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Saturday, October 1, 2011

India stumbles along a long corruption trail/ John Elliott

A truck driver was reported to have been beaten to death by officials in north India earlier this week for not paying a Rs500 bribe………
-   A former cabinet minister for telecoms, Dayanidhi Maran, is about to be charged for corruption in an ongoing telecoms scandal. He is the second ex-telecom minister to be charged in the case – the first, Andimuthu Raja, has been held in a Delhi jail since February pending trial, along with various others………
-   A crisis has split and preoccupied the top levels of the government in the past week over whether Pranab Mukherjee, the finance minister, tried some months ago in a ministry memo to implicate Palaniappan Chidambaram, his predecessor and now home minister, in that scandal. This has been partially and unsatisfactorily resolved tonight by a joint statement from the two men denying any rift………..