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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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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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