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    President Speech LIVE: Our Republic has come a long way and we must appreciate how far successive generations have brought us. Equally, we must appreciate that our voyage is far from complete. There are still waters to cover, still gaps to fill and still tears to wipe: Kovind

  • 7:25 PM IST

    President Speech LIVE: Apart from education, art, medicines & sports, our daughters are now creating an identity for themselves in the three Armed Forces as well. In topmost educational institutes, often there are more daughters than sons among medal-winning students, says Kovind while addressing the nation on the eve of 70th Republic Day

  • 7:20 PM IST

    President Speech LIVE: This year’s polls should be seen as a ‘once-in-a-century momen’. Our decisions of today will shape India’s future,” says Ram Nath Kovind

  • 7:19 PM IST

    President Speech LIVE: This year citizens of India will get a chance to fulfil an important responsibility. All of us have to use our voting rights in coming General elections for 17th Lok Sabha. This election will be special as 21st century born voters will vote for the 1st time, says President Ram Nath Kovind addressing the nation on the eve of 70th Republic Day

  • 7:19 PM IST

    President Speech LIVE: Referring to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2017, Kovind said, “Every citizen of India has a very important responsibility this year. We all have to use our right to vote in the polls.”

  • 7:18 PM IST

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    President Speech LIVE: “Our diversity, democracy and development have set an example for the entire world”, said Kovind in his address to the nation. He added,”This year is particularly very important for us. On October 2, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.”

  • 7:12 PM IST

    President Speech LIVE: Republic Day 2019 is an opportunity for all citizens of the country to remember independence, equality & brotherhood, says Kovind

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.