Govt can cut petrol prices by up to Rs 25 a litre, but will not: P Chidambaram

Congress leader and former union finance minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday criticised the Centre for the fuel price hike and claimed that petrol prices can be reduced by Rs 25 per litre, but the government is not doing it. “It is possible to cut up to Rs 25 per litre, but the government will not. They will cheat the people by cutting price by Re 1 or Rs 2 per litre of petrol,” Chidambaran said in a tweet. Across the four metropolitan cities, prices rose around 30 paise on Tuesday.…

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Fuel prices soar for 10th straight day, govt seeks long-term solution

Wednesday marked the 10th day in a row that fuel prices rose, to Rs 77.17 a litre of petrol and Rs 68.34 a litre of diesel in the capital, but law and information technology (IT) minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a long-term solution is being worked out to address the price volatility. After a 19-day hiatus in the run-up to the Karnataka polls, the price of petrol has increased by Rs 2.54 in the last 10 days, and that of diesel by Rs 2.41. Consumers and opposition parties have been…

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One dead, 3 Injured in fresh violence in Tuticorin

A man was killed in fresh police firing on anti-Sterlite plant agitators on Wednesday, while some others were injured in clashes with security personnel in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin town, a day after ten people were killed in police firing in the town. Locals have been agitating for over 100 days demanding the closure of Vedanta Group’s Sterlite copper plant over pollution concerns. Opposition parties slammed the government and criticised the use of force against the protesters. The Madurai bench of Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed the expansion of Sterlite’s…

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Met issues heat wave alert after Delhi sizzles at 44 degrees, Palam at 46

Brace for the first heat wave of the season on Wednesday. With the day temperature in the city shooting up to 44 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and 46 degrees Celsius at the outskirts in Palam, the India Meteorological Department has issued a warning of a heat wave on Wednesday in Delhi. Scientists of the regional weather forecasting centre (RMC) have warned that the day temperature in Delhi could touch 45 degrees Celsius by the weekend with a possibility of a dust storm on Thursday. “Heat wave conditions are very likely…

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Nine killed as police fire on anti-Sterlite protesters in Tamil Nadu

Nine people were killed on Tuesday during a protest seeking the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin, ANI news agency reported. The protest turned violent with agitators pelting stones and toppling police vehicles after they were prevented from marching towards the plant. As the violence spiralled, police opened fire, killing a man. Police said section 144 of CrPc has been invoked in and around the Sterlite unit as per the orders of the Madras High Court. However, angered over not being allowed to take out a…

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Govt hints at fuel duty cut, as oppn mounts pressure over petrol-diesel prices

Record fuel prices have triggered a political row, with the Opposition attacking the NDA government for not taking steps to cut taxes on fuel so as to provide some relief to consumers, even as petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the government would work out a solution. Petrol prices touched fresh highs in Delhi and Mumbai on Monday, at Rs 76.57/litre and RS 84.40/litre respectively. Diesel prices in the two cities reached Rs 67.82 and RS 72.21 per litre. The Congress tweeted saying the Modi government was “fleecing” consumers. “The Modi…

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BJP’s Yeddyurappa resigns as Karnataka CM, skips trust vote

BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka’s chief minister on Saturday, minutes before a Supreme Court-ordered trust vote and two days after he was sworn in. “I’m resigning as chief minister. I’m grateful to the speaker for giving me this opportunity,” Yeddyurappa said in the Karnataka assembly after it became clear that the BJP won’t get the support of enough MLAs to support his government. “People blessed us with 104 seats. The mandate wasn’t for the Congress or the JD(S). The governor invited us to form the government because we…

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To avoid poaching, Cong, JD(S) MLAs in Hyd ahead of floor test

A large group of MLAs belonging to the Congress and JD(s) reached Hyderabad in three buses on Friday morning amid fears of poaching by the BJP in an attempt to cobble up its numbers, especially in light of the Supreme Court ordering the floor test to be held at 4pm on Saturday where the Yeddurappa government will have to prove it majority on the floor of the House. The MLAs were put up at a five-star hotel at Banjara Hills. Local police arranged elaborate security arrangements at the hotel. Rooms…

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To prove majority SC orders BJP to take floor test at 4pm on Saturday

Three judges of the Supreme Court on Friday resumed hearing Opposition Congress party’s petition challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to form a government in Karnataka after elections in the state threw up a hung house. The Congress plans to protest against Governor Vala’s decision by observing Friday as ‘Save Democracy Day.’ It will hold demonstrations across the country and stake a claim to forming the government in Goa, where it emerged as the single largest party in the 2017 elections, but a BJP-led…

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Congress, RJD cite Karnataka decision, to stake claim to govts in Goa, Bihar

The Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Thursday said they will ask governors in Goa and Bihar to invite their parties to form governments in the state, speaking afer the BJP came to power in Karnataka despite not having majority in the assembly. The Congress said it had the “strength” to form a government in Goa and pointed at Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala who invited BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to take over as chief minister after his party got the most seats in elections but fell short…

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