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US charges 5 men for smuggling equipment to help Pakistan’s nuclear programme

The accused smuggled US goods to entities that are threats to US security for their ties to Pakistan’s weapons programmes, said the US Department of Justice.
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J&K wants Modi govt to amend Indian Forest Act to book timber smugglers under stringent PSA

J&K, where timber smuggling is a major threat, used to be governed by a law with provision of Public Safety Act. But it got scrapped after the govt’s Article 370 move.

Pakistani couple beheaded in Saudi Arabia for smuggling heroin

Drug trafficking is an offence considered grave enough by Sharia law to warrant the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.
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India-Pakistan trade war expected to push smuggling & business through Dubai

India’s withdrawal of MFN status and hike in import duties could increase smuggling & informal trade through Dubai may also jump.
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Ban on Hafiz Saeed’s JuD not renewed by Imran Khan government, court told

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan eyes first space mission in 2022 with China’s help; two Pakistan universities in list of Asia’s ‘top 100’.
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Donald Trump lashes out at Google, and Xi Jinping unleashes charm offensive on BRI

Greece cracks down on aid workers 'smuggling migrants', and journalists in Bosnia protest after attack on reporter.

Under PM Modi, India got back more stolen antiquities in 3 years than the UPA government in 10 years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visits abroad often have a return gift. He has brought back more than a dozen historical artifacts from the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and Singapore.  Since 2014, the Indian government has retrieved 24 Indian antiquities from around the world that were either stolen or smuggled out. In contrast, from 2009 to 2014, just one such object was brought back to the country, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has said. “There has been some momentum in the last 2-3 years (in bringing back Indian antiquities),” D.N. Dimri, Director (Antiquities) at the ASI, told ThePrint. He said he could not claim that the change has been spurred by the BJP coming to power but agreed that the country has made “significant gains in the recent past”. Between 2004-09 no such objects were brought back, an official from the ASI said. In fact, between 1976 and 2013, a total of 13 antiquities...

On Camera

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US Navy was quick to fix responsibility for Covid-19 crisis. Indian military can take lessons

Indian military’s track record in fixing accountability is poor, most notably during the Kargil War. This can have serious repercussions for us in peace and wartime.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.

Defence

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Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.