Nagpur: A 55-year-old man from Nagpur ran non-stop for over 12  hours with the tricolour in hand to commemorate India’s 70th Republic Day. Rajendra Jaiswal began running from Nagpur’s Civil Lines, Seminary Hills at 8 PM on January 25 and came to a halt at 9 AM on Saturday.

Jaiswal ran for a total of 80.5 kilometres without taking a single break in between and thus registered a record for non-stop running in the Asia Book of Records.

Asia Book of Records supervisor Sunita Dhote confirmed Jaiswal’s achievement and said that he ran with the national flag for twelve-and-a-half hours continuously.

Meanwhile, Jaiswal after completing the non-stop marathon said that there could have been no better day than Republic Day to record his name in the Asia Book of Records. He dedicated his achievement to the Indian Army soldiers who are fighting at the border.

On the occasion of Republic Day, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) celebrated Republic Day hoisted the national flag at 18,000 feet and -30 degree Celsius. The video was tweeted by official Twitter handle of ITBP. In the video, soldiers were seen marching on the snow-clad Himalayas with the national flag in their hand.

India celebrated its 70th Republic Day with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti (India Gate). Meanwhile, the Republic Day 2019 parade at Rajpath was marked with the dazzling display of the country’s military might and rich cultural diversity. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was the chief guest at the ceremony.

Many senior leaders, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and Deve Gowda, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad were among those present at the event.

For the first time, four Indian National Army (INA) veterans also participated in the Republic Day parade in the national capital. Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi, Contingent commander, Army Service Corps also became the first woman to lead all men army contingent at the parade.