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COVID-19: Himachal Reports 7 New Cases in One Day, Taking Tally to 74

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Shimla-In what appears to be the second wave of COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, the number of total cases by May 14, 2020, jumped to 74, out of which 33 are active cases. All active cases have appeared during the last 10 days, following the return of people stranded in other States.

The Government faulted in making some crucially needed arrangements like mandatory quarantine for at least people returning from red zones. Despite a surge in cases after May 3rd, it took the Government a lot of time to take this decision.

The State Government on Thursday informed that over one lakh people have already returned to the State and 60,000 more have expressed willingness to return.

On Thursday, the State reported seven new cases. Sirmaur, Bilaspur, and Kangra districts reported two new cases each. Another case was reported from Hamirpur district. 

District-Wise Update for COVID-19 Positive Cases in Himachal Pradesh

Daily Statistics for COVID cases in Himachal Pradesh

In Sirmaur, a mother and her 7-year-old daughter, who had returned from Delhi on May 4th tested positive. Both were asymptomatic and tested randomly.

In Kangra district, a 57-year-old woman in Dharamshala tested positive. She had returned to Sheela Chowk area from Delhi on May 12th. In the second case from Kangra district, a 26-year-old woman, who had returned from Mumbai recently, also tested positive on Thursday.

Two reported cases in Bilaspur district include a person who had returned to the State from Ahmadabad, Gujarat, in a taxi along with some others and a person who had returned from Delhi in taxi as well. Both taxi drivers had tested positive, therefore, the two new cases are believed to be contacts of these drivers. 

They were quarantined on reaching the Swarghat barrier in Bilaspur district and samples were taken later for testing.

In the seventh case, a man in Hamirpur’s Siri village tested positive for COVID-19. He had come in contact with a COVID positive person after which his sample was taken.  

Earlier, seven cases were reported on Tuesday too. 

Update for District/Testing Facility-Wise – May 14th

Himachal Pradesh's Daily COVID Testing samples

Pradhans of Gram Panchayats Asked to Ensure Implementation of Home-Quarantine 

Further, a clarion call has been given to the Pradhans of Gram Panchayats and other elected representatives of grass root level democratic institutions to come forward to ensure effective management and execution of home quarantine facilities in the State to check the spread of corona pandemic in their respective areas.

Although the State Government has decided to keep those coming from red zones in institutional quarantine, still there was a possibility of corona infection from even those coming from green or orange zones, the Government said.

Panchayat pradhans have been asked effectively implementing the ‘Nigah’ programme launched by the State Government to keep a vigil on those under home quarantine so that they do not jump from the quarantine. PRIs representatives were asked to come forward to motivate the family members to maintain social distancing with the person undergoing home quarantine.

The PRIs representatives should gather prior information regarding the arrival of a person from other parts of the country in their respective areas and also visit the house of the person in advance so that appropriate steps could be taken for proper isolation of the person, the Government said.

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Rs.18 Crore Mandi Shiv Dham Project Tender Allotted for Rs. 36 Crores, Alleges Sudhir Sharma  

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Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, and Mandi Shivdham project, which he claims to be his dream project, has landed in controversy ahead of the polling for the by-polls scheduled to be held on October 30.

AICC secretary and former minister, Sudhir Sharma, on Saturday released a statement in which he alleged HP Tourism Development Corporation of indulging in corruption in allotment of tender for the Mandi Shivdham development project. He alleged that against the sanctioned limit of Rs. 18 crores, the tender for the development of the first phase of the project was granted to a Mumbai-based company “Generic Engineering Construction & Projects Limited” in February this year.

The project involves structural construction of replicas of 12 Jyotirlings, site development etc., as per the tender.

He also said that the Chief Minister himself holds charge of the Tourism Department.

Sudhir also furnished some documents related to the tender allocation to support his allegations.

He further informed that the tenders were first invited for the first phase between November 24 and 25, 2020. At that time, the estimated cost was mentioned to be Rs. 18 crores. Four companies responded to the invitation and participated in the tendering process. However, by February this year, the tender was allotted to the above-mentioned company for Rs. 36 crores.

Sudhir questioned the state government over doubling the cost and asked the Chief Minister to provide the public with an explanation for this.

“This money belongs to the State and it should be spent on public welfare,” Sudhir said in a statement released on Saturday.

He also demanded action against those involved in this alleged act of corruption.

Sudhir further alleged that instead of taking care and undertaking beautification of already existing temples and religious places in Mandi – also known as Choti Kashi- Chief Minister jumped to a new location with his dream project. He also alleged that the government didn’t even obtain forest clearance for this project and several trees were axed.

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Kinnaur: Horrific Tragedy Unfolds as Bodies of 7 Out of 11 Missing Trekkers Recovered, Two Still Missing

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Kinnaur-A horrific tragedy is unfolding as bodies of seven trekkers, who had gone missing while trekking from Uttarkashi to Chitkul, were recovered by the teams of Army and ITPB from Lamkhaga Pass in Kinnaur district. Two of them have been rescued alive and were receiving medical treatment. Two trekkers are still missing and feared to be dead.

Most of these persons belonged to West Bengal. 

The rescue team could not lift the bodies due to the bad weather on Thursday as it had to suspend the search and rescue operation. The operation was resumed on Friday. The search operation for the remaining missing persons would be carried out on Saturday. The search and rescue teams found the bodies at an altitude of 5,000 metres.

According to the available information, a total of 17 persons – 11 trekkers and six porters- had left Uttarkashi on October 11 on a trekking expedition that was supposed to conclude in Chikul of Kinnaur district on October 19. However, the weather took a drastic turn and the region witnessed heavy snowfall on October 17 and 18.

While six Nepalese porters were said to have reached Chitkul, the trekkers had decided to stay in temporary tents at Lamkhaga Pass. The porters had informed the police about the stranded trekkers on reaching Chitkul on October 20.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Abid Hussain, confirmed that nine of these trekkers have been found. While two were alive, seven had died. The exact reason for deaths would be ascertained only after the post-mortem. Two trekkers still remain missing. More information is awaited.

It’s pertinent to mention that the Meteorological Department had issued warning of heavy rain and snow on October 18 alonwith an orange alert. 

Following are the details of the bodies recovered and persons rescued alive:

Deceased Persons

  1. Anita Rawat (38) D/o Sh. Jyoti Singh R/o M 95 Harinagar, West Bengal
  2. Tanmay Tiwari (30), S/o Sh R.C. Tiwari, R/o Kishan Nagar, Kolkata 3
  3. Vikas Makal(33) son of Swapan Maikal, Raghabpur Nepalganj, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
  4. Saurabh Gosh (34) S/o Sushil Ghosh, R/o Nepalganj, South 24 West Bengal
  5. Subhayan Das (28) S/o Kajal Das, R/o 10/1A Nepal Bhatacharia G Streak Kalighat, West Bengal
  6. Richard Mandal (31) From West Bengal
  7. Upender (22) from Uttarkashi

Detail of Missing persons:

  1. Sukenh Manjhi(43) From West Bengal
  2. Gyan Chand (33) from Uttarkashi

Details of Injured Person

  1. Devendra Chauhan, S/o Hariram, R/o Village Gangad, Thana Mary, Uttarkashi. (company guide)
  2. Mithun Dari, S/o Swar Badal Ch Dari, R/o Prasadpur, PostAndhar Manik, South 24 Pargans, West Bengal

 

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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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