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India Punjab To Fight Drug Addiction Jointly With Art Of Living

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Punjab to fight drug addiction jointly with Art of Living

Saturday, 20 October 2012 16:40 - Monika Malik - Chandigarh

The Punjab Government will soon launch a joint venture with the Art of Living Foundation — a non-Government organisation — for helping the Punjabis to get rid of drug addiction in the State.

With the debate over gravity of drug menace in Punjab gaining momentum, the state government will launch a programme with the Foundation in Amritsar on the pilot basis, and make an attempt to take out the Punjabis from the clutches of the deadly drug menace.

Under the programme, 11 teams will cover the nine constituencies of Amritsar parliamentary segment by going house to house, and doing door to door survey of the entire area.

“The programme will be launched in Amritsar as a pilot project between November 15 and 20 under which nine constituencies will be covered by 11 teams of the Art of Living Foundation. The programme is expected to go for around four to six months during which house to house survey will be conducted,” said Chief Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Navjot Kaur Sidhu.

She added, “All the houses in the area will be thoroughly covered and the families will be asked if there are any drug addicts and they want to get rid of it.”

Sidhu informed that the Foundation has courses and programmes for drug rehabilitation, which are running across 157 nations. “These courses will be absolutely free. And under this, the various activities like yoga, pranayam, various kriyas, satsang will be done and psychiatrists will also be there for any kind of counseling,” said she.

The teams will train the medical officers, and the leaders will also be appointed among the participants who are active in learning to run the programme at later stages.

She maintained that the programme will not only be carried out with the assistance of health department but also the Police department which will work in tandem with us. “We will also visit the sensitive areas like that of Maqboolpura where drug problem is very serious. For such areas, police will be with us. As 11 teams are coming for nine constituencies, the extra ones will focus on such sensitive areas,” said Sidhu.

Maqboolpura village in Amritsar is known for drug addicts, deaths related to drugs, widows and orphans of drug addicts and poverty caused by most employable males getting hooked to drugs — indicating the severity of the drug menace. It is also known as a village with no men — which is also true to some extent.

“If they are taking drugs, we will provide them with sterlised needles to save them from HIV or Hepatitis, we will also provide them medicines that are alternative to the drugs and then those medicines will also be available with the Medical Officers and educate the addicts to take that, free of cost, instead of drugs,” she said, adding that the funding of this programme would come from the funds by the MNCs, or from her or her MP husband Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living, is also expected to be the part of the programme and may visit the state at the concluding ceremony. “He has given clear instructions that the teams will not come back till all the houses are covered,” she said adding that she would ensure that he visit the state for the programme.

source: http://dailypioneer.com/state-editions/chandigarh/103019-punjab-to-fight-drug-addiction-jointly-with-art-of-living.html
 

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All this stuff really is a joke. Just like the distraction of Anna Hazare movement that got so many so excited including our friend kds1980 ji here. There are genuine people who in desperation want anything positive to latch on to but don't apply the test of practicality or realism.

Let us ask ourselves,

  • Who controls drug manufacture in Punjab?
    • Not the poor :whatzpointsing:
  • Who controls drug distribution in Punjab?
    • Not the poor :whatzpointsing:
  • Are such controllers impoverished or living in mega mansions and driving high class cars/SUVs/etc.?
    • NOT poor but sure live like Kings motherlylove
  • Do such people have Police and law enforcement in their pockets?
    • YES lol
  • Is the drug trade beneficial to law enforcement and the rich and mighty?
    • YES lol
  • Are some politicians hooked to drugs?
    • YES mundahug
Drugs will kill Punjab or what remains of it. This is by design and not accident. In the name of security Darbar Sahib could be attacked but the almighty army is speechless to address the menace that will dispose off Punjab and of courses Sikhs living in it. Hypocrisy and double talk.

Regards and wishing things were not so.
 
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If preaching Sikhism cannot stop drugs in Punjab , then this Art of Living is a joke seriously . This Badal Govt alongwith BJP & Navjot Kaur Sidhu wife of RSS pointman Navjot Singh Sidhu is hellbent of saffronisation of Punjab . They have already given hundreds of acres of prime land to DAV institutes for building schools & colleges whose single point agenda is destruction of Sikhi & promotion of Hindi language .
 

