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Haryana Roadways employees to go on strike tomorrow



Haryana Roadways

Chandigarh, June 12 : The Haryana Roadways Employees Union has decided to go on a one-day strike tomorrow protesting against the state government’s policy of granting permits to private operators.

The strike will inconvenience thousands of commuters who depend on Haryana Roadways buses for commuting.

“We are protesting the government’s policy of granting permits to private operators. The government is planning to privatise the roadways,” Haryana Roadways Workers Union, president, Sarbat Singh Punia said today.

He said the strike will start tomorrow morning and Haryana Roadways buses from all 24 depots will remain off the roads.

“We don’t want to put common people to inconvenience, but people will understand that what we are doing is in everybody’s larger interest,” Punia said.

The roadways employees had earlier gone on a three-day strike in April.

“The government is promoting privatisation, which is not acceptable. We demand cancellation of permits given to private operators to ply buses on some routes,” he said.

Punia said that there were 4,000 buses in the Haryana Roadways fleet.

“There is also shortage of drivers and conductors. We need 16,000 buses to cater to the 2.5 crore population of Haryana. Rather than thinking to privatise the roadways, the government should think of adding more buses and improving the services.

“There is no demand to privatise roadways from the people of Haryana, so why should the government show haste,” he said.

Asked how long will their strike continue, Punia said, “we will see the government’s response tomorrow and then decide if we need to extend our stir or not”.

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Bigg Boss Kannada set gutted in fire at Innovative Film City near Bengaluru



Innovative Film City in Bidadi (File Photo)

Bengaluru, Feb 22: A major fire broke out on Thursday at the Innovative Film City in Bidadi, about 40 km from here, which gutted the sets of reality show “Bigg Boss Kannada” and melted down a wax museum, police said.

The fire service personnel have doused the blaze. There were no casualties in the incident, Sub-Inspector A.V. Kumar told news agency IANS.

“The fire is suspected to have broken out at about 3 a.m., and has completely burned down the ‘Bigg Boss Kannada’ set and a wax museum,” Kumar said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.

Goods worth few lakhs of rupees, were estimated to have been destroyed in the fire.

Innovative Film City, situated in Ramanagara district, is an entertainment park and film studio that houses several reality television shows’ sets and museums.


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AAP minister detained for protest against Chief Secretary



AAP workers detained

New Delhi, Feb 22: AAP minister Rajendra Pal Gautam was detained here on Thursday as he was moving towards Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence along with some party workers to protest against the “casteist remarks” made by Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

This came two days after the Aam Aadmi Party’s Ambedkar Nagar MLA Ajay Dutt filed a police complaint against Prakash for making the remarks during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Monday night.

A party official said the protest was also called against the “biased inquiry” done by the Delhi Police against their MLAs — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — who were taken into judicial custody on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting the Chief Secretary.

AAP minister Imran Hussain was manhandled at the Delhi Secretariat by a crowd protesting against the alleged assault and his Personal Secretary Himanshu Singh was beaten up, according to multiple video clips from the Secretariat.

The party complained that no action was taken against those who attacked Hussain and his aide.

The Chief Secretary on Tuesday alleged that he was beaten up by the two MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.


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Delhi metro’s Blue Line faces snag



Delhi metro blue line

New Delhi, Feb 21: Train services on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line (Dwarka sector 21-Noida City Centre/Vaishali) were affected for close to 30 minutes on Wednesday due to signalling issue at two interlocking stations, the DMRC said.

“Due to signalling issue at interlocking stations of Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden of Line-3, train IDs were lost around 12.30 p.m. for trains falling in this zone, resulting in delays as they were locally controlled,” Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.

“Central control for these two interlocking stations was restored at 1 p.m. and trains are now being regularised as per normal IDs,” the statement added.


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