ASEAN leaders attend Republic Day

Leaders of 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries  attended the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, Delhi today. These include the likes of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying down a floral arrangement to honor the lives lost in ensuring India’s democratic future.

As the flame burned at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to honor the courage of the Armed Forces personnel- The leaders consented on strengthening ASEAN-India economic relations by full utilization and effective implementation of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Area.

The primary goal being the implementation of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to ensure a modern, comprehensive, high quality, and mutually beneficial relationship between the ASEAN countries.

A two-day India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit conducted by the Indian Government ended with members agreeing to strengthen economic relations amongst themselves.

Nearly 60,000 security personnel from the Delhi Police and central security forces were deployed in Central Delhi. Snipers were stationed on top of high-rise buildings accompanied by CCTV cameras to keep track on the people in attendance.

The summit marks 25 years of Indo-ASEAN ties.

Sources: ANI, Business Standard

Air Force Officer killed by Audi while practicing for Republic Day parade

Kolkata: On Wednesday morning, while supervising the rehearsal of January 26 Republic Day parade, an Air Force officer was run over by a speeding Audi car and killed.

The accident had taken place at around 6.30 a.m near Red Road. The 30-year old air force officer, Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, had been supervising the entire parade practice for the upcoming event for Republic Day on January 26. It was then, that the speeding Audi car knocked him off his feet and plunged over a barricade, and eventually came to halt. According to the reports, the driver had allegedly escaped leaving the car.

The officer, however, who had been severely injured, was taken to the military hospital, where he eventually died. Police has, for now seized the car and investigations of the case and search operations for finding the driver are underway.

Every year on January 26, Kolkata commemorates the Republic Day with the parade followed by the flag hoisting along the Red Road, near Maidan. And, prior to the main event, a full dress rehearsal is also organized. The Red Road is usually shut down to civilian traffic during the time of Republic Day rehearsal.


Sources: NDTV , Zee news , Hindustan Times