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The BSF is responsible for securing the border. Why aren't they doing their job? The BSF is a Government of India entity. Why isn't the central government doing anything about this? Instead they blame the state government. This is all politics. I am getting sick and tired of GOI using the playbook of the British. The British did the same thing which led to the Opium Wars with China. The Badal government is trying hard to address the issue. Sadly they don't have any good ideas. And people just sit and blame them instead of actually giving solutions.

1. We need to first focus our attention on the border. Pressure needs to be put on the BSF and GOI for not securing and controlling the drug smuggling. The director general of the BSF is "MR U K Bansal".
According to the BSF website:
"The Border Security Force (BSF) is a Border Guarding Force of India.Established on December 1, 1965, it is a paramillitary force charged with guarding India's land border during peace time and preventing transnational crime. It is a Union Government Agency under the administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs.It is one of many law enforcement agency of India.It currently stands as the world's largest border guarding force."
Sushilkumar Shinde is the Home Minister. He is the one responsible for all the drug influx in Punjab. So what has Punjab CM done? Well here read for yourself: http://www.hindustantimes.com/Punjab/Chandigarh/Badal-blames-Central-agencies-for-drug-menace/SP-Article1-951852.aspx

We have multiple documentaries in which they have actual footage of the dealings taking place yet the BSF and GOI can't get these people? Don't be surprised if Congress uses this as one of their main talking points during the next election cycle. Rahul Gandhi has already started using the GOI mouthpieces to propagate this in order to sway votes toward Congress in Punjab. Sidhu's wife was asked about the drug problem situation that "Rahul Gandhi brought up" and she said she agrees that there is a drug problem. They immediately fed their newswires with news of "Sidhu's wife endorses Rahul Gandhi". source: Navjot Sidhu's wife endorses Rahul Gandhi's 'drugs' remark - NewsX - YouTube . Now Rahul Gandhi will be championed as saving Punjab from it's drug problems, something his party should have done a long time ago. But how can they solve a problem until it hasn't become a problem right? The Punjab government has been trying to deal with this issue for a long time. They don't have the most effective strategies. But even if they did, you can never solve the problem until the root cause is not eliminated. You can have as many detox clinics as you want but as soon as the drug user comes back into the street and the drug is still there, the drug will find its way to him.

2. What the State government needs to do: The state government needs to order the Punjab Police to prioritize this issue and plan mass crack downs of dealers. If you can find an addict, you can also find his dealer. The problem: Most of these idiots are corrupt and part of it. In one of the documentaries, a top Punjab Police official said that 10% of the Punjab Police itself is addicted to drugs! They need to set up a committee of "good officers" and let them plan crackdowns. Once they find which strategy works best, they need to implement it statewide. The officers that are addicted need to be suspended and replaced. The media is supposed to be making sure they do all this and report the results but instead they act as pawns of the different political parties.

3. Punjab also needs to appeal to the international community, specifically the UN. The opium is grown in Afghanistan legally! Afghanistan's main export is opium. This is the only income source of the farmers as other crops don't pay them enough to support their families (thus why they make it legal). Afghanistan is the producer of 90% of the world's opium. There are millions of hungry people around the world. The UN needs to attract investments specifically agricultural investments so that Afghanistan can stop relying on opium production and focus on something that is more beneficial to the world. This probably isn't going to cost must compared to other industries. So why don't they do it? Because no one is putting enough pressure on the international community and giving solutions to the problems as well instead of just saying "stop afghanistan from producing opium" and then what? How the hell are the farmers supposed to make a living? This is exactly why they will start growing opium again and the problem will continue, and Punjab being the closest client, will keep getting drugs smuggled in.

Sorry for any gramatical mistakes. It's getting kind of late.
 

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This whole thing is a joke as people have no handle what is going on. Old fashined thinking won't solve nothing as there is more to drugs than Opium!
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3. Punjab also needs to appeal to the international community, specifically the UN. The opium is grown in Afghanistan legally! Afghanistan's main export is opium. ....
Following might be of note,
Three charged in plot to smuggle 400kg of Ketamine into Canada

TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2012 - The RCMP's Greater Toronto Area Synthetic Drug Operations have charged three men for their role in smuggling 400 kgs of Ketamine into Canada through the Port of Montreal.
On December 19, 2011, officers with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in Montreal inspected a sea container destined for the Toronto area. Concealed among other items in the container, CBSA officers discovered 400 kilograms of Ketamine. The investigation was turned over to the RCMP and the shipment was allowed to continue to Toronto.

