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Swine Flu:No Let Up in Himachal, Death Toll Rises to 18

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Swine flu deaths in Himachal Pradesh in 2019

Shimla- Swine Flu continues to claim lives in Himachal Pradesh as two more deaths were reported on Sunday from Mandi district. The total count of deaths in two months due to Swine Flu has now risen to 18. About 150 people were reported to have tested positive for the Flu, while about 450 persons have been sampled for testing after they displayed symptoms of the Flu.

Both deaths were reported from the home district of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.  While a female died at the PGI, Chandigarh, after being referred from the Ner Chowk Medical College, a male died at the IGMC, Shimla.      

Kangra and Mandi districts have reported the highest number of deaths with a death toll of five for each. Shimla, Hamirpur, and Una reported six deaths, two deaths in each district. Two deaths were reported from Bilaspur and Solan, one from each district.  

The panic has also gripped the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) after Rajeev Bindal, the Speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha, which is in the middle of the Budget Session for 2019-2020, was tested positive for Swine Flu. Panicked MLAs reportedly demanded that they all should be tested for the Flu.

Earlier, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was also said to have caught Swine Flu. However, during the budget session, he had denied having any such disease.

A highly contagious, pandemic disease, the Flu claims lives every year during winters.  However, the death toll for the last year was only two as compared to 18 in just two months of the new year. 

Considering the fact that nowadays  Swine Flu is not considered a major medical situation due to easy treatment, it is highly shocking that the State has reported 18 deaths in a period of a mere two months.  

On February 2, 2019, the Chief Minister had held a meeting to review arrangements to deal with the Flu.  Despite the assurances of the CM regarding effective preventive and curative steps to contain and curb the Flu, there seems to be no let up in the situation.

He had also assured the availability of medicines and establishment of isolation ward with 12 beds facility in IGMC Shimla and one more ICU of four beds facilities in the existing infrastructure to manage the disease. As per the CM, the Swine Flu incidents were decreasing.

  Despite a decline in the incidents of Swine Flu, the State Government has prepared itself with an advanced stock of 8000 capsules in IGMC Shimla to meet out any untoward impact of the swine flu outbreak,

the CM had stated in the meeting.

He had also assured providing immunity drugs to the family members of the affected patient to check further spread of the diseases.

The officials were directed to take curative steps including sensitizing the people about the symptoms, cause and treatment of swine flu so that immediate and timely treatment could be provided to the patient.

The Health Department, HP, was also asked to make optimum use of print and electronic media to create awareness. The CM had also assured deployment of special medical teams in areas where maximum number of cases have been reported.

However, so far, the Department is only struggling to contain the disease.

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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. He said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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