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Republic Day 2018: All you need to know as this year's celebration is something special
Republic Day of India is celebrated in the country on January 26 every year to honour the date on which the 'Constitution of India' came into effect in 1950.

Since then, India has been hosting heads of states or foreign leaders of other countries as the chief guests on the occasion of Republic Day celebrations that take place in the national capital every year.

But, this year's Republic Day celebration is something special because for the first time in Indian history, the parade event will be attended by not one but 10 heads of states, belonging to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nationsgroup, a regional intergovernmental organisation that comprises ten Southeast Asian countries.

Hence, leaders from 10 nations that include Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and Laos, will be participating at the 69th Republic Day celebrations.

Apart from this, the Republic Day parade celebration will see participants not only from the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, but also showcase over 700 students from the guest countries who'll be performing at New Delhi's Rajpath.

Not only this, a newly-formed all-women bikers group of the Border Security Force (BSF) will make its debut performing several acrobatics, biking and other daredevil stunts at this Republic Day parade.

The 27-member BSF women daredevil biker squad, named 'Seema Bhavani', will be riding 350 CC Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles to perform daring stunts.

The idea was the brainchild of BSF Director General KK Sharma who wanted to replace men daredevils with women bikers' squad.

"I never thought of riding a bike because of fear. Now, I am confident of doing any stunt on a Royal Enfield Bullet — a very heavy two-wheeler. I am proud of my seniors who trained and chose me to lead the team and perform stunts at the Republic Day event," one of the women bike riders told IANS.

The live event of the Republic Day parade will be telecast by the public service broadcaster, Doordarshan.

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