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Second day of nation-wide banda throws life out of gear

Protesters stop a man on a motorcycle during a general strike to pressure lawmakers drafting the Himalayan nation's new constitution not to divide the country into states based on ethnic population which could fuel racial conflicts later, in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, May 10, 2012. Police says they have detained more than 50 protesters who were enforcing a general strike called to pressure lawmakers drafting the Himalayan nation's constitution. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Protesters stop a man on a motorcycle during a general strike to pressure lawmakers drafting the Himalayan nation's new constitution not to divide the country into states based on ethnic population which could fuel racial conflicts later, in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, May 10, 2012. Police says they have detained more than 50 protesters who were enforcing a general strike called to pressure lawmakers drafting the Himalayan nation's constitution. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

CHITWAN: The nation-wide general strike enforced by the Joint Struggle Committee comprising Brahman, Kshetri, Dasnami, Thakuri and Dalit caste groups on the second day today has affected normal life in Chitwan and adjoining areas.

Protesters smashed the mirrors in a hair cutting saloon at Belchok in Narayangadh for defying the shutdown. The activists of the Joint Struggle Committee have descended on the roads carrying bamboo sticks, enforcing the shutdown since the morning.

The market, transport services, factories and education institutions in Chitwan and surrounding areas are closed due to the shutdown.

However, the banda organizers have allowed class 12 students to travel by motorcycle for sitting in the examinations only by cross-checking their identity cards. Vehicles of the Press, diplomatic missions and human rights activists and ambulances have been allowed to operate.

The Joint Struggle Committee is enforcing the banda calling for guaranteeing the Brahmans, Kshetris, Dasnamis, Thakuris and Dalits as indigenous nationalities in the new constitution, ensuring an undivided Nepal, declaring Chitwan as the provincial capital and not to federalize the country on ethnic line.
Likewise, a report from Bhadrapur in Jhapa district stated that the shutdown imposed by the Joint Struggle Committee has taken toll on life in the eastern region of the country on the second day, today.

Similarly, life in the districts of the Rapti Zone in the mid-western region has been affected by the shutdown today. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2012 | 07:23 PM

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