EDMONTON – The health implications of legalized cannabis and ways to combat Canada’s rising opioid problem are on the agenda when health ministers meet this week in the Alberta capital.Provincial and territorial ministers will hold discussions Thursday and will get an update on the marijuana file from federal counterpart Ginette Petipas Taylor on Friday.Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says he wants to know more about the impacts on health and on the health system.“Many studies show that people are affected by the consumption of marijuana up until the age of 25 because there can be long-term effects if the brain is still developing up until that age,” said Goertzen.“We have concerns from a health perspective — what additional costs does that cause to the system and what negative outcomes does it cause to Canadians?”Ottawa has set the minimum legal age for marijuana consumption at 18 when recreational cannabis use becomes legal July 1. The provinces can set the minimum age higher.“We’ve done a great deal in society trying to move people away from smoking. If you suddenly have more people smoking, in this case marijuana, you’re going to have some long-term detriment to people’s health,” said Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter.“There’s the issue about at what point is it safer for use.”The Canadian Medical Association says 25 is the safe age health-wise but says 21 would be a more realistic number to keep youth from getting cannabis through the black market.A number of provinces already have preliminary plans in place. Ottawa and New Brunswick are looking at a minimum age of 19, while Alberta is proposing 18.The federal government is getting push back on what critics say is too ambitious a plan to have legalized cannabis, along with tougher Criminal Code penalties and sanctions, in place by next summer.In July, premiers and territorial leaders did not call for a delay, but said they might ask for an extension if Ottawa does not help them resolve the issues related to distribution, safety, taxation, justice and public education.Ottawa has said it won’t allow the sale of edible cannabis until it has rules in place around health warnings, serving sizes and packaging.The ministers also plan to compare notes on how various jurisdictions are working to combat the increased use of opioids.Last month, the federal government reported that at least 2,816 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016 — a total that’s expected to surpass 3,000 in 2017.The Canadian Institute for Health Information warns the crisis is hitting the health system. It says 16 Canadians a day are being hospitalized for opioid toxicity in 2016-17, up from 13 a day two years prior — a rise of almost 20 per cent.B.C.’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy said four people are dying daily in the province from drug overdoses.“We’re going to be asking (Ottawa) to remove some of the barriers that are in place now to the rapid approval of safe consumption sites,” Darcy said.Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said they will discuss “some of the specific actions that are happening in different jurisdictions that we would like the federal government potentially to support us with.”Hoffman said they will also be looking at outcomes and impacts from recent overall health cost-sharing deals struck between Ottawa and the provinces.B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Ontario’s Eric Hoskins say they will pursue reforms on prescription drugs.“I plan to work with the other jurisdictions towards a national pharmacare program, and I hope that this meeting will be a good first start,” said Dix in a statement.Hoskins said he will be telling the group about steps Ontario has taken. Starting Jan. 1, the Liberal government’s youth pharmacare plan will cover more than 4,400 prescription medications for Ontarians under 25, with no co-pay or deductible, at an annual cost of $465 million.“Obviously one of the concerns is affordability, so I believe that Ontario can demonstrate that it can be done,” Hoskins said.— with files from Allison Jones in Toronto, Jennifer Graham in Regina, Steve Lambert in Winnipeg and Dirk Meissner in Victoria
Content Not Available NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 20, 2018 – 4:22 pm Lil’ Kim Talks “Nasty One,” Kendrick Lamar & More Email Content Not Available Exclusive: Lil’ Kim On “Nasty One” & More exclusive-lil-kim-nasty-one-fashion-kanye-west-more https://www.instagram.com/p/BbDRi4eHCcD/?hl=en&taken-by=lilkimthequeenbee Twitter https://www.instagram.com/p/BmSB1I7Da9t/?hl=en&taken-by=lilkimthequeenbee Exclusive: Lil’ Kim On “Nasty One,” Fashion, Kanye West & More The GRAMMY-winning rap pioneer discusses everything from her new music to her favorite album in her catalog, fashion, motherhood, and moreNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 20, 2018 – 4:23 pm To be in Lil’ Kim’s presence is to be in the presence