STATE TIMES NEWS KATRA: The 71st Republic Day was celebrated with traditional fervour and patriotism at Katra today. The main function at Katra was held at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex, where Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, hoisted the Tricolour and took salute at an impressive march-past by the 25 contingents drawn from CRPF, NCC, scouts and guides, students of various educational institutions of Katra and its surrounding areas besides the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex Coaching Centre. Speaking on the occasion, the CEO Shrine Board greeted the people on this joyous occasion. The students of various educational institutions presented a captivating cultural programme on this occasion. Ramesh Kumar gave away prizes to the students who were adjudged best in the march-past and presentation of cultural programme. On this occasion, he also felicitated the sports persons for excelling in various sports and games. Among those present on the occasion were Vimal Indu, President, Municipal Committee, Katra; Vivek Verma, Additional CEO of the Shrine Board; Dr. Sunil Sharma and Deepak Dubey, Dy. CEOs; Hem Kant Prasher, Chief Accounts Officer; Ashok Kumar, SDM, Katra; Naresh Singh, Additional SP, Katra; Jitendra Kumar Gupta, Commandant, CRPF 6th Bn; Rajinder Singh, OSD (Revenue), SMVDSB and Ashok Kumar, Director Sports, SMVDSB. As part of the Republic Day celebrations, Ramesh Kumar, CEO, SMVDSB, also hoisted the tricolour at a function held at the Central Office of the Shrine Board at Katra. Among those present on the occasion were senior civil and police officers, prominent citizens besides officers and employees of the Shrine Board. At Bhawan, the flag was hoisted by Naresh Kumar, SDM Bhawan, in the presence of CRPF, Police and Shrine Board staff.
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