A sharp rise in petrol prices is now taking a different turn. Even in the field of cricket.
Retail fuel prices climbed again for the ninth consecutive day reaching new highs on February 17 in cities across the country. The relentless hike in fuel prices has been criticised by the Opposition, including the Congress party, that has demanded an immediate cut in taxes to ease the burden on the common man.
Amid such a situation, the ‘Man of the Match’ from a cricket tournament in Bhopal was awarded 5 litres of petrol as a gift of honour.
The final match was played on Sunday and Salauddin Abbasi won the Man of the Match award.
The image of the man receiving a bottle of petrol soon went viral on Twitter at a time when social media is buzzing with memes and jokes on rising petrol and diesel prices across states.
A few weeks back, Valluvar Agency in the Karur district also came up with a novel idea to give petrol free-of-cost. Parents of school students who are able to recite Thirukkural couplets can avail the offer. At a time when petrol prices are skyrocketing, you can save some money by knowing the Tamil classic by-heart!
Renowned poet and saint Thiruvalluvar’s masterpiece Thirukkural can also fetch you a litre of free petrol if your kid can recite at least 20 of the 1,330 couplets. The owner of the fuel station at Nagampalli village in Aravakurichi promises half a litre of petrol free to a family whose children know at least 10 couplets of Thirukkural by heart.
Introduced on Thiruvallavur Day in January, the offer will run till the end of April. Available at a fuel station named after Valluvar, the scheme is eligible for students of classes I to XI, who are required to be accompanied by their parents. A participant should submit the couplets in writing and can be a part of the contest many times but couplets should be different each time.
The rate of the LPG cylinder has been increased by Rs 25 on Monday. With this, the cost of one 14.2 kg cylinder is now Rs 819 in Delhi. This comes at a time when there have already been three price hikes in February.