Independence and objectivity of thought and action

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An interesting article by Tim Dunne on Military Justice in Canada (Military Justice, past its “best-before” date) was published inFrontline Defence.

While referring to Justice LeSage’s ‘independent review’ of the system of military justice, the author states the following regarding the inputs made available to the Justice and then asks a very pertinent question:

“...In his foreword, Justice LeSage noted the cadre of professionals who provided “valuable comments, recommendations and observations that have helped […] shape the content of the Report. That list includes Colonel Patrick K. Gleeson (Deputy Judge Advocate General/Chief of Staff); Colonel Michael Gibson (Deputy Judge Advocate General – Military Justice); and numerous other members of JAG, who undertook “the considerable challenge of educating me, regarding the military justice system.” He also added Major Patrick Vermette (Directorate of Law – Military Justice – Strategic) “who shepherded us through all the base visits, was unwavering in his patience, courtesy, and providing me with invaluable information and guidance throughout this process.”
This begs the question, with so much participation by Judge Advocate General legal staff in educating Justice LeSage, just how independent was his “independent review”?
Sadly missing from the list of educators and advisors is an advocate for the sailors, the soldiers and the air force personnel whose lives are so profoundly affected by the National Defence Act...”
Why I have reproduced the above is because the same reminds me of the praise showered by the Seventh Central Pay Commission in its foreword on a member of the Indian Defence Accounts Service for his intricate knowledge of defence financial matters which helped the commission in “determining the pay structure for the defence services”.

And what about those who were affected, those who were at the receiving end?



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Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners — Revised rate effective from 1.1.2016

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F. No. 42/06/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi – 110003 Date: 11th April, 2016


Subject : Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.1.2016.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 28th September, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 119% to 125% w.e.f. 1st January, 2016.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s OM No. 23/1/97- P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.

3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s OM No. 4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 125% w.e.f. 1.1.2016 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfilment of the conditions laid down in pars 5 of the O.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refer.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97- P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1/1/2016-E.II(B) dated 07th April, 2016.

11. Hindi version will follow

(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

(Source- thro 90 paisa blogspot)


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7th Pay Commission – Get minimum wage of Rs 24,000/-

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Karanaka Confederation
There are various reports on 7th Central Pay commission on the media on fitment formula,  arrears being paid as bonds , these reports are totally wrong and unwanted , these confuse the Central Government Employees, if you read the below table it is quite clear that  a Group “C” employee shall get.
The true picture, as per the 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240 to  Rs  3500/ increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000 to   Rs 6500/ increase per month.
The Empowered Committee is  likely to rectify and change the fitment formula in that case , As per media reports  the committee may recommend a minimum wage of Rs 20000/- or Rs 21000/- against the demand of Rs 26,000/ of the staff side , the Central Government Employees (Group “B” & Group “C” ) and shall get a salary increase of just Rs 4000/ to Rs  16000/- only , that is also too meager considering the aspect of price rise and modern day expenditures, Secondly  arrears of six months if the 7th CPC is implemented shall be only Rs 8000/- per month on average per employee per month , for six months it will just at Rs 50000/- per employee only , this amount will not affect the Central Government finances ,
 7th Central Pay commission arrears statement
Taking into account only the pay not the allowances
Basic  PayGrade PayTotal PayExisting Pay  1/1/2016 fit  formula 2.257th CPC Pay Rs  18000 fit formula 2.57Diff in pay per monthif Min wage  Rs 20000 fit formula 2.86Diff in pay per monthif Min wage is Rs 21000 fit formula 3.01Diff in pay per month
So don’t believe any news paper reports, Secondly there is no change in allowances expect HRA, that too its rates are reduced by the 7th CPC and also many allowances have been withdrawn. This is saving for the Government.
Hence we should not bother too much on these reports, instead we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we get at least get a minimum wage of Rs 24,000/- ( 50 % wage hike without  allowances)  , as allowances are not taken into pension  benefit.
Comradely yours
General Secretary


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Pre-2006 central govt retirees to get pension hike

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Pre-2006 central govt retirees to get pension hike

Pre-2006 central govt retirees to get pension hike
New Delhi: Pre-2006 pensioners will now get a hike in pension, in addition to the arrears, as the Centre has done away with a provision of having 33-year service for earning full pension.
The Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare has decided that the revised consolidated pension of pre-2006 pensioners shall not be lower than 50 per cent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band and the grade pay even if they had served for less than 33 years at the time of retirement.
As per rules, a central government servant is entitled to receiving superannuation pension on completion of at least 10 years of service. With effect from January 1, 2006, pension is calculated with reference to average emoluments — the average of the basic pay drawn during the last 10 months of service or last basic pay drawn whichever is higher.
Before 2006, for service of less than 33 years, amount of pension was proportionate to the actual service broken into completed half-year periods.
Several petitions were filed in Central Administrative Tribunal and in Supreme Court against this.
“The arrears of revised pension would be payable with effect from January 1, 2006,” said the government order No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) issued on April 6.
All ministries have been asked to revise pension of all those pre-2006 pensioners who had rendered less than 33 years of service at the time of retirement. Revised Pension Payment Orders in all these cases may also be issued immediately, it said.
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WhatsApp Could Soon get Banned in India – In India, companies need to follow the country’s rules and adhere to specific types of encryption.

