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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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Social Video app TikTok Reaches 1.5 Billion Downloads Worldwide

To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

Social video app TikTok has reached 1.5 billion downloads worldwide on the App Store as well as Google Play and India leads the chart with 466.8 million or about 31 per cent of all unique installs.

In 2019, the app accumulated 614 million downloads — six per cent more than it had last year, reported mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

India has been a fast adoptor in 2019, driving up 277.6 million downloads so far this year, or roughly 45 per cent of all global installs.

China generated the second largest amount of downloads with 45.5 million, or 7.4 percent, while the US is No 3 with 37.6 million installs, or about 6 per cent, this year.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The figure does not include installs from third-party Android stores in the country, said Sensor Tower.

TikTok with 614 million downloads currently is the third-most downloaded non-gaming app of the year, behind WhatsApp at the top with 707.4 million installs and Facebook Messenger at second spot with 636.2 million.

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Facebook is fourth with 587 million downloads and Instagram at fifth spot with 376.2 million.

To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs. (IANS)