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Solan Reports Single Day Spike of 33 COVID-19 Cases, Kangra Nears 300 Mark

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Shimla-On Thursday, 39 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh. Of these, 33 cases were reported from Solan district alone. Remaining cases were reported from Shimla (3), Una (2), and Mandi (1).

According to the latest official update received from the Health Department, with the appearance of new cases, Himachal’s COVID-19 tally rose to 1140, of which 283 are active, 833 have cured, and nine died. Kangra is about to cross the 300 mark with a total of 298 cases till Thursday (9 PM). The total for Hamirpur has reached 268, while Solan (159) and Una (133) are heading towards the 200 mark.

Among 33 cases reported from Solan district, about 29 were said to be workers of a factory. According to the initial information available, samples of several workers were taken after one of them had tested positive earlier. This single-day-spike has created a stir in the area. Other four cases were reported from Arki and Jhadmazari area. More details were awaited at the time of the writing.

The total for Shimla district rose to 52 with the appearance of three new cases from Rohru. Two of these persons had returned from Jammu & Kashmir and were home-quarantined in a hut belonging to the Food & Civil Supplies Department near HPMC Building, Rohru. The said building has been sealed. Remaining one person- a returnee from Delhi-was kept under institutional quarantine at HP PWD rest house. The SDM, Rohru, BR Sharma confirmed the report.

Two persons who tested positive for COVID-19 in Una includes an 80-year-old woman with a travel history from Punjab. She was home-quarantined.

In Mandi, a returnee from Kerala, who was home-quarantined, also tested positive.

According to the official statistics provided by the Health Department, a total of 94720 persons have been tested in the State so far and currently, 20225 are under active surveillance.

While the number of cases continues to rise in the State, HP Government has opened borders for all without the need of an e-pass or permission from district administrations. Anyone with a COVID-19 negative report of an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)  accredited laboratory not older than 72 hours and booking of a minimum five days can enter the State for tourism purpose.

This decision has attracted huge criticism from every section of the society including the hospitality industry. There is a wide-spread fear among residents that this decision could fuel the corona outbreak in the State.

Further, as another big blow, a new study by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) researchers has predicted that India could see 2.87 lakh cases daily by Feb 2021. The same study also calculates that coronavirus cases are actually 12 times higher, with 50 percent more deaths.

To add to the fears of Indians, Centre and State Governments have begun to advise people to learn to live with coronavirus.

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

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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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