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Transporters agree to call off strike in Nepal

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 12:44 IST

Transporters in Nepal have agreed to call off their indefinite strike after the government agreed to accept their demands, including giving compensation for vehicles torched during recent protests in the country.

Home Ministry spokesman Baman Prasad Neupane said an agreement on major demands was reached on Monday night that included providing compensation to vehicles torched during the recent violent demonstrations.

"Vehicles would start plying on all the routes across the country from today as the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs (FNNTE) has agreed to withdraw its strike," Neupane said.

"We have called off the strike after the government assured to fulfill our major demandds, FNNTE representative Bishnu Dhakal said.

The transporters had launched an indefinite nationwide transport strike on Sunday to press for their 10-point demands which include among others adequate security to drivers and vehicles and revision of Road Act.

Around 25 vehicles were damaged since unrest started in Terai region on Friday last.

Fourteen vehicles were torched in Lahan on Friday alone after a clash erupted between workers of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum and Maoists.