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Gagandeep Singh Dhillon


Himachal researcher’s 63 days of dodging coronavirus, Wuhan to Kangra
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Now isolated at home with his family in Matlahar village in the district, Som Dutt, 36, chuckles, “It’s the year of quarantine for me.”

Fake ‘orders’, rumour-mongers keep Himachal govt on its toes
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

On Saturday, district health officials in Chamba conducted a mock-drill at the local hospital to strengthen preparedness for the outbreak.

Coronavirus scare cripples Himachal’s tourism sector, hotels, homestays, eateries record sharp decline in footfall
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

In Kinnaur, the district hotel association has resolved to deny occupancy to all foreign nationals.

Lethal cough syrup manufactured in HP: Accused on the run, origin of impurity yet to be traced
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

According to drug control officials, 3,447 bottles of the contaminated batch of the syrup made in September last year had already been sold across at least eight states by the time the officials ordered a recall of the medicine in January.

Free parking, zero garbage collection fee: In Shimla, adopting a stray dog has its rewards
Mon, Mar 09, 2020

It launched a “Street Dog Adoption and Management Programme”, offering incentives such as garbage collection fee exemption to those who would adopt a dog from the street.

Himachal pharma firm owners booked, licence suspended over Jammu cough syrup deaths
Wed, Mar 04, 2020

The FIR was registered at Kala Amb police station in Sirmaur district. Besides J&K and Himachal Pradesh, the syrup had also been sold in Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and Tamil Nadu, said State Drugs Controller Navneet Marwah.

Coronavirus scare: Supplies hit, pharma hub in Himachal faces production crisis
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

The price of paracetamol, an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) used to formulate a commonly used drug of the same name, has nearly doubled since January, and is now being sold for Rs 450-500 kg, industry sources said.

In Himachal, ABVP hits streets against education costs
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Supporters of the students' outfit claim that though the ABVP is aligned with the RSS, it is not affiliated to any party and “is not the political wing of BJP”.

Himachal Pradesh: First to achieve 100% LPG coverage
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

On December 27, when the state government completed two years, it declared that Himachal Pradesh had become the first state in the country to have “100% LPG gas coverage”.

154 self-immolations in Tibet since 2009, says Tibetan govt-in-exile
Sun, Feb 23, 2020

“Tibetans continue to set their bodies ablaze to protest against Chinese policies and its rule in Tibet,” the review said, adding that at least 154 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet since February 27, 2009, including 128 men and 26 women.

Himachal witnesses sharp spike in social sector allocation
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

In the twelfth five-year plan for 2012-17, the share of social services sector was increased to 33.66 per cent. It was further increased to nearly 43 per cent of the total plan in the ongoing financial year.

Villages downhill of Shimla airport fear repeat of environmental tragedy
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The proposed expansion of the Shimla airport at Jubbarhatti has now revived fears of further ecological damage among the area’s residents, who are still suffering due to the environmental tragedy that followed its construction in the 1980s.

Dalit groups meet HP Gov, seek more effective welfare measures for SCs
Fri, Feb 07, 2020

Following Punjab, Himachal has the second-highest percentage of SC population in the total state population. The petition further demands proportional reservation of SCs in education and services as mandated by law, and welfare measures for safai karamcharis who remain “at the lowest ebb of society”.

‘Himachal forest cover up 25% in 24 yrs, spiked by 1000% in Lahaul & Spiti’
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Except Una and Kangra districts, the state witnessed an increasing trend of ‘open forest cover’, with Lahaul and Spiti registering an increase of 770 per cent.

Himachal Pradesh: In 22 yrs, Chir Pine density down by 72% in Chamba
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

Key biodiversity areas in the Chamba forest circle include the Gamgul Siahbehi Wildlife Sanctuary, Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary, Sechu Tuan Nala Wildlife Sanctuary, Tundah Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Rising use of e-wallets, foreign VPNs in online frauds pose challenge for Himachal Police
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Police officers say instances of e-wallets being used to commit cyber fraud are on the rise. Most e-wallets can be opened using a one-time password delivered via SMS, and inadequate authentication has made it harder for police to identify criminals.

Una man grows fruits, vegetables without soil
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

After years of research, Yussouf Khan, 51, is growing fruits and vegetables in his farm through hydroponics, a form of precision agriculture in which crops are grown in vertical stacks of plant beds without use of soil.

Tourism project in Himachal hills scales new high, brings jobs, visitors
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

The Community-Based tourism project is the brainchild of Ankit Sood, 46, a former professor of tourism at the government college in Kullu who first pitched the idea to a visiting team from the Bank.

Himachal Pradesh: Increasing bear attacks on cattle in Kotgarh forest division leave residents, govt officials puzzled
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

The attacks took place mainly in villages falling under Kirti and Kotgarh gram panchayats in upper Shimla, including Dalan, Gharal, Rogha, Loshta, Arthi, Bairi, Kadanu, Shawat and Titri.

Himachal Pradesh: Lahaul-Spiti, the ‘zero’ crime district
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

No case of murder, robbery, molestation registered here in a decade, no rape case lodged in last 5 years.