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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Deserted streets during Bharat Bandh
Deserted streets during Bharat Bandh

Hyderabad: The transport and banking sectors were affected  in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as a nationwide strike called by trade unions came into effect on Wednesday.

Auto-rickshaws in Hyderabad and other towns in the two states were also off the roads. Truck owners and drivers also joined the strike at few places. Petrol bunks were shut at few places due to the strike.

Commuters were stranded at Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), Jubliee Bus Station in Hyderabad and Secunderabad as majority of long-distance buses were cancelled.

Activists of the left parties and trade unions staged protest at RTC bus depots in all 10 districts of Telangana and 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Bus stations in most of the towns wore a deserted look as majority of 18,000 buses in the two states went off the roads.

In Kurnool town of Andhra Pradesh, protest by RTC employees led to tension at the bus station. Striking employees tried to stop buses being operated with the help of contract staff.

Banking services were also paralysed in the two states. Public sector banks were closed in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana and all cities and towns in Andhra as employees joined the strike.

Coal production in state-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) in Telangana was also affected. Employees in SCCL mines in three districts joined the strike. Officials said 45,000 tonnes of coal production will be impacted, causing a loss of Rs.9 crore to the company.

Employees of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, HPCL, Ship Yard and other public sector undertakings also joined the strike.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

OnePlus, smartphone
Smartphone by OnePlus. Flickr

A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)