Moodbidre, Jan 27, 2018: Patriotic fervour pervaded the atmosphere at Smt Vanajakshi K Shripathi Bhat amphitheatre at Puthige on January 26, Friday as students, decked in colours of the National Flag, lined up at the venue with miniature flags in hand. Every corner of the venue was bathed in colours of saffron, white and green.
The special attraction of the day’s festivity was the presence of ex-servicemen of the Indian Army gathered to witness the proceedings with utmost pride and honour.
At the very outset, the march past by various NCC contingents of Army, Navy, Air Wing, Scouts and Guides, Rovers and Rangers from Bengaluru, Madikeri, Udupi, Moodbidri marked the beginning with their swing and sharp uniforms displaying their crucial role in nation building in spectacular fashion.
More than 1,200 cadets with 198 armed, proved NCC’s synonymity with discipline, sheer dignity and command.
Students were dressed in T-shirts of the colours of the national flag and were made to stand in such a way that an aerial view resembled ‘INDIA’ in textual form.
The tri-colours designed in cylindrical forms that stood 20 feet high and 6 feet wide marked the entire circumference of the ground, within which the crowd of 35,000 saluted the Indian national flag.
Flags, umbrellas, caps and t-shirts bearing the tri-colours were waved during the rendition of the integration song, ‘Koti Kantose’.
Nitte Group of Institutions Chairperson Dr Vinay Hegde unfurled the national flag. He expressed his astonishment and said that he was amazed by the immense discipline and the grand celebration of dreams of the staff and students of Alva’s Education Foundation. “This institution is a perfect example for people to emulate for all those who are supposed to be educated, cultured and disciplined.”
“In these 69 years, many good things have happened. India is rapidly expanding in terms of industry and economy, but the moral values are going down. The most important thing is to develop a personality that the country will be proud of. The aim is to inculcate character and religious cordiality, without which our country cannot prosper,” he said.
R-day at NMPT, Coast Guard, Corp Bank, KIOCL
The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) celebrated the 69th Republic day with patriotic fervor and gaiety. The entire port fraternity of NMPT participated in the Republic Day programme held at the stadium ground of the port. A vibrant parade by the CISF unit, Panambur, NMPT Fire Service, Scouts and Guides of KV No-1 Panambur and NMPT School gave momentum to the proceedings.
NMPT in-charge chairman Suresh P Shirwadkar, on the occasion, urged the port fraternity rekindle the values instilled in the society by the founding fathers of the nation and contribute in every manner to the growth of India.
He spoke on the growth of NMPT as one of the premier organisations of the country and also how NMPT is implementing the various government projects ‘Swachh Bharath’ and initiatives to improve the ‘Ease of Doing Business”. Children from various schools at Panambur presented cultural programmes.
Impressive parade : An impressive ceremonial parade marked the Republic Day celebrations at Coast Guard, Karnataka, celebrated at its headquarters at Panambur.
**Coast Guard, Karnataka, on the occasion, Deputy Inspector General S S Dasila, TM, the Commander, Coast Guard, Karnataka, was the chief guest. He called upon the officers to render selfless service to the country. “We should have honesty, loyalty, dedication and integrity towards our motherland,” he said. The Coast Guard has deputed women officers for the front line duties in aviation branch and hovercrafts, he added. As a tribute to the contribution by women in services, Coast Guard women officers unfurled the national flag in schools. Deputy Commandant Deepika Dhiman unfurled the flag at Coast Guard Kindergarten, Kunjathbail and Assistant Commandant Devyani Saraf unfurled the flag at Amrita Vidyalayam, Boloor.
** Corporation Bank celebrated 69th Republic Day at its corporate office in Mangaluru. Bank CEO and Managing Director Jai Kumar Garg unfurled the national flag. On the occasion, he accentuated the significance of Republic Day. “Republic Day is an occasion to remember the sacrifice made by the freedom fighters for the well being of the citizens,” he said. “We can contribute to the welfare of the country by exhibiting sincerity and dedication in our duties.”
Garg called upon the bankers to participate in various campaigns which will lead to a movement to bring about positive changes in the society. He also said that bankers play an important role in making the society economically strong and independent. He said the Corporation Bankers should pledge to provide better service to the citizens.
**KIOCL CMD M V Subba Rao hoised the tricolor to mark the 69th Republic Day at the Kavoor KIOCL Township ground. The festive mood of the employees, their dependents and CISF personnel were soaked with patriotism and pride as the national flag was unfurled. KIOCL general manager Roque D’Souza addressed the gathering. Prizes were distributed to the winners of various sports and other events.