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Maoist-led strike paralyses life in Nepal

A nation-wide general strike called by an alliance led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist and Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist paralysed normal life across Nepal on Tuesday, with several reports of clashes and vandalism.

Schools were shut down, markets were closed, and the general public were forced to walk to reach their destinations due to unavailability of transport facilities.

A large number of security personnel were deployed in Kathmandu and the major cities of Nepal to maintain law and order as there were clashes between those enforcing the strike and rallyists protesting against the strike.

Demanding a new constitution through political negotiations, compromise and consensus, the alliance announced the general strike Tuesday to pressure the ruling Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) not to impose vote to bring out the draft of the new constitution.
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