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Transport strike effects across the state

Bhubaneswar:7/8/18: Commuters across Odisha had a harrowing time on Tuesday as buses, auto rickshaws and taxis shut engine, owing to the strike called by All Odisha Transport Workers’ Federation (AOTWF).

Transportation of goods and other essential commodities has been largely affected in the state with the owners and operators of trucks keeping their vehicles off the road in response to the strike.

School and college buses, ambulances and milk vans, however, have been exempted from the purview of the nation-wide transport strike.

The strike has been called by All India Road Transport Workers’ Federation and different trade unions, including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), to protest against the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 1988, that was cleared by the Lok Sabha in the recent past.

While the All India Road Transport Workers’ Federation and other trade unions are observing a 24-hour strike, the AOTWF has decided to observe the strike for 12 hours in Odisha.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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