President confers gallantry awards

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New Delhi, May 14 (UNI) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today conferred six Kirti Chakras and 20 Shaurya Chakras to serving and retired armed forces personnel and civilians for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty.

The President also conferred 17 Param Vishisht Seva Medals (PVSM), 27 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals (AVSM) to senior officers of the armed forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.

The awards were presented at a solemn ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening.

Kirti Chakra went to Dayanand Pandey, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh (posthumous), Mohammad Shan Ahmed, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh (posthumous), Tarun Kumar Dutta, Assam (posthumous),Naik Radhakrishnan C (posthumous), Captain Subhash Chand Punia and Captain Abhinav Handa.

Shaurya Chakra was awarded to Sgt Jai Prakash Shukla, posthumous, Captain Sunil Yadav, Sepoy Rahul, posthumous, Sapper Shinde Ramachandra Shivaji, posthumous, Subedar Manohar P, Lance Naik Jyotish Prakash, posthumous, Company Havildar Major Ramesh Chandra Pandey, Major Aman Oberoi, Major Anshul Shukla, Major Sanjay Kumar Tanwar Rifleman Rais Ahmad Ganai, Major Swapneesh Parihar, Lance Naik Ravinder Singh Malik, posthumous, Sqn Ldr Shantanu Basu, posthumous, Naik Rajan Singh, Major Ishwar Singh Dahiya, Rifleman Abdul Hamid Chara, posthumous, Havildar Udar Bhanudas Parvati, posthumous, Assistant Commandant Anurag Kumar, and Major Virender Singh Salaria.

Param Vishisht Seva Medal was given to Lt Gen Milan Lalitkumar Naidu, Lt Gen Harcharanjit Singh Panag, Vice Admiral Nirmal Verma, Air Marshal Packiam Paul Rajkumar, Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora, Air Marshal (retired) Jayant Satchidanand Apte, Air Marshal (retired) Yeshwant Rao Rane, Lt Gen Thomas Mathew, Lt Gen Mandhata Singh, Lt Gen Sarabjit Singh Dhillon, Lt Gen Pitamber Kishore Rampal, Lt Gen Saibal Mukherjee, Lt Gen Sivasankara Pillai Sree Kumar, Lt Gen Prakash Singh Chaudhary, Lt Gen (retired) Ajeet Singh Bajwa, Lt Gen (retired) Puttammadam Rajah Gangadharan and Vice Admiral Birinder Singh Randhawa.

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal was presented to Lt Gen Samer Pal Singh Dhillon, Lt Gen Ranbir Kumar Chhabra, Lt Gen Chandroth Kunnumal Suchindra Sabu, Lt Gen Bharat Singh Sisodia, Lt Gen (retired) Girija Shankar Misra, Air Marshal Pramod Vasant Athawale, Major Gen Soli Noshir Pavri, Maj Gen Roop Kishore Garg, Maj Gen Puthiyaveettil Madhusoodanan, Maj Gen Eppen Jacob Kochekkan, Maj Gen Shri Krishna Singh, Maj Gen Avinash Chander Soneja, Maj Gen Gyan Bhushan, Maj Gen Anil Chandra Chait, Maj Gen (retired) Pakala Venkateswarlu, Maj Gen (retired) Jose Joseph Manavalan, Maj Gen (retired) Anil Kumar Mehra, Rear Admiral Rajender Singh, Rear Admiral Harisimran Singh Malhi, Rear Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, Rear Admiral Niranjan Kumar Nadella, Air Vice Marshal Raj Kumar Vashisht, Air Vice Marshal (retired) Narayanan Vijayakumar, Air Vice Marshal (retired) Trichinapoly Subramanyam Raghu Raman, Air Commodore Amarsingh Ganpatrao Patil, Air Commodore Gurvinder Jeet Singh Cheema, and Air Commodore Shamsher Jang Bahadur.

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