Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, September 21, 2019 06:06:09 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Yaba trafficking: Fishing banned at Naf River

New law with capital punishment on cards

By Special Correspondent
29th-Jul-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

The government is now working to introduce a new law keeping provision of death penalty for the abuse and trafficking of intoxicating synthetic drugs Yaba, mostly smuggled in the country from neighbouring Myanmar.
 "The government is actively considering formulation of a new law where highest punishment will be death for the Yaba smugglers. Apart from different administrative steps, the government is also laying emphasis on the social movement to tackle the spreading and abuse of drugs," Home Minister Asaduzzamna Khan Kamal said on Tuesday.
The statement of Home Minister, given in observance of the Narcotics Day, mentioned the stringent measures against the drug traffickers as the drug abuse situation has taken a dangerous turn in the country.
 "The Home Ministry is working to make the country free from drugs in line with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's zero tolerance policy to the narcotics. The government is determined to tackle the present drug abuse situation," the Minister said.
According to an approximate estimate, the number of drug abusers in the country is about 70 to 80 lakh. Of the abusers, majority addicts are from young generation belonging to different educational institutions. Significantly, most of them take Yaba.
Against this backdrop, Asaduzzaman Kamal said: "The size of Yaba is so small that anyone can carry a lot of Yaba pills in his pocket. There is no carrying cost of it. And for that reason, it's a great business for the drugs dealers. The trade is also spreading across the rural areas or villages for the same."
Answering to a question, the Minister said: "Of the total smuggled consignment of Yaba, 70 per cent comes through the Naf River route. And so, fishing has been banned in the River Naf for some days. If necessity, the government would arrange alternate arrangement for the livelihood of the fishermen in that region."   
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterating her government's firm stance against drugs had said she already directed authorities concerned to stop fish catching in the Naf River to check Yaba smuggling.
 'I've already directed the authorities concerned to stop fish catching for some days along Myanmar bordering Naf River as Yaba tablets are smuggled on this route through fishing boats,' she said. "We are discussing the issue with the Myanmar government," the PM said.
Officials of the Department of Narcotics Control said the Yaba smugglers have changed their route. They are now using small boats and fishing trawlers through the Karnafully waterways to transport the narcotics inside Bangladesh, they said. Echoing the same, security officials said the smugglers earlier had preferred to unload their consignments on the embankments of River Naf at Teknaf in the district of Cox's Bazar and later had used land routes for its supply chain.  But now they are taking their consignments directly inside Chittagong using riverine routes considering waterways safer for transporting the narcotics due to tight security at different points on the land routes, they said.
Last year, Dhaka and Yangon in a sector level meeting between BGB and Border Guard Police [BGP] of Myanmar had agreed to stop narcotic smuggling, especially Yaba, through border of the two countries.  But it did not work.     

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Breathing the worst air in Dhaka


THE Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday morning showed that Dhaka's air quality was the second-worst in the world. Dhaka had a score of 190 at 8:21am, indicating that the quality was unhealthy. When the AQI value is between 101 and 200, there is an increased likelihood of adverse effects ...

City »

Natun Dhara Bangladesh formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday with a call to ban casino business.


.

Entertainment »

Jhumu Khan will return to music any time


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Jhumu Khan is a professional doctor. Before becoming doctor she started her career in music. In 1994, her first solo album titled Chondrima Raatey was released. A song of that album titled Pan Khaite Chun Lagey got popularity during that time. Composed by Manam Ahmed Hasan Motiur ...

International »

Pompeo favours 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi oil attack


AFP, Dubai :The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil installations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after Iran raised the spectre of "all-out war".Pompeo has blamed Iran for the dramatic weekend assault on two facilities, condemning an "act of war" which ...

Front Page »

2 Rohingyas among 3 'criminals' killed in C'bazar gunfight


UNB, Cox's Bazar :Three suspected criminals, including two Rohingyas, were killed in a reported gunfight with police at Baharchhara in Teknaf upazila early Thursday.The deceased were identified as Mohammad Jamil, 20, son of Fazal Ahmed; and Asmat Ullah, 21, son of Nabi Hossain of Ukhiya's Balukhali camp; and Mohammad Rafique, ...

Sports »

Timea Babos of Hungary, returns a shot to Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic, during their second round match of the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday.


International »

UK, US discuss need for united diplomatic response to Saudi attack


Reuters, London :British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump condemned last weekend's attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and discussed the need for a united diplomatic response in a telephone call on Wednesday, Mr Johnson's office said."They condemned the attacks and discussed the need for a united ...

International »

US senators urge Trump to end nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia


Reuters, Washington :Two Democratic U.S. senators on Wednesday urged Trump administration officials to halt talks with Saudi Arabia on building nuclear reactors after weekend attacks that halved the country's oil output and increased instability in the Middle East.U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told reporters on Tuesday at a nuclear power ...

Editorial »

Investors losing interest in stock market


THE government's recent measures to prop up the stock market appear to have failed as the unusual fall of share prices continues to rattle investors. The DSEX, the benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, slumped to a 33-month low to 4,888 points on Wednesday, losing 533.61 points or 9.84 percent ...

Entertainment »

Farhana Mili in role of judge


Entertainment Report :Farhana Mili is a noted actress of the small screen. Basically she won the hearts of so many viewers to work in movie Monpura. After acting in this movie, she only engaged herself with acting only in the small screen. Sometimes Mili is seen to perform as a ...

Cricket »

England cricket chiefs back Ben Stokes in family tragedy story row


England cricket chiefs on Tuesday rallied round star all-rounder Ben Stokes after he criticised a British newspaper report about a family tragedy more than 30 years ago.Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said he was "disgusted and appalled" by the front-page story in The ...

Editorial »

Needs sustainable solution to Rohingya crisis


THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the same ministry that Dhaka is planning to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court for its repression on the Rohingyas. The Foreign Ministry also informed that Bangladesh would also take ...

International »

Iran's President says Yemenis attacked Saudi oil sites as 'warning'


By Agencies :Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Yemenis targeted Saudi oil installations as a "warning" about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom's US-backed intervention in their conflict-ravaged country."The Yemenis… haven't hit a hospital, they haven't hit a school, they haven't hit Sanaa bazaar. They just ...

International »

Do not underestimate no-deal Brexit, EU's Barnier warns


Reuters, Strasbourg  :The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned on Wednesday not to underestimate the consequences of any no-deal Brexit and said issues raised by Britain's exit from the EU would still need addressing before a future relationship could be agreed."I advise everyone not to underestimate the consequences, clearly for ...

Entertainment »

Kareena’s simplistic look comes with a price tag of Rs75K


Kareena Kapoor Khan aka Poo is always ready to ‘woo’ us with her amazing fashion and style. Time and again the actress has proved her fashion statement by giving major goals to many. Her latest girl next door look is one of the looks which every girl would wish for. ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news