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Govt. committed for uniform development of all areas :CM

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Govt- committed for uniform development of all areas -CM

Govt- committed for uniform development of all areas -CM

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the closing ceremony of Rajmata Shanti Devi under-19 district level Boys school sports Tournament, at Senior Secondary School, Taklech, in Rampur Subdivision of District Shimla, here today said that he was very much pleased to be amongst the students on the occasion and congratulated the teachers and other faculty members and people of the area for successfully conducting the tournament.

He said that he was well aware of the problems of the people of the area regarding road connectivity and directed the PWD authorities to complete the road to Kashapat as soon as possible, the work on which was going on war-footing. He said that the people of the State had an important place in his heart and he was committed for overall development of the State. He said that it was late Dr. YS Parmar, the first Chief Minister of the State, who dreamt of making Himachal a separate State and due to his initiatives and efforts of former Prime Minister late Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru and late Smt Indira Gandhi that Himachal Pradesh became 18th State of Indian Union. It was the Indian National Congress which gave impetus to the development in the State as opposite to the BJP, which was bent upon to divide the people of the State on the basis of caste, colour and region.

The successive Congress Governments have always taken care of the grievances of the people of the lower belts of Himachal Pradesh and took a decision to hold Vidhan Sabha sessions in Dharamsala in district Kangra”, he said adding that it shows the concern of the Government for all the people equally.

He said that it was painful that the opposition was not playing a constructive role and regular walkouts and hullabaloo during the budget sessions had become a routine affair, which affects the development policies.

“The opposition always abstained from attending the Vidhan Sabha Sessions and discussing the issues of development” he said, adding that it causes delay in taking important issues and decision to be taken for the welfare of the people of the State.

He said that the Sports should not be politicized but few people and politicians in the State committed many irregularities in the name of Sports under the garb of Cricket Associations, which won’t be allowed in our state. No body would be allowed to play with the future of our sports-person or budding players of the State in any game may it be cricket, hockey or any other game and the guilty would be brought to the book.

The Chief Minister cautioned that no one in the State will be allowed to play with sentiments of players by forming fraudulent companies or organizations which beats the true spirit of the games, if formed for self gains.

He said that the demand of taking up sub-tehsil issue would be looked upon depending upon the formalities to be completed and in consultation with the cabinet. The Chief Minister assured that the matter for setting up Gas agency at Taklech would be taken with the central Government and directed the Deputy Commissioner to take up the matter.

Later, he inaugurated Rehan Basera Guest House at Rampur constructed at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh.

The Chief Minister was accorded warm welcome by Rajinder Singh Rana, Principal of the Government Senior Secondary school Taklech who also detailed about the tournament in which as many as 700 students of eleven zones participated. The Chief Minister was also welcomed by Sports in-charge and Assistant District Physical Education officer, Joginder Singh and School Management Committee President Mohinder Thakur on the occasion.

The Chief Minister took salute of an impressive march-past and also distributed prizes to the students.

Nand Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while welcoming the Chief Minister thanked him for dedicating projects worth crores in Taklech today and said that the people of Taklech and its surrounding seven to eight Panchayats were thankful to the Government and especially to Virbhadra Singh for carrying out development activities in the area. He said that the people of the State would ever remain indebted to the Chief Minister for undertaking massive development activities all over the State whether it be education sector, IPH, roads, electricity, health or welfare sectors.

The Theog Zone was declared as the all around best in the tourney bagging maximum prizes in different events.

Earlier, Pradhan of Taklech Panchayat, Nandlal Busheri, Pradhan of Taklech Congress Zone Kishan Mashtu and Congress Mahila Zone Smt. Sunita Thakur honoured the Chief Minister and other guests present on the occasion.

The delegation of Gram panchayat Kashapat, led by its up-pradhan Phula Singh, presented a cheque of Rs 21 thousand towards CM relief Fund. The Chief Minister appreciated their efforts and said that the contribution made by them from their well earned earnings will go a long way in serving the poor and the needy.

A colourful cultural programme was also displayed on the occasion.

Chairman Kailash Federation, Brij Lal, Vice-Chairman HPSIDC, Atul Sharma,District Congress President (Rural), Smt Chander Prabha Negi, Chairperson Mahila Congress, Kehar Singh Khachi, Block Congress President, Satish Verma, President Beopar Mandal Rampur, Harish Gupta, Representatives of Himachal Pradesh Physical Education Teachers Asociation, Pradhans and up-Pradhans of nearby Panchayats, Deputy Commissioner, Dinesh Malhotra, Superintendent of Police, D.W Negi and other senior officers of the district were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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Himachal: 12 COVID-19 Deaths in a Day, 68 in Past 19 Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths

Shimla-The COVID-19 fatality rate in Himachal Pradesh is spiralling up. On September 18, the state reported a record 12 deaths in a single day. The deceased aged between 42 to 95 years and most had other pre-existing medical conditions. A total of 432 new confirmed cases took the COVID-19 case tally for the state to 11622 till the last official update from the Health Department (9 PM).

