Obstacles to business
If you happen to unearth treasure worth even as little as 10 rupees in India, don't even think of pocketing it - that's because under a law introduced by the former British colonial rulers, it still belongs to "Her Majesty".
Now, however, the Treasure Trove Act of 1878 and nearly 300 other outdated laws are set to be repealed in the largest-ever cull of rules that make India one of the most puzzling places in the world to do business.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hoping that less regulation and faster decision-making will lift India from its ranking of 134 out of 189 countries on the World Bank's ease of doing business table into the top 50 and attract investors.
"Some of the laws on our books are laughable. Others have no place in a modern and democratic India," said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who is leading the legislative clean-up.
Text: Sanjeev Miglani, Reuters
Image: Lord Canning, the last Governor-General of India under Company rule and the first Viceroy of India under Crown rule. Some of the rules framed when he was in charge are still around.
Image courtesy: Wikipedia