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Antidepressants during pregnancy linked to autism in kids: study

PARIS: Children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to suffer autism, but the added risk is very small and may not, in fact, stem from the drugs, researchers said Wednesday.

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‘Indian students as young as 13 buying and using drugs including LSD’

At least 20 top schools in Hyderabad, India, have been informed that their students, some as young as 13, are buying and using drugs including LSD, reported NDTV. Parents of the students involved are also being informed of the worrying new trend, said government officials. Seven drug dealers arrested in the last 48 hours have…

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Drugs manufacturing: Good practice check list

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has decided to issue new Good Manufacturing Practice check list to ensure quality of manufactured drugs. The decision was taken during the 254th meeting of Central Licensing Board of the Authority in Islamabad. The board also approved New Drug Manufacturing Licenses to three new companies, additional Manufacturing Sections…

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En route to perform Umrah, couple held for smuggling at Lahore airport

The Airport Security Force (ASF) on Monday foiled an attempt to smuggle contraband at the Lahore airport. Six kilogrammes of heroin and Ice was seized from a couple caught trying to smuggle the illegal drugs, the ASF said. “The drugs were recovered during a search before Muhammad Anwar and his wife boarded a foreign airline…

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Indian court declares actress absconder in drugs case

MUMBAI: A Special Court in India has declared actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband Vickey Goswami proclaimed offenders in a drugs case. According to reports, Special NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Court Judge H.M Patwardhan ordered, “It is pronounced and declared that the accused Vicky Goswami and Mamta Kulkarni are the proclaimed offenders. The…

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Twenty kilograms of heroin seized from PIA aircraft

ISLAMABAD: Twenty kilograms of heroin were recovered from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on Monday, Samaa reported. According to details, 20 kilograms of drugs were found from a London-bound PIA flight PK-785. The drugs were being smuggled into the aircraft via catering car. According to reports, Airport Security Force (ASF) and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF)…

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All flights to London operating as per schedule: PIA spokesperson

KARACHI: All the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights to London are operating as per schedule, said PIA Spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar on Tuesday.

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IHC seeks reply from DAG on drug usage in educational institutes

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court sought reply from the Deputy Attorney General in a plea seeking stern action against elements involved or responsible for drug usage inthe educational institutes, within ten days. Justice Aamir Farooq sought reply from the respondents on the matter while hearing the plea moved by Saim ul Haq Satti Advocate. During…

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Man held for selling narcotics to students

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police on Wednesday arrested a drug dealer allegedly involved in sale of ‘hashish’ in the educational institutions, a police spokesman said. On a tip off regarding the presence of drug pusher in H-10 parking area, a police team raided at the informed place and nabbed a drug pusher identified as Farhan Alias Lahori…

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Video: Relative of Sargodha massacre victim makes startling revelations

Brother of one of the victims of Sargodha massacre claimed that the faith healer and his companions used to consume liquor and do drugs. He also claimed that the custodian was not suffering from any mental illness.

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They Don’t Really Care About Us

By: Naumann Ansaari I used to take carrot juice daily or in alternative days of the week. Especially, in winter because I believe, I am a health conscious person who takes extra heed towards all possible ways, to keep myself away from an unhygienic life style. But when I commute; my dream of a superlative and…

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Record cocaine bust in Australia

SYDNEY; Australia has made its largest cocaine haul ever after seizing a yacht carrying 1.4 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$312 million (US$239 million). The boat was stopped off the New South Wales coast on February 2 and six men were arrested, police said Monday, following a two-and-a-half year joint…

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Images of homeless living in graves shock Iran

Tehran: Images of homeless drug addicts living in empty graves just outside the Iranian capital have deeply shocked the public and prompted reactions even from President Hassan Rouhani. Shahrvand newspaper on Tuesday published the images in a report on the homeless people — about 50 men and women — who dwell in a cemetery in…

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Number of drug dependent adults up for first time in six years, now at 29 million: UNODC

  ISLAMABAD: Around five per cent of the adult population, or nearly 250 million people between the ages of 15 and 64, used at least one drug in 2014, according to the latest World Drug Report released on last month on 23rd in Geneva/New York/Vienna by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)….

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Drug lord’s pet hippos roam Colombian village

DORADAL: More than 20 years after Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar died in a gunfight with police, a strange legacy survives him: his pet hippos. Look out of the window in the dead of night in the village of Doradal and you may see one plodding down the street. Police killed or locked up Escobar’s…

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World Anti-Narcotics Day today

KARACHI: Like other parts of the globe, World Anti-Narcotics Day will be observed across the country including the provincial capital on Sunday to renew pledge for fighting against narcotics and to raise public awareness about negative effects of drugs. Excise Taxation and Narcotics Control Department Punjab has arranged many programmes in this regard. It would organize…

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Udta Punjab row: Bombay High Court to issue verdict Monday

The Bombay High Court Friday suggested that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has “a poor understanding of people’s mind” and that its job is not to censor but to certify content for public viewing. A division bench of Justice S. C. Dharmadhikari and Justice Dr. Shalini Phansalkar Joshi was hearing a plea filed…

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Dance ban pulls rug from under Buenos Aires partygoers

BUENOS AIRES: A party-pooper Argentine judge on Friday banned all “commercial dancing with live or recorded music” in Buenos Aires, possibly making even wedding receptions illegal. It was not immediately clear how or if police would enforce the decree, which was issued after five young people died when taking what officials said was “toxic” drugs…

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Nisar attending UN meeting on drugs today

WASHINGTON: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday arrived in New York where he will attend an special meeting of United Nations General Assembly on drug issues. The meeting will continue for three days. “In his address to the meeting, the Interior Minister will highlight measures taken by the government to control the…

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WHO suspends TB drugs from big India supplier on quality fears

LONDON: The World Health Organization has suspended the approval of tuberculosis drugs made by India’s Svizera Labs, a major supplier to developing countries, following an investigation into standards. The United Nations agency, which acts as a drug watchdog in markets lacking robust local regulation, said on Friday it had suspended all TB products made at…

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PCB assures ICC assistance in Yasir Shah case

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that it has a zero tolerance policy towards the use of prohibited substances in cricket and has in place a strict regime which monitors and regularly imparts education relating to the ICC anti-doping code. “Pursuant to receipt of the notice of charge issued by the International Cricket…

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