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PM sanctions ex-gratia payment to earthquake victims

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed his grief over the loss of lives due to the earthquake which struck Sikkim and neighbouring states yesterday evening.

An official press release said Dr Singh had sanctioned an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the next of kin of those killed in the quake and Rs 1 lakh to each of those who suffered serious injuries.

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