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No respite from Dengue outbreak in Bilaspur, SAI hostel closed after 8 players tested positive



Bilaspur town dengue outbreak

Bilaspur: The home district of the Union Health Minister, Jai Prakash Nadda, Bilaspur, is in a spate of a dengue outbreak since May.

The Health Department of Himachal Pradesh and the District Administration have failed in containing the outbreak. The number of cases tested positive has crossed a mark of 210 by Monday.

Other than Bilaspur, the number of dengue cases in Solan district is now over 135.

The outbreak in Bilaspur has intensified to such an extent that the training centre of the Indian Sports Authority (SAI) was forced to close its hostels as about eight of its players were tested positive for dengue.

Eight of our players including national players were tested positive for dengue. We had to take a special permission from the headquarters to close the hostel and send the affected players to their respective homes for treatment,

the Incharge of the training centre told Himachal Watcher.

The centre was recently fogged and special attention was being paid on maintaining sanitation. Moreover, the centre has its own sanitation service. Still, the players fell victim to the outbreak

, the incharge said when asked about the possible reason.

We have been running campaigns to aware the people about preventive measures like ensuring cleanliness in their surrounding, check accumulation of water, wear protective clothing, using mosquito repellents, keep their doors and windows closed etc.,

an official of the district administration said.

We have been regularly monitoring and inspecting the houses/buildings in the affected areas and even carrying out fogging multiple times, he said.

The first case was reported during the last week of May. By the end of the June, this number had crossed a mark of 100. Maximum cases were reported from the Diara Sector of the town.

By July 23, this number only doubled.

As per the Additional Chief Secretary, Health, BK Aggarwal, a special task force of pathologists from the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hosptial, Shimla, was formed in the first week of the July.

However, the number of cases rapidly rose by the second week. Following this failure of the State Health Department and District Administration, a team of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had reached Bilaspur to assess the situation.

The Deputy Commissioner Vivek Bhatiya said the administration was dealing strictly with those who are not co-operating in maintaining cleanliness. A large number of storage tanks and coolers in hundreds of homes in the most effects sectors (2,3, and 4) were being inspected every day, and the residents were made to empty and clean their storage tanks and to change the water in the coolers.

As per the administration, the majority of patients were already treated and are doing well now. Currently, about 55 cases are receiving treatment.

No death due to dengue was reported so far.

With the closing of SAI hostel, it is apparent that there is no respite from the outbreak.


Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert



snowfall in himachal pradesh

Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7



Plant booking at uhf nauni 2021

Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award



HP Police Presidents Colours award

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

HP Police Presidents Colours award ceremony

The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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