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DATE=1/26/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT/L-ONLY TITLE=INDIA / REPUBLIC DAY (L) NUMBER=2-258442 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Amid parades and tight security, Indians Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the adoption of their constitution. Republic Day observances were held throughout the country and -- despite threats of violence from separatist groups -- there were few disruptions. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports separatist militants in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir did cause minor disruptions and a strike call by the separatists kept most people at home. TEXT: //BUGLES.EST AND FADE UNDER TEXT // TEXT: India's leaders remembered the country's war dead at a solemn ceremony in New Delhi. Republic Day observances in the capital were held under some of the tightest security measures seen in years. More than 50 thousand police and paramilitary troops sealed off the Republic Day parade route and all air traffic was banned in the capital area for much of the day. Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was India's guest of honor at the parade, which featured floats from different Indian states as well as the latest in military technology -- including the Indian- built Agni-two ballistic missile, which is believed to have a range of two thousand kilometers. Sniffer dogs and their handlers combed New Delhi's train and bus terminals following the discovery of a small bomb on the Republic Day parade route and the arrest of a man said to be carrying bomb-making material earlier in the week. Along India's border with Pakistan -- where troops from both countries have been exchanging artillery and mortar fire over the past several days -- Indian troops were said to be on a state of high alert. In the State of Jammu and Kashmir several rockets were fired at a stadium in Jammu, where Republic Day observances were to be held. However, the rockets landed harmlessly in a nearby riverbed. Another rocket fired near the Jammu airport also failed to cause any damage. The militant separatist group Hizbul Mujahedin claims responsibility for the attacks. In Srinigar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, shops were closed and streets deserted following a strike call by the All Party Huriyet Conference, which opposes Indian rule in Kashmir. // OPT // Authorities say one paramilitary soldier was killed and several others wounded early Wednesday in an attack by militant separatists 75 kilometers south of Srinigar. India blames Pakistan for sponsoring attacks in the area -- a charge Pakistan denies. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, the top elected official in Jammu and Kashmir -- Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah -- said he believed only a war with Pakistan will end the attacks. // END OPT // Elsewhere, shops were closed and public areas deserted in five northeast Indian states where eight tribal separatist groups also called an 18-hour strike to protest Indian rule. Authorities in the northeast say there were several deaths related to separatist violence and several bomb attacks by separatists. (Signed) neb/jlt/wd 26-Jan-2000 06:46 AM EDT (26-Jan-2000 1146 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .