1.00 pm No casualty was reported in the explosion, official sources said.
Doordarshan Sunday broadcast on internet High Definition live streaming of the Republic Day Parade in the capital, fetching over 13,000 views.
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The Jammu and Kashmir home department suspended mobile and internet services in the valley early Sunday morning for the security of Republic Day celebrations. Reports said that security agencies requested the state home department to stop the service.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday keenly witnessed the Republic Day parade at which he was the chief guest.
Dressed in a dark suit and sporting a striped yellow and black tie, Abe arrived at the saluting base on the Rajpath boulevard along with President Pranab Mukherjee, and was welcomed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Indian community in Indonesia celebrated the 65th Republic Day with Ambassador Gurjit Singh unfurling the tricolour at a colourful function, complete with songs, dance and food, at the Indian embassy. Nearly 400 members of the Indian community, persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and friends of India attended the ceremony.
Powerful bomb explodes as R-Day celebrations begin
A powerful bomb exploded in Imphal city this morning as Republic Day celebrations began in the state capital amidst tight security clamped in the wake of the boycott of the event announced by militant outfits in Manipur.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pays tribute to martyrs at Amar Jyoti Jawan.
25,000 personnel of the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces will keep a tight vigil from ground to air during the parade.
No casualty was reported in the explosion, official sources said.