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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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Terrorists kill over 230 in Egypt mosque
Terrorists killed more than 230 people at a mosque in North Sinai on Friday, detonating a bomb and gunning down fleeing worshippers in the deadliest such attack in Egypt's modern history, state media and witnesses said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault, but since 2013,
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Standard and Poor's maintains same sovereign rating
S&P Global Ratings today kept India's sovereign rating unchanged at 'BBB-' with stable outlook, citing vulnerabilities stemming from low per capita income and high government debt balances strong GDP growth. After Moody's recent upgrade, there were expectations that S&P may upgrade India's sovereign
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7.3 magnitude earthquake claims hundreds of life in Iran-Iraq border
At least 332 people were killed in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region on Sunday, state media in the two countries said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area.

State television said more than 328 people were killed in Iran
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Nuke war may break out any moment, says North Korea
North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”

Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has
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Kazuo Ishiguro gets Nobel Prize for Literature
British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel "The Remains of the Day", won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the Swedish Academy said.

The 62-year-old, "in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world," the Acade
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'Sin' tax for tobacco products and soft drinks in UAE
The United Arab Emirates has begun collecting new "sin" taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks.

Beginning today, tobacco and energy drinks will be taxed at 100 per cent and soft drinks at 50 per cent. Shoppers could be seen stocking up the day before.

The new tax push comes a
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