Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: A 57-year-old woman collapsed and died during trade unions' protest in Uttar Kannada's Mundagodi on Tuesday, while nearly 5,000 bandh supporters blocked the Mumbai-Baroda-Jaipur-Delhi national highway in Maharashtra's Palghar. There were also reports of protesters hurling stones at a Tamil Nadu state bus in Puducherry.
Trains were stopped, buses and auto-rickshaws kept 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 country on Tuesday. Trains were stopped in Thiruvananthapuram, Tripunithura, Shoranur railway stations, while tyres were burnt in West Bengal to stop buses from plying in the roads. In Odisha, shops, markets, business establishments, educational institutions and offices remained closed, while vehicular movement virtually came to a grinding halt.
Banking Operations Hit by Strike in MP | Banking operations in Madhya Pradesh remained affected on Wednesday, the second day of the two-day strike called by central labour unions. Around 14,000 employees from 5,000 out of the total 7,426 bank branches in the state stayed away from work on Wednesday as well.
Jan 9, 2019 19:47 (IST)
Train Services Hit, Public Transport off Roads, SBI Branch Attacked in Kerala| Train services were disrupted, public transport remaind off roads and an SBI treasury branch attacked on the second day of the nation-wide trade union strike, even as shops in suburbs of major towns in Kerala were open on Wednesday. The strike also affected the movement of pilgrims to the Sabarimala hill temple, even though the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation had arranged bus services from various destinations to Pamba. The tourism sector was also affected.
Jan 9, 2019 19:31 (IST)
Mumbai Better Off on Last Day of National Strike| The two-day strike by the central trade unions across spheres had a mixed impact in the financial capital on the last day Wednesday, with activities not being impacted much. Most banks, including the state-run ones which have higher quantum of unionised workers, continued with normal operations on the second day of the two-day strike that began on Tuesday, when most of the civic buses kept off the road.
Jan 9, 2019 19:23 (IST)
7.82 Crore Loss For KSRTC| Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has incurred a total loss of Rs 7.82 crores during the two-day strike called by 10 central trade unions in the country. On the second day of the strike, 17 KSRTC buses, including seven Volvo two Non AC and eight Karnataka Sarige buses, were damaged and the corporation has incurred a loss of Rs 2.32 lakhs from this. In total, 2171 KSRTC schedules were cancelled along 8.26 lakh kilometres on Wednesday.
Jan 9, 2019 18:04 (IST)
Bharat Bandh: Violent Protests, Rail Blockades Witnessed in Many States| Sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal and Kerala and rail blockades in certain states were witnessed on Wednesday on the second day of Bharat Bandh, which also saw a partial disruption of banking and insurance services across the country. Other sectors like mining, road transport, power supply too bore the brunt of strike call given by country's 10 major central trade unions.
Jan 9, 2019 16:36 (IST)
Banks, Post Offices Affected By Strike in Gujarat | Banking and postal services continued to be affected in Gujarat on the second day of the two-day strike called by central trade unions on Wednesday. Unions also staged protest marches and demonstrations in major cities. Workers in industrial units at Ankleshwar in Bharuch and those at ports also joined in the shut-down.
Jan 9, 2019 16:06 (IST)
Banking Services Interrupted in Telangana | Barring interruption to banking services in some of the public sector banks, it was business as usual in Telangana on Wednesday during the second day of the two-day nationwide stir called by central trade unions. Employees belonging to the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India participated in the strike affecting banking transactions partially across the state.
Jan 9, 2019 16:01 (IST)
Trains Stopped By Protesters in TN | Trains were stopped by protesters at a few places in Tamil Nadu during the second day of the two-day nationwide stir called by 10 central trade unions. In Chennai, protests were held at Mount Road and Perambur and Guindy railway stations. Protests were also held in front of Madurai railway station and near the old bus-stand in Thanjavur district and Tiruchirappalli station affecting movement of vehicles and rail traffic.
Jan 9, 2019 15:34 (IST)
Trade unions in Delhi marched with flags and posters from Mandi House. All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), All India Central Council of Trade Union (AICCTU) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) were present at the march.
