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College student nabbed with 22 grams Heroin (Chitta) in Shimla



Rohru boy caught with chitta

Shimla: The district police, Shimla, on August 22, arrested a local youth in Dhalli and recovered 22 grams of Heroin from his possession. The police said it had received information that a person was allegedly smuggling Heroin to Shimla from outside the state.

As per the police, the youth is a student of a College in Rohru. He had bought the Heroin from outside the state and had planned to smuggle it to Rohru to sell to users in the area.

A team of Dhalli police station led by the SHO Raj Kumar laid a trap based on the tip-off and even followed the accused in a simple dress. The youth was eventually nabbed at Dhalli at about 1:40 AM on the intervening night of August 21-22.

A case has been registered in the Police Station Dhalli under Sections 21-61-85 of the Narcotic Drugs & Psychoactive Substances (ND&PS) Act, 1985.

The police has obtained a remand from the court and is hopeful that further investigation could lead them to mafia involved in the peddling.

The youth was identified as Osheen Negi, a resident of village Khangta of Rohru Tehsil of Shimla. Currently, if the information received from trusted sources is to be believed, one gram of Heroin is selling between Rs. 3,000 to Rs 5,000.

The addicted youths of the state have now begun to smuggle Heroin on small scale, which they sell to users within their respective circles.

In August 2018, so far 15 cases have been registered under the ND&PS Act. Out of it, about six cases were registered against Heroin offenders.

The police said it had launched a special district/range level campaign for the month of July and August for apprehending Proclaimed Offenders (PO). During this campaign, a total 15 POs were apprehended by the team which was formed specifically for this campaign, the police said. 

Under pressure to eradicate drug mafia, the police is also filing cases against users carrying a couple grams charas too. In one of the cases, an FIR was registered against a youth for carrying 2 grams of charas while in other cases; the offenders were carrying four to eight grams of charas.

A large number of cases being registered against Heroin and Charas offenders suggest a rise in the prevalence of substance abuse in the district.

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



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



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



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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