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India celebrates 70th Republic Day: All you need to know

* The theme of the 70th Republic Day parade is 'lifetime of Gandhi' which is a tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th delivery anniversary. A complete of 22 tableaus in the parade will showcase the Mahatma Gandhi theme.

* The 70th Republic Day parade can have the highest selection of ladies officers participating in the celebrations with Lt. Bhavana Kasturi main a contingent of 144 male group of workers. This is the first time in the history of Indian Army that a woman will lead the Army services and products corps.

* An all-women contingent of Assam Rifles, India's oldest paramilitary power, might be participating for the first time. The contingent was once opened for girls in 2012 and might be competing to win the most efficient marching contingent trophy.

* The weapons which might be showcased for the first time in a Republic day parade are M777 and Ok-Nine Vajra extremely light howitzers together with the Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) missile of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

* Winners of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar kids will march in open jeeps and various cultural items might be showcased through faculty kids on theme of Mahatma Gandhi.

* For the first time in the Republic Day parade, An-32 airplane might be flying the use of a mixture of traditional and biofuel. Using environment-friendly biofuel will help in lowering carbon footprint in addition to reduce the import bill.

* Four former Indian National Army (INA) infantrymen will participate for the first time in the parade. INA was once an armed power formed through Indian nationalist Rash Behari Bose in 1942 in Southeast Asia throughout World War II

* `Sankhnaad', a martial song created for the Indian militia, might be played for the first time at the 70th Republic Day parade. Since Independence, the Indian defence forces were playing 'martial song' created through the Britishers. `Sankhnaad' is in keeping with Indian classical track.

* After an opening of 3 years, the railways is all set to showcase its tableau which is able to showcase the parade's theme "Mohan se Mahatma" together with that includes yet-to-be-launched bullet train and Train 18.

* After an opening of 11 years, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) might be presenting its tableau at Rajpath. The tableau targets at showcasing the multidimensional functioning of the power.

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