Opium

  • 'Drug addiction among Arunachal tribals posing threat to national security' 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Security agencies have alerted government of an increasing and alarming trend of opium addiction amongst the tribal border population of Arunachal Pradesh which stands to threaten "national security" in this area, already prone to insurgency and incursion attempts from neighbouring countries. Narcotics enforcement and intelligence agencies keeping a tab...
  • Sona Ram Choudhary seeks opium high to attract voters April 3, 2014

    Supply of opium has joined the list of traditional electoral issues of water, hospitals, roads, education and power in the second largest constituency of the country Barmer. One of the issues, albeit not a major one, in this border constituency is increasing supply of 'doda posta' (opium husk) to which thousands...
  • Police arrest couple with 10 kg of illegal opium March 6, 2014

    A couple were arrested on Wednesday with 10 kg of illegal opium near Chothkeha Fanta area. Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested the couple, identified as Gendi Bai and her husband Sohanlal, when they were allegedly carrying 10 kg opium for supplying it to their contacts, city police station in-charge...
  • Rains, hailstorm damage legal opium crop in Malwa March 1, 2014

    Recent heavy rains and hailstorm have damaged the opium harvest in Malwa region known for its legal cultivation. About 30,000 opium farmers from Neemuch, Mandsaur and Ratlam districts said rains lashed the region just when the opium harvest was at its peak. The district Congress president Nandkishor Patel met the Narcotics Deputy...
  • BJP demands inquiry into Shivpal's charges against Beni April 2, 2013

    Lucknow: BJP on Monday demanded a high-level inquiry into SP leader c's allegations of opium smuggling and using charas against Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma. "Shivpal Yadav is a senior (state) cabinet minister and if he has levelled allegations against the union minister, he must have done it responsibly....
  • Opium: Anusha Rizvi to direct her next with husband November 27, 2012

    Mumbai: Journalist-turned-director Anusha Rizvi, who debuted as a director with highly acclaimed 'Peepli Live', has teamed up with her husband Mahmood Farooqui to direct her second movie 'Opium'. "I am busy scripting my next film, which is titled 'Opium'. It's based on Amitav Ghosh's novel. The film will be directed by...
  • Chocolates create same high as opium: study September 21, 2012

    London: Are you a chocoholic? Then you may be suffering from a craving similar to drug addiction. Chocolate has an effect on the brain similar to opium, according to a study by the University of Michigan that found amazing comparisons between obese people and drug addicts. A natural brain chemical called enkephalin...
  • Lifting the veil on Afghanistan's female addicts April 1, 2012

    Kabul: Anita lifted the sky-blue burqa from her face, revealing glazed eyes and cracked lips from years of smoking opium, and touched her saggy belly, still round from giving birth to her seventh child a month ago. "I can't give breast milk to my baby," said the 32-year-old Anita, who like...
  • India's heroin intake highest in South Asia: UN June 24, 2010

    United Nations: India is the highest consumer of heroin in South Asia and also appears to be producing its own opium poppy, which is the raw material for heroin, according to the latest report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Of the opium that is not converted...
  • US bombs poppy crop to cut Taliban drug ties July 21, 2009

    Kabul: The US military bombed about 300 tonnes of poppy seeds in a dusty field in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday in a dramatic show of force designed to break up the Taliban's connection to heroin. The air strike occurred mid-day in Helmand province and was observed by CNN's Ivan Watson, who...
  • US launches massive military offensive in Afghanistan July 2, 2009

    Nawa:Thousands of US Marines poured from helicopters and armored vehicles into Taliban-controlled villages of southern Afghanistan on Thursday in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilise the country. The offensive was launched shortly after 1am on Thursday local time in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold and the...
  • ISI smuggling opium into India from Pakistan: Report February 19, 2009

    New Delhi: Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is helping drug peddlers smuggle opium into India through the border, a senior official of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said on Thursday. "Afghanistan continues to remain a source of over 90 per cent illicit opium in the world. More than 55 per cent of...
  • Decision on detained Pak cricketer Asif likely today June 8, 2008

    Dubai: The fate of Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif, held here for allegedly possessing drugs, is likely to be known on Sunday after his case comes up before the Dubai chief prosecutor's office. "Mohammad Asif's case is coming up before the office of the Dubai chief prosecutor today (Sunday)," Nadeem Akram, director...
  • Pak pacer Asif appears in court, verdict on Sunday June 5, 2008

    Dubai: Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif appeared before a public prosecutor in Dubai on Thursday and according to a media report was been formally charged with possession of contraband drugs. Asif, who was detained at the Dubai airport five days ago, appeared before the prosecutor after the authorities received the laboratory...
  • Jodhpur court orders probe in Jaswant Singh opium case November 5, 2007

    Jaipur: What was expected to infuse a new high among dissident Rajasthan leaders, a concoction allegedly opium-based, is now brewing trouble for the former foreign affairs minister Jaswant Singh and a few BJP MLAs. A local court in Jodhpur has now directed Rajasthan police to inquire into complaint that Jaswant Singh...
  • Opium at Jaswant's party? Court orders probe November 5, 2007

    New Delhi: A special narcotics court in Jodhpur on Monday directed the Rajasthan Police to investigate allegations of opium use against senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh. A resident of Jasol village had filed a complaint against Singh under the Narcotic Drugs Act alleging Singh served opium at a private party...
  • Punjab becoming India's biggest drug-trading hub November 4, 2007

    Chandigarh: Punjab seems to be set on its way to turn into India's largest drug-trading hub. Long associated with rolling green fields and a hearty, jovial population, the state is now labouring under the huge problem of drugs transiting through it. Just a fortnight ago, a man had been shot dead on...
  • Jaswant denies opium party at home | Watch video November 2, 2007

    New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh on Friday laughed out allegations that he served opium to guests at a function in his home in Barmer district’s Jasol village on Wednesday. He said it was not opium, but a traditional saffron mix of gangajal, kesar, jaggery and tea. "It's a very...
  • Jaswant holds 'rave' party for Vasundhara haters November 2, 2007

    Jaipur: Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh had been keeping a low profile of late but when he returned to headlines it was in controversy. Singh allegedly served opium to guests at a function in his home in Barmer district’s Jasol village on Wednesday. He insists it was not opium but a...
  • J&K's drugs, terror link snapped June 20, 2007

    Awantipore (J&K): Customs and police officials are destroying acres of poppy crop in Pulwama. They say trafficking of drugs is a major source of funding for terror outfits in the valley. These terror outfits coax villagers to plant poppy and cannabis plants, from which opium and hashish are produced....
  • Opium's got Afghanistan on all-time high September 15, 2006

    Kabul: Afghanistan has had a bumper opium crop, with a figure of 6,100 tonne according to United Nations officials. Expected to fill the pockets of a lot of people, everyone, from farmers who grow them, to the police and the Taliban, benefits from the booming drug trade. In south-west Afghanistan,...
  • Opium on a new high in Afghanistan September 3, 2006

    Kabul: Afghanistan's world-leading opium cultivation rose a ‘staggering’ 59 per cent this year, the UN anti-drugs chief announced on Saturday while urging the government to crack down on big traffickers and remove corrupt officials and police. The record crop yielded 6,100 tons of opium or enough to make 610 tons of...
  • NATO to stem Taliban's drug connection August 18, 2006

    Washington: The NATO community must do more to prevent Taliban militants from using the growing opium trade to fund their insurgency in Afghanistan, the alliance's top military commander has said. US Gen James Jones said on Thursday that the military forces can take on a larger role in ferreting out information...