Republic Day 2016
French President Francois Hollande accompanied by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed the 67th Republic Day parade on Tuesday, 26 January, 2016.Picture: The Rajput Regiment marching contingents passes through the Rajpath on the occasion of the 67th Republic Day Parade 2016 in New Delhi.Reuters

Update, 11:40 am: India's 67th Republic Day parade concluded with National Anthem.

Update, 11:36 am: Indian Air Force's Sukhoi-30s, C-17 Globemaster and Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft displayed its might in the flypast. 

Update, 11:24 am: Daredevils of the Indian Army performed stunts on motorcycle, saluting the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian armed forces.

Update, 11:22 am: Students of Army Public School, Sadar Bazar in Delhi Cantt, perform on Nirmal Ganga.

Update, 11:11 am: 25 children, who received bravery awards for their gallantry in trying circumstances, marched past the saluting base in Delhi.

Update, 11:09 am: Tableaux showcasing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet campaigns Sawchh Bharat and Digital India were on display at Rajpath.

Update, 11:08 am: Tableau of Ministry of Social Justice depicted the 125th Anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar.

Update, 10:59 am: Tableau of Chhattisgarh's Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh, was on display at the parade, along with tableaux from Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh depicting traditional embroidery Zardozi, Assam.

Update, 10:58 am: Madhya Pradesh tableau representing the campaign to protect forests and white tiger participated in the parade.

Update, 10:57 am: Hawa Mahal -- the theme of tableau from Rajasthan. The tableaux from Tripura, Chandigarh, Odisha with their tradition of Boita Bandana, West Bengal, Bihar depicting Champaran movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1918, Karnataka with India's second coffee-producing region Kodagu as theme marched past Rajpath.

Update, 10:47 am: The tableaux from Goa, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir and Gujarat -- depicting the Sidi community -- marched past the Rajpath.

Update, 10:42 am: Border Security Forces exchanged sweets with Pakistani Rangers at Attari border in Punjab.

Update, 10:41 am: Marching contingents of Railway Police Force, Delhi Police and National Cadet Corps saluted the President.

Updated, 10:34 am: Commandant Kuldeep J Choudhary led the camel contingent of the Border Security Force.

Update, 10:33 am: The tableaux of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) marched past Rajpath.

Update, 10:29 am: The Indian Air Force contingent led by Flight Lt Ashish Maan marched past the saluting base.

Update, 10:26 am: Rajput Regiment led by Captain Hitesh Yada, Parachute Regiment and for the first time after 26 years, the Army Dog Squad marched past Rajpath.

Update, 10:17 am: Akash Weapon System of 27 Air Defence Regiment was led by Major Neha Singh.

Update, 10:16 am: Tank T-90 (BHISHMA), ICV BMP II (SARATH) and Bramhos WPN marched past the saluting base at Rajpath. 

Update, 10:11 am: Republic Day parade begins on the Rajpath. French contingent with musicians participated in parade.

Update, 10:04 am: Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami of 9 Para (Special Forces)/6th Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles posthumously conferred Ashok Chakra. He died fighting the militants in the Haphruda forest in Kupwara district of North Kashmir.

Update, 10 am: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee hoisted the national flag.

Update, 9:59 am: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and French President Francois Hollande arrived at Rajpath. He was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chiefs of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

Update, 9:57 am: Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari reached the Rajpath.

Update, 9:56 am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar receivedPrime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rajpath. 

Update, 9:48 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted down his gratitude to the martyred soldiers in the ceremonial book at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and left for Rajpath.

Update, 9:42 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial. Everyone observed two-minute silence at Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at the India Gate.

Update, 9:40 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial.

Update, 9:39 am: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and French President Francois Hollande left for Rajpath.

Update, 9:36 am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived at Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial.

Update, 9:05 am: Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala hoisted national flag in Bengaluru

Update, 8:55 am, 26 January: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat unfurled the flag in Nagpur. BJP President Amit Shah hoisted the tricolour at party headquarters in Delhi, while party leader Ashish Shelar in Mumbai.

Original Story:

Delhi has turned into a fortress for India's 67th Republic Day celebrations, which commemorate the day when the nation's governing document was replaced with the Constitution of India 66 years ago. French President Francois Hollande will witness the R-Day parade at Rajpath as the chief guest this year.

The celebrations will begin with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute to martyrs by laying wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti – a memorial to the soldiers who died fighting for their country -- at the India Gate.

President Pranab Mukherjee will unfurl the national flag at 9 am at the Red Fort and confer Param Vir Chakra Awards on the personnel of Indian Armed Forces and civilians for their gallantry in trying circumstances.

The event will proceed with the Republic Day parade that includes march-past by the regiments of armed forces, home guards, police and National Cadet Corps. This will be followed by the display of India's military capability and tableaux from different states and cultural dances by school children.

The parade will begin from Vijay Chowk and proceed to Red Fort ground passing through Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg. It will conclude with Army daredevils' motorcycle ride and flypast by Indian Air Force fighter jets over Rajpath.

Hollande will witness the entire R-Day parade along with Modi amid high security over terror threats. US' Central Intelligence Agency also took stock of the security arrangements in Delhi and surrounding areas ahead of Hollande's arrival to India.

Hollande landed in Chandigarh on 24 January and visited Rock Garden with Modi. On 25 January, he held talks with the Indian prime minister after which both the nations signed several agreements. He also inaugurated the International Solar Alliance (ISA), an initiative launched by India and France at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30 November, 2015.

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