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Cheque facility won't be withdrawn, says the govt
It is a matter of relief that the Union Government has clarified that cheque facility won't be withdrawn.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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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 been vacant since the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa a year ago, will vote on December 21 for a new representative.

The result will be declared on December 24.

The dates have been announced three days after the Madras High Court gave a December 31 deadline for the election of a new lawmaker for the constituency.

The election for RK Nagar, which Jayalalithaa represented for two terms, was cancelled earlier in April following allegations of a massive amount of cash and other inducements being circulated among voters. The Election Commission was told that voters were being bribed with prepaid phone recharge coupons, newspaper subscriptions, milk tokens and mobile wallet payments. A minister was also accused of arranging such inducements. A video showing Rs. 4,000 cash being handed to voters went viral.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said the commission was looking at how it can devise a more effective strategy against bribing of voters, pending legislation. "I think that assessment will be completed soon and the Commission will take a call," Mr Zaidi told news agency IANS.
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