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Why no one’s talking about Punjab’s drug problem in these elections

In the 2017 assembly polls, Congress & AAP had gone to town accusing the SAD-BJP govt of patronising the drug trade. But everyone is silent this time.

India’s highest haul of pseudoephedrine drugs seized, claims Narcotics Control Bureau

The NCB seized 1800kgs and arrested 3 foreigners outside a factory in Greater Noida. The entire haul, including some cocaine, is worth Rs 25 crore.

Share of Wadia group companies tank after Ness Wadia’s arrest

Nusli Wadia’s son, Ness Wadia, has got a two-year prison term for possessing about 25 grams of a substance that resembled cannabis resin in Japan.
Holi festivities | Representational image | Flickr

Move over Bhang, the new Holi vice at farmhouse parties is Ecstasy

MDMA has been used as a party drug in India since the 1990s, but its use has spiked recently and spilled over from the party scene to festivals like Holi.
A relative helps a cancer patient to the rest room at Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment and Research Institue in Bikaner, Rajasthan | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg News

Modi govt slashed prices of cancer drugs, just not for the costly ones

Govt order has little effect on patented drugs, most of which have been kept out of it. Don't want to kill innovation, says Niti Aayog member.
Cannabis

Indians are buying and selling heroin, cocaine & ganja online, and UN is worried

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has highlighted the emergence of 'illicit internet pharmacies' as a gateway for drug sales.
A health worker immunises a pregnant woman at a health centre in Aurangabad, India

IMA asks govt to reconsider restrictions on importing, manufacturing Oxytocin

The government had restricted the manufacturing of Oxytocin, a life-saving drug for new mothers, to just one organisation, a move IMA says will create a shortage.
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US lawmakers seek briefing on contaminated drugs coming from India and China

The lawmakers are concerned since 15 recalls of drugs meant for treating high blood pressure were done in eight months.

This doctor has single-handedly changed Punjab’s approach to its drug problem

Dr Sandeep Bhola has got the state to treat drug addicts as patients and not criminals, and inspired a state-wide drive for de-addiction centres.

Indian chemists warn of huge drug shortage as 328 antibiotics & anti-diabetic meds banned

Nasivion Classic Adult Spray, Cheston Cold, Zifi AZ, Nicip among the drugs banned by government.

On Camera

Afghanistan’s hope for peace rests on how India, Pakistan and China deal with each other

A regional uniformity is possible only if Pakistan, India and China can insulate their support for Afghan peace process from regional rivalries.
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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.