As the soaring fuel prices continue to burn hole in people's pockets, everyone is just wondering, when will it stop.
Union minister for petroleum, natural gas and steel Dharmendra Pradhan said that he has asked his counterparts in petroleum producing countries to increase their oil production so that Indian consumers get relief from soaring fuel prices. While he said that it is tough to predict when the prices will come down, prices of cooking gas, diesel and petrol may come down by March or April. Fuel prices have been on fire this month with oil companies raising petrol and diesel prices 16 times so far. The last upward revision of fuel prices was on Saturday.
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Petroleum prices will come down as winter goes away, said Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on February 26. "Increase in petroleum price in international market has affected consumers too. Prices will come down a little as winter goes away. It's an international matter, price is high due to increase in demand, it happens in winter. Price will come down," said Union Minister Pradhan.
On increasing fuel prices in the country, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan said that it has happened due to increase in prices of crude oil in international markets. Dharmendra Pradhan said, "Due to an increase in prices of crude oil in international markets, consumer price (for petrol and diesel) has risen. This will soften gradually. Global supply was reduced due to COVID in turn affecting production as well. Sonia ji must know Rajasthan and Maharashtra have maximum tax. Earnings of Centre and State government were negligible during lockdown. We have allocated large chunks to various sectors in Budget to increase jobs." He further said, "We are consistently requesting the GST council to include petroleum products under its purview as it will benefit people. But it is their call to take."
Oil marketing companies (OMCs) announced a hike in fuel prices on February 23. In Delhi, Petrol was hiked by 25 paise a litre taking the rate to Rs 90.83 per litre. Diesel was hiked by 35 paise a litre taking the rate to Rs 81.32 per litre. OMCs hiked fuel prices for 12 days straight but prices remained unchanged on February 21 and 22. In India, fuel prices are determined by OMCs like Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum (BP) and Hindustan Petroleum (HP). These are fixed by taking into account fuel prices globally. The constant fuel price hike has triggered protests by opposition parties in several parts of the country. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the party will raise the fuel price hike issue in the upcoming Parliament session. Watch the full video for more.
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Equity benchmark indices dipped marginally during early hours on Thursday amid mixed global cues with Nifty private bank lowering by 1.2 per cent. At 10:15 am, the BSE SandP Sensex was down by 197 points or 0.39 per cent at 50,059 while the Nifty 50 slipped by 44 points or 0.29 per cent to 14,739. Most sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the positive zone with thin margins but Nifty private bank dipped by 1.2 per cent and financial service by 0.7 per cent. Among stocks, IndusInd Bank tumbled by 2.3 per cent to Rs 1,024.60 per share while HDFC Bank was down by 1.5 per cent, ICICI Bank by 1.4 per cent, Axis Bank by 1.1 per cent and Kotak Mahindra Bank by 0.7 per cent. The other major losers were Tata Steel, Tata Motors, HDFC Life, Titan and Asian Paints. However, Mahindra and Mahindra jumped by 6.1 per cent to Rs 884.45. State-owned energy major ONGC was up by 4.2 per cent, GAIL by 3.4 per cent, IndianOil Corporation by 1.6 per cent and NTPC by 1 per cent.Hindalco, Hero MotoCorp, Maruti Suzuki and Sun Pharma also traded with a positive bias but thin margins.
Equity benchmark indices wiped out early losses on Thursday and closed in the positive terrain led by gains in pharma counters. The BSE SandP Sensex closed 92 points or 0.19 per cent higher at 49,584 while the Nifty 50 ticked up by 31 points or 0.21 per cent to 14,596. Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed with Nifty pharma gaining by 0.8 per cent, FMCG by 0.7 per cent and auto by 0.3 per cent. Among stocks, Hindustan Aeronautics surged by 9.5 per cent after the government approved procurement of 83 indigenously developed light combat aircraft Tejas for Indian Air Force at a cost of Rs 48,000 crore. The others which gained marginally included IndianOil Corporation, GAIL, ITC, Britannia and Tata Motors. However, HCL Technologies dropped by 2.3 per cent to Rs 1,031 per share as traders booked profits. Tech Mahindra and Wipro slipped by 1.3 per cent each while Infosys lost by 1.2 per cent. Meanwhile, Japanese stocks jumped to a three-decade high and other Asian equities were near record peaks as investors focused on US stimulus prospects and extended bets on global recovery and growth.
The saying 'Art has no boundaries' perfectly encapsulates the work of Anil Kumar Chawhan, a calligrapher who has been painting Quranic verses on the walls of Hyderabad's Mosques for over two decades now. Chawhan discovered his passion for calligraphy when he started painting signboards for shops in Urdu. With time, he learnt how to read and write the Urdu language and people started acknowledging his work. Chawhan's journey started when a person who was impressed by his calligraphic skills requested him to paint the walls of 'Masjid-e-Noor' mosque with Quranic verses. When he started doing this work, few people objected as he was a Hindu so he took permission from the Jamia Nizamia University in Hyderabad to continue his work. Today he has painted on the walls of more than 100 Mosques and everyone be it Hindu or Muslim has appreciated his work. Chawhan's work has also been displayed in the library of Jamia Nizamia University, where he painted verses from the 'Surah Yaseen' chapter of the Quran. It is due to people like Anil Kumar Chawhan that our faith in communal harmony is restored.
