4 Arrested At Chennai Airport With Gold Worth 30 Lakh In Rectum


The accused admitted to have concealed the gold in their rectums (Representational)

Chennai: 

Four people have been arrested at the Chennai International Airport for trying to smuggle into the country 929 grams of gold worth Rs 30 lakh concealed in their rectum, a customs department official said Sunday.

Muthuraman Poominadhan, 21, Sahul Hameed, 42, Mujib Rahman, 50, Kalandar Abbas, 27, all Indian passport holders, were intercepted upon their arrival from Colombo on Saturday night, the official said.

“During interrogation, the accused admitted to have concealed the gold in their rectums. Four 24-karat gold ingots weighing 929 grams, were seized from them,” he said, their passports were confiscated and further investigation was underway.

In another case, a 50-year-old “repeat offender”, travelling from Dubai, was arrested on Sunday morning for attempting to smuggle in 580 grams of gold worth Rs 19 lakh, another customs official said.

“Abdul Samad was intercepted and 580 grams of gold, worth Rs 19 lakh, recovered from his personal belongings. The man was arrested as he was a repeat offender,” the official said.

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Gold Worth Rs 10 Crore Seized At Punjab’s Wagah-Attari Border


After 1991 this is the fisrt time a big gold consignment was seized at Attari border (Representational)

Attari: 

The customs authorities has seized over 32 kg gold worth Rs 10 crore from a truck at the Attari-Wagah border, a senior official said.

The gold was recovered Wednesday night from an apple-laden truck from Afghanistan by the officials at the Indo-Pak border. During the checking, the officials found a cavity was created in the apple boxes to conceal the consignment of gold bars being smuggled to India, said Joint commissioner, Customs Arvind Kumar.

Mr Kumar said the consignment came from Afghanistan via Pakistan and was meant for some Delhi-based traders. He said the driver and the cleaner of the truck are being interrogated.

Commissioner Customs Dipak Kumar said, “One carton of apples concealed two gold bars weighing around 1.2 kg each wrapped in black rubber and black carbon paper at its base. Upon examination of the cargo, 11 cartons were found containing 27 gold bars weighting 32.654 kg.”

According to the officials, it is the first time after 1991 that such a big gold consignment was seized at Attari border. Following the seizure, offices of custom clearing agents were raided in Amritsar and Delhi.

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13-Year-Old Esha Singh Wins Three Gold Medals


13-year-old Esha Singh, who hails from Telangana, took the National Shooting Championships by storm after winning three gold medals, leaving behind experienced shooters such as Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker.

Singh, who is the daughter of a national level rally driver, won medals in  three categories – youth, junior and senior.

Shooting 241.0 in the women’s final, the teenager beat Manu Bhaker, who finished second with a score of 238.9. And experienced shooter Heena Sidhu trailed behind at sixth with a disappointing score of 154.9.

Esha’s story is an inspiring one. She took up shooting at the age of nine, after watching her father’s friend pursue the sport. Later, she was picked for training by a Hyderabad-based academy, where she was weaned into a professional shooter.



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Mary Kom Beats Hanna Okhota To Clinch Record Sixth Gold


MC Mary Kom scripted history after she defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota by a unanimous 5-0 decision in the 48kg light flyweight final to clinch an unprecedented sixth gold medal at the Women’s World Championships at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. With this, she became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Boxing Championships. Mary Kom had won gold in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 editions of the Women’s World Boxing Championship and was tied at five gold medals with Katie Taylor of Ireland. Having won a silver medal in the 2001 edition, the 35-year-old Manipuri boxer now has record seven medals to her name in the biennial amateur boxing event.

Following her victory, Mary Kom said, “I would like to dedicate this win to my country.”

With this gold, Mary Kom also matched Cuba’s Felix Savon as the joint most successful boxer – men and women – in the World Championships history.

Felix Savon, who also won three Olympic gold medals during his illustrious career, has won six gold and one silver in heavyweight in the World Championships between 1986 and 1989.

