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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a premier agency of the United Nations coming in to existence in the year 1997 as the combination of two United Nations agencies United Nations International Drugs Control Programme as well as Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division at the Office of United Nations in Vienna. The UNODC is injected with the liability to coordinate, cooperate and carry out the drugs control activities of the United Nations. The drugs and its use as well as abuse has been sky rocketing in the world today thus bringing it on the attention United Nations has started this initiative by the UNODC to bring the Negative effects of Drugs under control. Use of drugs is one of the prime causes for the wide spread of some incurable diseases like AIDS thus keeping mans life on the edge of frustration and desperation. In this way UNODC is meant to assist in the comprehensive work of the UN to carry out operations against illegal trafficking, corruption, excessive utilization of drugs, crime as well as delinquents, terrorism and various other inhuman acts. The agency is funded by many voluntary organizations and private bodies. Antonio Mario Costa is the secretary general of UNODC.
Moscow, April 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) High opiate prices may lead to a surge in poppy cultivation in Afghanistan this year, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said Monday.
Mumbai, April 13 (ANI): Police arrested at least 30 persons including 14 young girls suspected to be involved in prostitution during a bar raid in Mumbai on.
Islamabad, Feb. 7 (ANI): The cost of corruption in Afghanistan has risen sharply and half of all citizens paid a bribe to public officials last year, according to a new United Nations study.
Lampung (Indonesia), Dec 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The UN Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) piracy programme has led to a significant cut in pirate attacks and seizures of ships, according to its executive director Yury Fedotov.
London, Nov 21 (ANI): A report by the United Nations has said that opium production in Afghanistan has fallen by a third.
Islamabad, Nov. 14 (ANI): Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that around 70 per cent of the Taliban's income comes from managing and taxing the illicit drug business, and this nexus between opium producers, mafia and Taliban has had a detrimental impact on the security of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Mumbai, Oct. 28 (ANI): The Social Service Branch of the Mumbai Police raided a bar in the city and detained 13 customers, four stewards and one manager.
Mumbai, Oct 27 (ANI): About 200 girls and boys, who were detained by the Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police, during a bar raid escaped from the custody on Friday.
Mumbai/Pune, Oct.18 (ANI): The Social Service Branch of Mumbai Police raided a bar in the city on Wednesday night and detained over 18 people, along with the bar manager and customers.
Moscow, Sep 27 (IANS) Exercises in countering nuclear terrorism started here in the Russian capital Thursday that involved 58 countries as well as international observers, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said.
Mumbai, June 26 (ANI): Mumbai Police on Tuesday rescued seven girls after raiding a massage palour that was allegedly involved in the flesh trade.
Abu Dhabi, June 18 (IANS/WAM) A conference on organised crime and its effects commenced here Monday.
Mumbai, June 5 (ANI): Mumbai Police raided a bar serving illegal liquor and detained 11 girls, alleged to be a part of immoral trafficking, and two bar employees.
los Angeles, May 19 (IANS) British comedian Russell Brand says he still loves Katy Perry and thinks she is beautiful.
London, May 18 (ANI): Sacha Baron Cohen has revealed that he had to run for his life when he was chased by a furious rock-wielding gang as they tried to stone him.
London, May 18 (ANI): 'X Factor' bosses dramatically called off talks with Dannii Minogue after she turned down Simon Cowell's final offer to be a judge on the show.
Jerusalem, May 18 (Xinhua-ANI): Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Iran is good at playing "chess game" in negotiations about its nuclear program, local media reported, quoting an official statement.
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Jenny McCarthy is set to pose nude for Playboy magazine again after nearly 20 years.
London, May 18(ANI): Chelsea's first ever foreign manager Ruud Gullit has claimed owner Roman Abramovich might be hoping secretly that his side loses the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 19.
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Miranda Kerr, who is famed for her amazing figure, has revealed that she exercises every day to keep in shape.
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Madonna has revealed that her 11-year-old son Rocco is teaching her to breakdance and has introduced her to dubstep music, which she is now a fan of.
