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16 lakh trucks go off roads in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Hyderabad:  On Thursday as part of the nationwide indefinite strike by the truckers to protest against the present toll system, about 16 lakh trucks went off the roads in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Responding to the call given by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), truck operators’ associations in both the Telugu states joined the strike, affecting the movement of goods.

However, essential commodities like milk, vegetables and medicine have been kept off the purview of the strike.

Movement of goods to Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur and other major towns was badly affected by the strike.

AIMTC is demanding scrapping of toll system terming it a tool of harassment. It also rejected the government’s offer for electronic toll system by December. The truckers’ body is also demanding one-time payment of taxes besides simplification of Tax Deducted at Source (TDS).

The truck operators in the two Telugu states are also seeking a single permit system in view of the bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh. They want Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to have single permit agreement so that vehicles can play between the two states on payment of a fixed tax.

The truck owners are also demanding an end to harassment by transport authorities at check-posts in the name of overloading of vehicles.

(With inputs from IANS)

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The Mayors Announce Their Support For Climate Change Strike

The Mayors of Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen on Friday announced their support for the global climate strike

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We have an opportunity to show, not only that we hear their message, but that they have inspired us to act even faster. Pixabay

The Mayors of Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen on Friday announced their support for the global climate strike.

“Today, September 20th, these inspiring young leaders have called for adults to join them for a global climate strike. We have an opportunity to show, not only that we hear their message, but that they have inspired us to act even faster,” they said in a joint statement.

“As mayors, our greatest responsibility is to protect the lives and wellbeing of those that live in our cities. As adults, our obligation is to leave the world in a better state for our children than we inherited it,” they said.

“That is why we are supporting the global climate strike. Mayors around the world, working through C40 Cities, are committed to deliver on the Paris Agreement and taking action to peak their emissions as our cities already have and bring them down sharply by 2030.

“Many businesses, investors, labour groups, faith leaders and local communities share our urgency…Young people are telling us that the climate emergency demands an emergency response. We couldn’t agree more,” the Mayors added.

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C40 Cities connects 94 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Pixabay

They are the Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo; Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio; Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti; and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen.

Following next week’s UN Climate Action Summit, these four leaders will be among 70 plus Mayors committing to more ambitious climate action at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen on October 9-12.

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C40 Cities connects 94 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. (IANS)