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Monsoon in Himachal Kills 25 in 2 Days, Causes Rs. 574 Crores Losses

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Monsoon in Himachal PRadesh kills 2019

Shimla-Monsoon in Himachal Pradesh has killed 25 people during the last two days and caused total losses of about Rs. 574 crores during the current season. During this season, 43 people have lost their lives. 

It was informed by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the Deputy Commissioners through video conferencing from Shimla today.

Deputy Commissioner (DC), Kinnaur, informed that heavy rains during the last two days have washed away about 8000 apple plants in the district.
DC, Solan, said that major damage in the district was reported from Nalagarh Sub Division.

DC, Kangra, said that about 250 IPH schemes were affected in the district due to heavy rains, out of which most have been restored and remaining would be restored by tomorrow.

DC, Bilaspur, apprised the Chief Minister that 140 roads in the district were damaged and one death was reported due to rains during the last two days.

DC, Mandi, said that efforts would be made to restore the Mandi-Manali Highway.

DC, Lahaul-Spiti, was asked to ensure immediate evacuation of people and tourists stranded in the valley due to untimely snow in the valley.
The state government has released Rs 15 crore to different departments for undertaking restoration works damaged due to torrential rains during the last two days in the State.

State Government has released Rs. 10 crores to the Public Works Department, Rs. 4 crores to Irrigation and Public Health Department, and Rs 1 crore to HP Electricity Board for undertaking restoration works. Deputy Commissioners of the State were directed to immediately assess the damages in their respective districts and submit the report to the government at the earliest.

The Deputy Commissioner Shimla was asked to lay special thrust on the restoration of roads in the apple belt so that the growers do not face hardship in the transportation of their produce to the markets. He said that trees declared as dangerous must also be identified and removed so as to avoid any eventuality.

The Chief Minister said that the district administrations must also ensure that the locals and tourists do not venture near river beds as a sudden rise in water level could be dangerous. He said that debris and blockage from major National Highways such as Kalka-Shimla and Pathankot- Mandi-Manali must be cleansed at the earliest so as to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

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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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