HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
Update: The four hours long protest on the fare hike has concluded. All the protesting students have gathered at Tri-Chadra College for corner meeting.
"The traffic coming from Durbarmarg, Jamal, Rathnapark might get some distrbuance for about half an hour due to the students' corner meeting", Traffic police control room said.
"After the mass meetting gets over, the valley would experience normal traffic through the day as no further programme of protests are reported for later today." Traffic Control room addded.
Update: There is no flow of any kind of vehicles by the adjoining roads at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus‚ Amrit Science Campus‚ Sorakhutte‚ Putalisadak‚ Mitrapark‚ Chabahil‚ Suryabinayak-Bhaktapur‚ Sano-Thimi‚ Min-Bhawan‚ Patan Multiple Campus due to students protesting the fare hike. The vehicles coming to the valley are also stranded in the highway due to the four hour strike.
“The protest will continue till 10AM and traffic will be halted by then‚” Traffic Control room said
KATHMANDU: Eleven agitating students unions are carrying on strike for four hours — from 6:00am to 10:00am — demanding roll-back of the recent fare hike in public transport on Wednesday.
UP Lamichhane‚ Spokesperson for Nepal Students Union‚ said the unions were compelled to call the strike as the government has remained mum on their demands.
“However‚ vehicles of academic institutions‚ ambulances‚ press and other emergency vehicles will not be stopped‚” he said‚ promising to keep the strike peaceful.
Meanwhile‚ hundreds of students today staged a whistle rally in the Capital at around 3:00pm to protest the government’s decision. The rally started from Bhrikutimandap and traversed through Putalisadak and Baghbazar before it converted into a corner meeting at Ratna Park. The students unions have warned of stern protests if the government failed heed their demands.
The students have also been demanding that the government announce a date for Free Students Union poll. The two-day ultimatum given by the agitating students to Tribhuvan University to announce the poll date will end tomorrow.
PABSON urges all to shun bandhs
KATHMANDU: Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal and Higher Secondary Schools Association Nepal on Tuesday urged all concerned not to organise any kind of protests and bandhs during SLC exams set to begin from Thursday. Issuing a joint press statement‚ PABSON and HISSAN appealed to all political parties‚ students unions‚ guardians and all other concerned to let the exams be conducted in fearless‚ peaceful and decent manner. Earlier on Tuesday‚ UP Lamichhane‚ Spokesperson for Nepal Students Union‚ one of the 11 students unions that have called a strike on Wednesday morning‚ said that they will not hold any street protests and bandhs during SLC exams.