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Gold smugglers nabbed at Vishakhapatnam airport, over 50kg of gold seized

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Visakhapatnam: At Vishakhapatnam airport, over 50 kg of gold was seized by authorities from several passengers arriving from Singapore and Malaysia, officials said on Monday.

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized the gold from passengers who arrived here since Sunday night by two flights from Singapore and one from Malaysia.

On a tip-off that some passengers were smuggling in gold in large quantities, DRI officials conducted an operation.

The DRI officials have not divulged further details including number of arrests, saying their investigations were still on.

According to sources, the passengers had concealed the gold in LCD/LED panels, mobile phones and music systems.

The customs officials learnt about the large scale smuggling after they seized one kg of gold from three women passengers a day ago. During the questioning, the women revealed about the smuggling racket.

This is the first time that gold in such large quantity was seized at Visakhapatnam airport. (IANS)

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In a Sudden Move, Malaysia’s King Abdicates Throne

The Council of Rulers is expected to meet soon to pick the next king.

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Malaysia King Sultan Muhammad V salutes during the national anthem at the opening of the 14th parliament session at the Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, July 17, 2018. VOA

Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday in an unexpected move, after just two years on the throne.

The palace said in a statement that the 49-year-old ruler had resigned as Malaysia’s 15th king with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term. No reason was given in the statement.

It marked the first abdication in the nation’s history.

Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of northeast Kelantan state, took his oath of office in December 2016, becoming one of Malaysia’s youngest constitutional monarchs.

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Malaysia’s King Sultan Muhammad V at the Trooping of Colours ceremony.

He is said to have married a 25-year-old former Russian beauty queen in November while on a two-month medical leave. Reports in Russian and British media and on social media featured pictures of the wedding, which reportedly took place in Moscow. Neither the sultan, the palace nor the government had officially confirmed the wedding.

Speculation that Sultan Muhammad V would step down emerged this past week, shortly after he returned from his leave, but Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday that he was unaware of any abdication plans.

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Under a unique system maintained since Malaysia’s independence from Britain in 1957, nine hereditary state rulers take turns as the country’s king for five-year terms.

The Council of Rulers is expected to meet soon to pick the next king.

The monarch’s role is largely ceremonial, since administrative power is vested in the prime minister and parliament. But the monarch is highly regarded, particularly among the ethnic Malay Muslim majority, as the supreme upholder of Malay tradition. (VOA)