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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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Congress facing existential crisis: Jairam Ramesh
The Congress is facing an "existential crisis", senior party leader Jairam Ramesh today said and pitched for "a collective effort" by party leaders to "overcome" the challenges it faced from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

Ramesh also said that business as usual approach wil
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Air passengers and their relatives have harrowing time, flight diverted
Passengers of a flight from Saudi Arabia have not landed at Nedumbasserry airport even after lapse of nearly 24 hours as the flight was diverted to Chennai owing to bad weather.

The flight carrying a few hundred passengers was scheduled to land at Nedumbasserry international airport at 11 am on S
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SC to hear Ayodhya pleas on August 11
The Supreme Court has posted to August 11 petitions relating to the dispute over ownership of 2.7 acres of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land.

Appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the disputed land will be heard by a three-judge bench. The matter was mentioned before Chief Justi
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Supeme Court reserves order in privacy case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on whether the right to privacy can be considered a fundamental right under the Indian Constitution.

The nine-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar reserved the order after hearing the matter extensively.

The bench com
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Secularism should not be cover-up for corruption: Nitish
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that secularism cannot be used as “cover for accumulation of wealth and corruption”.

Even when he had been with NDA, he carried out several welfare schemes for minorities such as scholarship scheme for students, allowance for divorcees and fencing of cem
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Centre says privacy not a fundamental right
In the right to privacy case before the nine-judge Constitution bench in Supreme Court today, Attorney General K K Venugopal argued that privacy does not enjoy the status of a fundamental right.

"Privacy is part of Right to Life under Article 21, but does not enjoy the status of a fundamental rig
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