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World India: Adani Ports to shun cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran

13:21  12 october  2021
13:21  12 october  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

India's biggest port operator to shun cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran

  India's biggest port operator to shun cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran India's largest port operator has said it will not handle cargo from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan from next month following the seizure of almost three tonnes of heroin. Adani Ports, part of the Adani Group conglomerate, said Monday that its "trade advisory" will apply to all the terminals it operates including third-party terminals from November 15. It did not give a reason but the decision follows the seizure of almost three tonnes (6,600 pounds) of heroin from two containers at the Mundra port off India's western coast in Gujarat state last month.The consignment, which authorities said originated from Afghanistan, was worth an estimated $2.

India’s largest port operator has said it will not handle cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran from next month following the seizure of almost three tonnes of heroin.

A general view of a container terminal at Mundra, one of the ports operated by India's Adani Ports [File: Amit Dave/Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera A general view of a container terminal at Mundra, one of the ports operated by India's Adani Ports [File: Amit Dave/Reuters]

Adani Ports, part of the Adani Group conglomerate, said on Monday that its “trade advisory” will apply to all the terminals it operates including third-party terminals from November 15.

It did not give a reason but the decision follows the seizure of almost three tonnes (6,600 pounds) of heroin from two containers at the Mundra port off India’s western coast in Gujarat state last month.

Fleeing Afghan musicians stuck in limbo in Pakistan

  Fleeing Afghan musicians stuck in limbo in Pakistan Musicians who fled Afghanistan fearing the Taliban rule struggle to make a living as refugees in Pakistan.On the morning of August 15, hours before taking control of the Afghan capital Kabul, Taliban fighters streamed into Khan’s native Jalalabad, about 120km east of Kabul, taking control of the city with hardly a shot fired.

The consignment, which authorities said originated from Afghanistan, was worth an estimated $2.65bn, one of the biggest such hauls ever in the country.

Indian authorities had also seized heroin worth over $20m and arrested six Iranian men in a deep-sea drug bust off the Gujarat coast in September.

In response to the seizures, Adani Ports had said it did not have the authority to examine the millions of tonnes of cargo that pass through its terminals.

Mundra port, a major economic and logistics gateway in India, handled 130 million tonnes of cargo last year and also has the country’s largest coal import terminal.

Most of the world’s opium and heroin comes from Afghanistan, despite major efforts by the United States to combat the drugs trade.

Russia, Iran, Pakistan and China are major smuggling routes and huge markets for Afghan drugs.

Afghan pomegranate pickers jobless as fruits rot at shuttered border .
Afghanistan's festive pomegranate season has begun, but this year thousands of tonnes of the juicy red fruit risk rotting on trucks blocked at Pakistan's frequently shuttered border -- leaving thousands of farm workers unemployed. With its tart and crunchy, ruby-red seeds locked inside a leathery red rind, the pomegranate is renowned for its health benefits, and is one of the most important crops in the country's south. But the fruit is ripeningWith its tart and crunchy, ruby-red seeds locked inside a leathery red rind, the pomegranate is renowned for its health benefits, and is one of the most important crops in the country's south.

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