The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and the other three serving military chiefs -- Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane and IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria -- is holding a press conference on important issues on Friday (May 1) evening.

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CDS General Bipin Rawat.IANS

The interaction with the press started at 6 pm today. This is the first time CDS Rawat and the three military chiefs are doing a joint press conference.

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  • Briefing the media, CDS General Rawat said, "The entire world is fighting the menace of covid and like everybody else our nation has impacted. We express our gratitude to all Corona warriors."
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  • The Army on its part will conduct mountain band displays along some of the COVID hospitals in almost every district of our country. The armed forces will also lay wreathe at the police memorial on May 3 in support of our police forces: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat
  • There are some special activities that nation will get to witness. Air Force to conduct flypast from Srinagar to Trivandrum & another one starting from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kutch in Gujarat. It'll include both transport & fighter aircraft: Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat
  • During the India Air Force's flypast, the aircraft will also be showering flower petals at some places: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin RawatQuote Tweet

The heads of all three services on Thursday met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to take stock of the overall preparedness of the armed forces in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak. CDS Rawat was also present at the meeting.

News agency PTI reported that Rajnath Singh is learnt to have enquired the top military brass about their preparedness to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and measures taken to protect the armed forces personnel against the respiratory disease,

(Awaiting more updates)