Around 6,000 women turned up to participate in job fair organised by SHE Team of Hyderabad police under their 'EmpowHER' initiative. "They are being appointed based on their qualification and requirement," said Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar.
A Hyderabad family offered to adopt a Galapagos giant tortoise. Tortoise is 121-year-old and resides in Nehru Zoological Park. Tortoise is also known as the senior citizen of the park. Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise. They roughly weigh around 417 kilogram.
A full-grown leopard was caged at Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) production unit at Lepetkata in Dibrugarh on February 17. Cages had been put up by the forest officials after the complaint of factory employees who sighted the big cat. The leopard was released in a forest area near Digboi.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) has seized huge cache of ammunition from a passenger train at New Bongaigaon Railway Junction. The police recovered 1,000 rounds of live bullets from North-East Express. According to GRP official, "Two havildars went for routine check and found a suspicious bag from which ammunition was recovered. Bullets to be sent to experts for further examination."
Indian National Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a public rally in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura. During her speech Gandhi slammed Centre over farmers' protest by saying that the government didn't send anyone to talk to the farmers. She said Centre's 'vivek' has died and Lord Krishna will break their pride also. "Is sarkar ka vivek mar chuka hai aur bhagwan Krishna inka (Centre) ka ahankar bhi tod denge," (The discretion of this government has died and Lord Krishna will break their pride.)
Congress workers welcomed Priyanka Gandhi at Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway on February 23. Priyanka's convoy stopped on the flyway and she met the party workers. Priyanka Gandhi was enroute to Mathura.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated LPG import terminal built by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited on February 08. He also dedicated 348 KM Dobhi-Durgapur Natural Gas Pipeline section of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project and a Four-Lane ROB-cum-Flyover at Ranichak, in West Bengal's Haldia. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present on the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed TMC government during his public address in West Bengal's Haldia on February 07 and said that soon people of Bengal will show 'Ram Card' to TMC. "TMC has made many back to back fouls including misgovernance, violence, corruption, and attacks on beliefs. People of Bengal are watching and very soon Bengal is going to show 'Ram card' to TMC," said PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 07 took pot shot at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said 'Didi' gets annoyed of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' slogans. The Prime Minister was addressing a public gathering in Haldia. "In Bengal, if you ask didi (Mamata Banerjee) about your rights then she gets frustrated. She even gets annoyed if slogans of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' are raised," said PM Modi.
A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) constable is providing 'Mallakhamba' training to children in the forests of Abujmarh in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district which is hit by the Naxalite violence. The tribal population is deprived of basic facilities like water and electricity even today. Overcoming all obstacles, four children from the district had made it to the final round in 2020 for the selection for a 'Mallakhamba' demonstration in the Japan Olympics, which was scheduled to be held last year but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. CAF constable Manoj Prasad said he learned Mallakhamba in 2016 and has been training children free of cost since then. Speaking to ANI, Manoj said, "I myself learned Mallkhamba in 2016. From 2016-2017, I started training children of Naxalite strongholds who study in Pota Cabins. All children under my tutelage are tribals who were known as 'Abujh'." The coach also informed that four children have made it to the final round for a demonstration of Mallakhamba in the Japan Olympics."These children have a lot of potentials. All the children here are future Olympiads. With this dream, I started coaching them for free," Prasad added. People in Narayanapur have not heard of Mallakhamba before. But in only two to three years of practice, the children from the region have defeated many of the country's biggest players in Mallakhamba and won many gold medals. They went to Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Goa, and many other states to participate in Mallakhamba tournaments from 2019 to 2020.In November 2019, the children won the gold medal by defeating the senior group at the All India level. In March 2020, they won 8 gold, 3 bronze medals, and 4 girls featured in 'Best of Six' in India Under-14. "It was very difficult to defeat the Mallakhamba practitioners of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Despite not being able to beat them for 40 years, our children had worked hard day and night along with their studies. Now they are number one in India", the coach further stated. Rajesh Korram, a class four student, who hails from Asanar village next to Jungle Orchha, said, "I have been learning Mallakhamba since 2018. I won the gold medal by defeating my senior player. I went to Mumbai for the first time on a train. Life has taken a turn for the better. I want to win a gold medal in Japan Olympics." Manu Dhruv, another Mallakhamba player, added he won 2 gold medals in Tamil Nadu. "There is not a good school in our village. These are Naxalite-affected villages. We used to climb trees and play Kabaddi. No one had heard Mallakhamba's name earlier. I started playing Mallakhamba in 2017, living in a porta cabin. Initially, I went to play Tamil Nadu and won 2 gold medals there."
A crocodile was rescued from a constriction site in Gujarat’s Vadodara. The 11-feet-long reptile was found in a ditch in Kelanpur area on Saturday. After rescuing, the crocodile was handed over to the forest department. “We initially tried to rescue it manually but later we took the help of a JCB machine. We rescued the crocodile and have handed it over to the forest department. The crocodile was about 10-11 feet long and its weight was around 150 kgs,” Arvind Pawar, President, Wildlife Rescue Trust said. The reptile was later released into the river following medical examination.
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