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IAS officers outside the Parliament (representational image)

70 IRS officers get show-cause notice for not making Republic Day cards for soldiers

The IRS officer trainees were asked to explain their “utter indifference and lack of respect” towards soldiers.
A rehearsal of Beating the Retreat at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Indian popular tunes that are pushing out colonial martial music at Beating the Retreat

The Beating the Retreat ceremony this year featured Bollywood songs like Lakshya and Ae Mere Pyaare Watan.
A rehearsal of Beating the Retreat at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Beating the Retreat — a musical military tradition celebrating the Republic for 7 decades

Tracing its origins to early 1950s, Beating the Retreat is held on 29 January at Vijay Chowk every year to conclude Republic Day celebrations.
(From left) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu at the 'At Home' reception in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Republic Day | Photo: ANI

Dancing Queen, Rasputin greet Bolsonaro at Rashtrapati Bhavan Republic Day reception

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Air India’s ‘great offer’, the ‘poha test’ and no ‘jan ki baat’

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
105-year-old woman Asma known as Dadi with mother of Rohit Vemula after hoisting the flag at Shaheen Bagh on 26 January 2020 (ANI Photo)

RDay at Shaheen Bagh: Flag hoisted by ‘dadis’, Vemula mother; chants of Azadi, Jana Gana Mana

Thousands of people gathered at Shaheen Bagh to celebrate Republic Day who sang the national anthem and chanted slogans against CAA-NRC.
Congress sent a copy of the Indian Constitution to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Congress sends PM a copy of Constitution, says ‘read when you get free from dividing nation’

Congress tweeted the message along with a picture of an Amazon receipt which stated that the copy of the Constitution was being dispatched to the Central Secretariat.
ndian Air Force's tableau during 26 January parade in New Delhi

IAF’s Rafale model among 22 tableaux at Republic Day parade

Of the 22 tableaux that were exhibited on the Raj Path, 16 belonged to states and UTs and the other six were of ministries, departments and the NDRF.
Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta | Photo: Twitter @ANI

ULFA is suspected to be involved in Assam bomb blasts: DGP

Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said that police is undertaking the investigation regarding four bomb blasts that happened on the morning of Republic Day.

On Camera

Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
A Reliance Industries Ltd. oil tanker truck.

Reliance Industries posts 15% profit drop as Covid hits oil demand

The company posted a net profit of Rs 9,567 crore in July-September compared with Rs 11,262 crore a year back.

Defence

File image of a BrahMos missile

India successfully test fires air-launched version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi jet

The missile hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy, official sources said. It was fired after the Su-30 MKI aircraft travelled for over three hours.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.