69th Republic day celebrated in Manipal and Udupi
Story by Faisal Ahmed and Shamindra Singha
The Manipal Journal covered the 69th Republic Day celebrations at two locations – the Mahatma Gandhi Municipal Grounds, Udupi and the Manipal Academy of Higher Education Edu building, Manipal.
The district in-charge, Minister of State for Fisheries, Sports and Youth Empowerment Mr. Pramodh Madhvaraj unfurled the national flag and received the Guard of Honour from the district armed police, scouts and guides, NCC cadets, home guards and other teams.
In his address, the minister expressed that Republic Day happens to be a day on which Indians reinforce their patriotism and salute their constitution with pride and respect. Cultural programmes and a parade were the major highlights of the celebration.
The 69th Republic Day Celebrations this year were hosted by the Kasturba Medical College. As part of this celebration, a 125 feet tall mast was erected on which a humongous 70 by 50 feet national flag was hoisted.
The celebration continued with the march past, in which 21 contingents took part. Dr. H S Ballal inspected the contingents and as in every year the best contingents were awarded. The third position was bagged by WGSHA, the second position by Manipal School of Nursing, and the first position was bagged by Manipal College of Nursing.
Muralidhar Pai addressed the gathering, speaking of the permissions that had to be sorted from the Home ministry in order to erect the flag post.
Featured image: Divayansh Bargotra
Edited by: Shreya Job