Nepal imposes restrictions on cars as fuel supplies from India hit by protests, violence

Nepal has started imposing restrictions on vehicular movement as a blockade of cargo trucks on the border with India has badly hit the supplies of essential commodities, especially fuel.

Nepalese officials said Sunday that cars will run on alternate days based on the last digit of their license plate. Trucks carrying supplies from neighboring India stopped entering Nepal this past week after angry protests following the adoption of a new constitution.

While many have welcomed the new constitution, some ethnic groups object to the boundaries of the seven federal states that were set up. Other protesters want Nepal to be a Hindu state and not secular as the constitution calls for.

The protests have been waning, but violence related to them has killed at least 45 people in recent weeks.