(The Gist of PIB) President, PM greet nation on National Technology Day [MAY-2019]

(The Gist of PIB) President, PM greet nation on National Technology Day [MAY-2019]

President, PM greet nation on National Technology Day

  • President Ram Nath Kovind today greeted the scientific community on National Technology Day (May 11, 2019) marking the anniversary of the Pokhran nuclear Tests of 1998.

Operation Shakti:

  • Pokhran-II (a.k.a Operation Shakti-98) is the name assigned to the series of five nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by India at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in May 1998.
  • On May 11, 1998, India carried out three nuclear tests. Two days later, India carried out two more tests. Of the five detonations, the first was a fusion bomb and the remaining four were fission bombs.
  • Subsequently, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared India a full-fledged nuclear state.
  • It was the second Indian nuclear test; the first test, code-named Smiling Buddha, was conducted in 1974.
  • The key scientists behind the triumph of ‘Operation Shakti’ were APJ Abdul Kalam, R Chidambaram, K Santhanam and Anil Kakodkar. The three top politicians in the NDA Government who decided to conduct the tests were Prime Minister AB Vajpayee; Defence Minister George Fernandes and Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh.

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