NEW DELHI —
Different trade unions in India have called ‘Bharat bandh’ (all Indian general strike) to protest the NDA government’s labour reforms on Wednesday.
The countrywide bandh called by 10 exchange unions CITU, INTUC, AITUC, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF has in partially affected normal life in parts of West Bengal, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Mumbai and several different urban areas.
Clashes were also reported from some states, particularly in West Bengal.
All services are affected including banks, transport, civil aviation and gas and oil supply.
In urban communities, such as, Mumbai and Delhi, auto-rickshaws and taxis remained off the streets. Bengaluru and Kolkata were also hit by the strike.
The 10 trade unions that have called the Bharat bandh want the government to to withdraw its proposed changes to the labor laws, and are also protesting the privatisation of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).Follow @gorkhapost
Passenger bus falls from bridge, leaving 12 dead, injuring 46 in India’s Sitamadhi
PATNA — At least 12 people were killed and 46 others injured on Saturday after a passenger bus carrying them fell from a bridge in India’s eastern state of Bihar, officials said.
A bus carrying over 60 passengers fell off a bridge in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, about 130 kilometres north of state capital Patna, killing 12 persons on the spot on Saturday evening, local media reported.
The accident took place at around 6 pm on the National Highway 77 near Bhanaspatti village under Runnisaidpur area of the district. Police said the bus was heading to Aurai via Runnisaidpur from Muzaffarpur.
Reports said following the accident, some of the witnesses informed police who rushed to the spot along with health teams to carry out rescue operation.
Of the injured, 34 were admitted to the primary health centre (PHC) at Runnisaidpur while 12 were rushed to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur.Follow @gorkhapost