Indian Republic Day ceremony tomorrow

Updated 25 January 2013
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Indian Republic Day ceremony tomorrow

Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao will raise the national flag at the Indian Embassy at 9 a.m. on Saturday to mark the country's Republic Day. "All Indian nationals in the Kingdom are cordially invited to attend the event, which will be followed by ceremonial meetings and exchange of greetings on this occasion," said Surinder Bhagat, a spokesman for the Indian Embassy.
A similar function will be organized by the Indian Consulate in Jeddah. Bhagat said India is celebrating 64 years as a sovereign state, and as one of the largest and most flourishing democracies in the world. "Considering, we are a nation of more than 1.2 billion people different in so many ways, this is no mean feat," said Bhagat.
He said that one of the most important days in the history of the nation, the Republic Day will be celebrated with enthusiasm and patriotic fervor all over India and abroad. All Indian schools in the Kingdom will remain closed on this occasion. Some community events have also been scheduled for the occasion.


Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

Updated 20 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

  • Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis
  • The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition's spokesman, said the missile was monitored by the Saudi Air Force to have been launched from Yemen's Amran province at 10:16 p.m. Monday toward populated areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran.

The missile was intercepted before it could hit its target, Al-Maliki said.

The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

So far, the Houthis have launched over 100 missiles at Saudi cities and installations.