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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
TheTribune/Vijay Arora

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt

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Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1

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Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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