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    Default Nepal-wide strike/bandh starts Monday 11 November

    Hi all would-be trekkers.

    I had confirmed yesterday that a nationwide strike starts on Monday 11 November and at this stage continues until 20-21 November, with the elections being on Tuesday 19 November.

    It is not clear yet whether this is a total transport strike (eg not even bicycles or tourist transport) or not.

    For those who have not had their treks disrupted in the past, usually airlines still fly and sometimes you can get taxis to and from Kathmandu airport, it depends on who is calling the shots. It can be personally dangerous for taxi-drivers who try to do the right thing for you - they may be hauled out of their taxi and beaten up. Hotels are usually discreet but continue to provide services, including meals, although it can give you indigestion if a mob come in and wave their lathis at the owners for daring to serve you food.

    Once you get away trekking there are usually no problems at all. The problem is getting to and from the trek.

    The advice to strikers on one of the several strike websites is to try to beat up Press and Media early so that reinforces fear and makes the strike more effective. Usually conditions are relaxed bit-by-bit after the first few days, once they have established their power, and more tourist movement is facilitated.

    Please share any news you come across here.

    cheers

    Taghairm

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    Default Re: Nepal-wide strike/bandh starts Monday 11 November

    Let see what happens, they often call it's a strike and at the end it is just a day. Heru ke hunchha!

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    Default Re: Nepal-wide strike/bandh starts Monday 11 November

    The nine-day vehicular strike imposed by the alliance of 33 smaller parties chaired by Mohan Baidya of CPN-Maoist on Tuesday cast minimum effect across the country, as people and vehicles came out to the streets in a large number to defy the Yatayat Bandh (transport strike).

    In Kathmandu, people took out rallies with placards reading ‘Nepal is open’ against the call for Nepal Bandh that literally means ‘Nepal is closed.’

    More public and private vehicles were seen plying on the road compared to Monday. Besides, education institutes, industries, factories and shops near the main roads and junctions also remained open.

    Despite the bandh organizers’ attempt to carry out vandalism, the situation largely remained normal, according to police.

    Meanwhile, around a dozen individuals were arrested from various places including Kathmandu, Pokhara and Surkhet for attempting to coerce the bandh, while the bandh organizers vandalized half a dozen vehicles in Kathmandu valley.

    Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force patrolled sensitive areas of Kathmandu, as they escorted many vehicles plying on the road. The government has said that the supply of goods during the so-called bandh period has been, by and large, normal, according to RSS.

    “Some 560 metric tons of vegetables were supplied to the market from Kalimati wholesale vegetable market Monday. This quantity was the usual one. Same quantity of vegetable has been supplied to the market today also,” said Krishna Hari Baskota, Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

    In Jhapa, vehicles remained off the road in the morning. However, they gradually came to the streets by the noon. Likewise, in Itahari, vehicles started plying by the noon, while in Biratnagar, very few vehicles were seen on the road.

    In Dharan, which is the gateway to eastern hills, vehicles meant for rental purpose were seen plying, while the city’s centre, Bhanu Chowk was found gradually crowded with different vehicles. In Nepalgunj, the number of smaller vehicles plying on the road was greater than that of the larger vehicles.

    In Butwal and Chitwan, the bandh had a partial impact with vehicles plying sparsely on the road. In Pokhara and southern parts of the Terai plains including Janakpur, Rajbiraj and Birgunj, the bandh had a negligible impact.

    Concurrently, sporadic violence has been reported in various parts of the country as an attempt by the CPN-Maoist to enforce the bandh.

    In Dhading, Nepal Army diffused a bomb, while in Jugedi, Chitwan, a passenger bus was set on fire. No human injury has been reported in both the incidents.

    Earlier on Monday in Kumari Pati, Lalitpur, a petrol-bomb was hurled at a micro-bus. An eight-year-old boy was injured in the incident.

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    Default Re: Nepal-wide strike/bandh starts Monday 11 November

    Just to add that the government has also announced 17/18/19/20 as public holidays so most if not all offices will be closed.

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    Default Re: Nepal-wide strike/bandh starts Monday 11 November

    Arrived on a flight with lots of spare seats today, unusual, so guessing the election issues coverage is having some effect. No problems from the airport, all of Thamel is operating but that will change tomorrow with many restaurants saying they will/may not open.I am told Lulka will have no flights tomorrow, election day. Still hopeful the buses will run to Jiri on 20th with some things like bus tickets available 'after' the election tomorrow, meaning after 5pm i gather.

    still its fine and the lass traffic is a blessing through Thamel still has plenty.

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    Default Re: Nepal-wide strike/bandh starts Monday 11 November

    the flight bit seems BS - they were taking off from 6.30am this morning. No news on road transport after today. Few voting points i have passed were peaceful and crowded but that was only to from the monkey temple. Most cafes etc are shut till later today.

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    Default Re: Nepal-wide strike/bandh starts Monday 11 November

    This is too bad for every business. Nepal Bandh should be stop forever.

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