Shops to remain shut in Kerala today

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Thiruvananthapuram: Shops including bakeries and hotels will remain shut across the state on Tuesday till 8 pm as Kerala Vyapari Ekopana Samithi has called for a token strike to protest against the government's anti-merchant policies. At the same time, a group of traders have defied the call for the strike.

Hotels in Thiruvananthapuram district are excluded from the strike as the association has organised a protest march to the secretariat. The association has been observing the strike raising 29 demands including the formation of a separate ministry for trade by combining laws and departments related to trade and commerce.

A statewide march led by Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi state president Raju Apsara will conclude at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. A memorandum signed by five lakh vendors will be submitted before the Chief Minister as part of the protest.

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