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Indian PM vows corruption action

India's prime minister has vowed to take the strictest possible action against offenders in a series of corruption scandals facing his government.

Manmohan Singh made the comments from the ramparts of a 17th-century fort during a speech marking the 64th anniversary of India's independence from British rule.

Mr Singh's government has been beset by scandals over the sale of the mobile telephone spectrum and last year's Commonwealth Games, which together lost the country as much as £24.5 billion, according to government auditors.

For two weeks, parliament has been paralysed by anti-corruption protests, stalling crucial legislation on land reforms and an anti-corruption law.

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