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Airlines to hike fuel surcharge on domestic tickets

No-frill carrier IndiGo is likely to decide on the issue shortly. So far the airline has desisted from revising fuel surcharge but it is expected to take a call on the issue in the next couple of days

State-owned Air India and private carrier Jet Airways have hiked fuel surcharge on domestic tickets by up to Rs150, making domestic air travel costlier again.

 

“Both Jet Airways and Air India have revised their fuel surcharge on domestic network by up to Rs150,” an industry source said.

 

The increase has been effected from the second fortnight of this month, sources said, adding that the fuel surcharge has been revised upwards by Rs150 for travel above 1,000 km and Rs100 for travel up to 1,000 km.

 

No-frill carrier IndiGo is likely to decide on the issue, airline sources said. So far the airline has desisted from revising fuel surcharge but it is expected to take a call on the issue in the next couple of days.

 

The other no-frill carriers—GoAir and SpiceJet—did not respond to messages asking whether they were also mulling to hike their fuel surcharge. The hike in surcharge came ahead of the peak summer season when air ticket prices soar in any case due to high demand.

 

Fuel surcharge, which came in to force since the global meltdown in 2008, help airlines offset part of their operations costs in which fuel bills contribute the most—almost 40%.

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TN pollution board orders Sterlite Ind to shut down copper smelter unit

The leak triggered protests with hundreds of people, including MDMK leader Vaiko and CPI leader Nallakkanu, being arrested on 28th March when they led a march to the unit demanding its closure

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has ordered the closure of Sterlite Industries’ copper smelter unit in Tuticorin following alleged noxious gas leak from it.

 

Company officials said they have started shutting down the operations of the unit complying with the TNPCB order, which came a week after an unspecified gas allegedly leaked in the area on 23rd March.

 

The gas leak caused mild suffocation, sore throat and eye irritation among people in the locality who suspected that it originated from Sterlite, dealing in sulphuric acid.

 

The leak triggered protests with hundreds of people, including MDMK leader Vaiko and CPI leader Nallakkanu, being arrested on 28th March when they led a march to the unit demanding its closure.

 

Based on an inspection report by the state pollution control board, Revenue Divisional Officer K Latha had served a notice on 24th March to the company seeking its reply.

 

Sterlite officials, however, claimed that their plant was safe and that they followed the highest safety norms.

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Maruti launches new version of SX4, keeps price unchanged

The petrol variants of the car are priced between Rs7.38 lakh and Rs8.84 lakh while the diesel versions are priced between Rs8.27 lakh and Rs9.79 lakh

India’s largest passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki India on Friday launched an all-new version of its mid-size sedan SX4 in the country, with price remaining unchanged in the range of Rs7.38-Rs9.79 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).

 

“The all new Maruti Suzuki SX4 has new looks, and also envisages new features such as touch screen audio navigation and electronically foldable ORVMs with turn indicator,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) vice-president Marketing Manohar Bhat said in a statement.

 

The car, which has two engines options—the Super Turbo 1.3 litre diesel and the 1.6 Litre VVT petrol engine—has been launched with fresh exteriors and interiors and enhanced performance, Bhat added.

 

The petrol variants of the car are priced between Rs7.38 lakh and Rs8.84 lakh while the diesel versions are priced between Rs8.27 lakh and Rs9.79 lakh.

 

The new SX4 comes with many features including an all new touch-screen audio with integrated navigation with Bluetooth.

 

SX4 was first launched in India in 2007. The diesel version of the car was introduced in 2011. Till now, the company has sold over 1.08 lakh SX4 cars in the country.

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