Kasauli News: CRI Kasauli Stops Yellow Fever Vaccine Production

CRI - Pastures Institute Kasuli

CRI – Pastures Institute Kasuli

For the past many months, India has been importing the Yellow Fever Vaccines. As lone manufacturer of the same in South-East Asia since 1960, Central Research Institute (CRI) Kasauli, has stopped production due to some fault in its machine. Busy in repairing the fault, CRI Kasauli is likely to miss the February 2013 deadline to ensure functional production line fully compliant with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. While deadline is approaching fast, Central Research Institute, Kasauli is yet to comply with directions, thus putting a question mark over the production of yellow fever vaccine in future as well.

Central Research Institute, Kasauli

Central Research Institute, Kasauli

On January 15, 2008, the then Union health minister A Ramadoss had suspended the licenses of many functional research and development centers including Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli, on the grounds of non-compliance with the GMP norms of World Health Organization (WHO). Later, on February 26, 2010, Union government exercising its powers of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, ordered revocation of suspension of licenses of these institutes including the CRI Kasauli. These were asked to ensure that production line was made fully compliant with GMP standards within three years.

As yellow fever vaccination has been made compulsory by many foreign countries under WHO guidelines. At all international airports it is being administered by health authorities. CRI, Kasauli, had annual production of approximately 60,000 vaccines which were being supplied to all 17 international airports of our country. Ever since the machine developed the fault, not even a single vaccine has been produced at Kasauli forcing government to import it. Apart from India, yellow fever vaccines are being manufactured in countries like China, Europe and US.

The CRI Kasauli, director Dr Sunil Gupta said yellow fever vaccine is not being produced as the company assigned the repair work has failed to detect the fault. When asked whether failure to comply with GMP norms in the production of vaccine would result into suspension of production, Dr Sunil Gupta said it depends on the decision of the Union ministry of health and he cannot comment further on the same. He said that they have time till February 2013, but after that it would be the discretion of the Centre whether or not to allow the production of the vaccine.

Gupta, however, claimed that as far as DPT vaccines were concerned, validation trial run of their production under GMP norms is going on and in couple of months CRI Kasauli will be the first government sector unit to have GMP facility.

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Khushwant Singh Litfest at Kasauli Club

The Khushwant Singh Literary Festival – Kasauli (H.P.) was held at the historic Kasauli Club from Fri. Oct. 12th till Sun. Oct. 14th, 2012.

A small documentary on the iconic writer and columnist Khushwant Singh :-

video source – NDTV

 Speakers And Interlocutors :-

  1. Ruskin Bond: Born In Kasauli. Famous Author. Padma Shri And Sahitya Akademi Award.
  2. Shobha De: Best Selling Author And Journalist.
  3. Rahul Bose: Famous Actor.
  4. Deepti Naval: Famous Actor And Writer.
  5. Mani Shankar Aiyar: Intellectual, Author, Politician.
  6. Pradip Krishen: Film Maker, Writer, Eco Gardener.
  7. Navtej Sarna: Famous Diplomat And Author.
  8. Juggi Bhasin: Author And T.V. Journalist.
  9. Romi Khosla: Celebrated Architect And Writer.
  10. Gillian Wright: Famous English Actress.
  11. Harish Dhillon: Renowned English & Punjabi Writer. Ex Student of Sanawar School. Now In Dharampur (H.P.)
  12. Salima Hashmi: Famous Pakistani Writer And Artist.
  13. Ganesh Saili: Renowned Writer On The Himalayas.
  14. Lord Meghnad Desai: Noted Economist. Member House Of Lords.
  15. Kishar Ahluwalia: Eminent Author And Editor.
  16. Bachi Karkaria: Eminent Journalist And Noted Columnist.

The festival commenced with full vigor and joy at the Kasauli Club. Kasauli witnessed many prominent figures during the two day Khushwatnt Singh festival.

