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Cabinet relaxes norms for admission in engineering courses

Cabinet relaxes norms for admission in engineering courses

The Cabinet in its meeting held here today decided to provide additional honorarium of Rs 1000 to as many as 518 Special Police Officers (SPOs) rendering service in remote areas of district Chamba and Lahaul & Spiti bordering Jammu and Kashmir. This follows the announcement of Chief Minister on his tour to Salooni in district Chamba in February this year.

The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh.

It was decided to provide forest land on lease to M/s Om Energy Generation Private limited for construction of seven megawatt Holy–II Power Project in Chamba district at fixed lease amount for forty years.

Regarding relaxation and exemption in the prescribed criteria of AICTE and H.P Private Technical and Vocational Educational Institutions (Regulation of admission & fixation of fee) Act, 2008, it was decided that criterion of 50 percent marks in qualifying examination be made mandatory for admission this year with relaxation of 5 percent for reserved categories. However, it would be a final relaxation and from next year no relaxation/exemption in the prescribed criteria of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and HP Act, 2008 will be allowed. It was also decided that security amount of students passed out be refunded within stipulated time.

It was decided that faculty members of Medical and Dental colleges be allowed time bound up-gradation of designations upon fulfillment of eligibility criteria in their substantive pay subject to fitness and approval was also given for establishing collegium style of functioning in two medical colleges and a dental college of the State.

The Cabinet accorded approval for opening Veterinary dispensary in Gram Panchayat Shilladesh, in Chohara block of district Shimla with two posts necessary for its functioning on contract basis. It was also decided to open Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Pulwahal in Gram Panchayat Jawag in district Shimla. Approval was given to open Tehsil Welfare Office at Rait (Shahpur) in district Kangra.

A decision was taken to relocate the H.P PWD Shimla Rural Division Dhami to Totu and a new PWD Sub-Division to be opened at Dhami.

It was decided to raise one additional company of Home Guard Volunteers at Sub-Division Chopal in Home Guard and Civil Defence Department as per the announcement of Chief Minister.

The decision was made to amend Rule 26 and 28 of H.P Stamp Rules, 1973 wherein the limit to sell the judicial and non-judicial stamp papers has been enhanced from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 20,000.

The Cabinet gave its approval to allot land on lease to DAV College Trust and Management Society New Delhi for construction of school building and play ground at Rehan in district Kangra.

It also gave approval for filling up posts of various categories in district Lahaul-Spiti.

It approved broucher/guidelines for inviting applications for allotment of small hydroelectric projects up to 5 MW capacity under identified and self identified basis as proposed by HIMURJA.

It was decided to engage teachers through School Management Committees (SMC) on period basis in elementary and higher education departments in all the newly upgraded schools in the State and it also approved to extend this SMC policy to the schools where any sanctioned post was remaining vacant for over two years.

It also decided to create and fill up 24 posts of different categories in Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College, Kangra at Nagrota-Bagwan.

The approval was accorded to create 13 posts of Supervisors in Municipal Corporation, Shimla from retrospective date by upgrading the posts of Mate/Labourers.

The Cabinet approved amendment in Rule 45, 50 and 50(4) of the H.P Value Added Tax Rules, 2005.

It was decided to grant the pay structure of 10,300-34,800 +4800 grade pay to Ward Sisters in Health & Family Welfare Department from prospective effect.

The Cabinet gave approval for constructing two-storeys parking floor and two-storeys Sarai Bhawan in Lakkar Bazar area of Shimla for cancer patients.

The Cabinet also approved revision of pension for pre-2006 pensioners of UGC pay scales to H.P Government College Cadre Employees.

It was also decided to fill up one vacant post each of Assistant Professor and Associate professor in department of Nephrology in IGMC Shimla through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission by direct recruitment.

Decision was taken to fill up ten posts of Havildar Instructor/Quarter Master Havildar in Home Guards & Civil Defence department.

A decision was taken to filling up of 50 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Treasury, Accounts and Lottery department on contract basis. A decision was taken to engage manpower of as many as 100 in number (both un-skilled and semi skilled) on contract basis from some approved service provider in Himachal Pradesh Forest Corporation.

It was decided to fill up 20 posts of Assistant District Attorneys on contract basis in Prosecution department and filling up three posts of civil judge in Himachal Subordinate Judiciary.

