Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Shera was star of Republic Day parade

’Shera’, the mascot of Common wealth Games 2010 was star attraction at Republic day parade. Shera appeared twice during the Republic Day parade. Around 180 students from Delhi schools presented aerobics and one of them was attired as Shera.

First the Sports Ministry came up with the mascot in its tableau ‘Commonwealth Games’ followed by school children during their performance.

Legendary athletes Milkha Singh and P T Usha, former hockey captain player Zafar Iqbal, badminton player Gopichand Pullela and shooter Samresh Jung were the stars accompanying the Sport Ministry tableau.

Among other major attractions of the 61st Republic Day to be held today were the Main Battle Tank Arjun, the Smerch Multiple Launch Rocket System, the Armoured Engineer Recce Vehicle, the Sarvatra Bridge, the Electronic Warfare System, Samyukta, ICV BMP-II Sarath, Ambulance Tracked and ALH Dhruv.

Since New Delhi is hosting the Commonwealth Games in October this year, the Games mascot "Shera" was the cynosure of all eyes along the eight-kilometer-long parade route in Delhi. A bevy of sportspersons, including boxer Vijender Singh, wrestler Sushil Kumar, weightlifter K Malleshwari, athlete P T Usha, former hockey players Ajitpal Singh and Zafar Iqbal, shooter Samresh Jung, badminton player Gopichand Pullela, swimmer Khajan Singh and veteran Olympian Milkha Singh were the star attractions of the parade.

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The parade commenced by President taking the salute and welcoming the chief guest. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was the chief guest of this year's parade.

The parade was commanded by Lt. General Kanwaljeet Singh Oberoi, General Officer Commanding General Officer Commanding (GOC) is the usual title given in the armies of Commonwealth (and some other) nations to a general officer who holds a command appointment.

The marching contingents of Army included the horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the Brigade of the Guards The Brigade of the Guards is an Indian infantry regiment, the only regiment of Foot Guards in the Indian Army. It was formed in 1949 as the first mixed Indian regiment.

The marching contingents of paramilitary and other auxiliary civil forces included contingents from the Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, Coast Guard, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Railway Protection Force, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme. The Camel-mounted band of the Border Security Force will be another attraction.

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Tableau from 21 states and Central Ministries and Departments were present the varied historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the country. They also showcased country's progress in different fields.

Notably, Delhi's tableau was missing for fourth straight year.

Nineteen of the 21 children selected for the National Bravery Award - 2009 also participated in the parade. Two children have got the award posthumously.

In the children's pageant section, 750 boys and girls boys and girls drawn from various schools presented dances and other programs.

The grand finale was a spectacular fly-past by the IAF, with the AWACS participating in the Parade for the first time. One IL-78, flanked by two AN-32 and two Dornier, flying in Big Boy formation, led the fly-past.

The ceremony culminated with the National Anthem and release of balloons.


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