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whatsappWhatsApp could have accidentally entered into troubled waters here in India by enabling its end-to-end encryption for all. The new security feature by WhatsApp is not what is required by the Indian telecom rules and WhatsApp could face a ban, if the rules are not adhered to. But not yet.
According to the reports of leading web portal, the Indian rules state online services are only permitted to use up to 40-bit encryption and If they need to use higher encryption standards, they need to seek permission from the government. WhatsApp on the other hand offers 256-bit key for encryption of all chat messages.
After Apple’s problems with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone for retrieving encrypted data splat all over the internet, tech giants such as Apple and Google backed Apple’s decision on refraining to help the FBI to unlock the device. The major reason for Apple not helping the FBI was user’s data privacy and security norms. But the FBI managed to crack open the phone without any help from Apple, which is not a big question if the user’s data is even secure and private anymore.
In India, companies need to follow the country’s rules and adhere to specific types of encryption, which WhatsApp does not currently use. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption on its chat service means that WhatsApp or anyone else won’t be able to crack open its contents.  Only the sender and the recipient are able to read the encrypted data.
Why is it not possible for WhatsApp to help decrypt users’ messages? “No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us,” WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and BrianActon wrote on their blog.
On Tuesday April 05, WhatsApp, which has more than a billion users, said it has introduced encryption to all its services.”Encryption is one of the most important tools, governments, companies and individuals have to promote safety and security in the new digital age. Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement,” WhatsApp said in the blog post.
However, as for the Indian rules, online services are only permitted to use up to 40-bit encryption. If they need to use higher encryption standards, they need to seek permission from the government, and the way WhatsApp is setup, it seems a bit too difficult to obtain the same. In order to get the required permissions and green flags from the Indian Government, WhatsApp needs to submit the encrypted message keys, which sadly, they too actually don’t have.
Hence, indirectly, all those who are currently using the updated WhatsApp app in India are actually using it illegally, says the report.
WhatsApp’s use of encryption has already caused friction in Brazil, where authorities recently arrested and then released a Facebook Inc. executive after the company said it was unable to unscramble a user’s encrypted messages. That’s because end-to-end encryption automatically encodes each message with an algorithm that can only be unlocked by the sender and recipient.
Countries like India are currently looking to pass new policies on the new encryption standards. But it is presently unclear whether these new policies will bring new requirements on WhatsApp.
The big question now is that, will India allow WhatsApp to continue in India or will it enforce a new OTT regulation which will put encrypted services like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and others into the grey zone?


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ne Rank One Pension – A status report on 2.4.2016

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One Rank One Pension – A status report on 2.4.2016

One Rank One Pension
A status report

Government of India notified the OROP scheme vide order dated 7th November 2015 delineating the principles of OROP scheme and the implementation process. This was followed by detail order on CROP scheme dated 3rd February 2016 enclosing 101 tables of revised benefits under the scheme, which were made available to various categories of Defence forces pensioners and family pensioners. A circular was also immediately issued on 4th February 2016 to all pension disbursing authorities containing detail instructions for making revised payments under the scheme.

2. The Defence Accounts Department was closely associated with the OROP scheme and undertook the following activities in the entire process-Collection, collation and presentation of variety of data and records of Defence pensioners for working out the financial implications.

Assisting the DESW/ MOD and PMO in finalizing the principles for rolling out the CROP scheme.

Working out more than 100 tables of various categories of pensioners revising the rates of pensions under OROP and formulation of government letter on the OROP.

Issue of detailed payment instructions to all payment authorities for time bound payments.

Initiating a dialogue with Banks who account for 75% Defence pension disbursements and closely monitoring release of payments well before the prescribed timelines.

The DPDOs became the first disbursing agency to have credited the revised benefits under OROP in a record time to the accounts of 2,21,205 Defence pensioners on 29th February 2016 amounting to Rs. 354 crores.

3. All the offices dealing with pension matters right from PCDA(P), PCDA (Navy), CDA/JCDA(AF), CDA (PD), CDA Chennai, the Aashraya team and the DPDOS rose to the occasion and carried out the tasks assigned to them in the most professional manner and well within the times-lines so prescribed. The agencies in the department worked as a well-knit team in a collaborative effort.

