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Himachal first State in South East Asia to launch Electronic Health Card Scheme: Govt

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HP Electronic Health Card Scheme

Chemotherapy facility now available in IGMC Shimla and is free for BPL families, foundation stone of the special ward block of the IGMC, Shimla laid, amount for critical care cardiothoracic surgeries, Genito Urinary services, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology enhanced

Shimla – Himachal Pradesh Health Department today launched six new health schemes including the Electronic Health Card Scheme. Under this scheme, free insulin will be provided to diabetic patients below 18 years of age under universal immunization program.

The Health Minister claimed Himachal has become the first state in South East Asia to launch electronic health cards. Few lakh people, not covered under any scheme, were now brought under the ambit of Universal Health Scheme, he said.

Other schemes include the HP Universal Health Protection Scheme, a health bulletin brochure, a scheme for free treatment of Hemophilic patients, screening scheme for patients of non-communicable disease and introduction to ‘Measles Rubella (MR) campaign.

The electronic card titled “The Health Card HP” is available for download on the Google Play Store. 

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of the special ward block of the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, online from Hotel Holiday Home.

I am always of the opinion that whatever is to be done should be qualitative time-bound and be done on priority

, said Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also honored Dr. J.K. Mokta for his research and contribution in formulating a scheme for free insulin for diabetic patients below 18 years of age.

The Minister said that initially dialysis facility for diabetic patients was started in Zonal hospitals (ZHs) of four districts. This facility would be extended to all the ZH’s in the state in a phase wise manner, he said.

The government is trying to provide 300 different type of lifesaving medicines to free of cost in all Community, Primary and health sub centres, he said.

The Government targets to bring the infant mortality rate down to 25/1000 per year which now was 28/1000 per year.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Shri Prabodh Saxena informed that the Chemotherapy facility was now available in IGMC Shimla and is free for Below Poverty Line families.

He said free insulin for type-1diabetic patients below 18 years of age and free treatment to hemophilic patients was also being launched.

The amount for critical care cardiothoracic surgeries, Genito Urinary services, Neurosurgery, Radiation oncology was enhanced from 30 thousand to Rs 1.75 lakh. This amount for the cancer patients is Rs. 2.25 lakh, which was far more than what was mentioned in the guidelines under universal health coverage scheme, said the Health Minister.

In the present tenure, claimed the Chief Minister, four new medical colleges were sanctioned for the state. The Dr. YS Parmar Medical College at Nahan and Jawahar Lal Nehru College at Chamba have started functioning and many students from all India medical quotas beside Non-Resident Indians have taken admission in these medical colleges.

The ESIC Medical College at Ner-Chowk in district Mandi has also become functional, said the Chief Minister

The construction work of medical college building at Hamirpur could not be taken up because the forest clearance was still awaited.

Besides these developments, many Ayurveda health institutions have been opened in far flung and rural belts of the state, he said.

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Video: On Duty Policemen Thrashed by Group of Miscreants in Shimla

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Youth clash with shimla police on holi

Shimla- Two policemen were reportedly injured after a dozen of miscreants clashed with them during Holi celebrations on the Ridge Shimla today.  The celebrations were foiled with violence and hurling of vulgar abuses. The scene was captured by a local on a mobile phone, and the video is being circulated on social media.  

As per the Shimla Police, today some people were celebrating the Holi at the Ridge Shimla. At about 12.15 PM, a group of some youth were spotted creating a ruckus, and when the policemen tried to stop them, they clashed with the police and beat them brutally. Two of the policemen were reportedly injured.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Pramod Shukla confirmed the report. The youths were said to be drunk.

As per initial reports, one of the accused was detained, while remaining accomplices fled the scene. There was no word on the identity of the culprits yet. The police said the rush on the Ridge made it difficult to identify them.

An FIR was filed at the Sadar Police Station under Sections 353,332,147,149 of the IPC for the assault and obstructing on-duty police officials. The police said further investigation is in progress.  

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UHF Nauni Station Becomes India’s ‘Lead Centre of Dahlia Testing’

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Dahlia in full bloom at RHRTS Dhaulakuan

Solan- As good news for the farmers of Himachal Pradesh engaged in floriculture, the Regional Horticulture Research and Training Station (RHRTS), Dhaulakuan of the Dr YS Parmar University and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been designated as the ‘Lead Centre of Dahlia Testing’ in the country.

