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Indonesia: Pertamina Responding to Fuel Saving Call with Carpool Programme

Indonesia's state oil company Pertamina says it will begin a carpooling programme for its workers in response to the government's call for state bodies to do more to save fuel. Pertamina Hulu Energi says it will respond to the government's campaign by encouraging its employees to take part and that it understands the reasons behind the initiative. Through the scheme Indonesia's president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has moved to limit the cost an expensive fuel subsidy to his government. 


India: Bombay Court Finds Petrol Price Hike Illegal

The Bombay High Court has determined that a recent hike in the price of petrol was illegal, and has served notices to the Central ministries, the Finance Secretary, the Petroleum Ministry and several oil companies. The hike, which took place at midnight on May 23 and raised the price of petrol by Rs 7.50 a litre, was illegal as it did not have the approval of the country's parliament, the court ruled. 


Vietnam: Car Fires Caused by Sub-Standard Fuel, Says Report

A string of vehicle fires in Ho Chi Minh City have been caused by poor quality fuel, according to the local Tuoi Tre newspaper. The report cited investigation results from regional authorities in the city, which included testing by the Refinery and Petrochemical Technology Research Center and HCM City University of Technology.

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