Monday, September 21, 2020


UP man nabbed for importing drugs from US

LUCKNOW: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested a person from here and seized 2.7 kg of bud (curated marijuana) concealed in an air compressor machine at Delhi.

The consignor is based in the US and a few earlier seizures made by NCB had the same origin which alerted the NCB team.

Two foreigners held for drug peddling

BENGALURU: Continuing its battle to make drug free Bengaluru, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Saturday arrested two African nationals from here, for allegedly possessing ecstasy tablets, LSD strips and a weighing machine.

The police claimed to have recovered 134 ecstasy tablets, 25 LSD strips, two mobile phones and two wheelers each from their possession.

Hindustan Organic Chemicals Limited (HOCL)get BIS Certification for all its products

NEW DELHI: Hindustan Organic Chemicals Limited (HOCL), a PSU under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has been granted Bureau of Indian Standards - BIS certification for all its products.

HOCL has been a pioneer in the manufacturing of Chemicals since its inception and quality is its motto since then. The company is supporting and implementing the Make in India initiative of Government of India in one or other way.

Pakistan, Afghanistan joint action foils smuggling bid

ISLAMABAD: In a joint operation, Pakistani and Afghan customs authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle tonnes of iodine, which can be used for the synthesis of drugs, an official said here.

NCB nabs 6 more Mumbai drug peddlers, seizes 1.4 kg narcotics

MUMBAI: Continuing its crackdown on the drugs trade in Mumbai as part of the probe into the narcotics angle in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested six more drug peddlers, an official said here on Friday.

Sandalwood case: CCB summons Cong leader's son, actor and TV anchor

BENGALURU: In a bid to dig deeper into the drug scandal involving Sandalwood celebrities, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru police has summoned Kannada TV anchor Akul Balaji, actor Aryann Santosh and son of Congress MLA R.V. Devaraj and Sudhama Nagar corporator R.V. Yuvaraj to its office on Saturday.

Procedure for Research on Vaccine

NEW DELHI: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has informed that the requirements and guidelines to conduct clinical trial or grant of permission for marketing of new drugs including vaccines are prescribed under New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2019.

Kangana 'will quit twitter' if anyone can prove she starts fights

MUMBAI:Amid backlash against her abrasive comments on Urmila Matondkar, Jaya Bachchan and Bollywood in general, actress Kangana Ranaut has claimed that she has a record of never starting a fight, and is ready to quit Twitter if anyone can prove otherwise.

Covid-19 scene remains grim in Agra region

AGRA: With 118 fresh cases and 117 deaths till now, the Covid-19 scene in Agra remains grim. Health officials said the rising graph of infection was a matter for worry, though all required measures were being taken to control the spread.

Punjab to bid for centre’s Bulk Drugs Park scheme, Cabinet sets up of Sub-Committee to work out proposal

CHANDIGARH: Punjab will bid for setting up a Bulk Drug Park in Bathinda as part of the newly launched central government scheme for establishment of three such parks in the country.

In-principle approval to this effect was given by the Punjab Council of Ministers at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday.

Punjab cabinet approves waiver of CLU and other charges for satsang Bhawans of Radha Soami satsang Beas

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday approved waiver of fee for Change of Land Use (CLU) and several other charges for Satsang Bhawans established, or to be established in future, by Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) across the state.

UP Police arrests 3, seize over 30 kg charas

MUZAFFARNAGAR (Uttar Pradesh): The Muzaffarnagar Police have busted an international drug trafficking racket with the arrest of three men from Muzaffarnagar's Budhana town.

The accused have been identified as Zahir, Sajan Sharma, both natives of Bihar, and Islam, a resident of Budhana. They were arrested on the intervening night of Tuesday/Wednesday and 30.5 kg of charas, worth Rs seven lakh, was seized from their possession, police said.

Sandalwood drugs case: Sanjjanaa remanded to judicial custody, Aindrita, Diganth interrogated

BENGALURU: A Bengaluru court on Wednesday remanded Kannada actress Sanjjanaa Galrani to judicial custody till September 19 in an alleged drugs case.

Along with her, the court also remanded to judicial custody high-profile event organiser Viren Khanna, Ravi Shankar and others till September 19.

Amid COVID-19, Customs seized goods worth Rs 110 cr in NE in 5 months

AGARATALA/SHILLONG: The Customs in association with other central paramilitary forces and agencies have seized various goods worth Rs 110 crore in 710 operations in the northeast since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the region, officials said on Wednesday.

