Hon'ble Pres­i­dent of In­dia Shri Ram Nath Kovind

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On In­dian Army Day to­day, Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi greeted the of­fi­cers and troops of the In­dian Army. Ev­ery cit­i­zen of the coun­try has "un­wa­ver­ing trust and pride" in the In­dian Army, the Prime Min­is­ter said. Jan­uary 15 is ob­served ev­ery year as Army Day in In­dia. On this day in 1949, Field Mar­shal Ko­dan­dera M Cari­appa took over as the first Com­man­der-in-Chief of the In­dian Army from Gen­eral Sir Fran­cis Butcher, the last Bri­tish Com­man­derin-Chief. Army day is ded­i­cated to the sol­diers who fought to safe­guard the coun­try's hon­our. On 70th Army Day to­day, Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi greeted the of­fi­cers and troops of the In­dian Army. Ev­ery cit­i­zen of the coun­try has "un­wa­ver­ing trust and pride" in the In­dian Army, the Prime Min­is­ter said.

On 70th Army day, a look at Gal­lantry Awards of the In­dian Army:

Gal­lantry awards of the In­dian Army are clas­si­fied into two cat­e­gories: gal­lantry in the face of en­emy and gal­lantry other than in the face of en­emy. The medals awarded by the Pres­i­dent of In­dia for gal­lantry dis­played at the bat­tle­field are:

1. Param Vir Chakra (PVC)

2. Ma­havir Chakra (MVC)

3. Vir Chakra

4. Sena Medal, Nao Sena Medal, Vayu Sena Medal

5. Men­tion in Dis­patches

6. Chiefs of Staff Com­men­da­tion Card

The Param Vir Chakra is the high­est mil­i­tary award. Sube­dar Ma­jor Bana Singh, Naib Sube­dar Sanjay Ku­mar and Sube­dar Yo­gen­dra Singh Ya­dav are the only liv­ing re­cip­i­ents of the Pram Vir Chakra award. So far, the Ma­havir Chakra has been awarded to 218 mar­tyrs for their self­less courage in the bat­tle­field. Most Ma­havir Chakra medals were awarded af­ter

Indo-Pak­istani War of 1971. Vir Chakra is third in prece­dence and was first awarded in 1947 to Nadik­e­rianda Bheema­iah and R Kanikasamy for Kash­mir war.

In the se­cond cat­e­gory, the medals are awarded by the Pres­i­dent of In­dia for gal­lantry dis­played away from the bat­tle­field:

1. Ashok Chakra

2. Kirti Chakra

3. Shau­rya Chakra

4. Sena Medal, Nao Sena Medal, Vayu Sena Medal

5. Men­tion in Dis­patches

6. Chiefs of Staff Com­men­da­tion Card Ashok Chakra is In­dia's high­est peace­time mil­i­tary award. Last year, Hav­il­dar Hang­pan Dada was awarded the Ashoka Chakra for killing four ter­ror­ists who had in­fil­trated into north Kash­mir. Five Kirti Chakras, 17 Shau­rya Chakras, 85 Sena Medals, three Nao Sena Medals and two Vayu Sena Medals were also awarded.

In­dia re­mem­bers its brave­hearts on 70th Army Day

Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba, and Air Chief Mar­shal B S Dhanoa paid trib­ute to In­dia's brave­hearts at Amar Jawan Jy­oti on the 70th Army Day. The day com­mem­o­rates the valiant sol­diers for their sac­ri­fice to the na­tion and its cit­i­zens. On the oc­ca­sion, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi took to Twit­ter to ex­tend greet­ings to the sol­diers and their fam­i­lies and paid salute to the army. "On Army Day, I con­vey greet­ings to the sol­diers, veter­ans and their fam­i­lies. Ev­ery cit­i­zen of In­dia has un­wa­ver­ing trust and pride in our Army, which pro­tects the na­tion and is also at the fore­front of hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts dur­ing times of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and other ac­ci­dents," Modi wrote on Twit­ter. In another tweet, he said, "Our Army al­ways puts the na­tion first. I salute all those great in­di­vid­u­als who sac­ri­ficed their lives while serv­ing the na­tion. In­dia will never for­get our valiant heroes." Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley also hon­oured the courage and bravery of the sol­diers. "On #ArmyDay we re­mem­ber the in­domitable courage and supreme sac­ri­fices of our sol­diers & salute their exemplary ded­i­ca­tion & bravery. # ArmyDay2018," Jait­ley wrote on Twit­ter. Union Min­is­ter Ra­jyavard­han Rathore posted, "Salute to band of broth­ers. Na­tion first, al­ways and ev­ery time. #ArmyDay." Pay­ing trib­ute to the sol­diers, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi wrote, "We salute the val­our, courage and sac­ri­fice of our brave jawans on #ArmyDay. Your per­se­ver­ance de­fends our free­dom; your ded­i­ca­tion shields our lib­erty. It's be­cause of your sac­ri­fices a bil­lion hopes and dreams can take shape." Union Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani posted, "On Army Day, a grate­ful Na­tion salutes the courage and spirit of self­less ser­vice of our armed forces per­son­nel." Gu­jarat Chief Min­is­ter Vi­jay Ru­pani also took to Twit­ter and wrote, "Let's salute our real heroes for their in­domitable courage, val­our, ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards the NA­TION. #ArmyDay." Army Day is cel­e­brated an­nu­ally on Jan­uary 15.

Hon’ble Pres­i­dent of In­dia, Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Hon’ble Prime Min­siter of In­dia, Naren­dra Modi

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