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DGP Sanjay Kundu and 27 Others at PHQ Test Negative, 24 New Cases Reported from 7 Districts



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Shimla-The samples of the Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, and 27 others have tested negative. The DGP was home-quarantined today following the death of a COVID-19 positive person with whom he had come in contact with. As a COVID-19 positive person had visited the Police Headquarter, Shimla, on June 1, 2020, the staff has taken a sigh of relief after the arrival of test reports. This person had returned to Delhi where he tested positive on June 8 and passed away on June 9. 

Further, the cases of COVID-19 continue to spiral upwards in Himachal Pradesh. The total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 445 as 24 new cases were reported today from seven districts. Today 23 more patients recovered and discharged.

According to the daily COVID-19 Bulletin released by the Health Department on June 9, 2020, (9:00 PM), eight cases were reported from Sirmaur district, six from Kangra, Five from Una, Two from Bilaspur, and one each from Shimla, Hamirpur, Mandi districts.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till June 9, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh Corona case update for June 9, 2020


In Sirmuar district, eight persons including workers and the owner of a pharma company in Kala Amb tested positive. It’s the same company where the person from Bagposh, who had tested positive earlier, works.

In Kangra, six persons who tested positive include a 31-year-old from Chauli village, who had returned from Delhi, a 25-year-old from Kharot Bangla village, who had returned from Ludhiana, a 29-year-old from Palampur, who had returned from Chandigarh, a 51-year-old resident of Haarchkiya, who had returned from Delhi, a 41-year-old resident of Salooni (Chamba), who had also returned from Delhi, and a 40-year-old resident of Badgram.

Bilaspur district reported two cases which included returnees from Delhi and Dubai. Both the persons hail from Ghumarwin region.

Una district reported five cases. Among these, one of the persons, who had given sample in Delhi, managed to reach Una before the arrival of his test report, which baffled the administration.

In Hamirpur district, a 35-year-old resident of Sujanpur tested positive.

In Mandi, a man with his wife reached Nerchowk Medical College and told the authorities that he had tested positive for COVID-19 in Delhi. He cleared the screening at the State border as he was asymptomatic. His sample would be taken again for testing. A case has been filed by local police against this person. 

In Shimla, a 36-year-old person who had returned from Delhi and was under institutional quarantine at Shilaroo, tested positive today. 


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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