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Bharat bandh in Bengaluru, Mumbai highlights: Transport takes a hit, schools shut

Bharat bandh: The two-day strike, which began today, was called by trade unions to protest policies for workers adopted by the Centre.

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Bharat bandh in Bengaluru, Mumbai: During the protest called by trade union at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Tuesday (Express Photo: Nirmal Harindran)

Educational and commercial institutions remained closed across Karnataka Tuesday in light of the nation-wide Bharat bandh. While Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses remained off the roads, few Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses were seen plying. Private buses, autos, taxis and the metro services were available for commuters, but were reportedly charging higher fares.

In Mumbai, the Bharat bandh coincides with a strike being held by Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) employees. Some 3,200 buses remained non-operational across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai today. The two-day Bharat bandh, which began today, was called by trade unions to protest policies for workers adopted by the Centre.

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Highlights: Bharat bandh in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Stills from workers'protest in Karnataka

Stills from workers' strike in Mumbai

Women workers protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Tuesday as part of the nationwide strike. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran, 8th January 2018, Mumbai)

Stills from protest in Mumbai

Trade Union joint action committee protested at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Tuesday as part of a nationwide strike. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran, 8th January 2018, Mumbai)

Workers' protest: Stills from Bengaluru

Workers demands include 18,000 minimum wage, pension, social security and among others.

NCP leader Sachin Ahir urges his party cadre to help people

NCP leader Sachin Ahir urges his party cadre to help people amid the BEST bus' strike in Mumbai.

CPI (M) leads protest in Palghar

CPI (M) leads protest in Palghar.

Trade union strike grips Karnataka

Visuals from Karnataka: Nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions demanding minimum wages, social security schemes and against privatisation of public and government sector

Mumbai: Bus services affected at the CSMT due to the indefinite strike by BEST

Bus services affected at the CSMT due to the indefinite strike by BEST.

Trade unions have staging a two-day strike across the country to protest the policies for workers adopted by the Centre. The Bharat bandh began on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The trade unions have the support of almost all major independent federations of central employees, state employees and the employees of banks, insurance, telecom, and other service sectors.

Besides traders, farmers from the All India Kisan Sabha and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will also join the agitation.

AIKS and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will observe ‘gramin hartal’, rail roko and road roko on January 8 and 9. The farmers are protesting the Modi government’s failure to address the agrarian crisis and save farmers’ lands from corporates.

The central trade unions have accused the government of ignoring its demands on minimum wage, universal social security, workers’ status, including pay and better facilities, and guard against privatisation of public and government sectors.