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3 BJP MLAs suspended for sitting on Speaker’s chair and create ruckus on second day of HP Assembly session

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The entire day was wasted in slogan-shouting and drama created by the MLAs. The debate on the centre’s decision of demonetization of high currency notes was also conducted in the absence of the opposition.

SHIMLA- On the second day of winter session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly at Tapovan in Kangra district, three MLAs of the Bhartiya Janata Paty (BJP) were reportedly suspended for rest of the session for violating the dignity of the house by sitting on chair of the Speaker, Brij Bihari Lal Butail in his absence and announcing adjournment of the house after which the opposition left the house.

As per reports, the opposition moved the motion demanding debate on corruption cases against the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, which was denied by the speaker saying the matter is sub-judice and pending in the Delhi High Court.

BJP MLAs, Suresh Bhardwaj, Dr. Rajeev Bindal, and Randhir Sharma protested against rejection of the motion and reached Speaker’s podium twice and raised slogans demanding the discussion claiming that the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) has dismissed CM’s appeal in the I-T returns case and the CBI has also completed its charge-sheet. So, therefore, the matter is hardly sub-judice, said the opposition. There was exchange of furious comments from both sides. The speaker had to adjourn the proceedings of the house for 15 minutes due to ruckus created by the MLAs.

Reportedly, before the Speaker could returned to the seat to continue the session, Suresh Bhardwaj reportedly sat on the Speaker’s chair and said, “the house is adjourned for the day”. Before, the session could be resumed, all MLAs including Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal left the house.

The speaker and MLAs of ruling party including the CM termed the incident as unfortunate and said that the dignity of the house was compromised openly. Later, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mukesh Agnihotri moved a motion and said that no one can occupy the chair of the Speaker without permission. Moreover, Agnihotri added, when the Deputy Speaker was present in the house, no one can sit on Speaker’s chair. The motion was accepted and aforesaid MLAs were suspended for rest of the assembly session. 

The Chief Minster said it was the first time that he witnessed such absurdity in the house. It’s a matter of shame that all of it happened in the presence of leader opposition P.K. Dhumal, who have been on the CM chair twice.

It’s Not the First Time: Dhumal

Defending his party, Dhumal criticized the CM for claiming that that it was the first time that such ruckus was created in the HP Assembly. He reminded that in 1979, similar scene was witnessed. He also said that during last session, the Congress MLAs had torn apart documents and had created so much drama that one of BJP’s MLAa had broken his finger. The current trend in the house reminds of the emergency imposed during the tenure of Indira Gandhi, said Dhumal.

The entire day was wasted in slogan-shouting and drama created by the MLAs. The debate on the centre’s decision of demonetization of high currency notes was also conducted in the absence of the opposition.

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Himachal: One-Month-Old Among 67 Fatalities Reported in Last 24-Hours, Fatality Rate Keeps Mounting But Testing Remains Low

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Shimla – In the last 24-hours, 67 people lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total death toll to 2,185. While, 3,044 new cases of infection were reported on Friday, as the total number of Covid-19 cases reached 1,53,717, according to data released by the state government.  Among the Himalayan states, Himachal Pradesh has second highest fatality ratio of 28 per lakh. Also, the Covid-19 fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh had surpassed the national average of 1.1% to reach 1.5% on May 6, 2021. The fatality rate of the hill state still remains near 1.4% 

The daily number of cases has been fluctuating but the fatality rate is only mounting. Despite directions passed in statements to increase testing rate and contact tracing, the daily sampling remains low. On Friday, 11,388 people across Himachal were sampled for the infection, out of which 2,430 Covid test results remain pending.

On Friday, Kangra district reported 724 cases and 31 fatalities, the highest in the state, in the last 24 hours. Hamirpur district reported ten deaths.

One of the patients who succumbed to severe symptoms of coronavirus was a one-month-old infant, Priyanshi, from Shimla’s Theog region. Priyanshi tested positive for coronavirus on May 7 and succumbed to the infection on Thursday. She was admitted to the pediatric department of Shimla’s Indira Gandhi Medical College. Her cause of death was cited to be “Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) with COVID 19 Pneumonia with late-onset neonatal sepsis.”

The oldest patient to succumb to infection was a 103-year-old woman from the Mandi district.  58 out of 67 patients who died of coronavirus had no comorbidities. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 14, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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 A picture doing the rounds on social media suggested how the pandemic has taken devastating form in rural Himachal. The picture emerged from a village in the Kangra district, where a man was seen carrying the dead body of his mother. Villagers and relatives of the man refused to come ahead and lend a shoulder as the woman had died of Covid-19. While the son carried the body to the cremation ground. The man’s wife followed him with their toddler in one hand and cremation material in the other. The incident has brought local bodies and officials of district administration under scanner for failing to ensure that the woman was cremated with dignity and the distressed family received all the support that it needed.

