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Bharat Bandh Day 2: Violent protests, rail blockades witnessed in many states

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New Delhi, Jan 9: Sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal and Kerala and rail blockades in certain states were witnessed Wednesday on the second day of Bharat Bandh, which also saw a partial disruption of banking and insurance services across the country.

Bharat Bandh Day 2

Other sectors like mining, road transport, power supply too bore the brunt of strike call given by country's 10 major central trade unions, except RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, to protest against the government's alleged anti-labour policies and unilateral labour reforms. They had given a call for a two-day Bharat Bandh on January 8 and 9.

Here are the updates:

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4:32 PM, 9 Jan
Tamil Nadu | 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.
3:45 PM, 9 Jan
Delhi - trade unions march from Mandi House now - united colours of trade union flags challenging the Modi Govt's assault on workers rights!
3:17 PM, 9 Jan
Karnataka: According to TV reports, protesters forcefully entered school in Bagalkot and took teachers to task for not sending midday meal workers to take part in the protest.
3:15 PM, 9 Jan
Bandh in Odisha: According to reports, 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.
3:00 PM, 9 Jan
Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah supports Trade Unions' strike, says their demands are justified. He says," All trade unions except BJP affiliated unions took part in the protest. Trade unions' protests are not sponsored by Congress."
2:38 PM, 9 Jan
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.
1:22 PM, 9 Jan
Banking services were partially affected for the second day Wednesday, as a section of PSU bank employees came in support of the nation-wide strike call given by 10 central trade unions against the alleged anti-labour policies of the government. All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees' Federation of India (BEFI) have supported the strike, which has impacted banking operation where these two unions are strong.
12:19 PM, 9 Jan
Bengaluru: Factory workers and members of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) raise slogans during a 48-hour-long nationwide general strike called by central trade unions in protest against the "anti-people'' policies of the Centre.
12:15 PM, 9 Jan
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.
12:14 PM, 9 Jan
Karnataka: All the government buses in Karnataka’s Gadag district have been completely stopped after the bus drivers’ association decided not to work on the second day of Bharat Bandh. CPI leader Doulat Kuri said they will stop the buses if they start working again.
11:38 AM, 9 Jan
Kerala: 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 .
11:26 AM, 9 Jan
After Tuesday’s police firing in Tripura, mobile internet services have been suspended to stop propagation of fake messages through WhatsApp and other social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. The para-military force also held a flag march in the affected areas of Madhabbari, in West Tripura.
11:26 AM, 9 Jan
After Tuesday’s police firing in Tripura, mobile internet services have been suspended to stop propagation of fake messages through WhatsApp and other social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. The para-military force also held a flag march in the affected areas of Madhabbari, in West Tripura.
11:26 AM, 9 Jan
West Bengal: 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.
11:25 AM, 9 Jan
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.
10:44 AM, 9 Jan
West Bengal: 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.
10:06 AM, 9 Jan
Kerala: Rail Roko protests continue across Kerala on the second day of the trade union's strike. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation incurred a tentative revenue loss of 5.40 crores on the first day of strike after 4,504 schedules were cancelled.
10:05 AM, 9 Jan
Karnataka: 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.
9:09 AM, 9 Jan
West Bengal: State govt directs bus drivers to wear helmet while driving, in view of nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions demanding minimum wages, social security schemes & against privatisation of public and government sector.
9:08 AM, 9 Jan
Central Rail CPRO: In view of BEST buses strike Mumbai Division will run extra sub-services. Main line- Thane dep 13.44hrs&CSMT arrival 14.40hrs CSMT dep 14.49hrs&Kalyan arrival 16.15hrs Harbour line- Vashi dep 13.44hrs&CSMT arrival 14.32hrs CSMT dep14.45hrs&Panvel arrival 16.05
9:07 AM, 9 Jan
Strike by Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport(BEST) bus employees over their demands including fixation at master grade of employees employed after 2007,merging BEST budget with ‘A’ budget of BMC & resolving the issue of employee service residences, continues today.
9:02 AM, 9 Jan
The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India has informed the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) of the two-day nationwide strike on January 8-9, 2019, IDBI Bank said in a filing to the BSE.
8:37 AM, 9 Jan
The Odisha Government has directed the District Collectors and District Magistrates to assess the situation in their respective district and decide accordingly for the closure of the educational institutions. In a letter written to district officials, Additional Secretary, Partha Sarthi Mishra ordered for necessary caution. "During `Bharat Bandh` call on January 9, there may be apprehension of untoward incidents in different parts of the state. Hence, you are hereby requested to assess the situation in your district and in case there is any compelling situation which is likely to affect the Educational Institutions, you may kindly take a suitable decision for closure of the educational institutions within your jurisdiction," read the letter.
8:37 AM, 9 Jan
West Bengal: Train services on Sealdah-Lakshmikantapur Namkhana and Diamond Harbour section affected as strike supporters have thrown banana leaves on overhead wire at Dakshin Barasat, Mathurapur between Nischindapur-Kakdwip, Kakdwip-Namkhana on Sealdah-Lakshmikantapur Namkhana section. Banana leaves have also been thrown at and Basuldanga on Sealdah-Diamond Harbour section. Tower vans have already been dispatched to remove the banana leaves from the overhead wire to restore normal services. Normal services are maintained over other sections of Sealdah division.
8:30 AM, 9 Jan
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) cancelled 4,504 schedules as the Central Trade Unions went on a two-day nationwide strike. A tentative revenue loss of 5.40 crores is calculated by the corporation and services of 18.21 lakh kilometres were cancelled on the first day of strike..
8:29 AM, 9 Jan
Banking and transport services are likely to inconvenience the public today as the all-India strike by trade unions enters its second and final day.
6:38 PM, 8 Jan
Banking and postal services were partially affected in Chhattisgarh as the Central Trade Unions went on a two-day nationwide strike against the government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms.
3:56 PM, 8 Jan
Strike supporters burn tyres in Guwahati.
3:46 PM, 8 Jan
To ensure that Sabarimala pilgrims are not affected by the strike, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has been operating buses from various destinations to Pamba, the foothills of the Sabarimala temple. However, KSRTC buses are not plying on other routes.
3:26 PM, 8 Jan
CPI(M) have staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha after the Trade Unions (Amendment) Bill 2019 was introduced by the Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar. "This is going to cut the throat of the working class. This bill is a draconian bill," said CPI(M)'s Anirudhan Sampath. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and RSP's N K Premachandran have also voiced their opposition to the bill.
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