|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Jan 29: The Beating Retreat Ceremony, held at the Sports Stadium of the University of Jammu this evening, marked the finale of this year's Republic Day celebrations. It was witnessed by Governor Satya Pal Malik; Haji Inayat Ali, Chairman Legislative Council; K. Vijay Kumar, Kurshid Ahmed Ganai, K.K. Sharma, Skandan Krishnan - Advisors to Governor; MLCs; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Dilbagh Singh, DGP; senior Civil, Police, Army and Central Armed Police Forces Officers and other dignitaries, and the citizenry of Jammu. Scintillating pipe drum and brass bands of the Army, BSF and J&K Police, on the Slow and Quick March, played enchanting tunes and received appreciative applause from the audience. The tunes played by the Brass Bands included Mahroon Silver and Gold, SCIPIO, Veer-Sepoy, Vijay Bharat, Jai Ho and Sare Jahan Se Achha; and in the Pipe Band show, the smartly turned out contingents presented India Gate, Deshon Ka Sartaj Bharat, Naurange, The Hundred Pipers, Loudon's Bonnie Woods and Breas, The Pipers of Drummond and Lahure Ko Ralimai. The Governor gave away prizes to various Brass Band Pipes and Drum contingents for their outstanding display on the occasion. He also presented awards to Lord Shiva Day Boarding School Ghou-Manhasan (Girls), Govt. SRML Higher Secondary School Jammu, (Boys) for the best march-past; and Sainik School Manasbal (Boys) for the best band contingent, Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School Mubarak Mandi for the best cultural item and the "Saubhagya" by Department of Power Development, Jammu for best tableaux at the State level Republic Day celebrations held at Sports Stadium, University of Jammu, on 26th January, 2019. The spectacular fireworks added colour at the closure of the Beating Retreat ceremony. The function concluded with Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara and National Anthem.