Kangana: Industry offered 2-minute roles, item numbers after sleeping with hero

MUMBAI: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Wednesday made shocking claims, saying all that Bollywood ever offered her were two-minute roles, item numbers and a romantic scene -- that too in return of sleeping with the hero.

Kangana's comments came after veteran actress and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan, in a recent Parliament speech, criticised people who were tarnishing the film industry by badmouthing it.

35 armed forces men lost battle against Covid-19

NEW DELHI: A total of 32 Indian Army personnel and three Indian Air Force men succumbed to the deadly coronavirus, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said in the Parliament on Wednesday.

"The number of deceased due to Covid-19 in Army and Air Force are 32 and 3, respectively, and 'NIL' in case of Navy," Naik said in a reply to Congress MP Anumula Revanth Reddy in Lok Sabha.

Economic Losses due to Pandemic in North Eastern States

NEW DELHI: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in Lok Sabha today that Government of India has taken several measures to support the North Eastern State Governments, including Assam during the pandemic.

New Initiative in Defence Sector

NEW DELHI: First batch of five Rafale aircraft has been inducted and operationalised at Air Force Station Ambala. Induction ceremony was conducted on 10th September, 2020.

Short Service Commission (SSC) women officers are being considered for, and granted Permanent Commission (PC) in all branches of the IAF based on cadre vacancies, willingness, suitability, medical fitness and merit as per policies in vogue. As on 1st September, 2020, 372 women SSC officers (excluding Medical/Dental branches) have been granted Permanent Commission.

Ban on Chinese Products

NEW DELHI: The Government regularly reviews the country’s import policy, based on emerging trade and economic factors. Decisions to regulate imports are taken based on the assessment in national and public interest. At present, approximately 550 tariff lines are under the ‘Restricted’ / ‘Prohibited’ category for imports under the Foreign Trade Policy, imports of which are restricted from all countries including China.

Serum Institute gets nod for resumption of Oxford vax trials

NEW DELHI: The Serum Institute of India has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to resume the clinical trial of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine candidate, officials from the drug manufacturing company confirmed on Wednesday.

Sushant's manager Shruti Modi appears before NCB

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's former manager Shruti Modi on Wednesday appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the drugs related case.

Vulture-killing drug still being sold in India: Researchers

NEW DELHI: More than a decade after being banned, a vulture-toxic drug is still being prescribed in pharmacies across India, according to an undercover investigation led by a group of environmental organisations and universities.

In 2003, the widespread veterinary use of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac in cattle was discovered to be decimating the most iconic birds in South Asia -- Asian vultures -- after entering the vultures' food chain.

NCB summons Sushant's ex-manager Shruti, talent manager Jaya

MUMBAI: Enlarging its probe in the drugs angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned the late actor's former manager Shruti Modi and talent manager Jaya Saha for questioning, officials said on Tuesday.

Utilise Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care to combat COVID-19 pandemic – Vice President

NEW DELHI: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu today called for utilising Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that natural remedies prescribed in Ayurveda can help us fight the virus by building our immunity.

Bachchans trolled after Jaya Bachchan's Parliament speech

MUMBAI: The Bachchan family is being trolled by netizens after Samajwadi Party member and actress Jaya Bachchan alleged that a continuous attempt to defame the film industry is being made, taking an indirect jibe at actor-politician Ravi Kishan who has claimed that drug addiction happens in the film industry.

B-Town backs Jaya Bachchan after her Parliament speech alleging B'wood being defamed

MUMBAI: While a section of netizens are trolling veteran actress Jaya Bachchan for her Rajya Sabha speech alleging that a continuous attempt to defame the film industry is being made, she has found support among several Bollywood celebrities.

Kangana on Jaya Bachchan reaction: Would you say the same if your daughter was beaten, drugged, molested?

MUMBAI:Actress Kangana Ranaut has criticised Samajwadi Party MP and actress Jaya Bachchan for her remarks against people who are trying to tarnish the image of the film industry, and questioned whether her stance would change if her children were involved.

SSR case: NCB arrests Showik's school friend Suryadeep Malhotra

MUMBAI:A day after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) detained Showik Chakraborty's school friend Suryadeep Malhotra, the drug law enforcement agency on Tuesday arrested him in connection with its probe into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, officials said.

