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Drugs usage in India hitting a new high

The popularity of synthetic or party drugs has increased manifold over the past five years in India but the use of conventional substances such as cocaine, heroin, and hashish has remained static or decreased, government data shows.

In terms of volume, marijuana or ganja remains the most common drug seized at more than 2 lakh kg, according to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which collected the data on drugs seized across India in 2016 by various law-enforcement agencies.

The confiscation of party drugs – amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) such as MDMA or Molly — increased from 40 kg in 2012 to 1,687 kg last year.

Drug enforcement agencies believe Molly is brought to the country from illegal labs and factories in Continue reading

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Delhi Airport’s T2 will begin operations on Saturday

NEWDELHI: Delhi airport’s Terminal 2 will begin operations on Saturday, taking some pressure off the crowded Terminal 1. GoAir will be the first airline to shift operations to T2 from Saturday night.

Flight G8-148 from Ranchi will be the first to land at the terminal at 10.05pm Saturday while G8-207 leaving for Lucknow at 5.25am Sunday will be the first to depart. Continue reading

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Two more airline get exempted from LAPTOP BAN

DUBAI: On Monday Emirates and Turkish Airways said they have also been exempted from a US ban on laptops in airplane cabins, joining Etihad in satisfying American security concerns that had cut into the long-haul carriers’ business.

It still unclear that how the airlines addressed fears that the Islamic State or other militant groups might smuggle explosives in electronic devices. But in Turkey, authorities now use CT scanners to take cross-section images of passengers’ electronics just before they board airplanes heading to the US. Continue reading

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Three airlines told to move to Terminal 2

The ministry of civil aviation (MOCA) has given IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir time till July 15 to decide the date for shifting to Delhi airport’s Terminal 2 from Terminal 1, which is operating beyond its capacity.

In a strongly worded letter, the ministry told the three low-cost airlines if they do not come up with a date within a month, they will be ‘forced’ to shift out.

“As a final opportunity, the airlines operating from T1 shall discuss the issue among themselves in order to arrive at a mutually acceptable situation in a month, by July 15, 2017. In case there is no consensus by July 15, the airport operator shall be free to decide the suitable course of action, which shall be binding on these airlines,” said SV Ramana, under secretary in MOCA, in the letter to the airlines.

Delhi has two operational terminals – T1 and T3. Though the capacity of T1 is 20 million passengers, it handles 24 million passengers annually. Seven-year-old T3 is getting congested due to an increase in the number of flights.

The ministry wants T2 to become operational by October when the winter schedule starts so that T1 can be taken up for expansion. “In any case, T2 should be operational before the commencement of winter schedule 2017,” the letter said.

T2 was renovated in early 2016 to accommodate at least two of the three low-cost airlines operating from T1. However, the airlines refused to move out fearing a rise in the operational cost.

T2 was earlier used for international flights before T3 was commissioned in 2010. It had been lying abandoned since then and used for Haj once a year.

The airlines were given the option to shift some flights to T2, including the ones they would introduce in the future. The deadlock continued, which the civil aviation minister earlier said was ‘undesirable’ as it caused inconvenience to passengers.

T1 and T3 – can together handle 62 million passengers per annum. In 2016, 55.6 million used these terminals and the number is likely to go beyond their capacity this year. The number of flights per day increased to 1185 in 2016 from 1050 average flight movements in a day in 2015.

 

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