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Kullu Police Nabs Israeli National with 2.5 kgs of Charas (Cannabis)

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Kullu-A team of Kullu Police on the night of February 2, 2020, nabbed a foreign national and recovered 2.5 kg of charas (cannabis) he was trying to smuggle.

The foreigner was identified as an Israeli who was travelling in a private luxury bus enroute to Delhi from Manali. The bus was stopped for checking at a checkpoint in Bajaura. On checking, the said amount of Charas was recovered from the 42-year-old accused.

Charas was hidden inside some bowls.

Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Gaurav Singh confirmed the report and informed that a case has been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, against the accused.  

There is no word regarding the source from which such a huge amount of charas was bought by the accused.

Police would produce the accused in court on Monday.

Police crack-down on trafficker has increased since Gaurav Singh, who is also known as Singham, assumed the office of the SP. Especially, the police is keeping a strict vigil on foreign smugglers in Manikaran and Kasol area.

 

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

So far, 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. 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 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 presence of 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 during night and mostly fly during day.

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No Permission Needed to Enter Himachal for Persons Having Airline Ticket, Valid Boarding Pass, Train Ticket: Govt

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HP Govt's guidelines for entering himachal pradesh via air and trains

Shimla-The State Government today issued the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for movement of travellers by domestic flights and trains to Himachal Pradesh. It was informed by a spokesperson of the State Government .

Installing of Aarogya Setu App has been made mandatory for all individuals with Android and iOS phones before boarding the flight/trains and entering the State. The full protocol of social distancing and other guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) while boarding and de-boarding must be maintained.

The travellers would be screened at the airport/railway station before they are allowed to travel to Himachal Pradesh. Arrangement for thermal screening to check ILI/flu-like symptoms to be done at the entry point of the border check post/district concerned of HP.

The airline ticket, valid boarding pass and confirmed train ticket would be a valid document for the movement beyond the Airport arrival terminals and railway stations to respective destination in Himachal. No permission of State Authorities would be needed to enter the State. However, the travellers need to carry a Valid ID Card to prove his identity at the entry point in State.

The spokesperson said that arriving passengers requiring a taxi from airport and railway station to the State may only use authorized and verified taxi service providers. The Entry/Exit from State Borders would be allowed only between 7 AM to 7 PM. The passengers coming from Red Zone would have to mandatorily be shifted to an institutional quarantine facility earmarked by the District Administration for 14 days quarantine.

Other passengers coming from Orange/Green zone would be screened before sending them for home quarantine for 14 days as per guidelines of the MoHFW. In case the individuals want to use any better quarantine facility other than designated Institutional Quarantine by the District Administration, the same may be arranged on a payment basis.

He said that all persons put in institutional quarantine will have to mandatorily undergo COVID test between six to 10 days of the quarantine period. If found negative, they can be released for further home quarantine.

If the person is carrying a personal COVID test report issued by a lab authorized by ICMR, which is negative and has been issued within the last 3 days prior to the date of journey, then institutional quarantine would not be insisted and he/she can straightaway go for home quarantine. Such persons would have to sign an undertaking to ensure a self-monitoring of their health for 14 more days as per protocol. The persons will be shifted to the medical facility maintained by the State Government at the earliest if found positive for COVID-19 at any stage.

All persons after leaving institutional quarantine facility are essentially required to provide their arrival information to the local Urban Local Bodies/ Panchayati Raj Institutions (ULBs/PRIs). The concerned ULB and PRI will monitor the person with the help of the local ASHA/ Health worker regularly for at least the next 14 days. If the person is found to be symptomatic of ILI or COVID-19, the concerned ASHA/Health Worker will immediately report the matter to the Health Authorities. Health Authorities will immediately take the sample of the individual for COVID-19 and take further necessary action as per the outcome of the test report.

He said that all the passengers will strictly follow and ensure compliance to the general instructions/guidelines to be followed by passengers, and Specific Operating Guidelines for major stakeholders for recommencement of Domestic Flights issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India

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