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By Swati Gilotra and Arnab Mitra

w1Kolkata: Surfing on the tides of criticism from nooks and corners of the society and struggling with the question about the nature of the students’ protest are the bottlenecks which the Presidency University has been grappling with these days. However, the silver lining in the pitch-black clouds is seemingly visible for the group of rejectionists now. On Monday, they organised a cultural convention to invite and also gain the support of erudite panelists such as lawyer Arunavo Ghosh, former Naxal leader Ashim Chatterjee, activist Miratun Nahar and professor Deboprasad Bandhopadhyay. They applauded the students for their weak long mutiny/demonstration in the university.

Lawyer Arunavo Ghosh slams VC’s act and asserted, “The VC is acting as the government’s servant. I hardly remember that in our time any VC acted in this manner. The education system of West Bengal is totally destroyed which is leading to the brain drain”.w3

 

Naxal leader Ashim Chatterjee took the conversation one step further, comparing their student movement of 1960 to the present day scenario. He said, “At our time, we painted the wall, projecting our anger with abusive slogans against the authority concerned. I am in full support with the students and I think they have not committed any mistake on this front.”

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The other panellists Dr Miratun Nahar and Professor Deboprasad Bandopadhyay raised their voice in support of the student movement, but contradictory to it; throughout the one hour convention, they did not waste a single word telling students to go back to the class and not to hamper their career.

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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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