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LITHUANIA: Czech rolling stock manufacturer Škoda Vagonka has won a KC750m contract to supply three three-car Class 575 double-deck electric multiple-units to Lithuanian national operator LG for use on cross-border services between Vilnius and Minsk in Belarus. LG and its Belarus counterpart BC plan to reduce the journey time between the capitals by 30 min to 2 h h honce 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the corridor is completed by the end of 2015.The EMU order announced by Škoda Vagonka on December 1 follows the supply of three two-car and seven three-car versions of the EMUs in four batches in 2008–14 for use on the Vilnius – Kaunas inter-city route. The latest batch of EMUs is scheduled to be delivered within 36 months. Modifications for use on the international route will include a train crew compartment, different seats, bilingual audio-visual passenger information systems and additional racks for large items of luggage.
BARCELONA are interested in signing Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, according to reports.The Portuguese midfielder started just 23 Premier League matches for City this season as he struggled to rediscover the form that saw him named their player of the year in 2018-19.Manchester City Bernardo Silva is back in England after being holed up in PortugalCredit: Getty Images – GettyBarca hope to capitalise on Silva’s situation and could include right-back Nelson Semedo in a cash-plus-player swap deal.The Telegraph claims the La Liga giants hope to tempt the 25-year-old with a new challenge after three seasons at the Etihad.However, Barca’s limited post-coronavirus budget means they have prioritised swap deals this summer and hope to test City’s resolve by offering Semedo in part-exchange.Semedo, 26, has been on City’s radar for some time and is among a number of names the Blaugrana are looking to move on in the transfer window. Silva joined City from Monaco in 2017 for an initial £43.5million fee but would likely be valued much higher by City, even though the pandemic looks in the most part to have decimated transfer fees globally.Despite a downturn in form, the midfielder has still contributed eight goals and ten assists in 52 appearances this season.Asked recently about Silva, City boss Pep Guardiola admitted this season had been tough for the Portuguese due to the displays of Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez.“This season, maybe it was my fault or maybe Phil was more involved and Riyad maintained his level and the other players played good too,” Guardiola said.Silva was overlooked in favour of Foden for City’s Champions League last-16 win over Real Madrid on Friday night before coming on for the England under-21 international in the 67th minute.David Silva offered £52k a week, private jet and ‘elegant house’ by Lazio as Man City legend weighs up transfer Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Omg this is awesome 🙂 REAL vs FAKE GOLD Most awesome bullfighting festival Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk
New Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) CPI(M) today accused the Centre of adopting “selfish” approach in imposing successive hikes in excise duty on fuel to collect revenue when petrol and diesel prices are falling globally, and asked it to roll back the same in public interest before the Union budget is presented.”At a time when food prices are on the upswing and when two successive years of drought will further put pressure on consumer food prices, governments selfish approach of garnering (the advantage of) the fall in global oil prices is anti-people and short-sighted,” former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said.He said, “Before the Union budget is placed, there should be a strong demand that the successive hikes in excise duties on petrol and diesel be withdrawn and the government finds other ways to raise revenues.”In an editorial in the forthcoming issue of party mouthpiece Peoples Democracy, Karat said the government hiked excise duty on petrol and diesel nine times since November 2014.This, he said, “resulted” in increase in tax levied on petrol and diesel by Rs 11.77 and Rs 13.37 per litre respectively.He said the approach benefited both public sector and private oil companies and also the government, which he added, sought to increase its revenue through taxation to bridge budgetary deficit.”If the retail prices of petrol and diesel had fallen in tune with the global prices, it would have helped dampen inflation and price rise. This would have brought down transportation cost and would have had its impact on prices of essential commodities including food items,” he said.advertisementAccusing successive governments of handing over tax exemptions to the corporate sector, he also suggested to the Centre to do away with such concessions to raise revenue and bridge fiscal deficit. PTI ENM KND SC KND