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Watch: Avalanche in Lahaul-Spiti Caught on Camera

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Lahaul-Spiti-A video of an avalanche has appeared on social media, which is said to have occurred in Chandra valley of Lahaul-Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh. The video was recorded on December 20, 2019.

The news agency ANI confirmed the report too. Avalanche was recorded on mobile camera by a local. There were no details available regarding any damage or any other adverse effect of this avalanche.

Lahaul-Spiti and other high altitude regions of Himachal Pradesh have been receiving snow for the past couple of days. However, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, predicted that weather will remain dry and sky clear and sunny from December 22-28.

Weather prediction for himachal pradesh on Dec 25

Source: HP Met Department

Further, the cold wave continues to grip the state along with the rest of North India. The hospitality industry is cheering as tourists are pouring in after the spell of snow last week, hoping for more snow.

Going by the weather prediction of the Met Department, white Christmas is likely to elude Shimla this year too, disappointing tourists.   

 

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Himachal: Tourist Activity Allowed, Read New Rules for Entering State, Quarantine, Plying of Public Transport

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Shimla: What appears to be a blunder amid a continuous surge in cases in India as well as in Himachal Pradesh, the Government has decided to open the borders and allow movement of all people including tourists without permission or E-Pass. Restrictions on re-opening would be limited to only containment zones. 

As a matter of concern, tourists with an advance booking of a minimum of five days and COVID-19 test report obtained not earlier than 72 hours from an ICMR accredited laboratory, would not be quarantined anymore and they would not need any pass to roam around.

The visitors entering the State would have to register on COVID-19 portal (https://covid19epass.hp.gov.in/) in advance. It’s the same portal which was earlier used to issue e-passes. Anyone who wants to visit Himachal from other states or abroad will have to fill their details during registration but would not require a pass/permission from the State or district administration.  Only those arriving from high-load cities would have to follow the mandatory institutional quarantine. Relaxation can be given only in the case of death, pregnancy, medical urgency, elderly people, and children below 10 years or infants. Daily and weekend commuters entering and exiting the State have been exempted from quarantine requirements. It includes industrialists, traders, raw material suppliers, factory workers, project proponents, service providers, inspecting authorities etc.Also, persons falling in these categories are exempted from home-quarantine on arrival from other states.

The residents of Himachal Pradesh exiting the State to visit other states for a short duration for medical, business or official purposes and coming back to the State within 48 hours have also been exempted from home-quarantine provided they are asymptomatic.

Further, persons visiting the State for bonafide purpose of trade, business, job, project, service purpose, marriage ceremonies, commission agents, and ‘artiyas’ can enter the state with supporting documents provided they are not arriving from high-load cities.  

The orchardist, agriculturist, contractors, project proponents etc. would have to get all hired labourers registered on the same portal. They will have to arrange for quarantine facility for all labour brought from other states. The Government has also allowed sending such labour directly to the site of work (orchards, industries, farmlands etc.) provided they follow the guidelines regarding quarantine and social distancing.  

Personals of the Armed forces and Central paramilitary Forces would not need registering on the portal and allowed to enter by showing their official identity card.  

The decision is quite surprising considering the fact that the total of COVID-19 positive cases has crossed the 1000 mark and the rate of appearance of new cases is also on the rise. The State government claimed that it had requested the Centre to allow the State to regulate the entry of people in wake of the rising cases in the State. However, the State Government claimed that the Centre declined this request.

At the same time, the State Government has given a huge relaxation in the lockdown and social distancing measures. The Government has removed the conditions of maintaining 60 percent occupancy in the state carriage buses. Now, the buses could run with 100 percent capacity, informed a  Spokesperson of the HP Transport Department on Friday.

“This will be subject to maintaining social distancing and that no standing passenger would be allowed in the buses during the journey,”

the Spokerspoers informed.

Other conditions not related to maintaining 60 percent occupancy mentioned in the Department’s notification issued on May 30, 2020, will remain the same, the Spokesperson said. However, the inter-state movement of public transport would remain prohibited. Inter-state movement of taxis is allowed after obtaining permission from the concerned Deputy Commissioner.

On the situation in the State, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur yesterday said that all is well, and the cause of the surge in cases is people returning from other States.

“The situation in the State was quite under control. There is a sharp increase in corona patients in the State as over two lakh people from different parts of the country have been brought back to Himachal Pradesh. The people of the State need not worry as the Government is fully aware of the situation,”

Again, he compared the number of cases and fatalities in India with the rest of the world to claim that the spread is contained effectively.

“Number of death due to COVID-19 in the fifteen most developed countries with a population of 142 crore was about five lakh, whereas in India having a population of 135 crore, about 17,000 had lost life due to Corona till date,”

he said.

The State Government said that hotels and restaurants/dhabas would have to follow guidelines issued by the Department of Tourism from time to time. The restaurants and dhabas are allowed to serve food by operating only at 60% of their seating capacity. The HPTDC lifts in Shimla city have also been allowed to operate.

On the other hand, the hoteliers are not in favour of opening hotels due to the fear of COVID-19 spread. The Hoteliers & Restaurant Association, Shimla, had wrote to the State Government a couple of days ago suggesting that tourism activities in the State should not be allowed for the coming few months.

