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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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BJP retains Gujarat, wrests Himachal Pradesh:Congress increases its tally
The BJP has clinched its sixth consecutive victory in Gujarat, and ousted the ruling Congress from Himachal Pradesh.

BJP has thus increased the tally of states it is in power in to 19.

Morning trends in Gujarat showed the Congress give the ruling party a tough fight, with the party taking a
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Rahul Gandhi set to get elected unopposed as Congress President
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today filed his nomination papers for the party's chief post and no one else is in the fray.

He is set to be elected unopposed.

The 47-year-old Gandhi scion is likely to emerge as the lone candidate in the fray and decks have been cleared for his election a
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RK Nagar Votes On December 21, Results On 24th
The election for the state legislator from RK Nagar, which J Jayalalithaa represented two times, was to be held in April, but was cancelled after huge amounts of cash were found in Chennai that were allegedly to be used to bribe voters.

RK Nagar, the constituency in Tamil Nadu's Chennai that has
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Gujarat Assembly polls on December 9 and 14, Counting on Dec 18
Gujarat State will go to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14. Counting will be held on December 18.

The poll panel has been drawing criticism for delaying the announcement, which comes 13 days after the dates for the Himachal Pradesh polls were announced. The tenure of the 182-member Gujar
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Narendra Modi sounds poll bugle in Gujarat
Sounding the poll bugle for Gujarat Assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dared the Congress to contest it on the development plank.

Mounting a fierce attack on the Congress, Modi told a BJP rally that the Nehru-Gandhi family dislikes Gujarat and Gujaratis.

He said the oppositi
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IUML candidate K N A Khader wins Vengara by-election
IUML has retained the Vengara assembly seat. KNA Khader, the UDF candidate, won the election with a margin of 23310 votes.

The UDF candidate secured a total of 65227 votes, LDF candidate P P Basheer secured 41917 votes and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) candidate K C Naseer secured the
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