Washington, May 18 (ANI): The makers of the AK-47 assault rifles are said to be in talks with the family of the gun's namesake, Mikhail Kalashnikov, to obtain the rights to the Kalashnikov brand.
London, May 18(ANI): London Olympics chief Lord Coe has denied putting any pressure on Team Great Britain football coach Stuart Pearce to select former Manchester United star David Beckham.
Los Angeles, May 18 (IANS) Actress Cameron Diaz says she loves getting older and can't wait to hit 40.
Los Angeles, May 18 (IANS) After playing suphero character in "The Avengers", actress Scarlett Johansson is likely to star in her own Black Widow movie.
Moscow, May 18 (IANS) A court in the US has told an American woman, who sent her adopted son back to Russia, to pay $150,000 in damages, child support, and legal fees, a media report said.
London, May 18(ANI): Fast bowler Chris Old, who was a part of England's legendary 1981 Ashes team, is earning six pounds an hour in the magazine section of Sainsbury's in Truro, Cornwall after hitting tough times.
Sao Paulo, May 18 (IANS/EFE) Spain's foreign minister lobbied here Thursday for strengthening "economic diplomacy" to tighten economic and trade links between his country and Brazil.
London, May 18 (IANS) Singer Jennifer Lopez will reportedly step down from the judging panel of the singing reality show "American Idol" after the current season.
Moscow, May 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Electoral ratings of Russian President Vladimir Putin have grown to 55 percent returning to 2010 levels, according to a pollster Thursday.
Los Angeles, May 18 (IANS) Actress Angelina Jolie still has a soft corner for ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton. The 36-year-old says Thornton, whom she divorced almost 10 years ago, has a big beautiful heart.
Los Angeles, May 18 (IANS) Rapper 50 Cent has reportedly been hosptialised with a stomach virus.
Moscow, May 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) As many as 11 people, including four Taliban fighters, were killed and over a dozen others injured after militants attacked a provincial governor's compound in Afghanistan Thursday, media reports said citing Afghan officials.
London, May 17 (ANI): Cover Drive singer Amanda Reifer has challenged pal Rihanna to a "Booty Olympics".
London, May 17 (IANS) No effort was spared by the US military before its Navy Seals raided Al-Qaeda's former chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last May, shows a detailed scale model of his Abbottabad city-located compound.
London, May 17 (ANI): Jennifer Lopez has admitted that she enjoys reading gossip showbiz stories like any normal girl would.
London, May 17(ANI): World number four tennis player Andy Murray has admitted he swears too much on court, but believes since he speaks in English, therefore, he gets penalized more.
Beijing, May 17 (ANI): Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has said Beijing has agreed to issue him a passport within 15 days, which will allow him to go to the United States.
Bangkok, May 17 (Xinhua-ANI): Bangkok Metropolitan Police said Thursday that 1,200 police will be deployed during the Red-shirts gathering on Saturday.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): American rapper 50 Cent has been admitted to hospital for surgery.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, was "depressed and despondent" before she committed suicide, a friend of the former architect has revealed.
Mumbai, May 17 (IANS) Two- and three-wheeler major Bajaj Auto Thursday reported a decline of 44.87 percent in its net profit for the fourth quarter of last fiscal which stood at Rs.772 crore from Rs.1,400.39 crore in the like period of 2010-11.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): A new man has accused John Travolta of sexual misconduct.
Los Angeles, May 17 (IANS) Actor Tom Cruise, known for his stunts, says he has been doing his own stunts since he was 12 years old.
Rome, May 17 (IANS) American Serena Williams reached the third round of the Rome Open tennis after being pushed to dig deep to beat Russia's Nadia Petrova.
Rio de Janeiro, May 17 (IANS) Italian Serie A champions Juventus have reportedly made a four million euro offer to sign Brazilian midfielder Elkeson.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): Jennifer Lopez is reportedly leaving 'American Idol' as a judge due to her extremely busy schedule.
London, May 17 (ANI): A schoolgirl cancer victim has revealed that watching a Cameron Diaz film saved her life after she noticed the symptoms in the movie.
