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Rajnath Singh pays tributes to martyred soldiers at Kargil War Memorial in Drass
New Delhi July 20:-
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today paid tributes to martyred soldiers at the Kargil War Memorial in Drass as part of the week-long celebrations of 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas. He also signed the Visitors Book at the War Memorial. Mr Singh, in his message in the Visitors Book, wrote that on the historical occasion he salutes all those warriors of Kargil War who sacrificed everything for the sake of the nation. The courage and valour of the martyrs is a lesson to all Indians today, he added.

The Defence Minister interacted with troops and reviewed the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China a short while ago.

Later in the afternoon, Defence Minister will inaugurate two bridge projects on the rivers Ujh in Kathua district and Basantar in Samba district of Jammu division. These two bridges are significant for border security and connectivity. The Defence Minister is accompanied by Minister of State, in the Prime Minister Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh.

AIR correspondent reports that these two bridges are significant for border security and connectivity for locals. About One-kilometre long Ujh Bridge in Kathua district has been constructed at an estimated cost of 44 crore rupees . Its construction work was started in 2016 . The bridge will connect numbers of the border villages with two districts of Samba and Kathua and also connect neighbouring state Punjab with J&K . Basantar Bridge in Samba district of Jammu Division has been constructed by BRO at an estimated cost of 41.70 crore rupees . These two bridges will prove a boon for the people of the border districts of Samba and Kathua as they will now get improved connectivity with their district Headquarters.

The border guarding forces like the Indo-Tibetan Border Force and Border Security Force today launched a week-long special series of programmes that will showcase the tales of bravery of soldiers as well as police and paramilitary personnel. BSF will organize a weapons display event and camel safari for the youth so that they can be inspired to join these forces and serve the country.

The Kargil war was declared over on 26th July 1999, after Indian soldiers pushed back the Pakistani troops, a bulk of them drawn from the neighbouring country's Northern Light Infantry, from the captured peaks.
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