Normal life in Kathmandu and 12 nearby districts was affected on Wednesday due to a strike called by two outfits demanding rights of indigenous communities and promulgation of the new constitution within the May 28 deadline.
Vehicular traffic was affected and schools and business establishments, banks, educational institutions and offices remained closed due to the strike by Newa Tamsaling Joint Struggle Committee, a joint front of the two outfits.
Only vehicles belonging to diplomatic missions, journalists, ambulances were allowed to operate by members of the two outfits who barricaded roads at important traffic points in Kathmandu and other districts.
Another strike called by a different outfit seeking placing of all districts in far-western Nepal as one state in the state restructuring process affected normal life in several districts of the region. Similarly, another strike in the Terai plains called by various outfits disrupted routine in several districts.
The strikes disregarded earlier promises made by various political outfits and organizations not to resort to such measures during the Nepal Tourism Year being celebrated this year.