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Overwhelming response to strike in Andhra Pradesh

Banking, insurance work affected; strike peaceful in State

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: In Andhra Pradesh, banking and insurance services remained paralysed while there was partial disruption of APSRTC bus services during one-day nationwide strike called by the Left parties on Thursday against the UPA Government's economic policies and the move to dilute labour laws. Train services, however, were normal.

The response to the stir was overwhelming and the strike passed off without any violence except for the arrest of 34 CITU and AITUC workers in Hyderabad and Godavarikhani.

Three flights were cancelled at Hyderabad airport while rail and APSRTC services remained by and large normal.

Normal work was thrown out of gear in all banks and clearing operations came to a grinding halt, according to convener of the United Federation of Bank Union S. Ramababu.

CPI State secretary K. Narayana at a demonstration at the SBI local head office opposed move to privatise or merge public sector banks. CPI (M) MP P. Madhu, while addressing RBI employees, warned the Centre of more such strikes if its policies were not changed.

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