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Pak suspends Lahore-Delhi ‘Dosti’ bus service

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Islamabad, Aug 10 : After the permanent suspension of the Samjhauta Express in retaliation to India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of its Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has now suspended the Lahore-Delhi ‘Dosti’ bus service, the media reported.

The announcement of the latest suspension was made by Federal Minister for Postal Services and Communications Murad Saeed in a tweet on Friday, reports Dunya News.

“In line with the decisions of the NSC (National Security Committee), Pak-India bus service is suspended,” the Minister said in his tweet.

Friday’s development comes a day after Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced to permanently suspend the Samjhauta Express train service.

The federal minister at a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday said that passengers who have purchased advance tickets will be refunded and the bogies of the Samjhauta Express will be used to facilitate passengers on Eid.

The Samjhauta Express ran twice a week from Lahore to Attari via the Wagah railway station.

Earlier on Friday, Ahmed announced Pakistan was also shutting down the Thar Link Express, its last remaining train link with India.

Thar Link Express is the Indian part of Thar Express which runs once a week between Jodhpur and Munabao.

Passengers from Munabao then clear customs and are transported across the border to the Zero Point station from where the Thar Express takes them to Karachi.

Both the train services were stopped after the 1965 India-Pakistan war before being resumed again in 2006.

On Wednesday, following India’s decision to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan’s NSC decided to downgrade diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India, reports Dunya News.

The decision was made during NSC meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other top ministers.

Khan has directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to “expose the brutal Indian racist regime, its design and human rights violations.

He also directed Armed Forces to continue vigilance”.

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Kolkata Metro fare hiked after six years; here are the new rates

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Kolkata, Nov 27 : After six years, Kolkata Metro Railway fares are set to go up.

Presently commuters have to shell out Rs 5 for the first five kilometers. Now the same fare would be charged for the first two kilometres. For the next three kilometres the fare would be Rs 10, Metro sources said.

Between five and ten kilometres, the fare has been fixed at Rs 15.

In the next stage, the fare would be Rs 20 between ten and 20 kilometers.

Above 20 kilometers the fare would be the maximum – Rs 25.

At present, the same maximum fare of Rs 25 has to be paid for distances above 25 kilometers.

The enhanced fare would come into effect from December 5.

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TSRTC employees call off strike after 52 days in Telangana

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Hyderabad, Nov 25 : The employees of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) called off their 52-day long strike on Monday.

TSRTC Joint Action Committee (JAC) leader Ashwathama Reddy asked all the employees to report for duty from Tuesday. He appealed the temporary drivers, conductors and other staff not to report for duty as the regular employees have decided to end the strike.

Nearly 50,000 employees were on strike since October 5 to press for various demands, including the demand to merge TSRTC with the government. About 1,500 employees later returned to duty following an appeal by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

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Telangana RTC employees defer decision to call off strike

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Hyderabad, Nov 20 : The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees’ strike continued for the 46th day on Tuesday as their leaders postponed the decision on it.

Various employees’ unions held separate meetings here to discuss the course of action as the Telangana High Court directed the Labour Commissioner to take a decision on the strike in two weeks.

The unions authorised their apex body, Joint Action Committee (JAC), to decide on the continuance of strike.

JAC convenor Ashwathama Reddy said the decision would be taken after the HC judgment on a petition challenging the government move to privatise 5,100 TSRTC routes.

During the hearing on the main petitions relating to the strike on Monday, the AJAC counsel had submitted that employees were ready to resume work, but sought direction to the government and the TSRTC to take back all employees and not to take any action against them.

The court declined to give any directions, but hoped no action would be taken against employees.

The HC on Tuesday heard the petition regarding privatisation of TSRTC routes. It wanted to know from the petitioner’s counsel as to how the state cabinet’s decision to privatise TSRTC routes could be faulted.

The Division Bench, headed by Chief Justice R.S. Chauhan, also observed that there was no law against privatisation. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, the state government had the control over RTC, it said.

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