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Armed forces to conduct flypasts, shower petals on hospitals to thank ‘Covid warriors’: CDS Rawat

CDS General Bipin Rawar's statement comes as India extended lockdown by two more weeks starting May 4.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 1, 2020 7:56:37 pm
LIVE updates: Armed forces to conduct flypast, shower petals on hospitals to thank Covid warriors, says CDS Rawat Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat addressed a press conference with three armed services chiefs. (Source: ANI)

Emphasising that armed forces are solidly behind those fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday said the Air Force will carry out flypasts across the country on May 3 to display their gratitude to all “corona warriors”.

CDS General Rawat also said Navy warships will be lit up and their choppers will be used for showering flower petals on hospitals treating Covid patients. His statement comes as India extended lockdown by two more weeks, starting May 4.

While addressing a joint press conference with three armed services chiefs,—Army chief General M M Naravane, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria— CDS General Rawat said the Air Force will conduct a flypast from Srinagar to Thiruvananthapuram and another from Dibrugarh to Kutch on May 3. He also said that the fixed-wing and fighter aircraft of the Air Force will also participate in the flypasts on May 3 evening.

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Track all highlights from CDS Bipin Rawat's joint presser with three armed services chiefs below

19:32 (IST)01 May 2020
No let up in counter-terror operations due to Covid-19: Army chief Naravane

Stressing that there will be no let-up in counter-terror operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Army Chief General Manoj M Naravane said that the terrorists killed in operations are handed over to the civil administration to do the needful. He also said that the Army so far has had only 14 cases of Covid-19, out of which five have been cured and they have returned to work. He also pointed out that there has been an increase in the number of infiltration attempts along the LoC.

19:00 (IST)01 May 2020
'Not proper to conclude that coronavirus is result of biological warfare'

CDS Bipin Rawat underlined that concluding coronavirus as a result of biological warfare will not be proper. He further said that no operational task has been affected or will be affected due to the coronavirus pandemic.

18:42 (IST)01 May 2020
BREAKING : India extends lockdown for two more weeks

India has extended the nationwide lockdown for two more weeks starting from May 4. Public transport will be allowed in green zones, not in red or orange. In green zones, buses can operate with up to 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with up to 50% capacity.

18:21 (IST)01 May 2020
Armed forces to conduct flypast, shower petals on hospitals to thank Covid warriors: CDS Rawat

CDS General Bipin Rawat said the nation will witness some special activities from armed services. "Air Force will conduct flypast from Srinagar to Trivandrum and another one starting from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat. It will include both transport and fighter aircraft," he said. The Army on its part will conduct mountain band displays along some of the Covid-19 hospitals in almost every district of the country, he said, adding that the armed forces will also lay wreathe at the police memorial on May 3 in support of the police forces. 

18:11 (IST)01 May 2020
CDS Bipin Rawat praises frontline healthcare workers for role during Covid-19 crisis

Addressing a joint presser, CDS General Bipin Rawat praised the frontline healthcare workers for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. "On behalf of armed forces, we want to thank all COVID-19 warriors. Doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police, home guards, delivery boys and media which has been reaching out with the message of government on how to carry on with lives in difficult times," Bipin Rawat said, news agency ANI reported.

Last week, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, during a conference with top commanders of the three armed forces, had said “adversary” should not be allowed to exploit the current situation while the forces battle Covid-19. Singh had “directed the Forces to initiate measures to spend financial resources, avoiding wastage in view of the economic burden imposed by Covid-19.

This was the first time the Chief of Defence Staff - a post created by the government to integrate the three wings of the armed forces and trim the weapons procurement process - spoke to the media, in the presence of the three service chiefs.

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