Defence Minister lights Victory Flame to Mark 20 Years of Kargil War

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lighted Victory Flame at National War Memorial in New Delhi on 14 July 2019 to begin celebrations of 20th Anniversary of victory in Operation Vijay (Kargil War 1999) at Kargil (in Kargil district of Ladakh region), in Jammu and Kashmir.

Key Highlights

The year 2019 marks 20th anniversary of successful culmination of Operation Vijay wherein brave soldiers of Indian Army overcame seemingly insurmountable odds, hostile terrain, weather, and determined enemy (Pakistan) occupying dominating heights, to win Kargil war.

Theme of 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas- Remember, Rejoice and Renew which stads for- The country all together ‘remember’ our martyrs by revisiting their sacrifices, ‘rejoice’ by celebrating victory in Kargil and ‘renew’ our resolve to safeguard honour of Tricolour.

The Victory Flame was lit by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with General Bipin Rawat, COAS, Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC who handed it over to ace army shooter Subedar Jitu Rai, as 1st torch bearer of the Flame.

Events Planned:

Indian Army is celebrating this kargil war victory in memory of its brave martyrs with events covering a myriad spectrum.

Relay of Victory Flame from National War Memorial (in New Delhi) to Kargil War Memorial (in Dras). Indian Army’s outstanding sportsmen and war heroes will be carrying Victory Flame.

It will pass through 9 major towns/cities of North India and finally culminate at Kargil War Memorial located at Dras on 26 July 2019, where it will be received by General Bipin Rawat, COAS.

All along journey of Victory Flame, Indian Army personnel will be paying homage to heroes who fought valiantly for Nation.

About Victory Flame

It symbolizes coalescence of souls of Kargil War martyrs.

Its design has been inspired by grit, guts and glory displayed by immortals who made supreme sacrifice for motherland in finest tradition of Indian Army.

Torch of Victory Flame is made of copper, brass and wood which symbolizes tenacity and determination of country’s fallen heroes.

Torch Symbolism

Upper portion of Torch has a metal etching of Amar Jawan that epitomizes fallen Unknown Soldiers.

Lower portion of Torch is Wooden and it has 20 gold embossed inscriptions of Amar Jawan exemplifying 20 glorious years of Kargil Victory.

Month: Categories: Defence & Security


IFFI’s Golden Jubilee Edition to be held in Goa

The Golden Jubilee Edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be held from 20-28 November 2019 in Panaji, Goa. The announcement regarding IFFI 2019 was made by Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting following the steering committee meeting of IFFI 2019 in Panaji.

About IFFI

Background: IFFI is being organised in Goa since 2004 under the leadership of then chief minister of Goa Late Manohar Parrikar. Before 2004 festival was organised in some other states as well. The 2019 IFFI edition would also pay tribute to Parrikar considering his contribution towards the event and making Goa the permanent venue for the festival.

IFFI 2019-

Partner: In this years’ edition i.e. 50th International Film Festival of India Russia will be IFFI’s partner.

Organiser: IFFI 2019 is being organised in Panaji jointly by Directorate of Film Festivals and state-run Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).

This year road shows will be organised in 7 cities on occasion of golden jubilee year of prestigious film event.

Business exhibition during event will showcase latest technology, film production and distribution and other aspects regarding films.

To mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, separate exhibition depicting the life of the Father of the Nation will be also held.

Students from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and Satyajit Ray Institute of India and students from some other film institutes will be a part of IFFI to gain some hands on experience.

Invitees: John Bailey, President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and other eminent producers and cinematographers have been invited for event.

The Ministry concerned is also working on idea to rope in some private theatres for viewing of cinema to reach out to masses.

Month: Categories: Events & Observances