India royals' allowances raised

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The descendants of the former princely rulers of Tonk in the Indian state of Rajasthan have won a legal battle to raise their monthly allowances.

Each of the 570 descendants will now get a minimum of 100 rupees ($2). The earlier minimum was set at 50 paise (less than a cent).

The allowance was started in 1944 and the maximum amount was fixed at 500 rupees ($10).

Tonk was the only Muslim princely state in Rajasthan before India gained independence in 1947.

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