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OLD 500, Rs.1000 can be used for paying utility bills for another 3 Days

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The government on Friday extended the use of old Rs 500 and Rs1000 notes for paying public utility bills by another 72 hours.

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New Delhi, 11 Nov 2016 : The government on Friday extended the deadline to use demonetised currency notes to make payments towards utility bills till November 14, an official statement said.

“Government extends existing exemptions with regard to cancellation of the legal tender character of the existing series of high denomination bank notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations until the expiry of November 14, 2016, with certain modifications to the existing exemptions,” Finance Ministry said in a statement.

The demonetised notes can be used for payments towards utility bills by individuals for arrears and current bills, it said, however no advance payments will be allowed using the old currency.

Payment of court fees and at consumer cooperative stores with the ID proof of customers can also be made using the demonetised notes till November 14, it added.

“The government has been closely monitoring the implementation of the decision. Considering various representations received from different quarters in the matter, it has now been decided that the existing exemptions may be extended till November 14,” the statement said.

The government however reassured that there was enough cash with the Reserve Bank of India and supply to bank branches and ATMs was being stepped up gradually.

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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