21/08/2015 7:40 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Glitch, Minutes Before I-Day, Doomed Modi OROP Plan; Google, Amazon In Hunt For Tata Data Centre

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Col (Retd.) Pushpender Singh (R) and Hav. (Retd.) Major Singh (2R) on indefinite hunger strike with others at Jantar Mantar on August 17, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Cranking up pressure on the government to implement 'One Rank, One Pension' (OROP) scheme, 10 former Service Chiefs have written to the Prime Minister pressing for its expeditious resolution even as two ex-Army men began an indefinite hunger fast at Jantar Mantar. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all set to announce the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen during his Independence Day speech from Red Fort but could not do so after a last-minute attempt by the PMO to reach an agreement failed, according to former Army chief Gen V P Malik.

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