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India cancels train services as protests loom over military recruitment

India cancels train services as protests loom over military recruitment

SUBRATA NAG CHOUDHURY and JATINDRA DASH AUTHORITIES in India cancelled more than 500 train services because of calls for protests by young men angry with a military recruitment plan that they say will rob them of the opportunity of a career in the armed forces. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government last week unveiled the plan called Agnipath, or "path of fire", aimed at bringing more people into the military on short, four-year contracts to lower the average age of India's 1.38 million-strong armed forces. Analysts say the scheme will also help cut burgeoning pension costs. But the protesters say it…
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