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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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65 people still missing in London tower block fire?
The Sun newspaper on Friday listed 65 people who it said were still missing or feared dead in a London tower block fire which police said has left 17 people dead with the death toll expected to rise.

When asked on Thursday whether the death toll could exceed 100, London police commander Stuart Cu
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Grenfell tower in West London in blaze, at least 12 killed, more deaths feared
At least 12 people have died after a huge fire ripped through a west London tower block, with many residents still missing amid reports of people trapped in their homes. More deaths are feared.

Up to 600 people are believed to have been inside 120 flats in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower when the bl
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Theresa May says she will form government
British Prime Minister Theresa May will form a government supported by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election debacle days before talks on Britainís EU departure are due to begin.

A stony-faced May, speaking on the doorstep of her
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Armed men attack Iran Parliament, mausoleum of Khomeini
Armed men launched two attacks in Iran's capital on Wednesday morning, killing a guard at the parliament and wounding several people in the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in southern Tehran, state media reported.

Lawmaker Elias Hazrati said three attackers, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 a
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Pakistan more of a threat than an ally: US think tank
Pakistan is still a sanctuary for the Taliban and the Haqqani network and more of a threat than an ally, a top US think tank has said, while asserting that the Trump administration should make it clear to Islamabad that it will face sanctions if it continues to support them.

"Afghanistan is curre
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Sever diplomatic ties with Qatar
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as tensions escalate in the region over accusations Doha sponsors terrorism.

Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to
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