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British companies seek trade relations with Pakistani traders: Ben French

SIALKOT: United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) Lahore head Ben French f has said that some well-reputed British companies want to establish their trade relations with Pakistani business community and these companies want to facilitate the traders of Sialkot. He was exchanging views with Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Major (r) Mansoor Ahmed. He said, “We ... Read More »

FIA Faisalabad arrests human trafficker

FAISALABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested a human trafficker from Faisalabad area. As per details, FIA has arrested a human smuggler who was identified as Muhammad Zulafqar Ali from Koh e Noor 1 Plaza Faisalabad. FIA also has seized a large number of passports, fake visa stamps and several fake visas of different countries. According to further details, ... Read More »

LCCI-SCCI join hands for economic uplift

LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sialkot Chamber of Commerce  and Industry have decided to make joint efforts for economic uplift of the country. It was agreed at a meeting between the LCCI president Sheikh Muhammad Arshad and vice president of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry Syed Ahtesham Mazhar Gilani here at the Lahore Chamber of ... Read More »

US border agents arrest teen smuggler from Indio Station

SALTON CITY: El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents from the Indio Station assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a suspected drug smuggler after discovering packages of heroin strapped to his body on Wednesday. The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m., when a commercial bus arrived at the checkpoint and was referred to secondary inspection for an immigration check. During ... Read More »

US customs seizes $62K in marijuana at Port of Douglas

TUCSON: Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Douglas resident and seized more than 123 pounds of marijuana during an attempted smuggling case at the Raul Hector Castro (RHC) Port of Douglas. Officers arrested Francisco Gamez Sodari, 61, after a CBP officer discovered packages of marijuana, worth nearly $62,000, within one of two wooden wishing wells he reportedly purchased in ... Read More »

Indonesia likely to import 3 million tons of corn in 2016

JAKARTA – Indonesia may import 3 million tons of corn in 2016, an industry ministry official said, amid growing demand for the grain from food industries and millers, and following a disruption to the country’s corn imports earlier this year. Southeast Asia’s largest economy, which imports corn mainly from Argentina and Brazil, stopped issuing corn import permits to feedmills in ... Read More »

India to fix minimum import price for steel products soon

NEW DELHI: The government is soon expected to fix a minimum import price (MIP) for steel products to protect the domestic industry from cheap inbound shipments. The ministries of Commerce and Steel, which are discussing the matter, have proposed a floor price for over 30 products below which imports into the country would not be allowed, sources said. “Both the ... Read More »

TAR to start regular flights to San Antonio in spring

MEXICO CITY: Querétaro-based TAR Aerolíneas will begin offering regular non-stop service between Querétaro and San Antonio, Texas, in March or April, said the airline’s general manager yesterday. Rodrigo Vázquez Colmenares told a press conference that the service will probably consist of three flights a week with a fare of about US $150. Frequency could increase depending on demand, he said. ... Read More »

Coast Guard seize $5m in drugs, 2 arrested

TRINIDAD: For the second time in a week, the Coast Guard have assisted police in catching drug traffickers, this time seizing close to $5 million in marijuana and cocaine in the Gulf of Paria. Two suspects from Carenage were handed over to the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB), along with the drugs and two illegal pistols. According to ... Read More »

UK: Police seize £10 million of cocaine in Bracknell

BRACKNELL: Fifty kilos of cocaine thought to have a street value of up to £10 million have been seized by Thames Valley Police in Bracknell. Joshua Anderson, 32, of Kempston, Bedford was charged with one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs on Tuesday, December 9. He was arrested on Monday, December 8 when a search was ... Read More »

UK authorities seize fake, illicit tobacco from lock-ups

EREWASH: Two million counterfeit cigarettes and 31,000 Viagra-type tablets are among items seized by trading standards officers in a £1m haul. Derbyshire County Council said the seizure was among the largest in the UK. Sniffer dogs were used to inspect six units on a self-storage site in South Derbyshire last week and found the Viagra-type tablets worth £155,000, 60 items ... Read More »

UK: Royal Navy seize £1m cannabis haul

LONDON: A Royal Navy warship has seized cannabis worth £1 million after the drug packages were dumped by smugglers in the Mediterranean. HMS St Albans, a Type 23 frigate based at Portsmouth, was carrying out a routine security patrol when it discovered the traffickers travelling in a small boat. A Royal Navy spokesman said: “HMS St Albans spotted a small ... Read More »

Ireland authorities arrest 3 men for smuggling heroin worth €600K

DUBLIN: Three men have been arrested after heroin worth €600,000 was seized in Dublin. The men, aged 22, 34, and 40 were arrested after gardaí stopped and searched two cars at Newlands Cross at around 7.30pm. The men are being questioned at Clondalkin Garda Station. The operation was part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the Kildare region ... Read More »

Man arrested for smuggling cocaine-filled Christmas decorations

BOSTON: Bail has been set at $250,000 for a Randolph man accused of trying to smuggle more than 200 grams of cocaine into Boston using a pair of Christmas decorations, The Patriot Ledger reported. Prosecutors say Nonso Obiora, 28, was arrested on trafficking charges Tuesday after he went to a Dorchester home to pick up a package that had been ... Read More »

2 Russian men sentenced in Japan over drug smuggling case

TOKYO: Japan’s Sapporo district court sentenced two Russian citizens to 12 and 11.6 years in prison for smuggling 30 kg of drugs into the country, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday. Sergei Titov, 26, and Roman Andrushenko, 31, were also ordered to pay $41,000 in fines. The Russian citizens were arrested in January on Hokkaido Island, along with a ... Read More »

India police seize illicit liquor worth Rs 70 lakh

AGRA: The Kasganj district police seized a big haul of illicit Indian made foreign liquor and country liquor consignment worth Rs 70 lakh which was being brought from Haryana to be distributed in villages across Etah & Kasganj. In a raid conducted by police on intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, one truck was seized ferrying more than 1100 cartons ... Read More »

US customs seizes approximately $284k in hard drugs

TUCSON: Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two men Tuesday (Dec. 8) allegedly involved in separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales involving nearly 53 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Francisco Nevares-Huerta, 73, a Mexican national and legal permanent-resident of Nogales, Arizona, for further inspection of his Nissan sedan. After a ... Read More »

US customs officers testing biometric scans at Otay Mesa crossing

NEW YORK: Some foreign nationals entering the United States via the Otay Mesa pedestrian crossing will undergo biometric identification scans as Customs and Border Protection officers begin testing new technology kiosks Thursday CBP officials plan to use biometric data garnered from temporary kiosks that capture an incoming traveler’s facial photograph and iris image to better match entry and exit records ... Read More »

Port of Prince Rupert contributes to community investment fund

PRINCE RUPERT: The Port of Prince Rupert is strengthening the foundations of early learning in the community with its latest Community Investment Fund contribution. With a $9,000 contribution from the Fund, the Prince Rupert Growing Space Society was able to replace its supply of play mats. The centre’s floors, well-worn due to the centre’s popularity, require an extra layer of ... Read More »

Canada’s red meat sector hails WTO arbitration ruling

CALGARY: The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) said it has welcomed a long awaited decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) Arbitration panel with great satisfaction. The arbitrators have determined that Canadian livestock producers have suffered annual damages in the amount of $1.055 billion CAD. U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) has been in effect since ... Read More »