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Biologists prove that birds can learn languages of other species

MEXICO: Long gone do the days of Polly just want a cracker, with a group of biologists succeeding in teaching wild birds to understand a new language. The team, led by biologists at the Australian National University (ANU), trained fairy-wren’s to flee when they heard an alarm call of another species of bird which was foreign to them. The research ... Read More »

Customs chief okays password law for security

WELLINGTON: Powers that would require a person to provide a password or access to their electronic device will be useless if their material is instead stored online, Customs Minister Nicky Wagner admits. However, Ms Wagner insists such a change to legislation is necessary and will still enable Customs to catch people with illegal material. Customs’ preferred option is to require ... Read More »

China Mobile becomes country’s largest 4G telecommunications operator

BEIJING: China Mobile Communications Corp, one of China’s three major domestic telecommunications carriers, appears to have gained an upper hand in building a 4G network and in developing the necessary technology to lead the sector. According to statistics the company released during the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China Mobile has become the country’s largest 4G telecommunications operator, with its ... Read More »

Namibia’s imports from China rise 185% to $106.6m in Q1

BEIJING: Namibia reported a surge in imports from China in the first quarter, up 185 percent compared with the same period last year. Imports from China in Q1 is worth 106.6 million U.S. dollars, according to Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) figures revealed here the other day. NSA’s senior statistician Elijah Saushimi revealed that the growth centers furniture, iron and steel, ... Read More »

Bangladesh customs arrests 2 in liquid cocaine smuggling

DHAKA: Police who seized Asia’s largest known shipment of liquid cocaine – worth $14m – say it was headed for India, but that may not have been the final destination Customs officers arrest two people over a massive liquid cocaine consignment in Bangladesh. Police who seized Asia’s largest known shipment of liquid cocaine at a Bangladeshi port in late June ... Read More »

Russian banks expose fake dollar, euro notes

MOSCOW: The number of fake foreign bank notes exposed by Russian banks rose dramatically in the first half of this year, the Central Bank said Tuesday, as the devaluation of the ruble boosted the value of dollars and euros. The Central Bank took 1,500 foreign bank notes out of circulation after they were discovered in bank branches over January-June, a ... Read More »

Money laundering transactions exceed $6b in Russia

FRANKFURT: The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has asked Deutsche Bank for detailed information on possible money-laundering transactions by some of its clients in Russia that could exceed $6 billion in total, a source familiar with the matter said. According to an earlier report by Bloomberg, banking regulator DFS last week asked the lender for emails, memos, ... Read More »

Customs Intelligence files seizure report in ISAF Reverse Cargo pilferage case

KARACHI: Directorate General of Customs Investigation and Intelligence-FBR, Karachi region has submitted a ‘seizure report’ in respect of eight containers of ISAF-Reverse Transit Cargo reportedly pilfered en-route during the transportation from Torkham to Karachi. It may be mentioned here that the scam was unearthed by the Directorate of Customs I&I, Karachi region during April 2015 in pursuance of some credible ... Read More »

NAB probe: Mumtaz Zardari ready to return Rs 13 million

KARACHI: The Accountability Court remanded former Taluka Municipal Officer in yet another reference to the National Accountability Court authorities on a 14-day physical remand. It is mentioned here that the NAB raided and picked up former TMO Sajawal Mumtaz Zardari on the charges of millions of rupees corruption in the recent past. On the  pointation of Mumtaz Zardari, the NAB ... Read More »

Customs Appellate Tribunal orders re-determination of gas hobs values

KARACHI: The Customs Appellate Tribunal has set aside a Valuation Ruling 618/2013 ordered the Valuation Department to redetermine the value of gas hobs strictly in accordance with Section 25 of the Customs Act, 1969 afresh. According to the details, several importers imported gas hobs from one-burner to five-burners from China and declared unit value as 10 for 5-burners, $7 for 3-burners, $5 ... Read More »

