Saturday, 20 August, 2022

Topic: Drugs

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.

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.

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.

Banning 328 ‘cocktail’ drugs not a witch hunt, says officer behind the crackdown

Singh, who was responsible for DGCI move, says ban will not hurt the pharma brands or India’s larger pharma market.

The Great Punjab Dope Trick: Politicians race to get tested and show off their clean chit

Politicians in Punjab are proudly displaying results after voluntarily signing up for drug tests.

Punjab cabinet recommends death penalty to tackle drug menace in state

Punjab also constitutes a special Working Group to review and monitor the action being taken to check drug abuse.

Amarinder calls special cabinet meeting as fresh claims of police-drug mafia nexus emerge

The meeting comes as a citizen campaign gets underway to project the people's disenchantment with alleged government inaction to curb drug abuse. 

When Sanjay Dutt popped LSD and tried to ‘arrange’ his father’s face

This excerpt from 'Sanjay Dutt: The crazy untold story of Bollywood's bad boy' speaks about what happened after the actor popped a pill of LSD. 

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Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

IAF operation underway to rescue Italian mountaineer stranded on Mount Nun in Ladakh

The IAF deployed its ‘Cheetah’ helicopter to rescue mountaineer Federico Nicoli. Mount Nun is the second highest peak in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.