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U.N. Reports Global Cocaine, Opium Production At Heights

The report says most of the world’s cocaine comes from Colombia and is sold in North America

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Cataldo Ambulance medics and other first responders revive a 32-year-old man who was found unresponsive and not breathing after an opioid overdose on a sidewalk in the Boston suburb of Everett, Massachusetts, Aug. 23, 2017. VOA

A U.N. report warns the global production of cocaine and opium has reached record-breaking levels as the markets for those and other illicit drugs expand.

In its World Drug Report 2018, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime finds global opium production jumped by 65 percent to 10,500 tons from 2016 to 2017, and in 2016 more than 1,400 tons of cocaine were manufactured globally, the highest level ever recorded.

The report says most of the world’s cocaine comes from Colombia and is sold in North America. It says Africa and Asia are emerging as trafficking and consumption hubs. It says opium is mainly produced in Afghanistan and shipped through the so-called Balkan route into Turkey and West Europe.

Director of Division for Operations of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime Miwa Kato tells VOA the growing opioid crisis, that is the non-medical use of prescription drugs, is becoming a major threat to public health and law enforcement worldwide.

“It is now accounting for three-quarters of addiction-related deaths around the world. So, it is a growing concern both in contexts like the North America context where the media attention very much is, but also in large parts of Africa and parts of Asia, where we do see similar problems,” Miwa Kato said.

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Field Of poppies, Opium. Pixabay

The report finds 275 million people between the ages of 15 and 64 used illicit drugs at least once last year and nearly one-half-million drug abusers have died. Kato says the data is always very conservative and the true number of users and deaths is likely to be much higher.

The report says cannabis was the most widely consumed drug in 2016. It says it is too early to know the impact of the legalization of the recreational use of cannabis.

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But the report says data from Colorado, one of the first states in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, show a rise in emergency hospital admissions from marijuana intoxication and an increase in traffic accidents and deaths. (VOA)

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Realme Global User Base Reaches 3.5 Crore, 2.1 crore in India Alone

Realme hits 3.5 crore user base worldwide

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Chinese smartphone Company Realme announced that it has 3.5 crore users worldwide on Thursday. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme on Thursday announced it now has 3.5 crore users worldwide, out of which 2.1 crore users are in India alone.

According to the company, it has created more than 7,500 direct jobs in India and will expand it to 10,000 by the end of this year.

At January-end, realme’s global user base reached 2.5 crore, and the company added another 1 crore users worldwide in the next 4 months.

Compared with the performance in Q1 2019, company’s global smartphone shipments increased by 157 per cent year-on-year, ranking the first in the world, according to Counterpoint Research.

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Realme became the top 7th global smartphone brand for the first time in the third quarter of 2019. Wikimedia Commons

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Realme became the top 7th global smartphone brand for the first time in the third quarter of 2019 and continued its previous global ranking of Top 7 in the world in Q1 2020.

Realme said it will soon achieve monthly capacity of 3.5 million handset production at the Greater Noida plant.

The smartphone brand has already entered 27 markets around the world in only two years, including China, Europe, India, Southeast Asia and South Asia, Russia and Africa, and has ranked among the top five in multiple markets. (IANS)

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Instagram Introduces Direct Messages for Web Browser

Instagram rolls out DMs on web browser globally

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Instagram has fixed the glitch. Pixabay

Facebook-owned Instagram has rolled out a new feature where people can send direct messages from their web browser globally. This is a technology news.

The photo-sharing service has been testing web DMs with a small group of users since January this year.

“Sliding into your DMs. Now you can get and send Instagram Direct messages on desktop, no matter where you are in the world,” the company posted on Twitter on Friday.

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Since the test began, Instagram made small updates to more closely mimic DMs on the app, like including the emoji keyboard and adding a gallery view to photos and videos, reports The Verge.

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Instagram has rolled out a new feature where people can send direct messages from their web browser globally. Pixabay

Web DMs are convenient for those who use Instagram all the time, like journalists, social media influencers and managers.

DMs on the web browser can be seen it in the top-right corner of the website. You can also go directly to your inbox from this link.

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DMs can be initiated via other users’ profiles by tapping on the message icon. Desktop notifications can also be activated for Instagram Direct DMs.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently told The New York Times that “private messaging, groups, and Stories” were the “three fastest-growing areas of online communication”. (IANS)

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Find Out How ‘Smart Tech’ Can Help India Manage Global Crisis

'Smart Tech' such as 5G can help India fight global crisis better

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Smart tech can help create an automated end-to-end supply chain for consumers with minimal failure chances. Pixabay

Leveraging the power of “Smart Tech” — 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 — can help India create an efficient crisis management system which can ensure minimal impact due to any man-made or natural crisis, a new report from market research firm techARC said on Wednesday.

These technologies can help create an automated end-to-end supply chain for consumers with minimal failure chances, said the report.

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“No one can afford to pause a country. There are technologies like 5G, IoT and Industry 4.0 available which can be blended to create a crisis management system, ensuring functioning of several services and supply of products in such extraordinary times,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.

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Leveraging the power of “Smart Tech” — 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 — can help India create an efficient crisis management system. Pixabay

Such a roadmap can ensure continuity of essential economic and governance activities without putting the lives of people at risk, said the report titled “Leveraging Smart Tech for Crisis Management: India’s Roadmap”.

“We are proposing a roadmap for India spread over three phases, which can minimise the impact,” he added.

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India must systematically and structurally adopt Smart Tech to achieve the objectives of thriving digital economy, effective crisis management system and minimising the opportunity cost due to delay or slow adoption of such transformational technologies, recommended the report. (IANS)