Rebuplic Day celebrated across India

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India celebrated the 62nd Republic Day across the nation on January 26.

Maharashtra celebrated the 62nd Republic Day with patriotic fervor and enthusiasm with Governor K. Sankaranarayanan unfurling the national flag at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.

Sankaranarayanan took salute from the security forces at an impressive parade in Dadar in central Mumbai, which also saw participation of more than 200 school children.

Karnataka Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj on January 26 hoisted the tricolor at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground at Bangalore amid tight security to mark the 62nd Republic Day.

Bhardwaj took salute and inspected the guard of honor by going round the grounds atop an open jeep amid cheers and applause by about 5,000 people gathered for the grand occasion.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, Cabinet Ministers and senior officials were present on the occasion.

Tamil Naducelebrated the Republic Day with lot of zeal with Governor Surjit Singh Barnala unfurling the national flag at the Marina beach in Chennai.

Karunanidhi presented the Anna gallantry award to four people.

He also presented awards to Tamil Nadu sportspersons who won medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Amid the movement for statehood to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan used the 62nd Republic Day to urge people to act with maturity and maintain  peace.

The Governor said peace and public order were critical to continue the development in IT and ITES sectors and to attract new investment.

Earlier, the Governor hoisted the national flag and reviewed a colorful parade. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, his Cabinet colleagues and senior civil and military officials were present.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said separatists should utilize the services of Central interlocutors and join the dialogue process.

In an address to the people on the occasion of Republic Day in Jammu, Omar called for utilizing the present conducive atmosphere of dialogue in a positive manner to address political issues of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The institution of interlocutors created by the Union government to initiate interaction with all shades of opinion should be utilized earnestly to find a solution to the issues,” he said while appealing to the separatists to rise to the occasion and play their role in bringing about peace and tranquility in the state.

Describing Maoists as “inhuman and a threat to Indian democracy,” Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt said on January 26 that the country would crush the challenges of “violent forces”.

In his 20-minute speech, Dutt said that Maoists had expanded their reach in the state’s border regions and jungle pockets and waged war against the Indian state.

In Ranchi, Jharkhand Governor MOH Farook said the state has launched a multi-pronged strategy to combat Left-wing extremism.

Asking the rebels to shun the path of violence, which he said could never be the solution to any problem, the Governor appealed the “alienated” youth to join the mainstream and contribute in the development of the society.

“My government has a multi-pronged strategy comprising security measures, developmental action, political initiatives and perception management to tackle the menace,” he said.

Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik said the proposed peace talks with the ULFA and other insurgent outfits in the state have heralded the beginning of a new age in the state.

Unfurling the tricolor at the Latasil Parade ground in Guwahati, Patnaik said a conducive atmosphere had been created for peace talks following ceasefire agreements with various militant outfits in the state.

The Republic Day was celebrated amid tight security deployment in Manipur in the backdrop of a boycott call given by several insurgent organizations.

In his message to the people, the Governor appealed to insurgents and militants to lay down arms and join the mainstream by participating in development programs being launched for welfare of the general public.

The celebrations were boycotted by various insurgent groups, including Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF).

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen. (Retd.) J.J. Singh called upon the people to resolve to make 2011 a violence-free year.

“Let us decide to decimate the roots of insurgency and violence before it causes permanent damage to our state”, the Governor said.

In Kohima, Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar appealed to the tribes of border districts to reconsider their demand for a separate state and join            hands with the government’s endeavor for inclusive growth and development in the state.

Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil unfurled the national flag at a state-level Republic Day celebration function held at Jalandhar.

Kerala Governor R. S. Gavaiy asked political parties to sink all their “rigid” differences and stand together for the development of the state.

In Panaji, Goa Governor Dr. S.S. Sidhu said the work on upgradation and expansion of Dabolim airport in the state would be completed by June 2012.

In Bhopal, Governor Rameshwar Thakur hoisted the national flag and took the salute at an impressive march-past by contingents of various security forces.

Uttar Pradesh celebrated the Republic Day with patriotic fervor as the unfurling of the tricolor, cultural programs and march pasts marked the celebrations in Lucknow.

A number of policemen were awarded different medals at the function for their meritorious services.

Bihar celebrated the Republic Day with Governor Devanand Konwar hoisting the national flag in Patna at an event also attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

After unfurling the national flag, the Governor lauded the government for initiating steps to combat corruption and crime.

“Without checking corruption, development cannot reach the common people,” he said.

West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan unfurled the national flag and took the salute at a colorful parade as the state joined the rest of the nation in celebrating the Republic Day on January 26.

Army, Navy and Air Force units, police and fire brigade personnel, school children and dance troupes regaled the spectators in the presence of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Ministers, bureaucrats, senior army officers, members of the diplomatic corps and other dignitaries.

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