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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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New Delhi : Veterans agitating for OROP to become a reality met Union Minister of Defence, Manohar Parikkar on Saturday and are hoping that the Government will take a positive decision in the regard soon.

“We have some minor differences. A meeting with defence minister is underway. The picture will be clear soon,” Atul Dubey, a volunteer with the the ex-servicemen’s front, told media.

Earlier, Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retd), the advisor of the ex-servicemen’s front, told reporters that the OROP scheme should be applicable to all retired officers, following reports that it will not be for those who take voluntary retirement.

“We heard that those ex-servicemen who took VRS will not be given the OROP. This is totally unacceptable,” Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh said.

Saturday marks the 82nd day of the agitation.

The defence ministry has called a press conference at 2.30 p.m. However, the subject of the press conference has not been disclosed.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Veterans can Now Access their VA Medical Records through their iPhones

Apple began working with the department this summer to allow access to health records from the system on iPhones

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FILE - Various apps are seen on an iPhone in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. U.S. military veterans who get medical care from the Veterans Health Administration will be able to access their health records on their Apple devices, the company said this week. VOA

Apple Inc on Wednesday said that U.S. military veterans who use its iOS devices and get medical care from the Veterans Health Administration will be able to access their health records on the devices.

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated health care system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities. Apple began working with the department this summer to allow access to health records from the system on iPhones and other Apple mobile devices running its iOS operating system.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated health care system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities. Pixabay

Apple has been working on partnerships with health care organizations to allow access to health records on its devices, promoting their privacy and security features. Data stored in the health app on iPhones is encrypted in such a way that Apple cannot read the data, even if the data is backed up to Apple’s iCloud service.

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Apple has also worked out similar health record access arrangements with about 400 groups in the health care industry, including Johns Hopkins, the University of California San Diego, Quest Diagnostics and Allscripts, the company said. Apple’s system allows the user to access records from all of those providers in one place on their device. (VOA)