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Schoolboy tries to save Gurkha's life

He's just 13 years old but a remarkable schoolboy from Kent has begun a campaign to save a Gurkha veteran on hunger strike over pension rights. George Taylor has visited Gyanraj Rai near Downing Street - hoping to talk him out of his protest.

The former soldier wants the rules changed that prevent some Gurkhas receiving the same pensions as their British counterparts. It's part of a long-running campaign for equal rights. John Ryall has our exclusive report.

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Reading Gurkhas hunger strike

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Gurkhan veterans have continued their fight for equal rights Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Gurkhas in Reading say they will go on hunger strike in their fight for equal rights.

They have already handed in a petition to Downing Street asking for the same pension as their British counterparts.

Four months on, the Gurkhas say they are disappointed that the Government has not addressed their issues and they will go ahead with a hunger strike if no changes are made.

X-ray shot of hero Gurkha's arm

Taitex Phlamaccha's x-ray Credit: ITV Meridian

This is an X-ray of hero Taitex Phlamaccha after he fought off a robber with a six inch knife buried in his arm.

The former Gurkha, who is a karate and taekwondo expert, was attacked as he walked through Maidstone on Sunday night.

Despite the blade, he endured a 15 minute struggle and was still able to detain his assailant until the police arrived.

He was taken to Maidstone Hospital before being transferred to The Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury, where the blade was removed.

As well as suffering deep cuts to his upper arm, Mr Phlamachha suffered injuries to his hands, face and neck.

Hero ex Gurkha fights off thief with knife in arm

Taitex Phlamaccha Credit: ITV Meridian

A former Gurkha soldier has spoken about the moment he fought off a robber - with a six inch knife buried in his arm.

Taitex Phlamaccha, who is a karate and taekwondo expert, was attacked as he walked through Maidstone after taking money from a cashpoint machine.

During a struggle he was stabbed in the arm - but still managed to detain his attacker until the police arrived.

Gurkha prepares for games

A Gurkha soldier from Folkestone is preparing for his first paralympic games after he was introduced to sport through the army's Battle Back Programme.

Lance Corporal Netra Rana is one of three former or serving members of the British Army in Team GB's two sitting volleyball teams.

The 28-year-old who served with 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, had his lower left leg amputated after being injured by an IED on patrol in Afghanistan in January 2008.

He was introduced to the sport through the Battle Back Programme in 2009 and was named adaptive sportsman of the year at the Army Sports Awards in 2011.

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Gurkhas ready for Afghan deployment

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Gurkhas from Kent during live firing exercise at Lydd Ranges Credit: Derek Johnson

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, the Royal Gurkha Rifles are carrying out live firing exercises in Kent ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan.

It is part of pre-deployment training which will see them using a variety of weapons.

It follows an announcement in January that 400 Gurkha jobs will be cut.

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