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Bharat Bandh: Normal life came to a grinding halt here in Odisha

Bhubaneswar:8/12/20: Protesting the newly enacted farm laws, farmers unions across the country supported by many Opposition parties and some sections of people have called for ‘Bharat Bandh’ – a nationwide shutdown that will remain in force from 11 AM till 3 PM today.

Normal life came to a grinding halt here in Odisha as vehicular movement on many routes has been disrupted due to the blocking of highways and main roads. Train services too were affected due to rail roko agitation at many stations over demands to repeal the new farm laws. Voicing their support to the nationwide strike call given by various farmers’ unions, several Opposition parties including the Congress party in Odisha, the State units of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP), SUCI, All India Forward block decided to observe the Bandh in State from 6 AM to 6 PM today.

Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik said, “Farmers are protesting for their rights, and Prime Minister Modi is deliberately prolonging the issue with his government’s fake negotiations. Fulfill their demands because the entire of India is with our annadatas!”

Farmer leaders have however assured that the closure would be ‘peaceful’ and the sole aim of the Bandh is to send a message to the government that the protest is a national movement.

“Farmers Unions/organisations have proposed for observing Bharat Bandh from 6 AM to 6 PM. Political parties like Congress. CPI, CPM, SUCI, All India Forward Block, CPI(ML), CPI (ML). CPI(ML), RS, NCR AAP, and their frontal organizations will support and participate along with the support of All India Trade Union like AITUC, CITU, HMS, INTUC, UTUC, AIUTUC, TCUU, AICCTU, LPF (Except BMS),” it is stated by Home department.

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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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