Petrol price cut by `1.09 a litre, diesel hiked 50 paise

August 01, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

New Delhi: Petrol price was yesterday lowered by `1.09 per litre, the second reduction in three-and-half-months, while diesel rates were hiked by 50 paise a litre.

The revisions will be effective midnight Thursday, Indian Oil Corp said.

“During the past fortnight, petrol prices have shown a downward trend while the INR-USD exchange rate has slightly depreciated,” IOC said in a release.

Allowing for local taxes, petrol per litre will cost `72.51 in Delhi, `80.30 in Kolkata, `80.60 in Mumbai and `75.78 in Chennai.

Gen Suhag takes over as Indian Army chief

New Delhi: General Dalbir Singh Suhag yesterday took over as the new chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army. He succeeds General Bikram Singh, who retired yesterday.

General Suhag assumed charge after his predecessor handed over to him the Chief of Army Staff baton in his South Block office here.

The decision to appoint Gen. Suhag, who was the army vice chief, as the next chief was taken by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government during the April-May general elections, and days before it demitted office.

The BJP, at that time, objected to the decision. However, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, soon after assuming charge, made it clear that there “shall be no controversy” over Gen Suhag’s appointment.

Gen Suhag’s tenure as the 26th chief of army staff will be for 30 months.

He comes from a family of soldiers from a village in Jhajjar, Haryana. For residents of Bisaan village, located about 85km from New Delhi, it was a day they had been waiting for. Celebrations began with distribution of sweets and bursting of crackers as a simple village boy Thursday went on to be Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

His proud parents, Ramphal Singh and Ishri Devi, both aged above 80 years, were in New Delhi to be part of their son’s elevation.