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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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No one is responsible for loss, says Mulayam Singh Yadav
SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has said "no one is responsible" for the defeat.

"No one is responsible for the loss. This is the people's mandate," said Mulayam. Like his son, and SP chief Akhilesh yesterday, Mulayam couldn't resist adding, "The BJP has made lot of promises, let us see what they
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BJP sweep in UP, rule in Uttarakhand, Congress wrests Punjab, single largest party in Goa and Manipur
BJP has gained sweeping victory in Up.It has fetched majority in Uttarakhand as well.

Congress has wrested power from BJP-SAD in Punjab.

BJP 310, SP 48, Congress 7, BSP 20, Others 18

Congress 78, AAP 20, SAD 14, BJP 3, Others 2


BJP 57,Congress 11, Independent
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Exit poll results would be out by Thursday Sunset
Exit poll results would be out by 6 pm on Thursday with regard to the Assembly elections held in five States.

These are: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

Exit poll results, often not accurate, are still anxiously anticipated by interested sections of the populace.

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BJP strongest party, according to exit polls
Agencies say The BJP is expected to emerge as the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh and win Uttarakhand, while the Congress is set to retake Punjab from the BJP-SAD alliance, as per exit polls outcome.

Manipur and Goa are set to go to the wire with a close fight between the BJP and Congress.
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'Two youths' alliance would change course of politics'
Maharajganj: The SP-Congress tie-up is an alliance between two youth leaders which would change the course of politics both at the national and state levels, SP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Sunday.

The SP chief's retort at an election rally came against the back
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DMK challenges trust vote in High Court
Opposition DMK today moved the Madras High Court seeking to declare Saturday's vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly null and void. Counsel for DMK, R Shanmugasundaram, a former Rajya Sabha member, also sought an urgent hearing of the petition.

The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Hu
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