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Himachal govt to make prescribing generic drugs compulsory

The new BJP government in Himachal Pradesh plans to make it compulsory for doctors of all hospitals in the state to prescribe generic drugs to patients, Health Minister Vipin Parmar said today.

“The government of Himachal Pradesh shall soon bring out a law to make prescription of generic medicines compulsory in all the hospitals of the state,” Parmar told a delegation of the Indian Medical Association at Nanao village near here.

“Himachal will become the first state to bring out such a bill,” he said.

He said it is a priority of the Himachal government to provide qualitative and best medical facilities to the people.

He said doctors have been instructed to prescribe generic drugs and those medicines, which are available free at the hospitals.

He said if a doctor prescribes drugs other than generic, he will have to write his reasons on the prescription too.

Parmar urged IMA officials to cooperate and give suggestions to improve the healthcare system. CORR ABH

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CM dedicates projects worth Rs. 60 crore in Renuka Constituency of Distt. Sirmour ,

Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh during first day of his tour of Renuka Assembly constituency in Sirmour district today dedicated projects of around Rs. 60crore by way of inaugurations and foundation stones.

Adhering to the commitment of providing better health services to the people of the state, he dedicated the new OPD block of civil hospital Dadahu completed with an outlay of Rs. 4.43 crore. He also inaugurated the newly constructed building of police station at Dadahu completed with an outlay of Rs. 1.80 crore, inaugurated the science block of Government Senior Secondary School, Dadahu completed with an outlay of Rs. 65 lakh, inaugurated additional accommodation of PWD Rest house at Sangrah on which an amount of Rs. 1.03 crore has been incurred.

In addition to this, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Kando Kansaar drinking water supply scheme for villages of Badat, Madhana and Bharog-Baneri completed with a cost of Rs. 2.84 crore. He inaugurated the Lift Irrigation supply scheme, Mehat completed with an outlay of Rs. 84 lakh to cater to irrigation of up to 40 hectares of land.

He also laid the foundation stone of metalling and tarring of Jamta-Mahipur-Bechar ka Bagh road to cost Rs. 14.12 crore, foundation stone of a bridge over Majhara Khud to cost Rs. 7.63 crore, foundation stone of a bridge over Sukha ka Khalla on Dadahu Tirmali road to cost Rs.1.14 crore, the foundation stone of residential accommodation for Degree College  Sangrah to cost Rs. 10.26 crore, This will include Type-I to Type-V residences.

The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of Type II residences of Police Station Renuka Ji to cost Rs. 1.52 crore. He also laid foundation stone of sub-market yard at Ghandoori-1 to cost Rs. 1.50 crore.

CM announces Degree College at Dadahu in District Sirmour:

hief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh while addressing a public meeting at Kando-Kansar in remote Dharti-Dhar area of Renuka Assembly constituency today announced to open Government Degree College at Dadahu. This was the long pending demand of the people of the area. The College will cater to the educational needs of around 25 panchayats of the area.  With this, the total strength of the colleges in the State will go upto 130 out of which51 colleges have been opened in the tenure of the present government.


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Himachal to get support of South Korea in developing Shimla and Dharamshala: Sudhir Sharma

Urban Development, Town and Country Planning Minister Sudhir Sharma participated in the knowledge and experience sharing programme organised by Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport, South Korea and the World Bank at Seoul. As many as 11 countries are participating in this programme.

Sudhir Sharma informed from Seoul that the programme is about how to shape the future cities of the world keeping in view all the aspects of overall growth.

He said the state government is looking forward to get support of the Korea government and the World Bank in developing both Dharamshala and Shimla as smart cities.

Director Town and Country Planning Sandeep Kumar also attended the programme along-with the Minister.

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Himachal Pradesh districts with higher sex ratio reported fewer sexual assault cases: Study

Districts in Himachal Pradesh, where the sex ratio is higher, reported fewer sexual assault cases against women, according to a study by the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory here. The study was based on the trends of the sexual assault cases against women received in the laboratory between 2011 and 2015 for five districts in the state. According to the study, in the five districts under the central zone of the state — Mandi, Bilaspur, Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti, and Hamirpur — the number of sexual assault cases was higher where the number of women per thousand men was low.

The Deputy Director of the laboratory, Rajesh Verma said out of about 400 cases, 42.5 per cent were from Mandi district, 28.6 per cent from Kullu, 14.8 per cent from Bilaspur, 12.5 per cent from Hamirpur and around 1.5 per cent from Lahaul and Spiti district. Sexual assault cases every year per lakh population were found to be the highest in Kullu district at 5.1, followed by Lahaul and Spiti at 3.9, Mandi at 3.3, Bilaspur at 3 and Hamirpur at 2.1. These figures made more sense when compared with the social indicators for these districts according to the 2011 census data.

The study revealed that the strongest correlation was observed with the sex ratio (number of females per thousand males) in each district. There was a high negative correlation of these case figures with the sex ratio of the districts. It revealed that sexual assault cases tend to be lower in the districts where the sex ratio was higher.

In Hamirpur district, where the average number of cases per year per lakh population was the lowest at 2.1, the sex ratio was the highest at 1,096 females per 1,000 males. As per the studies conducted by the Junga Forensic laboratory in Shimla, last year the average number of cases per year per lakh population in Kinnaur district was 6.1, which was the highest and the female population there was 818 per 1,000 males.

Verma said a statistical model based on these trends was successful in estimating the number of sexual assault cases in all the districts of Himachal Pradesh and compared well with the figures reported. It was observed that the society where females were more in number and educated a lesser number in sexual assault cases were reported.