of rap royalty. From her daring 1996 debut album, Hard Core, to her new single, “Nasty One,” the Brooklyn rapper has spit uncompromising verses and sported unparalleled looks on her way to becoming a true giant – despite her small stature – in the hip-hop genre and culture. And while she is quick to give credit to those before her who paved the way for her to become an artist, her influence on the music and fashion of today is undeniable. Simply put, there is only one Lil’ Kim. You have a beautiful daughter, Royal Reign. She just turned four. When do you think you’ll give her permission to listen to a Lil’ Kim record?You know what’s so funny? When I’m recording now, she has her favorites. She liked “Nasty One” before it even came out… She loves the groove. She’s very smart. She’s very musically inclined, because we always played music around her. It’s funny, because people think when you have a baby, you have to be very, very quiet. No. It’s sometimes the opposite. Sometimes you have to play a little noise so that they can stay asleep. When it’s too quiet, a little pin drop will wake them up. I kind of kept music around her, and so she loves it. It’s funny because if there’s songs with curses in it, she’ll censor herself. She goes [silent pause] and she’ll keep singing, so she knows the difference, and I like that. So that means it won’t be hard to teach her when she gets older, right from wrong.I’m curious, outside of music, what are some things you enjoy? Maybe something that helps you relax or recharge your batteries. Do you have any surprising hobbies?I do like to play tennis. I have a tennis court at my house. Sometimes that helps, because it’s like, if you’re angry about something… Sometimes, it’s just chilling in the back of the house with the baby, letting her ride the bike. Or sometimes it’s just going out for ice cream. I like to drive around in the neighborhood. Driving in the car is really relaxing to me, so when I get to go on long trips, that’s … I get to kick back and relax…. What else is one of my hobbies? Shopping. Shopping, shopping, shopping [laughs]. It relaxes [me], but when it starts to get five hours later, I get really hungry and I still don’t stop. I’m still like “Let’s go to the next store,” and everyone is like, “Kim, are you sure? We haven’t eaten yet.” I’m like, “no. We’ve got to go. Let’s push through. Gotta push through. We’ve got to get those Louboutins by seven.” [laughs]Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook I’ve been doing a lot more changes [in my new videos] because I wanted to bring that young Hollywood with the old Hollywood mix. I like happy mediums when it comes to anything. My music, my fashion … That’s just me. I like to be right in the middle. Not too over the top, but not too under dressed. I think, these days, I’ve just been looking for that chic look but still fly… A little bit of this, a little bit of that.Hip-hop and R&B is #1 right now with consumers, according to all the streaming data. How does it feel to see the genre you helped pioneer come out on top in 2018?Yeah. That’s amazing. I think that the growth and the accomplishment in R&B and Hip Hop is just a great thing. There were times, even before I came into music, probably before I was born, when rap music was an underground thing. It would never make it mainstream, is what people thought. People like the Sugarhill Gang… I always did my homework. Even though I was young, a baby probably when they came out or whatever, as I got older, I did my homework, and I wanted to know all the female rappers that probably didn’t know about… It’s like they had to kind of break down doors for us.You broke down the doors for a lot of other people, too. And not just in music. In pop culture, fashion. So how does it feel to see your influence playing out around you? Any specific instances catch your eye?When Beyoncé dresses up like Lil’ Kim on Halloween and calls it National Lil’ Kim Day, I was living… I was like, “that is so awesome.” And just to look at how Beyoncé’s pictures next to mine, were exactly alike. She did not miss a beat. I’m talking about down to my mole, down to the necklace I wore, down to the color eyeshadow that I wore, down to the Chanel sign being spray painted in my blue wig. I was living. I love her for that. Thank you, Beyoncé. That was just a moment. I will never forget that. That was just so dope. The GRAMMY-winning artist stopped by our headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to give us the lowdown on “Nasty One,” tease her upcoming fifth full-length album, dish on her fashion influences, discuss the joys of motherhood, relive her GRAMMY Moment, and much more.You’ve got new music, with a new sound. “Nasty One.” has your edge but with a dancehall vibe. How did this song come together?”Nasty One” is my first official single off of my upcoming album, and I am so excited because I get to do something different but still me. So [on] “Nasty One,” I wanted to