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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

India’s $1 trillion digital economy target by 2025 possible by improving digital business, fostering innovation


To capture India’s $1 trillion digital opportunity by 2025, it is important to reduce operating costs, improve investments in digital businesses and foster innovation, according to a report released on February 20. The report, India’s Trillion Dollar Digital Opportunity, was released by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) done in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. While India’s digital ... Read More »

Indian customs foil attempt to smuggle 1.6kg gold from Saudi


Indian customs arrested a passenger who attempted to smuggle 1.6kg of gold from Saudi Arabia, according to Akhbaar24. The passenger arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, on a flight from Dammam International Airport. The officers searched the passenger and found the gold which was wrapped in plastic and tied around his waist. The gold was valued at ... Read More »

Smuggling gold may be tough as border security to be beefed up


Kolkata: Smuggling gold into India is set to get tougher as the government is expected to tighten security along the borders in the aftermath of last week’s terror strike in Pulwama, gold traders and bullion dealers said. “Following this ghastly terror attack in Pulwama, it is expected that the government will beef up security in the border region. So, this ... Read More »

2 arrested at Imphal airport for smuggling drugs

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Two people were arrested in separate incidents by the Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) Police at Imphal International Airport Saturday for allegedly trying to smuggle out drugs. NAB sleuths seized 7.75 kg of opium from the baggage of a Madhya Pradesh resident who was to board an IndiGo flight for New Delhi from the Imphal airport, according to an ... Read More »

Indian-origin prof appointed director of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance


An Indian-origin global negotiator has been appointed as the director of a renowned academic institution in South Africa. Professor Faizel Ismail will take charge as the director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance from Professor Alan Hirsch in July. Ismail is known for his role in negotiating major agreements for South Africa, including ... Read More »

Centre vows to curb areca smuggling from Myanmar


The Centre has assured areca growers that it will take action against arecanut smuggling from other countries. A delegation of the heads of arecanut co-operatives from Karnataka, along with the elected representatives from areca-growing region, had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu, and Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi recently. ... Read More »