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Monsoon in Himachal: Over 300 Tourists Stranded as Untimely Snowfall, Heavy Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti

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Tourists standed in Lahaul Spiti

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, on Monday, informed that state has recorded highest ever 102 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The earlier record was that of August 2011 when the state recorded 74 mm of rains, but this record  was broken this year. Shimla, Bilaspur, and Hamirpur have reported extremely heavy rains, informed Manmohan Singh, IMD Director.

While Naina Devi recorded the highest rainfall at 360 mm, Shimla recorded 153 mm of rainfall.

Snowfall, Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti, Over 300 Tourists Stranded

Lahaul and Spiti district and Keylong have also recorded snowfall on Saturday and Sunday.

Agriculture Minister and Lahaul-Spiti MLA Dr Ram Lal Markanda visited Lahaul-Spiti on Monday to take stock of the situation. He said that over 300 tourists were trapped between Gramphu and Kaza as the National Highway was blocked. He said efforts would be made to rescue these tourists on a priority basis.

He said Lahaul-Spiti has received as much as six centimetres of snowfall, which has disconnected the district from rest of the state completely.

He further informed that heavy rain and snowfall has inflicted severe damage and Manali-Leh road and Gramphu-Sumdo road were blocked at several places. These blockages have resulted in the standing of tourists in Chandratal, Baralacha, Batal, and various other parts of Spiti. However, he said, all the tourists were safe. Media reports, on the other hand, said that one tourist died in the district. 

He said 127 tourists, who were stranded at Chandratal, have been rescued safely and brought to Kaza.

He further informed that due to a shortage of machinery with BRO, private machines have been deployed to restore the road connectivity. As many as 11 private JCBs have been deployed.

He further informed that farmers are facing loss as they are not able to transport their crop of peas to markets. Also, snowfall and heavy rain have destroyed crops in several places. He said the assessment of the damages would be done as soon as possible and a report of it would be sent to the state government.

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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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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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