Large exhibit bag full of Ketamine powder
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Multiple boxes inside a shipping container containing Ketamine
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On January 5, 2012, three males were arrested after they picked up the shipment of Ketamine from a commercial warehouse. A fourth male was arrested on January 6, 2012. Subsequently three persons were charged with Conspiracy to Import and Importing a Controlled Substance into Canada. They are:

  1. Kishor PATEL, a 50 year old Canadian Citizen from Niagara Falls, New York, USA
  2. Robert TORRES, a 40 year old Canadian Citizen from Toronto, Ontario
  3. Kawal KOHLI, a 64 year old Canadian Citizen from Toronto, Ontario
All three accused are scheduled to return to court on January the 13, 2012 at Brampton Court. The investigation is ongoing.
Ketamine is a rapid acting anesthetic drug used legally by veterinarians. As an illicit drug, it is referred to as 'special K' or 'K' and is very dangerous. If injected it can produce rapid loss of consciousness as well as intense and terrifying hallucinations and 'out of body' experiences. There is an increasing trend where Ketamine is being used as an additive to already dangerous drugs such as Methamphetamine or other harmful synthetic 'designer drugs'.
Depending on the intended use, this amount of Ketamine is capable of producing between 1.6 and 4 million doses of illicit drugs. If the shipment was not intercepted, it could have had a significant negative impact on the communities in the GTA and across Ontario.
"There is a disturbing demand for Ketamine amongst young persons in our country. Drug traffickers are quick to respond with illegal supplies of pure Ketamine. As well, it is not uncommon to find Ketamine in tablet concoctions with other synthetic drugs, such as Methamphetamine. These are dangerous {censored}tails manufactured in makeshift labs hidden in our neighbourhoods.", said Sgt. Brent Hasey, RCMP Synthetic Drug Operations. He added "For these reasons, we are working aggressively with our partners in the Canadian policing community and with our international partners to identify the sources and prosecute the offenders -- wherever they may be located."
"This seizure is an excellent example of the outstanding work done by our officers," said Alain Surprenant, CBSA Chief of Operations for the Marine and Rail Service of the St.Lawrence District. "Stopping smuggling of illegal drugs like this at our borders plays a big part in making our communities safer."
For photos please visit the following link and click on the associated news release:
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/news-nouvelles/index-eng.htm
For further information:
Sgt Richard Rollings
Media Relations Coordinator
RCMP 'O' Division (Ontario)
Office: (519)640-7302
Cell: (416)992-4409
Media Relations
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Canada Border Services Agency
(514) 350-6130
Recognize the origins of this and the names :noticemunda:
Big money, big business, big Luxury drives/cars/trucks in Brampton, Vancouver, Surrey, etc., Canada.

Much linked to drugs as Indians in drug trade here within Canada and across to USA.

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Police call bust a major blow to local drug trade

Home, cars, cash and jewelry seized


By Stephane Massinon, Calgary Herald October 25, 2012





Police have seized a $1.5-million home in Rocky View County under proceeds of crime legislation, after breaking up what they say was a “major player” in the local drug trafficking scene.

Photograph by: Calgary Police Services , Calgary Herald

At 24, police say Parvinder Singh Bagri enjoyed a comfortable life on the outskirts of Calgary, living mortgage-free in a $1.5-million home with a six-car garage and luxury cars for his cohorts.

But now police say they have seized much of his wealth as the result of a months-long investigation by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams into his alleged involvement in a cocaine and marijuana trafficking operation. It’s reputed to be one of the biggest in the city.

Police say that for several years, he and three others from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia sold B.C. drugs in and around Calgary.

It’s alleged the group then paid off Bagri’s brother, parents and girlfriend to take ownership of the items they purchased, in an effort to hide the vast profits made by selling drugs.

All have now been charged.

“This group is a major player in the local drug trafficking scene,” said Insp. Gerry Francois.
“By dismantling their organization, I think we’ve had a major impact on the supply of drugs coming into this city. You could say we’ve cut the head off the snake.”

