Cleaners find 24 gold bars worth US$1 million in plane toilet compartment, a gold smuggling operation gone wrong apparently.
Cleaners working on an airplane in eastern India have found 24 gold bars worth more than $1 million stuffed into a toilet compartment.
$1m gold stash found in aircraft toilet
AFP News agency
NEW DELHI - Cleaners working on a commercial plane in eastern India have found 24 gold bars worth more than US$1 million stuffed into a toilet compartment, officials said Wednesday.
India, which rivals China as the world's biggest gold consumer, has witnessed a spike in smuggling after import duties were hiked three times this year from 10% to 15% to try to dampen demand for the precious metal. Gold imports are thought to be a major factor increasing the country's current account deficit.
The plane belonging to Jet Airways was being cleaned at Kolkata airport on Tuesday after a trip from the eastern city of Patna. The flight reportedly had originated in Bangkok.
"The cleaning staff of the airport were going though their routine duties and found two bags in the toilets of the plane," director of the airport B.P. Mishra told AFP.
The one-kilogram gold bars "have not been claimed by anyone. No arrest has been made as of yet".
Senior customs official R.S. Meena estimated the value of the haul at about 70 million rupees, or $1.1 million.
The hoarding of gold for financial security is a common practice among Indians making India one of the world's biggest gold consumers.
As gold import duties have risen in an effort to curb domestic demand, the incentive to smuggle gold has also risen.
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arrest: (of the police or, in this case, soldiers) to take someone under control because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม
bar: a long straight piece of metal or wood - ท่อน
claim: to say that you have the right to have or own something, especially land or property - อ้างสิทธิ
commercial: for business purposes - เกี่ยวกับการค้า
common: ordinary; not unusual or special - ที่เกิดขึ้นทุกวัน, ธรรมดา
compartment: one of the separate parts of a container or place where things are stored - ห้อง,ช่อง
consumer: someone who buys and uses goods and services - ผู้บริโภค
curb: to control or limit something that is harmful - จำกัดขอบเขต
customs: the place at a port, airport or border where travellers' bags are looked at to find out if any goods are being carried illegally - ด่านศุลกากร
dampened: made something less strong, large, etc. - ทำให้อ่อนกำลังลง
deficit: the amount by which something is too small or smaller or less than something else - จำนวนที่น้อยกว่า, จำนวนที่ขาด
demand: the need and desire of people to buy goods - อุปสงค์
director: one of a group of senior managers who run a company - กรรมการบริษัท
domestic: inside the country being talked about - ภายในประเทศ
duty: something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to do - หน้าที่, ความรับผิดชอบ
estimate: an amount that you guess or calculate using the information available - ประมาณการ
factor: a fact or situation which influences the result of something - ปัจจัย
financial: involving money - เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
haul: an usually large amount of something that has been stolen or is illegal or something that has been taken from criminals by the police - ของที่ถูกขโมยไปหรือถูกยึดไป
hike: an increase - การเพิ่มสูงขึ้น
hoard: a large amount of something that someone has saved and hidden - สิ่งที่เก็บสะสม
import: to buy or bring in products from another country - นำเข้า
incentive: something that makes you want to do something or work harder, because you know that you will benefit by doing this - สิ่งกระตุ้น
major: very large or important - สำคัญมาก
metal: a type of solid mineral substance that is usually hard and shiny and that heat and electricity can travel through, for example tin, iron and gold - โลหะ
official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่
officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
originate: to come from a particular place, time, situation, etc - มาจาก, ริเริ่มจาก
practice: a way of doing something - การปฏิบัติ
precious: worth a lot of money; rare or very necessary; loved or valued - ที่มีค่าสูงส่ง
reportedly: as reported (often used for showing that you are not certain that something you are reporting is true) - ตามที่รายงาน
routine: ordinary and not interesting or special; usual and not done for any special reason - ตามปกติ
security: protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage - ความมั่นคง, ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย
senior: with a high rank or position - อาวุโส
smuggle: to take things or people to or from a place secretly and often illegally - ลักลอบนำเข้า
smuggling: secretly and illegally taking goods or people into or out of a country - ลักลอบขนสินค้าหรือคนหรือสัตว์เข้าและออกจากประเทศอย่างผิดกฎหมาย
spike: a sudden increase - การพุ่งพรวดขึ้น
staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
stuffed: packed; very full of something - แน่น ซึ่งใส่ไว้จนเต็ม
value: how much something is worth in money or other goods for which it can be exchanged - มูลค่า
witness: used for saying that something happened at a particular time or in a particular place -
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