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Follow ‘true spirit’ of Constitution, not individuals: Justice AK Goel at HP LSA lecture series

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 The day, people of India would be able to understand that instead of following the politicians or political figures, people should follow the spirit of the Constitution, they will realize its power.

Shimla: The Supreme Court judge, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, on October 7, 2017, inaugurated the fifth lecture in the series of lectures titled “Different Facets of Indian Constitution” being organized by the Himachal Pradesh Legal Services Authority (HP LSA).

The event was held at the new auditorium of the State High Court. It was attended by over 300 students of law and teaching faculties from various law universities.

The purpose of this series is to spread legal awareness among all sections of the society and to empower them.

In his welcome address, Justice Sanjay Karol, acting Chief Justice of the High Court, said Justice Goel is a great scholar, a jurist who is also known for his simplicity, and a sage who is full of knowledge and wisdom.

He has delivered several landmark judgments taking into consideration the ground realities. He is also one of the two judges in SC division bench hearing the case related to Vijay Mallya.

HP SLA Lecture Series

Along with showering appreciation over Shimla city, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel spoke over a very sensitive topic – allegiance to the true spirit of the Indian Constitution instead of following individual figures as heroes.

One must not follow or treat any individual as a hero; rather we must understand and follow the true spirit of the Constitution,

Justice Goel said in his inaugural speech.

This statement holds the key to the healthy democracy and dream of corruption free India. The day, people of India would be able to understand that instead of following the politicians or political figures, people should follow the spirit of the Constitution, they will realize its power.

However, first the people need awareness about their constitution and this is the purpose of the State Legal Authority.

As a reminder to the government, he said the first and foremost duty of the State is to ensure the “welfare of its people” and to secure “justice for all”, which is the guiding spirit of the Constitution.

A great debate is going on among the great jurists in the Constituent Assembly as to how the principals of Equality, Liberty and Fraternity can be achieved and how justice can be secured for all, he said.

Justice Goel at HP SLA Lecture Series

He praised Shimla city of its great attractions and simplicity of the inhabitants.

Himachal Pradesh is one of the unique places on the Earth,

he said

He referred to the concluding speech delivered by Dr. B R Ambadker in the Constituent Assembly and said,

Dr. Ambadker was the greatest Jurist that India has ever had.

The ultimate aim behind the adoption of the Constitution is to secure “justice for all” enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution. The Preamble is the soul of the Constitution of India, he said.

Justice Goel said that there are several incidents described in the great epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana which shows us how the “Rule of Law”, was maintained in the society at that time.

Referring to “Chanakya”, he said that almost in every age, India had well-defined sets of laws as a mean to maintain good governance.

During the British rule in India, there was a so-called rule of law, but there was no justice for the common people,

said Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel.

Justice Goel appreciated the initiative of the HPSLS A for the organization of the lecture series and said it is rendering a great service to people in providing “access to justice for all”.

The lecture was also attended by Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Justice Sureshwar Thakur,   Justice Vivek Singh Thakur,  Justice Ajay Mohan Goel,  Justice Sandeep Sharma, Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia, Judges of HP High Court, Former Judges,. V.K. Sharma, Chairman, H.P. Administrative Tribunal, P.S.Rana, President State Consumer Commission,  Assistant Solicitor General of India ,  President High Court Bar Association, Senior Advocates and Bar Member.

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Himachal: 12 COVID-19 Deaths in a Day, 68 in Past 19 Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths

Shimla-The COVID-19 fatality rate in Himachal Pradesh is spiralling up. On September 18, the state reported a record 12 deaths in a single day. The deceased aged between 42 to 95 years and most had other pre-existing medical conditions. A total of 432 new confirmed cases took the COVID-19 case tally for the state to 11622 till the last official update from the Health Department (9 PM).

The situation is alarming as 5367 of the total cases and 68 fatalities were reported during the past 19 days of September month. So far, the highest 24 deaths have been reported from Kangra district, followed by Solan (21) and Shimla (20). (View the table below for statistics from other districts).

