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New Delhi: India is celebrating its 65th Republic Day on Sunday. The national capital has been turned into a fortress with over 50,000 security men including paramilitary forces, manning every nook and corner of the city. Over 35,000 armed men will be guarding the parade route from Vijay Chowk to Red Fort. Vehicular movement on the parade route has been restricted from 4 am on Sunday. Private vehicles have been barred from entering the Rajpath from 6 pm on Saturday. Elaborate security arrangements are also in place on railway, metro stations, bus stops and airports. UAVs are on surveillance duty from 5 am on Sunday. Delhi airspace closed on Sunday from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. The parade ceremony will commence at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will pay homage to the martyrs. Thereafter, the pagentry would begin at the Rajpath. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the chief guest of the parade. Recently acquired state-of-the-art defence platforms, including the country's first indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will be on display. This year, the Republic Day parade will see 18 tableaus march on the Rajpath showcasing the splendour of Indian states and portraying themes ranging from heritage, culture, art and crafts, biotechnology, sustainable agriculture and environment. The tableaux component in 2014 comprises 13 states and five Union Ministries / Departments. The northern state of Uttar Pradesh will bring forth the beauty of sunrise in the ancient city Banaras while UP's neighbouring state, Uttarakhand which was ravaged by natural calamity in 2013 will highlight the treasure of medicinal herbs including the life saving herb, described as 'Sanjeevani Booti' in its tableau. J&K is set to draw everyone's attention to its nomadic populace. Rajasthan's tableau will showcase a popular folk dance of the state , 'terah taali' along with highlighting the unique art form 'Kawad' From the south, Tamil Nadu will focus on its most popular festival, Pongal, Karnataka pays homage to the great warrior Tippu Sultan. However, Kerala will give it a miss this year. Assam this year, pays tribute to legendary artiste Dr Bhupen Hazarika. This great Assamese legend with the golden voice and a multifaceted genius was a lyricist, musician, singer, writer, poet and film-maker. The theme for Arunachal Pradesh's tableau is the Aji Lhamu dance and another north-eastern state, Meghalaya will stroll down its tableau on the Rajpath with the Arecanut- a popular cash crop as its theme. Eastern state of Chhattisgarh will recall the freedom movement of Bastar in its tableau where it will depict the 'Bhumkal Freedom movement of 1910' spearheaded by legendary revolutionary Gundadhur. Among the ministries that would depict their might in their respective areas are Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The Central Public Works Department Floral Tableau is depicting Rajpath on Avenue. The tableau leads the 'India Gate'.

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