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team said Wednesday that throughout their investigation, police seized 2.7 kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of marijuana, guns and a Taser. They’ve also used proceeds of crime legislation to seize the $1.5-million home in Rocky View County, $166,000 in cash, jewelry worth $18,000 and seven vehicles worth $110,000 in all.

Police continue to try to connect the money gained from drug sales and its use to purchase items with the proceeds of crime.

“We’ve also employed a forensic accountant to do that, too.” said RCMP Calgary integrated proceeds of crime Sgt. Stephen Scott.

“It’s very detailed and it takes quite a bit of time to go over,” he said.

Investigators believe this group is not a member of any established gang, but say in the drug trade there are often loose associations with street gangs.

Scott said the seizure is one of the largest in recent years.

Mount Royal University criminologist Doug King said it can be difficult for police to prove proceeds of crimes charges in court.

“There is still a tremendous amount of forensic accounting that has to be done to actually prove it in a court of law,” he said.

While seizing property can be a serious deterrent to criminals, when the qualities of money are so large, the loss of their property is factored in as “just a cost of doing business” for them, said King.

King said this operation appears to be at a wholesale level.

“The tragedy is that within a couple months, there will be a new wholesale trafficking of marijuana and cocaine (in the area),” said King.

Parvinder Singh Bagri, 24, of Rocky View, and B.C. residents Kalwarn Singh Dhillon, 23, Apraj Singh Bassi, 22, and Keerit Singh Brar, 20, face multiple drug trafficking, firearm, criminal organization and proceeds of crime charges.

Rajvinder Bagri, 22, Gurdawar Bagri, 50, and Jatinder Bagri, 52, all of Rocky View, and Kanwal Gill, 36, of Chestermere face charges of laundering the proceeds of crime.

Parvinder Singh Bagri is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 2 in Calgary.
smassinon@calgaryherald.com

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Police+call+bust+major+blow+local+drug+trade/7440050/story.html#ixzz2BBSaLBQD
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Regards.
 
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Immigration figures between 2005 and 2007 show that Chinese and Indian immigrants into Canada outnumbered those of other nations by at least two to one. These two countries have led immigration figures at least since 1990. Family and business ties to their home countries facilitate the trafficking of precursor chemicals or drugs such as heroin into Canada and drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine outbound. Currently, urban areas such as Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto are home to large immigrant populations.

Canada Has Become a Strong Drug-Production Source

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The increase in production of the addictive club drug MDMA (Ecstasy) is also a concern. Here too, Asia-Canadians have been discovered as the driving forces behind the importation of manufacturing chemicals needed from their homelands. Large, sophisticated MDMA labs have been found in British Columbia, Quebec and Toronto. One lab that was dismantled by authorities had enough of the drug on hand to make 1.7 million tablets. Canada's MDMA manufacturers dominate the domestic supply and are gaining a strong presence internationally.

Demand for Unique Drugs Reflects Immigrant Populations

Canada's unique mix of immigrant populations means that there is more demand for some illicit drugs that are not trafficked into the United States in great quantities. Hash, hash oil, opium and khat (a drug from Eastern Africa or Arabia) are shipped in by mail, airline luggage, courier or cargo container.

Khat is mostly smuggled into areas with large Eastern African populations such as Quebec and Ontario. Recently though, more shipments of khat have been found that were destined for Alberta and Manitoba. Traffickers are usually found to be those who have ties to Eastern Africa or the Middle East.

Opium is mostly consumed by Middle Eastern males in Vancouver and Toronto. Most of the opium found in Canada originates in Turkey or Iran.

Cocaine Smuggling Follows Similar Paths in U.S. and Canada

Cocaine is the only drug that largely follows the drug conduits that feed U.S. addictions. Most cocaine in Canada originates in Columbia or Peru and comes to Canada by way of Mexico. For example, investigations to find the source of cocaine seized at the Vancouver airport in 2007 found that some Mexican airline baggage handlers were placing luggage loaded with drugs on flights to Vancouver so they could circumvent security searches.

In just the last few years, the main trafficking pattern has switched from shipping by air to moving the drug across land. Now, most seizures take place at the Ports of Entry in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. One of the more recent concealment measures has been to convert cocaine to a liquid and conceal it in bottles of health or hygiene products.

