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Fresh case of ‘water tank poisoning’ in Sirmaur village stirs panic

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SIRMAUR- The series of intentional poisoning of drinking water supply tanks in Himachal Pradesh continues as another incident created panic in a village of district Sirmaur. Since September 2016, there have been over five such attempts to contaminate water mainly with pesticides. The Subathu region in district Solan had witnessed terror of unknown culprits who had first mixed pesticide in Kakkadhatti School in Subathu and later moved to other regions like Kunihar. The miscreants had poisoned water tanks at four different locations in four days.

After revelation in Yug-murder case, in which a 6-year-old was abducted for ransom and later murdered by drowning in IPH water supply tank in Shimla, it appears, miscreants have extracted a way to poison people by targeting water supply.

In the current incident, according to sources, on Friday, a family in Toka Nagla village under Kudiyon (कुडियों)Panchayat in Poanta Sahib tehsil of district Sirmaur, was alerted by pungent odor arising from tap water that had turned completely white in color. The odor resembled to pesticides used in agriculture. The news stirred panic among villagers. Last year, too, in the same village, some unknown person had mixed poison with fodder due to which two cows had died.

A team of police arrived at the scene and collected sample of water. The sample would be sent for forensic testing to identify exact chemical composition of the used toxin.

Earlier, during September and October month, unknown antisocial had contaminated the water tank of Kakkadhati Government School with pesticide ‘Nivaan’ along with a nearby IPH water tank that supplied water to an entire village.

Similar incidents of water-poisoning were reported from Chaprauli region and in Jadla village where private tank of panchayt Patwari was poisoned.

A day after it, unknown culprits targeted thousands of devotees at Radha Swami Satsang by poisoning one of the water tanks inside its premises.

In all instances, hundreds of people including school children had narrow escapes and no loss or damage of human life was reported. These people were fortunate that used pesticide emits pungent odor and turns water milky, which alerted users as soon as they opened their taps.

Health Hazards

Cases of accidental ingestion of common pesticides used in farming have shown mild to lethal effects. Depending upon the amount consumed, period of exposure and toxicity level of the chemical composition, consuming a pesticide can cause skin diseases to total collapse of nervous system and reproduction capacity.

Police Still Clueless

Hands of district police Solan are still empty and the culprits remain unidentified so far. Police claims that it had detained several people as suspects for questioning. However, the questioning didn’t yield any solid evidence that could lead to the actual culprits. The fresh case in Sirmaur has further raised concern over safety of people.

These cases had further exposed that IPH department hasn’t done much to arrange security at its water supply tanks even after Yug-murder case and directions of the honorable High Court of Himachal Pradesh. However, people are advised to sure their private water storage arrangements with fencing and locks considering the eminent threat of miscreants, who are targeting individual families.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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HP Health Dept Scam: Congress Plans Campaign Against Govt Corruption, Wants ‘White Paper’ on Purchases and CM’s Resignation

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Himachal PRadesh Health Department Scam

Shimla-The Congress Party in Himachal Pradesh on June 4, 2020, submitted a memorandum to the Governor Bandaru Dattatraya demanding an enquiry by a sitting High Court Judge in the recent purchases of COVID-19 equipment made by the Health Department.

The Congress Delegation was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore along with Mukesh Agnihotri, Dr, Col. Dhani Ram Shandil, Jagat Singh Negi,  Nand Lal, Mohan Lal Brakta, Vinay Kumar, Vikram Aditya Singh and Ashish Butail.  

Congress claimed that it had highlighted the issue of massive corruption in the health department following which the Director Health Services was arrested. Eventually, when the Congress Party raised a hue and cry, it led to the resignation of State BJP Chief Rajeev Bindal, Congress claimed. Congress demanded a “White Paper” on the purchases made by the Health Department and the resignation of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur since he is also holds the charge of the Health Ministry.

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Yesterday, the HPCC had submitted memorandums to the Governor at district level through Deputy Commissioners.