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Himachal: Daily New COVID-19 Cases Crosses 1000 Mark, State Govt Directs Admins & Police to Show Strictness in Implementing SOPs

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Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 update april 12

Shimla– Reeling under the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh continues to report a huge surge in daily new cases and fatalities. On Monday, the state recorded 1089 cases – the highest in 24 hours this year. Nine more people succumbed to the infection, taking the COVID-19 death tally to 1111. Highest three deaths were reported from Una district, followed by Mandi (3).  View more details on fatalities below:

covid-19 deaths

Kangra district reported the highest 249 cases, followed by Solan (166), and Lahaul-Spiti (114). Find more district-wise details below:

himachal pradesh covid-19 surge

Source: HP NHM

Today’s cases also include former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, who tested positive. Earlier, his son Vikramaditya had also tested positive for COVID-19. Pertinent to mention that Vikramaditya Singh had campaigned in the Municipal Corporation elections that were concluded on April 7. 

Further, 18 cases were reported from Pine Grove School, Solan. 

The state government, which had been mostly showing a casual approach towards the surge since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, is now coming hard on it in its review meetings.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is now asking elected representatives of the local bodies to ensure that the people strictly follow the SoPs regarding temples and marriages.  The PRI members are being directed to motivate and advise the old people, those with co-morbidity to avoid going to public places as they are most prone to this virus.

“Such persons must be reverse quarantined meaning that their movement outside their houses should be minimized to the extent possible,” Chief Minister today said.

Yesterday the state government had made it mandatory for people arriving from seven high load states to carry RT-PCR negative report. The decision would apply from April 16 onwards, the government had decided.  However, he had added, that the state would remain open for tourists.

Chief Minister has asked the representatives of the PRI to keep an eye on the people visiting from other State, particularly from the high load states.

“As far as possible such people must be asked to remain in home quarantine for 10 to 14 days and getting themselves tested for COVID-19 and should not mix with the general public of the area,” he said.

The Transport Department was directed to ensure the sanitization of buses and other public transport.  Shopkeepers were told to strictly follow the ‘No Mask, No Service’ policy. Private bus operators were also asked to properly sanitize their buses and also ensure plying buses without overcrowding.

District administrations were asked to ensure that social functions such as marriages etc. strictly follow the maximum limit prescribed for such events.

Chief Minister said that action if required could be taken against the violators.

The District administration of Kullu district was directed to ensure that all the tourists visiting the district strictly follow SoPs issued from time to time. He told the administration that all the guidelines need to be followed and implemented strictly.

He said that the Ayurveda Department must also provide ‘kada’ to the patients under home isolation. The Police Department was directed to ensure that no casualness be adopted by the tourists, particularly in tourist spots such as Manikaran, Kasol, Manali etc.    

Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rugved Thakur, informed that 1,33,878 total sample done in the district, active cases were 443 and positivity ratio was 8.25 percent and fatality rate 1.2 percent. He said that 51 per cent cases in the district were from urban areas.

 

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HP Govt Makes RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory for People Arriving from Seven States

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entry of tourists in himachal pradesh

Shimla-Tourist movement to Himachal Pradesh is likely to get hit during the peak season as the state government has made it mandatory for people of seven high load states viz. Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh need to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report while visiting the State. The restriction would apply after April 16th.

The decision came after Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, who had been insisting that there would be no restriction on tourist movement to avert economic losses to the tourism industry, held a review meeting amid a massive surge in new cases and deaths.  

The state government has decided to allow tourists to visit the State, but at the same time, hotel owners and tourists should strictly adhere to the SoPs, Chief Minister said.

“The virus was spreading at a fast pace which was the biggest concern. During the last 45 days, the State has reported 10,690 new covid cases. 120 deaths were reported in the State during the last 45 days,” he said.

Over 900 new cases with 12 fatalities were reported on Saturday only.  On Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily update, the state recorded 512 new cases. 

Pertinent to mention that Maharastra, Delhi and a few other states had been suggesting that a complete lockdown could be imposed if the high rate of resurgence continued in the coming days.

Though the Chief Minister had been maintaining that lockdown would be the last resort, the tone appears to be changing with the worsening of the COVID-19 situation.

Further, laying stress on twin strategy for testing, tracing and treatment with effective surveillance of micro containment zones, Chief Minister said that greater emphasis must also be laid on RT-PCR tests to achieve the target of 70 percent RT-PCR tests.

He said that the State Health Department must also take steps to increase bed capacity to meet out any eventuality.

Meanwhile, no restriction has been put on the devotees visiting various temples in the State during the Navratri festival.

The government said no overcrowding would be allowed in buses and other public transport and private vehicles. Wearing face masks even in vehicles must be enforced strictly.

Chief Minister, who faced widespread criticism over violation of SOPs during the political campaigning for elections to the Municipal Corporations, blamed laxity shown by the people for a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the State.  

 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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