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DRI seizes gold bars worth nearly Rs 8 cr smuggled into India from Myanmar, arrests six

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized gold bars worth nearly Rs eight crore which was smuggled into India from Myanmar, and arrested six people for allegedly being a part of the smuggling racket, according to an official statement issue. The gold was smuggled into India from Myanmar through the porous Indo-Myanmar border at Moreh in Manipur. Acting on ... Read More »

Gold worth Rs 38.4 lakh seized from passengers at Chennai airport

CHENNAI: Customs officials at Chennai airport detected one case of gold smuggling on Friday morning and four cases in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. They seized a total of 1.17 kg of gold, worth Rs 38.4 lakh. the officials searched Mohammed Rafi, 23, of Chennai who arrived here from Kuala Lumpur in an AirAsia flight. They found three ... Read More »

Charges Against GST, Customs Officials For Helping In Smuggling Gold

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has charged three Customs and GST officials based in Bengaluru for allegedly helping smugglers bring gold from Dubai in the form of paste, officials said on Tuesday. The agency had received information that Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials had intercepted six international passengers who were handing over smuggled gold to some receivers. During ... Read More »

Five including four Turkmenistani held for smuggling gold

Five passengers, including four Turkmenistani, have been arrested by the customs officials for smuggling gold worth Rs 2 crore at Delhi airport. The accused were arrested in separate incidents happened during the past one week. Four Turkmenistani passengers, including three women, were intercepted after their arrival at Delhi in different flights on Wednesday. Two of them had come from Dubai ... Read More »

Customs Officials Seize Gold Worth Rs. 79 Lakh From Delhi Airport’s Toilet

NEW DELHI: Gold worth about Rs. 79 lakh was seized from a bathroom at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport airport, customs officials said. A 21-year-old man has been arrested by the customs officials for his alleged involvement in gold smuggling, they said. Acting on inputs, the customs department intercepted the accused after his arrival at the airport from Abu Dhabi ... Read More »

India may extend deadline for imposing retaliatory tariff on 29 US items by 14 days

India is likely to extend the deadline for imposing retaliatory customs duties on 29 US products, including almond, walnut and pulses, by another 14 days, a source said. The commerce ministry is expected to recommend to the revenue department, under the finance ministry, to extend the deadline for imposing higher tariffs. The current deadline will end on May 2. “The ... Read More »

As global smuggling networks flourish, Indian turtles disappear from traditional habitats

Indian softshell turtles are in peril, thanks to local myths about the use of their body parts, as well as an international poaching network that feeds traditional Chinese practices. Softshell turtles, which get their name due to lack of scales on their outer shell or carapaces, are found in lakes and ponds as well as in the river systems of ... Read More »

India has scope for reducing untargeted food, fertiliser subsidies: IMF Deputy Director Paolo Mauro

Washington: There is a lot of scope in India for reducing untargeted food and fertiliser subsidies and enhancing revenue administration, the IMF has said. “When one looks at some of the populist proposals announced by political parties during this election season, the important thing is to look at the benefits but also look at the costs and to look at ... Read More »

Customs reports spike in smuggling at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport

The number of cash and gold smuggling cases busted at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport has been increasing every year, according to data from the customs department. The data showed that cases of gold smuggling saw a three-fold increase in the past three years. As per the data accessed by HT, 26 cases of illegal cash seizures were reported ... Read More »

RBI monetary policy: Central bank cuts key interest rate by 25 bps to 6%, maintains neutral stance

Mumbai: In an attempt to propel economy ahead of the general elections, the RBI on Thursday lowered the benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent, the second cut in a row, to the lowest level in one year on softening inflation. The central bank, however, kept monetary policy stance ‘Neutral’ over uncertainty over monsoon. It also lowered GDP growth forecast for ... Read More »

