Narendra Modi praises Air India crew that air lifted Indians from Italy

24 Mar 2020 by Akanksha Maker
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Shouting out to an Air India team, involved in evacuation of about 260 Indians from coronavirus-hit Italy over the weekend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi states his pride on how they have “risen to the call of duty”.

PM Modi shared a tweet from Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri who said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

The crew of Air India Boeing 777 led by Captain Swati Raval and Captain Raja Chauhan has airlifted 263 Indians, mostly students, stranded in Italy’s Rome.

The country has carried out evacuations from several Covid-19 hit countries in the recent past.

It has air lifted its citizens from Italy, China, Japan and Iran after the number of cases of coronavirus continues to rise in these countries.

In India, the number of cases touched the 400-mark today after seven deaths were reported and country a sharp spike in cases in last few days.

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