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Sigh of Relief for Shimla City, But No Respite for Sirmaur, Solan

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Shimla: Shimla city took a sigh of relief as all 106 samples taken from Boileauganj market, which was sealed after it reported four cases on Friday, tested negative for COVID-19. The Deputy Commissioner, Amit Kashyap, confirmed the report.

But there is no respite for the State from a sharp increase in cases. According to the Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin (9 PM) released on July 19, 2020, Himachal reported 64 new cases on Sunday, of which 52 were reported from Solan and Sirmaur districts alone. With the appearance of these new cases, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has risen to 1521, of which 436 are active.  Remaining cases were reported from Kangra (5), Una (4), Hamirpur (2), and Mandi (1).

A locality in Nahan has sounded the alarm for the district administration of Sirmaur, as well as, the people. On Sunday, 26 persons tested positive from Govindgarh (mohalla) locality alone. Earlier, 10 people had tested positive from the same locality. The spread had started with a pregnant woman testing positive recently. She had participated in a marriage ceremony held in the locality which is being believed to be the cause of the spread. The COVID-19 case tally for Sirmaur had reached 89 till Sunday evening.

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There is no let-up in the situation for Solan district too. On Sunday, as per the Health Department, 25 new cases were reported from Solan’s industrial belt Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN). With a sharp spike in cases during the last week, the tally for Solan rose to 332, which brings the district on the second position in terms of the number of cases. Kangra has reported highest 334 cases. On Sunday, the district reported five new cases.

The rate of appearance of new cases is also alarming for the State. In the last seven days, the State has reported 278 cases and 542 since July 1 from different districts. So far, 1059 people have recovered, nine have died, and 13 have migrated to outside the state.

This explosion in corona cases in the State followed the decision of the Government to allow entry of all including tourists carrying a COVID-19 negative report not older than 72 hours without seeking a pass. The relaxation in rules for entry for migrant labourers and relaxation in quarantine rules is badly backfiring. It forced the State Government to again tweak the rules. Further, a rise in discontent with the state government’s handling of the situation is being witnessed in the people. 

However, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday said that the state government was effectively handling the situation of corona pandemic in the State. He said that although the number of cases has gone up, the recovery rate of the State was one of the best in the country. The statement came during a video conferencing with the people of Kotkhai area of Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly constituency of Shimla district.

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

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The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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