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Defence Forces of the nation persistently wronged
Defence Forces of the nation persistently wronged

Defence forces have been disadvantaged in a wide range of areas. Firstly they has been persistently wronged by successive Central Pay Commissions, (CPCs)  While defence forces are the largest single group of government employees, there has never been a member from it on any of the CPCs: not even amongst150 odd staff assembled to work out the...

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The message stands delivered
Vikram Sood | 13 Dec , 2013 0 comments
The message stands delivered

Quite often it is a thoughtless or tactless statement but it also serves the desired purpose of saying something and then denying or giving it a spin. The message stands delivered. Maybe that was what Nawaz Sharif intended when he spoke about flashpoints in the India-Pakistan relationship during his visit to Muzzafarabad. It is to be expected...

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Nepal's democratic hopes, Indian and Chinese interests
Vikram Sood | 21 Nov , 2013 2 comments
Nepal's democratic hopes, Indian and Chinese interests

Nepal’s efforts to establish a parliamentary democracy have had their difficult and almost hopeless phases for the last decade where political fault lines accentuated since the assassination of King Birendra. The country will hold elections on November 19 if all goes well. China may be unable to match India’s economic and political...

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China cashing on India’s Sri Lanka woes
Col R Hariharan | 08 Nov , 2013 0 comments
China cashing on India’s Sri Lanka woes

Even as the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was finding it hard to make up his mind over attending the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting) to be held in Colombo in two weeks from now, China is making the best use of the situation to strengthen its presence in Sri Lanka. China’s intention is obvious: profit from India’s...

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Damaging a great institution
Damaging a great institution

As compensation for limited promotions, early retirement and to soften blows of the earlier Pay Commissions, the service chiefs demanded ‘running pay band’ and ‘rank pay’ from the 4th Central Pay Commission (CPC), constituted in 1983. Since this CPC appeared to follow in the footsteps of the earlier Pay Commissions, the three service chiefs...

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