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Platform ticket sales at Chennai stations halted over Agnipath protests

Railway This is the first time that visitors are being barred from railway stations in Chennai since pandemic-related restrictions were lifted. TNM Staff PTI As railway stations across India witnessed violent protests against the Union governments new Agnipath scheme, the Southern Railways on Monday, June 20, barred the sale of platform tickets in Chennai till further notice. The move comes as a precaution against agitations in Chennai, though it did not see protests like the ones in other parts of the country over the past week. This is the first time that visitors are being barred from railway stations since pandemic-related restrictions were lifted. In view of the proposed Bharat Bandh and to safeguard the safety and security of passengers, the issue of platform tickets is at all railway stations over Chennai Division of Southern Railway, until further orders, the Chennai Division PRO said. With this, only those who have valid tickets will be allowed in the stations, with the exception of caretakers for elderly or disabled passengers. Railway Protection Team forces have been strengthened at MGR Chennai Central and Egmore stations. The restriction on platform tickets is not permanent but has been imposed until further orders, to prevent untoward incidents as protesters called for a Bharat Bandh. The Agnipath scheme, announced on June 14, provides for the recruitment of those in the age bracket of 17-and-half to 21 years in the armed forces for only four years, with a provision to retain 25% of them for 15 more years. Those recruited through the scheme would be known as Agniveers. The government projected the scheme as a major step in overhauling the decades-old selection process to enhance the youthful profile of the services. However, people across the country have been protesting against the contentious scheme. As protests against the scheme intensified, the government relaxed the upper age limit to 23 years in a move to pacify job aspirants who could not attend recruitment rallies for the last two years. The recruitment had been stalled for over two years due to COVID-19. Also read: Kiran Shaw, Anand Mahindra and other corp leaders support Agnipath, promise jobs

The News Minute 21 Jun 2022 9:43 am

Transport, businesses unaffected in Hubballi

The Bharat bandh called by various organisations against the central Agnipath defence recruitment scheme received no effective response in Hubballi city on Monday.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 8:23 am

Strict surveillance across district

Cops on Monday maintained a strict surveillance at markets, educational institutes, coaching centers and other public places across the district after a poster calling Bharat Bandh on June 20 (Monday) against Agnipath scheme went viral on social media.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 8:22 am

City schools closed during Bharat bandh

Most schools remained closed while some took online classes on Monday.An English teacher at St Anthonys School, Aditi Sidhant, said the syllabus of the ongoing session has been affected by the frequent bandhs and protests.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 8:19 am

Bharat Bandh fails to have any impact in UP

Uttar Pradesh Police (UPP) on Monday said Bharat Bandh call given by some outfits as a part of protest against Agnipath scheme, failed to leave any impact in the state and the day passed off peacefully with no untoward incident being reported from any part of the state. Police had put out a heavy security blanket across the state, for which 141 companies of PAC and 10 companies of central para-military forces were engaged.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 7:05 am

Patna schools reopen after summer break from today

The hustle and bustle returned to the school campuses after the summer break. While a few schools opened on Monday, many postponed resuming classes by a day due to the Bharat bandh call given by several organisations against the Centre's Agnipath scheme.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 7:04 am

Bharat Bandh call chokes Delhi borders amid tight vigil

In the wake of the Bharat bandh call given by the Indian National Congress to protest against the central governments Agnipath scheme and what the party called the harassment of Rahul Gandhi by the Enforcement Department, Delhi Police kept a tight vigil on Monday to thwart any attempts at disrupting law and order in the city.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 4:21 am

No impact of Bharat Bandh, Kashi calm

Amidst tight security arrangements on Monday, the region remained calm with no impact of Bharat Bandh call in protest against Agnipath scheme evident in any part of the 10 districts of Varanasi zone on Monday. The region has witnessed a series of violent protests in past three days.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 3:25 am

Bandh against Agnipath evokes muted response

There was almost no impact of the Bharat bandh called on Monday in protest against the Agnipath scheme in the state.The bandh call given by some organisations in other parts of the country did not evoke any response from any outfit here.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 3:22 am

Ludhiana: Railway station resembles police fortress on bandh

Heavy security force was deployed at Ludhiana railway station on Monday on Bharat Bandh, whose call given by certain sections against the Agnipath scheme of the central government.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 3:21 am

Mixed response to Bharat bandh in Kolhan region and Bokaro district

The Bharat bandh call on Monday given by the different organisations against the Centres Agnipath scheme evoked a mixed response in the three districts East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Saraikhela-Kharsawan under Kolhan division besides Bokaro.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 3:17 am

No impact of bandh against Agnipath scheme in Ranchi

There was hardly any impact of the Bharat Bandh called against the Centres Agnipath scheme in the city on Monday as the majority of the shops and most commercial establishments were open along with normal traffic movement.

The Times of India 21 Jun 2022 3:17 am

Agnipath scheme row: Trains cancelled in UPs Gorakhpur amid Bharat Bandh call

Agnipath scheme row: Trains cancelled in UPs Gorakhpur amid Bharat Bandh call

The Times of India 20 Jun 2022 10:48 pm

Heavy traffic snarls at Delhi-Gurugram expressway amid call for Bharat Bandh

Heavy traffic snarls at Delhi-Gurugram expressway amid call for Bharat Bandh

The Times of India 20 Jun 2022 9:09 pm

WB: Security beefed up at several places due to Bharat Bandh call against Agnipath scheme

WB: Security beefed up at several places due to Bharat Bandh call against Agnipath scheme

The Times of India 20 Jun 2022 9:06 pm

Agnipath scheme row: Schools closed, security beefed up in Ranchi amid Bharat Bandh

Agnipath scheme row: Schools closed, security beefed up in Ranchi amid Bharat Bandh

The Times of India 20 Jun 2022 9:03 pm

All schools closed in Jharkhand amid Bharat Bandh call

All schools closed in Jharkhand amid Bharat Bandh call

The Times of India 20 Jun 2022 8:55 pm

Bharat Bandh fails to leave impact in UP: Cops

Police had put out a heavy security blanket across the state, for which 141 companies of PAC and 10 companies of central para-military forces were engaged.

