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Vir Chakra for Abhinandan, Vayu Sena medals for Balakot bombers

DNMUM441240 | 8/15/2019 | Author : Sumit Kumar Singh | WC :377 | India

President approves gallantry awards to 132 heroes, including 2 Kirti and 14 Shaurya Chakras

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is one among the 132 awardees of the gallantry awards to Armed Forces personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces as approved by President Ram Nath Kovind. The awards include two Kirti Chakras, one Vir Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakras, eight Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 90 Sena Medals (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), seven Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry) and five YudhSeva Medals.
Wing Commander Varthaman, who downed a Pakistan jet during an aerial combat in February and was held captive for three days, has been conferred the Vir Chakra, India’s third-highest war time gallantry medal.
The Kirti Chakra, the second highest military honour awarded during peacetime, will be conferred to
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