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Rain, Snow in Himachal from Dec 31- 4 Jan: HP Met

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Snowfall in Shimla on December 31, 2019

Shimla-After white Christmas eluded Shimla and other tourist towns, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted rain and snow from December 31, 2019, to January 4, 2020, rejuvenating hopes of tourists for snow on the new year. A fresh Western disturbance is likely to affect Western Himalayan region from 30th December night onward, the Met said. 

The hospitality industry in tourist towns like Manali, Shimla, Dalhousie, Dharamshala is witnessing a high tourist footfall, leading to high occupancy of hotels.

The Met predicts that mid-hills and higher hills can receive a fresh spell of snow on December 31 – the new year eve. For plains, weather is likely to remain dry.

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Source: HP Met, Shimla

On January 1 and 2, the plains are expected to witness rain/thundershower at isolated places, while the mid and higher hills could receive rain/snow at few places. The weather would be dry in plains on January 2 and 3, while mid and higher hills are expected to receive rain/snow.

Further, met has warned of dense fog and cold on December 30 and issued a yellow warning regarding the same.

   

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HP Govt Sets up Fake News Monitoring Unit

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 Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government has constituted ‘Fake News Monitoring Unit’ to check the circulation of fake news related to Coronavirus and take appropriate remedial measures. The decision was taken in the wake of the orders of the Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court in its orders has directed, “In particular, we expect the media (Print, Electronic or Social) to maintain a strong sense of responsibility and ensure that unverified news capable of causing panic is not disseminated. A daily bulletin by the Government of India through all media avenues including social media and forum to clear the doubts of people would be made active within 24 hours as submitted by the Solicitor General of India. We do not intend to interfere with the free discussion about the pandemic, but direct the media refer to and publish the official version about the developments”.

The Press Council of India has also advised the media to responsibly ensure dissemination of verified news on COVID-19 outbreak.

The “Fake News Monitoring Unit” would supervise and check the circulation of fake, false and incorrect news besides sharing of anonymous data related to Coronavirus in Print, Electronic and Digital/Social Media. The Unit will recommend corrective measures and appropriate action as per the provision of the Law to the concerned Authorities/Agencies. The Fake News Monitoring Unit would start functioning with immediate effect, said the Government.

The Fake News Monitoring Unit would be chaired by Director Information and Public Relations, Harbans Singh Brascon. The members will include the S.P. Cyber Crime, Sandeep Dhawal, Joint Director Health, Vinod Sharma, Joint Director IT, Anil Semwal, Joint Director, Information and Public Relations (I&PR), Pradeep Kunwar and Mahesh Pathania, Deputy Director I&PR, Dharmender Singh, Deputy Director Technical, I&PR U.C. Kaundal and Manager IT, Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Kishore Sharma.

The Government said that as per the provision of Information Technology Act, 2000 all Social Media platforms are required to inform their users not to host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information that may affect public order and unlawful in any way.

The social media platforms are required to initiate awareness campaigns on their platforms for the users not to upload or circulate any false news or misinformation concerning coronavirus which is likely to create panic amongst the public and disturb the public order and social tranquillity.

The Government said that social media platforms should take immediate action to disable or remove such content hosted on their platforms on a priority basis and promote the dissemination of authentic information related to coronavirus as far as possible. 

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Health Deptt to Outsource Medical, Para-Medical Staff for 3 Months

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HP Cabinet Decisions April 2, 2020

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in a meeting held on April 3, 2020, reviewed the situation of COVID-19 in the State. In view of the COVID-19, it was decided that appointments on different posts of medical and para-medical staff would be made as per requirement on an outsource basis for three months in the Health Department. 

The Cabinet also directed to purchase necessary equipment as per need for the protection of officers and officials of the Health Department.

Further, approval was given for making Shri Lal Bhadur Shastri Government Medical College Ner Chowk Mandi as a dedicated hospital for COVID-19.

The Cabinet decided to run the active case finding campaign and gave necessary directions in this regard to the Health Department, besides lauding its role for launching this campaign.

 To boost industrialization in the State, revive the economy of the State and facilitate the entrepreneurs, the Cabinet decided to provide incentives and concession/reduction in stamp duty as well as registration fee under H.P.  Industrial Investment Policy, 2019.

Now the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises having investment upto Rs. 10 crores in plant and machinery in case of manufacturing enterprises or having investment upto Rs. 5 crores in equipment in case of a specified category of service enterprises would be charged a concessional rate of stamp duty and registration fee at 50 percent, 30 percent and 10 percent of applicable rates in the category ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ areas respectively on instrument of conveyance deed or lease deed.    

  Similarly, the enterprises having investments above Rs. 10 crores in plant and machinery in case of manufacturing enterprises or having investment above Rs. Five crores in equipment in case of service enterprises would be provided a concessional rate of stamp duty and registration fee at the rate of 50 percent, 30 percent and 20 percent of applicable rates in the category ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ areas respectively on instrument of conveyance deed or lease deed.

It also decided that the Anchor Enterprises set up in an industrial area with the Fixed Capital Investment of more than Rs. 200 crores and employing more than 200 bonafide Himachalis on regular basis would be eligible for a concession on stamp duty and registration fee at the rate of 50 percent, 30 percent and 20 percent of applicable rates in category ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ areas respectively on instrument of conveyance deed or lease deed.  

The Cabinet approved lease of 30 bigha land of industries department at Mauja Kenduwal, Baddi, District Solan to M/s JBR Environment Technologies (Baddi) Pvt. Ltd. for setting up of Integrated Solid Waste Management Project on token money of one rupee per square meter per year for 25 years.     

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Himachal Reports 2nd COVID-19 Death, Total Cases Rise to Seven

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Solan-With death of a 70-year-old woman, the death toll in Himachal Pradesh due to COVID-19 has reached two. The woman was admitted to a private hospital in Baddi, Solan district, on April 2, 2020, from where she was referred to PGI, Chandigarh. She died on the same day at PGI. She was tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier, she had visited the private hospital in Baddi on March 31 complaining of high fever. She was prescribed some medicines and asked to home-quarantine, which did not bring any relief to her.

The woman was staying at a guest house in Baddi with her husband after travelling from Delhi in a private vehicle along with five others. Her husband works in a factory in Baddi. She was a resident of Delhi.

The Deputy Commissioner, Solan, KC Chaman has confirmed the report.

Baddi administration has sealed the Jharmajari area, the factory, and the hospital. About 45 people, who were believed to have come in contact with the woman have been quarantined. These persons also include factory employees. Samples of five others who had travelled with her have been taken and sent for testing. 

The staff of the private hospital has also been quarantined and remaining contacts are being traced. The total number of COVID-19 positive in Himachal has reached seven. Three cases were reported in Kangra district in March. One of the patients (69), who had returned from the USA, had died at the Tanda Medical College on March 23. While one of them recovered and discharged from the hospital, the third patient, a 62-year-old woman, is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Three persons, who had returned from Delhi after taking part in the Tablighi Jamaat and were staying at a Masjid in Una district’s Amb area, were tested positive on April 2.

A curfew was imposed in the district after the cases appeared and over 200 others who had attended the gathering in Nizamuddin have been traced and quarantined.

FIR against 9 People Living Mosque

Nine people including those who were tested positive were booked by the district police. All three were identified as residents of Mandi district. According to an unofficial report, the number of people who had participated in the Jamaat could be over 500, however, this report has not been confirmed by the authorities.

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