A two-day-long nationwide strike has been called by Central Trade Unions (CTUs) against the alleged repressive policies of the Narendra Modi-led union government beginning Tuesday, January 8. As many as 10 CTUs with at least 20 crore workers affiliated to them have joined the strike. The 10 CTUs going on strike include INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU and AIUTUC, among others.
The strike call covers banks, insurance, post, BSNL, state transport, railways, port trust, defence and other PSUs, central-state government undertakings, municipal workers, anganwadi staffers, hawkers and others comprising 25 crore people.
1:00 PM | Kerala: SBI Treasury Branch at Thiruvananthapuram Attacked, Trains Blocked
12:20 PM | Over 100 protesters including members of various trade unions and left party cadres have been arrested in Silchar.
12:05 PM | National Highway wore deserted look due to the ongoing Bharat Bandh. Kids started playing on the roads.
10:00 AM | Kerala: Traders body floats new force of volunteers to provide protection to shops, business establishments.
9:50 AM | Karnataka: For second day in a row, bus services remain severely affected in Hassan, Karnataka. However, private buses continue to ply and establishments remain open.
9:45 AM | On Day 1 of Bharath Bandh, KSRTC Incurs Loss of Over Rs 5 Crore. Meanwhile, only 36.6% of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses were on road.
9:30 AM | West Bengal: CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty along with other protesters detained by police while they were participating in the two-day nationwide strike.
9:25 AM | The protesters have planned to march from Mandi House to Parliament and similar marches will be held across the country, said trade union leaders.