bring the Caribbean flavor because I’m from Brooklyn, so we have all kind of culture there, Caribbean, Latin, that’s a big part of what Brooklyn is made up of, so I wanted to kind of give my tribute to Brooklyn and just doing something that I haven’t done in a while. I mean, I have “Lighters Up” from Naked Truth, but that was the last kind of Caribbean feel song that I’ve done, so “Nasty One” was like a happy medium because I had to give that sex kitten Lil’ Kim.Your album is due out in November – what else do you have up your sleeve on this album, and can you tease any collaborations or anyone you’d love to work with this time around?Well, I want to, but I don’t want to give away all of them because I don’t want to jinx it… But one of my sisters, which is Remy Ma, we know she’s on there, but I would love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar. I love him, and I recently grew a newfound love for Kendrick Lamar because after seeing him act. I think that’s his debut acting role, on “Power.” I’m even more in love with him because he showed me that this is what a star is made of. The music is his platform but he’s so dimensional as far as talent.Your fans can be very opinionated about you exploring new sounds. Do you find it difficult balancing your artistic freedom with pleasing your fan base?I love the fact that my fans are so passionate. I thank God all of the time that I have the fan base that I have because they give me a cult following. They go with me to the end through thick and thin… And they’re always motivating me and pushing me. But then they get on my nerves because if I take too long with a song, or if I go in a direction where they don’t want me to go but I feel and I know it’s the best thing for my life and my career, I have to do it regardless of what they say, and it’s a constant struggle between myself and my fans. Now, I will say, sometimes I do follow some of their advice and I give them exactly what they want. But guys, you have to come to a happy medium with me. Just realize I do know what I’m doing. It may take long sometimes, but you guys, trust me. I’m a hustler first, so we’ve got to get this money [laughs].For some artists, albums are like their children. Which album in your catalog would you consider your favorite child?Every time I make an album, they are always like my babies. It’s like I birth them, seriously… My first love, it would probably be Hard Core. But… I do have to say favorite, or the one that maybe is closer to my heart, is La Bella Mafia, and I would say that because after Biggie passed, La Bella Mafia was the first album I got to do where I got to be super creative on my own, because after Biggie passed, the first album I had to do on my own without him around was Notorious K.I.M. and I love that album, but it was like I had so many people telling me which way to go, and then Puffy, the executive producer, which I love working with Puffy, but he’s my big brother. I had to do my big brother’s thing and I didn’t really get to be in control. So I felt [like] Janet Jackson on the La Bella Mafia.You had control.Yeah, I had more control, and it was fun because I got to do all of the stuff I wanted to do and I got to experiment… That’s when I kind of started singing more. I mean, I did sing on Notorious K.I.M., but I kind of started getting melody and stuff like that in there, and that’s one of my biggest albums. One of my biggest records that stayed at number one without a video came from La Bella Mafia and that’s “Magic Stick” with 50 Cent. That song was on the charts, I think it was No. 1 for 13 weeks without a video. It’s crazy.That’s unheard of! Any other moments stick out from those early years of your career.”Came Back For You” is one of my first Hard Core records that got nominated for a GRAMMY, and Kanye [West] always says … You know he did that [record], and Kanye was just a little kid with braces, and he was like, “Kim, I love you. I want to be a part of your label.” I’m like, me? It was funny because he kind of wanted to roll with me. I was like, “that’s a blessing,” but I didn’t know a thing about forming an artist or helping artists or stuff like that. I was like, “I love you any which way I can help you.” He was like, “okay, I got some songs for you.” He played “Came Back For You” and I was like, “this is the one.” And that song got nominated for a GRAMMY, so when I see Kanye, Kanye goes, “Kim, you know that’s the first song I’ve ever gotten nominated for a GRAMMY for. I was like, “see? I’m your good luck charm.”… I love him. He’s like my family.No doubt about it, you’re a fashion icon, and a chameleon who’s able to switch it up. What is inspiring your looks these days?You know, it’s funny. My mom, when she was younger, she looked just like Diana Ross… and she loved Diana Ross, so that made sense. And I used to always watch Lady Sings the Blues, my mom said, when I was young, I was like, “mommy, play it again. Play it again!” And she said I would just do all the moves and I would go in her closet and I would make the clothes try to resemble what was in that movie. So I always took that style with me, and so these days, I kind of feel like Diana Ross is inside. News
