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Indian, Chinese armies hold ceremonial border meeting

Jammu : A ceremonial border meeting was held Monday between the Indian and Chinese armies on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

"A ceremonial border personnel meeting on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day was held today (Monday) at the Indian border personnel meeting point hut in Chushul sector of eastern Ladakh," said a defence statement issued by the Indian Army's Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur town.

The Indian delegation was led by Brigadier J.K.S. Virk and the Chinese side by Senior Colonel Fanjun.

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Of umbrellas, caps and patriotic songs

New Delhi : With the rain playing spoilsport, the dignitaries gathered at Rajpath to witness India's 66th Republic Day parade were forced to wear caps and take cover under umbrellas and raincoats.

US President Barack Obama, the chief guest at the parade, and wife Michelle were seated in a roofless bullet-proof glass enclosure along with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Evidence of 'India's involvement in terrorism' conveyed to US: Pakistan

Islamabad : Pakistan's defence officials Monday said Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif has conveyed to top US officials "vital evidence regarding India's involvement in terrorism" in Pakistan, according to a media report.

Briefing a senate defence committee here, the defence officials said that during his visit to the US during November last year, Gen. Sharif presented to top US intelligence and defence officials vital evidence of India's involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan by using Afghan soil, Dawn reported.

Bihar activist demands Bharat Ratna for Mountain Man

New Delhi : In India's 66th year as a Republic, Bihar-based activist Rakesh Ranjan is trying to gather steam for his campaign to get the government to recognise as Bharat Ratna 'Mountain Man' Dashrath Manjhi. He hand-chiseled a road through a rocky hill to connect his inacessible village to the nearest town over 22 years of labour.

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Obama attends 'At Home' at Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi : US President Barack Obama was the cynosure of all eyes at the 'At Home' hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee Monday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Obama shook hands with and waved to the large number of invitees, which included many prominent faces like Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and cabinet ministers and their spouses.

Obama had high tea sitting beside Modi, who was dressed in a red jacket and a cream-coloured shawl. Modi and Obama chatted with each other.

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Grand R-Day celebrations in Maharashtra

Mumbai : Pomp and pageantry marked the 66th Republic Day celebrations, as people took part with great enthusiasm in events in Mumbai and across Maharashtra.

The main state function was held at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai where Governor C.V. Rao unfurled the tricolour and took the salute at a parade.

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Governor Narasimhan hoists Tricolour in both Telugu states

Hyderabad : Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Monday celebrated the Republic Day with pomp and gaiety with the governor flying from one state to the other to hoist the national flag.

E.S.L. Narasimhan, who is serving as the governor of both the Telugu states, had the honour of unfurling the Tricolor at the main official functions both in Vijayawada and Hyderabad.

The governor, who had reached Vijayawada last night, began the day by hoisting the national flag at 8 a.m. at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Vijayawada.

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Pomp, pageantry mark R-Day across India

Jammu/Kolkata/Guwahati/Chennai/Panaji/Imphal : Republic Day was Monday celebrated across India with gaiety and patriotic fervour, as leaders stressed the need of rooting out corruption and working for development and asked insurgents to shun violence. The day was largely peaceful, barring two blasts in Assam and four in Manipur.

Indian gifts for Nepal on Republic Day

Kathmandu : On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India, the Indian embassy in Kathmandu Monday gifted 20 ambulances and four buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions in 19 districts of Nepal.

In addition to this, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae also presented books to 75 libraries, educational and training institutions located in different parts of Nepal. He also distributed cheques and blankets to the widows/dependents of ex-servicemen and disabled ex-servicemen who served in the Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army.

People seek stronger economy, defence from Indo-US friendship

By Rahul Vaishnavi,

New Delhi : Enthusiastic visitors at India's 66th Republic Day parade were hopeful that the apparent chumminess between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama will “improve the economy” of both countries and especially “benefit” India in its fight against terrorism.

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