scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Bharat bandh day 1 highlights: Train services disrupted in Kerala; sporadic violence in Bengal, Rajasthan

Bharat Bandh: Banking and postal services were affected across the country as a section of employees abstained from work, according to reports from various parts of the country.

By: Express Web Desk | Kerala, New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2019 8:59:28 am
bharat bandh, bharat bandh on 8th January 2019, bharat bandh today, bharat bandh live news, bharat bandh news update, bharat bandh 2019, bharat bandh live, bharat bandh latest news, bharat bandh live news, bharat bandh live updates, bharat band live news, bharat bandh on tuesday, nationwide strike today, nationwide strike today update, nationwide strike today live news, bharat bandh in india, bharat bandh kerala, bharat bandh bangalore, bharat bandh karnataka CPI(M) holds demonstration on the first day of a two-day general strike in Kolkata, Tuesday. (Photo: AP)

The nationwide strike by 10 central trade unions evoked a mixed response on Tuesday as five states, including Kerala, Odisha and Assam, witnessed complete bandh while scattered incidents of violence were reported in West Bengal and Rajasthan.

Banking and postal services were affected across the country as a section of employees abstained from work, according to reports from various parts of the country. Commuters in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and West Bengal faced problems as the transport services were hit. Buses went off roads and train services were also disrupted. Workers’ body CITU said around 20 crore workers from all sectors of the economy have participated in the strike across the country. The expanse and active participation of workers in the two-day strike which began Tuesday is a clear indication of the extent of their anger and resentment against the policies of the government, PTI reported the union as saying.

Live Updates: Bharat bandh Day 2

The Central trade unions called a two-day Bharat bandh on Tuesday and Wednesday to protest against the policies for workers adopted by the Narendra Modi-led Union government. The 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.

Live Blog

Highlights: Central trade unions and farmer unions called a two-day Bharat Bandh from Tuesday.  Read in Malayalam, Tamil, Bangla

21:23 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Tapan Sen addresses public meeting in New Delhi

Tapan Sen addresses protest meeting in Delhi on  Day One of nationwide strike.

21:07 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Sporadic violence in West Bengal

In West Bengal, several protesters were arrested after sporadic incidents of vandalism were reported from parts of the state during the strike. Stones were pelted at a school bus in Champadali area of Barasat in North 24 Parganas district. A government bus was also ransacked by strike supporters at Champadali. Protestors also vandalised a bus at Jamuria in Paschim Bardhaman district, reported PTI.

19:22 (IST)08 Jan 2019
20 crore workers participated in strike across country: CITU

CITU said around 20 crore workers from all sectors of the economy have participated in the strike across the country. The expanse and active participation of workers in the two-day strike which began Tuesday is a clear indication of the extent of their anger and resentment against the policies of the government, PTI reported the union as saying.

18:51 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Senior CPI(M) leader Biman Basu leads a public rally in Kolkata

CPI(M) leader Biman Basu leads a public rally in Kolkata. (Photo: Twitter/@CPIM_WESTBENGAL)

18:46 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Strike being observed in Telangana

General strike being observed in parts of Telangana against 'anti-labour' policies of the Modi government.

16:37 (IST)08 Jan 2019
West Bengal: Shutdown in Bankura district

Bankura district in West Bengal shuts down in support of the strike against anti-people, anti-worker policies of the BJP-led NDA Govt.

(Photos: Twitter/@CPIM_WESTBENGAL)

16:26 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Karnataka: Trade union members in Hubballi march in protest
16:18 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Thousands of people on streets of Haryana

Thousands of people marched as part of nationwide general strike in Haryana. (Source: Twitter/@cpimspeak)

16:11 (IST)08 Jan 2019
CPI(M) stages protest on Tamil Nadu streets

The CPI(M) and the mass organisations staged demonstrations in a number of locations in Tamil Nadu in support of the two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions. CPI(M) State Secretary K Balakrishnan led a road roko in Coimbatore.

15:21 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Want urgent price-control measures: Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has called for urgent price-control measures through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in the commodity market.