The Association in a written submission had given the following reasons to not open tourism activities (unedited):

  1. Corona cases are increasing at an alarming speed in India and a world at large. As per expert opinion, Corona pandemic will be at peak in the month of July/ Aug. 20
  2. In the summer season, we get bulk of our visitors from Punjab, Delhi, Gujrat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu. As most of the areas in the above States are gravely infected and are in the red zone, we should not invite them to visit Himachal and put our public at risk of Corona.
  3. The railway which is the popular mode of transportation for the tourist is not operating till August 12, 2020, and airlines have also suspended their operations till July 15.
  4. As most of the Corona patients are asymptomatic, despite taking all precautions and social distancing, we will be putting the life and health of our hotel staff at grave risk, if they come in contact with them.
  1. At present, there is no vaccine available for the cure of Corona, so there is a fear psychosis amongst the population and they are concerned about their health and safety and would not like to venture out from their homes and stay in hotels.
  1. For the above reasons, we don’t expect many tourists to visit Himachal in July and August 20, It will be financially unviable to open hotels.

The Association had suggested that touristic activities in hotels may be permitted after the rainy season is over, sometime in September or October.

Himachal Pradesh is witnessing a rapid rise in COVID-19 case since the day the Government opened borders for its residents who were stranded in other States. So far they required e-pass and had to go through mandatory institutional and home-quarantine. However, now, with borders opened for all including tourists without obtaining any permission, the people of the State need to be prepared in case the outbreak gets out of control.

In such a scenario, people can’t solely rely on the Government and will have to follow social distancing rules strictly to protect themselves.  

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Video: Police Official in Kangra Thrashed by Local Women

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Kangra-Following the alleged murder of a 35-year-old man in Tippri panchayat under Dadasiba police chowki in Kangra district on Thursday, villagers staged a protest with the dead body at the Dadasiba market on Friday. They expressed dissatisfaction over the working of local police.

A mob of villagers, mostly women thrashed the incharge of a police post (ASI) and tore his uniform. Along with a couple of other policemen, the ASI was trying to pacify the villagers who were heading to gherao the police post. A couple of videos of the incident are going viral on social media. In the video, some men can be heard provoking women to beat the ASI.

According to the initial information received, the locals including the parents of the deceased alleged that the local police was trying to present the alleged murder as a suicide. In another video clip, a child (reportedly the son of the deceased), who was said to be about 7-year-old, can be heard saying that he saw his mother beating his father to death along with another man. A Hindi daily and some other portals had uploaded a video of this minor without concealing the face/identity. The police is yet to verify the validity of the video. Himachal Watcher decided not to upload the this video of the minor. 

In the video clip, a man is asking the child in the local dialect to tell about what he saw. The child can be heard saying that his father was beaten with a washing paddle by his mother and a man. The child identified the man and referred to him by his name. The child confirmed that he saw it with his own eyes. The child also said that his mother had told him to not speak of this to anyone.

After the situation became tense, the DSP Dehra and ASP Kangra reached the spot with a police force and pacified the angry villagers. They assured the parents of appropriate action and investigation in the case.

Regarding the thrashing of police official and allegations labelled against him, Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said that an inquiry would be conducted in the matter.

He said that if the post-mortem report suggested a murder, then action would be taken against responsible persons accordingly.

SP, Kangra, Vimukt Ranjan said a case has been filed under Section 302 of the IPC. On the complaint of the police official who was thrashed, a case was filed against villagers under Sections 353, 332 and 382 of the IPC.

Another case was registered against the villagers for violating Section 144.

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Himachal’s COVID-19 Tally Crosses 1000 Mark With 35 New Cases Including 28 ITBP Jawans

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Kinnaur– Himachal Pradesh did not see any let-up in COVID-19 surge yesterday too and crossed the 1000 mark with the appearance of 35 new cases. Now, Himachal’s COVID-19 tally has reached 1014, of which 359 are active, 632 have cured, and eight have died. About 13 patients have migrated outside the State.

The new cases were reported from Kinnaur (17), Shimla (6), Hamirpur (3), Una (3), Kangra (2), Sirmaur (1), Mandi (1), Bilaspur (1), and Lahaul-Spiti (1).

On Thursday, seventeen jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tested positive in Kinnaur district, while six others were found infected in Rampur, Shimla district. Five more were found positive late last night, details regarding whom are awaited. 

After remaining unaffected till June 3, 2020, the tally for Kinnaur reached 30, of which 27 are active cases. According to the HP Health Department’s daily COVID-19 Bulletin released on June 2 (9:00 PM), the State reported a total of 35 new cases on Thursday.

The 17 ITBP personnel who tested positive were among those arrived at Reckong Peo in Kinnaur on June 24 from the Rajouri region of Jammu and Kashmir. They were moved to Kinnaur to be deployed at the border with China in Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.

The ITBP campus was sealed following the appearance of cases and restriction were imposed on the movement of all jawans who have arrived or about to arrive in the State.

As of now, Kangra (280) has reported the highest cases, followed by Hamirpur (253) in the second place. After these two districts, Una (113) and Solan (110) have reported over 100 cases.

According to the statistics provided by the State Health Department, a total of 85553 persons have been tested in the State so far. Yesterday, a total of 2048 persons were tested.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for June July 2 (Till 9:00 PM)

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