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No cow slaughter, no sale of beef in Himachal: HP High Court

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After imposing a ban on animal and bird sacrifices in religious places, the High Court has now imposed a ban on cow slaughter in the state. The court directed that no person would slaughter any cow/calf and export cow for the purpose of slaughter either directly or through his agent or servant.

The court also directed that no person would sell beef or beef products in any form in the state .

Passing this direction, a Division Bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sureshwar Thakur observed that, “There is complete prohibition of cow slaughter as per Section 3 of the Himachal Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1979, and the state is required to make an endeavour to take steps for preserving and improving the breeds and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch cattle.”

It further observed that, “Animals have their own rights and it is our duty to protect their rights. They breathe like us. These animals are also creation of God.”

The court further directed the authorities that the entire roads are to be made free of stray cattle by December 31, 2014.

The court passed this order on a public interest litigation plea where the petitioner organisation has highlighted the plight of cows in the state and given the instances of pain and suffering caused to cows. It prayed for constructing the modern goshalas or gosadans and also to provide medical assistance to them.

The court further directed that the owners of cattle which are found on the streets, roads and public places should be punished.

It directed the Commissioner, MC, Shimla and Executive Officers of all Municipal Councils, Nagar Panchayats and pradhans of gram panchayats to ensure that all roads passing through their jurisdiction were kept free from the stray cattle to ensure free and smooth flow of the traffic. Cattle would have a tag number indicative of the owner to whom the animal belongs in order to trace the owner.

The Bench also directed the Superintending Engineers of all national highways and state highways to ensure that no stray cattle, including cows and bulls, come to the roads. But while doing so, utmost compassion was shown to these and no unnecessary force was used on these. If the cattle were transported, there should be a provision for construction of ramps and the vehicles should be driven not more than 10-15 kms/hour to avoid injuries to the animals.

The court also directed all local bodies, including the MC, Shimla, to construct in their jurisdiction goshalas/gosadans or shelters for housing cows and stray cattle within six months. It further directed that government veterinary officers/doctors to treat all stray cattle.

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The Bench directs the authorities that the entire roads should be made free of stray cattle by December 31, 2014.

The owners of cattle which are found on the streets, roads and public places should be punished

Cattle will have a tag number indicative of the owner to whom the animal belongs to trace the owner

If the cattle are transported, there should be a provision for construction of ramps

The vehicles carrying cows should be driven not more than 10-15 kms/hour to avoid injuries to the animals

It directs all local bodies to construct goshalas/gosadans or shelters for housing cows and stray cattle within six months
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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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