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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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Several killed in Italian quake
Rome: Scores of people have

been feared killed in a powerful earthquake that struck central Italy, Italian officials say.



The magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit at 0332 (0132 GMT) about 95km (60 miles) north-east of

the capital, Rome, at a depth of 10km.

Four children were said to be a
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Pakistan could fall to insurgency in 6 months
New York:

Pakistan could collapse within six months in the face of snowballing insurgency, according to

David Kilcullen, a top expert on guerrilla warfare.

David Kilcullen, a former adviser to top

US military commander General David H. Petraeus, who also echoed the same thought when
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Palm Sunday observed
Kottayam: Christians the world over are

celebrating Palm Sunday today, which marks the commencement of the holy week.

Palm

Sunday is the festival of Hosanna, which reminds the faithful of the triumphant entry of Jesus

Christ into Jerusalem, the holy city.

The people of Jerusalem ac
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North Korea fires long-range rocket
SEOUL: North Korea

carried out a provocative rocket launch on Sunday that the US, Japan and other nations suspect

was a cover for a test of its long-range missile technology.

Lift-off took place at 11:30 am

(8.30 am IST) on Sunday from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in north-east
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FBI rejects Taliban claim on New York killings
Washington: The

FBI has ruled out Pakistani Taliban militant leader Baituallah Mehsud's claim that he was

responsible for an attack on a US immigration assistance center in New York state in which 14

people were killed.

"Based on the evidence, we can firmly discount that claim," F
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Food poisoning: 28 in hospital
Singapore: As many as 28 people

were hospitalised as they developed serious food poisoning symptoms following consumption of

“Indian style food”.

One woman is reportedly in a state of unconsciousness. Her husband is

also undergoing treatment in the same hospital for food poisoning.
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