The situation is alarming as 5367 of the total cases and 68 fatalities were reported during the past 19 days of September month. So far, the highest 24 deaths have been reported from Kangra district, followed by Solan (21) and Shimla (20). (View the table below for statistics from other districts).

Available data of fatalities suggests that elderly persons and patients of Diabetes Mellitus, Cancer and Chronic Kidney Disease are highly vulnerable. Take a look at the medical conditions and symptoms of the 12 patients who succumbed to the infection yesterday:

Himachal Pradesh Daily COVID-19 deaths

 So far, Solan district has reported the highest 2566 cases, followed by Kangra (1759), Siramur (1482), Mandi (1228), and Una (1057). The tally for Shimla is witnessing a steep rise as the number has reached 826, of which 730 cases were reported during the past 19 days.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 18, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 data till september 18, 2020

These numbers are official statistics and the original number could be much higher as it is not possible for the government to trace all cases due to community spread. The government itself admitted that people with mild symptoms are not getting tested or reporting it and isolating themselves. These people are fueling community spread, the government said. 

Regarding the fatalities, the health officials say that people are coming to hospitals very late only when their symptoms worsen. They have urged people to not ignore the appearance of symptoms and get tested or inform the authorities.

Meanwhile, lifting all restrictions on inter-state movement of people including tourists would add fuel to the situation. Tourists have begun to visit the state and the attitude of the public is becoming more casual, following the lead of the state government.

As usual, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur continues to maintain that the state government is prepared to deal with community spread. Moreover, with this surge in cases and fatalities, the blame is being shifted on the people alone. 

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Schools in Himachal to Open With 50% Staff  for Students of 9th to 12th Classes

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Himachal Pradesh Schools Opening

Shimla: After lifting all restriction on entry into Himachal Pradesh in the previous Cabinet meeting, today the state government also gave nod to re-open schools from September 21, 2020. The decision was taken in a meeting of HP Cabinet held on September 18, 2020, in Shimla. 

Only those educational institutions would be opened which are outside containment zones. Schools would be opened as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was informed.

Also Read: Himachal: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

Only fifty per cent teaching and non-teaching staff would attend students from 9th to 12th standard, provided the students are willing to take guidance from the teachers, the government informed. The students would be able to visit their teachers for guidance, but it won’t be mandatory to come to schools.

Also, written consent of the parents or guardians of the students has been made mandatory.

It is speculated that there are bleak chances of opening primary schools this year as the community spread is in its initial phase and would be wreaking havoc in upcoming months. Himachal Pradesh has reported over 400 cases with 12 deaths today only.  

It would mean a huge loss in terms of education. There are several other obstacles and issues which make online classes for students of primary classes a difficult and less efficient mode of education. Imparting education amid the COVID-19 pandemic has become a challenging task for the state government.

Further, the Cabinet gave its approval to start BSc (Hons.) in Forestry in Government College for Forestry and Horticulture, Thunag in Mandi district from the academic session 2020-21.

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Himachal: Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 395 New Cases in a Day

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Shimla-On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh reported 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Seven fresh casualties were reported, taking the COVID-19 death tally in the state to 96. According to the official Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 17, 2020 (9 PM), the total for the state has risen to 11190, of which 4145 are active cases and 6919 had recovered.  

Seven fatalities also included a 14-year-old male from Shimla. He was a patient of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Remaining six aged between 50-82 years.  As per the Health Department’s official Bulletin, all seven patients had pre-existing medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, severe Sepsis, severe ARDS, Hypertension etc.  

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities on September 17 (till 9 PM)

covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh on september 17, 2020-

Among Thursday’s cases, Sirmaur reported the highest 82 cases, followed by Kangra (76), Mandi (70), Solan (49), Una (38), Shimla (30), Lahaul-Spiti (15), Kullu (13), Bilaspur (12), Chamba (7), and Hamirpur (3).

Further, Solan has reported the highest number of cases (2525), and Kangra district has reported the highest number of casualties (20), followed by Solan (18), and Shimla (17).

For more statistics from all districts, view the table given below:

Himachal Pradesh-september 17, 2020, covid-19 update

Several media persons complained that the Health Officials have even stopped taking their calls and release required information. The Chief Minister, in today’s Vidhan Sabha session, compared fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh (0.8%) with the national rate (1.64%) and states having larger population like Punjab (2.8%). He claimed the state government was comfortable with the situation and rising number of cases. He said five make-shift COVID-19 hospitals, which are yet to be established, would take care of the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today patted his own back by releasing an e-book “Sewa Hi Sangathan” brought out by the State BJP.

In this book, BJP has claimed that various initiatives and steps were taken by the party to effectively tacking the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister also termed the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as a success and went on to say that it has stabilized rural economy of the country and the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending the decision to lift all restrictions on inter-state movement of people, including tourists, amid a community spread, he termed it a necessary step to revive the state economy. In a way, the government has made it clear that the people would have to learn to live with COVID-19.

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