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Rename namesake disease hitting Ranikhet’s fame: HC | India News

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand high court has directed the state to propose a new name for a disease that has Ranikhet, a picturesque tourist spot, in its name. After a PIL highlighted that the hill station’s reputation suffers due to its association with an avian disease known as ‘Ranikhet disease’, the administration has now been told to file an affidavit suggesting an alternative name by June 27.
During the hearing, Chief Justice Ritu Bahri and Justice Rakesh Thapliyal discussed the negative impact of the disease’s name on Ranikhet’s tourism.
Ranikhet renowned for healthy air, Himalayan views
The petitioner, Satish Joshi, of Ranikhet, said “the picturesque town’s allure is overshadowed by this association”. Ranikhet, about 50km from Almora, is renowned for its healthy climate, pleasant breeze, stunning Himalayan views, and pollution-free greenery with deodar and oak trees.
The area’s attractions, including Kumaon Regimental Centre, museum, & golf course, offer memorable experiences for visitors.
Ranikhet disease, also known as Newcastle disease, affects the birds and poultry, leading to severe respiratory issues, nervous system problems, and high mortality rates. This affliction has significant economic implications for poultry farmers and can affect the large local bird populations.
The petitioner contended other celebrated hill stations like Mussoorie and Nainital are exalted. Ranikhet, therefore, should not be overshadowed by a negative association with a malady.
State govt acknowledged its limited jurisdiction in the matter but has, in turn, suggested that Centre could take necessary steps to rename the illness.

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