DRUG

  • Police searching the pockets of a suspected drug dealer find a tiny three-week-old pit bull puppy 5 days ago

    Lawrence, Mass.: Police searching the pockets of a suspected drug dealer in Lawrence, Massachusetts, got an unusual surprise. An officer pulled out a tiny three-week-old pit bull puppy and handed it over to animal control. The little dog was separated from its mother too soon and got sick and dehydrated, but is...
  • Delhi: International drug racket busted; 2 Sri Lankans among 3 held 6 days ago

    New Delhi: With the arrest of three men in Chennai including two Sri Lankan nationals and recovery of heroin worth Rs 50 crore, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police has claimed to have busted an international drug cartel. "The accused have been identified as Mayelerum Perumal alias Mailu, a...
  • Journalist shot dead in Paraguay October 17, 2014

    Asuncion: A reporter with Paraguay's ABC Color newspaper was shot dead on Thursday in the eastern town of Curuguaty, the third journalist to be slain in the country in 2014. Two people wearing camouflage intercepted Pablo Medina's car as the correspondent was driving back to Curuguaty after covering a story in...
  • German police find record heroin haul in truckload of pickled cucumbers and garlic October 14, 2014

    Duesseldorf, Germany: Police have found Germany's biggest-ever stash of heroin, with an estimated street value of 50 million euros ($60 million), hidden in a truckload of pickled cucumbers and garlic. Police discovered 330 kg (730 lbs) of the drug in a truck in the western city of Essen and arrested two...
  • AAP's Bhagwant Mann slams Punjab government for drug menace October 9, 2014

    Amritsar: Comedian and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann on Thursday slammed the Punjab government alleging that drug dealers were freely roaming in the state while police was making poor drug addict youths as scapegoats. "The Punjab government never thought to eradicate unemployment in the state, due to which...
  • Pakistan: PIA airhostess arrested in Italy for carrying drugs September 25, 2014

    Lahore: In yet another scandal involving PIA staff, an airhostess with the state-run airlines has been arrested in Italy after illegal drugs were recovered from her luggage at the Milan airport. The Pakistan International Airlines's flight-733 Lahore-Milan-Paris left for its destination from the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore on Tuesday. On...
  • Washington state teen calls police to break up his own party rife with underage drinking and drugs September 25, 2014

    Seattle: A Washington state teenager who threw a party rife with underage drinking and drug use while his parents were away called police to intervene after a rowdy throng busted a neighbors fence and fights broke out, local media said on Wednesday. The 16-year-old, whose parents were in Portland, called the...
  • Government strips NPPA of powers to cap non-essential drug prices September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has stripped drug pricing authority NPPA of powers to cap prices of non-essential drugs after its recent order triggered industry protests. The Department of Pharmaceuticals under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers on Friday ordered the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to...
  • India withdraws pharma pricing regulator's power to cap non-essential drug prices September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: India has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July triggered industry protests. The Department of Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn guidelines issued on May 29 that gave...
  • India caps prices of 36 more drugs: government source September 19, 2014

    Mumbai: India has capped the prices of 36 drugs, including those used to treat infections and diabetes, in its latest move to make essential medicines more affordable, a senior official of the country's drug pricing authority said on Friday. The medicines join the 348 drugs deemed essential and that are therefore...
  • NHRC sends notice to Health Ministry over dearth of HIV drugs September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerned over the reported shortage of drugs for HIV patients across the country, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Union Health Ministry asking for a report on measures taken to tackle the situation. "The Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media...
  • Berries could boost standard cancer treatment: Study September 18, 2014

    London: A wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, researchers, including one of Indianorigin, have found. The study by researchers at King's College Hospital and the University of Southampton suggests that adding nutraceuticals to chemotherapy cycles may improve...
  • Heart drug could be cure for Ebola: British experts September 14, 2014

    London: Researchers at the University of Liverpool have made a breakthrough that can lead to a cure for the deadly Ebola virus currently sweeping through West Africa, media reports said. The university has said the experts stumbled across an existing drug used in the treatment of severe heart disease, which could...
  • Indian pharmacologist charged with smuggling fake drugs September 13, 2014

    Washington: An Indian pharmacologist and an American pharmacist have been charged with smuggling four million misbranded and counterfeit pharmaceuticals into the US, federal prosecutors said. Indian Balbir Bhogal, 67, from Las Vegas, and Wisconsinbased pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimn, 59, were arraigned on an indictment in federal court in Central Islip, New...
  • Mizoram may retire alcoholic, drug addict policemen September 10, 2014

