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OROP: War veterans may soon be offered a new deal by the government

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: Modi government is likely to unilaterally announce a “new deal” for the protesting war veterans within next few days.

367143-orop-protestThe government’s likely announcement appears to be aimed at avoiding the moral code of conduct for Bihar assembly elections that may be announced by the election commission any time next week, according to a Times of India report.

Meanwhile, the One Rank One Pension (OROP) logjam between the veterans and the government continues. Though, most of the differences regarding the issue of the base year and the date of rollout appears to have been resolved, the issue of periodic revision of pension is yet far from being resolved.

The veterans are demanding an annual revision of pension which the government has rejected as being non-feasible. The government has offered a revision of pension once in 5 years (as against the norm of 10 years), but the veterans have rejected it.

The TOI report has quoted Arun Jaitely as saying: “I have my own formula on what OROP means. Somebody else may have their own formula on OROP, but it has to be within reasonable and rational criteria. You can’t have an OROP where pensions are revised every month or every year.”

The demanded annual revision will not only put additional financial burden on the government every year, it is also likely to become a statistical nightmare if implemented.

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E-commerce Giant Amazon Launches Flight Booking Service in India

Customers can find the flights icon on the Amazon Pay page in the Amazon mobile app and on the website

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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

People in India can now use Amazon to book their domestic flights in addition to shopping, money transfers, utility bill payments, mobile recharges — all through one single app, the e-commerce giant announced on Saturday.

Amazon has partnered with online travel and leisure activities platform Cleartrip to launch the service. “We are excited to partner with Cleartrip and share their passion of creating best in class travel experiences,” Shariq Plasticwala, Director, Amazon Pay, said in a statement.

Amazon said it would not levy any additional charges in case customers cancel the ticket. They would only have to pay the airline cancellation penalty, the company said.

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

Customers can find the flights icon on the Amazon Pay page in the Amazon mobile app and on the website.

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“We’re delighted to add domestic flight bookings enabling customers to do more with their Amazon app and for prime members to get more value from their membership,” Plasticwala added. (IANS)