4. Another first was the dialogue, which was initiated with all the Public Sector Banks in advance taking them on board in the massive exercise of ensuring that time bound payments are made to lakhs of Defence pensioners. The mandate could be achieved successfully by advance planning, concerted follow up action and continuous dialogue with all stakeholders.

The latest update on release of pension benefits under OROP is enclosed.



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A letter from Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)

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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
1.    A status report is put up by Department of Defence Accounts who are patting themselves on their contribution to disbursement of OROP arrears.
2.   The brief statistics reveal the following:-
      (a)  Number pensioners disbursed OROP Arrears as on
 02 Apr 2016     = 16,08,341
      (b)  Amount Disbursed by all PDAs          =  Rs 2898.48 crores only
3.    Even assuming there are 21 lakh pensioners, then even by stretch of  imagination the total disbursement will not exceed Rs 4,000 crores.
4.   Then how is DAD personnel have been saying total OROP burden is Rs 7500 crores for the year 2015-16?
 5.  Just think over. Status report of OROP disbursement as on 02 Apr 2016 is enclosed. My assessment that DAD personnel are most unprofessional, irresponsible and non accountable is proved. 
Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)

Attachment(s) from Sivasankar Vidyasagar | View attachments on the web
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Circular No : C-149 Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners

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Return of assets and liabilities under Lokpal : Date extended upto 31st July'16

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The date of filing returns of assets and liabilities for public servants under Lokpal has again extended from 15.07. 16 to 31.07.2016 vide gazette notification dated 11th April 2016.
Click here for the Gazette Notification

Click here for the detailed DOPT circular dated 12.04.2016


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Dearness Relief for Central pensioners from January'16 : Order issued

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"The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 28th September, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 119% to 125% w.e.f. 1st January, 2016."

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7th pay commission news

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7th Pay Commission – 50% of Salary Increase Could be by way of Bonds 
Increase in government employee wages and pension expenditure on account of seventh pay commission recommendations is not fully provided for in the Budget.
The govt is considering a proposal under which 50% of of higher income staff under the 7th Pay Commission will be compulsorily invested in bank bonds. The proceeds will be used to recapitalise banks without additional pressure on the fiscal.
While this will result in less cash in the hands of higher-income employees, as a sweetener they will get income tax rebate on the amount invested. Those wanting to invest more than 50% to save tax will be allowed to do so. The Bank Recapitalisation Scheme, as this proposal is being called, will be voluntary for employees with lower salaries (those in the Rs 5,200-20,200 bracket) and pensioners.
A finance ministry official confirmed that preliminary discussions around this proposal were held at a meeting on Thursday, but no decision on its implementation was taken. “The issue was discussed. We are looking at all options,” he said.
“The proposal entails that through a provision under Income Tax Act, tax rebate should be offered to all employees receiving extra salary income through pay commission in the year 2016-17 and 2017-18, provided the money is invested in this Bank Recapitalisation Scheme,” added the official.
The government will have to additionally shell out Rs 40,000-50,000 crore annually on account of implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations with effect from January 1, 2016. If this proposal is accepted, a portion of this money will be used to capitalise banks. According to finance ministry estimates, state-run banks will require Rs 1.8 lakh crore of additional capital in the next four financial years, of which Rs 70,000 crore will be provided by the government.
The government has budgeted Rs 25,000 crore for bank capitalisation in the current fiscal. While the government has said it has made adequate provision in the Budget to cover the extra spending on account of the pay commission recommendations, analysts reckon it is not adequate and full implementation of award will make it difficult to achieve the fiscal deficittarget of 3.5% of GDP.
“Increase in government employee wages and pension expenditure on account of seventh pay commission recommendations is not fully provided for in the Budget,” Morgan Stanley had said in a report.
The proposal currently under consideration gives the government the leeway to meet both its pay commission and bank capitalisation commitments without putting the fiscal deficit target under threat. Bonds will provide the exchequer some wriggle room. The payment will become due when bonds mature, leaving the government with only the interest payment liability in the current fiscal.
The flip side is that the proposed scheme could annoy government employees expecting a greater take-home pay. Hence the scheme has a tax exemption lollipop.
A second government official said this amount will be used to recapitalise banks through a special bank capitalisation fund that will invest in perpetual non-redeemable preference shares issued by banks. Banks will pay 5.1% dividend that is also proposed to be exempted from the dividend distribution tax. The fund will in turn pay 5% interest to government employees, retaining 0.1% as administrative charge.
“This interest income will also be tax free for government employees,” he said, which will increase the effective yield. The government will eventually pay back the amount in four equal investments after 8, 9, 10 and 11years, spreading the fiscal burden of repayment over that period. It will guarantee payment of 5% interest and repayment of deposits irrespective of whether the banks pay the dividend or not, the official added.
Source: ET
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Some really rare pictures here.

