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“Bharat-bandh” had mixed effect on people’s lives in Mysore

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By Nithin Sridhar

The day-long nationwide strike called by various central trade unions and many other organizations had a mixed effect in Mysore.

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Almost all schools and colleges declared a holiday for the day. Most of the banks remained closed as well.

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In the central areas of Mysore, though most of the shops remained closed, many were kept open as well. The traffic too was dried up in areas of importance like Ramaswamy Circle, City Bus stand, etc. where heavy traffic could be seen on normal days.

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But the strike showed no significant effect in the residential areas. Shops remained open but the traffic was a little leaner than usual.

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Buses were stopped from plying till around 6 PM, though the Auto Rickshaws ran without any hindrance.

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In the morning, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) workers’ union marched in a rally starting from the Mysore Suburban Bus Stand to the Mysore City Bus Stand. The union was heard shouting slogans against union government’s proposed amendments regarding the motor bills.

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The student unions gathered in the morning near Ramaswamy circle in a symbolic protest against the union government’s policies regarding education.

Protest at Ramaswami circle by AIDSO and other student organisations

As a whole, even though the services like public transport, banking, and schools remained closed for the day, there were no disruptive effects on the lives of people, especially in the residential areas.

A Bank of Baroda branch in Kuvempunagar remained closed

Protest at Mysore City Bus Stand by KSRTC workers and drivers

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Protest at KSRTC Bus Depot near Vivekananda Circle

A State Bank of India branch in Krishnamurthypuram as well as a State Bank of Mysore branch in Kuvempunagar remained close

 

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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)