In the semi-final on Friday, Mary Kom had defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in a unanimous 5-0 decision to enter the final of the championships.

On Friday, Simranjit Kaur and Lovlina Borgohain had to settle for bronze medals after losing their respective semi-final bouts. In the 64kg semi-finals, Simranjit lost to Chinese Dan Dou, while Lovlina lost in the women’s 69 kg semi-final to Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin on Thursday.

India finished the Women’s World Championships with one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.

The last time India hosted the championship, they topped the medal tally with eight medals – four gold, one silver, and three bronze.



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Mary Kom Eyes Record 6th Gold


Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom will face Hanna Okhota of Ukraine in the final of the Women’s World Championship at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. The 35-year-old Indian boxer is eyeing a historic sixth gold at the women’s 48 kg light flyweight category. Mary had previously won the gold medal in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 editions of the Championships. Apart from this, she had also won the silver medal on her debut in 2001. In the women’s 57 kg featherweight final, Sonia will face Ornella Gabriele Wahner of Germany. Sonia entered the final after beating Jo Son Hwa of North Korea by unanimous 5-0 decision on Friday.

Live updates of Women’s World Boxing Championship 2018 Finals between Mary Kom vs Hanna Okhota and Sonia Chahal vs Ornella Wahner in New Delhi.

15:40 IST: In the last meet with Hanna, Mary registered a comfortable win at the Silesian Women’s Open semi-finals in Poland earlier this year.

15:35 IST: The home crowd will boost Mary’s confidence against her Ukrainian opponent. She earlier won a gold medal when India hosted the biennial amateur boxing event in 2016 in New Delhi.

15:31 IST: But a lot has happened since then. The 35-year-old Manipuri boxer is a mother of three now.

15:28 IST: She had defeated Romania’s Steluta Duta in the 48 kg women’s light flyweight final to win her fifth World Championship gold medal.

15:23 IST: Mary Kom last featured in a World Championship final match in 2010.

15:18 IST: Mary is currently tied at five gold medals with Katie Taylor of Ireland.

15:15 IST: The five-time World Champion boxer has her eyes firmly set on an unprecedented sixth World title. 

15:10 IST: India’s MC Mary Kom will take on Hanna Okhota of Ukraine in the summit clash of the 48 kg women’s light flyweight final at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.

15:00 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Women’s World Boxing Championship 2018 final bouts between Mary Kom and Hanna Okhota, and Sonia Chahal and Ornella Wahner at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

Mary Kom, who is still tied with Katie Taylor of Ireland on five gold medals, has an opportunity to become the most successful women’s boxer if she beats Hanna Okhota in the final. “I have beaten the North Korean opponent in the Asian Championships last year and that time it was a one-sided bout. But win or lose, every boxer always learn and I think she has learnt(from that bout). At the same time I also have learnt and I came prepared to defend and counter. I am happy that I am in the final,” Mary said after the bout.

Sonia, who was the silver medallist at the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and a twice silver medallist at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, will be looking to cross the final hurdle and clinch the coveted yellow metal. “I never imagined that I will reach the final. But it is happening and I am in the World Championships final at such a young age. I am doing this in front of my home crowd. I am very happy,” Sonia said after the win.





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Foreign Currencies, Gold Worth Rs 34.60 Lakh Seized At Chennai Airport


Foreign currency and gold totally valued at Rs 34.60 lakh have been seized. (Representational)

Chennai: 

Foreign currency and gold totally valued at Rs 34.60 lakh have been seized from four passengers over the last three days by customs officials at the international aiport in Chennai.

In the first instance, the officials, acting on specific information, seized USD 20,500 from two Kuala Lumpur bound passengers early on Friday morning.

A search revealed that they had concealed the currency in their rectum and the money was seized, a customs release said.

Another passenger who arrived on Friday morning from Kuala Lumpur was intercepted by Customs officials on suspicion.

