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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.
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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.
Forest in Kashmir

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...

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File image of Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot (left) and CM Ashok Gehlot | Photo: ANI

No votes, ineffective Gandhis — larger malaise underlying Congress’ Gehlot-Pilot spat

In episode 521 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about the fundamental contradiction within the Congress party — it is ruled by a strong but ineffective dynasty.
Fuel Station

Modi govt’s petrol, diesel tax hikes seen putting the brakes on India’s economic recovery

The high prices of petrol and diesel are adding another headwind to India’s economy facing the biggest contraction in four decades.

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A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India-China corps commanders talks today to focus on Pangong, to be toughest round yet

India and China have serious differences at Pangong and Depsang Plains, even though they have moved ahead with disengagement at other points of conflict along LAC.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.