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By Sreyashi Mazumdar and Arnab Mitra

The all India strike has taken a toll on the city of Joy, Kolkata. Railway disruptions, empty roads and closed shops have juddered the day to day activities of the city.

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Railways got disrupted in Shealdah and Howrah division. 

“The workers are suffering owing to the anarchic policies of both Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee. The state government is trying to malign our movement and charging at us with the help of hooligans and police,” Prabir Chowdhury, a CITU central working committee member told NewsGram.

“The strike till now has been successful and people are supporting us,” he added.

 The state government recently in a regulation said that it will be penalizing the bus drivers and conductors for any form of misnomer (bus accidents) and will be sent behind the bars for a minimum period of three to seven years.

“The drivers protesting the state government are demanding  the occlusion of certain policies which have turned out to be an impediment for their appointments”, said former MP Anadi Kumar Sahoo

Owing to the furor over the Uber cab discrepancies, the state government has now demanded that the drivers should have studied till class eight at least and should have a good command over English; therefore, a lot of the drivers are failing to get themselves a proper job.

Prominent CPI(M) leader Biman Bose said, ” From Behrampore to Sonarpur TMC in collaboration with the state government has been trying to unleash havoc. Besides that, our zonal committee secretary of Behrampore Ganesh Sarkar and former MP Mainul Hasan were attacked by the TMC goons.”

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Further, there was a tussle between the police and protesters at the SUCI rally at Hazra and Esplanade.

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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)