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Video: Bloody Clash at APG University Between Indian and Foreign Students

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Shimla- APG University in Shimla on August 30, 2019, turned into a battleground when Indian students clashed with Afghan students. The incident was recorded by other students on mobile cameras and shared on social media. Police confirmed the report.

As per the report, on August 29, students of two groups scuffled at the varsity mess over food, which was followed by a bigger, bloody clash on the next day. The students assaulted each other with iron rods and sticks. Several students were injured in the clash and a vehicle was damaged.

The varsity tried to hush-up the matter by saying that only a few ex-students were involved. The varsity said no one was seriously injured. However, the videos tell a different story. The clash disturbed the whole campus.  

As per the police, the varsity management has lodged a complaint and a case has been filed under Section 147, 148, 323, and 506 of IPC. An investigation is in progress and action would be taken against involved students, said the police.

The incident has left families of the students worried over their children’s safety at the campus.

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COVID-19 Update: 9 New Cases in Himachal Including a 75-Year-old Kidney Patient in Critical Condition  

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Hamirpur– On Friday, as per the daily mid-day bulletin issued by the Health Department for May 29, the COVID-19 tally for Himachal Pradesh has reached 290 as nine new cases have been reported from Hamirpur and Kangra district. While five persons tested positive in Hamirpur, four cases were reported from Kangra district. One person is said to be critical and admitted to the Nerchowk Medical College.

Kangra and Hamirpur have reported 172 cases out of the total 290 cases in the State, and this number continues to spiral upward. So far, no cases have been reported from Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, which implies that the remaining eight districts have reported 118 cases.

Himachal Pradesh Daily Corona report may 29

Among today’s cases, the persons tested positive from Hamirpur include a 31-year-old man and his 28-year-old wife from Maahal area and both had returned from Ahmadabad. They were under institutional quarantined at Nadaun Degree College. Third-person has been identified as a 34-year-old resident of Bakarti and had returned from Delhi. Remaining two cases include a 32-year-old woman from Naduan who had returned from Mumbai and a 57-year-old resident of Tauni Devi who had returned from Kota, Rajasthan. All were under institutional quarantine.

In Kangra, three persons who tested positive had returned from Maharashtra on May 25. They include a 42-year-old female from Sanghol, a 33-year-old man from Gadran, and 27-year-old from Thural.

In the fourth case, a 75-year-old person who is a kidney patient and is in critical condition, has been referred to Nerchowk. He had returned from Delhi.

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COVID-19 Update: Eight New Cases from Three Districts Take Total for Himachal to 281

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Shimla– The COVID-19 tally for Himachal Pradesh reached 281 on May 28 with detection of infection in eight more people from Solan, Kangra, and Mandi districts.

According to the daily COVID-19 bulletin (9:00 PM) released by the Health Department, four cases were reported from Kangra, three from Solan, and one from Mandi district.

The cases from Kangra include a 60-year-old resident of Indora, a 20-year-old female resident of Baijnath, a 30-year-old resident of Nagrota-Bagwan, and a 35-year-old female resident of Baijnath. All of these persons had returned from Mumbai in a special train and were under institutional quarantine in Parror.

In Solan’s Baddi, three persons who tested positive include a 30-year-old woman who had returned from Uttar Pradesh. Two other include a mother and son, residents of Ramshahar, who had returned from Delhi on May 22 and were under institutional quarantine.

The person who tested positive in Mandi had returned from Pune. He was identified as a 20-year-old resident of Jogindernagar. He was also under institutional quarantine.

Till the last update on May 28, the total for the State had risen to 281, of which 199 are active. So far, Hamirpur, Kangra, and Una have reported 93, 69, and 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases respectively. On May 28, a total of 1615 persons were tested, of which 1125 tested negative, while report of 489 was still awaited. 

Refer to the table below for data from other districts:

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till May 28, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh District wise Covid-19 data till 28 May

 

 

 

 

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Alert: Locust Attack Expected in Himachal’s Four Districts, Know How to Save Crops  

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Shimla– Swarms of Desert Locust are reportedly destroying crops in Himachal Pradesh’s adjoining states and may spread to the hill State, Director Agriculture Dr. R.K. Koundal speculates. He said, high alert has been issued for Kangra, Una, Bilaspur, and Solan districts of the State.

So far, the States of Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh have been hit by the locust swarms. There are active swarms of immature locust in Barmer, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Sikar, Jaipur Districts in Rajasthan and Satna, Gwalior, Seedhi, Rajgarh, Baitul, Devas, Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh.

People from these States have been Tweeting videos and pictures of these swarms.

Dr. R.K. Koundal said that field functionaries have been alerted to keep continuous and constant vigilance on locust activity and get ready to control any locust emergency. Farmers have been asked to report any activity of locusts to nearby Agriculture Officers.

Desert Locusts usually fly with the wind at a speed of about 16-19 km per hour depending on the wind. When swarm settles down in a particular area it should be quickly treated chemically,  mechanically beaten and buried by digging trenches.

At present, the primary method of controlling Desert Locust swarms and hopper bands is mainly with organophosphate chemical applied in small concentrated doses (referred to as ultra-low volume (ULV) formulation) by vehicle-mounted and aerial sprayers and to a lesser extent by a knapsack and hand-operated sprayers. Small patches of locust should be immediately sprayed by ULV.

Director Agriculture further said that all the field officers have been directed to create awareness among the farmers regarding the locust attack. He said that directions have also been given to check its gregarious and solitary forms immediately by spraying contact insecticides. Bio-insecticides like Metarhizium and Beauveria at 200 gm per 30 litres of water or canal is also effective for control in the long run. Bio-Control Laboratory Kangra and Mandi have been directed to prepare these bio-insecticides at their full capacities.

Presently no locust activity has been reported from any part of the State. Field Officers have directed to keep continuous watch and report any activity of the locust in the fields to the Agriculture Directorate for rebuffing the locust attack effectively.

About Locust Swarms

Locust is an omnivorous and migratory pest and has the ability to fly hundreds of kilometers collectively. It is a trans-border pest and attacks the crop in a large swarm. Found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, they inhabit some 60 countries and can cover one-fifth of Earth’s land surface. Desert locust plagues may threaten the economic livelihood of one-tenth of the world’s human population. Swarms of locusts in the desert come to India from Africa/ Gulf/ South West Asia during the summer monsoon season and go back towards Iran, Gulf & African countries for spring breeding.

Mature desert locust can eat its own weight in food every day. While this may seem small — a locust only weighs two grams — a relatively small swarm can contain 40 million locusts. Such a swarm would consume as much food in one day as 35,000 people.

In India more than 2 lakh square kilometers area comes under Scheduled Desert Area.

Usually, the locust swarms enter the Scheduled Desert Area of India through Pakistan for summer breeding in the month of June/July with the advent of monsoon. This year, however, the incursions of locust hoppers and pink swarms have been reported much earlier because of the presence of a residual population of Locusts in Pakistan which they couldn’t control last season. Since 11th April 2020, locust hoppers and from 30th April 2020, the incursion of pink immature adults has been reported in bordering districts of Rajasthan and Punjab, which are being controlled. Pink immature adults fly high and cover long distances during day hours from one place to another along with the westerly winds coming from the Pakistan side. Most of these pink immature adults settle on the trees at night and mostly fly during the day.

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