Review • 2018 BMW 530e plug-in hybrid: The most practical 5er 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance is a premium plug-in hybrid More From Roadshow BMW Hybrids Luxury cars Auto Tech Sedans More about 2018 BMW 5 series Enlarge ImageThe wireless charger operates only slightly slower than the BMW i Wallbox, adding only 30 minutes or so to top off the 530e’s small battery. BMW In late 2017, BMW announced its first wireless-charging pilot program, which started in Germany. Using 2018 530e plug-in hybrid models, it marked BMW’s first foray into helping owners ditch plugs in favor of magnetic induction. We knew it would come to the US, we just didn’t know when. Apparently, that time is now.BMW announced this week that it will launch a 5 Series wireless charging pilot in the US. The pilot will be available only in California, and it will be limited to just 200 residential homeowners who have an enclosed garage space. In order to determine whether you’re eligible, BMW has an online questionnaire to fill out. Qmerit will handle the installation of the wireless charging pad and, thankfully, BMW will pick up the tabs for installation, maintenance and subsequent removal at lease termination. Don’t expect a free car, though. You’ll have to shell out for a 36-month lease on a 2019-model-year BMW 530e. The cars are available in white, black or blue, and they come loaded with a good amount of equipment, including leather upholstery and the necessary wireless charging hardware. It also packs the M Sport package, which adds 19-inch BMW M wheels, keyless entry, black exterior trim, a power tailgate, heated front seats and LED fog lights. The 530e is also loaded with all manner of active and passive safety equipment.Enlarge ImageNot the best parker in the world? Fear not, the infotainment system is here to help, with guidelines that tell you precisely where to park over the charging pad. BMW Initiating charging is nice and easy. Parking over the wireless charging pad will start the process without any further steps required on the driver’s part. The pad generates a magnetic field, which the car converts to electricity to charge its battery. The system charges at 3.2 kilowatts with an efficiency of about 85%, which is enough to fill up the 530e’s battery in about 3.5 hours.You don’t have to eyeball the parking job, either, even though the car can deviate from the optimum charging position by up to 2.75 inches longitudinally and up to 5.5 inches laterally. The charging hardware and vehicle connect over Wi-Fi, and a display appears on the infotainment screen with guide lines telling the driver how to park over the pad. It can be installed indoors or outdoors, and driving over the pad won’t hurt it. If anything is detected within the pad’s magnetic field that isn’t a car, it will switch itself off. BMW Tags Share your voice 0 Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 42 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T first drive: Brilliant, but bittersweet
Arjun Kapoor, Malailka Arora, Salman Khan, Boney KapoorInstagramThe reports of Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora’s impending wedding have been spreading like wildfire in the industry. It was reported a couple of weeks ago that the lovebirds are all set to married in April according to Christian rituals and on March 27 morning, the wedding date was out which is April 19. However, Arjun’s father Boney Kapoor has rubbished the reports of his son getting married to Malaika.”There’s no truth to these rumours,” Boney Kapoor told Amar Ujala when he enquired about Arjun-Malaika’s wedding reports.Earlier, it was reported that Boney Kapoor was not ready to accept Arjun and Malaika’s relationship considering his close connection with Salman Khan and family. Boney Kapoor had reportedly advised Arjun to stay away from Malaika as it was affecting his friendship with Salman. Apparently, Salman had even thought of banning Boney Kapoor from visiting his home because of Arjun’s growing closeness with Arbaaz Khan’s ex-wife Malaika.While Arjun Kapoor’s uncle Anil Kapoor had already accepted Malaika into the Kapoor family, Boney Kapoor was in dilemma about how to tackle the awkward situation. Arjun had left it to his uncle Anil Kapoor to bring around his father Boney Kapoor to have a word about his relationship with Malaika and make it official this year.As the time is passing by, Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora seems to have developed some sort of a comfort whenever they are stepping out together in the city. The lovebirds are often spotted spending some quality time with each other during their romantic outings and moved way beyond what people might say about their unconventional relationship.
