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:Banking operations across Odisha were hit on Tuesday

Bhubaneswar: 22/8/17:Banking operations across Odisha were hit on Tuesday as around 40,000 staff from nearly 5,000 branches struck work protesting against reforms in the banking sector among others.

The strike was part of a nation-wide one-day agitation called by various associations and unions of bank employees under the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) — the umbrella body of nine unions which has given the strike call opposing the government’s move. As the festive season has just begun, traders and common people from the State faced a tough time today due to a day-long strike by the public sector banks.

A large number of ATMs also remained closed, creating problems for the customers.

Sources said over 10 lakh bank employees spread in more than 1,30,000 branches across the country have struck work hitting cheque-clearing activity.

Mostly, public sector banks (PSBs) such as State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), UCO Bank among others had their shutters down.

Private banks, including ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra, however, opened for business as usual.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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