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This is how Independence Day Celebration will differ in 2020

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Given the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a fresh set of guidelines for this year’s 74th Independence Day celebration.

Here is what will be new…

Celebrations at Red Fort will be limited to the Prime Minister’s speech, a 21-gun salute, the unfurling of the national flag, the national anthem and the release of tricolour balloons.

 

National Cadet Corps (NCC) will be invited. 

School children will not be allowed to participate in the events at the Red Fort.

Inter-school, inter-college debates, quizzes, competitions will be conducted online.

This year’s celebration will be dedicated to COVID-19 fighters. They are also likely to be invited to the Red Fort for the celebrations. 

The Home Ministry had earlier advised that COVID-19 warriors should be invited and their contribution and work should be recognized in the fight against the virus.

The central government has asked all states and UTs to limit the number of attendees this year to ensure social distancing.

In a first, Indian Army, Navy and Air force Bands will perform for 15 days from August 1 to 15 across the country to mark the occasion.

The military will not perform live on August 15 at Red Fort. 

This year’s Independence Day program will have limited attendance.

Shows of military bland will be performed in advance and are likely to be telecasted on August 15.

The tri-services band will be giving three performances in Delhi, one each at Red Fort, Rajpath and the India Gate on August 8, 9 and 12 respectively. 

The final performances in the series will be held on August 13 in Lucknow, Faizabad, Shillong, Madurai and Champaran.

Online competition for children on Independence Day

An online essay competition under the theme ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat-Swatantra Bharat’ is being organised by HRD ministry.

The competition will be open for students of Class 9 to 12.

The competition will be divided into two groups – secondary and higher secondary. 

Students of class 9 and 10 can participate in the secondary stage while students of class 11 and 12 will be in the higher secondary stage.

The participants will have to make it to the top 10 essays from each state/union territory

This pool of selected essays will be further filtered at the national level by a team of experts and decided by NCERT. 

30 essays will be selected in each category.

Students can submit their entries on the link below by August 14, 2020:

https://innovate.mygov.in/essay-competition

Some of the essay topics under the category are 

  • For Atma Nirbhar Bharat the Indian Constitution and democracy are the biggest enablers.
  • India at 75: A nation marching towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat
  • Atma Nirbhar Bharat through Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat: Innovation thrives when there is unity in diversity
  • Digital India: Opportunities in Covid-19 and beyond
  • Atma Nirbhar Bharat-Role of students in national development
  • Atma Nirbhar Bharat-Independence from gender, caste and ethnic biases.
  • Atma Nirbhar Bharat: Making of a new India through bio-diversity and agricultural prosperity.
  • While I exercise my rights, I must not forget to undertake my duties to usher in an Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
  • My physical fitness is my wealth that will build the human capital for Atma Nirbhar Bharat
  • Conserve blue to go green for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat.

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