in a sign of the nations' growing closeness. Duration: 00:59 Jan 26, 2015

Bengal Tableaux for Republic day showcasing Kanya Shree initiative was not allowed: Derek O' Brien

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Trinamool Congress leader Derek O' Brien on Monday while speaking on the missing of West Bengal tableaux from the 66th Republic Day parade said that the tableaux from West Bengal depicting the path-breaking Kanya Shree initiative was not allowed by the Centre. He added that UN is also partnering this scheme and almost 10 lakhs girls have been benefitted by this. He further said that repeated attempts were made to include the tableaux in the parade but it was rejected. Jan 26, 2015

Nitin Gadkari celebrates Republic Day at his residence

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday celebrated Republic Day at his residence in New Delhi. Gadkari hoisted the National Flag as the National Anthem played in the background. He wished Happy Republic Day to all the citizens and hoped for a better future in terms of economic growth and GDP. Jan 26, 2015

PM Modi extends greetings on Australia Day

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended greetings to the people of Australia on their official national day. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to wish Australia. "Best wishes to people of Australia on Australia Day! Will always cherish the warmth of the people of Australia during my visit last November," he posted. Australia Day, which is celebrated annually on 26 January, marks the anniversary of the raising of the flag of Great Britain by Governor Arthur Phillip at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788. Jan 26, 2015

Maoists call shutdown in Jharkhand over Obama's visit

Latehar/Palamu, Jharkhand, Jan 26 (ANI): Maoists in Jharkhand called for a shutdown on Monday to protest US President Barack Obama's visit. All roads and market places were deserted as very few people dared to come out in open. Residents said they were scared of stepping out of their houses. In another Maoist stronghold Palamu district, there was a curfew-like situation with very few vehicles on roads. Transport services were hit in the district as people were stranded at railway and bus stations.The Maoists have also decided to observe January 26 as a Black Day in protest. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Jan 26, 2015

'Make in India' tableau among others steals the show in Republic Day parade

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): India celebrated its 66th Republic Day although rain threatened to dampen the excitement around US President Barack Obama's landmark visit to India, amid a vibrant display of its rich heritage and military prowess on Monday. Thousands of troops prepared on Monday for a dazzling military parade where Obama was the chief guest. However, the Make in India tableau stole the show at the parade. The float, which displayed a working model of the ' Make in India' lion, invited manufacturers and investors to participate in the initiative. Jan 26, 2015

First all women march by army, navy and air force personnel

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): India witnessed the first march by women army, navy and air force personnel at the 66th Republic Day parade on Monday. Captain Divya Ajith Kumar of the Corps of Army Air Defence led the first all-women contingent of 154 women officers and cadets during the parade, where US President Barack Obama was present as the chief guest. Kumar was the first woman cadet in the history of the Army to have been awarded the prestigious 'Sword of Honour' at the passing out parade of the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai in 2010. Currently, the Indian Air Force has the highest number of women officers, followed by the army and navy. The Republic Day celebrations started with the unfurling of the national flag by the President. Jan 26, 2015