Weed common on sets, cocaine is B'wood's party drug: SSR's friend Yuvraj S. Singh

NEW DELHI: Actor-producer Yuvraj S. Singh, a close friend of late star Sushant Singh Rajput, says not only does the drug culture prevail in Bollywood, it is also a way to move around in the industry. He claimed that most A-list actors are addicted to cocaine.

"There's been a lot of drugs happening for a long time, maybe since the 1970s. At that time things were different. There wasn't so much exposure or social media. Now, it is getting exposed," Yuvraj told IANS.

Sushant case: Sara, Rakul, Simone's names crop up in NCB probe

MUMBAI: In a significant development, the names of Bollywood celebrities like Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta have apparently emerged in the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) probe into the drugs angle surrounding the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, official sources said here on Monday.

Suo-Moto statement by Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Health & Family Welfare on 14th september 2020 in Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha regarding COVID pandemic and the steps taken by the Government of India

NEW DELHI: The full text of the suo-moto statement by  Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Health & Family Welfare today in Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha regarding COVID pandemic and the steps taken by the Government of India is as follows:

I have briefed this august house on two earlier occasions once in February and again in March this year on the Covid Pandemic. I would again like to brief the Hon’ble members on the current situation of Covid-19 Pandemic and the actions taken by the Government of India. 

NCB detains Showik's school friend Suryadeep in Sushant case

MUMBAI:Widening its probe into the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has detained Showik Chakraborty's school friend Suryadeep Malhotra for questioning, officials said on Monday.

Sushant probe: 7 drugs accused sent to NCB, judicial custody (Lead)

MUMBAI:Seven drug peddlers/dealers, nabbed by the Narcotics Control Bureau as part of its probe in the drug angle in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, were Monday sent to the agency's or judicial custody for varying periods, officials said.

Sushant helped me build a career when he was struggling: Choreographer Ganesh Hiwarkar

MUMBAI: Choreographer Ganesh Hiwarkar recalls how his dear friend, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, not only stopped him from committing suicide but also made sure his career as a dance teacher flourished in the city. He says Sushant gave him emotional, moral and financial support despite being a struggling actor and dancer at the time.

SSR drugs probe: Auto driver, restaurant owner among 6 held

MUMBAI: An autorickshaw driver and a posh restaurant owner are among six persons nabbed late on Saturday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a swoop on the drugs mafia in the ongoing drugs angle probe in the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, an official said on Sunday.

The six drug peddlers arrested were identified as Karanjeet Singh Anand, Dwayne Fernandes, Sanket Patel, Ankush Anreja, Sandeep Gupta and Aftab Fateh Ansari, NCB Deputy Director K.P.S. Malhotra said.

Siddaramaiah warns BSY: Cannot hide failures behind drug case

BENGALURU: Karanataka's Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah on Sunday asserted that linking politicians to a case based on a photo with the accused was an unhealthy trend.

Speaking to reporters after releasing a booklet 'Farmers Security, Country's Security' authored by Justice Nagmohan Das, he added that there was no way to know the history of everyone participating in random ceremonies.

Punjab CS assures private hospitals of full government support in Covid fight

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Sunday assured private hospitals partnering the state in the fight against COVID of all possible help from the government to address their concerns, including availability of drugs and consumable such as PPE kits, as well as disposal of bio-medical waste generated at their facilities.

SII to resume Covid vaccine trials once DCGI gives nod

NEW DELHI: Serum Institute of India (SII) said on Saturday it will resume trials in India once the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) grants it permission.

Adar Poonawalla, CEO, SII said in a tweet, "As I'd mentioned earlier, we should not jump to conclusions until the trials are fully concluded. The recent chain of events are a clear example why we should not bias the process and should respect the process till the end. Good news, @UniofOxford."

Sushant is just being targeted: Friend Yuvraj S. Singh

NEW DELHI: Actor Yuvraj S. Singh discredits the claim that his friend, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, was addicted to drugs. He says Sushant is being targeted, and that there is more to the story than meets the eye.

"We gave so many auditions together. I have so many memories about him. We used to meet every day for some audition or the other, here and there. That's how we got to know each other," Yuvraj told IANS.

Chinese police seize over 13 kg of heroin in border province

BEIJING: Police in southwest China's Yunnan province have nabbed a suspect and seized more than 13 kg of heroin in a drug trafficking case.

Acting on a tip-off in late August that drug dealers were planning to smuggle drugs into China, police in Shidian County immediately set up a task force to investigate the case, Xinhua news agency reported.

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