Delhi - trade unions march from Mandi House now - united colours of trade union flags challenging the Modi Govt's assault on workers rights! pic.twitter.com/y9q6tvLZbQ
Ten central trade unions - INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA - have also called for a nationwide general strike on January 8-9 against what they call
Jan 9, 2019 15:13 (IST)
Demonstrations across Karnataka I In Davangere, protesters disrupted the bus services, staged demonstration and burnt the effigy of the prime minister to vent their anger against the central government's workers policies. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses remained stationed in their respective depots across the state as protesters damaged the vehicles.
Jan 9, 2019 14:43 (IST)
Train services were hit on the second day of the strike in Odisha as trade union activists staged 'rail roko' at several places including Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Berhampur. Vehicles, including government and private buses refrained from plying and a large number of passengers were seen stranded in bus stands in many places. In Cuttack, the activists staged protest demonstrations and blocked roads at various places.
Jan 9, 2019 14:30 (IST)
Bihar's political parties attend protest I Bihar’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha & Left parties participated on the second-day of strike called by Central Trade Unions demanding minimum wages and social security schemes among others.
Visuals from Patna: RJD, SP, HAM & Left parties participate in the two-day nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions demanding minimum wages and social security schemes among others. #Biharpic.twitter.com/rx8pnACkGS
The bank was ransacked by a group of people who arrived at the branch and demanded that the staff shut down operations on day 2 of the strike.
Jan 9, 2019 13:53 (IST)
Protesters gather in Delhi I A small group of protesters have gathered at Delhi's Sansad Marg for the second-day of the trade union strike. Meanwhile, in Goa transport was disrupted as private buses and tourist taxis remained off roads. While no incidents of violence were reported in Goa, absence of private buses which ply on majority of the public transport routes, left passengers in distress, despite the fact that additional buses from the state government-operated Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), were pressed into service.
Jan 9, 2019 13:37 (IST)
A suspected bomb was found on the rail tracks at North 24 Parganas in West Bengal today. “Our bomb disposal squad has already rushed to the spot. After disposal of the bomb, line will be cleared,” said CPRO Eastern Railway’s Nikhil Kumar. Train services in Eastern Railway zone were disrupted.
West Bengal: A suspicious item was found on railway track at North 24 Parganas in Ashok Nagar,earlier today. Nikhil Kumar, CPRO Eastern Railway says,“It's a suspected bomb. Our bomb disposal squad has already rushed to the spot. After disposal of the bomb, line will be cleared.” pic.twitter.com/6lkDplRlQV
Train services from Thiruvananthapuram railway station have been disrupted. Thiruvananthapuram-Hyderabad Sabari Express and Venad Express were blocked, while the Kottayam-Nilambur passenger train in Kalamassery was held up for a while.
Jan 9, 2019 12:30 (IST)
Protesters gather outside Bengaluru's town hall I Traffic congestion near Bengaluru’s town hall as protesters gathered in front of the municipal building. Only 13% of BMTC buses (428 out of 3226 service) are operational today. Yesterday, on the first-day of the strike 36% of the buses were plying.
Over 32,000 BEST employees went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday over various demands, including higher salaries.
Jan 9, 2019 11:23 (IST)
Suspected bomb cleared in West Bengal I The suspected bombs found near Habra’s Ashoknagar in West Bengal has been disposed of by civil authorities as of 10.25 AM. Normal services resumed over the Bangaon section after the bombs were cleared. No disruptions have been reported in Asansol and Malda divisions.
Jan 9, 2019 11:16 (IST)
The SBI treasury branch near the government secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram was attacked by strike supporters. The branch manager was manhandled and his room was vandalised.Following the incident, police protection has been given .
Jan 9, 2019 11:07 (IST)
Sujan Chakraborty along with other protestors were detained by police while participating in the two-day nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions demanding minimum wages and social security schemes among others. Meanwhile, in Coochbebar district, supporters of the strike pelted stones at autos as a result of which the drivers stopped the services.
Kolkata: CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty along with other protestors detained by police while they were participating in the two-day nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions demanding minimum wages and social security schemes among others. #WestBengalpic.twitter.com/umdCeJitKc
Clashes in West Bengal I A government bus in Cooch Behar in West Bengal was vandalised by protesters. Two people including bus driver were injured. Police are now present are the spot.
