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ASEAN leaders attend R-DAY parade as chief guests

ASEAN leaders attend R-DAY parade as chief guests

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the leaders of ASEAN nations will together grace the 69th Republic Day celebrations amid display of various where tableaux to showcase India's vivid culture and tradition.

The reaffirmation came after the two sides discussed ways to boost maritime security, connectivity and trade with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that India shares the ASEAN vision for rules-based order for oceans and seas, and pitched for freedom of navigation in the region.

They are President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, General Prayuth Chan-o-cha of Thailand, Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. He was seen sitting in the middle rows and chatting with senior Congress leaders and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. An Income Tax Department tableau "Swachh Dhan" displayed its fight to battle black money.

Named "ASEAN-India at 25", the tableaux, made by the ministry of external affairs, portrayed historical, civilizational and religious links as the binding force between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

Almost 60,000 security personnel drawn from the Delhi Police and central security forces have been deployed in Central Delhi.

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India is celebrating its 69th Republic Day today on January 26.

A loud cheer went up as the "Seema Bhawani" women's contingent performed stunts like a "Peacock" shape on one bike, "Fish riding", "Four Harmony", "Sapt Rishi", "Brahma yog Guldasta (lotus formation)', "Seema Prahari" and 'Flag March Pyramid". The Navy will showcase Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Vikrant, which will be commissioned in 2020 and the Defence Development and Research Organisation will exhibit the "Nirbhay" missile and the Ashwini radar system.

Fifteen of the 18 children who won the National Bravery Award also participated in the parade.

In another first, Rudra armed helicopters were part of the flypast, in addition to the roaring IAF fighter jets. Kovind also took the salute to the national anthem. The Flag hoisting ceremony will include a reading of the message of the President of India followed by a short cultural programme highlighting the colourful and vibrant folk dances of India.


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