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R-Day: India's military might, cultural prowess enthrall Asean leaders

The parade ceremony commenced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate to pay homage to the fallen soldier

IANS  |  New Delhi 

BSF's all-women team 'Seema Bhawani'
BSF's all-women team 'Seema Bhawani' performs on motorcycles during 69th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

on Friday celebrated its 69th as the Rajpath, the capital's main promenade, came alive with march pasts and colourful tableaux to showcase the country's military might, cultural legacy and its initiatives, with 10 Asean leaders as chief guests watching the proceedings.

The parade ceremony commenced with laying the wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Gate to pay homage to the fallen soldier. took his first salute from various wings of the Indian Army, the and the

Earlier, Kovind presented the Ashok Chakra - India's highest peace-time gallantry award - to Jyoti Prakash Nirala's widow and mother.

The 31-year-old IAF commando was killed in an anti-terror operation in last year that also led to the killing of six terrorists.

Chief guests and heads of states of Governments of ASEAN nations Chief guests and heads of states of Governments of ASEAN nations leave after attending the 69th function at in (Photo: PTI)

The parade was commanded by Asit Mistry, Commanding, Area. Rajpal Punia, Chief of Staff, Area was the parade second-in-command.

The marching contingents started with flag bearer contingent displaying the Asean and 10 Asean countries' flags followed by the Band drawn from 39 and 1

for the first time in its history of republic hosted 10 heads of state or government of the Asean countries as guests of honour for the annual parade.

The Indian Army's tank (Bhishma), Ballway Machine Pikate (II/IIK), Brahmos Missile System, weapon locating radar (Swathi), bridge laying tank T-72, mobile base transceiver station and Akash weapon system were the main draw in the mechanised columns.

IAF's Jaguar planes IAF's Jaguar planes fly-past during 69th Republic Day Parade at in (Photo: PTI)

The marching contingent of the included horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the Regiment, Maratha Light Infantry, the Dogra Regiment, Ladakh Scouts, the and 123 - (Grenadiers) followed by the tableau of ex-Servicemen.

The marching contingent of the comprised 144 young sailors led by Tushar Gautam,.

The contingent also had 144 men led by

The paramilitary and other auxiliary civil forces included the marching as well as Camel Contingents, Indian Coast Guard, Sashastra Seema Bal, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Delhi Police, Cadet Corps and Service Scheme.

First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 15:37 IST
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