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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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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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