The two-day Bharat bandh called by 11 major trade unions from today paralysed banking services across the country and shut down public transport in cities. Industry body Assocham said that the loss to GDP could be about Rs 26,000 crore, higher than its initial estimate of Rs 15,000-20,000 crore. Factories in Noida came under attack and a trade union activist died in violence in Ambala. 14 people were arrested for the violence. Union Minister V Narayanasamy appealed to the unions to call off their strike.