Other prominent figures noticed during the Khushwant Singh’s literary festival were :-

Bhaichand Patel: Eminent Diplomat And Writer.
Malavika Sanghavi: Noted Journalist And Founder ‘Midday’.
Raaja Bhasin: Famous T.V. Presenter, Writer, And Himachal Expert.
Inderjit Badhwar: World Famous Journalist And T.V. Presenter.
Minakshi Chaudhary: Eminent Author And Specialist On Himachal Pradesh.
Robin Gupta: Retired Bureaucrat, Thinker And Writer.
Gen. Kamal Davar(Retd.): Renowned Military Thinker And Writer.
Nirupama Dutt: Famous Indian Author.
Aparna Narayanan: Educationist And ‘First Lady’ Of Kasauli Cantt.
Ashima Bath: Head Of English Faculty, Lawrence School, Sanawar.
Rakesh Kanwar: Director H.P. Govt. Art, Culture & Language Deptt.
Mandeep Rai: Eminent Writer. Former Bureaucrat And History ‘Buff’.
Suneet Aiyar: Noted Artist And Designer.
Madhu Jain: Eminent Journalist.
Anand Sethi: Engineer, Intl. Banker, Writer. Resident Of Dagshai And Curator Of Its Jail Museum.

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Sai Baba Temple, Kasauli

Sai Baba Temple is one of the temples in Kasauli, which is seen quiet crowded on Saturdays and Sundays. Many devotees flock during the weekend for worship and getting blessings. The temple holds a lot of sentimental values and has earned respect from many.

The temple is situated in Garkhal area near the famous Lawrence school of Sanawar, Kasauli.

Luxury hotels of Kasauli nearest to the Sai baba temple are :-

  1. Kasauli Castle Resort
  2. Kasauli Regancy
  3. Pinewood Cottages Kasauli
  4. Kasauli Resort
  5. Baikunth Resort, Kasauli

Some good Budget hotels in Kasauli nearest to the temple are :-

  1. Alpine Resort Kasauli
  2. Kasauli Inn
  3. Hotel Dreamland Kasauli
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Nari Mandir, Kasauli

Nahri Mandir or popularly known as Nari Mandir is located in the Nahri village of Kasauli. The temple falls approximately 6 km by road from the main bus stand of Kasauli bus stand.

The best way to enjoy the trip to Nari mandir is not by road but by taking the kuchha trek which starts from old Kasauli road and passes through the old cemetery.

Also just half a km short of the temple is a free flowing water source which has been active from the last hundred plus years. The water of the source is tasty and is actually what can be called mineral water.

Few good hotels of Kasauli nearest to the Nahri temple are :-

  1. Hotel Pines Kasauli
  2. Birds view resort

Some good Budget hotels in Kasauli nearest to the Nari mandir are :-

  1. Adarsh Residency Kasauli
  2. Kasauli Residency
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Toy train, Kasauli

The toy train is one of the most fascinating charm for the tourists visiting Kasauli, but Kasauli does not have a railways station. Lately the train has been recognized as one of the heritage possessions in India. The toy train ply from Kalka railway station to Shimla, and the nearest railway station from Kasauli, is in Dharampur which is approximately 13 km from Kasauli.

The train take a total of 5 hours from Kalka to Shimla. If one catches the train from Dharampur railway station time taken by the train is approx 4 hours. The train accelerates at a low speed of max 40 kmph, and passes through various tunnels in the journey.

Best is to catch the train from Dharampur and get down at the Solan railways station to enjoy the journey, which takes about an hour or so. One may board the train from Dharampur railway station and ask the cab driver to pick them up from Solan railways station, or one if has not come by own car may hire a cab from Solan railway station and come back to Kasauli by road.

The train halts at Dharampur railway station for a mere 5 minutes, so one has to be at the railway station well before time and procure the train tickets to enjoy the ride.

Toy trains from Kalka to Shimla along with train name and timings are given below for reference :-

a. Kalka to Shimla – Express Toy Train

Kalka to Shimla Express Toy Train Route and Timings

 

b. Kalka to Shimla – Himalyan Queen Toy Train

Kalka to Shimla Himalyan Queen Toy Train Route and Timings

 

c. Kalka to Shimla – Pass Route Toy Train

Kalka to Shimla Pass Route Toy Train Route and Timings

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