Guv commends Karnataka's edge in IT, biotech sectors

Last Updated 26 January 2018, 19:34 IST

The state government has contributed IT exports worth Rs 3 lakh crore during 2017 and accounts for 35% of bio-tech industry revenue of the country, Governor Vajubhai Vala said.

The Governor was delivering his Republic Day speech after unfurling the National Flag at Manekshaw Parade Ground here.

Noting that Karnataka stands first among other states for the second time in a row in attracting investments, he said Bengaluru is one of the top five innovation hubs in the world.

The march past that followed the Governor's speech had platoons from the Border Security Force, Indian Air Force, CRPF and others.

The teams from states like Goa and Puducherry also took part in the march with the former getting a special prize.

For the first time, a team from KSRTC's Security and Vigilance Department participated. NCC cadets, scouts and guides and teams from a dozen schools marched with pride and vied for the prize.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah joined the Governor in presenting the 'Sarvottam Seva Award' to 12 officials in various posts in recognition of their performance.

Kalaripayattu and equestrian stunts added thrills to the cultural extravaganza. The martial art was on full display by 12 members of the Madras Regimental Centre, Tamil Nadu.

The daredevils of Shweta Ashwa team from Corps of Military Police, Uttar Pradesh, were back and brought with them some hair-raising bike stunts, adding a tinge of anxiety to the excitement.

The team started with a scissor-crossing stunt where streams of bikes from four corners cross each other with precision.

The equestrian team from ASC Centre and College added to the treat by showing off their skills. The four-member team was led by international rider Hawaldhar Singh.

(Published 26 January 2018, 18:30 IST)

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