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Some really rare pictures here. 

These stunning photographs of famous people and places of India revealing the side you have never seen before which will leave you baffled with the eras that have come and gone. I am sure most of the pictures will surprise and provoke your thoughts to dig up history of great India.

A Young AR Rahman With Yesudas

Actress Madhubala Photoshoot For LIFE Magazine

A Rare Photo Of APJ Abdul Kalam From His College Days

Amitabh Bachchan And His Family – 1970

Bombay In 1950

A Rare Picture Of First President Of India Dr. Rajender Prasad

Rolls Royce Depot – Bombay

Phoolan Devi – The Bandit Queen Of India In The Early 1980

The First Indian Cricket Team Tour To England – 1886

Death Of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa With A Young Vivekananda ( 4th From Left ) Mourning

Rabindranath Tagore With Sir Maurice Gwyer And Dr. S. Radhakrishnan At Sinha Sadan After The Oxford University Convocation On 7 August 1940

Young Sachin Tendulkar Vinod Kambli

Pranab Mukharjee Three Decade Ago

Opera House Mg Road In Bangalore – 1950’S

Netaji Subash Candra Bose And Parents

Naval Tata, Ratan Tata And Noel Tata

Mahatma Gandhi’s Last Photo

A Very Rare Photo Of Nathuram Godse, Who Shot Mahathma Gandhi

This Was The Last Time When Netaji Was Caught By Britishers

Anna Hazare As An Army Man

A Rare Photo Indian Cricketers Sachin, Sehwag And Zaheer Partying Dancing.

Chandrashekhar Azad Dead Body

Indira Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin And Jawaharlal Nehru In B├╝rgenstock, Switzerland, 1953

Death Sentence Judgement Poster Of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru And Others(1930)

Indian Wrestler The Great Khali

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy And Nehru Watching The Snake Charmer

Dr. Ambedkar With Family Of Some Of His Associates

Kapil Dev And Indira Gandhi

Kapil Dev, Shah Rukh And Sohail Khan Playing Football

Miss Universe Sushmita Sen And Miss World Aishwarya Rai In The 90s

A Photograph Depicting The Marriage Of HH Yuvaraja Sir Sri Kantirava Narasinharaja Wadiyar To HH Yuvrani Kempu Cheluvammanniyavaru Urs In Mysore In 1910

Ooty In Tamil Nadu – 1880

Prof. R Narasimhan, Architect Of The First Digital Computer In India [Tata Institute Of Fundamental Research Automatic Calculator-TIFRAC]

An Extremely Rare Picture Of Rabindranath Tagore Albert Einstein Together

Randhir Kapoor, Raj Kapoor And Rekha (1970)

Sachin Tendulkar And Vinod Kambli While Studying In School

Sarla Thakral Was Only 21 Year Old When She Became The First Indian Woman To Earn A Pilot License (1936)

Satyagrahis Demostrating Against British Rule

Secundrabagh, Lucknow, After The Slaughter Of 2,000 Rebels, With The Skeletons Lying Around – 1858

Shahrukh Khan And Gauri In Their Young Age

Sir CV Raman Explaining Raman Effect

Sir Mohinder Dhillon, The Cockerel-Fighter From Punjab Who Became One Of Africa’s Greatest Cameramen, Pictured On The Deck Of British Navy Ship In Kenya, 1967

Student Of University Of Madras (1948) – While Studying Late Night, Students Used To Tie Their Hairs To A Nail In The Wall For Keeping Themselves Awake.

The First Freedom Struggle Of India In 1857 – Two Men Hanged By British

Indian Cricket Team 1994 Having A Lighter Moment In The Dressing Room

A Rare Picture At Shooting Spot Of Yash Chopra, Anil Kapoor Sridevi

The Late Actress Zohra Sehgal At Her Young Acting Career

Gabbar Singh On Glucose – D Biscuit Advertisement Poster

Zeenat Aman Winning Second Runner Up In The Miss India Contest 1970

Zeenat Aman In Air India Advertisement

Subash Candhra Bose Meeting With Hitler

Swami Vivekananda And Narasimhacharya (Standing) In America. This Is One Of The First Pictures Of Swami Vivekananda In America

Jawaharlal Nehru Meeting Albert Einstein At Princeton, USA, 1949

MS Dhoni Childhood Photo

Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar And Raj Kapoor In A Single Photo

Lady Mountbatten Receives A Farewell Embrace From Governor-General Of India C. Rjagopalachari, 1948

Flora Fountain,Bombay 1880

Seetha Devi – Indian Silent Film Acctress In 1925

Aerial View Of Maidan Kolkata 1870

Finally Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi In NCC During His Childhood Days


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