New Delhi: Upholding the national traditions, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday addressed the nation on the eve of the 70th Republic Day. The address went on air from 7 pm on the entire national network of All India Radio and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version. This was followed by broadcast in regional languages by regional channels of Doordarshan.
Earlier in the day, Chief guest for this year’s Republic Day parade, President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa was accorded ‘guard of honour’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Ramaphosa was accompanied by nine ministers and a 50-member business delegation. Notably, he is the second South African president, after late Nelson Mandela, to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade. (Republic Day 2019: List of Stations Where Delhi Metro Services Will Remain Affected)
Meanwhile, the Delhi Traffic Police has issued advisory to ensure smooth conduct of 70th Republic Day parade in the national capital. The police have also warned the public to remain vigilant and inform the authorities about any suspicious person or object they come across on Saturday.
The Republic Day Parade will begin at 9.50 AM from Vijay Chowk and proceed for Red Fort Grounds. The parade will begin from Vijay Chowk and then move towards Rajpath, ‘C’ Hexagon, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg, to culminate at Red Fort. People are requested to abide by the elaborate traffic restrictions imposed in the wake of celebrations on January 26.
In April 2018, India had sent the invite to US President Donald Trump but the latter turned it down. Trump reportedly rejected India’s invitation over the latter’s S-400 missile defence system deal with Russia and oil imports from Iran despite the threat of US sanctions.