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Jan 27, 2009 at 05:40pm IST

Beating Retreat cancelled after ex-president's death

New Delhi: The annual ceremony of Beating Retreat, the grand finale to the Republic Day celebrations, has been called off following the demise of former president R Venkataraman, defence ministry officials said on Tuesday.

Beating Retreat is held on January 29 after the Republic Day every year in Delhi, where bands of army, navy and air force play traditional marching tunes. It symbolises the return of troops to their barracks.

Venkataraman died at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here Tuesday following prolonged illness. He was 98.

NO BEATING RETREAT: The beating retreat was cancelled as a mark of respect to the demise of ex-president R Venkataraman.

He was the eighth president of the country serving from 1987 to 1992.