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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Indian anti-corruption activist fasts for 10th day as talks stall

Talks stalled between the Indian government and supporters of Anna Hazare, as the anti-corruption activist's hunger strike entered its 10th day Thursday.

Hazare said he was feeling fine as he addressed supporters during a televised address. He urged supporters to shun violence in their quest to get an anti-corruption bill, aimed at setting up a citizen ombudsman, called the Lokpal.

Activists and federal ministers were negotiating Wednesday to end the bill's deadlock. It seemed at one point Wednesday, progress was being made, but hours later Hazare supporters were accusing the government of not being flexible.

The talks have stalled so much that they would need to start over, said Kiran Bedi, Hazare's adviser.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has urged Hazare to end his hunger strike and said that a compromise can be found. more