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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Mumbai quiet, but violence in north India

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Mumbai/New Delhi, February 21, 2013
First Published: 02:32 IST(21/2/2013) | Last Updated: 02:33 IST(21/2/2013)

The city remained unaffected on the first day of the two-day nationwide strike as trains, buses, autos and taxis plied, shops and offices stayed open and Mumbaiites stepped out on Wednesday. The strike, however, saw a violent start in North India, with a trade union leader dying in Haryana and vandals rioting in Noida.

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Commuters were inconvenienced in the Capital as autos and taxis joined the strike, though the Metro and public bus services were unaffected.

In Mumbai, while nationalised banks and insurance companies did not work, private sector banks and the stock exchange conducted business as usual. Barring an effort to block trains in Andheri and minor attacks on buses, the strike was peaceful.

The city has not been affected as the major union in Mum-bai, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, has not participated in the strike because of ongoing school and college exams. It also helped that the Shiv Sena, despite supporting the strike, did not take to the streets. Elsewhere, Kerala and Bihar were hit hard.

As trade unions celebrated the “unprecedented” success of their stir — to protest inflation and the government’s economic policies — industry body Assocham estimated that the loss to the gross domestic product (GDP) was Rs. 26,000 crore.

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