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Gagandeep Singh Dhillon


Behind snow leopard count, camera traps at 284 locations in 26,000sqkm
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

Based on these results from the sampled areas, the total population of snow leopards in the state was estimated to be 73.

Explained: How an IIT breakthrough can help in extending life of your electronic gadgets
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

In order to increase the efficiency and durability of a gadget, the various components of microchips need to be designed optimally to minimise losses caused by fluctuating or erratic power supply.

50 years of Himachal Pradesh: A trip down the history lane
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

The Indian Express takes a trip down the history lane to find out how the state of Himachal Pradesh came to be.

Explained: Why bird flu virus has so many strains, and what it means for humans
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Here's a look at the nature of the influenza A virus, which causes the bird flu as well as human flu pandemics, and why it has so many variants.

Explained: Why forest fires are common in Himachal Pradesh
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Except for periods of precipitation in monsoon and winter, the forests remain vulnerable to wildfires. They cause an estimated loss of several crore rupees each year.

Explained: Amid India’s bird flu outbreak, a look at how poultry animals are culled
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

During culling operations, all domestic birds in an infected area, i.e., an area in which a case of bird flu has been detected, are slaughtered and their remains either incinerated or buried.

Explained: What is bird flu? How severe is the outbreak in India?
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

Bird flu outbreaks have been affecting poultry around the globe for decades, and culling of infected birds has been a common measure to contain the spread.

Explained: Why are more than half of India’s children, women anaemic?
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Anemia is the condition of having a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells or quantity of hemoglobin. How widespread is it in India?

Himachal’s ‘love jihad’ law has intent clause, which HC had struck down
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

Several provisions in the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2019, have been emulated almost word to word by Uttar Pradesh in the anti-conversion law that it passed last month, and which is being looked upon as an example by other BJP-ruled states.

Explained: Why is Himachal testing residents for leprosy?
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

How prevalent is leprosy in Himachal Pradesh? What have been the results of the latest surveillance campaign? We explain.

Over 30% Himachal residents overweight, national health survey points out
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Over 40 per cent of those surveyed in the state were found to be underweight, overweight or obese, i.e. their body mass index (BMI) was either below or above normal, according to the survey that covered nearly 11,000 households in the state.

It’s a goat, it’s a pig, it’s a serow: Explaining an unusual sighting in Spiti
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

A Himalayan serow has been sighted for the first time in the Himalayan cold desert region. Why is the sighting significant?

In Himachal Pradesh 80k farmers take up natural farming, tap nature to boost crop yield, quality
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

Natural farming is different from organic farming, which was earlier being advocated in Himachal to counter the ill-effects of chemical-based farming. But organic farming required large quantities of organic fertilisers, and productivity was low in the initial years leading to financial losses.

Kiratpur-Nerchowk four-lane project hangs fire amid alleged irregularities
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

The 84-km long Kiratpur-Nerchowk four-lane project is one among four contiguous projects being carried out by the NHAI to widen the crucial Chandigarh-Manali road from Kiratpur in Punjab to Kullu in Himachal and cut down the distance between these two places.

Explained: What is Mallana Cream, Himachal’s unique cannabis product?
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

What is Malana Cream and why is it one of the most sought-after forms of hashish across the globe? We explain.

Explained: Why Himachal Pradesh wants ‘Geographical Indication’ status for five products
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

The Himachal Pradesh government is trying to obtain Geographical Indication for five products from the state – Karsog Kulth, Thangi of Pangi, Chamba Metal Crafts, Chamba Chukh, and Rajmah of Bharmour. Here's why

Tibetans in exile gear up to elect their Sikyong
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

The Indian Express explains the manner in which the Tibetan elections are held and who all are in the fray this time.

Explained: How Tibetans across the world will elect their parliament-in-exile
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

The 2021 elections will be held to elect the president and 45 members of the TPiE. Nearly 80,000 Tibetans living outside Tibet have registered for voting so far, including roughly 56,000 living in India and 24,000 in other countries.

From Tibet to Siberia, over 20k migratory birds fly in for winter halt at Pong
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

According to wildlife officials, around 20,000 waterfowl from places such as Central Asia, Tibet, Russia, Siberia and Mongolia have already reached the Pong wetland, an international Ramsar site.

In two months, Himachal sees 500 forest fires
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

A forest fire near Nakthan village in Kullu’s Parvati valley continued for around two weeks before it died down a few days ago, destroying the undergrowth of the area, residents said.

On two sides of divide, ruling BJP in HP and Oppn Cong battle internal feuds
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

On Friday, some members of BJP circulated a video highlighting an alleged rivalry between party MLA from Jwalamukhi Ramesh Dhawala and the state organisational secretary Pawan Rana.

Explained: What is Himachal Pradesh’s law against religious conversion?
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij has sought information about the anti-conversion law already in force in Himachal Pradesh.

Explained: What is a bulk drug park, and why does Himachal want one?
Mon, Nov 02, 2020

The state government has identified around 1,400 acres in Una district and sent a proposal to the Centre seeking grant to set up a bulk drug park there, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed a group of drug manufacturers Thursday.

In patriarchal North, men shy away from household domestic chores
Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Only 26 per cent males in India aged six and above participate on a daily basis in unpaid domestic services for household members, and this ratio is the lowest in Haryana (14 per cent). In neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and J&K, it ranges from 18 to 21 per cent.

Himachal: 9 new animal species discovered; one named after high school student
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Besides the nine discoveries, new records of five species were found in Himachal -- that is species which have been discovered in other parts of the world but recorded for the first time in India.