THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Banking services are likely to be affected in the State on Friday following a national strike called by the United Forum of Banking Unions. The strike is part of the ongoing campaign of the unions against reforms in the banking sector. In a joint release, the State Banks’ Staff Union and the State Bank of India Officers’ Association said that the banks should be made an effective tool for nation building and not managed merely as profit-making institutions.

— Special Correspondent