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Orissa reels under transport strike

Bhubaneswar: Private bus operators in Orissa continued with their strike for the third consecutive day on Friday despite the state government’s announcement to hike bus fares from two paise to four paise per km, reports our correspondent.

The bus owners have demanded a minimum hike of 5 paise per km and threatened to continue with the strike for an indefinite period if their demand was not met.

In the view of state government’s latest threat to impose the Essential Services Maintenance Act, private bus owners have hardened their stand and reiterated that they would not bow down to any pressure.

“Under no circumstances, the government could force us to run the buses on road. They could only arrest some bus owners,” Debashis Nayak, convener of the Orissa Private Bus Owners’ Association, said.

A state government delegation led by transport minister Arabinda Dhali is slated to talk with bus operators on Friday night to end the impasse.

The Orissa transport department had announced a hike in fares by two paise per km for ordinary buses on Thursday.

However, the bus owners’ association rejected the decision, terming it unsatisfactory. The state government has already formed a committee under the chairmanship of the Orissa State Road Transport Corporation chairman to decide on any further hike in passenger fares.

Laloo wields the ‘lathi’ at meet

Gaya (PTI): Rashtriya Janata Dal president Laloo Prasad Yadav on Friday picked up a “lathi” to control unruly party workers who had clashed in his presence during a meeting here.

The meet was organised at the Gandhi Maidan to garner support for the RJD’s Sampradayikta Bhagao Desh Bachao (Oust Communalism and Save the Nation) rally here on April 30 and to call on party workers to reach the state capital in large numbers with lathis.

Before Laloo Prasad could address the meeting, rival factions of the Gaya district unit of the RJD clashed with lathis, in which the chief of Kukri gram panchayat, Chandrika Yadav, and his uncle were injured.

At this, a visibly upset Laloo Prasad picked up a lathi himself and threatened to use it to control the clashing workers.

Court allows Sunjay plea

Mumbai (PTI): A special court has allowed actor Sunjay Dutt, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, to visit Hyderabad from Saturday till April 28 for shooting a film.

The permission was granted by designated judge P.D. Kode on a plea by Sunjay’s lawyer. The actor has been asked to file his shooting schedule with the court registrar and ensure that he was represented by his lawyer in his absence.

TN bus mishap

Chennai: Tragedy struck a marriage party near Tiruchirappalli when a van carrying a newly-wed couple and their relatives collided head-on with an omni bus, killing 11 persons and seriously injuring 18, reports our correspondent. Those killed included the bride and the groom.

Mumbai marshals

Mumbai (PTI): Mumbai police will introduce beat marshals in all 83 police stations of the metropolis for elaborate locality patrolling. Each beat will get three or four motorbikes with two constables on each vehicle having a walkie talkie and a revolver, police said here on Friday .

Minister warrant

Muzaffarpur (PTI): A local court here has issued a warrant against Bihar secondary and higher education minister Ram Lakhan Ram Raman for appearing before it on April 28 as he failed to turn up as witness in connection with a dacoity case.

Bullet kills woman

Vadodara (PTI): In a freak incident, a woman was hit by a bullet in Pisa village of Limkheda taluka in Dohad district on Thursday, police said. The woman, identified as Lilaben Bhuri, was injured in the head after a forest department employee failed to hit his target.

German coaches

Vijayawada (PTI): Indian Railways will soon roll out German model coaches, equipped with modern amenities and running at a speed of 150 kmph on the Konkan railway section in the first phase, Union minister of state for railways Bandaru Dattatreya said.

A French advertising company has adopted the model of the Jaigarh cannon in Jodhpur for its film on forts, its spokesman Abul Rasheed said. In copying the model, the company was inspired by the gun placed at the Jaigarh fort of Jaipur, Rasheed said.


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