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The two-day bank strike has hit banking services across the country. Nearly 15 crores cheques worth Rs 14 lakh crore remained uncleared as 10 lakh PSU bank employees stayed away from work. Unions say cash dried up at various ATMs and all government transactions came to a halt. Public sector bank employees' union called for a strike to press for an immediate revision in wages higher than what is proposed by the banks. The Indian Banks' Association which is the industry body of banks has agreed to offer a 10 percent wage hike which is an outgo of over Rs 3000 crore for PSU banks.

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PREVIEW - Prospects rise for a 2015 U.N. climate deal, but likely to be weak

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Obama to Republican critics on immigration: 'Pass a bill'

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Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

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Kenya says kills over 100 attackers behind bus ambush that killed 28

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Kenya says kills over 100 attackers behind bus ambush that killed 28

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Dutch complete recovery of MH17 wreckage - government

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Putin says Russia not isolated over Ukraine, blames West for frosty ties

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Putin says Russia not isolated over Ukraine, blames West for frosty ties

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