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Self-Employed Persons Permitted to Work, IT Repair Shops to Open on Tuesday & Friday: DC Shimla

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Shimla-After the Ministry of Home, Government of India, issued revised guidelines to permit additional activities outside the containment zones, the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla today issued a notification regarding the relaxations given in the curfew in the district.

As per the notification, from April 20th, the services provided by self-employed persons, such as electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics, and carpenters will be allowed between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. They would be allowed to move between workplaces and homes between 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Such self-employed persons will have to obtain curfew permit from the Sub-Divisional Magistrates, who are supposed to first ascertain the veracity of their profession. Further, the IT repair shops including mobile repair have been allowed to open on Tuesday and Friday between 10 AM to 1:00 PM.

All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, will be allowed to operate during the curfew relaxation period.

Similarly, shops selling essentials and carts including PDS ration shops dealing with food and groceries, hygiene items, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, poultry, meat, fish, animal feed and fodder etc. will be allowed to open during the relaxation period.

Further, only local labour with no travel history will be allowed to work in the construction of health infrastructure, roads, irrigation projects, buildings, industrial projects, renewable energy projects etc. All the hired labour will be medically screened. No labour would be allowed from outside the district.

As for the construction within Municipal limits, the competent authority will have the power to give clearance to maps of stalled projects.

The same guidelines would apply in cases where labour is hired to carry out agricultural /horticultural activities and the Government schemes like MNREGA. The employer will have to inform the BMO concerned regarding the hired labourers who will be then medically screened. Social distancing will have to be ensured during these activities as well.

The offices of the Central Government except for emergency services, located in Shimla district will be allowed to work with a bare minimum staff of not more than 33 percent of the total strength. Allowed staff will have to furnish their official identity cards when asked for by the police at the checking points.

Private vehicles for emergency services, including medical and veterinary care and for procuring essential commodities will be allowed to ply only with curfew passes/permits.

The persons exempted to travel between workplace and home can pool government vehicles. Only four persons including driver would be allowed in a single vehicle hired by the government.

Wearing a mask or homemade face cover would be mandatory for every person while stepping outside.

The delivery of essential through e-commerce will also keep operating.

Violation of the orders mentioned in the notification would be punishable under Sections 188,269, 270 and 271 of the IPC.

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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447 Cases of Adverse Effect Including 3 in Himachal Reported Post COVID-19 Vaccination

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Shimla– Amid skepticism over the COVID-19 vaccination, India has reported over 400 cases of adverse effect post-vaccination, informed the Ministry of Health. To be more specific, a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) were reported on 16th Jan & 17th Jan’21.

Out of these, three required hospitalization. Of these, one was discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one was discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea etc.

In Himachal Pradesh, about three cases of AEFIs were reported on day 1 of vaccination drive. These were reported from Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda, Kangra, Civil Hospital Paonta Sahib, and Maharishi Markandeshwar University Medical College, Solan.

In these cases, symptoms reported included dizziness, anxiety, nausea and shivering and persons recovered after management as per protocol, it was informed.

In Himachal, 2,499 health care workers were to be administered dose through 27 identified sites in the State on January 16. However, only 1535 healthcare workers could be vaccinated on the first day. It was 61 percent of this set target. The second round would be held today.  

Two types of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. These include Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) that has been supplied to all States/UTs.

The second is Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) that has been supplied to 12 States.

An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization. It may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. The Ministry had laid down protocols for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs, the Ministry said.

India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 vaccination program, the world’s largest such exercise.

Total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report.

The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six States. As many as 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Day2, as per the provisional reports.

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