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Planet Money

In Search Of India's Red-Tape Factory

India, home to a booming high-tech industry, is also home to mountains of paperwork. Our reporter wanted to know why — and where all those forms come from.

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Several embarrassing controversies have marked the run-up to Shanghai's World Expo. One centers on the event's mascot, a bouncy aqua blue cartoon character with big eyes called Haibao (right). Many have pointed out Haibao's resemblance to Gumby, originally an animated clay figure who appeared on U.S. television. Donald Bowers/Getty Images Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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Korean Air cargo planes sit idle on the tarmac at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. Every day, on average, 10,000 tons of goods are airfreighted between Asia and Europe. But none of that has moved for the past week after Iceland's volcanic eruption. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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