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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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Six dead in road accidents in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: At least six persons were killed and four others injured in two separate road accidents in Odisha on Monday.

A deadly head-on collision between a truck and an auto-rickshaw on new Jagannath Sadak in Satyabadi area of Puri district claimed five lives and left three others injured on Sunday night, said police on Monday.

Satyabadi Inspector-in-Charge Krushna Chandra Sethy said the deceased and the injured have been identified as the residents of Andalsingha village.

Eight persons were returning after attending a funeral at Swargadwar in Puri when the auto they were travelling in was hit by a truck, said police.

While four died on the spot, one succumbed to his injury at Puri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).

The condition of the injured was stated to be critical.

In another road accident, a person died and his wife sustained critical injuries after being hit by an unidentified vehicle at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

The deceased was identified as Dambarudhar Behera, 50. His wife has been admitted to Capital Hospital here.

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Uttar Pradesh: Dense fog causes bus-truck collision, 36 injured

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Lucknow, Jan 22: Three dozen passengers, travelling on a Uttar Pradesh roadways bus, were injured on Monday after the vehicle was hit by a speeding truck due to low visibility, police said.

The head-on collision took place near the Charpaan turn near Belipaar on the Gorakhpur-Varanasi highway.

The impact was so severe that the bus was badly damaged. A police officer said fog and poor visibility led to the accident.

The injured included 33 passengers from the bus, the bus driver, truck driver and a cleaner of the truck. Condition of two persons were serious.

The injured were admitted to the district hospital while the serious ones were rushed to the the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.

The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus belonged to the Allahabad Depot. It was on its way to Gorakhpur when the accident occurred.

While the weather has cleared in most parts, fog and poor visibility continues in eastern parts of the state, especially on the national highways leading to such accidents.

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CISF recovers 20 live cartridges from woman at Adarsh ​​Nagar Metro Station

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New Delhi, Jan 22: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on Monday seized twenty  live cartridges from a woman at Adarsh Nagar metro station in the national capital during security checking.

The Adarsh Nagar metro station is located on the Yellow Line stretch of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), runs from Samaypur Badli to Huda city centre in Gurugram.

More details awaited.

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