UNODC South Asia on illicit drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, justice and health.


                                                                                              DAILY MESSENGER 
(A Daily News Brief from UNODC South Asia on illicit drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, justice and health.) 

19 June 2017



RAB prepares digital database of 2,53,000 criminals, Prothom Alo
The database contains 150 types of information such as photographs, biometric finger prints, irises and previous criminal records and punishments in criminal offences, according to official sources.

4 ways money is laundered out of the country, The Dhaka Tribune
Every year a huge amount of money is siphoned out of the country primarily in four forms – over and under invoicing, over and under shipment, multiple invoices, and falsely declared goods and services, according to a study report of Bangladesh Institution of Bank Management (BIBM).

Fight militancy with stronger prosecution, The Daily Star
An anti-money laundering taskforce will ask the government to introduce a permanent attorney service engaging competent lawyers to fight militancy.

Countering extremism in Bangladesh, Livemint
Creating a ‘whole of government and whole of society approach’ is the need of the hour.

Bangladesh: the people deserve better, The Guardian
Both parties need to re-engage with democracy and civil rights, renounce the use of force and pandering to intolerance, and focus on the needs of their people.


BOiC still under audit radar, Kuensel
Despite its success stories, a performance audit observed several shortcomings and oversights that may be detrimental to the effective and efficient implementation and monitoring of the Revolving Funds (RF) for the now closed Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC).

ACC investigates 74 suspicious bank accounts, Kuensel
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is reportedly questioning and ascertaining the legality of sources for more than INR 107.435 million (M) of demonetised notes deposited in 74 bank accounts.

Won’t allow anti-India acts on our territory: Bhutan,  The Free Press Journal
Bhutan’s commitment came during a meeting between Ramasundaram and the Bhutanese Home Minister in Thimpu.


Drug abuse jumps after prohibition, The Times of India
The rise in use of narcotic drugs after enforcement of prohibition has alarmed the state government of Bihar.

Tackling substandard drugs: Central drug regulator issues draft standard operating procedure, The Indian Express
India has neither a nation-wide drug recall system in the country nor any rules mandating the companies to withdraw “substandard” drug batches from the market.

UP STF arrests three members of international drug smuggling racket, The Times of India
Officials also seized 202.5 kg of charas worth Rs 2.2 crore from the miscreants, who used to supply the illegal substance to parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi-NCR.    

BSF seizes 2000 denominatised fake currency worth Rs. 1.96 lakhs, ANI
The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized Rs 2000 denominatised Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) with face value of Rs. 1.96 lakhs from Malda’s Sabdalpur area.

Indians Have ‘Rather Few’ Deposits: Swiss Banks, India Today
Money held by Indians in Swiss banks declined to a record low of 1.2 billion franc (about Rs. 8,392 crore) at the end of 2015, as per the latest available official data. However, no official data is available for money in other global hubs.

Begging Mafia: A Social Evil, Rising Kashmir
Though many people take to begging owing to poverty, however, it has become a menace. Of late, begging has become part of an organised crime.  

CBI arrests Army Colonel, three others in case of bribery, India Today
It was alleged that Colonel Shaibal Kumar had demanded a bribe of Rs 1.80 lakh from the managing director of the Pune-based company in connection with the supply of power pack rock splitters, which are used by various field formations of the Army.

Mumbai blast case index of appalling delays, The Free Press Journal
The criminal justice system in the country is in need of urgent attention. Apart from delays which are endemic, there are other areas crying for reform.

A governance agenda for our times, The Tribune
If the country has to be liberated from corruption and misgovernance, the political executive needs to accept its responsibility, assume leadership and play a visibly proactive role in promoting productive governance. It would no longer do to attribute all our failures, on various fronts, merely to the deficiencies of the bureaucracy, the writer agues.

India makes pitch to fight terror as BRICS foreign ministers meet in Beijing, India Today
India will want the BRICS grouping to put out a strong statement on terrorism as it holds a summit in Xiamen, southern China, in September which PM Modi will attend.

New playground for non-state actors, The Hindu
‘Internet-enabled’ terrorism has introduced greater complexity in an already difficult scenario. 

Muzzling freedom of expression, The Hindu
At the heart of the fundamental right of freedom of expression is free speech. But the human right to freely express oneself is not limited to free speech.  


Police releases photos of murderers of Yameen Rasheed,
Police further added that all suspects connected to the murder have been identified with enough evidence for prosecution.

Maldives pres ratifies bill to up no. of High Court judges, Mihaaru
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Sunday ratified the amendment to the Courts of Judicature Act to increase the number of judges in the High Court to eleven.

Jailed ex-VP’s family turn to UN over denial of medical treatment, Mihaaru
Jailed former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb’s family has turned to the United Nations over the Maldives government’s refusal to provide suitable medical service to Adheeb.



Human trafficking convict on the run for 7 years nabbed, The Himalayan Times
The fugitive, identified as a 53-year-old Ram Bahadur Tamang (53) of Salme in Nuwakot, had taken a woman from Dhading to India on the pretext of marrying her, with the help of two other traffickers.

Three Nepali human trafficking victims rescued, Mid-Day
Three women from Nepal were rescued from human traffickers and one accused arrested in near the India-Nepal border in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district.  

34 pc women victimised by kin, The Himalayan Times
The study carried out by ‘Paribartan Gharaibat Project’ in Chitwan, Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu in the last 12 months showed that one out of four women fell victim to sexual violence from their nearest friend or husband.

NHRC tells govt not to make arbitrary arrests, The Himalayan Times
“The NHRC draws the attention of the government not to arrest people in arbitrary manner and not to misbehave with people who take part in peaceful protests,” the rights body said in its release.

CIAA books eight govt transport officials for revenue embezzlement,  The Himalayan Times
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority has filed cases against eight officials of Transport Management Office, Itahari, on the charge of revenue embezzlement at the Special Court.

Sri Lanka

Suspect arrested with Rs.5.4mn worth heroin, The Daily Mirror
A 33-year-old was arrested with 540 grams of heroine worth Rs.5.4 million during a raid in Sri Lanka’s Borella.

Police investigations on hate crimes led to arrest of Buddhist monk and police officer, Colombo Page
The police have arrested a police officer and a Buddhist monk accused of leading an arson attack against a mosque and a Muslim business.

Hate crime: Police probing politicos’ speech, Daily Mirror
The Police are investigating into politicians’ statements that are seen as inciting racism and create communal disharmony, according to Police Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody.

Sarath rejects Special Rapporteur allegations, The Daily Mirror 
Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara has slammed UNHRC Special Rapporteur Ms. Monica Pinto’s allegations following her visit to Sri Lanka in 2016.


Consultations held with key South African actors as ‘Line Up Live Up’ enters next stage of roll out, UNODC
Following early successes and positive experiences over recent months in piloting the Doha Declaration Global Programme’s ‘Line Up Live Up’ curriculum in Brazil, on-the-ground work recently started in South Africa.

UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by the many lives claimed by raging wildfires in Portugal, UN News Centre
In a statement, the Secretary-General said he spoke with the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and with the Prime Minister, António Costa, expressing his “deep sadness.”

‘No limit’ to cruelty of traffickers, says UN agency, as video surfaces of abused migrants in Libya, UN News Centre
Two United Nations agencies have voiced ‘deep concern’ for the safety of hundreds of migrants and refugees – including many children – held captive by smugglers or criminal gangs at an unknown location in Libya after a video showing their abuse was posted on Facebook.

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