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India hikes factory gate duties on diesel, petrol: government

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India on Tuesday raised factory gate duties on petrol by 2.25 rupees (US$0.04) per litre and on diesel by one rupee per litre with immediate effect, the finance ministry said in a statement to parliament.

[NEW DELHI] India on Tuesday raised factory gate duties on petrol by 2.25 rupees (US$0.04) per litre and on diesel by one rupee per litre with immediate effect, the finance ministry said in a statement to parliament.

The increases, which follow similar hikes in mid-November, seek to take advantage of a slump in world oil prices to shore up government revenues without stoking inflation.

A source familiar with the matter said the latest measures were expected to raise an additional 40 billion Indian rupees (US$650 million) in the remainder of the fiscal year to the end of March 2015.

REUTERS

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