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Dharamshala gets India’s first special e-commerce zone from Snapdeal

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Snapdeal launches India’s first ecommerce zone, to outsource some processes to Dharamshala based IT Company.

DHARAMSHALA- Snapdeal, India’s largest online marketplace today announced its partnership with the government of Himachal Pradesh to launch India’s first Special e-commerce zone at Dharamshala in the presence of Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh and Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Town & Country Planning, Sudhir Sharma

With the Special Ecommerce Zone we are looking at invigorating and mainstreaming local economies by linking and assisting them to harness the potential of the internet,” Snapdeal Co-founder and CEO Kunal Bahl said

Snapdeal has partnered with Development Logics, a Dharamshala based IT Company to outsource some parts of its image tagging process. Varun Rattan Singh, CEO and Co-founder, of Development Logics said, “This partnership showcases the potential, which exists, wherein big brands can leverage upon skilled talent available in tier-3 towns and rural areas of India. This initiative strengthens our belief that IT can be leveraged to create employment opportunities for youth in Himachal Pradesh.”

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh who was also present at the launch, said, “I am delighted that Snapdeal has taken the initiative to create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in Dharamshala by creating a special e-commerce zone.

The company said that the zone would offer multi-dimensional digital initiatives like creating online entrepreneurs, information technology training camps, outsourcing to local information technology companies, establishment of a Snapdeal technology innovation lab and promoting traditional state handicrafts through a specially curated online store for Himachali handicrafts.

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 COVID-19 Cases: Himachal Fast Heading Towards 1000 Mark

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Shimla-The number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh is fast heading towards the 1000 mark. According to the State Health Department’s daily Bulletin (9:00 PM), till July 1, 20202, the total for the State had risen to 979 with the appearance of 26 new cases in various districts. So far, eight people have lost their lives in the State due to the pandemic.

These cases were reported in Kangra (6), Hamirpur (5), Kinnaur (5), Mandi (2), Una (2), Bilaspur (2) Lahaul-Spiti (1), Shimal (1), Sirmaur (1), Solan (1).

In Kinnaur, five jawans of ITBP, who had a travel history from Jammu & Kashmir, were found to be infected. The tally for Kinnaur rose to 13 with 10 active cases.

Lahaul-Spiti that remained unaffected during all phases of lockdown, had reported its first two cases a couple of days ago. The patients were reportedly migrant labourers. Yesterday, the district reported another case, taking the total to three.

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The eight deaths have been reported from Kangra (2), Hamirpur (2), Mandi (2), and Shimla (2). Of the all deceased, five were patients of chronic kidney-related disease.

Among yesterday’s case, an 85-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Una district is most concerning due to a high mortality rate among elderly persons.

So far, Kangra (250) has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Hamirpur (250) in the second place. Solan (110) and Una (110) have crossed the 100 mark.

Of the total 979 patients, 617 have been cured. According to the Health Department, a total of 81516 persons have been tested in the State so far and 19046 are under active surveillance. Yesterday, a total of 2027 persons were tested for COVID-19. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for July 1 (Till 9:00 PM)

Himachal PRadesh Health Department daily covid-19 cases update

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Curfew Timings in Himachal Changed, Govt May Allow Running Public Transport With 100% Capacity from July 1

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Shimla-The curfew would remain in force in Himachal Pradesh from 9 PM to 5 AM – an increase of two hours in relaxation-the State Government informed today. Earlier, the relaxation time was 14 hours (between 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM). The statement came on the expiry of the orders for the current phase of lockdown.

In the next phase which would begin from tomorrow onwards, the Government has planned to allow public transport to operate with 100 seating capacity. Till now, the buses were allowed to ply only with 60 percent capacity. However, it is to be seen whether this decision taken in the previous Cabinet meeting is implemented or not. Also, the private bus operators have demanded hike in fare in order to resume services. Till June 30, the public transport have been running with only 60 percent capacity. 

It’s pertinent to mention that the surge in cases continues in the State alongwith increasing rate of appearance of new cases. The State is about to touch the 1000 mark.
The State Government is also planning to conduct exams for the six semesters of Under-Graduate classes , but the schools are likely to remain closed. 

The State Government has also issued a fresh notification in which the District Magistrates of all districts have been given the power to extend the orders regarding restricts/lockdown till July 31, 2020. The DMs were yet to issue separate notifications regarding the extension of lockdown.

The State Government said it would regulate the influx of people entering the State to ensure orderly movement and avoid any possible chance of spread of COVID-19 cases.

The Deputy Commissioners have been asked to prepare a list of various projects completed in their respective districts so that they could be inaugurated online. The DCs were also asked to submit the list of projects, for which foundation stones could be laid online and people could benefit from these projects.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi claimed that the situation in the State was well under control and government was effectively managing the situation.

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HP Govt Launches Online Self Certification Facility for Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises

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Shimla: An online Self Certification facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Himachal Pradesh was today launched by the State Government.

According to the Government, with this online self-certification portal facility, the entrepreneurs would furnish a duly filled in “Declaration of Intent” to the Nodal Agency electronically on the portal. The nodal agency would grant ‘Acknowledgement Certificate’ in the electronic format to the entrepreneur within seven days.

The State Government said there will neither be any inspection of the enterprise nor any required clearance will be sought from the entrepreneur by the concerned departments for three years or till the enterprise starts functioning (whichever is earlier) under the Acts viz; The Himachal Pradesh Panchayat Act-1994, The Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act-1994, The Himachal Pradesh Municipal Act-1994, The Himachal Pradesh Fire Fighting Services Act-1984, The Himachal Pradesh Road Side Land Control Act-1968, The Himachal Pradesh Shops and Commercial Establishments Act-1969, The Himachal Pradesh Societies Registration Act-2006 and The Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Act-1977.

The State Government brought an ordinance regarding Self Certification by MSMEs on 6th November 2019 and after it was passed in the Winter Session of the State Vidhan Sabha and was notified on 18th January 2020 and Rules were framed under the Act on 11th June 2020.

From 1st July 2020, the new definition of MSME would come into force in the State. Enterprises with investment up to Rs 50 crore on plant and machinery will fall under the MSME category.
About 99.5 percent of the industries in the State falls under this category, the State Government said.

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