Pak Can’t Fight Full-Fledged War With Us: Rajnath on Kargil Diwas

The 20th anniversary celebration of the victory is spread over three days from 25 July to 27 July.

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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lays a wreath at National War Memorial on the occasion of ‘Kargil Diwas’ in New Delhi on Friday, 26 July.

Pakistan can neither fight a full-fledged nor a limited war with India and is waging a proxy war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha on Friday on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil conflict.

He had earlier paid tribute at the National War Memorial in Delhi, as India celebrates 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' 20 years after it expelled Pakistani infiltrators from Kargil's high-altitude outposts.

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  • The 20th anniversary celebrations are spread over three days from 25 July to 27 July
  • President Ram Nath Kovind celebrated ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ in Srinagar after his visit to Kargil’s Drass War Memorial was cancelled

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8:34 AM , 27 Jul

Govt to Write Letters to Parents of Soldiers, Kargil War Martyrs: Rajnath

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday, 26 July, that the Union government will write to parents of Kargil War martyrs and serving soldiers to pay tributes to their valour.

Speaking at a ceremony at the BJP headquarters to observe the 'Kargil Vijay Diwas', Singh said the government will explain in these letters how these brave soldiers serving in adverse circumstances at borders made the country safe and proud with their sacrifices and valour.

He also noted that it was the Narendra Modi government which implemented the 'One Rank, One Pension' scheme for ex-servicemen and allocated over Rs 30,000 crore for this, according to a BJP statement.

BJP working president J P Nadda said at the ceremony that the country is safe under Modi's leadership.

The country will always be indebted to soldiers who repulsed Pakistani forces and foiled the enemy's design during the 1999 Kargil War, he said

6:57 PM , 26 Jul

Jammu Region Pays Tributes to Kargil War Heroes

Kargil Vijay Diwas was commemorated in Jammu by paying rich tributes to martyrs at a wreath-laying ceremony at the 'Balidan Stambh' in Jammu, news agency PTI reported on Friday, quoting a Defence PRO.

Brig TK Chopra, Deputy General Officer Commanding, Tiger Division, laid a wreath at the eternal flame of the war memorial.

Veer Naris (wives of soldiers killed on the line of duty), kith and kin of fallen soldiers, Gallantry Awardees of the Kargil war, senior Army officers, Army veterans and civilian dignitaries also paid homage to the Kargil heroes, he said.

A guard of honour was also presented for the wreath-laying ceremony.

6:22 PM , 26 Jul

Kerala Remembers Martyrs on Anniversay of Kargil War

The 20th anniversary of the victory in the Kargil War was celebrated at Pangode Military Station in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

“We came together to pay homage to the people who had laid down their lives to protect our nation. They displayed an act of valour and courage.”
Air Marshal B Suresh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command

Air Vice Marshal B Chandra Sekhar, senior officer in-charge, Administration, Southern Air Command, Brigadier CG Arun, Station Commander, Pangode Military Station, and representatives of all the three services laid a wreath and paid homage at the war memorial.

5:59 PM , 26 Jul

Officers Training Academy Plants 527 Saplings to Commemorate Sacrifices of War Heroes

The Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai on Friday paid tribute to fallen soldiers on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil war by planting saplings.

A total of 527 soldiers lost their lives in the 1999 war with Pakistan and as many saplings were planted in the OTA campus to commemorate their sacrifices.

Lieutenant General Sanjeev Kanal and Major General A Arun, along with other officers, cadets and staff of the OTA, participated in the plantation drive supported by an NGO, news agency PTI reported, citing a statement.

Published: 26 Jul 2019, 7:01 AM IST