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More Youth In Himachal Resort To Suicide

More and more youth belonging to Himachal Pradesh are committing suicide by consuming poison as a result of stress and changing lifestyles.// In the year 2005 alone, as many as 1,254 people committed suicide by consuming poison, according to sources from the State Forensic Laboratory. ......"This figure has been rising each year since 1995 when 841 people died. It rose to 1,123 in 1999 and touc...

Open Heart Surgery Possible In Himachal Pradesh Now

The state-run Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital will begin performing open-heart surgeries on patients in Himachal Pradesh... ..'The IGMC hospital has built a new unit equipped with the // latest equipment including light monitoring system, life support system, auto intensive care light, automatic operation bed and latest x-ray machines for offering this facility,' said Dr Haryal Chau...

Himachal Pradesh Government To Cancel Licences Of Some Ayurveda Units

A decision has been taken by the State Government of Himachal Pradesh to come down heavily upon ayurveda pharmacies which do not measure up to the minimum quality// standards. The licences of about 11 such units are to be cancelled. The units were found not fulfilling the good manufacturing practice standards (GMP), an official said. ...."In the past few months, officials of the state health de...

Himachal Pradesh Fails To Become Health Tourism Center

The Indian State of Himachal Pradesh's plans to become a flourishing health tourism center has not proved to be a success. There were plans to take advantage of its sylvan settings and its 'panchkarma' ayurvedic cure system // and establish a healthcare hub similar to that which came into being in yet another Indian state, namely Kerala. ....Four years ago, the Central Health Ministry sanctione...

Female Ratio Drops Alarmingly In Himachal Due To Feticides

Female feticide has become a common feature in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh that at least 7,500 feticides are carried out every year on an average//, with the gender ratio falling to be the lowest in the country. The shocking factor is that despite such unchecked prevalence of feticides only one case has been convicted so far. ..The hill state of Himachal Pradesh registers an estimated 7,5...

Himachal Pradesh: Horse Dung To Be Converted Into Organic Fertilizer

Authorities in Himachal Pradesh's tourist resort of Kufri have finally found a way to solve the problem posed by horse dung scattered on hill treks - and even profit from // it. ..Kufri, 16 km uphill from here, is visited every day by hordes of tourists, with many of them riding horses. There are about 700 horses in that mountain resort. ..Health officials, however, have pointed out that the a...

Organic Farming May Increase The Output Of Apples In Himachal

Himachal Pradesh farmers were urged by the experts to concentrate on organic farming in order to increase the output of the apples, which has been alarmingly dropping due to the use of chemical fertilizer. // ....So says a team of Swiss and Indian experts who have just ended their field trip to the hill state to raise awareness about the need for adopting organic farming. ....Apple is the main c...

Medicos & Doctors Take Out Candle Light Procession in Himachal

Shimla: The striking medicos, junior doctors and resident doctors of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla and R.P. Medical College Tanda (Kangra),// took out a candle light procession in protest against reservation to other backward classes in central educational institutions. ....The striking medicos and doctors also organized a blood donation camp in which 109 units of blood were collected and...

Mental Health Problems on Rise in Himachal Pradesh

Growing stress levels due to changing lifestyles has led to Himachal Pradesh having one of the highest mental health problems levels in the county, according to a survey //. ....The latest countrywide findings of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) found that in Himachal Pradesh out of every 100,000 people, 195 had a mental problem. ....Health officials said the survey had been carrie...

Himachal Teenager Gets New Certificates After Sex Change Operation

Famed British travelogue writer John Morris famously changed her name to Jan Morris after a sex change but an Indian school student in Himachal Pradesh did not find it// that easy to follow suit. ....The Himachal Pradesh school education board did agree to modify the name but only after much consultation, perhaps because such a request had not been dealt with anywhere in the country before. ......

Kids of Himachal Pradesh to get Calorie-rich Midday Meals

Students in state-run primary schools across Himachal Pradesh will soon get calorie-rich and varied midday meals.// ....Until now all the 660,960 primary school children in the state were being served 'khichdi' six times a week and round the year for free. But this has made the menu drab. ...."Now the government has chalked out a varied menu which includes rice, lentils, sweetened rice, vegetab...

Coal Stoves May Be Banned In 3 Himachal Towns

After Shimla, use of coal heating stoves and fireplaces are likely to be banned from three other hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. // ....Heating coal stoves and fireplaces were banned in Shimla some eight years ago by the state government cleaning the town's air significantly in winters... ..Experts say burning coal on a large- scale leads to emission of dangerous gases into the air like sulph...

US Biotech to Invest $400 Mn in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: US-based Nanobiosym, a leading biotechnology firm, is keen to invest $400 million project in Himachal Pradesh to manufacture world-class equipment for a global market.// ....Anita Goel, founder and chief executive officer of Nanobiosym, submitted the project proposal to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh over the weekend. ...."We have envisioned a project of over $400 million for Himachal to...

Himachal Pradesh Launches Strawberry Wine

After apple and plum, now strawberry wine will add variety from Himachal Pradesh.// ....The strawberry wine was launched Wednesday at the Horticulture Produce Marketing Corp's (HPMC) juice and wine processing plant in Mandi district, 180 km from here. ....The new wine was produced after year-long research by experts and will be called Kalpa wine, named after the tribal town Kalpa in Kinnaur dist...

Consumer Court in Himachal Fined Pepsi

A consumer court in Himachal Pradesh has fined the soft drink giant Pepsi of Rs. 100,000 against a complaint filed by a consumer five years ago//. The complaint was lodged after the consumer found worms in a Pepsi Mirinda bottle. ....The Himachal Pradesh Consumer Redressal Commission here Tuesday asked Pepsi to pay the amount that followed a complaint lodged in 2002 by a consumer in Dharamsala,...

Traditional Tibetan Medicine Gaining Acceptance in Himachal Pradesh

Traditional Tibetan system of medicine is gaining acceptance among visitors and locals here for its herbal and holistic approach in treating illnesses. ......Derek Mayer, a visitor from the Untied States said that they have been practicing this for a very long time. I would rather go see a Tibetan doctor than any other kind of doctor. ......Natural herbs, minerals and metals combined and prepar...

Himachal Pradesh Under the Grip of Suspected Typhus Fever Outbreak

Fear of a possible outbreak of Typhus fever has gripped people in Himachal Pradesh. ......At least 200 villagers, including women and children, in Deol area of Baijnath sub-division in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra District are suffering from a mysterious fever. ......Epidemiologists are suspecting the symptoms to be that of scrub typhus, also known as 'chigger-borne typhus', caused by rickettsia,...
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