Aizwal - The government’s flagship ‘New Land Use Policy’ helped in strengthening the state economy, resulting in GSDP growth rate at 11 per cent during the 11th Plan period, northeastern Mizoram Governor Vakkom Purushothaman said. Delivering his gubernatorial address after unfurling...
IMPHAL - Two powerful bombs exploded on Jan 26 morning in Imphal during the Republic Day celebrations.
No casualty was reported in the twin explosions.
Both the explosions occurred within 500 metres from where the march past and celebrations were being held.
Major insurgent organisations, including United National Liberation Front, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, Kanglei Yawol Kann Lup and Kangleipak Communist Party, have given a boycott call for the Republic Day celebrations, saying that “Manipur was forcibly merged with the Union of India” in 1949.
CHENNAI - The 65th Republic Day was celebrated with usual pomp and gaiety with Governor K Rosaiah unfurling the national flag and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa giving away annual awards to police personnel and civilians.
Rosaiah hoisted the national tri-colour and took the salute at an impressive march-past by members of the armed forces, state police divisions and scouts and guides among others on the stretch along the famous Marina beach.
Cultural events such as folk dances from Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Gujarat were also presented by college students and others with the Marina stretch being decked up for the special occasion.
A farmer from Erode district, N Parameswaran, was honoured for ensuring the maximum crop yield under the System of Rice Intensification.
Jammu & Kashmir
JAMMU - Governor N N Vohra hoisted the tricolour at Maulana Azad Stadium, saying security forces should continue to maintain a close vigil without lowering their guard till a peaceful environment emerged in Jammu and Kashmir.
He asked Pakistan to maintain calm along the border and said repeated ceasefire violations and cross-border infiltration have yet again disrupted normalcy in the state.
Meanwhile, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir Sunday morning by resorting to unprovoked firing for three hours.
In Srinagar, shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic remained off the roads in most parts of the Valley in wake of a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatists in support of resolution of Kashmir issue.
GUWAHATI - Assam Governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik appealed to underground militant groups to abjure violence and come to the discussion table to solve the issues for an overall development of the state.
Hoisting the tricolour in Guwahati, he condemned the recent incidents of violence in many districts across Assam and said the culprits will be punished.
BHUBANESHWAR - The day was celebrated across Odisha with gaiety and enthusiasm amidst tightened security in view of a boycott call by Maoists.
Suspected Naxals put up black flags in some pockets.
MUMBAI - For the first time in Mumbai, the parade was held at Marine Drive, instead of the Shivaji Park ground.
Thousands of people had gathered to witness the colourful event, attended by Bollywood actors including Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and Shreyas Talpade.
SHIMLA - It was a momentous day for 13 prisoners in Himachal Pradesh when they took part in “prisoners band squad” during the parade in Shimla, marching to the tune of ‘Sare Jahan Sey Accha.’
BANGALORE -Pointing to public resentment against corruption, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj stressed on efficient functioning of public services to reinforce people’s faith in democratic governance.
“There is a visible tide in the country of public resentment against corruption, lack of probity in public life and failure to deliver public services, especially to the deprived sections.
“Well functioning public services to make a big difference to people’s lives is the need of the hour to revive and reinforce faith of the people in democratic governance,” he said.
Speaking after unfurling the national tricolour, Bhardwaj said the country cannot afford to weaken people’s faith in democratic governance because it was an instrument for social change for eradicating poverty, inequality and social justice. Contingents of police, home guards and schoolchildren, among others, participated in the parades and cultural programmes held in district headquarters in the state. (PTI)