CIID seizes 19 illegally imported firearms at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday. Photo: Collected Officials of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport seized 19 illegally imported firearms from the Air Cargo unit of the airport on Tuesday.Earlier on Sunday, the CIID team seized two contraband Walther PP pistols from the same area of the airport.Tipped off, the CIID officials carried out a search operation inside the Strongroom-1 of the Air Cargo unit on Sunday last and identified the two illegally imported firearms (two Walther PP pistols) in an imported arms consignment containing total 58 firearms.The CIID team again examined the remaining 56 firearms on Tuesday and identified 19 of them as illegally imported, said director general of CIID Moinul Khan.The seized 21 firearms were brought illegally from Italy along with 37 other firearms.Members of different intelligence agencies and firearms experts were present while examining the imported firearms, Moinul Khan said.Among the total seized firearms, 16 are Walther PP pistols while five are HK-4 brand pistols.
Share NASAHurricane Isabel taken from the International Space StationU.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the next six months.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s season outlook calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and one to four “major” ones with winds reaching 111 mph and up.The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1.The National Hurricane Center says an area of low pressure between Bermuda and the Bahamas has a high chance of brewing into something bigger Friday or Saturday. NOAA officials warned communities in Georgia and the Carolinas to monitor that disturbance.
Protostars as single objects or existing in binary systems are important for astronomers to study the mechanisms of star formation. In some protostellar binaries a peculiar “bridge” of material is clearly visible, which connects the recently formed components. This remnant material could be the key to better understand how stars form and evolve.IRAS 16293−2422 (or IRAS 16293 for short) exhibits such a bridge connection between the two companions. It is a young, Class 0 protostellar system located some 400 light years away in the Ophiuchus cloud complex, consisting of two protostars, designated IRAS 16293A and IRAS 16293B, separated by about 636 AU from each other.Besides an arc of dust and gas connecting the sources, previous observations of IRAS 16293 have also found outflows from the object “A.” These features make it a very complex system, where the observed gas line emission can only be explained by a combination of multiple physical components.In order to gather more information about on this subject, which could provide essential hints into the nature and evolutionary status of IRAS 16293, a group of astronomers led by Matthijs H.D. van der Wiel of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), has employed ALMA to observe this binary.The observations were conducted between June 2014 and May 2015, as part of the ALMA-PILS spectral imaging survey. From the data provided by the survey, the researchers chose molecular gas line transitions of CO, H2CO, HCN, CS, SiO, and C2H and used them to kinematics, density, and temperature in IRAS 16293.Analyzing the results, the astronomers found that the kinematically quiescent bridge of dust and gas spanning between IRAS 16293A and IRAS 16293B has a density within the range between 40,000 and 30 million cm-3, and is stable against radial collapse. The data suggest that this bridge is a remnant substructure of a filamentary circumbinary envelope that has undergone turbulent fragmentation to form both protostellar sources.Moreover, the observations uncovered the presence of a separate, straight filament seemingly connected to IRAS 16293B and seen only in C2H, with a flat kinematic signature. This structure stretches straight across source “B” at position angle of about 15 degrees. The researchers noted that the properties of this filament indicate that its origin in outflow activity of IRAS 16293B can be ruled out. Taking into account the results from ALMA observations and also from previous studies, the authors of the paper found that IRAS 16293B may be in an earlier evolutionary stage than the source “A.” In general, they concluded that IRAS 16293 may represent a particular stage in the evolution of binaries, a phase which many other protostars may go through at one point in their evolution. An international team of astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to investigate gas dynamics in a nearby young protostellar binary known as IRAS 16293−2422. Results of the observations, presented in a paper published March 29, provide more insights into the evolutionary status of this system. Illustration of physical components surrounding and bridging protostars A and B in the IRAS 16293 system, and outflows emanating from IRAS 16293A. Credit: Van der Wiel et al., 2019. Citation: Gas dynamics in a nearby protostellar binary system studied with ALMA (2019, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-gas-dynamics-nearby-protostellar-binary.html ALMA finds ingredient of life around infant Sun-like stars More information: M. H. D. van der Wiel et al. The ALMA-PILS survey: Gas dynamics in IRAS 16293−2422 and the connection between its two. Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA). protostarsarxiv.org/abs/1903.12606 Explore further © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Indian paddlers enjoyed an all-win day on Tuesday at the Asian Games as country’s top doubles duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj reached the men’s doubles third round here on Tuesday. Amalraj and Kamal unexpectedly lost the first game before taming the Nepal’s Purshottam Bajracharya and Amar Lal Malla 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10.The Indian pair, who got a bye in the opening round, took 22 minutes to defeat players from the Himalayan nation. Also booking a third round berth in the men’s doubles was the pair of Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh as they took just 15 minutes to disptach Yemen’s Omar Ahmed Ali and Mohammed Fahd Gubran 12-10, 11-5, 11-6.In the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals, the combine of Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar rallied to beat Japan’s Seiya Kishikawa and Ai Fukuhara 5-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-4 in 26 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.
The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, brings to India Folk Nations Co?ncerts. This troupe is an outcome of Folk Nations, a programme by British Council that highlights folk culture across the UK and India through music. The three-city India tour, starting off with Delhi and ending with Shillong, will witness performances by renowned musicians Patsy Reid (Scotland), Hannah James (England), Georgia Ruth (Wales), Saurav Moni (India), Suhail Yusuf Khan (India) and James Mackintosh (Scotland). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Folk Nations is a British Council project that was devised to foster creative exchange and collaboration between traditional artists from the UK and the Indian Sub-continent. Following a week-long residency in February 2013 by British Council & English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) inviting a group of UK and Indian folk musicians, the musicians shared their folk music traditions and heritage, collaborated and immersed themselves in a week of intense music making. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe six member group travelled to perform at Celtic Connections and London’s Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre. The troupe represents a delicate weaving of UK and Indian folk that speaks immediately to the cultural heritage of these regions as well as its place in the contemporary music industry. Indian audiences will witness this showcase of original folk music collaborations among musicians from Scotland, England, Wales and India in Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong. For these concerts the British Council is pleased to partner with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Government of Meghalaya, Department of Arts and Culture.WHEN: 15 October, 6.30 pm WHERE: Kamani Auditorium
Darjeeling: Two persons, including a citizen of Nepal were arrested from the Indo-Nepal border and Charas recovered in a joint operation by Sashastra Seema Bal, 41st Bn and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).In another incident, a similar joint operation by the SSB, 17th Bn and the NCB in Falakata two persons were arrested and Ganja seized from their possession.Based on a tip off, two persons were apprehended from Dudhghat area under the Khoribari police station area on Thursday night. Ganesh Tamang, a Nepali citizen and Luka Sherpa, a resident of Kalimpong were arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life3.2 kg of Charas was seized from them along with four debit cards, three mobile phones and Indian, Nepali and Bhutanese currency were recovered from their possession.During the interrogation, it was revealed that the Charas was being smuggled from Nepal to Kolkata through Siliguri. Police have initiated an investigation.In another incident, NCB and SSB apprehended a Bolero pickup van at Falakata in the Alipurduar district on Friday morning. 322 kg of Ganja was recovered from the vehicle leading to the arrest of one Naren Dutta and Namal Saikia, both from Assam.The consignment was being brought from Senapati district of Manipur and was to be delivered in Siliguri.