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No confirmation on meeting with Parrikar: Ex-servicemen
As protests over delay in the implementation of the promised 'One Rank, One Pension' scheme continued for the 23rd day in the national capital with a relay hunger-strike by 75 ex-servicemen on Tuesday, an expected meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was yet to materialise.
 
"Our strike has entered the 23rd day today (Tuesday). We are expecting an appointment with Manohar Parrikar today or tomorrow... but nothing has been confirmed yet. We don't know what to do, but our strike will continue (till then)," Group Captain V.K. Gandhi (retd), Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement general secretary, told IANS.
 
Parrikar had last week called the protesting ex-servicemen and told them that the file on the 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) scheme had come back from the union finance ministry.
 
The minister had said complications around implementation of the OROP scheme have been sorted out now. However, no date for the implementation of the scheme was given.
 
The ex-servicemen are demanding that the central government give them a definite date for OROP implementation. The veterans started their protest in the national capital on June 14, and began a relay hunger strike from June 15.

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CBI searches Odisha chit fund firm offices
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday conducted simultaneous searches at 12 places in Odisha in connection with a chit-fund scam.
 
CBI sources said searches were conducted at residences of some officials of inter-state chit fund company Swastic India, and offices of the company, including eight in Bhubaneswar.
 
The other four places where the company offices were searched were at Baleswar, Bhadrak, Sundargarh and Jharsuguda. 
 
In May last year, police in Sundargarh and Bargarh districts registered separate cases against Swastik India officials.
 
The CBI arrested several officials, including company founder Ranjan Dash, for allegedly duping the depositors of crores of rupees.

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Turkish flight lands at IGI after bomb scare
A Turkish Airlines aircraft made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here following a bomb scare. However, no explosives were found onboard after a thorough search.
 
An official said that flight TK-65 was on its way from Bangkok to Istanbul with 148 passengers on board when someone saw a bomb threat written on a windowpane.
 
"A message - there is a bomb in the cargo - was found written on a windowpane inside the aircraft," airport sources told IANS.
 
Sources said the plane made the emergency landing soon after the writing was detected.
 
"The flight was made to land at an isolation parking. All passengers were evacuated safely from the flight and emergency declared at the airport," a police official said.

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