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Indian anti-corruption talks collapse


Talks broke down on Thursday between Indian activist Anna Hazare and the Indian government over a new anti-corruption bill.

Hazare is protesting against corruption by fasting in a New Delhi park. His aides say the 74-year-old is weak, having lost more than five kilos since he began his hunger strike 10 days ago.

Hazare wants the government to pass his proposed anti-corruption bill by August 30. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh plans to introduce a new version including some of Hazare’s suggestions.

Hazare rejected a previous proposal earlier this month because it exempted the prime minister and senior civil servants from scrutiny.

Singh’s government has been rocked by a series of high-profile scandals which, according to campaigners, shows that corruption is endemic in the upper echelons of Indian society.

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