Friday, 5 August 2016
Although the Narcotics Control Bureau of Nepal Police claims to have averted all attempts of international drug traffickers to smuggle cocaine to destination countries making Nepal a transit point, the risks of being arrested and jailed do not seem to have deterred drug carriers. The first recorded cocaine smuggling via Nepal dates to January 4, 2012 when Thai woman Suparerat Mcintosh was held in possession of one kg of cocaine from the Tribhuvan International Airport. She had carried the drug through seven countries, including Indonesia, Peru‚ Argentina and Qatar, to smuggle it into Malaysia, the final destination, as a drug mule. A total of 24 kg of cocaine has been seized in a period of five years, which indicates that international drug racketeers are using Nepal as a transit point and that the drug lords give enough incentives to induce careers to risk arrest and prosecution.
As many as 24 persons were arrested during the period. They said they acted on an unidentified person’s request to carry the drug consignment for a paltry sum. On June 8, 2014, the NCB nabbed three foreigners, all women, with 2.83 kg of cocaine. The drug mules two Pakistani nationals, identified as Louis Arthur and Ayesha Hussain, and Filipino national Cristina Abaygar Haro were about to smuggle the cocaine into Europe. Similarly, the anti-drug agency arrested Raumond Zungu Oppel, a Namibian national, with two 2 kg of cocaine from the TIA on February 18, 2014. The arrestee was found to have swallowed non-digestible plastic capsules containing 1,904 grams of cocaine.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.