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Protestors carry sticks as they enter a railway station during a protest against "Agnipath scheme" for recruiting personnel for armed forces, in Patna, in the eastern state of Bihar, June 17, 2022 (Reuters)

Protests over Agnipath in several states turn violent; Photo shows protest in Patna, Bihar

Live news updates: A man died and others were injured after Telangana police opened fire on a mob at Secunderabad railway station as protests against the government’s new Agnipath military recruitment scheme escalated into arson on Friday morning.
Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh reported violent protests against the new scheme. The government has defended the Agnipath scheme, calling it "transformative".
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IAF says selection process under Agnipath scheme begins June 24

The selection process by the Indian Air Force for recruitment under the Agnipath scheme will start from June 24, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said on Friday. He said that raising the upper age limit to 23 for induction under the Agnipath scheme for the year 2022 would permit a larger section of youths to enrol under the new model of recruitment, PTI reported.
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Army to issue notification on recruitment process for Agnipath

Indian Army to issue by Monday notification on recruitment process for Agnipath scheme, which has sparked nationwide protests: PTI reports quoting government officials.
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Agnipath row: Protestors block railway tracks in Bengal

Train services on the Sealdah-Bangaon route in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district were disrupted for a brief period on Friday morning as a group of students held a demonstration on railway tracks protesting against the Centre's newly introduced 'Agnipath' scheme for recruitment in defence services, officials said.
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CBI files case against Gehlot's elder brother and 14 others in fertiliser scam

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One killed, trains torched as Agnipath protests spread across India

One person was killed in police firing in Secunderabad, the first casualty of protests against the Agnipath defence recruitment scheme that raged through several states for the third day on Friday with trains torched, public property vandalised and many thousands blocking tracks and highways. At least 200 trains were affected, 35 cancelled and 13 short-terminated, PTI reported quoting railway officials.
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Govt should revisit Agnipath scheme: Sharad Yadav

Former Union minister and RJD leader Sharad Yadav on Friday said the 'Agnipath' scheme is not a reform but an "attempt to damage" the existing system of recruitment in the armed forces and demanded that the Centre should "revisit" the initiative.  Yadav also expressed concern that after a four-year stint as a soldier, there are more chances of "misuse of the skill" acquired after coming out of the armed forces.
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FM Sitharaman to meet heads of state-owned banks on June 20

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet heads of public sector banks (PSBs) on Monday to review performance of the lenders and progress made by them on various schemes launched by the government for revival of the economy. This is the first review meeting after the presentation of Budget 2022-23.
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Agnipath: Protesters set empty bogey on fire in UP's Ballia

Youths protesting against the Centre's new scheme to recruit soldiers on Friday set a bogey of an empty train on fire and vandalised some other trains in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia, prompting the police to lathicharge them. The protests also compelled the Railways to cancel several trains and postpone some as a precautionary measure, PTI reported.
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim gets parole for a month from Rohtak's Sunaria jail today

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Police chased away protesters who were agitating in Narnaul against Agnipath scheme

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We call upon our youth to avail this opportunity for joining the Indian Army as Agniveers: Army chief

The decision of the government has been received to grant a one-time waiver, increasing the entry age of recruitment to 23 years, for the recruitment cycle of 2022. This decision will provide an opportunity for many of our young, energetic and patriotic youth who, despite Covid pandemic, were preparing to join the recruitment rallies, which couldn't be completed in the last two years due to Covid restrictions. The schedule of the recruitment process will be announced shortly. We call upon our youth to avail this opportunity for joining the Indian Army as Agniveers: Army chief General Manoj Pande
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Agitators protested against Agnipath scheme, at Hajipur railway station today

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First Published: Jun 17 2022 | 7:53 AM IST

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