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Kangra village women unite against Biomedical Waste Treatment Plant fearing ground water pollution

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SHIMLA- A gathering of close to 500 people comprising mostly of women in one voice opposed a Bio-medical Waste (BMW) Treatment Plant that has come up in their village Dhugiyari in Kangra District. The villagers came together to place their demand for closure of the plant to the Pollution Control Board, which was carrying out a site investigation based on the order of the the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

The villagers have been agitating for the last two years since the construction of the plant owned by Ms Suraksha Bio Sanitzers Limited started. In March 2015 a local organisation formed by some residents of the village, Manav Kalyan Sanstha,filed a petition in the High Court praying for the closure of the plant on the grounds that the unit located on the river bed of the Manjhi Khad would be a hazard for the local population owing to pollution which it would cause.

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In January this year the High Court of Himachal ordered a stay on the project and on March 2, 2016 directed the Pollution Control Board to carry out a site inspection of the unit and also hear the villagers of the surrounding areas and submit a report to the court.

The stack of the unit is at an aerial distance of less than 30 to 50 m from the habitations and farms in the village. Close to 25 families will be at a risk of air pollution.

However, the village is also concerned about the pollution of ground water as a result of toxins leaching from the tank of the unit, said Pavan Kumar, a resident of the village and one of the leaders of the Manav Kalyan Sanstha.

Women who gave their testimonies and statements to the Inspection team of the Pollution Control Board also raised the issue that there was no public consultation before setting up of the plant.

Villagers do not know who owns the plant, what its capacity is, what kind of waste would be brought there and what the entire treatment process would be and what would be the pollutants released from the plant

said members of Himdhara Collective supporting the locals.

Biomedical Waste Treatment Plant Kangra

While the pollution control board’s regional office seems to have granted a consent to establish to the plant in 2013, no documentation related to the renewal of this consent, or compliance reports are available to the public.

Photo Credit: Sumit Mahar and Manshi Asher

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HP Govt Gives Sanskrit Status of Second Language, Says Wants to Make It Practical, Popular

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Shimla– The State Government has given Sanskrit the status of the second language to make it practical and popularized amongst the masses. It was informed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur after releasing the Newsletter of H.P. Board of School Education Dharamshala today.

Chairman, H.P. Board of School Education Dharamshala Dr. Suresh Kumar Soni, while detailing the various activities of the Board, said that it was for the first time that 45 examination centres in the schools would be managed by women staff named as ‘Savitri Bai Phule’ in the honour of first female teacher of India and founder of first Indian girl school in Pune in 1848.

Chief Minister lauded the effort of the Board in bringing out the Newsletter in Hindi, Sanskrit and English.

The Board has been suggested to install CCTV Cameras in all the examination centres to discourage the students from using unfair means during the examinations.

Chief Minister said he also felt the need to promote moral education, Vedic maths and vocational education in the school curriculum.

Further, Soni informed that as many as 1,09,315 samplings were also planted in premises of various schools of the State.

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COVID-19 Update: 9 New Cases in Himachal Including a 75-Year-old Kidney Patient in Critical Condition  

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Himachal PRadesh corona virus daily report may 29

Hamirpur– On Friday, as per the daily mid-day bulletin issued by the Health Department for May 29, the COVID-19 tally for Himachal Pradesh has reached 290 as nine new cases have been reported from Hamirpur and Kangra district. While five persons tested positive in Hamirpur, four cases were reported from Kangra district. One person is said to be critical and admitted to the Nerchowk Medical College.

Kangra and Hamirpur have reported 172 cases out of the total 290 cases in the State, and this number continues to spiral upward. So far, no cases have been reported from Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, which implies that the remaining eight districts have reported 118 cases.

Himachal Pradesh Daily Corona report may 29

Among today’s cases, the persons tested positive from Hamirpur include a 31-year-old man and his 28-year-old wife from Maahal area and both had returned from Ahmadabad. They were under institutional quarantined at Nadaun Degree College. Third-person has been identified as a 34-year-old resident of Bakarti and had returned from Delhi. Remaining two cases include a 32-year-old woman from Naduan who had returned from Mumbai and a 57-year-old resident of Tauni Devi who had returned from Kota, Rajasthan. All were under institutional quarantine.

In Kangra, three persons who tested positive had returned from Maharashtra on May 25. They include a 42-year-old female from Sanghol, a 33-year-old man from Gadran, and 27-year-old from Thural.

In the fourth case, a 75-year-old person who is a kidney patient and is in critical condition, has been referred to Nerchowk. He had returned from Delhi.

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COVID-19 Update: Eight New Cases from Three Districts Take Total for Himachal to 281

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Himachal Pradesh Covid-19 cases on may 28

Shimla– The COVID-19 tally for Himachal Pradesh reached 281 on May 28 with detection of infection in eight more people from Solan, Kangra, and Mandi districts.

According to the daily COVID-19 bulletin (9:00 PM) released by the Health Department, four cases were reported from Kangra, three from Solan, and one from Mandi district.

The cases from Kangra include a 60-year-old resident of Indora, a 20-year-old female resident of Baijnath, a 30-year-old resident of Nagrota-Bagwan, and a 35-year-old female resident of Baijnath. All of these persons had returned from Mumbai in a special train and were under institutional quarantine in Parror.

In Solan’s Baddi, three persons who tested positive include a 30-year-old woman who had returned from Uttar Pradesh. Two other include a mother and son, residents of Ramshahar, who had returned from Delhi on May 22 and were under institutional quarantine.

The person who tested positive in Mandi had returned from Pune. He was identified as a 20-year-old resident of Jogindernagar. He was also under institutional quarantine.

Till the last update on May 28, the total for the State had risen to 281, of which 199 are active. So far, Hamirpur, Kangra, and Una have reported 93, 69, and 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases respectively. On May 28, a total of 1615 persons were tested, of which 1125 tested negative, while report of 489 was still awaited. 

Refer to the table below for data from other districts:

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till May 28, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh District wise Covid-19 data till 28 May

 

 

 

 

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