Available data of fatalities suggests that elderly persons and patients of Diabetes Mellitus, Cancer and Chronic Kidney Disease are highly vulnerable. Take a look at the medical conditions and symptoms of the 12 patients who succumbed to the infection yesterday:

Himachal Pradesh Daily COVID-19 deaths

 So far, Solan district has reported the highest 2566 cases, followed by Kangra (1759), Siramur (1482), Mandi (1228), and Una (1057). The tally for Shimla is witnessing a steep rise as the number has reached 826, of which 730 cases were reported during the past 19 days.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 18, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 data till september 18, 2020

These numbers are official statistics and the original number could be much higher as it is not possible for the government to trace all cases due to community spread. The government itself admitted that people with mild symptoms are not getting tested or reporting it and isolating themselves. These people are fueling community spread, the government said. 

Regarding the fatalities, the health officials say that people are coming to hospitals very late only when their symptoms worsen. They have urged people to not ignore the appearance of symptoms and get tested or inform the authorities.

Meanwhile, lifting all restrictions on inter-state movement of people including tourists would add fuel to the situation. Tourists have begun to visit the state and the attitude of the public is becoming more casual, following the lead of the state government.

As usual, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur continues to maintain that the state government is prepared to deal with community spread. Moreover, with this surge in cases and fatalities, the blame is being shifted on the people alone. 

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Schools in Himachal to Open With 50% Staff  for Students of 9th to 12th Classes

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Shimla: After lifting all restriction on entry into Himachal Pradesh in the previous Cabinet meeting, today the state government also gave nod to re-open schools from September 21, 2020. The decision was taken in a meeting of HP Cabinet held on September 18, 2020, in Shimla. 

Only those educational institutions would be opened which are outside containment zones. Schools would be opened as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was informed.

Also Read: Himachal: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

Only fifty per cent teaching and non-teaching staff would attend students from 9th to 12th standard, provided the students are willing to take guidance from the teachers, the government informed. The students would be able to visit their teachers for guidance, but it won’t be mandatory to come to schools.

Also, written consent of the parents or guardians of the students has been made mandatory.

It is speculated that there are bleak chances of opening primary schools this year as the community spread is in its initial phase and would be wreaking havoc in upcoming months. Himachal Pradesh has reported over 400 cases with 12 deaths today only.  

It would mean a huge loss in terms of education. There are several other obstacles and issues which make online classes for students of primary classes a difficult and less efficient mode of education. Imparting education amid the COVID-19 pandemic has become a challenging task for the state government.

Further, the Cabinet gave its approval to start BSc (Hons.) in Forestry in Government College for Forestry and Horticulture, Thunag in Mandi district from the academic session 2020-21.

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Himachal: Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 395 New Cases in a Day

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Shimla-On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh reported 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Seven fresh casualties were reported, taking the COVID-19 death tally in the state to 96. According to the official Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 17, 2020 (9 PM), the total for the state has risen to 11190, of which 4145 are active cases and 6919 had recovered.  

Seven fatalities also included a 14-year-old male from Shimla. He was a patient of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Remaining six aged between 50-82 years.  As per the Health Department’s official Bulletin, all seven patients had pre-existing medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, severe Sepsis, severe ARDS, Hypertension etc.  

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities on September 17 (till 9 PM)

covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh on september 17, 2020-

Among Thursday’s cases, Sirmaur reported the highest 82 cases, followed by Kangra (76), Mandi (70), Solan (49), Una (38), Shimla (30), Lahaul-Spiti (15), Kullu (13), Bilaspur (12), Chamba (7), and Hamirpur (3).

Further, Solan has reported the highest number of cases (2525), and Kangra district has reported the highest number of casualties (20), followed by Solan (18), and Shimla (17).

For more statistics from all districts, view the table given below:

Himachal Pradesh-september 17, 2020, covid-19 update

Several media persons complained that the Health Officials have even stopped taking their calls and release required information. The Chief Minister, in today’s Vidhan Sabha session, compared fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh (0.8%) with the national rate (1.64%) and states having larger population like Punjab (2.8%). He claimed the state government was comfortable with the situation and rising number of cases. He said five make-shift COVID-19 hospitals, which are yet to be established, would take care of the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today patted his own back by releasing an e-book “Sewa Hi Sangathan” brought out by the State BJP.

In this book, BJP has claimed that various initiatives and steps were taken by the party to effectively tacking the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister also termed the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as a success and went on to say that it has stabilized rural economy of the country and the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending the decision to lift all restrictions on inter-state movement of people, including tourists, amid a community spread, he termed it a necessary step to revive the state economy. In a way, the government has made it clear that the people would have to learn to live with COVID-19.

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