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Himachal Energy Conservation Building Code Notified, Expected to Cut Energy Consumption by 30%: Govt

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HP Energy Conservation Building Code 2018

 Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code 2018 has been notified in the State to reduce energy consumption demand in commercial buildings.  With this step, energy consumption demand by commercial buildings in expected to reduce by 30 percent.

Himachal Pradesh is the first state in the country to implement this code.

With the mandatory implementation of the HPECBC & Rules, 2018, every commercial building such as educational institutes, shopping complex, hotels, hospitals, and multiplexes etc having a built-up area of 750 m2 or more shall be granted planning permission by approval/development authority only after the compliance of the provisions of this Code. The HPECBC-2018 is expected to reduce the energy consumption demand of commercial buildings by 30%.

Based on the provisions mentioned in the code, the climate zones in Himachal Pradesh have been divided into two categories i.e., areas above an altitude of 1600m from sea level shall follow the requirement of cold climate conditions and areas below 1600m from sea level shall follow the requirement of composite climate conditions.

He said that the Directorate of Energy under the Department of MPP & Power GoHP and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, GoI has been working diligently on this code for last two years with the support of M/s Global Evolutionary Energy Design, New Delhi functioning as ECBC cell HP.

The HPECBC & Rules 2018 has been prepared after having vide consultation with all stakeholder departments such as Town and Country Planning Department, HPPWD, HIMUDA, Urban Development Department, HIMURJA, HPSEBL, Rural Development Department.

Directorate of Energy has also organized about 25 number of ECBC Awareness Workshops and training programs for capacity building of relevant stakeholders in every district of the State as well.

This policy will be implemented in its true sense after the successful incorporation of its provisions in Town & Country Planning Rules by the Town and Country Planning Department, informed a spokesman of the Directorate of Energy

This code has been formed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, GoI under Energy Conservation Act 2001 and every state needs to amend and notify the code based on local climatic conditions for effective implementation on the ground.

 

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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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