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Congress party leader Siddaramaiah celebrates with supporters Wednesday. Pic: AP.

Analysis: Money talks in India’s Karnataka poll

By Thu, May 09, 2013 12:44PM UTC Comments Off Congress party leader Siddaramaiah celebrates with supporters Wednesday. Pic: AP.

State election result proves corruption is no obstacle for Indian politicians In March 2003, India’s election commission made it mandatory for all candidates to submit legally sworn testimonies detailing their assets and liabilities along with nomination papers. The order was part of electoral reforms after a sustained campaign to check the role of money power...

India orders probe into $750m Finmeccanica helicopter deal

By Tue, Feb 26, 2013 5:29PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top investigative agency is looking into the role a former air force chief played in a $750 million helicopter contract marred by reports of bribery. Shashi Tyagi and three of his cousins are among 11 people and two companies at the center of a preliminary inquiry announced Monday by the...

Opinion: Latest defense scandal bores India

By Thu, Feb 21, 2013 1:15PM UTC Comments Off A helicopter carrying India's ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi takes off after an election rally last year. India's politicians need an upgrade. Pic: AP.

A clean, uncorrupt government is the shock story that the Indian public really needs India is in the midst of another defense scandal involving the purchase of Italian AgustaWestland helicopters to protect important people from being shot in flight. The money trail of the helicopter deal, as in many other similar instances, is murky –...

India promises justice in suspect $670m chopper deal

By Wed, Feb 13, 2013 4:07PM UTC 3 Comments India promises justice in suspect $670m chopper deal

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will punish any official found guilty of taking bribes from Finmeccanica to steer a multimillion-dollar helicopter contract to the Italian defense firm, the defense minister said Wednesday. A.K. Antony told reporters the government would blacklist and take legal action against any company found to have paid a bribe in the...

Indian yoga guru ends fast against corruption

By Tue, Aug 14, 2012 6:33PM UTC Comments Off An Indian senior policeman detains yoga guru Baba Ramdev, right, during an anti-corruption protest in New Delhi, India, Monday. Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — A popular yoga guru ended his hunger strike Tuesday but said his battle against endemic corruption in India will continue. Baba Ramdev sipped a glass of fruit juice offered by supporters to end the fast, aimed at pressuring the government to bring back billions of dollars of illegal money allegedly stashed...

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