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India Ink: Newswallah: Bharat Edition

January 19th, 2013 World

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Jammu and Kashmir: Due to heavy snowfall in the Kashmir region, state authorities on Friday dispatched police teams to evacuate residents of the avalanche-prone Waltengu Nad area in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, according to a PTI report on the IBN Live web site. This area was badly affected by avalanches in 2005 that killed dozens and displaced hundreds.

Assam: The state was awarded the “Krishi Karman Award” for the second year in a row for exceeding the national average in the production of pulses, The Assam Tribune reported. It was among the eight states to receive the honor for excelling in the production of food grains, with its agricultural production rate touching 6.62 percent in 2011-12, more than the national average of 4.62 percent, the report said.

Mizoram: At least 13 cases of suspected drug overdose have emerged in Mizoram over the last month, Mizo News reported. A medical officer in the state capital’s Aizawl Civil Hospital said that in most of the cases referred to the hospital, the victim had consumed “cough syrup spiked with grape wine which could produce dangerous chemical reactions,” the report noted.

Jharkhand: President’s rule was imposed in Jharkhand State on Friday after Chief Minister Arjun Munda’s government was reduced to a minority in the state legislature, The Economic Times reported. This constitutional clause is invoked when no political party has the majority in the house to form a government, and until a new government is appointed the federal government will run the state.

Maharashtra: Chandrapur in eastern Maharashtra could soon be the third district in the state to ban liquor, The Times of India, reported. The state authorities decided on the move in the interest of people’s health, even though it could cost an annual revenue loss of 1.5 billion rupees, the report said. The liquor trader’s union in the state has strongly opposed the decision.

Goa: A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped in her school toilet on Monday in Vasco, a town in Goa, the Press Trust of India reported. The parents of the girl have accused the school management of trying to destroy the evidence of the rape before the police were informed about the incident.

Tamil Nadu: Thousands of food companies haven’t yet registered their businesses under a food safety act in Tiruchirapalli district despite a fast approaching Feb. 4 deadline, The Hindu newspaper reported. The paper estimates there are 14,000 food businesses in the area, of which only 5,500 have registered so far.