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India Celebrates 58th Republic Day

India celebrated its 58th Republic Day Friday, with military parades in the nation's capital and various cities across the country.

Security forces were on high alert for suspected insurgent attacks, but there were no reports of violence during the festivities.

Russian President Vladimir Putin joined Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Abdul Kalam as the guest of honor for this year's celebrations in New Delhi.

On Thursday, New Delhi police said they arrested a suspected militant carrying more than two kilograms of explosives.

India's Republic Day marks the founding of the Indian republic in 1950, three years after its independence from Britain.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.