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

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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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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

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On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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Himachal Reports Rise in Covid Deaths, No Vaccine for 18-44 Age Group Till July 22

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has reported a rise in daily casualties during the last three days. While 437 new cases were detected, 10 persons succumbed to the infection. in the last three days. According to the HP Health Department, state’s positivity rate for the last week – from July 5-July 11- was 1.0. Compared to a total of eight deaths in the entire week, Himachal has reported 10 deaths in the last three days of the ongoing week.

The State’s Covid death tally has now reached 3486. The number of active cases was 1150 on Thursday. The daily sampling remains between ten 10,000 to 15,000.

The state government has further discontinued vaccination for the 18-44 age group till 22 July. However, vaccination of other groups will continue. 

Himachal’s tourist spots continue to receive a large number of visitors daily. During the last month, after the HP government lifted all restrictions on inter-state movement, tourists had been over-crowding popular tourist destinations, especially Dharamshala, Shimla, and Manali, to such an extent that the Union Health Ministry, as well as, the Prime Minister had to warn states over the violation of guidelines regarding the “Covid-Appropriate Behavior”.

As both locals and tourists were observed to have become carefree and caring a little about social distancing or creating large gatherings, the state government on July 14 issued a fresh advisory to follow the “Covid-19 Appropriate Behavior” (CAB) to mitigate the third wave.

However, a widespread lack of awareness has been reported, due to which the public is not taking the warnings of the third wave and CAB guidelines seriously.  

In several instances, the state government found itself helpless in preventing large gatherings and violation of CAB guidelines. Over-crowded buses and carriage vehicles, for instance, is a common scene against the permitted capacity of 50%. The health experts had been insisting that successful implementation of SOPs at the mass level is not possible without the co-operation of the people. However, the current methods of the state government for creating awareness has failed to appeal to the majority of the people, which is making compliance of guidelines next to impossible. 

 

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HPBOSE Class 12 Result Out, Student Scores 100%, But Final Merit List Will Have to Wait

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Shimla-Class 12 results of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education, Dharamshala, for the session 2020-21 were announced on July 14, 2021. The result was assessed to be 92.77% this year, comparatively higher than the previous year.

Pushpender, a student of Ambition Classes Senior Secondary School, Mohal, Kullu district- scored 100% marks (500/500). 31 candidates scored 99%.

Due to the prevailing pandemic situation, the HPBOSE couldn’t conduct this year’s annual exams for class 12 except for the English subject. The Board had decided to promote the students for which it evolved  “Objective Criteria” to assess the students based on Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) and Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE).

A total of 100799 students had appeared in the class, of which 76996 were from government schools and 14352 from private schools. 93438 students passed.

As many as 3679 students secured marks between 90-100%– again higher than the previous session.

The HPBOSE said the Result Tabulation Policy has benefited a large number of class 12 candidates.

Further, the Board said if a candidate is not satisfied with the awards or marks granted based on the “Objective Criteria”, he/she will be given an opportunity, probably in August or September to improve the score. The merit list will be prepared only after the conclusion and compilation of results after these exams.

Students can inquire about their results at 01892-242139 (Mandi, Lahaul-Spiti), 242140 (Kangra), 242141 (Shimla, Kinnaur, Hamirpur), 242142 (Chamba, Bilaspur, Kullu), 242150 (Una, Solan, Sirmaur). Students can also check their results at the official HPBOSE website.

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