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Kalam remembers Hot Day of Nuclear Test Shakti in Pokharan

New Delhi, May 11: On a day when the nation is celebrating National Technology Day on the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on May 11, 1998, former President and scientist APJ Abdul Kalam today tweeted to commemorate the day.

Kalam who was a part of the team which conducted the test back in 1998, tweeted, "Today, I remember the hot day of 1998 atPokhran: 53C. When most of the world was sleeping; India's nuclear era emerged."

Kalam was then the scientific adviser to the Prime Minister and Secretary of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Operation Shakti was initiated with the detonation of one fusion and three fission bombs. On 13 May 1998, two additional fission devices were detonated and the government led by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had shortly declared India a full-fledged nuclear state.

-NNIS

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