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New Delhi, Dec 6: The Defence Ministry has doubled the monthly allowances for Gallantry Award awardees, including for those who won the awards before Independence, official sources said on Wednesday. For certain pre-independence awardees, the increase is more than double.

A notification for increased allowances with retrospective effect from August 1, 2017, was issued on December 4.

The monthly allowance for post-independence Param Vir Chakra awardees will now be Rs 20,000, and for Ashok Chakra awardees Rs 12,000.

Maha Vir Chakra awardees will now get Rs 10,000, Kirti Chakra Rs 9,000, Vir Chakra Rs 7,000 and Shaurya Chakra Rs 6,000.

Winners of Sena, Nao Sena and Vayu Sena gallantry medals will get Rs 2,000 as monthly allowance.

For pre-independence awardees of Jangi Inam, the monthly allowance will be Rs 1,000.

Winners of Distinguished Service Order, Indian Order of Merit and Indian Distinguished Service Medal will now get Rs 8,000 per month.

Pre-independence winners of Distinguished Service Cross, Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross (for officers), Distinguished Service Medal, Military Medal and Distinguished Flying Medal (for other ranks) will now get Rs 6,000 instead of Rs 2,800 per month.

The expenditure on this account will be borne under relevant heads of the Defence Services Estimates, the Ministry said.

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Delhi HC pulls up Centre for not framing rules on e-cigarette

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New Delhi, Aug 21: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Central government for its failure to frame any policy on e-cigarette.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao pulled up the Central government for its failure to take any decision on regulatory measures for e-cigarettes till date. It noted that some states have already taken steps to prohibit it.

The bench said that this is an important issue particularly for educational institutions.

The court was hearing a plea seeking a ban on or regulation of the sale and use of e-cigarettes. It listed the matter for further hearing on September 7.

The public interest litigation petition filed by anti-tobacco activist Seema Sehgal, through advocate Bhuvanesh Sehgal, said that though there are no specific guidelines to deal with emerging threats such as e-cigarettes several state governments and Union Territories have taken steps to prohibit it.

Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have declared e-cigarettes as an unapproved drug under the Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1954 and have begun prosecuting the vendors.

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Tejashwi Yadav attacks Nitish, says Bihar turned into ‘monster raj’

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New Delhi, Aug 21: Reports of a woman being paraded naked in a Bihar town prompted Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday to allege the state has been transformed into a ‘jungle and monster raj’.

A mob attacked, stripped and paraded a woman naked in a locality in Bhojpur district on Monday suspecting her for murdering a man. A video of the incident went viral on social media. The mob also torched a few shops.

Read More: Woman stripped, beaten by mob on murder suspicion in Bihar

The clip also showed people making video clips of the incident instead of helping the victim.

Yadav tweeted: “What is happening in my Bihar? Today a woman has been beaten up and paraded naked on the road. You (referring to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi) have transformed Bihar into jungle and monster raj.”

Yadav said he was numb to see the “heart-wrenching video clip” of the women.

Presently, the woman is under police custody and undergoing medical examinations.

However, she denied her involvement in the murder.

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Mandsaur Rape Case: Two accused gets death sentence

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Bhopal, Aug 22: The Madhya Pradesh special court on Tuesday pronounced death sentence to the two accused Irfan and Asif for raping a seven-year-old girl in Mandsaur.

Second Additional District and Sessions judge Nisha Gupta sentenced death to the accused.

The minor was kidnapped and raped before being abandoned at a secluded place while she was waiting for her father after school on June 26.

The victim was found by a neighbour walking dazed on the next morning.

The brutal rape triggered a countrywide outrage and protest.

Thousands of people took out a march and also submitted a memorandum to the Mandsaur administration, demanding death sentence for the accused.

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