New York, May 17 (IANS/EFE) Jennifer Lopez dethroned Lady Gaga as the world's most powerful celebrity, according to a list published Wednesday by Forbes magazine in which the queen of US television Oprah Winfrey came in in second place.
London, May 17 (IANS) If you happen to be one of those who believes buying an annoyed wife a nice set of innerwears is one of the surest ways to lift her mood, what if you could gift her a set of diamond-studded undies.
Los Angeles, May 17 (IANS/EFE) Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia has lined up the financing for his film project on legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, who will be played by Anthony Hopkins, the Deadline blog reported Wednesday.
Los Angeles, May 17 (IANS) Whitney Houston will be honoured posthumously at the Billboard Music Awards to be held May 20.
Moscow, May 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A court martial in Russia's Leningrad region convicted a unit commander for shooting dead six army guard dogs while he was drunk.
Rome, May 17 (IANS) Fashion designer Giorgio Armani has unveiled his collection for the Italian Olympic squad.
Los Angeles, May 17 (IANS) Singer Jennifer Lopez says she finds tabloids extremely entertaining, but sometimes gets upset by what she reads.
Washington, May 16 (ANI): Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise are reportedly in talks to star in director Jay Roach's political comedy 'El Presidente'.
Washington, May 16 (ANI): Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has ripped President Barack Obama's view on same-sex marriage, calling it offensive to his religion.
London, May 16 (IANS) Irish people fantasise about sex more than the folks living in any other European country, according to a study which also says that it is the Irish men who think more about sex than their women.
Washington, May 16 (ANI): Jennifer Lopez' dancer boyfriend Casper Smart has revealed that he wants to have children "in the future."
London, May 16 (ANI): UK's Open Rights Group (ORG) has claimed that pornography filters on mobile phones were censoring normal web content.
London, May 16 (ANI): Modest alcohol consumption has been found to be associated with less inflammation in patients with NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), the most common type of liver disease in the developed world.
Chennai, May 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Wednesday sought the cooperation of all political parties to develop the state.
Islamabad, May 16 (ANI): Jamaat-ud- Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has sent a legal notice to two Pakistani journalists for publishing the news about his alleged meeting with American Ambassador Cameron Munter.
Washington, May 16 (ANI): Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend Casper Smart has to watch what he wears, as he can no longer wear sweat pants when he is out with her.
London, May 16 (IANS) Actor Daniel Radcliffe says he has better things to do with his time than to watch himself in "Harry Potter" films.
Washington, May 16 (ANI): Prince William and Prince Harry have revealed that they do not "mess" with their grandmother Queen Elizabeth, just like any other grandchildren.
Los Angeles, May 16 (IANS) Actress Elizabeth Banks says she is so thin that she would not like to talk about her weight.
Los Angeles, May 16 (IANS) Rapper Jay-Z, who is married to Beyonce Knowles, has no plans to head back to the recording studio any time soon as he wants to spend time with his four-month-old daughter Blue Ivy.
Los Angeles, May 16 (IANS) Socialite Kim Kardashian admits now she is not very comfortable about her televised wedding to Kris Humphries, who she dumped just 72 days later.
Washington, May 16 (ANI): Nadya Suleman attempted to file for Chapter seven - the most serious form of bankruptcy on April 30, but her papers have been rejected.
Mumbai, May 16 (IANS) Actress Lara Dutta, who has unveiled her pre-natal yoga DVD, revealed that her husband Mahesh Bhupathi was scared about her shooting the video.
London, May 16 (IANS) Pregnant actress Sienna Miller's hair once accidentally turned green when she tried to dye her locks brown using henna.
Tokyo, May 16 (IANS) Singer Lady Gaga surprised fans in Japan by debuting a new custom-made dress made from raw meat.
London, May 15 (ANI): The BBC has been criticised for airing an archive footage performance of Gary Glitter on British music chart show 'Top of the Pops', that will earn the disgraced star hefty royalties.