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Scientists find nine-million-year-old ape fossils in Himachal Pradesh

In a significant development in research on human evolution, scientists have found that a very primitive ape-like ancestor which was hitherto considered a native of only Eurasia had existed in India too.

Scientists discovered the surprise fossil during an excavation in Haritalyangar in Shiwalik hills region in Himachal Pradesh, about 120 km from Shimla on the road to Kangra.

The fossils are nine million year old and are in the form of lower molar germs or permanent teeth that are un-erupted and still forming in lower jaw. The crowns of both the molars are fully formed, but there is no root formation. This indicates that they belonged to infants of slightly different ages at the time of their deaths. One specimen is a partial right first molar and other a complete left second molar. The apes seemed to be slightly larger (about 15 kg heavier) than the modern-day Siamang Gibbons, that are found in the Himalaya and South-East Asia.

Detailed studies showed that the specimens were similar to those of a genus of primitive ape-like ancestors called pliopithecoid, which were widespread in Eurasia during the Miocene period (18 million to seven million years ago).

Interestingly, the specimens were also consistent in size and morphology to an upper third molar that was found in the same region in the 1970s. At that time it was suspected that the specimen was perhaps related to pliopithecoid genus but it was highly worn out and could not be studied properly. The specimen was initially identified as Pliopithecus krishnaii but was later transferred to a new genus Krishnapithecus.

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Himachal bags Krishi Karman Award 2015-16

The Union Ministry of Agriculture has selected Himachal Pradesh for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for commendable increase in food grains production.

A communication in this regard was received by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, an official spokesman said.

Virbhadra Singh congratulated the Agriculture Department for having being selected for this award for the third time andsaid that this feat had been achieved due to dedicated efforts of the department in extending technological inputs and services to the farmers which resulted in increase in food grains production.

State Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania said that during last five years, the total food grains production has increased from 14.94 lakh tone to 16.34 lakh tone.

Besides, the department has done considerable work in promoting poly-house cultivation, crop diversification, micro irrigation, organic farming and soil health management. The award would carries a trophy, citation and cash prize.

The state was also conferred the Krishi Karman Award for 2011-12 for increase in wheat production and in 2014-15 for increasing food grains production.

(This story has not been edited by Himachal Network  staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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NHPC resumes operations at Chamera-III Power Station in Himachal Pradesh

NHPC has resumed operations at its Chamera-III (3 X 77) 231 MW Power Station in Himachal Pradesh with effect from April 06, 2017. The plant remained shutdown from February 01, 2017 for rectification of leakage from water conducting system.

NHPC is engaged in electricity generation. The company is engaged in electric power generation by hydroelectric power plants. The company is also engaged in contracts, project management and consultancy works.

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It’s April and snowing in Himachal hills

It`s April and large parts of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday saw cold conditions with the minimum temperature staying close to freezing point owing to widespread snowfall in higher reaches, weather officials said.

A government spokesperson said traffic on the national highway (NH-5) has been disrupted at several points in Kinnaur district owing to landslides triggered by the rain and snow.

According to a Met department official here, hills overlooking Manali and Shimla experienced moderate spells of snowfall — significant for the season. The condition will continue till Friday.

“High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur and Shimla districts have experienced moderate to heavy snow,” the official said.

Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest in the state with a low of 1.6 degree centigrade. It saw eight centimetres of snow.

The state capital Shimla, with the night temperature at 6.3 degrees Celsius, saw 52.7 mm rain.

Popular destination Manali, which saw 50.4 mm rain, recorded a low of 3.6 degrees Celsius.

Other picturesque tourist centre Kalpa in Kinnaur district, some 250 km from here, experienced 16 cm snow and 47.4 mm rainfall. It recorded minimum temperature at zero degree Celsius.

The Met Office has forecast more snow and rain across the state due to active western disturbance till Friday.

Western disturbance is a term used for a storm system that generates in the Mediterranean and brings rain or snow in the northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent.

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Himachal HC dismisses plea of govt. building’s demolition for hotel

he Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday dismissed the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association’s plea seeking quashing of the case regarding demolition of a government building for constructing a high-end hotel in Dharamsala.

In 2008, a residential accommodation belonging to Education Department was demolished to construct a high end hotel.

An FIR was registered after the Congress government took over reins in December 2012.

(This article has not been edited by Himachal Network’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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Himachal Pradesh buildings vulnerable to collapse, do not follow safety norms

SHIMLA: Nearly 90 per cent of buildings, mainly houses, in rural areas of Himachal Pradesh do not follow safe construction rules. In Shimla, 83 per cent out of a sample of 300 selected buildings are highly vulnerable to collapse if there is a major earthquake.

This is the frightening reality of a performance audit on disaster management, with specific focus on earthquake and fire, conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to ascertain the state’s preparedness.

There are 1.477 million houses (166,000 urban and 1.311 millionrural) in the state as per the 2011 census, the auditor said in a report tabled in the state assembly last week.

It said construction of houses in urban areas is regulated by the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act, the Municipal Corporation Act and local bodies’ regulations and building bye-laws.

However, construction of buildings and houses in rural areas (89 percent of total houses) is not regulated by any act or regulation. Construction of seismic-resistant buildings in rural areas has, thus, not been ensured as of June 2016, the CAG observed.

Himachal Pradesh is prone to various types of disasters. The central government has identified 25 types of hazards to which the state is prone.
This is a wake-up call for authorities as seismic sensitivity of the state is high. Seven out of 12 districts have over 25 per cent of their area falling in seismic zone V (very high damage risk).

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