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Defence Institue Planting Nauni Varsity’s Temperate Plants in High Altitude Areas of J&K

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DRDO planting temperate fruit plants in leh-ladakh

Solan- Regular food supply to defence forces posted in high-altitude areas of the country is an expensive as well as difficult task. These areas are mostly devoid of any sort of plantation, therefore, fresh vegetables and fruits are like priveledges for the personals.

However, scientists haven’t given up trying to grow something.  The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been regularly planting temperate fruit plants in the high altitude areas. The objective is to provide a regular supply of fresh fruits to armed forces serving in these regions.  

For the past five years, Leh based Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR); a constituent laboratory of the DRDO has been purchasing temperate fruit plants from the from the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

The varsity said the DRDO has become their regular customer.

This year, the premier research laboratory bought 6070 plants of apple, pear plum, and peach. With this number of plants bought by DIHAR in the past five years has crossed 30,000. This planting material is being used for raising fruit plantations in high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir where the army is posted.

Dr Anand Kumar Katiyar, Scientist D of the DRDO who has been visiting the university every year explained that the objective is to ensure regular supply of fresh fruits to the army personnel in these tough terrains. Moreover, some of the plants are also distributed to the farmers in these areas in order to improve their socio-economic conditions as the excess fruit produce can be sold at the army counters.

He added that the planting material has been planted in various places including Nubra Valley, Leh, Kargil, Karu regions of Jammu and Kashmir. In addition, some plantations have also been carried out in the Twang area of Arunachal Pradesh.

Traditionally, there were very few fruit trees in these high altitude regions. Some wild species of apples were present, but the fruit was of poor quality and highly perishable. The apple plants which are bought from the university are of good varieties which are performing quite well in these conditions,

said Dr Katiyar.

Besides ensuring easy availability of fresh fruits to the defence forces, these plantations carried out between 11,000 to 13,000 feet above sea level is helping scientists to undertake research and determine the ideal fruit varieties for these extremely cold regions. The scientists of DRDO undertake the scientific handling of the plants and also provide training to defence staff and civilians. 

The plants, especially apple supplied by the university have shown excellent results in the areas where the DRDO scientists have undertaken plantations. The university is not only supplying plants, but the two organisations are also collaborating in research. Varietal trials at different altitudes and studies like zero energy cold storage cellar at DIHAR have also helped to maximize the survivability of these fruit plants,

said Dr JS Chandel, Professor and Head Department of Fruit Science of the University.  He added that the scientists of DIHAR and UHF have also published joint research publications.   

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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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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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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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