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Aug 23, 2011

Government tries harder to douse graft protests

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government on Tuesday stepped up efforts to end national anti-corruption protests led by the ailing 74-year-old social activist Anna Hazare as he entered a second week of fasting.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, under fire for failing to react to the biggest social protests in decades, wrote a personal letter to activist Anna Hazare and called for a meeting of political party leaders to try to end the impasse. A minister also met a Hazare aide for talks.

Aug 23, 2011

India’s leaders try harder to douse graft protests

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government Tuesday stepped up efforts to end national anti-corruption protests led by an ailing 74-year-old social activist as he entered a second week of fasting.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, under fire for failing to react to the biggest social protests in decades, wrote a personal letter to activist Anna Hazare and called for a meeting of political party leaders to try to end the impasse. A minister also met a Hazare aide for talks.

Aug 23, 2011

India PM calls all-party meet on anti-graft protests

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s premier has called an all-party meeting for Wednesday to seek an end to nationwide protests led by a 74-year self-styled Gandhian activist whose health is a growing concern as he enters a second week of fasting.

Anna Hazare has lost nearly six kgs (13.2 lbs) since he began his fast to demand a bill for creating an autonomous powerful anti-corruption agency, a campaign that has drawn support from the middle class and seen tens of thousands protest against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government.

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