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Nationwide strike hits India

<p>Protesters damage a fire engine during a strike in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike called by major trade unions over high prices. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Protesters damage a fire engine during a strike in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike called by major...more

Protesters damage a fire engine during a strike in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike called by major trade unions over high prices. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A fire engine is seen in flames after it was set afire by protesters during a strike in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A fire engine is seen in flames after it was set afire by protesters during a strike in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

A fire engine is seen in flames after it was set afire by protesters during a strike in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Protesters damage a fire engine during a strike in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike called by major trade unions over high prices. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Protesters damage a fire engine during a strike in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike called by major...more

Protesters damage a fire engine during a strike in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike called by major trade unions over high prices. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Protesters stand after they set vehicles on fire during a strike in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike called by major trade unions over high prices. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Protesters stand after they set vehicles on fire during a strike in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike...more

Protesters stand after they set vehicles on fire during a strike in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi February 20, 2013. Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near New Delhi on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day strike called by major trade unions over high prices. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Workers from various trade unions shout slogans as they try to block a road during a strike in Mumbai February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Workers from various trade unions shout slogans as they try to block a road during a strike in Mumbai February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Workers from various trade unions shout slogans as they try to block a road during a strike in Mumbai February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Commuters carry their luggage outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

Commuters carry their luggage outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Commuters carry their luggage outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>A man carries his sick father in his arms for no public transport was available outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. Many Indian banks were closed and public transport disrupted on Wednesday because of a strike by trade unions protesting against high prices but the capital, New Delhi, and business centre, Mumbai, were mostly unaffected and financial markets were open. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

A man carries his sick father in his arms for no public transport was available outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. Many Indian banks were closed and public transport disrupted on Wednesday because of a strike by...more

A man carries his sick father in his arms for no public transport was available outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. Many Indian banks were closed and public transport disrupted on Wednesday because of a strike by trade unions protesting against high prices but the capital, New Delhi, and business centre, Mumbai, were mostly unaffected and financial markets were open. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>A woman wipes her face as she waits for public transport outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. Many Indian banks were closed and public transport disrupted on Wednesday because of a strike by trade unions protesting against high prices but the capital, New Delhi, and business centre, Mumbai, were mostly unaffected and financial markets were open. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

A woman wipes her face as she waits for public transport outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. Many Indian banks were closed and public transport disrupted on Wednesday because of a strike by trade unions...more

A woman wipes her face as she waits for public transport outside a railway station during a strike in New Delhi February 20, 2013. Many Indian banks were closed and public transport disrupted on Wednesday because of a strike by trade unions protesting against high prices but the capital, New Delhi, and business centre, Mumbai, were mostly unaffected and financial markets were open. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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