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HP Govt Postpones Exams and Practical, 144 Imposed in 5 Districts, Read More Updates

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Shimla– With two positive cases of COVID-19 and its spread in neighboring states, Himachal Pradesh is seeing imposition of Section 144 to ensure social distancing. Earlier, Section 144 was imposed only in Kangra district . But now, the Section has come into force in five districts – Hamirpur, Chamba, Solan, Una, and Kangra. 

An FIR has been lodged in Hamirpur district where people had organized a ‘Jagran’ despite imposition of Section 144. Another FIR was filed against the 63-year-old woman from Kangra who was tested positive yesterday.  She has been booked for concealing information related to her COVID-19 infection and causing its spread.  

In Shimla, the Vayopaar Mandal has today decided to keep the market close for next three days. All shops excluding those of daily needs like milk, bread, grocery, medical stores would remain closed till March 24. Hoteliers are closing hotels as the entry of tourists to Himachal has been completely restricted. The hotels have been directed to ask tourists to check-out by Saturday.  

Further, Himachal Pradesh Government has postponed all examinations and practical exams scheduled upto 31st March, 2020 till further orders. A spokesperson of the state government informed that the decision was taken in view of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic in the country and in continuation of the various advisory/directions issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department.

He said that all evaluation and related activities scheduled up to 31st March, 2020 are also postponed till further orders. All teaching staff at all levels would not attend the respective educational institutions till 31st March, 2020 and are advised to stay at home. Only staff or teacher/headmasters/principals assigned administrative work would attend office and also comply with the general instructions issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department.

The spokesperson said that respective District Magistrates can requisite the services of the staff of Education Department, for IEC activities. Teaching staff including those who have been ordered to not to come to the institutions and have been advised to stay at home, would make themselves available to the respective District Magistrates in case they are ordered to do so. He said that these orders would come into force with immediate effect.

HPTDC Lifts to Remain Close on 22nd March

A spokesperson of the HP Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) informed that lifts of HPTDC connecting cart road and mall road would remain closed on 22nd March, 2020 keeping in view the Janta curfew.

He said that the routine closing timing for lifts would now be 08:00 pm instead of 10:00 PM.

Training Programmes Scheduled at HIPA Cancelled Till 31st March

A spokesperson of the Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) today informed that all the training programmes, workshops, seminars etc. scheduled at HIPA have been cancelled. He said that the decision was taken in compliance with the order of the state government due to COVID-19 till 31st March, 2020 with immediate effect.

HP Governor Stresses on Following Guidelines to Deal with Coronavirus

Governor Bandaru Dattatraya has emphasized to make people more aware of coronavirus. He said that wide publicity should be ensured of the guidelines issued by the state government, health department and security agencies so that the message could reach to the maximum number of people.

He said that the world was struggling with this crisis and Union Government has called for a Janata Curfew so that this chain of virus can be broken. He urged the people of the state to follow the instructions and comply with the precautionary steps taken by the state government to check the spreading of the virus.

He has also urged the people to ignore rumours and misinformation regarding COVID-19.

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Pics of This Policeman Are Making HP Police Deptt Proud, Melting Hearts

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Policeman in Chail solan helping elderly during curfew

Solan-Pictures of a policeman approaching an elderly woman and later carrying a heavy bundle of fodder for her are making Himachal Pradesh Police proud. This policeman is being applauded by not only the people but also by his department. 

The pictures are taken in Chail area of the district where an elderly lady was carrying fodder for livestock from jungle during the relaxation period in curfew.

Head Constable Jasvir Singh Chail Solan

On seeing the elderly lady struggling with a bundle of fodder (green tree-leaves), which appeared to be heavy for her, an on-duty policeman carried the bundle on his back for her.

HP Police Helping People During COVID-19 Curfew

A resident of Kunihar in Solan district posted these pictures on his social media handle. He recognized this policeman as Head-Constable Jasvir Singh, who was also his classmate 17 years ago.

policeman in himachal helping old lady

We don’t know about this policeman in his personal life, but a mention of this gesture is important if seen symbolically in context to the police-citizens relationship.