In the second phase, the Congress Party has directed the senior leaders to conduct press conferences throughout the state from June 6 to  June 15, 2020. The sitting MLAs along with senior Congressmen would highlight the growing level of corruption in the Health Department at the behest of ruling BJP Govt, the party said. In the third phase, Congress Spokespersons would highlight this issue in their respective Districts.

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The party said that its Social Media Cell would start a campaign under the hashtag  Health Corruption where the party office bearers, leaders and sympathizers would come online simultaneously at various social media platforms to highlight this issue among masses.

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Himachal-Two Dozen New Cases on June 4 from Nine Districts, 29 Recovers

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Himachal pradesh corona cases on june 4, 2020

Shimla-On June 4, 2020, Himachal Pradesh reported 24 new cases of coronavirus from eight districts – Sirmaur, Kangra, Mandi, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Shimla, Chamba, Una and Kullu. The total for the State has risen to 383, of which 199 are active cases, 175 patients have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside State.  As many as 29 patients from different districts reported having recovered yesterday.

According to the last daily COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department for June 4 (9:00 PM), among these districts, highest seven cases were reported from Sirmaur district, four from Kangra, Three from Mandi, Two from Chamba, one each from Kullu, Bilaspur, Una and Shimla, and four from Hamirpur.

In Sirmuar district, seven persons who tested positive for COVID-19 include two returnees from Delhi and four from Uttar Pradesh. In the seventh case, a woman from Nahan tested positive. Her case appeared in random sampling. Four others also belong to Nahan while two belong to Kolwala Bhood area.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till June 4, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 cases on June 4, 2020

In Kangra, two residents of Baijnath area who had returned from Delhi in their vehicle tested positive. The third patient also belong to Baijnath area and had returned from the USA in a flight.

In Mandi, two residents of Dharampur and one resident of Gumma testes positive. All three were under home-quarantine.

In Kullu, a woman who hails from Mandi district has tested positive. One case was reported from Shimla, but not much information was available about this person.

In Bilaspur, an ITBP jawan who had returned from Delhi in a cab with another person tested positive. He is said to be a resident of Jhanduta area.

Hamirpur also reported four new cases, of which three were said to be residents of Badsar, while one hailed from Nadaun. These persons are aged between 32 to 55 years.

In Chamba, a resident of Dalhousie, who had returned from Delhi and a resident of Churah, who had returned from Sonipat, Haryana, area tested positive. The third patient was said to be a resident of Tunuhatti area. He was under institutional quarantine at Shahtalai.

Of these cases reported yesterday, most were under institutional quarantine, while a some of them were home-quarantined. 

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HP Met Predicts More Thundershowers/Hailstorm, Issues Orange Alert for June 5 and 6

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Himachal pradesh weather prediction july 2020

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow alert for June 4 and an orange alert for June 5 and 6.

During this time, the State is expected to receive wide-spread thundershowers with lightning, hailstorm and gusty winds (40-50 kms/h) at isolated places.

Intermittent rains from 26 May onwards have caused a sharp dip in the average temperatures. On June 3, various parts of the State including Aghar, Nahan, Mandi, Rajgarh, Baldwar, Kasauli, Dharampur & Pandoh, Kufri, Kahu, Bhuntar, Jogindernagar, Bharmaur, Bilaspur, and Solan received rains and hailstorm.

At the time of writing several parts of the State were receiving a moderate spell of rain.

Himachal PRadesh weather prediction for july

According to the Met, the temperature was recorded to be below average in the State for this time of the year. The average maximum temperature in Himachal on June 3 was recorded to be 5 to 6 degrees Celsius below normal, and the minimum temperature was 3 to 4 degrees below average. The minimum temperature in Shimla was recorded to be 12.3, compelling people to wear warm clothes. A spell of heavy rain and hailstorm hit Shimla yesterday. Una recorded the highest temperature at 34.8 degrees Celsius and Keylong lowest at 8 degree Celsius.   

Further, this wet spell is likely to continue till June 9 except for June 8.

In lower-hills, the rain has brought respite from the heat but the weather has been bothering apple/fruit growers as their season is nearing. Hailstorm and gusty winds have inflicted heavy damage upon their crops, implying financial losses, which could increase in the coming days considering the Met Department’s prediction.

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