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Scuffle between DSP traffic police Shimla and taxi drivers followed by lathicharge

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SHIMLA-Amit Thakur, Dy. Superintendent traffic police Shimla, alleged a taxi driver of abusing and assaulting him with stick near Gurudwara at Shimla Cartroad during traffic checking at 9:30 PM on Wednesday. However, taxi driver claims the case to be other way round, and that it was the DSP who beat him while he was dropping passengers at the mentioned location and lathicharged the crowd that gathered and protested against DSP’s misbehave. The driver also alleged that the DSP smashed windows of his car. A case was filed by Shimla Police under Section 353, 332, 341, 504, 34, of IPC on the statement of Amit Thakur including assault on public servant to prevent him for discharging his duties.

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It triggered protests among taxi operators who blocked the road and demanded that the official be suspended. The drivers blocked the road for more than an hour, forcing police to use force to disperse them.

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The victim who was beaten up by DSP (Traffic) Amit Thakur.

According to the FIR lodged by Shimla Police, DSP Amit was on traffic checking duty and was going toward Chotta-Shimla with his driver Hans Raj when he spotted an Alto car (HP-01M-0865) parked in the middle of the road. His driver blew horn to signal the car-driver to remove the car but he didn’t remove it. Thereafter, the driver of the Alto car came out with a stick in his hands, abused and scuffle with him and even torn off his uniform. DSP reported to have sustained injuries on his right hand and some other parts of the body.

It was also alleged that the DSP was drunk as yesterday it was his birthday. When drivers blocked the road to protest against him, police lathi-charged.

Amar Ujala reports that the situation got uglier when angry crowd gathered around DSP. QRT was called and crowd was larthicharged, in which more than half a dozen people including innocent citizens and shopkeepers, who protested against DSP’s misbehave, were also thrashed and were injured. A magisterial inquary has been ordered into the matter after people reached the administration with complaint against police brutality.

Meanwhile, unverified news has appeared with contradicting reports.

An online news portal claims that DSP beat the driver brutally without any reason, smashed his car windows, and even manhandled shopkeepers who came for driver’s rescue.

Another report said that DSP was heading toward his home when he was attacked by some people sitting inside an inappropriately parked Alto car. The report also claimed scuffle between the two parties.

Taxi union has demanded the Shimla DC to take note of the incident and take strict action against the DSP. On the other hand, police has arrested the driver and registered an FIR. More details are awaited. There are rumors about Amit Thakur’s transfer as well. If he is transferred, it’ll suggest fault on the part of police too.

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Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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447 Cases of Adverse Effect Including 3 in Himachal Reported Post COVID-19 Vaccination

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Shimla– Amid skepticism over the COVID-19 vaccination, India has reported over 400 cases of adverse effect post-vaccination, informed the Ministry of Health. To be more specific, a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) were reported on 16th Jan & 17th Jan’21.

Out of these, three required hospitalization. Of these, one was discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one was discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea etc.

In Himachal Pradesh, about three cases of AEFIs were reported on day 1 of vaccination drive. These were reported from Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda, Kangra, Civil Hospital Paonta Sahib, and Maharishi Markandeshwar University Medical College, Solan.

In these cases, symptoms reported included dizziness, anxiety, nausea and shivering and persons recovered after management as per protocol, it was informed.

In Himachal, 2,499 health care workers were to be administered dose through 27 identified sites in the State on January 16. However, only 1535 healthcare workers could be vaccinated on the first day. It was 61 percent of this set target. The second round would be held today.  

Two types of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. These include Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) that has been supplied to all States/UTs.

The second is Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) that has been supplied to 12 States.

An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization. It may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. The Ministry had laid down protocols for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs, the Ministry said.

India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 vaccination program, the world’s largest such exercise.

Total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report.

The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six States. As many as 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Day2, as per the provisional reports.

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