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January 08, 2020 / 07:56 PM IST

Bharat Bandh highlights: Delhi, Mumbai remain largely unaffected by strike

Live coverage of the nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions. Stay tuned for the key updates.

Banking services hit in several states of the country due to 'Bharat Bandh' called by trade unions on January 8. Sporadic violence reported in West Bengal where protesters vandalised a bus. Railway track was partially blocked in Amritsar.

Nearly 25 crore people are said to be taking part in this all-India strike to protest against the government's "anti-people" policies.

Ten central trade
unions like INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC along with various sectoral independent federations and associations had adopted a declaration in September last to go on a nationwide strike on January 8, 2020.
  • January 08, 2020 / 06:53 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATES | Barring banking services being hit, it was business as usual in Telangana despite the nationwide strike called by various trade unions protesting the Centre's 'anti-people' policies.

    Most of the shops and business establishments were open while transport services remained unaffected.

    The strike by as many as three lakh employees and workers passed off peacefully with the participation of members of various trade unions in the state, senior leader of Telangana CPI, Sudhakar said.

    Representatives of various unions held dharna at Dharna Chowk near Indira Park. (PTI)

  • January 08, 2020 / 06:27 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATES | TMC cadres, police indulged in arson in Malda during trade unions' strike and blamed the Left cadres, CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim said, according to News18. He alleged that the violence was instigated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

  • January 08, 2020 / 06:05 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATES | Trade union strike: HMSI, Bajaj Auto, component makers affected

    Production at Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India's (HMSI) Manesar plant in Haryana, Bajaj Auto's Chakan unit and factories of various auto component makers was hit on Wednesday by the day-long strike called by 10 major trade unions against the Centre's "anti-people" policies.

    The strike, however, had no impact on production of auto majors Maruti Suzuki India, Hero MotoCorp, Honda Cars India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors and Hyundai Motors India as their plants in various parts of the country functioned normally.

    "Workers in all the three shifts at the Manesar plant are not working today in support of the trade union strike," HMSI Employee Union President Suresh Gaur said. (PTI)

  • January 08, 2020 / 04:44 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATES | No effect of strike in Mumbai, most of Maharashtra; transport normal

    The nationwide strike seems to have failed to evoke much response in Maharashtra till Wednesday afternoon with transport and banking services remaining largely unaffected in many districts as well as in the country's financial capital.

    No untoward incident was reported so far from any region of the state.

    Suburban trains, which are called as the "lifeline of Mumbai" with a ridership of more than 75 lakh commuters per day, public buses, taxis and autorickshaws are running normally in the island city and suburbs. (PTI)

  • January 08, 2020 / 04:15 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATE | Trade unions held protests in Shimla and other parts of Himachal Pradesh despite heavy snowfall and rain, News18 has reported. According to the news channel, in Shimla, trade unions led by CITU State President Vijendra Mehra held protest at Panchayat Bhawan. They raised slogans against the central government. CPM MLA Rakesh Singha and Mehra also addressed the gathering on the occasion.

  • January 08, 2020 / 03:56 PM IST
  • January 08, 2020 / 03:42 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATE | National capital largely unaffected by nationwide trade union strike

    The national capital largely remained unaffected by the nation-wide strike called by trade unions on Wednesday, though most industrial workers stayed away from work.​

    Metro and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) services functioned normally despite the strike call.

    Officials said no trains have been affected in the national capital, but some Delhi-bound trains from Odisha and West Bengal could be affected.

  • January 08, 2020 / 03:16 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATE | 175 local trains cancelled due to blockades by bandh supporters in Kolkata 

    Train services were disrupted in the suburbs and neighbouring districts of Kolkata by supporters of a nationwide general strike called by 10 trade unions on Wednesday, Railway officials told news agency PTI. 

    At least 175 local trains were cancelled in the Sealdah and Howrah divisions of Eastern Railway (ER) owing to the blockades put up by supporters of the strike, its spokesman said.

    In the Howrah-Kharagpur section of South Eastern Railway, there were blockades at some places for durations from 10 minutes to half an hour, but no train was cancelled, its spokesman Sanjoy Ghosh said.

  • January 08, 2020 / 02:52 PM IST

    In this ANI tweet: Protest at Delhi University's North Campus against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), and in support of Bharat Bandh called by trade unions today. 

  • January 08, 2020 / 02:35 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATE | 15 lakh power sector employees, engineers on strike: AIPEF

    About 15 lakh power sector employees and engineers across the country went on strike on Wednesday in support of 'Bharat Bandh' call given by 10 central trade unions. 

    Power sector employees are protesting against the Centre's proposed amendments to the Electricity Act as well as other privatisation policies of the government, which they say are against the interest of the consumers and employees. (PTI)

  • January 08, 2020 / 02:14 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh UPDATE | Protests have reportedly turned violent in West Bengal's Malda district. Police vehicles have been set on fire, CNN News18 is reporting. 

    Police has fires tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse protestors. NH 34 has been closed. 

  • January 08, 2020 / 02:12 PM IST

    BREAKING | Protests turn violent in West Bengal's Malda (News18)