Fuel-efficiency will drive car sales
Automobile experts said that last week’s fuel price — and the spectre of more under a deregulated system — may lead many consumers to defer plans to buy a car. However, the price hike is unlikely to affect overall demand in a business that is booming. In May 2010, car sales across the country stood at 148,481 units, up by 30 per cent over the same period last year.
“In the short-term, consumers may take into account price, maintenance costs and budget overshoots. Eventually, once they realise that the price hike is here to stay, they will go back to their earlier habits,” said Abdul Majeed, auto practice leader, PricewaterHouseCoopers India.
It’s the small cars, which are the most fuel-efficient, that are poised to gain further in a market they already dominate.
“Small cars will gain as more and more buyers will look for vehicles that deliver better mileage. This trend will be popular not just in India, but also globally,” added Majeed.
The toll from the suspected hooch tragedy went up to 13 as four more people died in Bihar's Aurangabad late on Tuesday. Aurangabad district magistrate Saurabh Jorwal said the hooch is suspected to have been brought from Jharkhand and supplied to sellers in bordering villages of Gaya and Aurangabad. Gaya's senior police superintendent Harpreet Kaur said Santosh Chaudhary, the alleged main supplier, and his four associates have been arrested.
Karnataka Congress general secretary Kavitha Reddy lashed out at her party for not giving 'fair representation to women' while picking candidates for the June 3 Legislative Council elections, news agency ANI reported Wednesday. In a self-made video, Reddy said that it is 'disturbing' to see that women have not been given representation in the state legislative council. The Congress has announced M Nagaraju Yadav and K Abdul Jabbar as its candidates.
Eight people were killed and about 26 others were injured in an accident involving a private bus and a truck on the Hubballi-Dharwad bypass road during the early hours of Tuesday, police said. The bus was heading from Kolhapur in Maharashtra to Bengaluru, while the truck was coming in the opposite direction. The incident occurred when the bus driver allegedly lost control while trying to overtake a tractor and hit the truck head-on, police said.
These centres make it easier for pet parents to tend to their travel needs while being assured that their bundle of joy is taken care of. “I have had bad experiences twice at different boarding centres,” shares a Gurugram-based educator, Parul Gupta, who feels that a big challenge that pet parents face while leaving their furry baby, is the temperament issue of other pets residing there.
Large gatherings have been banned within 500 metres of a mosque in Karnataka's Mangaluru after a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader warned of a 'Ram Mandir-like campaign' in the fight for control of premises on which a Hindu temple-like architectural design was reportedly found. Mangaluru authorities imposed Section 144 at 8 pm Tuesday and this will be in place till 8 am Thurrsday.