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No cow slaughter, no sale of beef in Himachal: HP High Court

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After imposing a ban on animal and bird sacrifices in religious places, the High Court has now imposed a ban on cow slaughter in the state. The court directed that no person would slaughter any cow/calf and export cow for the purpose of slaughter either directly or through his agent or servant.

The court also directed that no person would sell beef or beef products in any form in the state .

Passing this direction, a Division Bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sureshwar Thakur observed that, “There is complete prohibition of cow slaughter as per Section 3 of the Himachal Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1979, and the state is required to make an endeavour to take steps for preserving and improving the breeds and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch cattle.”

It further observed that, “Animals have their own rights and it is our duty to protect their rights. They breathe like us. These animals are also creation of God.”

The court further directed the authorities that the entire roads are to be made free of stray cattle by December 31, 2014.

The court passed this order on a public interest litigation plea where the petitioner organisation has highlighted the plight of cows in the state and given the instances of pain and suffering caused to cows. It prayed for constructing the modern goshalas or gosadans and also to provide medical assistance to them.

The court further directed that the owners of cattle which are found on the streets, roads and public places should be punished.

It directed the Commissioner, MC, Shimla and Executive Officers of all Municipal Councils, Nagar Panchayats and pradhans of gram panchayats to ensure that all roads passing through their jurisdiction were kept free from the stray cattle to ensure free and smooth flow of the traffic. Cattle would have a tag number indicative of the owner to whom the animal belongs in order to trace the owner.

The Bench also directed the Superintending Engineers of all national highways and state highways to ensure that no stray cattle, including cows and bulls, come to the roads. But while doing so, utmost compassion was shown to these and no unnecessary force was used on these. If the cattle were transported, there should be a provision for construction of ramps and the vehicles should be driven not more than 10-15 kms/hour to avoid injuries to the animals.

The court also directed all local bodies, including the MC, Shimla, to construct in their jurisdiction goshalas/gosadans or shelters for housing cows and stray cattle within six months. It further directed that government veterinary officers/doctors to treat all stray cattle.

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The Bench directs the authorities that the entire roads should be made free of stray cattle by December 31, 2014.

The owners of cattle which are found on the streets, roads and public places should be punished

Cattle will have a tag number indicative of the owner to whom the animal belongs to trace the owner

If the cattle are transported, there should be a provision for construction of ramps

The vehicles carrying cows should be driven not more than 10-15 kms/hour to avoid injuries to the animals

It directs all local bodies to construct goshalas/gosadans or shelters for housing cows and stray cattle within six months
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Red Cross Starts Counselling Service in Himachal Pradesh for Home-Isolated Persons

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Himachal Pradesh State Red Cross has taken has started the counselling service for home-isolated individuals to prevent mental health-related issues.

A spokesman of the state Red Cross on May 11 informed that a control room has been set up at the headquarters level where the staff and volunteers of the Red Cross would be stationed from 9 am to 5 pm.

Anyone living in home isolation can contact the control room on landline numbers 0177-2621868 and 0177-2629969 and 94599-77733. The staff members and volunteers will receive the call and provide the contact with the number of the doctor available.

The specialist doctors from various faculties will also be available in this team of doctors. This counselling service will be available from 9 am to 5 pm. Patients can also send audio or video clips to physicians so that they can assess and give advice.

The doctors besides advising on the Corona pandemic will also answer queries of such persons. The control room will also provide the contact number of the Red Cross Center of the concerned district so that any assistance can be taken in collaboration with the district administration.

Chairperson of the State Red Cross Hospital Welfare Branch Dr Sadhna Thakur has thanked the doctors who are playing an active role in the counselling facility. She said that despite being busy performing their duties during this pandemic, they have taken a step to cooperate with the counselling service started by the Red Cross, which is commendable.

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Free Covid-19 Treatment in Himachal’s Private Hospitals to Beneficiaries of Two Govt Schemes

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Shimla-The beneficiaries of Himcare and Ayushman Bharat Schemes in Himachal Pradesh would be given free treatment in registered private hospitals dedicated as Covid Hospitals, the state government announced today.

According to the government, as many as 4.16 lakh are registered under Ayushman Bharat and 5.13 lakh families under the State-sponsored Himcare scheme to date. All these families would now be eligible for the free treatment of covid-19, it was informed.

The State Government has also decided to prioritize few sections of the society for getting vaccinated keeping in view their nature of duty. Drivers and conductors of HRTC buses, drivers and conductors of private trucks and buses, fuel pump operators, PDS depot holders, teachers on Covid duty, banks and finances service staff, staff of Food and Civil Supplies, chemists and Lok Mitra Kendras operators would be provided covid vaccine on priority, the government informed.

Also Read: Himachal’s Covid Death Toll Crosses 2,000 Mark With 66 Casualties in 24-hours; 4,977 New Cases Reported 

The government said the registration process for vaccination of the 18 to 44 age group is in progress. The State has been allocated 1.07 lakh vaccine doses for this age group and the vaccination process would be started from the 17th of this month, it was informed.  Vaccination would be done on a first come first served basis as per the time of registration, it was further informed.

The government also said that a dedicated district-level control room would be established in the district to facilitate the Covid patients in getting ambulances for hospitals and also drop back vehicles. The ambulances would have sufficient oxygen and other equipment, it said.

Also Read: Video: Patient at Shimla’s Covid-Care Facility Complains of Mismanagement, Spending from Pocket for Medicines

The state government has urged the various industrial houses to come forward for contributing generously towards Chief Minister Covid Fund.

The oxygen storage capacity has been increased by about 25 MT during the last few days, the government claimed. A total of 3080 beds are available for the Covid patients in the State and more 1100 beds would be added in the next few days, it claimed. The current capacity of the oxygenated bed was  2505.

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Himachal’s Covid Death Toll Crosses 2,000 Mark With 66 Casualties in 24-hours; 4,977 New Cases Reported 

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Shimla-In the last 24 hours, 66 patients of coronavirus succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total death toll to 2,055. A total of 4,977 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state on Wednesday, taking the total Covid cases in the state to 1,45,736.

15 casualties were reported from the Kangra district while 12 deaths were reported from Hamirpur district, and 10 were reported from Solan district. Nine casualties who died in the last 24 hours were below the age of 50; while 54 out of 66 patients – over 80 %- who died had no comorbidities.

16859 people were sampled for the infection on Wednesday out of which 2900 Covid test results were awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 12, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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The vaccination drive for people above the age of 45 is continuing in the state. Till Wednesday 4,03,140 people across the state have received both the Covid vaccine shots while 16,76,188 people have received their first jabs.

Himachal has placed the order for vaccines for the age group of 18 to 44. According to a report, Special Health Secretary Nipun Jindal had said that the state placed an order with the Serum Institute of India for procuring 73 lakh doses of the vaccine. The procurement will take place in a phased manner over the course of the next three to four months. However, Jindal said in April that the state would have to wait for three to four weeks for the supplies to reach, following which the third phase of vaccination will start at COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs) across the state where citizens from the 18-44 age group can receive their jabs.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur held a virtual meeting with the Panchayati Raj Institutions and urged them to come forward to help in transportation of Covid-19 patients who are under home isolation to the hospital well in time in case their health condition deteriorates so that they could be given proper medical treatment.

Thakur also asked representatives of the PRIs to keep a strict check on people who are coming to the villages from outside the State so that they could be asked to remain in-home quarantine. PRI representatives were also asked to inform the district administration regarding people coming from outside and also about events in which large gatherings were expected.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Casualties for May 12, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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