Despite chill, Himachal celebrates R-Day
The 70th Republic Day was celebrated across Himachal Pradesh on Saturday despite the winter chill.
Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the national flag at a ceremonial function at the historic Ridge here.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his Cabinet ministers and other dignitaries were present.
The main attraction was a tableau that depicted visits of Mahatma Gandhi to Shimla.
Tribal artistes were among the performing troupes. Cultural programmes were also staged by school children.
The Governor took the salute at a parade by contingents of police, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Home Guards, the Army, National Cadet Corps and ex-servicemen.
Assembly Speaker Rajeev Bindal presided over the district-level function in Hamirpur town.
Chief Justice Surya Kant hoisted the tricolour at the Himachal Pradesh High Court here.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), headquartered in Dharamsala town, also organised a ceremony at the Kashag (Tibetan cabinet) Secretariat.
As CTA President Lobsang Sangay was on an official visit to Japan, officiating President Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang hoisted the Indian flag. - IANS