Two-day Bharat bandh begins

The bandh, called by 11 major trade unions, has severely impacted banking services, crippled public transport in cities.

Check price rise, demand unions

The unions have put forward 10 demands, which mainly relate to checking price rise, creating jobs, halting disinvestment in public sector enterprises and implementing labour laws.

Bandh claims one life in Ambala

A trade union leader was crushed by a public transport bus that he was trying to stop from being put on service.

50,000 govt employees on strike in UP

In Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh, 50,000 state road transport employees were on strike. Some 9,000 government buses were off the roads.

Passengers stranded in Delhi

At New Delhi railway station, taxis and auto-rickshaws either refused them or overcharged. An auto rickshaw driver demanded Rs 2000 for a ride. Another driver was thrashed by his colleagues for agreeing to take a passenger.

“No work, no pay”

In West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government has issued a warning to employees against being absent during the strike. She said her administration will ensure the shutdown does not affect life in the state.

Stones pelted at a BEST bus in Mumbai

Although banks were shut in the city, trains and buses were running normally and government offices were open. The airport union has also decided against joining the bandh.

Busiest bus station stands empty in Thiruvananthapuram

The strike hit transport and banking in the state. Buses, autorickshaws and taxis were not running and schools and colleges were closed. Around 5,000 workers joined protest marches organised across the state.

Rs 20,000 crore loss for economy

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, grappling with the country's worst economic slowdown in a decade, asked the unions to call off the strike, but talks between a ministerial panel and union leaders broke down

Agriculture sector will be affected

Assocham has appealed to the trade unions not to join the strike. Its president Rajkumar Dhoot said banking, insurance and industrial production may take a hit. Even the agriculture sector would be affected as the movement of vegetables, a highly perishable item, would be disrupted.

Factories, cars attacked in Noida

Factory-owners say trade union workers are attacking and looting their property; some owners were holed up inside their offices, claiming that the police is ignoring desperate calls for help.