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Strike affects normal life in Bihar

Patna : Normal life was hit in Bihar on Wednesday with thousands of workers in the government and private sector joining the nationwide strike protesting the central government's policies.

Workers of trade unions belonging to the Congress and the Left parties blocked roads and at some places stopped passenger and long-distance trains.

"Road traffic in Patna and across Bihar was badly hit by the strike of the trade unions. Auto-rickshaws and buses are off the roads in Patna and other districts," a police official said.

Sporadic violence during shutdown in Bengal

Kolkata : The shutdown called by the trade unions against the central government's economic measures on Wednesday evoked partial response in West Bengal amid reports of sporadic violence.

While educational institutions and commercial establishments largely remained closed, the city, public transport including buses and the metro railway operated normally. The number of commuters were less than usual.

The number of private buses and taxis were far less than normal.

Maharashtra joins 300 million workers in all India strike

Mumbai : Maharashtra joined a staggering 300 million workers in the government and private sector, the financial sector, banks and financial institutions, and the farming community across the country for a day's token strike protesting what they alleged was the government's 'anti-exployees' policies here on Wednesday, a top organizer said.

Banking operations hit across the country: Union leader

Chennai : The nationwide strike in the banking and insurance sector on Wednesday has begun on a very encouraging note signifying total success, a top leader of the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIEBA) said.

"The strike has started on an encouraging note across the country as per initial information we got. Employees of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), nationalised banks, old private sector banks, cooperative banks, regional rural banks are participating in the strike," AIEBA general secretary C.H. Venkatachalam told IANS.

AIUMB chief writes letter to thank Modi for meeting and the mention

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: Delighted with the meeting and appreciation of Sufi way of life by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly address to the nation, All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) has offered expressed gratitude for such special mention.

The board has sent a letter on Sunday to Modi thanking him for giving an audience to the members of board and listening them patiently on Muslim issues. It has also thanked Modi for describing the meeting dated August 27 in his “Man Ki Baat” program on August 30.

DCW to work with Delhi Police's crimes against women cell

New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Tuesday decided to work closely with Delhi Police's special unit dealing with crimes against women for speedy resolution of common cases, an official said.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal visited the office of the Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) at Nanakpura area, where she met Joint Commissioner of Police and SPUWAC head Robin Hibu and Deputy Commissioner of Police Varsha Sharma, a DCW official told IANS.

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US dollar trades mixed

New York: The US dollar traded mixed against other major currencies amid renewed turbulence in global equity markets.

US stocks extended losses on Tuesday as the broad-based sell-off around the world rattled nervous investors, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Chinese shares slumped on weak economic data. European stocks also traded sharply lower as the falls across the board weighed on market sentiment.

Following the global rout, The greenback dropped against the safe-haven Japanese yen for a second day on Tuesday.

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Flood in Assam continues to get worse, over 8 lakh people affected

Flood kids

By Abdul Gani, TwoCircles.net

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam has gotten worse with more than 8.75 lakh people have been affected so far on Tuesday. At least 24 people have lost their lives in the span of two weeks across the state in flood and landslide.

SC notice on woman officer's plea for permanent commission

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the central government on a petition by a decorated woman army officer challenging her release by the army, even though she opted for a permanent commission.

A bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice R. Banumathi issued notice as senior counsel Dushyant Dave told them that Lt. Col. Mitali Madhumita had applied for permanent commission in view of the stand taken by the central government before the apex court and an administrative order issued by the army.

Start honest politics in DU, Kejriwal to students

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday appealed to students of Delhi University to start honest politics in the coming Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls.

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