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More Snow in Store for Himachal, Advisory Issued for Avalanche Prone Slopes



Snowfall prediction for Shimla

Shimla-After fresh rain and snowfall in Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul & Spiti, Sirmour, Kangra, Solan and Chamba districts on Sunday, a mild spell of snow was reported in Shimla on Monday evening. The cold wave continues as the temperatures remain below freezing point. Several roads in capital Shimla remained closed on Monday too.

The Meteorological Department, HP, has predicted more rain and snow at until 31st January.

The Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, has also issued advisory warning tourists to avoid visiting higher reaches of the district considering the prediction of the Met. Department.    

According to Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Manali people are advised to not to venture in Avalanche prone slopes which are still loaded with snow. This advisory has been issued for Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul- Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur districts from December 28th to 29th.

A government Spokesperson said that as per Public Works Department the total number of roads closed in the state are 413 out of these 110 roads will be cleared by today whereas, 206 roads will be opened by December 29 and remaining 97 roads will be opened shortly.

The PWD has assessed the loss at Rs. 69.22 crores, which, it said, may increase after final assessment of loss and damage to the roads. Total 206 number of machinery has been deployed for restoration of the roads.

As per Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board out of 1760 affected Distribution Transformers (DTRs), 1300 have been restored and balance 460 DTRs will be restored soon.

As per the Irrigation & Public Health Department, 362 water supply schemes were affected by this snowfall. I&PH assessed total loss to be more than 6.86 crores. However, the department said, the number may rise as some of the areas are still inaccessible. The 310 schemes have been restored and restoration of remaining schemes will be done within the next two days, the department claimed.

 As per the government, State and District Level Emergency Operation Centers are on high alert.

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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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