Bhubaneswar: Normal life was disrupted in
several parts of Odisha today due to the country-wide general
strike called by central trade unions to protest against
"anti-labour" policies of the UPA government.
Train services and road traffic were affected as
strike supporters blocked railway tracks in some places and
buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws remained off the roads, police
Several trains were halted in Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road,
Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur due to demonstrations on the
tracks, they said.
The strike also affected functioning of post offices,
insurance and other offices as trade union activists held
picketing and demonstrations in many areas to enforce the
In the state capital here, shops and business
establishments remained closed and the roads wore a deserted
look with very thin traffic.
A spokesman of the Rourkela Steel Plant said functioning
of the plant was normal with about 97 per cent attendance.
The bandh, however, remained peaceful.