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CM stresses for preserving cultural heritage along-with development

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CM stresses for preserving cultural heritage along-with development

CM stresses for preserving cultural heritage along-with development

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has stressed the need to preserve our rich cultural heritage and taking the State ahead towards development together by conserving rich traditions.

Speaking on the concluding ceremony of the International Kullu Dussehra Festival at Kala Kendra, he said Himachal was known as the land of Gods and was a treasure-house of many prehistoric temples. He said the ‘Dev Culture’of the State was unique and the life of the hill people revolve around the local deities.

He underlined the need to utilize the unlimited wealth which nature had endowed to the State without disturbing the ecology and environment. He remembered the first Chief Minister of the State Dr. YS Parmar for his contributions in making Himachal as 18th State of the Indian Union.

The Chief Minister said that Government was committed to provide best educational facilities in the rural areas many schools had been opened or upgraded in these areas to facilitate the students. He said the Mission of teaching fraternity should not be only to educate the students but also to make them intellectual, cultured well educated. He added if the children of the government Schools failed to give the desired academic results, the concerned teachers would be held responsible for the same.

He announced up-gradation of Government Primary School Rashol to Middle School, Primary School Punthal, GPS Bansha in Gram panchayat Kashladi, GPS Paah Gram Panchayat Kharihar to Middle Schools.

He also announced for constructing Outer Seraj Bhawan in Kullu for facility of the people of the Outer Seraj area visiting district headquarters.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 11.88 crore bridge would be constructed at Manali for which government of India had accorded sanction. He also announced construction of Bridge at 17 miles over River Beas with an estimated cost of RS 8.62 crore under NABARD, jeepable bridge over River Beas at Kalath at a cost Rs 1.17 crore and a bridge over River Beas at Nehru Kund in Manali to be constructed at a cost of Rs. nine crore.

He said that the National Highway Authority Of India (NHAI) was on job for widening the Kiratpur- Ner Chowk road and then till further to Manali. It would be made four lane later, with two lanes each on the left and two on the right bank of the Beas river till Manali.

He also announced 300 bed facility for regional hospital Kullu and a fire Station at Larji in Banjar assembly Segment.

The Chief Minister also honoured the Indian Kabaddi team members Ajay Thakur, Kavita Thakur and Pooja Thakur which won gold medals in the Asian Games at Incheon in South Korea.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the first of its kind district Library in Kullu with all modern facilities like wi-fi, book café etc. He said that it was an appreciable effort of the district administration and such more libraries were required to be opened in the each sub-division of the State. The library was first of its kind in India and had a unique collection of books suiting to the interests of people of all ages. He also appreciated the children section within the complex.

Virbhadra Singh also appreciated the efforts of the district administration for conducting the week-long festival with great fervor by adding many new attractions to the festival besides the mega dance show which marked its place in Limca Book of records. He said that such type of tradition and practice would be made a routine affair.

Maheshwar Singh, local MLA appreciated the efforts of the Chief Minister in preserving the culture of the State especially his concern for the deities of the Pradesh. He said the entire Kardar Sangh was grateful to the government for creating a revolving fund for the deities to the tune of rupees five crore. He also demanded licenses for chowkidars guarding the ancient temples of the State.

He also appreciated the steps taken by the Government for taking action against those who fleece the people along the road sides in the name of God by carrying palanquins of the local Gods. He thanked the Chief Minister for Trauma Centre at the district Hospital and for Community Health Centre at Tegubehar. He thanked the Deputy Commissioner Kullu for contributing Rs 40 lakh under Local Area Development Authority (LADA) for bridge over Sarvari Nullaha.

Karan Singh, MLA Banjar while welcoming the Chief Minister demanded opening a sub-depot of HRTC at Banjar and also to open a fire Station at Larji. He also demanded opening of PWD Sub-division at Banjar, IPH Subdivision at Larji and Electricity Sub-division at Sidhwa in Banjar Constituency.

Hari Singh Sharma, Zila Parishad Chairman, listed the development activities of the present congress regime.

District Congress President Budhi Singh Thakur, demanded 300 bed hospital for the district.

Earlier, Rakesh Kanwar Deputy Commissioner welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister.

Present on the occasion were Raghuvir Singh Thakur, Wool federation Chairman, Tek Chand Dogra, Vice Chairman SC/ST Corporation,Y.K. Mishr, Chairman APMC (Kullu and Lahaul Spiti) and other Chairmen Vice Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations and other dignitaries.

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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:

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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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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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