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Gurkha war hero addresses British parliament inquiry

Published on Mar 27, 2014 1:15 AM

LONDON (AFP) - The only surviving Gurkha to win the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest military decoration, went to parliament on Wednesday to address lawmakers on the fearsome Nepalese soldiers' welfare.

Captain Rambahadur Limbu, 74, who was awarded the VC for storming an enemy position during the Indonesian Confrontation in 1965, spoke to the Gurkha Welfare Inquiry into the soldiers' outstanding grievances.

The cross-party panel of lawmakers is considering the Gurkhas' appeal for higher pensions and rights for their adult dependents in Nepal to settle in Britain.

Gurkhas should get the same pay, pension and other conditions as their British counterparts for doing the same job, said the organisation Gurkha Satyagraha.

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