Cocaine tends to flow east from its delivery points: from British Columbia to the other western provinces and from Quebec and Ontario to the Maritimes. Groups with ties to Latin America dominate cocaine trafficking, while Indo-Canadian, Asia-Canadian and outlaw motorcycle gangs show up in this category less often.

Smaller Demand for Heroin

While America receives the bulk of its heroin by way of Mexican drug trafficking organizations, Canada's heroin largely originates in India and comes into the country mostly through Vancouver or Toronto international airports. Some Columbia/Latin American heroin is detected from time to time. The heroin trade in Canada is fairly modest, as many Canadians who are addicted to opiates are currently abusing synthetic opiates in the form of prescription drugs.

Prescription Drugs in Ample Supply

Prescriptions drugs intended for abuse come from a variety of sources. Codeine has been found that originated in India, steroids from China, diazepam (a benzodiazepine) from Thailand, oxycodone mailed from New Jersey. Drugs are also diverted from legitimate supplies within the country such as hospitals and pharmacies.

The Effects of Drug Trafficking

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse estimates that the cost of illicit drug abuse runs $22.8 billion per year, or $725 for every Canadian. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism accounts for $14.6 billion of this cost and illicit drugs account for the remaining $8.2 billion.

The value of drugs seized in 2007 had a street value of more than $2.6 billion, and that's just what was found. The illicit drug trade drains the pockets of Canadians and the economy of many more billions than that.

Of course, the most tragic effect is the damage done to the lives of those who abuse drugs or alcohol and become dependent or addicted. In 2008. More than 1.7 million Canadians stated that they were drinking enough alcohol to harm themselves. More than 400,000 used cocaine or crack cocaine. And more than 700,000 people stated that they were experiencing harm due to their drug use.

The Young Suffer the Most

It is so often the young who suffer from drug or alcohol abuse. In this 2008 survey, the average age of first use of alcohol was 15.6 years of age. Additionally, five times as many drinkers 15 to 24 years of age stated that they experienced bouts of heavy drinking compared to the number reported by adults 25 and older.

Younger Canadians are also much heavier users of marijuana than those who are over 25. The prevalence of use in youth 15 to 24 was 33 percent, compared to 7 percent by the over-25 group. The average age that people began using marijuana was 15.5 years.

What the figures don't describe is the pain of addiction. The loss that occurs when obtaining the next dose of a drug is more important than taking care of one's children, working at a good job or caring for a business. Homes, families, jobs, businesses, cars, self-esteem – these are all lost when a person gets trapped in addiction.

Every Citizen Needs Access to Effective Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

Canada has the same need for effective drug rehabilitation as every other country with citizens who become addicted. The more people who complete a rehabilitation program that really works, the more honest citizens are returned to production and an enjoyable life.

There are Narconon centers in Canada serving the needs of this beautiful country so rich in resources. After graduation from a Narconon center in Canada, a person can look forward to a future that is fully free from drug or alcohol abuse. Seven out of ten Narconon graduates go on to stay drug-free after they complete this innovative and unique drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

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I was specifically speaking about the drug problem in Punjab. Of course opium isn't the only drug but it is the most widely used drug in Punjab. They have been cracking down on other drugs but remember, if you can't stop the flow of a particular drug, in this case opium, chances of eradicating it is very unlikely. Which is why I said they should focus on getting the BSF to tighten security at borders and also try to get to the root of the problem, which is the opium growers themselves. So even if they tighten security at the border, the drug cartels won't just sit around, they'll just use another route of transportation. Another concern is that there is now growing opium production in Burma. It is 10% of the world's opium supplier. Even if they eradicate the problem in Afghanistan, the cartels will simply start pushing it from Burma.

I think the most important thing I forgot to mention is the need for the state to use education. They should inform all schools to give mandatory classes in which they teach what the negative effects of drug use.

Another factor which is leading the youth in Punjab towards increase drug use is illiteracy and lack of employment opportunities. Punjab has already struck a deal for an oil refinery in Bathinda, but there are still more investments needed in Punjab. Punjab needs to do more to modernize their agriculture sector and bring them up to par with the world.
 

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