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By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: 38 years ago, ‘he’ came to the ‘City of Joy’ to play a friendly match with the then Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, and now, the ‘Black Pearl’ of football is again in the city for a two day visit.

The city has undergone a lot of changes, but the football crazy Bengalis did not miss the opportunity to have a glimpse of their hero ‘Pele’, and so the chattering voices of ‘Pele, Pele’ were heard at every place he visited.

2015-10-13 23.11.47Pele arrived in Kolkata on Sunday to attend a program at NSHM Knowledge campus. He also attended the program conducted by the state government to felicitate him ahead of his 75th birthday at Netaji Indoor Stadium.

In an interaction with Mir at NSHM knowledge campus, Pele said, “Both Christiano Ronaldo and Messi are very good players, but Neymer will be the future successor of International Football.” He also talked about his childhood, the street football, his parents, and his struggle to become the legendary figure of International football. The crowd burst into laughter when Pele said that the kiss of the queen will be his best birthday gift- better than a cake, in reply to a googly of Mir.

Sailendra Bhattacharya, the first Indian FIFA referee said that the sounds of ‘Pele, Pele’ will be the best gift for his birthday.

Pele’s two day visit ended on Tuesday. His visit, which coincided with the beginning of Durga Puja, has enhanced the festive spirit among Kolkatans.

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls
Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls, flickr

Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Petrol station, flickr

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

Also read: Petrol price slashes by 32 paise and diesel price by 85 paise

On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)

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