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American gift for Delhi drug fight

New Delhi: US ambassador Robert D. Blackwill on Wednesday gifted a fleet of 20 vehicles to the Narcotics Control Bureau as part of the ongoing cooperation between the two countries against drug trafficking, reports our correspondent.

Blackwill officially handed over the keys of 14 cars and six motorcycles to bureau director M.K. Singh in a brief ceremony at the US embassy.

“Drug trafficking is one area which is against the national interest of both countries requiring close cooperation. Today’s occasion is another advancement in US-India relationships,” said Blackwill.

The donation took place under the auspices of the Drug Enforcement Commodities and Training Assistance Programme. The anti-narcotics bureau had earlier received assistance from the US in the form of vehicles, scooters and basic technical equipment.

The bureau, the nodal agency in the country for the enforcement of drug laws, has been cooperating with the US Drug Enforcement Administration since the signing of a letter of agreement in 1999. The US body works with Indian drug law enforcement agencies to identify, target and dismantle drug trafficking organisations in the two countries.

India fits into the trafficking network by virtue of being located between the major heroin producing regions — the Golden Triangle and the Golden Crescent — which makes it a favoured transhipment point.

Indian murdered in Philippines

Manila (AFP): Elite police intelligence operatives arrested eight suspects on Wednesday over the kidnapping and murder of an Indian businessman, whose body was found early this week.

Ravi Jaiswal, an Indian engaged in selling electronics, was kidnapped in November from suburban Paranaque near Manila.

Police said his family forked out an undisclosed amount of ransom demanded by the suspects. But Jaiswal was killed and his body found in a remote village south of Manila on Tuesday, 20 days after he was kidnapped.

Police operatives rounded up the eight suspects in separate operations. One of those arrested was an Indian believed to have masterminded the kidnapping.

The Philippines government has acknowledged that kidnapping remains a major concern for businessmen. In early 2002, President Gloria Arroyo ordered the police to crack down on 20 kidnapping syndicates operating in and around Manila. So far, only six groups have been neutralised.

Arman Kohli gets bail

Mumbai (PTI): Bollywood actor Arman Kohli, arrested for allegedly knocking down a motorcyclist here on Monday, was released on bail on Tuesday night, police said.

“Kohli was released on a bail of a sum of Rs 35,000,” they said.

Kohli’s vehicle, allegedly driven by him, knocked down Bijoy Kadvil, fracturing the victim’s right ankle. Kadvil, who runs a restaurant in Panvel, is recuperating at a private hospital.

Driver jailed

Nashik (PTI): A court has sentenced a state transport corporation bus driver to two years’ rigorous imprisonment in a road accident case in which one person was killed in October 2000. It also imposed a fine of Rs 3,500 on Kiran Wamanrao Kale.

Mother, son killed

Mumbai (PTI): A woman and her five-year-old son were mowed down by a speeding bus at Juhu here. Tahirunisa Jafar Ali Shaikh (45) and her son Mohamed were killed on the spot after a private bus ran over them. The driver of the bus tried to flee but was caught by onlookers, police said.

Plea for rape court

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi police have proposed to the Delhi government to move high court for establishment of a special court in each of the three court complexes in the capital for expeditious disposal of rape cases, deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani informed the Rajya Sabha. Earlier, the minister of state for home said special women cells had been constituted in each district police headquarters of Delhi.

Blast trial

Rampur (PTI): A CBI team has produced Manzoor Ahmed, an accused in the 1993 Bombay blast case, before a court to seek an exit warrant to take him to Maharashtra. He was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Fire stations plan

Chandigarh (PTI): Haryana is emerging as the first state in the country to have fire service stations in all municipal towns. Services are being strengthened in 36 towns at a cost of Rs 16.30 crore.

Amitabh Bachchan will launch the Rs 50 crore bumper of the Maharashtra on-line lottery draw on January 5. The state finance minister said its on-line lottery is one of the best because comparatively Sikkim and Karnataka are not doing well.

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