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Bulk Drug Park in Himachal to Cut Down Dependency on China for API Import  



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Shimla– The proposal for setting up a bulk drug park in Himachal Pradesh has been approved in principle, informed a spokesman of the Industries Department. The proposal was submitted by the State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd Solan.

The approval came during the first meeting of the Scheme Steering Committee for the scheme namely ‘Assistance to Bulk drug industry for common facility centre ‘ held at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Dr. P.D.Vaghela, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals recently.

Though the government had been planning setting up such bulk drug parks in a couple of other regions of India for past three to four years, it’s the first time it was approved in principle. In Himachal, Baddi is considered as state’s pharmaceutical hub with over 650 industries in operation. This makes Solan as a suitable location for establishing a bulk drug park.

The idea is to reduce the dependence of Indian pharmaceutical companies on China for the import of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Currently, imported APIs are used in the production of over 70 percent of drugs listed in the National List of essential medicines.

Recently, after China tightened its noose around the polluting industries, a large number of pharmaceutical units were shut down, leading to a steep hike in the import price. This dependency is now proving to be quite a costly affair for India.

However, one thing that the government should keep in mind is that pharmaceutical industries are linked to a high level of toxic pollutants. It requires a lot of waste management to deal with pharmaceutical waste.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) said that proposed bulk drug park in the state should aim for import substitution of top 10 bulk drugs used in Himachal Pradesh that are currently being imported from China.

He further said that state was asked to recalculate the cost estimates of the in-principle approved proposals clearly demarcating share of centre and state assistance for various components of the Park. The state was also directed to appoint an accredited agency for environment clearances, he added.

 Joint Director Tilak Raj Sharma and senior officers of the Industries department were also present in the meeting.


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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg



HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met



Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.


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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box



UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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