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Indian Army, Navy, Air Force showcase a unique way of extending solidarity with the country’s COVID Warriors

New Delhi:3/5/20: The Indian Armed Forces will today showcase a unique way of extending solidarity with the country’s COVID Warriors. Army, Navy and the Air Force will together display series of activities marking nation’s respect towards the endeavour of health professionals, security officials, sanitation workers, essential supply chain workers and media professionals.

Commending this unique gesture Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the Armed Forces has always been of immense support during tough times and their display of solidarity with the frontline COVID Warriors is equally remarkable. Mr Modi said the country has waged a strong fight against the global pandemic and it has been possible all because of the courageous frontline warriors. Home Minister Amit Shah extended his compliments to the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and to the three service chiefs for their decision to organize a spectacular display of solidarity. All three service Chiefs will today, lays wreath at the Police Memorial in New Delhi to honour the efforts of security personnel for their exceptional and heroic efforts. AIR Correspondent reports on the series of activities slated to take place today.

The Armed Forces have made elaborate arrangements to mark this day with memorable gesture of solidarity. The C-130 carrier of the Indian Air Force flying at a very low altitude will cover the entire length of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari overlooking Dal Lake in Srinagar, Rajpath in Delhi, Bada Talab in Bhopal, Marine Drive in Mumbai, Vidhan Sabha in Bengaluru, Vivekanand Rock in Kanyakumari including many other places of significance. The Air Force Helicopters will shower flower petals starting at nine in the morning from Police Memorial in Delhi. At ten-thirty in the morning, the low-flying helicopters which will be easily visible from rooftops will shower petals while flying over hospitals in various cities including AIIMS, Safdarjung, GTB, RML in Delhi.

Across the country from Itanagar to Gandhinagar including cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Patna, Lucknow, similar feat can be witnessed between 10 to 11 in the morning. Roaring in the skies and marking a salute to the COVID warriors the fighter planes Sukhoi-30, MiG-29 and Jaguar will flypast over the National Capital at ten-fifteen in the morning. Similar spectacle can be witnessed in the skies of Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Patna, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Port Blair, Chennai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar ranging from 10.30 A.M. till 12.30 noon. Army Bands will visit many hospitals treating Corona patients throughout the day and play tunes to honour the Corona Warriors. In Delhi, bands will visit AIIMS, the Cantt Board hospital and Narela quarantine facility at 10 am and Base Hospital at Delhi Cantt at 10.30 A.M.

Hospitals in Mumbai, Kochi, Vizag and Goa will also witness showering of petals from Navy helicopters from 10 in the morning. The efforts of the COVID-19 Warriors will also be appreciated by Indian Coast Guard by illuminating the ships at 25 locations including Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai and Vizag covering the entire coastline of the country which can be witnessed from 7:30 in the evening till midnight.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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