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India Hopes to Usher in Stalled Tax Reform to Boost Business

As the hot sun beats down, truck driver Babloo Yadav waits at a border checkpoint in Haryana state for an official to check papers for the truckload of cement he is ferrying. The 350 kilometer trip from Rajasthan to Delhi via Haryana should take no more than eight or nine hours, but long halts at state borders add many tiresome hours to the journey. The delay stems from the confusing mesh of separate taxes and duties levied by India’s 29 states. “When I present my papers they deliberately...

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