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Singapore’s CNB seizes drugs worth S$89,000

SINGAPORE: Cannabis, “Ice” and Ermin-5 tablets estimated to be worth more than S$89,000 have been seized by Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers. In a release on Wednesday (Jan 6), CNB said that two men have been arrested. On Jan 4, a 41-year-old Singaporean man was arrested for suspected drug consumption and possession. Four Erimin-5 tablets were recovered from him. On ... Read More »

Philippines police seize shabu worth P6 million

ILOILO CITY: Police arrested two suspected drug smugglers on Wednesday, and seized substance believed to be shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) worth P6 million in operations in Barangay Tiolas in San Joaquin town in Iloilo province. Chief Insp. John Ray Doseo, chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group of the Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO-PAIDSOTG) identified the suspects who ... Read More »

S.Africa Customs seizes abalone, heroin at Cape Town airport, Beitbridge border

JOHANNESBURG: Two people were arrested after customs officials confiscated heroin and abalone at the Beitbridge border post and Cape Town International Airport, Sars said on Wednesday. At Cape Town International Airport, airline staff tipped customs officials off about a consignment in a cargo shed, spokesperson Sandile Memela said. It turned out to be almost half a ton of dried abalone ... Read More »

Vietnam authorities seize smuggled brandy worth VND200 million

DA NANG: The central city’s market watch agency seized 252 bottles of brandy being smuggled on board a bus from HCM City to Da Nang yesterday. Deputy Head of a market watch team under the city’s market watch agency, Nguyen Thuc said the brandy labelled Ballantine’s, was sent by an unknown consigner from HCM City for sale in Da Nang ... Read More »

India excise seizes smuggled liquor worth Rs 783,000

UP: Ninety carton of smuggled liquor, worth Rs 5 lakh,seized from separate places here, an excise department official said today. The excise team, comprising inspectors Himmat Singh and Avdhash Mishra, last evening seized 46 cartons of liquor close to a schoolbuilding near Mimlana locality, District Excise Officer Karunendra Singh said. In a separate raid, 44 cartons of liquor were seized ... Read More »

Indian police nab 3 bootleggers

REASI:  In two separate cases, Reasi Police seized 122 pouches of illicit liquor from the possession of three bootleggers, who were also arrested, in Katra and Arnas. A Police party, led by SHO Katra, Kuldeep Krishan, under the supervision of SDPO Dr Ashok Sharma, laid a special naka at Matyal Katra near Petrol Pump. During checking, Police apprehended the accused ... Read More »

US adds 1000 megawatts of energy to national grid since 2010: US Consul General

PESHAWAR: U.S. Consul General of Peshawar, William Martin addressed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the invitation of Chamber President Zulfiqar Ali Khan. Consul General Martin discussed economic development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as well as U.S. investment in the province and opportunities for bilateral trade and cooperation. “Helping make Pakistan ... Read More »

Ford India imports Kuga SUV to India for R&D

NEW DELHI: Ford India has imported the Kuga SUV for R&D. The Kuga is a slightly larger vehicle than the five-seater SUVs like the Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Terrano and might be launched in India, to plug the gap between the EcoSport and the soon to be launched Endeavour. The Kuga measures over 4.5 metres in length, which ... Read More »

S. Korea’s food imports surge on greater demand

SEOUL: South Korea’s food imports have been rising sharply in recent years mainly due to increased consumer demand for more diverse products, data showed Wednesday. Asia’s fourth-largest economy posted 554,177 import reports of processed food and agrofisheries products in 2014, up 25.5 percent from 441,530 shipments tallied for the whole of 2010, according to data from the Korea Food and ... Read More »

Afghanistan aims to boost gas oil imports from Iran

TEHRAN: Afghanistan is keen to expand its gas oil imports from Iran to 1.2 million tons, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said after his meeting with Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industries Homayoun Rasa in Tehran on January 5. Zanganeh said the two sides are still in talks over the details and Iran has not yet offered a price, ... Read More »

Ukraine sees 16% fall in gas imports in 2015

KIEV: Ukraine saw a 15.9% or 3.1 billion cubic meters (bcm) fall in imports of natural gas in 2015, to 16.4 bcm, the press service of public joint-stock company Ukrtransgaz has reported. The press service said that gas imports from Europe in 2015 reached 10.3 bcm, and this is 2.1 time up from a year ago (5.1 bcm). Imports from ... Read More »

Egypt to impose import rules to shore up reserves

CAIRO: Egypt plans to impose new regulations that appear to be aimed at reducing low-quality imports in order to shore up its foreign currency reserves and protect local industries. The new regulations will require that foreign factories exporting certain items — mainly consumer goods — register with Egyptian authorities, providing documentation of their licenses and proof of inspection. The regulations ... Read More »

Kenyan authority recommends lifting of ban on GM corn imports

NAIROBI: Kenya’s National Biosafety Authority recommended the government lift a ban on imports of genetically modified organisms as the body prepares to decide on applications by companies including Monsanto Co. for environmental release of their products in the East African nation. Kenya imposed a ban on GM crops in November 2012, citing concerns that the organisms are a danger to ... Read More »

More to Agoa than poultry imports

NEW YORK: There’s more to the conflict over the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) than just the US poultry imports, according to Tutwa Consulting managing director Peter Draper. Agoa is a US law that enhances market access to the US for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries including South Africa. The US is expected to suspend South Africa from Agoa after ... Read More »

US trade deficit narrows as goods imports near 5-year low

WASHINGTON: The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in November likely as efforts by businesses to reduce an inventory overhang pushed imports of goods to their lowest level in nearly five years, outpacing a drop in exports. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the trade gap fell 5.0 percent to $42.4 billion. October’s trade deficit was revised up to $44.6 billion from ... Read More »

Turkey seizes 13 tons of drugs in international waters

ANKARA: Turkey has seized at least 13 tons of drugs in powdered form from a Bolivia-registered ship in its first-ever anti-narcotics operation in international waters near Libya’s Tobruk Port. The operation, “the Albatros Campaign,” was launched after the Counter-Smuggling and Organized Crime Department of the Turkish police received a tip that a Bolivian ship was involved in drug trafficking on ... Read More »

US Customs seizes counterfeit hoverboards with potentially dangerous batteries

STERLING: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 15 hoverboards with counterfeit and potentially dangerous batteries in Sterling, Va., on December 29. If genuine, the hoverboards, which were made in China and arrived from Japan, would have had a total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) value of about $4,500. Hoverboards—self-balancing, two-wheeled, motorized platforms—are some of this holiday season’s most ... Read More »

Port Hedland iron ore exports rise in December

PERTH: Iron ore cargoes from Australia’s Port Hedland climbed last month to cap a record year as billionaire Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project began overseas sales, joining miners shipping greater volumes into a global market that’s facing oversupply and sinking prices. Total shipments were 37.55 million metric tons from 37.33 million tons in November and 37.12 million tons a year ... Read More »

Malaysia imposes 3 month ban on bauxite exports to fight pollution

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has decided to halt the mining of bauxite in Pahang, the largest producing state, for three months beginning Jan. 15, in an attempt to cut sea and air pollution caused by the sector in the past two years. Exports will continue as usual to clear the stockpiles, but the government will freeze new export permits during the ... Read More »

Abalone, heroin seized at Cape Town airport, Beitbridge border

JOHANNESBURG: Two people were arrested after customs officials confiscated heroin and abalone at the Beitbridge border post and Cape Town International Airport, Sars said on Wednesday. At Cape Town International Airport, airline staff tipped customs officials off about a consignment in a cargo shed, spokesperson Sandile Memela said. It turned out to be almost half a ton of dried abalone ... Read More »