Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by first lady Dr. Tshepo Motsepe, 09 Cabinet Ministers, senior officials and a large business delegation is on a State Visit to the Republic of India on January President Ramaphosa was accorded a ceremonial welcome on January 25, at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. President Kovind is hosting a banquet dinner on January 25, in honour of the visiting President of South Africa. President Ramaphosa accompanied by Dr. Motsepe also paid respects to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat whose th birth anniversary is being celebrated both nationally and internationally. The two leaders held discussions in the spirit of the strategic partnership, strong friendship and historical links between the two countries. Both leaders acknowledged the significance of the th birth anniversary celebrations of Nelson Mandela and the th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi as an invaluable legacy of peace, non-violence and compassion. During the visit, a Three-Year Strategic Programme of Cooperation was signed by the two sides, aimed at further enhancing the strategic partnership between the two countries. President Ramaphosa expressed his gratitude to the Government and people of India for the warmth and generous hospitality extended to him and his delegation during the visit, and extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to pay an official visit to South Africa on mutually convenient dates.
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A spectacular display of India's military might, complete with a grand parade of the armed forces and a majestic flypast by fighter jets of the Air Force, marked the 70th Republic Day celebrations at Delhi's Rajpath today. More than 20 tableaux of the states and central government and colourful cultural performances by children represented the coun With a vibrant and spectacular parade, India will celebrate its 70th Republic Day tomorrow. This year, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest at the event. Mr Ramaphosa was invited to be the chief guest by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. After the announ Republic Day marks the day India formally adopted the Constitution as the guiding document and became an independent republic.
Republic Day is a national holiday in India. It honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January replacing the Government of India Act as the governing document of India and thus, turning the nation into a newly formed republic. The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November and came into effect on 26 January with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition towards becoming an independent republic. India achieved independence from British Raj on 15 August following the Indian independence movement. The country, though, did not yet have a permanent constitution; instead its laws were based on the modified colonial Government of India Act On 29 August , a resolution was moved for the appointment of Drafting Committee, which was appointed to draft a permanent constitution, with Dr B R Ambedkar as chairman. While India's Independence Day celebrates its freedom from British Rule, the Republic Day celebrates the coming into force of its constitution. A draft constitution was prepared by the committee and submitted to the Constituent Assembly on 4 November After many deliberations and some modifications, the members of the Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the document one each in Hindi and English on 24 January