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Supermarket protests across India

20 September 2012 Last updated at 07:43 BST

Opposition parties and trade unions in India have staged a day-long strike over plans to open the country's retail sector to global supermarket chains.

Calcutta and Bangalore were virtually shut down, but the response in other parts of the country was mixed.

The BBC's Andrew North in Delhi, and Sameer Hashmi in Mumbai, say the protests there ere more subdued than expected.