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Excellent inning, petrol: Netizens make a meme fest out of rising petrol and diesel prices



As the retail price of regular petrol crossed the Rs 100 per litre barrier in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar and Madhya Pradesh, fuming netizens took to social media to vent their anger and share sarcastic memes and jokes.

While branded or additive-laced petrol, which attracts higher taxes, had crossed the Rs 100-mark in some places in states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, regular petrol crossed the psychological mark in Sriganganagar town of Rajasthan on Wednesday, and in MP on Thursday. In the state’s Anuppur, petrol is priced at Rs 100.25 per litre and diesel at Rs 90.35.

Social media is abuzz with conversations surrounding the fuel price hike and #Petrol100 started to trend on Twitter. Many joked how it’s one “century no one wanted to cheer”. Many shared cricket anecdotes, coupled with batsman’s celebrating their ton to mark the occasion.

While some thought it’s time to go back to ‘bullock-cart days’, others shared hilarious videos of people saving every drop of the precious fuel.



After donating Rs 50 lakh to CM relief funds, actor Rajinikanth urges everyone to follow Covid safety guidelines



Superstar Rajinikanth on Monday met Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai to extend his support to the state’s effort to battle the second wave of coronavirus. The superstar also contributed a sum of Rs 50 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Last week, the newly-elected chief minister had appealed to the public and the private organisations to generously contribute towards relief work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I request people to follow all the safety guidelines laid down by the government. Only then we will be able to defeat the coronavirus pandemic,” Rajinikanth told reporters after meeting with the chief minister.

And answering Stalin’s appeal, the who’s who of the Tamil film fraternity have been making significant contributions to the CM’s fund. Earlier, Ajith donated Rs 25 lakh and Suriya along with his father Sivakumar and brother Karthi gave a combined cheque of Rs 1 crore for the fund. Director AR Murugadoss ( Rs 25 lakh), actor Sivakarthikeyan (Rs 25 lakh), director Vetri Maaran (10 lakh), actor Jayam Ravi, his brother Mohan Raja and their father Mohan (made a joint donation of Rs 10 lakh), Soundarya Rajinikanth, her husband Vishagan and father-in-law SS Vanangamudi (together donated Rs 1 crore), Sun Pictures (Rs 30 crore) and many others have already contributed to the state’s relief fund.

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