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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.

There were stray reports that an overenthusiastic government favaouring total digitalisation may go in for banning the cheque books.


It is gratifying to note that the government won't proceed with the reforms this way.
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Gas tanker lorry blast at Chala, Kannur: Two killed, about 50 injured, many critical
Kannur: In a pre-Onam devastation, a tanker lorry carrying gas overturned and caught fire at Chala here and in the explosion it caused vast damages.

One woman was killed and about 50 people were injured, of whom many are critical, and houses spread over a two-km-area have been damaged.

Later, Adbul Azeez of Chala also succumbed to his injuries.

The gas tanker lorry was coming to Kozhikode from Mangalore.

The accident occurred by midnight on Tuesday.

The lorry hit the divider at Chala on the Koothuparamba-Kannur road and overturned causing gas leak and immediate fire and explosion.

At least 20 houses, 10 shops and numerous vehicles were destroyed in the devastating fire caused by the explosion.
   
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