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CM announces various development schemes for Shimla Rural constituency

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CM announces various development schemes for Shimla Rural constituency

CM announces various development schemes for Shimla Rural constituency

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a massive gathering at Sunni Mela ground on the occasion of closing ceremony of the Sunni district level Dussehra festival in Shimla district today said that our traditions and customs needed to be preserved at any cost and the coming generations must strengthen the same.

“In the absence of preservation of traditions and culture no Nation can prosper”, said he. Counting developments in the area he said that three industrial training Institutes had been opened in the Shimla Rural segment at Jalog, Dargi and Sunni besides four Primary Health Centres at Totu, Gulthani, Nehra and at Dharogra. Two Community Health Centres were also opened at Halog and Jalog.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 105 crore IPH scheme was coming up for the area which would benefit 41 Gram Panchayats and solve the drinking water and irrigation problems of the people. He said that nineteen roads amounting to Rs 40 crore had been sanctioned to connect the remote villages of the area and 13 roads were likely to be sanctioned soon on which a sum of Rs 40 crore were being spent. Besides, two bridges amounting to Rs four crore were under construction.

He said that 42 buildings amounting to 240 crore had been sanctioned to be constructed in the Shimla rural constituency, which also includes a Judicial Academy. He also said that the School hostel if reparable be renovated and if need, be constructed in the plus two school Sunni.

The Chief Minister announced a sum of Rs 20 lakh for the internal roads of the Sunni Nagar Panchayat and Rs 20 lakh for Nagar Panchayat Office. He also announced Rs 50 lakh for integrated development of Shalli Temple and to provide other basic amenities to boost religious tourism activities in the area, besides improving temple ground.

He also assured opening of Block Medical office at Sunni.

The Chief Minister also distributed Sewing Machines to the Mahila Mandal Sunni.

He also inaugurated the ‘Dussehra Kala Manch’ at Dussehra ground Sunni constructed at a cost of Rs 13 lakhs for which he announced to give the cost of entire completion cost.

He said that Shimla Rural was his home segment and he was working whole heartedly for the development of the area. He added that developmental works had been speeded up in the area during past one and half years and special emphasis had been laid on opening more educational, health institutions besides providing road connectivity to the left out villages.

He also released the Audio CD of Sh Dharam Pal Bhardwaj and Uma Kaundal on the occasion.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Sunni Bus Stand to be constructed at a cost of RS 8.53 crore and also laid foundation stone of multipurpose hall of Government Degree College at Sunni to be constructed at a cost of Rs eight crores. The Hall, when completed will accommodate as many as 700 people besides having other facilities.

The Chief Minister also inspected the ongoing work of the Civil Hospital, Sunni being constructed as a pilot project under pre-fab technology and will be having 30 bed facility besides 20 already existing and said that the inauguration of the same would be done on 25th Nov 2014.

The Chief Minister en-route Sunni inspected Old age Care home being constructed at Basantpur being constructed at a cost of Rs 2.45 crore and directed to complete it within a stipulated time period. He also directed for construction of Panchayat Hall in the premises’ of BDO office Basantpur with intake capacity of as many as 100 people and asked to spruce up the surroundings. He also asked the PWD authorities to take over the Reog road in Basantpur for maintenance and improvement.

Vikramditya Singh, President State Youth Congress while speaking on the occasion said that with the support of Punjab National Bank a Multipurpose Vocational Training Institute will be opened at Sunni. He recalled the development works undertaken in the area during the present Governments regime and exhorted youth to come forward and co-operate in the development of the State. He also demanded the shifting of Block Medical officers Office to Sunni and said that the Government should keep in mind the interests of the youth while framing the welfare policies.

Kehar Singh Khachi, DCC president (Shimla Rural) and Chandershekhar Sharma, Mandal President, Shimla Rural Congress also spoke on the occasion.

Pradeep Sharma, President Beopar Mandal and Vice-Chairman of the Dussehra Mela Committee welcomed the Chief Minister and placed the demands of the area. They thanked the Chief Minister for the development works being undertaken in the area.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Shimla Gian Sagar Negi welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister and other guest present on the occasion.

A colorful cultural function was also organized on the occasion and CM announced a sum of Rs 25 thousand for the children for performing cultural programme and for the dresses.

Chief Parlimentary Secretary Mansa Ram, Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra, Chief Engineer PWD MS Thakur were present amongst other dignitaries present on the occasion.

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CM Jairam Thakur Tests Positive for COVID-19, Quarantined

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HImachal Pradesh CM Tests Positive for COVID-19

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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Himachal PRadesh Jairam Thakur

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:

Shimla-covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

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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Himachal IPS Officer Ashwani Kumar found deat in shimla

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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