Sachin Tendulkar attended the 8th Indian Air Force Day, which was dominated by Balakot with the 51 Squadron, the 9 Squadron and 601 signal unit getting citations for their roles in the air strike on terrorist camps in February
Titled 'Balakot - The True Story', the movie in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu will depict the true facts, story and bravery of the Indian Air Force and their quick thinking, strategic planning with a strong political will
The pre-dawn covert operation of February 26 was to avenge a suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on February 14 which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and which was claimed by the Pakistan-based JeM.
The move is expected to give a major relief to Air India, which suffered a huge financial loss of around Rs 491 crore as it had to re-route its various international flights due to the closure of the Pakistan airspace.
Joginder Singh Salaria set up nearly 62 water pumps in Tharparkar district with the help of local social workers, after knowing the plight of the area through social media. He also sent bags of grains to the community.
The Chief of Army staff was interacting with the media in after reviewing the passing-out parade of 264 trainees, comprising midshipmen and cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and 10 international cadets.
Although the Pakistani attack on the day following the Balakot strikes by IAF was thwarted by the Air Force air defence fighters, it was felt that presence of air defence units in the area could have caused more damage to the Pakistanis
In an interview to a private news channel aired on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he relied on his 'raw wisdom' to dispel doubts of defence experts who wanted the air strikes to be deferred due to inclement weather.