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The 2,247 Indian star tortoises were being smuggled to Thailand | By special arrangement

2,247 endangered Indian star tortoises seized at Chennai airport as smuggling bid is foiled

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and airport customs authorities say the seized tortoises have been handed over to the Tamil Nadu Forest Department for rehabilitation.
Liquor bottles| Representational image | Commons

Over 250 liquor bottles allegedly smuggled on Air India flight seized outside Leh airport

Eight cartons containing liquor and beer were seized by excise officials, who said they are sold to private hotels in Ladakh at higher prices due to shortage in the Union Territory.
Gold bullion bars

Smuggling gold to threaten India’s economic security a terrorist act under UAPA — Rajasthan HC

Rajasthan High Court noted that gold was a valuable material and quashed the accused's plea that challenged the filing of charges against him under the stringent anti-terror law UAPA.
Gold bangles | Representational image | pikist.com

How India’s strict lockdown choked gold smuggling routes to country

Illegal shipments of gold are estimated to have slowed to a trickle of about 2 tons a month, and may total about 25 tons this year, compared with an estimate of 120 tons last year.
Authorities say the Kenbo bikes are used to smuggle contraband such as liquor | By special arrangement

Mizoram govt bans illegal Chinese Kenbo bikes ‘being used for cross-border smuggling’

Chinese-origin Kenbo bikes are mostly brought to Mizoram from across the border in Myanmar, with law enforcement agencies claiming they are mostly used for smuggling.
Representational image for hilsa fish | Photo: Commons

How much do Bengalis crave Bangladeshi hilsa? Enough to smuggle 2,800 kg during pandemic

BSF has seized 2,800 kg of hilsa since February, 8 years after Bangladesh banned it. It is considered a delicacy in Bengal, and the fish is selling for Rs 3,000/kg in Kolkata markets and online.
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In pandemic, one supply chain is working as smooth as ever — that of smugglers’

Criminals have had to innovate to keep their supply chains open. A good example is concealing illegal drugs in consignments of face masks or sanitisers.
M. Sivasankar has been removed as principal secretary to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan in connection with a gold smuggling case | File photo: ANI

Top Kerala IAS officer removed for links with woman behind UAE gold ‘smuggling ring’

M. Sivasankar was allegedly close to Swapna Suresh, the key figure in smuggling 30 kg of gold bars in a diplomatic bag bound for the UAE Consulate.

DRI busts exotic birds trafficking syndicate, arrests 2 for smuggling 22 macaws from Bangladesh

The birds were seized under provisions of the Customs Act and Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. Offences under these Acts are punishable with a sentence of up to 7 years in prison.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security - John C Demers | Twitter (@HumanEcologyCUA)

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.
Representational image of Pakistan flag | Pixabay

On Sri Lankan man’s lynching, all of Pakistan reacted…and moved on

PM Imran Khan’s tweet of shock. Check. CM’s expression of sadness and ordering of in­­q­ui­­ry. Check. IG police’s vow to arrest the culprits. Check.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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