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Kalabag to get helipad to facilitate pilgrims visiting Choordhar temple

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CM Virbhadra Singh announced the construction of new helipad at Kalabag in Chaupal to facilitate visitors, tourists, pilgrims visiting famous Choordhar temple, proposes a ropeway, also granted 10 lack for construction of Shirgul Devta temple.

Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh said that a helipad would be constructed at Kalabag to facilitate the pilgrims visiting famous Choordhar temple. He said that the helipad would be constructed during current fiscal. He also announced a grant of Rs. 10 lac for the construction of Shirgul Devta temple.

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Virbhadra Singh was speaking on the occasion of 12th annual convention of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Choordhar at Gaiety Theatre here, today. He said that the construction work of Shirgul Devta temple would be speeded up and completed by the end of this year.

Chief Minister said that Choordhar was one the important religious and tourist destination of the State and all efforts would be made to provide various facilities to the pilgrims and the tourists at this place.

Virbhadra Singh directed the Tourism and Forest department to submit the feasibility report for setting up rope way from Sarahan to Kalabag in Sirmour district. Adding that the construction work on Nohradhar to Choordhar road would be resumed soon.

Chief Minister directed the Irrigation and Public Health department and H.P Electricity Board to complete the construction work of lift water supply scheme for Choordhar from Tarahan Khad. He also directed the District Administration for improving the condition of the pedestrian path from Kupwi to Choordhar and Sarahan Bigit Maharaj Temple to Choordhar. He also directed the Forest department to take appropriate steps for the constriction of motorable road from Mandah Ghati (Chopal) to Khadach, which would reduce the distance by five kilometres. He stressed the need to improve the trails and paths leading towards Choordhar temple.

Virbhadra Singh said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the prime tourist destinations in the world because of its serene environment and natural beauty. The State government was doing its best to preserve the precious environment besides giving boost to the pilgrimage tourism at large scale.

He lauded the efforts of the Chooreshwar Seva Samiti for generating various facilities for the pilgrims at Choordhar.

Virbhadra Singh said that government had taken significant steps to promote the tourism along-with creating employment opportunities in this sector. He said that 1000 tourists guide and driving training would be imparted to the 3900 youth this year to link the local youth with tourism activities and to create more avenues of self-employment. Efforts were being made to open hotels and providing basic amenities in the backward Panchayats to promote the tourism in the State, he added.

Chief Minister said that the State Government would make efforts for scientific harnessing of herbs which were present in the State so that these could be utilized for human welfare.

Virbhadra Singh released a souvenir and a audio CD brought out by the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti. Famous folk singer of the State Dr. K.L. Sehgal and his daughter Dr. Savita Sehgal have rendered the voice in this audio album. This album contains ten Hindi-Pahari songs composed by Dr. K.L. Sehgal and written by Shri Vidya Nand Saraik.

Chief Minister also released two books written by eminent writer Shri Som P Ranchan titled ‘Buddha Buddhatva Buddhichita Vajraiad’ and ‘ Virbhadra, the Magus Mystic Positiva’.

Chief Minister also honoured outstanding members of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Col. Dhani Ram Shandil said that Churdhar was famous religious destination of the State and thousand of people especially of Solan, Shimla and Sirmour visits every year. He said that joint survey by Language, Art and Culture and Tourism department would be done to harness and promote Churdhar as favourite tourism destination.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Vinay Kumar apprised the Chief Minister about various demands of the area. He said that he would be the life member of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti and efforts would be done to improve the various facilities at Churdhar.

District Sirmour Congress Committee President and Former CPS Shri Harshwardhan Chauhan presented vote of thanks.

Chairman, Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Shri I.N. Mehta detailed about the various activities of the Samiti and he urged the Chief Minister to improve the various facilities at Choordhar.

Kapil Mahashe, President Shimla Unit welcomed the Chief Minister and apprised about the various activities of the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti.

Patron of the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti Amar Singh Chauhan also spoke on the occasion.

A colourful cultural programme was presented by Chooreshwar Kala Manch, Rajgarh.

MLA’s Balbir Verma and Baldev Tomar, Former Speaker G.R. Musafir, Retd. IAS, Dr. CRB Lalit, DC Shri Dinesh Malhotra, Shri BM Nanta, MD, Civil Supplies Corporation, Advocate General,Shrawan Dogra, SP Kangra, Balbir Thakur, President Shimla District Rural Congress,Kehar Singh Khachi, Spokesman Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Advocate I.N.Mehta and Members and office bearers of all 28 units of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti were present in large number on this occasion.

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CM Jairam Thakur Tests Positive for COVID-19, Quarantined

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Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, have tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined at his official residence. The report was confirmed by the Chief Minister through a tweet in which he informed that he was under quarantine at his residence after coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive person. On the appearance of symptoms, he got himself tested and the report was found to be positive, he informed.

According to the initial report, the Chief Minister had come in contact with some COVID-19 positive persons in Manali. MLA of Banjar, Surinder Shourie, who was positive for COVID-19 had participated in the event organized on the occasion of the inauguration of Rohtang Tunnel, had also tested positive. Shourie had spent the entire day with the Chief Minister, reports said.

