Motor strike against hike in petrol prices hits life in Kerala

The dawn-to-dusk motor strike jointly called by CITU, AITUC, BMS and other pro-Left trade unions in protest against the hike of petrol price hit normal life in many parts of Kerala today.
However, pro-Congress trade unions, including INTUC, STU and HMS, did not not support the 12-hour strike from 0600 hrs to 1800 hrs.
Private buses, taxis and autorickshaws stayed off the roads, reports from various places said here.
The state-run KSRTC buses operated their services from major cities and towns. Four people were taken into custody when they tried to disrupt the services of KSRTC buses in Kottayam town.
Essential services like healthcare, milk supply and media had been exempted from the strike by the agitators.
Kerala Public Service Commission, Devaswom Board, Kerala University, Kannur University and Kalady Sanskrit University postponed many interviews and examinations due to the strike.
However, the interviews for the Public Administration lecturer's post and the final examination of Chartered Accountants were not postponed.
The Lower Division Clerk Examinations, scheduled to be conducted at Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur and the Department test of Travancore Devaswom Board, have been postponed to November 10.
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