Melbourne, May 15 (ANI): Kim Kardashian's current biography on IMDb reads like an attack on the culture of modern celebrities.
Beijing, May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): The outlook for China's foreign trade remained grim but the full-year target of a 10-percent rise is still achievable, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Tuesday.
Damascus (Syria), May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): Syria's recent parliamentary elections were conducted in a "free" climate and the voters' turnout is estimated at 51.26 percent, chairman of Syrian higher committee of elections said Tuesday.
Jakarta, May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): The Indonesian finance minister plans to auction Islamic bond on May 22, as an effort to develop the market for the Islamic instrument, a statement from the ministry said here on Tuesday.
Washington, May 15 (ANI): Half of Americans think that the world's most popular social networking site Facebook is a passing fad, according to a poll.
Moscow, May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted to President Vladimir Putin the lineup of a new government on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service said.
Islamabad, May 15 (ANI): Pointing at Pakistan's stance on the reopening of NATO supply routes and its strenuous relations with the U.S., an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said "it is about time Pakistan recognises the need to abandon its double game and makes peace with its neighbours and thereby with itself".
London, May 15(ANI): Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has said Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich should stop interfering in a manager's work, and insisted he would never explain his tactics to the club's owners like former Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas used to do.
Los Angeles, May 15 (IANS) Actress Zoe Saldana says she used to prefer darker colours over girly shades.
London, May 15 (ANI): Una Healy has rejoined her group The Saturdays and danced around with them on live television just two months after giving birth to her daughter.
Beijing, May 15 (IANS) The outlook for China's foreign trade remained grim but the full-year target of a 10-percent rise is still achievable, authorities said Tuesday.
Aden (Yemen), May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): Two Yemeni policemen were injured early Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near an office of the military intelligence apparatus in the country's southern port city of Aden, a security official said.
Tehran, May 15 (ANI): A Germany-based Iranian singer is facing death threats and fatwas for releasing a 'blasphemous' rap song.
Damascus, May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): Syria's recent parliamentary elections were conducted in a "free" climate and the voters' turnout is estimated at 51.26 percent.
Wellington (New Zealand), May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): New Zealand immigration authorities Tuesday said they are committed to an international biometric checking system that had proved successful in checking cross-border crime after its first year of operation.
London, May 15 (ANI): Online dating was apparently supposed to be the way most people would find love in the future but now one of the largest dating websites in the world is set to go offline.
Beijing, May 15 (Xinhua-ANI): China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) urged Tuesday the U.S. government to live up to its promises on loosening restrictions over hi-tech exports to China.
Rome, May 15(ANI): Six-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has said his drop in the ATP players rankings following a third-round exit in the Madrid Open at the hands of fellow Spanish player Fernando Verdasco, doesn't bother him.
Beijing, May 15 (IANS) The outlook for China's foreign trade remained grim but the full-year target of 10 percent rise will still be possible to achieve, authorities said Tuesday.
New York, May 15 (IANS) Moody's Investors Service cut the long-time credit ratings of 26 Italian banks Monday, underlining the banking woes in both the country and the euro zone.
Washington, May 15 (ANI): Jessica Simpson, who welcomed her first child, daughter Maxwell Drew, with fiance Eric Johnson on 1st May, has launched her own line of maternity wear.
London, May 15 (IANS) French footwear designer Christian Louboutin, famous for making shoes with red-lacquered soles, is now expanding his brand into a beauty line.
Los Angeles, May 15 (IANS) Actress Eva Longoria says she is more excited to further her experience as a producer and wants to step behind the camera.
Los Angeles, May 15 (IANS) Actor Johnny Depp, famous for his dark and quirky portrayal in the "Pirates of Caribbean" series, says as a child he used to love watching horror movies.
Washington, May 14 (ANI): Dita Von Teese has admitted that even though she uses fake smoking devices when she is doing her stage show, she totally detests smoking cigarette.
Mumbai, May 14 (ANI): Emraan Hashmi, who has received great reviews for his performance in Jannat 2, is apparently quite upset about being tagged as an underdog in Bollywood.