New Delhi/Dehradun, Jan 17 (IANS) As the donation drive for the construction of a new Ram temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh got underway, former Uttarakhand Minister and Congress leader Navprabhat on Sunday appealed to the people to contribute money for the shrine's construction.
He said that he and his volunteers are going around to urge people to donate money for the temple construction.
In a video statement, he said: "I appeal to the people to contribute money willingly to the volunteers. We will maintain a register on payments received and will hand over the total collection to the area SDM to be send to the temple trust."
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust started its donation drive on Friday along with Vishwa Hindu Parishad to raise funds for the construction of the Ram temple.
Navprabhat said that he had set up booth committees to counter the BJP in his Assembly constituency Vikasnagar. "Lord Ram is a symbol of national unity and he is not of the BJP alone. He belongs to every devotee."
The Congress leader said that he would undertake collection of donations for the mosque as well if the community allows it. The mosque is proposed to be built on five acres in Ayodhya's Dhannipur village.
On Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind had donated Rs 5,00,100 for the temple construction. The donation drive will continue till February 27.
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Oil marketing companies have spared consumers of yet another petrol and diesel price hike even though the global oil market is on the boil with crude reaching within touching distance of year-high-level of $70 a barrel.
Petrol continues to be priced at Rs 91.17 a litre and diesel Rs 81.47 a litre in the capital on Saturday. Across the country too, the petrol and diesel price remained unchanged.
This is seventh consecutive day when pump prices of auto fuels have remains unchanged.
After a spike in global oil prices seen over last two weeks with crude price jumping close to $67 a barrel, prices had fallen to around $63 a barrel but it rose again to cross $69 a barrel mark now after after the OPEC+ decision to continue with crude production cut in April.
Petrol and diesel prices have been rising continuously since February 9. In the 14 increases since then, price have gone up by Rs 4.22 per litre for petrol while diesel rate has risen by Rs 4.34 a litre in Delhi.
The increase in the previous weeks has taken petrol to cross historic high levels of Rs 100 a litre in several cities across the country.
The petrol and diesel prices have increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre, respectively so far this year.
Oil companies executives said that petrol and diesel prices may increase further in coming days as retail prices may have to be balanced in line with global developments to prevent OMCs from making loss on sale of auto fuels.