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Vyapam scam: CBI summons Gwalior-based SIT

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Bhopal: The CBI on Tuesday summoned the Gwalior-based Special Investigation Team (SIT) to take charge of the probe into the Madhya Pradesh Vyapam recruitment and admissions scam and related deaths.

The Gwalior-Chambal region of the state is where most of the over 45 deaths related to the raging Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam) – Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board – have occurred over the past few years.

A 40-member Central Bureau of Investigation team arrived in Bhopal on Monday following the Supreme Court’s order to the agency to take over the investigation into the scam from SIT, the state police’s probe agency.

The CBI team has already conducted two meetings with the SIT’s Special Task Force (STF) and it has handed over many significant documents to the central agency, sources said.

According to CBI sources, a special team of Gwalior police was probing various matters related to the Vyapam scam. This is the region from where many suspects have been arrested and many scam related deaths have been reported.

(IANS)

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The United States Of America Drops Out Of Top 20 Corrupt Countries

For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom.

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A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.

Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”

She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”

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“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.

The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.

“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.

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Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom. (VOA)