Read: Heartbreaking Picture of Man Carrying Mother’s Body for Cremation Alone Shakes Himachal

 The picture comes when CM Jai Ram Thakur in his meeting with Deputy Commissioners of the State asked them to ensure that the last rites of Covid-19 victims were performed strictly as per the protocol and guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Thakur said that in rural areas Block Development Officers have been designated as nodal officers in their respective areas for this purpose. Thakur asked for adequate PPE kits, dead body bags, disinfectants, sanitizers, waste disposable bags, etc. to be provided to the hospitals and PHCs, so that the same could be made available to the people for performing the last rites as per the protocol.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 14, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Kangra: Heartbreaking Picture of Man Carrying Mother’s Body for Cremation Alone Shakes Himachal

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Kangra-A heartbreaking picture of a man forced to carry the body of his Covid-19 positive mother alone on his shoulders for cremation in Kangra district appeared in media reports and was widely circulated on social media. Villagers and relatives refused to come ahead and lend a shoulder as she had died of Covid-19. While the son carried the body to the cremation ground, his wife followed him with a toddler in one hand and cremation material in the other.

The picture has shaken the state. Questions are being raised as to how an entire village could turn a blind eye at such a time. The role of the elected local body (panchayat) and district administration also came under the scanner and the state government had to release a statement following the appearance of media reports.

The man was identified as Vir Singh and the incident was reported from Bhangwar Panchayat near Ranital region of the district. His mother was reportedly home-isolated after testing positive for Covid-19. A media report said that she was a former member of the elected panchayat.

The elected Pradhan of the panchayat, Suram Singh, claimed that he couldn’t come to help Vir Singh because he had a fever. He said Vir Singh didn’t mention that there was no one to help him. The Pradhan also said that he had spoken to tractor drivers but all of them refused to carry the body. He said the only people who helped him were some villagers who arranged wood from the forest for cremation.

The Deputy Commissioner, Rakesh Prajapati, said that Vir Singh didn’t give the district administration the time to respond and carried the body hurriedly for cremation. He said that following this incident, it was decided that cremation of every Covid-19 patient would be carried out in the presence of representatives of the district administration.

After the picture went viral on social media, today, HP Government directed the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that the last rites of the persons, who have died of Covid-19 were performed strictly as per the protocol and guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in this regard. The government said that directions were already issued on 12th May 2021 regarding this.

District administrations were asked to co-operate in performing the last rites of the deceased and ensure providing resources such as PPE kits, dead body bags, disinfectants, sanitisers, waste disposable bags etc. for proper disposal of the dead body.

Panchayat Secretaries/Patwaries were also directed to facilitate families in performing the last rites of the deceased.

Further, the government said that under such circumstances family members of the deceased can contact the Municipal authorities, Executive Officers/Secretaries of Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat Secretaries/Patwaries of their respective area for any assistance.

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Shimla: Charitable Trust Providing Free Meals to Home Isolated Covid-19 Patients

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Shimla-Coronavirus pandemic has proved to be a major blow to the state’s governance. At a time when almost all three tiers of government failed to assess and prepare for the second wave in the country, many organisations have come forward to help the ordinary citizens in need. The Sunil Upadhayaya Educational Trust has been running an initiative to provide free food for those in home isolation in the state’s capital city.

The trust started the initiative from 28th April 2021, and is currently providing free meals to at least 83 Covid-19 positive families in Shimla, Trust Secretary Dr Surendra Sharma said.

Joint Secretary, Dr Nitin Vyas, informed that the meal plan for Covid-19 patients have been prepared after taking into consideration all the dietary requirements of such patients . Suggestions for this diet plan were taken from doctors.

A well-planned protein diet consisting of fruits, salads, sprouts, vegetable, pulses, rice, Indian flatbread (roti), and a sweet dish is being provided to the home isolated patients, he added.
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Dr. Vyas also informed that all the people involved in the initiative, including the cooks, have undergone the RT-PCR test.

Trust secretary, Dr. Sharma, claimed that the trust has managed to deliver 676 food packages till now. He also informed that the trust is running two helpline numbers for those in need of the food service. Needy people can reach the trust at the given numbers: 9418006194, 9805349124

The trust is also organising free online coaching classes for the students of class 10th and 12th for 35 days.

“All those students who are facing problems to manage their studies in the pandemic due to unavailability of required resources can contact the trust members and get themselves registered for the free classes,” Dr. Vyas said.

In the past, Sunil Upadhayaya Educational Trust have organized various initiatives like cloth banks, and clothes distribution drives too, Dr Vyas said.

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