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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 September 2005, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
In pictures: India strikes
Indian air stewardesses
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A national strike in India has hit transport and business. Domestic flights were severely disrupted.
Indian leftist demonstrators
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Unions oppose economic reforms. It is the first nationwide strike since the Congress party won power in 2004.
A woman walking in front of communist flags
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Many government offices and schools were closed. People cycled or walked to work.
Indian police stand at the international terminal
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Airlines cancelled flights as airport staff walked out in protest at privatisation plans. Thousands of travellers were stranded.
Indian people wait outside the International terminal
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International flights ran normally, officials said. Riot police and air force personnel were drafted in to avert major disruption.
Striking bank employees are pictured through a torn banner
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Calcutta, a left-wing stronghold, was worst hit by the strike. Here bank employees take to the streets.


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