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Bilaspur- Man Who Fled Home on Testing COVID-19 Positive Worries Admin, Police Station Sealed After Policemen Came in Contact While Catching Him

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Bilaspur: Himachal Pradesh on June 20, 2020, reported 29 new COVID-19 cases from eight districts – Hamirpur (11), Kangra (4), Shimla (4) Solan (3), Una(3), Sirmaur (2), Bilaspur (1), and Kullu (1)

Hamirpur reported highest 11 cases, taking the COVID-19 tally for the district to 166.

According to the HP Health Department’s last COVID-19 Bulletin released for June 20, 2020, (9:00 PM), the total in the State spiked to 656 with detection of 29 new cases in a single day. On June 19, the State had reported 32 new cases. During the last six days, the State has reported 100 new cases.  This high rate of appearance of the cases in the State has become a matter of concern. Further, yesterday, 29 more patients recovered taking the number of cured patients to 405. There are 232 active cases in the State.

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Hamirpur reported highest 11 cases, of which eight are returnees from Delhi and the remaining three have come in contact with COVID-19 positive persons. These persons belong to Sujanpur, Galore, and Tuanidevi area of the district. Total for the district rose to 166.

Kangra – the district with the highest number of cases – reported four new cases among returnees from Delhi. These persons belonged to Indora, Harchkiyan, and Jaisinghpur area.

The COVID-19 tally for Kangra has now risen to 170, of which 55 are active cases, followed by Hamirpur at the second place with 166 cases, of which 56 are active.

In Solan district, three more including a couple in BBN area and a policeman from Nalagarh tested positive. These persons were said to be contacts of a COVID-19 positive person from Gullarwala panchayat.  

Shimla reported four cases including an ITBP jawan who had returned from Rajasthan, a female who had returned from Gurugram, a returnee from Delhi. In addition to these three cases, a 7-year-old from Jubbal area tested positive. Parents of the child had had already tested positive.

Siramur district also reported two cases including an employee of a factory in Dhaulkuan. Three new cases also appeared in Una district.

In Kullu, an employee at the Kullu airport, who had recently returned from Delhi also tested positive.

Bilaspur district reported one new case.

Further, the Bilaspur city police station was sealed yesterday after some policemen came into contact with COVID-19 positive person. Reportedly, a person who had returned from Delhi to his rented room in the market managed to evade institutional quarantine. As he had not home-quarantined himself, some locals reported it to the police. He was taken to the district hospital by police on June 17 where a sample was taken for testing.

When the test report was found to be positive, police reached his room in the city to take him to the hospital but did not find him there. He had reportedly fled the place, and police had to toil all night to catch and bring him to a COVID-19 care hospital, during which policemen came in contact with the patient.  A case has been filed against the person.

The appearance of this case is keeping the district administration on its toes as this person had been mobile for the past several days and even visited his village. He works as a marketer of sanitizers and masks in the city.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised as to why the person was allowed to go to his room as he had returned from Delhi – city with a high case-load. Delhi is in the list of 13 such cities/areas of India, and institutional quarantine is mandatory for anyone arriving from these cities.  Further, he was brought to the hospital for taking sample but was still not under surveillance. 

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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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