Mangaluru, Sep 28: Customs officials at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) have seized 461 gm of gold, valued at Rs 23,09,610, from a passenger who arrived here from Dubai.

The officials intercepted the male passenger, hailing from Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. He was trying to smuggle the gold concealed in the form of a brown colour coated oil in the motor of a mixer grinder, a Customs release said here Wednesday.

After heating and removing the coating, the gold was formed into a rectangular bar of 24 carats, weighing 461 gm. The gold was seized and further investigation is in progress, the release said.

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Dehradun (PTI): A helicopter with seven people, including pilgrims, on board made an emergency landing in Uttarakhand's Kedarnath after developing a technical snag early on Friday.

The helicopter landed a few metres from the helipad at the Himalayan temple, an official said.

It was carrying seven people, including six pilgrims and the pilot. Everyone is safe, he said.

Rudraprayag District Magistrate Saurabh Gaharwar said the helicopter took off from the Sirsi helipad for Kedarnath early on Friday.

It developed a technical snag in its rear motor, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing a few metres from the helipad in Kedarnath, he said citing preliminary reports.

The pilot kept his cool and took a quick decision, averting a major mishap, Gaharwar said.

Everyone is safe and the pilgrims have even returned after having "darshan" at the temple, he added.

The incident occurred around 7 am and further investigations are underway, Gaharwar said.