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cut in prices of gasoline, diesel and cooking gas.

India late on Wednesday allowed its state-run petroleum retail companies to cut the prices of gasoline, diesel and cooking gas. Petrol will now be cheaper by Rs 5 a litre, diesel by Rs 2 and cooking gas by Rs 25 per cylinder.

The decision was taken by a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), presided over by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The cuts in fuel prices will be effective midnight on Wednesday, an official statement said.

Mukherjee announced the decision after the four-hour meeting, held in the absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is recovering from a heart surgery.

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