Flag hoisting, cultural programmes mark the day

Flag hoisting, rendition of patriotic songs and cultural programmes marked the 68th Republic Day celebrations in the city on Thursday.

The outreach department of St Joseph's College celebrated by spending time with children from 11 orphanages and by giving away food and goodies. Around 500 children from orphanages and government schools took part in the programme and showed their talent in singing, dancing and other activities.

At Cubbon Park, international kabbadi player Mamatha Poojary hoisted the flag at an event organised by Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association. Political parties like BJP, JD(U), Congress and government agencies conducted flag-hoisting programmes. At schools and colleges, the Indian flag rose high as students rendered patriotic songs and took part in march-past. Archbishop of Bengaluru Bernard Moras offered prayers for the nation and its political leaders.

Addressing a gathering at the Archbishop’s House, he said, “The nation may be wrought with problems but we are never bereft of solutions. It is binding upon each of us as responsible citizens of this country to ensure the protection of human rights, especially the safety of women and children.” One of the structures, Embassy Lake Terraces at Hebbal Kempapura, was lit up in the tri-colour, in a run-up to R-Day since January 24. And on Thursday too, the structure was lit up with LED lights of saffron, white and green from late evening. Fifty electricians worked for nearly 100 hours to put up lights.
DH News Service

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