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Traders oppose fuel price hike in Jharkhand

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Ranchi: Traders, truck drivers’ association and political parties in Jharkhand on Thursday opposed the hike in petrol and diesel prices, which was approved two days ago by the state cabinet, threatning to stop truck services.

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The state government’s decision on Tuesday to increase petrol and diesel prices by 11 percent invited a sharp reaction from the Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association, Jharkhand Truck Association and political parties.

After the application of new taxes, petrol will get costlier by Rs.4.54 per litre and diesel will get costlier by Rs.4.21 per litre. At present the price of petrol is Rs.60.26 per litre and that of diesel is Rs.47.41 per litre respectively.

“We will go to New Delhi to meet the PM to take up the issue. We will meet ministers in New Delhi, and if the issue would not resolve, we will hand over the keys of petrol pumps resulting in all 1,000 petrol pumps in the state automatically shutting down,” Ashok Singh, president of Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association, told reporters here on Thursday.

Echoing the sentiment, Uday Shankar Ojha, president of the Jharkhand Truck Association, said: “First we will present our demands to CM and if the issue is not resolved, we will not allow trucks to ply.”

Petroleum dealers said they feared that trucks would get their fill from neighbouring states such as Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

The Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and political parties have also opposed the state government’s move.

The Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha on Wednesday burnt effigies of the chief minister, demanding a rollback of the new rates.

(With the inputs IANS)

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The Jharkhand government on Tuesday banned the sale and usage of e-cigarettes in the state, according to an official notification.

“E-cigarettes are the new method of nicotine use. It affects the embryos in pregnant woman. It also causes mental problem. The sale, distribution, advertisement, import and usage of e-cigarettes have been banned with immediate effect,” the notification issued by the state’s health department said.

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“E-cigarettes usually contain ingredients like propylene glycol (PG) and glycerol, mixed with concentrated flavors and optionally, a variable percentage of nicotine,” it added. (IANS)