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18 January 2012 AMRITSAR Border Security Force officials showing 17 kilogram heroine valued at around Rs 85 crore in international market and about Rs 10 lakh fake Indian currency notes which were smuggled by a Pak smuggler who was shot dead by BSF patrolling party near Bhairowal border outpost near Indo Pak international border about 50km from Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO PRABHJOT GILL AMRITSAR
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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Chandigarh: Border Security Force (BSF) troopers retrieved 4 kg of heroin worth Rs. 20 crore being smuggled along the India-Pakistan border in Ferozepur sector, BSF spokesman said on Monday.

border PTIHe said the heroin was found near the border outpost (BoP) Rattoke in the Ferozepur sector, over 300 km from here. The seizure was made following a tip-off about heroin being smuggled into India from Pakistan.

“The BSF troopers observed suspicious movement of Pakistani smugglers on the other side of border security fence near the International Border. The smugglers started throwing some packets over the fence,” a BSF spokesman said.

“The troopers opened fire but the smugglers managed to escape,” the spokesman added.

The heroin packets were recovered from the spot following a search later on.

Including the latest haul, the BSF has seized nearly 148.5 kg of heroin this year in the Punjab sector, including 61.7 kg in the Ferozepur sector.

The seizure of heroin in 2014 was 361 kg in the Punjab sector, which was the highest in any year.

With inputs from IANS

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President Ram Nath Kovind Pays His Condolences to Former UN Chief Kofi Annan

Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".

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India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death.
India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death. Flickr

India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.

“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.

“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.

Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.

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Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. Flickr

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

His tenure as the UN chief coincided with the Iraq war and the HIV/Aids pandemic. (IANS)

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