He was found to have concealed 133 grams gold worth Rs 4.25 lakh in his pant pockets and under the sole of his slippers.

In the third incident, customs officials recovered 420 grams of gold foils worth Rs 14.6 lakh, concealed in the baggage of a passenger who arrived from Kuala Lumpur on November 15.





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Iranian Trader, Called Sultan Of Coins Executed For Gold Trafficking


Vahid Mazloomin was convicted of “corruption on earth” — Iran’s most serious capital offence. (Reuters)

Tehran: 

Iran executed a trader dubbed the “Sultan of Coins” and his accomplice on Wednesday for exploiting a surge in gold demand from savers spooked by this year’s currency crisis.

Vahid Mazloomin and accomplice Mohammad Esmail Ghasemi were both executed after being convicted of “corruption on earth” — Iran’s most serious capital offence — for “forming and running a network for disrupting the economy”, said the judiciary’s news agency Mizan online.

Iran has suffered a sharp economic downturn this year, fuelled in part by US President Donald Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Tehran and reimpose crippling unilateral sanctions.

Fearing for the economy, many Iranians rushed to secure their savings by buying foreign exchange and precious metals, causing the rial to lose around 70 percent of its value against the dollar and the price of gold coins to quadruple.

Police said Mazloomin had “amassed around two tonnes of gold coins” by the time of his arrest on July 2.

His network’s transactions were reportedly in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

“The octopus-like network disrupted the economy by buying, selling and smuggling foreign currency and gold coins,” Mizan said.

There have been widespread reports this year of dealers and middlemen manipulating the markets by hoarding dollars and coins in order to push up prices.

In August, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved a request from the judiciary to set up special revolutionary courts to try people for economic crimes “urgently and justly” and several televised trials have taken place.

Mazloomin and Ghasemi were convicted on September 26 and their death sentences upheld by the Supreme Court on October 21.

A second co-defendant, Hamid Bagheri-Dermani, was also accused of corruption and sentenced to death at the original trial. His case is still up for appeal before the Supreme Court.

August also saw the head of the central bank sacked over his handling of the rial’s slide, and his deputy in charge of foreign exchange arrested.

Iran does not publish official statistics on the number of people it executes.

But according to an April report by Amnesty International, while secretive China is the world’s “top executioner”, Iran had the highest known figure in 2017 with at least 507 people put to death, six of them women.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Mary Kom Eyes Historic Sixth Gold Medal In AIBA Women’s World Championships


MC Mary Kom will aim for a historic sixth gold at the AIBA Women’s World Championships, beginning November 15. The 10th edition of the championships will see more than 300 participants from 72 countries. This is the second time that India will be hosting the AIBA Women’s World Championships. The last time India hosted the championship, they topped the medal tally with eight medals (4 gold, one silver, and three bronze). The 10-member Indian team, a mix of seasoned and young boxers, is expected to win at least three medals, including a gold.

The 35-year-old Mary Kom, India’s biggest hope, is tied with Katie Taylor on five gold medals and one more will make her the most successful woman boxer in history.

Mary Kom, who will fight in the 48 kg weight category, will also look to win her second gold in front of the home crowd.

She has enjoyed a stellar year so far, claiming gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the inaugural India Open and the International Tournament in Poland.

“There are boxers who are still playing in my category since 2001. I know them very well. The new boxers are tougher and smarter, they are faster. I will use my experience. The past boxers are more or less the same, I know them,” Mary Kom said.

Another veteran who will be seeking her second gold at the championships will be Mary Kom’s Manipur state-mate L Sarita Devi who will feature in the 60kg weight category. Sarita Devi has five Asian titles besides winning gold in 2006.

The other eight in the team are Pinky Jangra (51kg), Manisha Maun (54kg), Sonia (57kg), Simranjit Kaur (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Saweety Boora (75kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) and Seema Poonia (+81 Kg).

The 10-day championships, which will run till November 24, will feature a host of Olympic and World Championship medallists.

