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HP Cabinet Decisions: Stipend to MBBS and BDS interns enhanced, nod to operationalise Medical University at Ner Chowk

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HP Cabinet Meeting June 2018

Shimla: The Cabinet, in its meeting held today, decided to operationalise Medical University at Ner Chowk in Mandi district for effective management and monitoring of all the medical colleges of the State.

The Cabinet gave the approval to enhance stipend to the MBBS interns of IGMC Shimla, Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda and BDS interns of H.P. Dental College, Shimla from Rs. 10,000 to Rs.15000.

The Cabinet gave its nod to provide Rs. 500 per month to nursing personnel working in the Health and Family Welfare Department as daily diet money.

The Cabinet decided to fill up 75 vacant posts of Agriculture Extension Officers in Agriculture Department by direct recruitment through H.P. Staff Selection Commission on a contract basis.

It also gave its nod to fill up 40 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis in Agriculture Department through H.P. Staff Selection Commission on a contract basis.

The Cabinet also decided to purchase 28 vehicles in Irrigation and Public Health Department for the smooth functioning of the department at field level.

Mukhya Mantri Lok Bhawan Yojna

It also decided to implement Mukhya Mantri Lok Bhawan Yojna in the State under one community building would be constructed in each assembly constituency to facilitate the people for organizing various social, welfare and cultural activities etc. at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh.

Mukhya Mantri Madhu Vikas Yojna

In another decision, it gave its nod to the guidelines for implementation of Mukhya Mantri Madhu Vikas Yojna. The scheme will be implemented by the Horticulture Department, and it is expected to benefit all the beekeepers engaged in commercial beekeeping besides the beekeepers willing to adopt beekeeping as a source of their livelihood.

Likewise, the Cabinet agreed to enhance the number of days under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act from 100 to 120 days which will benefit thousands of such persons.

It gave nod to notify the Himachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code 2018 (HPECBC) and Himachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Rules, 2018.

The purpose of HPECBC is to provide minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design and construction of buildings in Himachal Pradesh. The Code also provides two additional sets of incremental requirements for buildings to achieve enhanced levels of energy efficiency that go beyond the minimum requirements.

The code is applicable to buildings or building complexes that have a total built-up area of 750 square meters or more and an intended to be used for commercial purposes.

The private residential building shall not come under the ambit of the Code.
The Cabinet approved enhancement of borrowing limit of Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd. from Rs. 5000 crore to Rs. 7000 crore.

It agreed to open B. Pharmacy College at Rakkar in district Kangra along with the creation of various posts of various categories to manage the institute.

The Cabinet gave its approval to open Fire Post at Thunag in district Mandi along-with creation of various posts of different categories and purchase of two fire-fighting vehicles to man the Post.

It gave its nod to create new Division Seraj at Janjehali and new Sub Division of Public Works Department at Bagsiad in Mandi district.

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

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Second phase of Panchayat elections in himachal pradesh

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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