News Excerpt
The 4th Session of the BRICS Anti-Drug Working Group comprising Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa and India was held recently.

Pre-Connect
●    BRICS is an informal group of states comprising the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa.
●    The growing economic might of BRICS countries, their significance as one of the main driving forces of global economic development, their substantial population and abundant natural resources are the driving forces behind the grouping.
●    Among other areas of collaboration, matters pertaining to drug trafficking is an important area of cooperation among the BRICS member states.

Highlights
    The common points emerged during the discussions include need for real time information sharing among the member states and need to curb increased drug trafficking through maritime routes.
    India raised the “misuse” of darknet and modern technology being used for drug trafficking by the international criminals.
    The anti-drugs enforcement agencies of five BRICS nations also discussed steps to keep a check on smuggling of drugs through maritime routes.