CUSTOMS

  • Bangladesh becoming gold smuggling hub: Officials September 25, 2014

    Dhaka: Bangladesh has seen a huge leap in gold smuggling to neighbouring India, the customs intelligence chief said. Mainul Hossain Khan said his team was catching gold smugglers red-handed every day at the country's two international airports, with bullion brought in mainly from the Middle East and believed destined for...
  • Kerala: Gold worth Rs 35 lakh seized from passenger September 21, 2014

    Kozhikode: About 1.27 kg of gold worth approximately Rs 35 lakh was seized on Sunday by Customs officials from a passenger who arrived at nearby Karipur international airport. The man had arrived here from Sharjah on an Air India Express flight. The gold was found concealed in a loudspeaker in his...
  • Kerala: 1.05 kg gold seized from passenger September 10, 2014

    Kozhikode: Over one kg of gold, valued approximately at Rs 26 lakh, was today seized from a passenger who arrived by a DubaiKarippur Air India Express flight at nearby Karipur International airport,officials said. The gold, weighing 1.05 kg, was concealed in electronic goods and was seized from the...
  • HDFC bank organises secure banking workshop in Odisha September 7, 2014

    Bhubneshwar: HDFC Bank launched its Secure Banking programme and plans to extend it to all its 96 branches across Odisha as part of its efforts to create banking awareness among customers. Speaking about the initiative which was launched in Bhubaneswar, Debashish Senapati, Zonal Head, HDFC Bank, said banking in India...
  • Man nabbed with gold worth Rs 49 lakh at Ahmedabad airport September 6, 2014

    Ahmedabad: A domestic passenger was arrested today at the airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle gold items, some of them hidden inside his body, worth around Rs 49 lakh, customs officials said. The accused, Avinash Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar in Punjab, was intercepted at the city airport on suspicion....
  • Gujarat: Two held with 3.2 kg gold worth Rs 89 lakh from city airport September 3, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Two people were held on Wednesday with 3.2 kg gold worth Rs 88.88 lakh at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport here by the customs department. "Two passengers were held today by the Customs at SVPI Airport, Ahmedabad, trying to smuggle gold bars weighing 3,200 grams," an official...
  • 'I ordered pizza and it came with no toppings. Oh wait, I opened the box upside down': Hilarious Twitter exchange between a man and Dominos is a customer service nightmare September 2, 2014

    A man whose handle is @SadderDre stirred up quite a sensation on Twitter with a seemingly innocuous tweet to Dominos pizza complaining that his pie was delivered without any topping. "Yoooo I ordered a Pizza & Came with no Toppings on it or anything, Its Just Bread @dominos," he tweeted...
  • CBI raids officials of Customs and Central Excise Department August 9, 2014

    Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday registered three cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act against officials of the Customs and Central Excise department as well as Ispat India Ltd. "Allegedly, customs officials favoured Ispat and in return received bribes between 2006 and 2010. The fact came to light...
  • Doubts surface about Modi in global trade community after deal is scuppered August 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to office with a reputation as a businessfriendly leader ready to open up one of the world's biggest markets and sweep away the remnants of the country's socialist past. Now potential investors, some of them foreign firms hoping to exploit new opportunities in India's...
  • India blocks WTO deal on customs rules as deadline nears July 25, 2014

    Geneva: India blocked an agreement on new global customs rules on Thursday, angering fellow members of the World Trade Organization who say Delhi's veto could be costly, economically and politically. At a meeting in Geneva, diplomats from the 160 WTO member countries were supposed to rubber stamp a deal on "trade...
  • Kerala: Gold rods, sheets seized from air passenger June 19, 2014

    Kochi: Nearly 700 grams of gold allegedly smuggled in different forms were seized by customs personnel from a passenger who arrived at the airport from Sharjah on Thursday. The passenger had kept concealed two sixinches long gold rods and four gold sheets, totally weighing 699.5 grams and valued at about Rs...
  • Gold worth Rs 24 lakh seized from passenger May 30, 2014

    Chennai: Gold valuing Rs 24 lakh was seized today from a passenger who arrived at the airport here from Dubai, airport sources said. Officials of Air Intelligence Unit of Customs recovered silvercoated gold rings weighing 770 gm from Muhamad Musammil Basha, a native of Tiruchirappally, they said. He was found carrying them...
  • Gold worth Rs 25 lakh hidden in man's rectum recovered May 28, 2014

    Kozhikode: Eight hundred grams of gold, worth Rs 25 lakh, concealed in the rectum of a male passenger who arrived here from Dubai, was recovered today by Customs officials at the International Airport here. The man, identified as Asharf from Malappuram, arrived here from Dubai by an Air India flight and...
  • Polish politician drank two bottles of wine on a flight and drunkenly shouted 'Heil Hitler!' at a German customs officer March 1, 2014

    A senior politician with Poland's ruling party accused of drunkenly shouting 'Heil Hitler!' at a German customs officer apologized on Friday and stepped down as head of his party's group in the European parliament. Jacek Protasiewicz, by his own account, drank two bottles of wine on a flight from Warsaw to...
  • Bangalore: 54 kg gold seized, largest haul since curbs on metal import February 27, 2014

