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by OJ George

Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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Violence marks end of campaign
Kottayam: The

campaign-end at 5 pm witnessed violence and unruly scenes at many places covered by the 20

Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala.

In Kottayam, there were stone throwing, clashes and

police lathicharge following altercations between LDF and BJPworkers.

BJP candidate

Narayanan Nampoothiri suffered injuries on the head.Seven other workers were injured in the

stone throwing.

Consequently, the BJP has called for observance of Black Day tomorrow in

the areas comprising Kottayam Lok Sabha constituency.

Everywhere, the campaign

conclusion began with road shows, festive rallies and colourful presentations. Suddenly, violence

erupted in many places.

In Mukkom, in Kozhikode, the clashes were between UDF and LDF

workers. The police resorted to tear gas shelling and cane charging.
There were stone

throwing incidents at Thamarasserry.

In Kakkoor, the clashes were between LDF and BJP


Tirur, in Ponnani constituency, witnessed violence between UDF and LDF workers

. There were incidents of stone throwing and police lathicharge.

BJP-CPM workers

attacked against each other at Peroorkada in Thiruvananthapuram. The police and rapid action

force personnel swung into action and brought control.Th workers attacked each other with


In Pathanamthitta, the scuffles were interspersed with attempts to manhandle

media personnel.

Campaign ended for 124 constituencies spread out in 17 states and

union territories in the country, including for 20 constituencies in Kerala.
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