India celebrates 73rd Republic Day

Republic Day Parade 2022, Flag Hosting Live Updates: India is set to showcase its military might and cultural diversity on Rajpath today, as it celebrates its 73rd Republic Day.  Security has been tightened in the Capital ahead of the Republic Day parade, which is scheduled to start half an hour later than usual this year. Apart from cultural performances by more than 480 dancers from across the country, and as many as 21 tableaux, the parade will also feature a grand 75 aircraft flypast by the Indian Air Force (IAF).  

With the parade taking place under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic yet again, strict guidelines have been imposed for those attending. Those attending must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and children below 15 years of age will not be allowed to attend the function. Visitors must carry proof of vaccination and must adhere to all Covid-protocols, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing. 

The Centre on Tuesday announced the list of recipients of the Padma awards. Among other honours, first Chief of Defence Staff late General Bipin Rawat and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh have been awarded the Padma Vibhushan. The Padma Bhushan will be conferred on Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and SII MD Cyrus Poonawalla. In a statement, former West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee says he will not accept the Padma Bhushan award