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BEST strike creates chaos in Mumbai on Rakhi Day

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Mumbai, Aug 7 : Millions of Mumbaikars were severely hit on Rakshabandhan Day as around 37,000 employees of the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) launched a strike to press for their salary demands here on Monday.

The entire fleet of nearly 3,800 BEST buses remained in depots across the city as employees belonging to nine unions stayed off duty, stranding the three million commuters who use it daily as their lifeline.

The strike proved a boon for autorickshaws and taxis which were in huge demand to ferry people going from one place to another.

Many charged the commuters exorbitantly even for short rides, while others relied on the app-based cab services like Ola and Uber.

The BEST Employees Union President Shashank Rao said that the employees had demanded that their salaries should be paid on time and a written undertaking should be given, but the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration failed to provide it.

Hectic efforts are underway with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray attempting to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, Mumbaikars paid through their nose for commutes by autos or taxis on account of the strike in different parts of the city and surroundings, as well as the neigbouring district like Thane and Raigad services by BEST’s long-distance services.

A regular commuter M.N. Bose complained he had to shell out Rs 200 for a ride from Kalina to Santacruz which normally cost around Rs 50, while another commuter paid Rs 250 to travel from Kandivali to Dahisar to her brother’s home for Rakshabandhan, up from barely Rs 70.

The Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC) has deployed its own ST buses in some key sectors to tackle the commuter rush, while the state government has permitted private buses to carry regular commuters.

The state government has threatened to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act, 2011, against the striking employees.

(IANS)

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15 killed as tractor falls in Telangana canal

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Hyderabad, June 24 : Fifteen agriculture workers were killed and 15 others injured when a tractor plunged into a canal in Telangana’s Yadadri district on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred when the tractor carrying the workers fell in Musi canal near Veligonda. The dead include 14 women and a boy.

According to the police, the tractor driver lost control of the vehicle while trying to avoid a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction.

The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals. The death toll may rise as the condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical.

The agriculture workers were on their way to nearby fields for sowing when the incident took place. Police personnel and revenue workers with the help of locals retrieved the bodies from the canal.

State Energy Minister Jagdish Reddy visited the accident site. He told reporters that a probe would be conducted into the incident. He assured all help to the families of the deceased and to the injured.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed shock over the incident. He conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and directed officials to provide best medical care to the injured.(IANS)

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Army major arrested in Meerut for allegedly killing another officer’s wife

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New Delhi, June 24: An Indian Army Major was arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut on Sunday after the wife of another officer was found dead on Saturday with her throat slit on a street in the Delhi Cantonment area.

Army Major’s wife was found with her throat slit near Brar Square in the Delhi Cantonment area on Saturday. She had left home on Saturday morning for a physiotherapy session at the Army’s Base hospital in Delhi Cantonment but after half-an-hour later, she was found dead, police said.

Major Nikhil Handa, who is currently posted in Nagaland’s Dimapur , has been arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, is being brought to Delhi for further investigation.

 

Major Handa left Delhi in a Honda City car after allegedly murdering the woman, police said.
Police on Saturday had said that the accused had allegedly run a car over her face to make the incident appear as an accident.

Indian Army Major Nikhil Handa arrested in Meerut’s Daurala; He is accused of murdering wife of another Indian Army major, who was found dead with her throat slit in Delhi’s Brar Square yesterday: Sources

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Naxals uproot tracks, derail goods train in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

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Dantewada, June 24 :The engine and eight wagons of a goods train derailed and fell off a bridge on the Kirandul-Visakhapatnam route in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Sunday .

Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said, “Naxals removed tracks to disrupt rail traffic.”

“The incident occurred when Maoists uprooted tracks between Bhansi and Kamaloor, leading to derailment of its engine and eight wagons that fell off a bridge on a small rivulet,”he added.

The incident happened between Bhansi and Kamalur area of the district. After the derailment, the wagons fell off a bridge.Dantewada is a Naxal hot-bed where even recently 7 CRPF jawans were killed by the ultras.

After receiving information, a team of security personnel and railway officials rushed to the spot to restore services, the SP said.

The investigation is on as some sheets of papers have been recovered from the spot.

 

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