The Times of India 20 Jun 2022 8:40 pm

Over 600 Trains Cancelled Today Amid 'Agnipath' Protests

With the government standing its ground on the 'Agnipath' military recruitment scheme, some organisations called for 'Bharat Bandh' on Monday amid the ongoing protests demanding a rollback of the plan.

NDTV 20 Jun 2022 8:28 pm

Agnipath: 500 trains cancelled, security beefed up in several states over Bharat Bandh

In view of the Bharatbandh call by some organisations as a protest against the Agnipath scheme, security has been beefed up in several states. Tight security forces are deployed in Bihar, Vijayawada, West Bengal's Howrah and Punjab to tackle any crisis that may arise. Parts of Delhi witnessed traffic jams as several roads were blocked ahead of the Congress' protest against the Agnipath and ongoing Rahul Gandhi's ED grilling.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2022 4:59 pm

Congress members detained for planning protest over PM Modi's visit to Bengaluru

Protest Over 30 members of the Congress Kisan Cell in Chikmagalur had planned to gherao PM Modi in Bengaluru, but were detained as they were about to leave for the city. IANS Congress members being detained | IANS Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Bengaluru, the Karnataka Police on Monday, June 20, took into custody at least 30 Congress members who planned to protest against the PM in the city. The police took the leaders of the Congress Kisan Cell, including its president Sachin Migha, into custody in Chikmagalur. They purportedly planned to gherao the Yelahanka Air Force base in Bengaluru, where the Prime Minister landed on Monday afternoon. The Kisan Cell leaders had planned to leave for Bengaluru from Chikmagalur in 10 vehicles to stage the protest against PM Modi. However, they were taken into custody by the police there as soon as they left for the city. They reportedly shouted slogans against PM Modi and the BJP even as they were being taken away by the police. The Karnataka police are on high alert as protests over the Union governments Agnipath scheme, for recruitment into the military, sparked violent riots across the country. As per IANS, thousands of police officers including two Additional Police Commissioners, two Joint Police Commissioners, 12 DCPs, 30 ACPs and 80 police inspectors have been deputed in Bengaluru to prevent any law and order situations while the PM is on his two-day visit. PM Modi is set to inaugurate a slew of railway and development projects, along with the Dr BR Amedkar School of Economics at the Bangalore University campus. On Tuesday, June 21, he is slated to go to Mysuru for the occasion of International Yoga Day. Protests have rocked parts of India as several organisations have called for a Bharat Bandh, demanding the scrapping of the Agnipath scheme. In Karnataka, protests were seen in Dharwad on Saturday, June 18, when protesters pelted stones on a bus, prompting the police to disperse them using mild lathi charge. The Union government had, last Tuesday, unveiled the Agnipath scheme under which youths between 17-and-a-half and 21 years would be inducted in the three military services for a four-year tenure. Twenty-five percent of the recruits will be retained for regular service. The government projected this scheme as a major overhaul of the decades-old selection process to enhance the youthful profile of the services. However, as protests against the scheme intensified, the government relaxed the upper age limit to 23 years in a move to ease the agitations. The announcement of the new scheme came in the backdrop of recruitment into the military being stalled for over two years due to COVID-19.

The News Minute 20 Jun 2022 4:00 pm

Security forces deployed in Bihar amid Bharat Bandh

In view of the Bharat Bandh called by some organisations as a protest against the Agnipath recruitment scheme, security personnel was seen deployed across Patna as a precautionary measure on Monday.

The Times of India 20 Jun 2022 10:36 am

Schools to stay shut, security beefed up over bandh buzz

Security has been tightened across the state, particularly around the railway station amid reports of Bharat Bandh called by some organisations on Monday in protest against Agnipath.

The Times of India 20 Jun 2022 3:14 am

Fewer Bharat bandhs if governmentis more flexible

While transport and high street life has hardly been affected, there has been heavy absenteeism in banks, leading to disruption of financial services.

The New Indian Express 30 Mar 2022 7:17 am

Labouring away: Bharat Bandh is a luxury that Indias vulnerable unorganised sector workers can ill-afford

The two-day Bharat Bandh called by a joint platform of central trade unions got off to a very uneven start across states yesterday. The agenda of the protesting unions include both staple fare such as...

The Times of India 29 Mar 2022 2:15 am

Petrol, Diesel Prices Up Again, Sixth Hike In A Week And Other Top Stories

Petrol price on Monday was hiked by 30 paise a litre and diesel by 35 paise, taking the total increase in rates in the last one week to Rs. 4-4.10 per litre.Union Home Minister Amit Shah's announcement that employees of the Chandigarh Union Territory administration will the same benefits as Central government employees has had the political parties in Punjab -- the ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the opposition Akali Dal and Congress -- up in arms.A 48-hour Bharat Bandh or a nationwide strike called by various trade unions to protest government policies began in several states on Monday, affecting normal life in some areas.After Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith went on stage and slapped him in the face.

NDTV 28 Mar 2022 12:30 pm