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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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Good intention, bad results, says Raghu Ram Rajan on note ban
Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head Raghuram Rajan had cautioned the government that short-term costs of a radical ban of high-value currency notes would outweigh the long-term benefits, Times of India newspaper reported on Sunday.

He had first given his opinion on whether to carry out the b
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Alphons Kannamthanam is Minister of State for Tourism (Independent charge)
Nirmala Sitharaman will be the country's new Defence Minister while Piyush Goyal will be the new Railways Minister after a cabinet reshuffle today that saw nine new ministers take oath.

Kerala's Alphons Kannamthanam will be Minister of State for Tourism( Independent charge).He would be Minister
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Growth slides to 5.7 per cent
There is bad news for the Economy, and everything is not hunky dory.

ECONOMIC growth slowed to 5.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2017-18 against 6.1 per cent in the preceding quarter.

This was sharply below market expectations and came on the back of large-scale destocking undertaken by ma
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Mamata, Akhilesh join Lalu's rally in Patna
In a display of opposition unity against the BJP, political heavyweights including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and SP president Akhilesh Yadav shared a platform at Lalu Prasad's mega rally in Patna today.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad has already said the 'BJP bhagao desh bachao' rally wo
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SC finally rules that privacy is a fundamental right
A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has finally ruled that privacy of individuals is a fundamental right.

Salient points of the ruling are:


Right to privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution

Unanimous but concurring verdict by nine judges including Chief Justi
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SC sets aside practice of triple talaq way of divorce
The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims, ruling that the practice was ‘void and invalid’.

A five-judge constitution bench said in a 395-page order said: “In view of the different opinions recorded by a majority of 3:2, the practice of ‘t
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