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CBI finds nothing to prove graft in 35th National Games
The preliminary probe by the CBI into the allegations levelled over a massive corruption in the conduct of the 35th National Games in Kerala has nothing substantial to prove, a source said.
 
The source, who did not wish to be identified, told IANS that the probe was based on a complaint filed by CPI-M legislator V. Sivankutty.
 
"We have not been able to find anything to substantiate the allegations for which a CBI probe was sought. Since the Centre has also funded the event, we also looked into that aspect. The final report will be submitted to a court next month," said the CBI source. 
 
The budget of the event was Rs.611 crore and the games were held in seven districts of the state from January 31 to February 14, 2015.
 
Things turned hot for the organisers ever since a section of the media here went hammer and tongs against them after it was found that the event management company selected was a sister concern of the leading regional daily in Kerala. 
 
Many reports of alleged corruption surfaced in the media. Following such reports, Sivankutty approached a court, seeking a preliminary Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe. 
 
Jacob Punnoose, chief, National Games, told IANS that CBI officials went through many documents as part of their preliminary probe.
 
"What must not be forgotten...ever since the concept of the games village came, despite building many infrastructure projects for the event, the 35th National Games turned out to be the cheapest," said Punnoose. 
 
He said the budget of the event was fixed at Rs.611 crore but it was conducted by spending only Rs.550 crore. 

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Fake notes seized near Bangla border in Bengal
Border Security Force personnel on Tuesday seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a face value of Rs.8 lakh while being smuggled from Bangladesh into West Bengal's Malda district.
 
The seizure was made during a special operation by the 20 battalion of the BSF under Daulatpur border outpost in the district. 
 
"A special anti-FICN team noticed that some Bangladeshi miscreants threw a bag across the Indo-Bangladesh border. But an attempt to collect the bag by Indian miscreants was foiled by the troops," a BSF officer said.
 
The BSF personnel found Rs.8 lakh in fake notes in the bag. However, both the Bangladeshi and the Indian miscreants managed to flee.
 
The BSF South Bengal Frontier has so far seized over Rs.84 lakh in FICNs this year.

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