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NCB busts drug racket dependent out of Pakistan and Sri Lanka

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NCB busts drug racket based out of Pakistan and Sri Lanka

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has busted a enormous trans-border drug racket and arrested the two Sri Lankan Tamil operatives determined as MMM Nawas and Mohamed Afnas. The operatives were being nabbed from Chennai, wherever they ended up living by concealing their serious identities. The NCB officials have seized 100 kg contraband valued at Rs 1,000 crore.

The company stated that the syndicate was dependent out of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, nevertheless, the mastermind’s appendage was spread across Afghanistan, Iran, the Maldives and Australia.

According to reports, NCB and it is Sri Lankan counterpart had joined palms in November 2020 to probe a heroin seizure from a Sri Lankan fishing vessel, “Shenaya Duwa”. As a element of the probe, NCB and the Indian Coast Guard intercepted a vessel near the Tuticorin Port and conducted a search. This led to the recovery of 95.87 kg of heroin, 18.32 kg of methamphetamine. 6 Sri Lankan crew users of the vessel have been arrested and five pistols and magazines, which had been recovered from them, have been also seized by the NCB officials. The crew users are explained to be in judicial custody at current, educated NCB.

An NCB formal mentioned that the NCB was knowledgeable of the worldwide hyperlinks of the racket, specifically in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. “Hence, we began to probe each offered thread in the case and quickly located that two key operatives in the racket had been residing in Chennai”. The NCB subsequently rounded up Nawas and Afnas, who had fled Sri Lanka as the authorities were being closing in on them. “There is an Interpol Pink Corner Recognize issued by the Sri Lankan govt in opposition to Nawas,” the officer claimed.

NCB Deputy Director KPS Malhotra informed that Sri Lanka and the Maldives are the two important transit factors of the demise triangle also named the Golden Crescent comprising Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan for processed heroin. He mentioned that the heroin produced in the dying triangle is loaded in fishing vessels and set on the sail from the ports of Iran and Pakistan. It is then loaded into identical vessels from Sri Lanka and the Maldives in a mid-sea transfer.

“There is a major community of overseas entities controlling this rewarding trade. Intelligence created by the NCB and Indian organizations in excess of a time period of time signifies that Pakistani drug traffickers lodged in Sri Lankan prisons for drug offences control this trade and they source and deliver huge quantities of heroin from golden crescent nations (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran) to Sri Lankan and Maldivian entities,” a senior NCB officer mentioned.

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Nasa’s Mars mission: ‘I hope to inspire the next generation’, says scientist

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scientist working on Nasa’s historic rover mission to Mars has said she hopes her work inspires the next generation.

Geobiologist Kelsey Moore, a postdoctoral fellow at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab, is part of the team searching for possible evidence of life in rock samples from the Red Planet.

Ms Moore said it was “incredible” to see first-of-its-kind video captured by the Perseverance rover as it touched down on the red planet on February 18.

The US space agency also on Monday released the first audio recorded on the surface of Mars.

The minute-long footage the rover recorded is the first time such video has been captured.

Ms Moore told the Standard: “It’s incredible to me to see those initial images.

“It’s also incredibly exciting to think about how much more we have ahead of us and what we’re about to do.

“It feels like a really amazing moment to be part of this mission.”

Ms Moore added she could never have dreamt of working on such a project as child or when she was at college.

She said: “It’s been a really exciting ride to get here but I just hope that people, if they are interested in science, maths and engineering, that they pursue those passions and curiosity.

“Working at JPL and Nasa, these kinds of missions are within their grasp. So, follow your dreams.”

After the rover, which blasted off from Earth last July, entered the Martian atmosphere Ms Moore’s colleagues said there were “seven minutes of terror” as it made its way to the surface.

It took more than 11 minutes for news of the safe landing to reach Earth, arriving at just before 9pm on Thursday.

The rover – a scientific laboratory the size of a car – is on a mission to search for signs of ancient life and explore and collect samples for future return to Earth from diverse environments on Mars.

Perseverance will spend the coming years scouring for signs of ancient microbial life in a mission that will bring back samples to Earth and prepare the way for future human visitors.

Scientists know that 3.5 billion years ago the Jezero crater was the site of a large lake, complete with its own delta.

They believe that while the water may be long gone, somewhere within the crater, or maybe along its 2,000ft-tall rim, evidence that life once existed there could be waiting.

Ms Moore said the mission was “trickier than finding a dinosaur bone” to prove life at a time when Mars was “warmer, wetter and had a thicker atmosphere”.

She continued: “The landing site crater is a really cool and exciting place for the rover to explore because it used to hold a lake and has river deltas that lead to oceans.

“We know river systems, lakes and oceans… are really good environments for life to exist.

“So, if life ever did exist on Mars, this would be a really good place for it to have existed.

“Hopefully, the rocks contain some evidence of that.”

Perseverance will gather rock and soil samples using its drill and will store sample cores in tubes on the Martian surface ready for a return mission to bring around 30 samples to Earth in the early 2030s.

It will also trial technologies to help astronauts make future expeditions to Mars.

These include testing a method for producing oxygen from the atmosphere, identifying other resources such as subsurface water, and improving landing techniques.

They also involve characterising weather and other environmental conditions that could affect future astronauts living and working on Mars.

Ms Moore said: “Getting samples back to earth from Mars is kind of a difficult challenge for us. There’s a reason it’s never happened before.”

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