Truckers ‘postpone’ strike

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Kolkata/New Delhi, June 22: Truckers on Friday “temporarily postponed” their ongoing indefinite nationwide strike following a request from the Central government as Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was out of station. The strike, that began from June 18, had been called from June 18 against the high diesel prices, high toll rates and a sharp hike of third party insurance premium, and had entered the fifth day on Friday. In a media release, All India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners’ Association — which had called the strike — said the decision was taken following a telephone call from the Centre, which asked the strikers to come for discussion after June 27. The AICOGOA said the call for talks was received from Gadkari’s office. Over 50 lakh vehicles remained off the road during the strike. (IANS)