14:54 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Train services hit in Kerala

Major lifeline trains connecting the state’s northern districts to the capital such as the Venad Express, Janshatabdi Express, Malabar Express and Chennai Mail remained stranded at different stations and ran way beyond schedule.

The Divisional Railway Manager in Thiruvananthapuram announced that Venad Express will remain partially cancelled between Ernakulam and Shoranur. The Ernakulam-Kayamkulam Passenger train was fully cancelled on Tuesday.

13:49 (IST)08 Jan 2019
In Pictures | Trade unions in Mumbai extend their support to the nationwide strike

In Mumbai, the Bharat bandh coincides with a strike being held by Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) employees. (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)

13:31 (IST)08 Jan 2019
CPI(M)'s tweet on Bhart bandh
13:26 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Strike brings life to a standstill in Kerala, commuters face tough time

Commuters found it difficult to commute from railway stations to their homes, as private, state transport buses, as well as autorickshaws and private cabs, remained off-roads. In Thiruvananthapuram, numerous patients and their families, who had booked appointments at the Medical College and the Regional Cancer Centre, had to stand for hours at the railway station before the police arranged alternate options.

13:01 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Bharat bandh LIVE updates: Trains delayed, buses, autos remain off roads in Kerala

Trains were stopped, buses and auto-rickshaws remained off roads as the 48-hour general strike called by 10 central trade unions against "anti-labour policies" of the central government, hit normal life in the southern state. Workers have also extended their support to the two-day strike. Trains were stopped in Thiruvananthapuram, Tripunithura, Shoranur railway stations.

12:46 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Odisha: Train services hit as trade union activists stage rail roko on first day of the 48-hour nationwide strike

Shops, markets, business establishments, educational institutions and offices remained closed while vehicular movement virtually came to a grinding halt across Odisha, according to PTI. Roads wore a deserted look with vehicles, including government and private buses refraining from plying, while a large number of passengers were seen stranded at many places.

12:40 (IST)08 Jan 2019

deleting_message

12:30 (IST)08 Jan 2019
West Bengal: Sporadic incidents of violence, stone pelting on first day of the nationwide strike

According to PTI, stones were pelted at a school bus in Champadali area of Barasat in North 24 Parganas district. Also, senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty along with other supporters was detained by the police on Tuesday. Earlier, the state government had announced that its employees would be barred from availing casual leave or half day leave on Tuesday and Wednesday.

12:20 (IST)08 Jan 2019
Karnataka: Nationwide union strike evokes mixed response

While buses of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) stayed off the roads in most parts of the state, causing inconvenience to the people travelling to distant places, private buses, auto, taxi and metro services were available, PTI reported. In many districts, holiday was declared in schools and colleges, with examinations were reportedly postponed.

12:04 (IST)08 Jan 2019
In Pictures: Effects of bandh in Kerala


Several trains including Ernakulam - Cannanore Intercity Express and Mangalore Central- Chennai Egmore Express were blocked at Parappanangadi and Payannur station respectively. (Express photo)

Several shops on SM street, Calicut, remained closed on Tuesday. (Express photo)

Bharat bandh LIVE Updates Bharat bandh today: Several trading organisations have denounced the Bharat bandh call. (File)

Several trading organisations have denounced the Bharat bandh call and said they would keep their shops open during the hartal. Officials in the Kerala Trade and Industries Coordination Forum said that they would not participate in the in the strike. In West Bengal, another state where the Left has presence, the CITU has said it would put up resistance if the Mamata Banerjee government made attempts to foil the bandh.

Bharat Bandh: Who is part of national strike?

The strike has been called by a consortium of ten central trade unions and has received support from organisations like the AITUC, CITU, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, along with employees in the banking and insurance sector. Farm unions like All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) cand Bhumi Adhikar Andolan are also part of the strike.

National strike: What are trade unions demanding?

The central trade unions during the convention held in September 2018 had given the call for a nation-wide strike accusing the government of “arrogantly ignoring” the 12-point Charter of Demands on minimum wage, universal social security, workers’ status and including pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatisation of public and government sector including financial sectors.

0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.