    Bangalore: Three men were caught in Bangalore on Tuesday after 54 kilograms of illegal gold was seized from them. It's the single largest haul of illegal gold since curbs were imposed on gold import by the Centre to help prop up the falling rupee. "We also came to know that...
  • New customs form for passengers coming to India from tomorrow December 31, 2013

    All passengers coming to India will have to fill in a new detailed customs form on their arrival from Wednesday. It will help authorities check duty frauds and cases of undervaluation as well keep a record of gold jewellery and bullion being brought into the country. Also from January 1, Indian...
  • Three from Singapore held for gold smuggling at Hyderabad airport December 20, 2013

    In the biggest ever catch at Hyderabad airport, customs officials on Friday seized 18 kg of gold and arrested three people. Three passengers from Singapore were arrested on arrival at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad, and six kg gold was seized from each of them, said the official. The gold...
  • 11 Chinese detained at Kolkata airport for illegally carrying sandalwood December 5, 2013

    Kolkata:Eleven Chinese nationals have been held at Kolkata airport on Thursday for illegally carrying 270 kg of sandalwood. The Chinese nationals were detained at the NSC Bose International Airport with the cargo worth about Rs 2.7 lakh. But customs officials say the price of sandalwood is many times over in China. All...
  • Twitter introduces Custom Timelines, lets you create timelines with tweets of your choice November 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Twitter introduced a new feature, Custom timelines, which lets you create custom timelines of tweets. Users can control custom timelines by selecting the tweets they want to include. "This means that when the conversation around an event or topic takes off on Twitter, you have the opportunity to...
  • RBI asks banks to charge for SMS alerts on usage basis October 29, 2013

    The RBI on Tuesday asked banks to charge customers for transaction SMS alerts on the basis of usage, instead of imposing a fixed fee, to ensure equity and be reasonable. "Banks are advised to leverage the technology available with them and the telecom service providers to ensure that such (SMS) charges...
  • Blackberry to shift focus from consumer market to enterprise customers September 23, 2013

    Toronto: BlackBerry Ltd's plan to retreat from the consumer market in favor of its traditional strength serving businesses and governments is widely seen as a desperate move that industry watchers warn will only accelerate its downward spiral. The strategic shift and dramatic restructuring are fuelling fears about BlackBerry's longterm viability. The...
  • 12 kg gold seized from two Sri Lankans at Goa airport September 18, 2013

    Customs officials in Goa seized 12 kilograms of gold bars from two Sri Lankans on Wednesday, a customs official said. The value of the gold seized is Rs 3.60 crore in the international market, and it is the biggest haul of gold seized in Goa in recent times, the official said. The...
  • United Airlines to honour free tickets it accidentally gave away to lucky customers September 14, 2013

    United Airlines has said that it will honour the tickets it accidentally gave away for free. The decision is good news for people who snapped up the tickets on Friday after United listed airfares at USD 0. Many customers got tickets for USD 5 or USD 10, paying only the cost...
  • BMW India launches initiative for roadside assistance August 19, 2013

    Auto major BMW India on Monday launched a new initiative for providing a better roadside assistance to its customers across the country. The new initiative, 'BMW Secure Assistance', with a fleet of 17 BMW X3 Customer Service Vehicles (CSV), would allow BMW dealerships to provide professional roadside assistance to customers. "By supporting...
  • Rajasthan BSNL offers free data roaming for 3G prepaid customers August 18, 2013

    Jaipur: Rajasthan BSNL has announced a "free data roaming" for its 3G prepaid customers anywhere in the country besides reduction in such tariff plans. The charges for 1GB data download has been reduced from Rs 250 to Rs 139 to prepaid customers from Independence Day, BSNL GM (Marketing) Rajasthan...
  • Ahmedabad airport ranks first in terms of customer satisfaction: Survey August 16, 2013

    Ahmedabad: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) in Ahmedabad ranks first in terms of customer satisfaction, as per a survey. "In a recently conducted survey by the Airport Council International, SVPIA stood first amongst the 11 AAI airports, with a satisfaction index of 4.13 on the scale of 5," SVPI...
  • Gold to become costlier by Rs 600 after duty hike August 13, 2013

    Gold will become costlier by about Rs 600 per 10 grams following government's decision to hike customs duty on the precious metal, according to jewellers and bullion traders. Gold price is ruling at Rs 29,825 per 10 gram in the national capital. Opposing the move, industry said the hike in import...
  • Three Indians among Britain's mostwanted list August 9, 2013

    London: Three of Britain's 30 mostwanted fraudsters and tax evaders are of Indianorigin who have cost commoners nearly 10 million pounds. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published an updated gallery , 2013 Most Wanted, which includes Sumir Soni, Anish Anand and Sahil Jain. All three are in their thirties and...
  • Vodafone ordered to pay compensation of Rs 10,000 to a customer August 7, 2013

    The Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum (TDCRF) in Thane ruled that Vodafone was deficient in providing services to one of its customers and ordered the company to pay him a cash compensation of Rs 10,000. TDCRF president Umesh Jawalikar and member ND Kadam stated in their order that the company...
  • Delhi: Metro rated as most the comfortable public transport July 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Passengers in a survey have said that the Delhi Metro was the most comfortable mode of commuting in the city. The survey covered more than 85,000 respondents during the 'Customer Satisfaction Week' from July 15 to 21 and again on July 26, at the top 22 Metro stations...