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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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First phase polls on Thursday
New Delhi: The five-phase 15th

Lok Sabha elections begin on Thursday. The first of the five phases of the polls involves 17 states

and union territories.

Total number of parliamentary constituencies:


States/union territories going to polls: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, A
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54.50 lakh voted by 11.30 am
Thiruvananthapuram: It is

estimated that 23 per cent of the voters cast their votes by 11 am today in constituencies in


There was brisk polling in the rural areas. Long queues were seen in polling booths

in town areas as well.

Highest polling was at Chalakkudy. Strong tende
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Why is Pinarayi afraid of Lavalin?
Malappuram:Janata Dal

leader M.P.Veerendrakumar has asked CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan to go through a test

of fire in the Lavalin case.

Why is he afraid of a prosecution case in the Lavalin


Veerendrakumar was speaking at an election campaign at Valancherry in

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Violence marks end of campaign
Kottayam: The

campaign-end at 5 pm witnessed violence and unruly scenes at many places covered by the 20

Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala.

In Kottayam, there were stone throwing, clashes and

police lathicharge following altercations between LDF and BJPworkers.

BJP candidate

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Not in talks with BJP,says Jayalalitha
Chennai:AIADMK leader

Jayalalithaa today termed baseless the reports that her party was being approached through

back channels by the BJP for a post-poll alliance.

"I wish to clarify that such reports are

baseless and the AIADMK is not conducting talks with any political party for a
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SC stays HC's adverse remarks
New Delhi: The Supreme

Court of Indias today stayed the remarks made earlier by Kerala High Court that the law and order

situation in the state has failed and that the state government was interested only in election


The stay was granted by a bench consisting of Chief Justic
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