This compassionate gesture of a policeman, in a time when the police is enforcing curfew and mostly seen dealing strictly with people to make them comply with the law, is melting hearts.

Visuals of people either being beaten or punished physically for breaking curfew did attract criticism not only from the people but also from the DGP SR Mardi.

However, the same policemen are also going a step ahead to help people in various ways during the COVID-19 crisis. In various districts, there are instances where policemen are even spending from their own pockets to help the needy around them. Perhaps, pictures of all of them won’t appear on social media but good policemen are there helping people while discharging their duty. 

These pictures remind us that policemen aren’t devoid of emotion and compassion.  Therefore it becomes duty of every citizen to support the police and make its job of maintaining law and order easier.

 

..SABHI POLICE KI VERDI WALE BURE INSAN NAHI HOTEInka naam mr.jasvir singh hai.mere shehar.(KUNHAR) ke nazdeek…

Posted by Sunny Shandil on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

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PPE Kits Prepared by Himachal’s Self-Help Groups Cost Only Rs 700: Govt

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Shimla- As the World is struggling in its fight against COVID-19, availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits for health professionals has also become a matter of prime concern. In this hour distress, Self Help Groups in Himachal Pradesh working under the Rural Livelihood Mission have geared up to meet the demand, the State Government Claimed today.  

Director of Rural Development and State Head Livelihood Mission Lalit Jain said that the Personal Protection Equipment kit prepared by SHGs would cost Rs. 700 and three SHGs have been trained so far with a capacity of 100 kits per day, he added. 

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar said that more than 50 Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the State were preparing and producing about 15000 masks everyday to give a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19. He said that 2000 women were involved in this task through various SHGs.

He said that about one lakh masks have been provided to various departments and organizations. The task of producing masks was being done on a war footing, he added.

He said that 3000 women farmers were being encouraged to develop kitchen gardens by utilizing minimum land so that fresh vegetables could be produced. He said that 11 young professionals have been given responsibility for guiding these women farmers and to ensure the marketing of their produce so that they could get a fair price. 

He claimed that an SHG in Sirmaur district has successfully prepared a sanitizer, which costs Rupees one hundred per 200 ml. He said that stress is being laid to train more SHGs to produce more masks.

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 COVID-19 Himahcal: Govt to Launch Extensive Campaign for Tablighi Jamaat Contact Mapping

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Campaign to tablighi jamaat contact mapping in himachal pradesh

Shimla-For contact mapping of Tablighi Jamaat coronavirus infected persons in Himachal Pradesh, the State Government is launching an extensive campaign. The Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that due to those who have symptoms of the infection and those having any connection with Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat of Delhi besides their close contacts, figure of coronavirus is increasing day by day sharply in the country as well as in the State.

The Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State have already been directed to launch this campaign. Such persons, if found, would be kept in quarantine till they are not medically examined. 

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur urged the people to come forward to identify such people in their areas to check further spread of coronavirus.  He said that the State Government would not hesitate in taking strict action against those who would conceal information about their travel history and those who give shelter to them. 

Other than that Hospital Katha in Baddi area of Solan district has been notified as Hospital for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients. Patients from Solan and Sirmaur districts would be treated in this hospital.

He also claimed said that the State Government had started tele-medicine consultancy facilities in Health and Wellness centres to facilitate the people in getting treatment advise from specialists.

Chief Minister said that no laxity should be permitted in curfew.  He said that vehicles must also be restricted besides ensuring that people do not step out un-necessarily during the relaxation of curfew.  

COVID-19 Himachal Update

As of now, the Department of Health and Family Welfare confirmed that as many as 4855 persons have been kept under surveillance for coronavirus in the State. Out of it, 2387 persons have completed a surveillance period of 28 days. Today, a total of 128 samples were tested, out of which 126 have tested negative. Report of the remaining two is awaited. 

So far, the Department confirmed, 662 persons have been tested in the State for coronavirus. Report of 27 has been confirmed as positive cases. The State has reported one death, migration of four patients, and recovery of two persons. With this, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Himachal is 20.

Four of the 27 cases have been reported from Chamba district, four from Kangra, seven from Solan, and 12 from Una district.

 

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