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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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Free medicines for life-style diseases in Thomas Isaac's budget
Thiruvananthapuram, March 3

Finance Minister Thomas Issac, while presenting the budget for 2017-18 in the Kerala assembly on Friday, announced free medicines for people suffering from lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol.

Issac said the medicines would be supplied th
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Jayalalithaa's trusted aides removed from positions
In a surprise development, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam removed Jayalalithaa’s three trusted aides from the key posts.

While Sheela Balakrishnan was asked to quit as adviser to the government, K N Venkataramanan and A Ramalingam were removed from their posts.

All the three offic
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E.Ahamed collapses in Parliament; Dies in hospital
Former Minister E. Ahamed who collapsed in Parliament and was taken to hospital on Tuesday breathed his last in the wee hours of the day.

He was member of Parliament for 25 years and member of Kerala Assembly for 18 years.

Ahamed, who collapsed during President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to bo
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Minister Moni urges people to co-operate for load-shedding
State's Power Minister M.M.Moni has appealed to the people to co-operate in the wake of an impending imposition of loadshedding.

At the same time he is trying to ward off power cut.

There has been no decision to hike power tariff.

Attempts would be made to procure more energy from the centr
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Minister M.M.Moni has to face trial in murder case; Discharge plea rejected
Power Minister M.M.Moni has to face trial in the Ancherry Baby murder case as his discharge petition in the Thodupuzha Sessions Court has been dismissed.

The Minister who is the second accused in the case said he would not resign, and he would go in appeal before the higher court.

Pampupara Ku
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Bacchan wonderstruck at the football fan following in Kerala
Amitabh Bacchan seems to have been wonderstruck at the football fan following in Kerala.

The interest shown by people of Kerala for football matches is wonderful, according to him
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