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Video: Amid Lockdown, an MLA Had to Sit on Dharna to Make Admin Provide Relief to Jobless Labourers



Rakesh Singh dharna at DC Office

Shimla-The District Administration of Shimla, which was already in question over leaving the entire relief work during lockdown to NGOs/charitable organizations/volunteers, had to face an embarrassment after an MLA sat on a Dharana inside its office over non-distribution of ration to needy labourers. The MLA also labelled some serious allegations against the Superintendent of Police and the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla.

After an exchange of heated arguments with the officials over district administration’s failure to identify and ensure ration supply to a large number labourers including those hailing from Kashmir, MLA, Theog, Rakesh Singha, sat on Dharana on April 20 and spent a night inside the district office in Shimla.

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MLA Rakesh Singh, Inside DC Office During Dharna

The MLA labelled serious allegations on the administration related to deliberately ignoring about 127 Kashmiri labourers stuck at Jama Masjid located in the Middle Bazaar of Shimla while the distribution of ration amid lockdown.

Singha alleged that the district administration did not attend to these labourers along with hundreds of others who desperately needed relief as they had run out of money due to joblessness.

The MLA even alleged that instead of providing them relief, the DC and SP threatened them to not demand ration or any relief.

But the officials refuted these allegations and said the administration had visited these labourers as many as six times and offered ration as a relief. The officials said these labourers declined the ration and instead asked for Rs. 100 for each labourer per day. The official can be heard claiming that these labourers already have a good stock of food. Later, BJP’s party leaders termed this dharna of the MLA as a political gimmick.

The MLA rejected this claim of district administration and said it was lying and trying to defame these labourers.

The MLA also alleged SDM Urban of leaving the relief work to NGOs and charitable organizations due to which hundreds of labourers in the city were not receiving any ration in the name of relief.

He said that the relief work during the lockdown is the constitutional responsibility of the Government. He also raised concern that alone NGOs and charitable organization do not have the capacity to cover all the needy.

The MLA even provided lists of such labourers in the city who had not received any relief, and some of them did not have shelter.

SDM couldn’t convince the MLA after which he sat on Dharana till the administration started to distribute ration among the persons mentioned in the list.

The MLA ended his Dharna on Tuesday evening and released a statement in which he said the district administration agreed to his demand. Watch the video (posted above) to watch what happened at the Office and to listen to the complete statement given by the MLA during the dharna and after ending it.

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



Second phase of Panchayat elections in himachal pradesh

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

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   



Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

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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