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After rescuing mentally unwell, disabled man from Sirmaur, NGO to arrange for his safe return  

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Mentally ill man rescued in Himachal's sirmaur

Shimla: Once again, Shimla-based non-profit organization, Umang Foundation, has come to the rescue of a homeless and mentally unwell person.

 Very recently, Neeta Ram Bhardwaj, a teacher in Sirmaur district, came across a man in a rain shelter in Kamrau Tehsil’s Bhajaun village. He was disabled, homeless, and appeared to be mentally unstable to her.

Neeta, who is also a member of the NGO, gave him food and clothes and informed the local police.  

Surprisingly, the Paonta Police initially refused to rescue the man, alleged the NGO.

However, when pressurized by the NGO to follow the legal guidelines, the police had to take him into custody and produce before a competent authority.

As per the guidelines of the Mental Health Care Act, 2017, and the orders of the court, it is the duty of the local police to take mentally unwell people into custody on being sighted or reported by any source.

 He was later sent to a mental health and rehabilitation centre for treatment.

 Initially, the man was not able to recall his proper address and identity. Later, with more efforts, the NGO identified the man as Rajesh alias Arjun Kewat (22) –  son of Hate Ram Kewat and a resident of Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district.

 The NGO got in connection with the local police in MP and found that Rajesh hailed from a poverty-stricken family. The head of the village had to approach his parents, as they didn’t own a mobile phone.

 The NGO praised the Manjohli Police of Sidhi district for assisting in establishing a contact with Rajesh’s parents.   

 The parents told the NGO that Rajesh had gone missing about two years ago. All this time, they considered their son to be dead and were not hoping to see him again.

They also informed that Rajesh had lost his arm after, due to his mental illness, he once jumped in front of a train.

 The parents requested the NGO to help their son get back home, as they were unable to bear expenses of travelling to Himachal Pradesh.

 Therefore, as a humanitarian act, the NGO has taken full responsibility of arranging for his safe return.  

The NGO has rescued as many as 60 mentally unwell people during last 15 months under its campaign, informed the Chairman Ajai Shrivastava.  

 The NGO had been creating awareness among the people regarding the provisions of the Mental Health Care Act 2017 and the rights of such people.

On sighting such people wandering on streets or localities, one should immediately report it to the nearest police station. The police is bound to take custody and produce them before a competent authority for further action.

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Stray Cattle Menace in Himachal: After Two Deaths, a 12-Year-Old Critically Injured in Bull Attack in Mandi

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Stray Cattle attacks in Himachal Pradesh 2

Shimla- Stray cattle menace in Himachal Pradesh is reaching an alarming level as the population of abandoned animals continues to grow on roads. After an elderly succumbed to his injuries sustained in an attack by a bull in Mandi district on November 5, 2019, now a 12-year-old landed in hospital with critical injuries in Dran area.

In September 2019, an elderly man had died in Bilaspur district after a bull attacked him.  This makes it the third such attack during the last three months.

As per the report, a 12-year-old Kushal Kumar was on his way to school on Wednesday morning when a bull attacked him in Batheri village of Drang Vidhan Sabha constituency. Hearing the screams of the child, some people rescued him. However, the child sustained critical injuries on his face and eyes.

He was rushed to a hospital in Kautola area. After initial treatment, the boy was referred to the Zonal Hospital Mandi, from where he was referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

His uncle informed that Kushal is a student of VII class in Batheri school and his parents are farmers.

His uncle has urged the district administration to send such stray cattle to shelters for the safety of the people, especially elderly and children.

While the government brags about being serious to constructing cow-shelters, the number of stray cattle doesn’t seem to have gone down in reality.

The government claims that it also established ‘Gau Seva Aayog’ on March 1, 2019. Also, the government had been collecting 15 percent of the income of temple trusts and Rs 1 Gauvansh cess on sale as per bottle of liquor, from which the amount of Rs. 7.95 crore has been collected in Aayogs account

The lackadaisical attitude of the district administrations and police towards taking effective measures to control stray cattle menace is now resulting in deaths and injuries in attacks by these animals.

Despite State High Court’s orders passed in 2014 to tag cattle to make it easier to trace back the owner who abandoned them, there is hardly any execution. Otherwise, it would have been possible to take legal action against people to deter them from simply abandoning cattle. 

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Sample of 13 More Drugs Manufactured in Himachal Fail CDSCO Test

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Drugs manufactured in Himachal Pradesh Fail Test

Shimla- Thirteen more drugs manufactured in Himachal Pradesh-based pharmaceutical companies have failed the Central Drugs Standards Control Organization test for quality and standard.

During the last 10 months, over 300 drugs in India were declared sub-standard after testing, and 90 of these were manufactured in Himachal Pradesh. It indicates that pharmaceutical companies are playing with the health of the people by consistently manufacturing sub-standard stocks.

Though the Health Minister Vipin Parmar claimed that companies manufacturing these drugs would be black-listed, it’s to be seen if any action is taken in reality or not.  

The CDSCO has tested a total of 1163 samples for October month. After the testing, CDSCO issued an alert for a total of 36 drugs in India that failed the test. Out of these 36, 13 drugs were found to be manufactured in Himachal Pradesh.

The Details of Drugs That Failed Test and Manufactures


Nine of these drugs were manufactured in India’s pharmaceutical hub Baddi in Solan district, two in Kangra, one in Una and one in Sirmaur. These drugs include medicines for heart, blood pressure, anti-biotic, allergy, calcium, diabetes etc.

As per the CDSCO’s directions, all drugs manufactured in such batches would be withdrawn from the market.

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Heavy Rain, Snow in Himachal, Yellow Alert Issued for Nov 15

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Hp met weather prediction nov 2019

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department has predicted rain and snow from 14 to 16 November 2019. While rain at isolated places is predicted in middle and high hills on November 14, the Met has predicted heavy rain in low and middle hills and heavy snowfall in higher hills.

Weather prediction 2019

A yellow alert has been issued for November 15 in five districts -Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Lahaul-Spiti.

The weather is predicted to be dry thereafter.  

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