As per the university, this is a big shot in the arm for Dahlia cultivation in the state as the flower has been introduced in Himachal for the first time under the project. The research conducted at the station could pave the way for its adoption by farmers for commercial cultivation.

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA) of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare, GoI has given the prestigious national level designation to the research station.

The status of National level Lead entre of dahlia testing is a big achievement for the station as Dahlia is among the most admired winter flowering plant. It is a recognition of the work carried out at the research station and is expected to catalyze commercial cultivation of this flower in the state,

said Dr AK Joshi, Associate Director RHRTS, Dhaulakuan.

He added that several cultivars will be added to the present germplasm and farmers will be able to get rooted plants in the future. UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma and Director Research Dr JN Sharma congratulated the scientists.

The research station forayed into floriculture in 2012, mainly in ornamental plants, but has since made rapid strides in this area. In 2016-17, under a PPV&FRA funded project worth Rs. 18 lakh, over 50 cultivars of dahlia of different shapes, colours, sizes and categories were introduced at the station from different reliable nurseries and departments from Uttarakhand and adjoining areas.

Elaborating on the research, Dr Priyanka Thakur, Principal Floriculturist and main investigator of the project told that the objectives were the development of Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) testing guidelines of dahlia and evaluation of species/ cultivars. The morphological characterization, development of DUS testing guidelines and the establishment of DUS centre for dahlia at the station is presently underway.

The farmers of Himachal can adopt this new crop for cut flower as well as pot plant production, which can not only help in diversification but also boost the economy and raise farm incomes.

The newly introduced dahlia cultivars are suitable for pot plant production, borders, mass plantations and cut flowers etc. Cultivars like Matungini, Mother Teresa, Sister Nivedita, Tenzin, Suryadeva, Jishu, Gilody, SP Kamla have been found suitable for low hill conditions. Matungini, Jishu, Sohini, Black Eternity, Surya Deva, Maa Sharda have been found suitable for cut flower production.

Often called the ‘King of flowers’, Dahlia is grown both for indoor and outdoor elegance. The height of plants differs with variety and can vary from two-inch lollipop style pompoms to the giant 10-15 inch ‘dinner plate’ blooms growing to a height of 4-5 feet.

These cultivars remain in flowering from Feb to May. Farmers can reap rich dividends by selling cut flowers, pot and as landscape plants and through the production of rooted plants. The students of the university are also working on the evaluation of dahlia varieties for the low hill conditions of Himachal Pradesh.

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Holding Clean Elections India’s Biggest Challenge as Misuse of Money Increases By Leaps And Bounds: EC

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Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence

New Delhi: Conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in our democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in the inducement of voters, the Elections Commission of India said today.

Unfortunately, the use of the money during the elections has increased by leaps and bounds in recent times. Mischief mongers are ever devising more ingenious ways to beat the system, said the EC Larger seizures have been made by our enforcement teams in successive elections.

To address this paramount problem, the Election Commission of India headed by Chief Election Commissioner  Sunil Arora along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra today held a meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence.  Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions attended the meeting.

The Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora along with the Election Commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra at Meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence, in New Delhi on March 15, 2019.

He said Commission is determined to curb this menace and has issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties.  He said individually and collectively the agencies participating in the meeting are the bulwarks of clean elections. The outcome of synergised action should exceed the commitments made. 

To ensure clean elections, it is vital keeping track of the legal expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties for election campaigns. More importantly, it is imperative to ensure that there is no illegal use of money and other items for buying of votes, said Election Commissioner Chandra.

Issues Discussed at Committee on Election Intelligence

  • Ways of Curbing of covert expenditure by candidates and political parties
  • Sensitisation of the law enforcement agencies about their role during elections
  • Co-operation and sharing of intelligence of economic offences amongst law enforcement agencies for effective action
  • Preparation of road map for action during the elections
  • Mapping of constituencies by concerned agencies to check transportation of smuggled goods, drugs, liquor, and cash, including fake currency, through seaports, inter-state borders and international borders and pro-active and preventive action by each law enforcement agency

The Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions assured the Commission of prompt 24X7 expenditure monitoring and surveillance action.

The Commissions said a greater synergy amongst various enforcement agencies is needed to develop a collective strategy to fight this menace.  Therefore, the Commission expects that all enforcement agencies should have proper sharing of information for taking coordinated action rather than working in silos.

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