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General strike affects normal life in Kerala

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The usually crowded North Overbridge in Kochi wears a deserted look due to the 24-hour trade union hartal in the State on Tuesday. - K.K. Mustafah

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Normal life in Kerala was affected by the 24-hour general strike called by Left trade unions in the State on Tuesday. The striking unions held protest marches in various places across the State but no untoward incidents were reported.

In Thiruvananthapuram, shops and other business establishments were closed, while buses, taxis and autorickshaws stayed off the roads. Educational institutions were closed for the day, while attendance in offices including government offices was reported to be low. However, there were no reports of any violence in the district till early in the evening.

The call for the 24-hour general strike was given by the Trade Union Sponsoring Committee to protest against the policies of Kerala's United Democratic Front Government. Some government staff unions and teachers' unions had also supported the strike.

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