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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.
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.
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.
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.
Drug trafficking is an offence considered grave enough by Sharia law to warrant the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.
India’s withdrawal of MFN status and hike in import duties could increase smuggling & informal trade through Dubai may also jump.
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’.
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...