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Bharat bandh evokes mixed response in NE

Bharat bandh evokes mixed response in NE
Kohima postal employees staging protest. (NP)
GUWAHATI/AGARTALA/SHILLONG, JAN 8 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/8/2020 1:04:35 PM IST

A countrywide shutdown on Wednesday called by 10 central trade unions (CTUs) and other organisations to protest against the Centre’s economic policies evoked partial response in northeastern states. Flights operated normally to and from northeastern states and the Northeast Frontier Railways also operated their trains in all states of the region. No major untoward incident was reported from any of the states.

In Assam, normal life was partially hit in most parts of the state as a large number of vehicles went off the roads and most markets were shut. Though medicine shops were open but a large number of commercial shops and shopping malls were shut in many places. Most educational institutions, especially schools, remained closed. Maximum bank branches and financial institutions remained shut. But most government offices functioned almost normally.

The bandh in Manipur was a mixed response. The state observed holiday on account of Gaan-Ngai festival, the post-harvest festival Kabui tribe, as such no educational institution and government office functioned for the day. The all-women market complexes were the most affected as women vendors decided to suspend their business in support of the strike. Almost all the petrol outlets including financial institutions remained close for the day. The strike had no impact in hill districts of the state.

In Tripura, the normal life was affected due to the 24-hours shut down. Most markets, shops and business establishments were closed in the state and most private and passenger vehicles remained off the roads. But many government offices functioned almost normally and schools and other educational institutions also remained open.

The nationwide strike evoked little response in other states-- Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

Postal services affected in Nagaland

 KOHIMA, JAN 8 (NPN): Postal services in Nagaland was affected as All India Postal Employees Union (P-III, P-IV and GDS) Nagaland division joined the one-day nationwide strike on Wednesday called by ten central trade unions to press for the 12-point common demands of the working class that include minimum wage, social security and several others.

Altogether 41 Post Offices across Nagaland remained closed including Railway Mail Service. The strike was called by National Federation of Postal Employees, New Delhi. The Kohima division postal staff including AIPEU Nagaland division held a demonstration outside Head post office, Kohima. In Dimapur postal staff also a demonstration outside Super Market area.

(Correspondent)

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