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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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IMF says India's growth rate is down at 6.7 per cent
IMF lowers India's growth to 6.7%

The IMF today lowered India's growth projection to 6.7 per cent in 2017, 0.5 percentage points less than its previous two forecasts and slower than China's 6.8 per cent, attributing it to demonetisation and introduction of the GST.

The International Monetary F
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At least 22 dead, 37 injured in stampede in Elphinstone station, Mumbai
At least 22 people were killed in a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station on Friday.

The stampede took place on foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations. Initial reports suggest more than 37 people are injured. BMC’s disaster management unit said “r
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PM forms economic advisory council to analyse issues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today constituted a five-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC) which will analyse economic and other issues, an official announcement said.

Headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, the EAC includes NITI Aayog's Principal Advisor Ratan Watal as its member and economi
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Linking driving licence-Aadhaar soon
The Centre will soon start linking driving licence with Aadhaar, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

"It would be done soon to check the menace of multiple licensing," he said after inaugurating the Haryana Digital Summit-2017 here. "I have already had a word with Union M
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Father Tom Uzhunnalil released from captivity in Yemen
Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Catholic priest from Kerala who was abducted in war-torn Yemen last year, has been rescued, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.

"I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued," Swaraj tweeted.

Father Uzhunnalil was abducted in March b
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Be prepared for two-front war: Army Chief
Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat today said the country should be prepared for a two-front war, insisting China has started “flexing its muscles”, while there seems to be no scope for reconciliation with Pakistan whose military and polity saw an adversary in India. Referring to the 73-day long Doklam sta
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