Dog squad, French military contingent: Parade sees many firsts

A specialised Wireless Integrated Public Address (WIPA) system has been set up at 31 crowded places and 13 metro stations in Delhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 27, 2016 12:45 am
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The country is all set to celebrate its 67th Republic Day on Tuesday with preparations for the ceremonial parade in ‘Rajpath’ is almost over. One of the biggest highlights this year is that the President of France Francois Hollande will be attending the event as a chief guest amidst unprecedented security in the wake of the attack on Pathankot air force base.

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But it will also be one of the most unique parades in recent times. Here are some of the things to look out for:

Foreign army to participate in event for the first time

For the first time since 1950, a foreign army contingent will march down the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade. The 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade has been practicing for the parade after it participated in an eight-day joint excercise of Indian and French troops from 8 January.

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Army dogs to march after 26 years

One of the major attractions this year which has already grabbed a lot of attention and raised the enthusiasm of people is that Indian Army dogs will march down the Rajpath on Tuesday after 26 long years.
Reportedly, the Army has selected 36 dogs out of total 1,200 Labradors and German Shepherds for the event. These canines are trained in jobs like detection of explosives, guarding, assaulting, etc, and play a vital role in saving lives of the soldiers at various occasions.

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Shorter and crispier this time

Reportedly, the celebration this year will be 25 minute shorter than usual. The duration has been brought down to 90 minutes from 115 minutes, but the format will remain the same.

First time an All-women stunt contingent

The army jawans performing stunts on bikes are a major attraction during the parade and this year for the first time, an all-women stunt contingent will also be performing during the event. Reportedly, the contingent named ‘Women Daredevils CRPF’ comprising of 120 soldiers will showcase their skill this year.

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Lessons learnt from last year’s parade

The last year’s parade saw Chief guest Barack Obama and Michelle Obama holding umbrellas to protect themselves from the drizzle at the Republic Day parade event. This year, the VVIP enclosure will have a motorised glass roof so as to protect them from rain and cold weather.

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The Delhi Police has also made strict arrangement to ensure security of people in various parts of the city on Tuesday. A specialised Wireless Integrated Public Address (WIPA) system has been set up at 31 crowded places and 13 metro stations. Through this system, the announcements made centrally from a police station will be heard at all desired locations.

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    TIHAEwale
    Jan 26, 2016 at 7:06 am
    Last year Dr Kiran Bedi taunted Arvind Kejriwal when the latter complained of not having received invite however this year Dr Kiran Bedi was reprimanded by Delhi voters and reposed faith on Arvind Kejriwal however now Arvind Kejriwal showed his bad atude by abstaining from the Republic Day celebrations in Rajpath
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      Amol
      Jan 28, 2016 at 5:29 am
      Lot of changes , I saw in this 67th celebration of Republic day of india. it was amazing.
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        Arun Patil
        Jan 27, 2016 at 2:37 am
        I am hoping as another first, we won't have RSS leading the parade next year.
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          bob
          Jan 26, 2016 at 11:16 pm
          from your friends in china to india , wonderful parade , very good, incredible , and very amazing. congrats to india , happy republic day. china and india are friends , brics friends.
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            Kaliyug
            Jan 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm
            Next time parade the cheats of India.
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              Annu Chopra
              Jan 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm
              Wonder why men should celebrate Republic Day and not mourn this day? A consution which allows them and their parents/sisters etc to be treated as born criminals? A consution which merely pretends to grant equality ? A consution which allows violation of Human Rights? Great Founding fathers ,obviously, did not foresee misuse of Consution itself to supress and torture men and their families. 80,000 forced suicides by married men is an unfortunate TRUTH. But that does not bother anyone to demand trashing of draconian 498a/dv/125 etc laws but for one Nirbhaya every hypocrite was shedding tears and laws were changed ??????? Incredible India. Jai Hind!
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                Dinesh M
                Jan 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm
                Hats off for all Army and Cops ... Barat Matha Ke Jayae ! Proud to be an Indian ...
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                  din
                  Jan 30, 2016 at 10:57 am
                  misuse of Consution was practiced by 60 years of CONGRESSI- crooks ruined the country and there are still dumb to follow them around like stray dogs
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                    Dr. Sonali
                    Jan 26, 2016 at 5:09 am
                    Bad clumsy show by Army chief and our President munching while saluting. Do we or don't we have an official way to salute?
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                      greenspace
                      Jan 25, 2016 at 9:15 pm
                      Vande Mataram.
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                        GAJJAR DIVYA
                        Jan 26, 2016 at 4:58 am
                        VANDE MATRAM,JAY HIND. TODAY ALL INDIAN DAY,I LIBATION SAHID JAVAN
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                          gk
                          Jan 25, 2016 at 11:48 pm
                          I love my greatest peace ( ahimsha)nation. My heart solute to real heros of our army.
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                            Laxman Sivaram
                            Jan 26, 2016 at 3:14 am
                            R"day celebrations convey to the millions of Indians young/old and the tonytots how our country got freedom and became Republic of INDIA.The events on this day in the capital reflects our tradition coupled with discipline among the defence forces.
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                              Shubham Pandey
                              Jan 26, 2016 at 4:50 am
                              I love my india
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                                harish
                                Jan 25, 2016 at 10:30 pm
                                Vande Mataram and Jay hind
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                                  mehtab Hussain
                                  Jan 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                                  Cant wait Wanna see French parade soon
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                                    mehtab Hussain
                                    Jan 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm
                                    So happy to see French parade in our India for first time
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                                      PUSPARAJ SAHOO
                                      Jan 25, 2016 at 9:30 am
                                      Jai Bharat!
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                                        sonu kumar
                                        Jan 26, 2016 at 6:36 am
                                        VANDE MATRAM.........I LOVE MY INDIA
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                                          jayprakash
                                          Jan 26, 2016 at 1:05 am
                                          I solute my real hero in our army mere mama bhi army me hai
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                                            Lovely
                                            Jan 26, 2016 at 9:19 am
                                            Jai Hind
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