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14 Earthquakes Recorded in Himachal Since January 2019, Possibility of Major Quake in State Can’t be Ruled Out: Govt

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Earthquake Possibility in Himachal Pradesh High

Shimla– A Spokesman of Revenue and Disaster Management told here today that an earthquake of Magnitude of 4.3 was recorded today with its epicenter at Lahaul &Spiti district. The time of the earthquake was 09:03 AM and depth was 20 Km.

He said that the state has experienced tremors 14 times since January 2019, with the magnitude of 4.3 or less, out of which Chamba district has been shaken six times, Kinnaur thrice, Mandi twice, Shimla and Kangra once respectively.

Most of these earthquakes were shallow with a maximum depth of 20 Km.

The spokesman said that the State has been shaken by many earthquakes in the past and 1905 Kangra earthquake was strongest ever recorded earthquake in the history in which around 20,000 thousand people lost their lives and more than one lakh houses were collapsed. Since then the state has witnessed more than 297 earthquakes of magnitude 3 and above in the Richter scale.

The 1975 Kinnaur earthquake was another big jolt, which the State had experienced. As per the many research outcomes, a strong earthquake in this part of the Himalayas in the near future cannot be ruled out as no major earthquake has shaken this place for long.

He said that earthquakes, in a matter of seconds, could shatter entire communities, leaving a large number of people homeless and displaced. The government of Himachal Pradesh has advised the general public to build their houses in a safe environment and follow the by-laws while constructing their houses.

People should always be prepared to face disasters. Part of preparedness includes keeping emergency kits ready containing emergency food, medicals, etc.   It is also advised that during the exigency situation to keep calm and move to safer places and ask for help from Toll-free helpline numbers such as 1077 or 1070 or 112.

Recently, IIT Roorkee has sent a proposal to the State Government to establish an Earthquake Early Warning System(EEW). IIT Roorkee has already installed such Earthquake Early Earning System in Uttarakhand with the help of State Government, which is running very effectively by generating a database of earthquake events, generating public awareness and detailed research on seismic activities.

 

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HP Govt Issues Clarification on Opening of Temples and Restaurants in State

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Himachal Pradesh Opening Temples and Restaurants from June 8, 2020

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government has issued a clarification on a notification issued by the State Government on May 31, 2020, regarding re- opening of temples and restaurants in the State. The Government said the notification has been misinterpreted in a section of press, particularly in the social media.

A Spokesman of the State Government clarified today that temples and restaurants would open in Himachal from June 8, 2020, after SOP/guidelines are issued by MoH and FW Government of India and thereafter by the Department  of Language Art and Culture and  Department of Tourism, Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been relaxed from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, informed the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the video conferencing in the wake of coronavirus with all the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla on 31.

Also Read: All Guidelines for Passengers, Staff, Management Regarding Public Transport

Further, the transport services would be allowed only between 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The buses are allowed to ply with a maximum of 60 per cent seating capacity to maintain social distancing. The District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police are supposed to provide adequate police force for crowd management and law and order maintenance at all the bus stands.

The buses would be allowed to ply with not more than 60 percent occupancy and the drivers, conductors and passengers would have to follow all the safety protocols of the Health Department.

Also Read: New Guidelines Regarding Quarantine and Its Requirements

 
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Himachal: New Guidelines Regarding Quarantine and Its Requirements

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Himachal PRadesh New Quarantine Guidelines issued on may 31, 2020

Shimla– The State Department of Revenue-Diaster Management Cell on May 31, 2020, issued new guidelines regarding quarantine rules and requirements.  According to the notification, all persons coming from high load COVID-19 infected cities will be institutionally quarantined. All asymptomatic persons coming from States/cities will be home-quarantined as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family, GoI.

Also Read: All New Guidelines for Himachal, What’s Re-Opening/Permitted and What’s Not

Other Guidelines

  1. All person coming from abroad will be quarantined as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI.
  2. All symptomatic and persons with ILI symptoms may be kept in institutional quarantine facilities.
  3. All persons who jump home-quarantine will be taken to institutional quarantine.
  4. Educational institutions may not be used as quarantine centres. Preference may be given to community buildings, hotels, guest houses etc.
  5. Those asking for better facilities other than identified by the District Administration may be quarantined in paid facilities pre-identified and notified by the district administration.
  6. The orchardists/agriculturalist/Contractors/Project proponents shall arrange for quarantine facility of all labour brought to the State from outside.
  7. Adequate IEC and monitoring may be done to ensure compliance of guidelines of home quarantine by the persons concerned.

Also Read: All New Guidelines for HP Govt Employees and Offices

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HP Govt Reshuffles 20 IAS Official, RN Batta Appointed as Advisor to CM, JC Sharma as Principal Secretary

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Himachal PRadesh IAS officers transferred on may 31, 2020

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh has reshuffled 20 IAS officials, and notification regarding their transfer was issued on May 31, 2020. Dr Ravinder Nath Batta has been appointed as Advisor to Chief Minister with immediate effect. He will also hold additional charge of the post of Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister. The transfers came following the appointment of Sanjay Kundu as the new Director General of Police.

IAS Jagdish Chande Sharmar, who was the Principal Secretary (PWD, Transport & Information Technology), has been appointed Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister. He has been given additional charge of the post of Principal Secretary (PWD, Excise&Taxation and Information& Public Relation).

Other than IAS Officers, Vinay Singh, HPAS has been given charge as Special Secretary to Chief Minister and Special Secretary to (PWD) to Government of Himachal Pradesh.

List of All IAS Officials Transferred on May 31

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