Italy’s Alessia Mesiano will be defending her featherweight title she won two years ago, while 2016 silver medallists Kaye Scott of Australia, Thai Peamwilai Laopeam, Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova are gold medal contenders.

Other gold medal contenders include Virginia Fuchs (51kg) of the United States, Lin Yu-Ting (54kg) of Chinese Taipei, Yin Junhua (57kg) of China, Mira Potkonen (60kg) of Finland, Gu Hong (69kg) of China, Nouchka Fontijn (75kg) of the Netherlands, Wang Lina (81kg) and defending champion Yang Xiaoli (+81 kg), both from China.

(With PTI inputs)



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Bengal Man Arrested With 26 Gold Biscuits In Artificial Kneecap


The accused had the gold biscuits hidden in an artificial knee cap on his right leg (Representational)

Kolkata: 

The Border Security Force on Monday seized gold biscuits worth Rs 95 lakh from the Indo-Bangladesh border area of West Bengal’s Nadia district and arrested a gold smuggler, a BSF officer said.

Acting on a tip-off, the BSF troopers conducted a raid near border outpost Mustafapur in Nadia district’s Krishnanagar area and arrested one Indian national with the smuggled gold biscuits.

“Lokman Pal, 47, of North 24 Parganas district’s Gangulia village was arrested with 26 gold biscuits worth Rs 95.16 lakh while he was returning after talking to a Bangladeshi national near the international border fence,” said Rabi Ranjan, a senior officer of BSF’s South Bengal frontier.

“The accused had the gold biscuits hidden in an artificial kneecap on his right leg. He has been handed over to Bagda police station along with the seized consignment for further legal action,” he said.

The South Bengal frontier of BSF has seized smuggled gold worth more than Rs 8 crore and arrested 10 gold smugglers so far in 2018.





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Shilpa Shetty Enjoyed A 24K Gold Plated Ice-Cream In Hong Kong: Heres How Much It Costs!


Highlights

  • Shilpa Shetty is enjoying a family vacation in Hong Kong
  • Shilpa posted a Sunday binge video of herself eating ice-cream
  • The ice-cream is priced at $13 per cone

Binge queen Shilpa Shetty Kundra is in Hong Kong with her family right now and obviously she is giving us a number of reasons to wish we were there right now too! Seems like the beauty is bringing in the festive cheer belatedly, with what looks like and fun-filled family vacation. The fitness and food enthusiast is wildly popular for her ‘Sunday Binge’ videos, which she never fails to post on her Instagram page. The beauty who has 7.7 million followers on Instagram, also doles out fitness and diet tips on her page, in order to inspire her fans and followers to eat healthy. She has always encouraged her followers to eat clean during the weekdays and indulge in sinful treats and dishes during one cheat meal on the weekend.

Shilpa Shetty herself follows this diet philosophy of one cheat meal per week and the former Bollywood actor also makes sure the cheat meal is worth it. Carrying on the bling from Diwali, Shilpa Shetty indulged in some shiny dessert in Hong Kong during this past weekend- an ice-cream cone with a 24 carat gold leaf on top! According to Shilpa, the dessert tasted heavenly as it looked.

Take a look:

Doesn’t that look absolutely decadent? It better be because one cone of this vanilla ice-cream coated with 24K gold leaf can set you back by $13 (approx. Rs 948)! For those of you who would still want to try this expensive treat out, it is available at SOGO i CREMERiA in Hong Kong. It’s an ice-cream parlour which specialises in luxury desserts. Gold plated desserts aren’t new and dessert enthusiasts and Instagram foodies have been lapping this new trend up. From doughnuts to truffle chocolates, gold plating has been showing up atop a number of sweet treats. But these desserts are reportedly not just all about the looks.

Consuming pure gold leaves is said to be great for the metabolism and it is also said to balance the pH level of the body. Would you try this ice-cream covered with pure gold leaf? Let us know in the comments below!





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