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Strike affects life in Palakkad

DESERTED LOOK: The streets in Big Bazaar, Kozhikode, wore a deserted look owing to the strike. — Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

DESERTED LOOK: The streets in Big Bazaar, Kozhikode, wore a deserted look owing to the strike. — Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup  

Stir total, peaceful in Malappuram district

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: The nation-wide strike called by the Central trade unions on Thursday in protest against the Union Government's decision to privatise profit-making public sector entities paralysed life in the district.

Public transport vehicles remained off the road. The KSRTC did not operate its bus services. Factories, banks, shops and business establishments remained closed. Government offices recorded thin attendance. Some private vehicles plied on the road.

In Malappuram

Our reporter from Malappuram adds: The strike was total and peaceful in the district. Public transport came to a standstill throughout the district. Buses, trucks, taxicabs and autorickshaws remained off the road.

However, flight services were unaffected despite the strike call by the Airports Authority of India Joint Workers Forum. The non-executive staff of the Airports Authority of India joined the strike at Calicut Airport, Karipur. Most branches of post offices did not function in the district. Nearly 30 of the 164 employees at the Collectorate reported for duty on Thursday.

Shops and business establishments remained closed. No educational institution functioned here. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the district.

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