As India celebrates its 69th Republic Day today, PM Narendra Modi hosts leaders of the ASEAN as guests of honour at the ceremonial parade being held at Rajpath. The parade is presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind.
BSF’s Women Bikers Make Debut : An all-woman contingent of the Border Security Force or BSF dazzled spectators with their daring bike stunts during the 69th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath. In one of the most-awaited acts of the day, the women constables created some stunning formations, such as “fish riding, side riding, faulaad, peacock and Saptarishi”, that dropped jaws and drew cheers.
Ashoka Chakra awarded to Late Air Force Commando JP Nirala, who lost his life in Bandipora encounter. President Kovind presents award to JP Nirala’s mother and wife.
The Sino-Indian War of 1967, also known as the Nathu La and Cho La incidents, (11 – 14 September 1967 for Nathu La; 1 – 10 October 1967 for Cho La) were a series of military clashes between India and China in the Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim, then an Indian protectorate. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army infiltrated parts of Sikkim on 1 October 1967, but was repulsed by the Indian Army by 10 October. During the Cho La and Nathu La incidents, Indian losses were 88 killed in action and 163 wounded while Chinese casualties were estimated to be 340 killed in action and 450 wounded.
The end of the conflicts saw a Chinese military withdrawal from Sikkim after being defeated by Indian forces.
Sikkim became an Indian state in 1975 which was not recognised by China. In 2003, China recognised Sikkim as an Indian state on condition that India accept that the Tibet Autonomous Region was a part of China, even though India had already done so back in 1953. This mutual agreement led to a thaw in Sino-Indian relations.