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Himachal Pradesh celebrates 68th Republic Day with enthusiasm
68th Republic Day was celebrated with gaiety and fervour across the Himachal Pardesh on January 26, 2017. Functions were organized at State, District, and Sub-Divisional level to mark the occasion.

Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the National Flag and took the salute during a march past at the State-level Republic Day function held on the historic Ridge Maidan, Shimla amidst the incessant downpour with the temperature plummeting down to 3 degrees.

The Governor inspected the parade and took salute from an impressive march past. The customary grand parade was led by Lieut. Abnam Kumar.

The Lady Governor Darshana Devi, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh were also present on the occasion.

The March past was presented by the contingents of Indo-Tibet Border Police, Assam regiment, Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police, SSB Jawans, State Police, Homeguards, Bharat Scouts and Guides and NCC cadets.

A colourful cultural programme was also presented in the Gaiety Theatre because of heavy rain on the Ridge. Tableaux highlighting various development activities of different departments also formed part of the Republic Day celebration.

The acrobatic performance by ITBP jawans was lauded by one and all.

At Dharamshala, speaker of the H.P. Vidhan Sabha Brij Behari Lal Butail presided over the district level Republic Day function amid heavy downpour.

Speaking on the occasion, he said Himachal Pradesh had emerged as a role model of development for the hilly States of the country. He said that the present State Government had fulfilled its all promises during last four years and various milestones of development had been set up during this period.

At Mandi, Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Thakur presided over the district level Republic Day function at Seri Manch, Mandi.

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