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First Spell of Snow in Shimla, Himachal Reels under Cold Wave

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Fresh snowfall in Shimla, Kullu, Manali

Shimla-Shimla has received the first spell of snow in this season, sending a cold wave across the district. Khada Pathar and Baral in upper hills of the Shimla’s Rohru received a light spell snow. The minimum temperature has dropped to six Degree Celsius in the capital.

Kinnaur district received a heavy spell of snow, disrupting daily life as transportation, electricity, water supply etc. were hit. Chitkul received about three feet of snow, while Rakcham and Kalpa received about one foot.

The school remained closed in Kalpa and Pooh blocks for today due to heavy snowfall, the Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Gopal Chand confirmed. 

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Higher hills in Manali, Kullu district, also received a light spell of snow. Tourist cheered as Solang Nala was covered in a white sheet of snow. Rain lashed most of the Kullu district. Flights between Bhuntar and Delhi were also hit due to bad weather.

The hospitality industry in Kullu is rejoicing fresh snowfall as they expect it that tourists from plains would start thronging the valley in large numbers.

Snowfall in Manali

Rohtang Pass has received over 20 centimetres of snow, while Koksar and Marhi recorded over 10 centimetres snow. Highway-305 (Aut-Banjaar-Sainj) was also closed after snowfall at Jalohri Pass.  

The HP Met Department had predicted bad weather for 26 to 28 November and had issued yellow alert for November 27 with a prediction of snowfall in higher hills and widespread rain across the state. The weather would remain dry from 29 November to 3 December, the Met predicts. 

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COVID 19 Himachal: 9 New Positive Cases Confirmed, Total Reaches 27

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New COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh's Una

Una- On Tuesday, nine more people were tested positive for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of cases to 27 in the State. On Tuesday a total of 79 samples were tested, out of which 70 tested negative and nine tested positive. All nine are said to be close contacts of Tablighi Jamaat in Una district. These patients include persons aged between 16 to 85 years. Now, out of total positive cases, 19 related to Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi. Twelve cases are only from Una district. 

The initial report said that all of these persons were staying in a mosque in Village Kuthehra Khairla, Amb Tehsil of Una district. However, only one of these nine belongs to this village. Five belong to Sirmaur, one to Arki in Solan district, and two hails from Uttar Pradesh. All of them were primary contacts of three members related to Jamaat who were tested positive earlier.

Additional Chief Secretary, Minatory of Health and Family Welfare, RD Dhiman, confirmed the report.  

More details are awaited.

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All Passengers Onboard 2 HRTC Buses With 3 COVID-19 Patients Under Scanner

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HRTC buses carried Tablighi jamaat covid patients

Solan: Three patients of COVID-19 who had travelled through two buses of the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation on March 18th and 19th seem to have increased troubles for the district administrations, as well as, the State Government.

The district administration of Solan on April 6th has apprised the public through an official notification that a total of 172 persons had travelled in these two buses to various destinations on the said dates.

The district administration has appealed all the passengers who were in the same buses to get themselves medically examined at the nearest health centre and to isolate as a precaution. The Administration has also appealed all passengers linked to these two buses to seek information relating to their health on Telephone numbers 01792-221234,01795-271350 and 104.

The driver and conductor on duty have already been medically examined at Una, Hamirpur and Nalagarh.  Another staff member at the booking window at Delhi was also tested at RML Hospital in Delhi. Their test reports are awaited.

One of the two buses HP-93-0564 carried a total of 51 passengers from Delhi to Nalagarh on March 18th. While 14 travelled upto Baddi, 35 travelled upto Nalagarh.

The second bus HP-12-0446 (Delhi-Nalagarh-Hamirpur route) departed 9:15 PM from Delhi and carried a total of 121 passengers to various destinations including Hamirpur district. Out of this total, 24 passengers were from Baddi, 45 from Nalagarh, 14 from Una, and 33 from Hamirpur.

In a separate appeal related to three COVID-19 patients, the Administration has appealed that the people who have come in contact with any of these three patients in the villages where they had stayed after returning from Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi to come out and disclose information regarding it to either Nalagarh Administration, local Police Station or to Police Control Room Baddi on 01795-271350.

In case, any such person who has come in contact with any of these patients does not disclose this information, he/she would be booked under Section 307 of IPC (attempted murder). In case a person dies after contact with such person, he/she would be charged with murder under Section 302 of IPC (Murder).

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HP Cabinet Decides 30% Cut in Salary/Honorarium of CM, Speaker, MLAs, All Political Appointees

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Salary cut in HP Vidhan Sabha Members

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held through video conferencing today which was presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur from Shimla in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

The Cabinet decided to deduct 30 percent salary/honorarium etc. of the Chief Minister, Speaker of H.P. Vidhan Sabha, Ministers, Deputy Speaker, Members of Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh, Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations and all political appointees for one year.

It also decided to suspend Vidhayak Kshetra Vikas Nidhi Yojna for two years.

The Government said these funds will be used to strengthen the Government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID-19 in the State.

The decision came after the Union Cabinet approved the ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, slashing their earnings by 30 per cent effective from April 1 for a year. The ordinance will have to be passed by the Parliament when it is in session next.

Further, on the occasion of the World Health Day, the Cabinet expressed their gratitude to the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitary workers and police for their dedicated services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cabinet also paid its tributes to Paratrooper Bal Krishan of village Puid, district Kullu and Subedar Sanjeev Kumar of village Dehra, Hatwad panchayat, district Bilaspur who made supreme sacrifice during anti-infiltration operation in Keran sector of North Kashmir recently.

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