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Bandaru Dattatreya Swears in as 27th Governor of Himachal Pradesh

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New Governor of Himachal Pradesh in 2019

Shimla- New Governor of Himachal Pradesh was sworn in today. Bandaru Dattatreya became the 27th Governor of Himachal after taking an oath at the Raj Bhawan in Shimla. 

Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary, Judge of HP High Court, administered the oath of office and secrecy to him. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Lady Governor Vasantha were also present on the occasion.

Mr Dattatreya, 72, was born in Hyderabad.  He remained the minister of state for labour and employment in the BJP government headed by Narendra Modi in 2014. Prior to it, he was also part of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet.

He was dropped from a Cabinet post by Narendra Modi in September 2017. He was also Denied a seat from Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency in 2019. However, his loyalty towards the RSS and the BJP, extending over half-a-century finally did get him an honourable position as the new Governor of Himachal Pradesh.

“I consider it my privilege to have a chance to work as a Governor in this Himalayan state close to the nature”,

said the Governor while interacting with the media and added that nature has given immense beauty to Himachal and this state discussed in south India as well, especially for it natural grandeur and clean environment.

Bandaru Dattatraya said that he had a vast experience of public service as a politician and now he has to discharge the responsibility of the constitutional post. As a Governor, he could only help in accelerating the pace of development of the state. He would also like to contribute in taking the benefit of the welfare schemes being implemented by the government to the targeted beneficiaries so that they get the real benefits out of these schemes and programmes. He said that it would be his endeavour to take forward the pace of development in coordination with both the government and the Opposition.

He said that he would also like to work on some important issues, including tourism development, quality education and awareness against drug addiction in the state. He added that it was important to preserve nature by maintaining greenery, forests and rivers. He said that the literacy rate of Himachal was very high, probably second in the country after Kerala but he would like to add that education needs to be linked to employment.

 “It will be my endeavour to move towards qualitative education in higher educational institutions. Attention should also be paid to qualitative as well as moral values”,

said Shri Dattatraya.

The Governor said that he had always been a person belonging to the poor, neglected, working and peasant class. It would be my endeavour that all the programmes and schemes of the government were implemented in the right direction, said the Governor.

The Governor was also given a Guard of Honour on the occasion. Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi read out the warrant of appointment. Secretary to the Governor Rakesh Kanwar obtained the signature of the Governor on the charge certificate.

Speaker H.P. Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajiv Bindal, former Chief Ministers Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal,  Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj,  Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Krishan Reddy,  Chief of Staff, ARTRAC Lt. General G.S. Sangha, MLAs, Mayor, Kusum Sadret, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, senior officers of army, police and civil were also present on the occasion.

 

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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