India retaliated Tuesday over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York with a grab bag of punitive measures against U.S. diplomats, from demanding details on the pay of their domestic help to curtailing the import of liquor to the U.S. Embassy to making unspecified threats against gay diplomats, citing a Supreme Court ruling last week that makes homosexual acts a crime.
For the past 12 years, a businessman in the northern Indian city of Kanpur has been paying a $113 bribe to government officials to get his income tax refund. The difference now is that he's talking about it on ipaidabribe.com, a website that serves as an outlet for pent-up frustration with corruption in India.
India's parliament ended its paralyzed winter session Monday after four weeks that were largely devoid of work but filled with raucous opposition demands for an investigation into a telecom scandal that cost the country billions.
President Obama moved to cement the U.S. alliance with India, endorsing on Monday his host's bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council as recognition of the country's growing political, economic and military clout.
India's parliament is deadlocked over a bill that would limit how much foreign companies would pay to victims of a nuclear accident, as the U.S. and India move forward with a deal to help produce atomic energy in the subcontinent's growing economy.