Customs ensures smooth clearance of cargo during Eid days

Karachi: With an aim to ensure smooth clearance of cargo, both import and export, during Eidul Fitr holidays, the Pakistan Customs has issued an Office Order No 62/2015 in which it assigned the tasks of different customs officials to be available to facilitate importers and exporters. According to the schedule for Sunday, the second day of Eid, Javed Hassan, Principal ... Read More »

Demand for new currency notes on Eid increases

LAHORE: Demand for new currency notes throughput the country has increased as trend to use currency notes of various denominations is increasing days by day. Many traders are using this opportunity to make profits while fake currency notes, especially of Rs 100 and Rs 10 are circulating in the markets. During last few days of Ramazan, residents of Lahore thronged ... Read More »

Chairman Tariq Bajwa sends Eid greetings to all FBR employees

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Tariq Bajwa has extended heartfelt Eid greetings to the entire FBR, field formations officials and staff members. In his message the chairman urged all officials and staff members to perform their duties honestly. He appreciated the overall performance of FBR officials/ staff during previous fiscal year, and also hope that officials/staff will work ... Read More »

Pakistan Customs, SBP to sign MoU after Eid to issue computerized E-Form

KARACHI: The Directorate General of Reforms and Automation and the State Bank of Pakistan are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at issuing E-Form for goods declaration for realization of remittances through the Bank Credit Advice (BCA), Customs Today learnt. According to sources, the agreement would be signed after the Eidul Fitr after which a transparent process ... Read More »

Eid shopping in full swing in Lahore

LAHORE: The provincial capital has witnessed imaginable rush in all markets for Eid shopping. The national economy is expected to get billions of rupees in the form of taxes. This huge shopping is also helpful in capita,l movement which is positive sign for the economy said an economist while talking Customs Today. Nowadays, the children and women are more enthusiastic ... Read More »

FBR to blacklist 18 firms after Eid

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue has decided to blacklist 18 companies. Talking to Customs Today Additional Commissioner Regional Tax Office Rao Salman has said that 16 firms are located in Karachi while two companies are in Hyderabad. Those companies who are in Karachi includes Mani Chemical, Nafeesa Textile, Owais and Sons, Maneka Chemicals, Demo Dieting, and others. While Salman ... Read More »

FBR offices to remain closed during Eid holidays

ISLAMABAD: All offices of the Federal Board of Revenue, including Model Custom Collectorates headquarters Islamabad, Directorate Customs Intelligence and Investigation headquarters Islamabad, Inland Revenue Intelligence and Investigation headquarters, Islamabad, Regional Tax Offices Islamabad, Large Tax Payers Units  and Islamabad Dry Port will remain closed for five days due to Eidul Fitr holidays. However, Customs staff which are deputed on airports ... Read More »

APCA announces protest after Eidul Fitr

LAHORE: All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) has announced to protest outside the Punjab Assembly building in Lahore after Eid day if their demands are not accepted. According to details, Haji Irshad, the president of All Pakistan Clerks Association has said that clerks will protest against the government and they will continue until acceptance of their demands. The APCA has already ... Read More »

Customs staff to perform duties at Benazir Airport during Eid holidays

ISLAMABAD: Model Custom Collectorate Islamabad has prepared Eid holidays plan and assigned duties in this regard. The government has declared five days official holidays from Friday July 17  to Tuesday July 21. Deputy Director MCC (Hq) Islamabad told Customs Today that officers and staff of Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad will perform their duties as per routine and both the ... Read More »

RTO Multan collects Rs 69.122b during Fiscal Year 2014-15‏

MULTAN: The Regional Tax Office Multan has collected overall revenue of Rs 69.122 billion throughout the fiscal year 2014-15. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had assigned the collection target of Rs 76.886 billion to the Regional Tax Office Multan for the fiscal year 2014-15. The assigned target included income tax, sales tax and federal excise duty. The Regional Tax ... Read More »