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Virbhadra rubbishes Amit Shah’s claims of grants to Himachal for roads & NHs, Urges people to beware of BJP’s malicious propaganda

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While BJP is claiming their booth-level workers’ gathering ‘Tridev Sammelan’ in district Solan a huge success, the Congress has termed it a flop-show. The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has countered allegation leveled against the party by the National President of BJP Amit Shah in his address.

He corrected that Himachal didn’t receive even a penny for roads or for conducting National Highway survey as claimed by Shah. He said that BJP leaders are intentionally spreading malicious rumors to damage party reputation. He urged people to beware of BJP’s malicious propaganda.

Countering Shah’s claim that a sum of Rs 75 crore is already granted to the State government for roads, the CM said

Truth is that not even a single penny had been received from the centre. Claims of BJP to have given 61 National Highways to state was false.

Though Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari has announced several NH projects for the state, but it becomes the duty of the Union government to get the surveys done, he added. Blaming the state government for not getting the surveys done is stupid on part of Amit Shah. He said that Shah should have known that the Union government provides funds for the central projects announced by it. But till date the state government has not received any funds for the announcements made by Union Surface transport minister, and to conduct the surveys.

Not even a sum of Rs 171 crore required for conducting surveys of National Highways had not been sanctioned by the Union Government,

said the CM.

Congress is Not Afraid of BJP’s Chargesheet, Will take legal action if allegations found Malicious

He further said that the Congress Party is not afraid of the charge-sheet BJP is preparing. If unfounded or baseless charges of corruption are leveled against the government, BJP should be ready to face legal consequences.

In his address Amit Shah had alleged that the Congress regime is “thoroughly corrupt”.

It is for the first time in history that a chief minister has deposited money acquired allegedly through corrupt means in his accounts. There is also no need for leaders such as former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal or Union Health Minister J P Nadda to allege that the state is not taking advantage of the Centre’s welfare initiatives because the local government is not keen on it,

said the statement of Amit Shah.

If any person in Congress is found to be involved in corruption with sufficient proofs, as per allegations in the chargesheet, the Government will not take a minute to take action against that person, he said.

The charge sheet being prepared by the BJP is a bundle of lies, and that the government won’t even back up filing defamation, if any baseless charges were leveled against any one, warned the CM. He also added that no Congress man can stoop so low, as the State BJP leaders are.

It is an old habit of BJP to involve in character assassination and misguide the people, he said. He further said that BJP is already facing the charges levelled by the Congress in its chargesheet for the wrong they had done.

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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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Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

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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