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Curbs on transport, commerce lifted partially as West Bengal eases lockdown


In line with the Central directives, the West Bengal government, on Monday introduced relaxations even as the lockdown was extended till May 17.

Buses have been given permission to ply within the same district in green zones with 20 people aboard, while standalone shops have been permitted in to open from 10am to 6pm in non-containment zones.

Standalone liquor stores have also been permitted to open for business from 12om to pm. Other shops selling non-essential items, like sweetmeat shops, betel leaf stores and other neighbourhood shops in non-containment areas have also been given permission to operate from 10am to 6pm.

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In-situ construction and rural projects have also been given permission to restart while mining operations in green and orange zones have been given a go-ahead signal.

However, the state administration has been more stringent with offices. While the Central guidelines capped employee attendance at 33 per cent, the has capped attendance at 25 per cent and allowed offices to open from 10 am to 6 pm in

India benefits from low-cost oil, fills 32 mn tonnes of commercial storage


Indian refiners have stored about 32 million tonnes of oil in tanks, pipelines and on ships, taking advantage of low oil prices to help the nation cut its import bill, oil minister said on Monday.

India, the world’s third biggest oil importer, buys over 80% of its oil needs from overseas markets. The nation has annual refining capacity of about 250 million tonnes.

However, travel restrictions and curbs on industrial activity to stem the spread of COVID-19 have hit fuel consumption and crude processing in the country.

has also diverted some of the state refiners’ excess oil to fill the 5.03 million tonne strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs), helping which are struggling to find storage avoid charges for delays in offloading fresh cargo deliveries.


The have parked 7 million tonnes of oil in floating storage and 25 million tonnes in pipelines and storage tanks as oil prices plunged, Pradhan said on social media.

can meet around 20% of its domestic demand by storing low-priced priced crude oil,” he said, adding that fuel demand would recover as economic

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