    Aizawl: The Mizoram government may ask policemen who are chronic alcoholics or drug addicts to leave the job, an official said. "The state government is considering a proposal to refer the alcoholic or drug addict policemen to a medical board. If the medical board finds them chronic alcoholic or drug addict...
  • Africans held in nearly 30 per cent of drug busts in Goa September 9, 2014

    Panaji: Nearly 30 per cent of the narcoticsrelated raids conducted by police agencies in the last three years (201113) has netted an African allegedly possessing drugs or peddling it, reveal official statistics of the Goa Police. Out of 158 offences registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act during...
  • Massachusetts jail offers $1,000ashot drug to fight addiction, recidivism September 6, 2014

    Massachusetts: When William Luz's father died behind bars last month at 62 of liver failure and other illnesses tied to a lifetime of illegal drug use, his son, a former addict himself, could have dulled the pain with heroin. But Luz, who had been released from jail a few weeks before...
  • Drug and vaccine makers in race against Ebola September 6, 2014

    Geneva: Drug and vaccine companies are racing to conduct clinical trials of potential treatments for Ebola but it will be 2015 before there are any initial results and much later before significant quantities could be available, executives said on Friday. In interviews on the sidelines of a meeting hosted by the...
  • One held with heroin worth Rs 80 lakh September 5, 2014

    New Delhi: A 32yearold man has been arrested with 300 gm of heroin valued at Rs 80 lakh in the international market, police said on Friday. Mohammad Arif was arrested on Wednesday near Vijay Ghat in central Delhi where he went to supply the drug to his contact. Arif, who hails from...
  • School students take oath to abstain from alcohol, drugs September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Scores of school students on Wednesday took pledge to abstain from alcohol, tobacco and all types of drugs during a programme held in the Mehrauli area. The oathtaking programme, Anuvrat, was organised by Archarya Tulsi Birth Centenary Committee at Adhyatmik Sadhna Kendra. It saw participation of eminent personalities like...
  • 'People need to come together to end drug menace in Punjab' August 31, 2014

    Jalandhar: Raising concern over the increasing consumption of intoxicants among youngsters in Punjab, politicians and eminent personalities on Sunday said that people need to come together to end the drug menace in the state just the way militancy and extremism was eradicated. Speaking at a function organised here by the...
  • Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study August 30, 2014

    Washington: An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa once more of it can be made. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after...
  • In race for bigger margins, drug makers willing to lose the India 'advantage' August 29, 2014

    Mumbai: Indian drug makers are fleeing a regulatory morass at home and moving some research and development to Europe and the United States as they try to boost margins by producing highvalue drugs. India's $15 billion a year pharma industry, the world's largest source of cheap generics, is already reeling from...
  • 'I feel ashamed, sad and disappointed': Jackie Chan writes public apology after 31yearold son gets busted for pot in China August 21, 2014

    Filmstar Jackie Chan has written a heartfelt letter of apology after his 31yearold son got arrested for possessing pot in China. His son was caught in a huge drug crackdown last week with cops saying they found about 3.5 ounces of the green stuff in Jaycee's Beijing home, according...
  • Mumbai Sessions Court judge suspended over sexual harassment charges by staffer August 20, 2014

    Mumbai: A Mumbai Sessions Court judge MT Gaikwad has been suspended after a preliminary inquiry found prima facie evidence against him in a case of sexual harassment of a staff member. The complaint was filed to the registrar by the female staff member a month ago. Gaikwad, a judge of the...
  • Pop a pill, reset your sleep? Scientists make a major breakthrough August 14, 2014

    Washington: Scientists, led by an Indianorigin researcher, have identified a master gene responsible for sleep and wake cycles, offering hope for a drug that could help reset sleep. The discovery of the role of this gene, called Lhx1, provides scientists with a potential therapeutic target to help nightshift workers or jet...
  • Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug August 12, 2014

    Monrovia (Liberia): Liberia announced on Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiraling outbreak. The US government confirmed that it had put Liberian officials in...
  • NYC music festival to require antidrug video August 10, 2014

    New York: Attendees at the New York City music festival where two people died last year will be required to watch an antidrug video before admission this year. The final day of last year's Electric Zoo festival was called off after two people died of what the city medical examiner said...
  • Ebola emergency turns spotlight on experimental drugs August 7, 2014

    Chicago: With hundreds of patients in Africa suffering the devastating effects of Ebola, health experts are scrambling to determine which drugs might offer the best experimental treatment, and researchers are being pressed by government officials to speed up their work. Three treatments have shown especially promising results in monkeys, the researchers...
  • Device that scans your drink for safety July 27, 2014

    New York: Next time you go to a party in a bar, do not hesitate if someone offers you a drink. Just dip this little stick clandestinely in the glass and get to know if the drink is spiked or not. Called pd.id (personal drink ID), just stick the pocketsized...