His private secretary had also tested positive, and there are chances that the Chief Minister might have contracted the infection from him. However, there is no certainty regarding the contact who infected the Chief Minister.

Other than Chief Minister, three Cabinet ministers – Urban Development Minister Suresh Bharadwaj, Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Jalshakti Minister Mahender Singh- have tested positive so far.  Over ten MLAs have already tested positive and some of them have recovered too.

Meanwhile, despite community spread, the testing and tracing seem to have fallen and the fatality rate has witnessed a steep rise. Till 12 pm today, the COVID-19 death tally for the state was 245, and the total number of cases registered was 17414. But these are official statistics and these numbers are likely to be much higher. 

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Himachal: COVID-19 Kills 59 in 9 Days, Govt Still Clueless About Actual Number of Cases

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Shimla-COVID-19 continue to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as the death tally spirals upward rapidly. Currently, 240 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Fifty nine of these deaths have been reported during the last nine days of October month, which is quite alarming. But contrary to that, the attitude of the state government, as well as, the public is becoming more casual. The SOPs issued by the government are hardly being followed anywhere. The fact that with the community spread, the cases of COVID-19 are falling in the official information released by the state Health Department.

On October 9, the Department traced only 199 cases but reported seven deaths. The total number of active cases was cited to be 2856. The deceased included three females and four males aged between 49 -75 years. View details of the deceased in the below-given table:

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The total number of cases, as per the official statistics, had reached 16977 till yesterday evening (9 PM). But these are official statistics and the real number is likely to be much higher due to a community spread. Similarly, the actual number of COVID-19 deaths could be higher than the official statistics. Despite it, the state government is reluctant to release any projection regarding the real numbers. No statements have been issued regarding the current situation and strategy to combat the rising fatality rate. Rather, the state appears to be refraining from bringing up the matter.

The oppositions, HP Congress and CPI (M), are targeting the government over its failure to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, this opposition is quite feeble and hasn’t resulted in any reforms in the attitude of the government.

In a statement to media, Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a senior CPI (M) leader, said that the rise in fatalities is the result of the government’s lackadaisical attitude. The suicide committed by a positive patient at the DDU COVID-19 hospital is evidence of it, he said. He said this approach has endangered health lives of ministers, officials, and the staff at their offices. Further, he said, health staff, paramedical staff, and police staff are getting infected, and even losing lives due to the government’s unpreparedness.  The government had even compromised the safety of the Prime Minister and Education Minister by violating norms set regarding COVID-19, he said.

HP Congress chief, Kuldeep Rathor also expressed shock over the presence of COVID-19 positive MLA of Banjar, Surender Shourie, in the event organized for the PM. He alleged that by violating all norms, the MLA concealed information regarding his COVID-19 positive status and did not quarantine himself, which reflects the state government’s attitude toward management of the corona pandemic. He had demanded registration of an FIR against Shourie and action against erring officials.

Sanjay Chauhan, further said that the government did not prepare itself to combat the pandemic the way it was expected to. The people of the state had followed the lockdown and sacrificed their livelihood with a hope that the government would prepare itself during this period to combat the spread and to strengthen the health infrastructure and services. But instead, the government indulged itself in making people clap and beat ‘thalis’.  The Chief Minister adopted and preached unscientific practices like performing a ‘havan’.  Despite a steep rise in fatalities, the government is still not serious about the situation, he said. 

He said the CPI (M) demands that the government starts working on war footing to prepare a strategy by involving health experts, strengthening the health services by recruiting doctors, para-medical and other staff, and constitute a task force to deal with the situation. The government should work diligently on following the norms set for prevention from COVID-19, he added.  

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Shocker for Himachal as Ex-CBI Chief & Governor Ashwani Kumar Found Dead at His Shimla Residence

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Shimla-Ashwani Kumar – 1973 IPS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre who had served as the Director-General of HP Police (2006-2008) and CBI chief (August 2008 to November 2010), and was later appointed the Governor of Nagaland in 2013-was found dead at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday evening. The news came as a shocker as Kumar was considered as one of India’s finest and honest officers.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Mohit Chawala, in statement to news agencies, confirmed the report. According to the initial report, he reportedly hanged himself and ended his life. However, no formal statement was issued regarding the suicide. According to the police, a suicide note was also recovered from the spot. However, the note was yet to be verified.

Kumar was a well known name as he had dealt with famous cases including that of Arushi Talwar murder and fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in which current Home Minister Amit Shah was arrested in 2010.

He was one of the first appointees made to resign from the post of Governor, Nagaland, as soon as the current ruling party came into power in 2014. He also remained Governor of Manipur for a short period of time. After his retirement, Kumar was serving as the Vice-Chancellor of a private university in Shimla.

The officials who have served under Aswani Kumar have expressed shock over his demise in such a manner. 

Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, and a team of medical staff was rushed to the spot. More details are awaited as the district police have not issued any formal statement regarding the incident.

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