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No Ashok Chakra Medal this Republic Day

There will be no Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry medal, this Republic Day.

Published: 26th January 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th January 2014 01:29 AM   |  A+A-

There will be no Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry medal, this Republic Day.

Instead, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday approved three Kirti Chakras and 10 Shaurya Chakra.

There were a total of 368 gallantry and defence decorations that were approved by the President.

Among the Kirti Chakra winners were IAF pilot Wing Commander Darryl Castelino, who rescued over 80 stranded pilgrims in Uttarakhand floods in June 2013 before his helicopter crashed near Kedarnath in the hill state; Army soldier, Naib Subedar Bhupal Singh Chhantel Magar of the 5/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force), who killed two of six armed-infiltrators along the Line of Control in Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir; and anti-Naxal police force constable, Cobra battalion constable Bhrigu Nandan Choudhary,  for the second highest peacetime gallantry medal.

The President also conferred several decorations on 28 senior Armed Forces officers.



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