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Chief Minister administers Polio Drops to Children





Shri Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister launched second phase of Pulse Polio Immunization Campaign by administering polio drops to Master Abhinav of Hamirpur, Vanshika of Arki, district Solan, Divyanshu from Ghanahatti, Kanishtha and Ushma from Shimla district and other children here today. He also flagged off 23 mobile vans from historic Ridge Maidan Shimla which will administer polio drops to children in Shimla district.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that though no polio case had been reported in the State for the last three years but constant vigil and mass awareness campaign must be carried out to completely eradicate this dreaded disease. He said the objective of this campaign was to make Himachal free from polio. He exhorted people of the State to administer polio drops to their children and ensure that every children of the State upto five years of age must be administered polio drops.

Chief Minister said that, this drive would be carried out on 7th April, 2013 in Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur districts, Dodra Kwar area of Shimla district and Pangi area of Chamba district as these areas were left out from this campaign due to inclement weather and heavy snowfall.

Chief Minister said that a target had been fixed to administer polio drops to 680679 children and 22627 personnel had been deployed to make this drive successful. As many as 5669 booths had been set up for this purpose.


He said that the children of Gaddi and Gujjar tribes were being administered polio drops at the Forest Check Posts whenever they cross over these Check Posts. Special arrangements had also been made at Temple premises, major tourist destinations, industrial clusters and bus stands for administration of the polio drops.

Shri Chandreshwar Prasad, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Shimla, Shri Tikender Panwar, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Shimla, Shri T.G. Negi, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Shri Ali Raza Rizvi, Principal Secretary, Health, Shri Sohan Lal, Ex Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Shimla, Shri Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Shri Abhishek Dullar, S.P., Shimla, Shri Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission, Dr. Kulbhushan Sood, Director, Health Services, Dr. R.K. Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Shimla, Dr. Ramesh Chand, Medical Superintendent, IGMC, Shimla, Dr. Mahesh Jaswal, Medical Officer, Health, Dr. Umesh Bharati, Medical Officer, M.C, Shimla, Shri Devender Bushahari, Prominent Congress leader, Shri Chander Shekhar Sharma, General Secretary, Shimla Rural Congress Committee, other senior leaders, senior officers of the State Government and prominent people of the town were present on the occasion.
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Vivek Kumar of Kangra Among Those Martyred in Helicopter Crash, Leaves Behind Wife and 2-Month-Old Son



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Kangra-The demise of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife along with 11 others onboard an Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 helicopter that crashed in Coonoor of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday shocked the nation.

Tributes were pouring in across the world for India’s first CDS and other departed souls.

A village in Kangra district – Thehado (ठेहडू) in Jaisinghpur subdivision-is also mourning the demise of Vivek Raj who was also onboard the ill-fated chopper. Lance Nayak Vivek Kumar 1 Para (SF) was PSO to the CDS, Bipin Rawat.

Vivek left behind a wife and 2-months-old son. He had joined the J&K Rifles in 2012 and later served as a commando. He had got married in 2020. The news of his departure has left the family devastated. A pall of gloom has descended upon his native village. His father Ramesh Chand is a daily wager and his mother is a housewife. His younger brother runs a bakery shop in Baijnath.     

On Thursday, officials from the Defence visited his house for collecting the DNA sample of the parents. The bodies, according to the report, were burnt so badly in the crash that it was difficult to ascertain their identities. The DNA samples would help in the identification.

According to the official reports, the sole survivor of the crash, Group Captain Varun Singh, was on life support at the Military Hospital at Wellington.

Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force has retrieved the Flight Recorder of the Black Box of the helicopter. The cause of the crash was still under investigation.

Bipin Rawat along with his wife and other 13 was on his way to the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington to deliver a lecture.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry



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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   



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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details


Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.


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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion


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