9 Iranians Arrested With Rs. 500 Crore Worth Heroin Off Gujarat Coast

AHMEDABAD: A major attempt to smuggle in Rs. 500 crore worth drugs from Pakistan was foiled after Coast Guard and ATS personnel intercepted a boat and seized around 100 kg heroin, officials said on Wednesday. After being intercepted, the boat crew set the vessel afire and also tried to destroy the drugs. The ATS arrested nine Iranians from the boat, ... Read More »

Nine Iranians held for smuggling drugs off Indian coast

INDIA: Nine Iranians accused of setting their ship ablaze to try and destroy heroin stashed aboard have been rescued by India’s coastguard and held for drug offences, officials said. The crew made “desperate attempts to run away” when approached by authorities off the coast of Gujarat in India’s west, a statement from the state’s anti-terror squad said. “Indian Coast Guard ... Read More »

Smuggler hires robbers to rob rival smugglers

A resident of Nagaur in Rajasthan filed an FIR with Sikar police saying that he was robbed at gunpoint on a highway. He said that robbers stole 30 thousand rupees in cash from him. Sultan Singh, the complainant, said that the robbery took place when he was travelling in his Scorpio with Irfan and Balli Mohammed who had returned from ... Read More »

Human embryo smuggling: Malaysian arrested at India airport

Indian authorities are investigating a possible smuggling ring after discovering a live human embryo in a suitcase at Mumbai’s airport. A Malaysian national was allegedly found with the embryo in a canister concealed in his luggage. The man, who reportedly admitted this was not the first time he had smuggled embryos into India, then led officials to a high-end IVF ... Read More »

India to post Customs intelligence officers in China to check financial frauds

NEW DELHI: India has decided to post Customs intelligence officers in China in its effort to check black money, trade-based money laundering and other financial frauds, officials said Sunday. Two posts of the Customs Overseas Intelligence Network (COIN) have been created in the Indian Embassy in Beijing and in the Consulate General of India at Guangzhou, they said. The Finance ... Read More »

Air Passenger Arrested For Smuggling Gold Worth Rs. 18 Lakh

PANAJI: The Central Excise and Customs in Goa Wednesday took into custody an international passenger for allegedly smuggling gold paste worth over Rs. 18 lakh at Dabolim airport, 35 kms from, an official said. According to the official, the passenger had concealed the gold paste in the waistband of his jeans pant. “Customs officials searched the passenger and found that ... Read More »

Afghan nationals arrested on charges of drug smuggling in India

India’s police arrested four Afghan nationals trying to smuggle drugs in an airport in New Delhi on Sunday, Indian news agencies reported. Abdul Haq Noorzai, Mohammad Naeim Noorzai, Mohammad Esmael Noorzai and Mohammad Nasim Noorzai were arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airports, the reports said. They were carrying heroin in their abdomen and were planning to peddle it in Delhi, ... Read More »

4 Afghan Men Arrested At Delhi Airport Trying To Smuggle In Heroin

NEW DELHI: Four Afghan nationals have been arrested for allegedly smuggling heroin into India by hiding the contraband in their abdomen, police said on Sunday. The accused had come to Delhi on a medical visa from Afghanistan, they said. Abdul Haq Noorzai, Mohammad Naeim Noorzai, Mohammad Esmael Noorzai and Mohammad Nasim Noorzai, all from Farah province in western Afghanistan, were ... Read More »

Father, Son Arrested With Foreign Currency Worth Rs. 68 Lakh At Delhi Airport

NEW DELHI: A father and son were arrested by customs officials for allegedly trying to smuggle out foreign currency worth Rs. 68 lakh at Delhi airport, an official statement said on Wednesday. While the father was trying to hide the currency in his hand-baggage, a significant amount of forex was hidden by his son in rectum. The duo, who had ... Read More »

Over 14 Kg Heroin seized near Pak Border, wanted drug peddler caught

The Punjab Police seized 14 kilograms of heroin, smuggled into the state from Pakistan, and arrested a drug peddler. Saraj Singh was wanted in several cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act registered at different police stations places in the state, MS Chinna, Inspector General of Police (Ferozepur Range), told reporters. He said following intelligence inputs, a team ... Read More »