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Manali-Leh Highway Closed after Snowfall, Temperature Dips Across State



Snowfall-in-Himachal in 2019

Shimla-As predicted by the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, various districts of the state received rainfall while some high-altitude regions received fresh spells of snow on Thursday.

The Met Department had issued an orange alert for November 7, 2019.

Rohtang pass snowfall

Rohtang Pass

High-altitude peaks in Kullu district also received snow. The district administration has advised tourists and trekkers  to refrain from undertaking journeys or trekking expeditions to these areas.

Snowfall in lahaul valley
Solang Nullah has also received snowfall. Tourists were seen cheering and enjoying the snow. The hoteliers in the Kullu and Manali are expecting that it would boost the hospitality business as tourist influx is likely to increase following the snowfall.
Snowfall in kullu manali 2019

Rohtang Pass and Lahaul valley also received considerable snowfall due to which Manali-Leh road was closed for traffic. Similarly, National Highway 305 was also blocked due to snowfall at Jalori Pass. Other than that, Baralacha and Kunjum passes, Koksar and Marhi also received snowfall.

Several tourists are said to have stuck in Lahaul valley. Snowfall has led to a dip in temperatures in Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti district.

In Kinnaur, too, high-altitude areas witnessed heavy snowfall. Chitkul and Rakcham received about six inches of snow, while Nako, Hango, Chuling, Kalpa, Chungling, Bhava, Sangla, Ropa vallies etc received about three inches of snow. The traffic has come to a halt on various roads in the district. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kalpa, has advised tourists and locals to avoid undertaking journeys across the district.

Churdhar peak in Sirmaur district has also received the first spell of snow in this season.

Other districts including Shimla received light to moderate spells of rain, bringing down the mercury.

The Met Department has also predicted rain and thundershowers in mid and higher hills of the state on November 8. Weather is likely to be dry in the lower hills on November 8.

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Stray Cattle Menace in Himachal: After Two Deaths, a 12-Year-Old Critically Injured in Bull Attack in Mandi



Stray Cattle attacks in Himachal Pradesh 2

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



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



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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