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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday promised to pursue the "one rank, one pension" demand of ex-servicemen.Addressing a massive rally at Rajeev Gandhi Stadium at Dulehar in Una district, Singh said his government had already enhanced "Samman Rashis" of ex-servicemen and was providing various benefits to them.He said his government was committed to welfare of every section of society irrespective of region and religion, and had adopted the policy of zero-tolerance towards corruption."My Government will not tolerate corruption at any cost and appropriate action will be taken against those involved in it," he said, adding that the erstwhile BJP government had made corruption its culture and cheated the state's people.He said the 13th Finance Commission had grossly underestimated the committed liabilities of the state which "has adversely affected the development". The expenditure on salary was capped at 35 percent of revenue expenditure and liability on account of interest payment and pension was also grossly underestimated.While the commission recommended an average increase of 126 percent to other states compared to the grant of the 12th Finance Commission, the increase in case of HP was only 50 percent, which was the lowest in the country, he claimed.He said despite financial restraints he would assure that the development process didn't suffer.The Chief Minister said, despite massive preparations for the past one month, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally turned out to be "a dull affair" and many people were brought to the meet from neighbouring states.Speaking on the occasion, Transport Minister GS Bali blamed the previous BJP government for stopping the work of the Macleod Ganj Bus Stand in Dharamsala.PTI

Nitish advocates quota in pvt sector but he should implement it in Bihar first: Paswan

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Nitish advocates quota in pvt sector but he should implement it in Bihar first: Paswan

Patna:On Sunday LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should implement reservation in private sector in his state first.Addressing a programme on the issue of 'reservatio...


Amit Shah kickstarts Uttarakhand poll campaign, slams Harish Rawat govt

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Amit Shah kickstarts Uttarakhand poll campaign, slams Harish Rawat govt

Haridwar: Describing the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand as "one steeped in corruption", BJP president Amit Shah asked the people to dislodge it from power and help the lotus ...

Congress delayed economic reforms, transformed India into dynastic democracy: Arun Jaitley

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Congress delayed economic reforms, transformed India into dynastic democracy: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: On the 41st anniversary of imposition of Emergency, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sundaytook swipes at Congress and blamed it for delaying economic reforms by two decades, transforming I...

Pampore terror attack: Assault aimed to subvert peace process in J&K, says Mehbooba Mufti

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Pampore terror attack: Assault aimed to subvert peace process in J&K, says Mehbooba Mufti

Eight Central Reserve Police Force (CFPF) personnel were killed and 24 injured on Saturday after militants, believed to be Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives operatives, opened fire at a convoy belonging to t...

Sena might break off its alliance with BJP in Maharashtra before civic polls: Prithviraj Chavan

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Sena might break off its alliance with BJP in Maharashtra before civic polls: Prithviraj Chavan

Pune: Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said Shiv Sena may break off its ruling alliance with BJP in Maharashtra before next year's civic polls in Mumbai and other cities of the state...

Manish Sisodia, AAP leaders to march to PM Modi's residence to stage protest

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Manish Sisodia, AAP leaders to march to PM Modi's residence to stage protest

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and MLAs will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and thereafter take out a march to the Prime Minister's residence on Sunday, to protest against a complained filed...

Shiv Sena, other parties boycott PM Modi's 'Smart City mission' inauguration event in Pune

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Shiv Sena, other parties boycott PM Modi's 'Smart City mission' inauguration event in Pune

Pune: BJP's ally Shiv Sena and other political parties in Pune on Saturday boycotted the event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his government's flagship 'Smart City mission' in 20 cities.P...