#WestBengal: Protesters during 48-hour Central Trade Unions strike vandalised a government bus in Dinhata, Cooch Behar; 2 people including bus driver injured, police present at the spot pic.twitter.com/1lmOpwgQGO
All India Trade Union Congress General Secretary Amarjeet Kaur has said that there will be a complete bandh in Goa and Bihar, while 100 per cent strike is expected in other parts of the country too. Farming communities, through their associations, have also extended support to the strike. Student and teacher organisations of various universities have also declared support. Meanwhile, public transport in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala remain disrupted.
Jan 9, 2019 10:37 (IST)
Very few Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses are plying within Bangalore, although most KSRTC buses have turned out in the state on the second-day of the strike. The few BMTC buses which are operating are likely to return to the depot as the employees fear protests. Meanwhile, more trade union members have been seen on the roads with flags.
Jan 9, 2019 10:27 (IST)
Crude bombs found in West Bengal station I Five crude bombs were found on a railway track at Habra station in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Train services between Sealdah and Bongaon have been stopped. Meanwhile, two students were injured in the Howrah district after protesters started pelting stones at a bus at Shanpur Mor on the Jhikira-Howrah route.
Howrah: Two students injured after protestors participating in the two-day nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions demanding minimum wages and social security schemes among others, pelt stones at a bus at Shanpur Mor on Jhikira-Howrah route. #WestBengalpic.twitter.com/R3YpOEmUFs
Meanwhile, only 36.6% of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses were on road.
Jan 9, 2019 9:49 (IST)
Stone pelting incidences in Karnataka I Stone pelting incidences occurred in and around Bangalore in the wee hours of the morning. 12 KSRTC buses were attacked near Wilson garden, Nelamangala road, Mysore road, Audugodi and Madanayakanahalli.
Jan 9, 2019 9:44 (IST)
“The government merged the banks, ignoring the interest of bank employees and other people. 500 industrialists committed fraud of more than 10 lakhs crore and the government is doing nothing. I know people are facing problems due to our strike, but I would like to request them to support us because today's pain is tomorrow’s gain,” said Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI)’s all India secretary Joydeb Dasgupta.
Incidents of vandalism were reported from Bengaluru and West Bengal's Asansol. A police officer said that bandh supporters allegedly forced Asansol shopkeepers to shut shops, while some allegedly ransacked South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC). There were also reports of miscreants hurling stones on a BMTC bus in Bengaluru's Basaveshwaranagar.
The nationwide general strike has disrupted normal life as transport, bank and other services have been affected in several cities. The bandh has been called by 10 trade unions across the country against what they believe are "anti-labour policies of Modi government". Workers from the power, steel, auto, and financial services sector are all set to participate in the 'historic event'.
Ten trade unions who have jointly called for the nationwide general strike are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA. The trade unions have supports of almost all major independent federations of central employees, state employees and the employees of banks, insurance, telecom, and other service sectors representing the workers and employees of all the industries and services including transport services, both in organised and unorganised sectors.
"AIKS and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will observe 'gramin hartal', rail roko and road roko on January 8 and 9, the day trade unions are observing the nationwide general strike. This move is against the Modi government's failure to address rural distress issues, to save rural farmers' lands from the corporates. The farmers will extend all support to the ensuing general strike," said Hannan Mollah, general secretary of the CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha.
Atul Kumar Anjaan of the CPI's peasant wing said that the action committee of farmers in their meeting decided that when the workers, employees and common people are protesting against the Modi government's policies, the farmers will also join them.
"The farmers will join road jam, demonstration, protest meetings throughout the country to make the nationwide strike a success and register their disenchantment with PM Narendra Modi and his policies," said Anjaan.
In Karnataka, buses, radio taxis, auto rickshaws and other transport facilities remained shut, except for a few places. Hospitals and ambulance facilities, however, are working. In West Bengal, the administration assured that candidates appearing for JEE Main exam, which begins today (January 8) and ends on Saturday (January 12), will not be affected due to the two-day strike called by CPIM-led trade union CITU.
In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) buses stopped plying from 5am today as nearly 35,000 workers are on strike after talks with the management failed on Friday evening. In Kerala, trains were blocked at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikkod.