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DATE=1/25/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT/L-ONLY TITLE=INDIA / REPUBLIC DAY O'NITER (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-258413 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The Indian government has placed tens of thousands of security personnel on high alert on the eve of Republic Day observances. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of India's constitution and celebrations will be held under tight security following attacks in Kashmir by separatist militants and three days of cross border mortar and artillery shelling between Indian and Pakistani troops. VOA's Jim Teeple has more from the Indian capital. TEXT: More than 55-thousand troops are guarding the traditional Republic Day parade route and authorities have banned all air traffic over New Delhi in some of the tightest security measures being seen since Republic Day observances began fifty years ago. The celebrations take place following a week of almost daily attacks against Indian military institutions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir by separatist militants. Militants in Kashmir have threatened to disrupt Republic Day observances in the troubled state. Speaking on Indian television Brigadier S-C Chopra, a senior army commander, says he is confident the army will be able to control militant activity. /// CHOPRA ACTUALITY /// As regards to the situation concerned, it is well under control of the security forces. The security forces are on top of the situation and the morale of the troops is very high. /// END ACTUALITY /// Along the India / Pakistan border in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, troops from both countries have been trading artillery and mortar fire over the past several days. Last year India and Pakistan came close to fighting their fourth war after guerrilla fighters crossed into a mountainous region of Indian Kashmir from Pakistan. Since then relations have not improved, with India recently accusing Pakistan of involvement in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in December - a charge denied by Pakistan. In the traditional presidential speech given on the eve of Republic Day celebrations, President K-R Narayanan said India wants to live in peace with its neighbor. /// NARAYANAN ACTUALITY /// We want to live in peace with Pakistan. We want the relations to conform to the best traditions of good neighborliness, eschewing terrorist interventions and propaganda of hatred. /// END ACTUALITY /// In Pakistan, the country's military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, sent Republic Day messages to India's leaders, saying Islamabad wants, as the messages said, "good and tension-free" relations with India. (Signed) NEB/JLT/KL 25-Jan-2000 11:05 AM EDT (25-Jan-2000 1605 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .