Mangaluru, January 26: The district Administration celebrated the 66th Republic Day at Nehru Maidan in the city on Monday, January 26th.

District in-charge Minister B Ramanath Rai, hoisted the National flag.

In his address Rai said that India, the biggest democratic country of the world, has achieved unity in diversity among its citizens of various cultures, languages, and lifestyles spread over its 29 states and six union territories. He said that the state government has laid added emphasis on the welfare of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, minorities, women, farmers, senior citizens, people with physical disability, and rural agricultural labourers.

The celebration witnessed colourful march-past by police, NCC cadets, Scouts and Guides, road safety patrol, Bharat Seva Dal.

Sarvotham Seva Award was presented to Ugrappa Nayak, Krishna, K Mohammed, Kanthappa Gowda, G Mary Tauro and Dr Rajesh. Winners in essay competition and drawing competition were also felicitated.

During the Republic Day celebrations, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLC Ivan D’Souza, Mangaluru MLA’s J R Lobo and B A Mohiuddin Bawa, A B Ibrahim, Deputy commissioner, ZP CEO Tulasi MAddeneni, MCC commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, Mayor Mahabala Maarla, superintendent of police Dr S D Sharanappa, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy president Roy Castelino, Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy president Mohammad Haneef, Campco president Konkodi Padmanabha and others were present.

Courtesy : Kannadiga World