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Community Spread Haunts Solan, Sirmaur, Cases in Shimla Also on The Rise

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday from Sirmaur (13), Solan (7), Kangra (7), Shimla (3), Hamirpur (2), and Kullu (1). Yesterday, a 75-year-old woman who was suffering from chronic-kidney disease died at the Nerchowk COVID hospital, taking the official COVID-19 death toll to 10.

Today, according to the Health Department’s latest update (12 PM), 17 more persons tested positive in Chamba (4), Mandi (3), Una (3)and Sirmaur (7) districts, taking the state’s COVID-19 tally to 1681. Of these total cases, 577 are active and 1077 have recovered.

Community spread haunts Solan (381) and Sirmaur (130) districts as more cases continue to appear. In Solan, the industrial belt is the worst-hit. Seven more workers of Sara Textile in Nalagarh tested positive on Tuesday. Officials of the district administration and the Health Department are concerned about the situation and are trying to prevent a community spread. But the government maintains that the spike in cases is merely due to entry of migrant laborers and returnees from other states.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin July 22 (12 PM)

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Sirmaur district reported 12 cases on Tuesday of which 10 persons belonged to Govindgarh (Mohalla) locality. This morning seven more reported to have tested positive in Sirmaur including five from Govindgarh that has become a hot-spot now. The locality alone has reported 75 cases within the last seven days. People in Nahan are also in a state of panic with this explosion in COVID-19 cases.

The district administrations in Solan and Sirmaur are compelled to review the availability of beds and medical facilities.

A BJP Leader in Mandi and a Staff Member at Chief Minister’s Office Test Positive

Today, a local leader of Bharatiya Janata Party in Mandi district and a staff member at the Chief Minister’s office tested positive. The staff member who tested positive is said to be a Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister. Following the appearance of this case, the Chief Minister has been quarantined and samples of several other staff members and officials at the state secretariat would be taken for testing. Not much detail is available regarding the contact and travel history as of yet, there are speculations that BJP leader from Mandi had been meeting other leaders of the party regularly. The Deputy Secretary is said to have met the same leader recently. 

The four cases reported in Chamba this morning includes an army jawan and a policeman.

Further, a stir can be witnessed in Shimla district as more cases continue to appear. The total for Shimla district has risen to 97 and is inching towards the 100 mark.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman has attributed the rise in the number of cases to the entry of migrant labourers to the state. Defending the state government’s decision to open the state for all including tourists, Dhiman said that no cases have been reported among tourists so far.  On Wednesday, Dhiman claimed that the spread of coronavirus is under control in the state. He also claimed that there is no threat of community spread and the state is doing much better than other states. The spike in the cases was temporary he had told media. 

The number of COVID-19 cases in India is also rising fast with over 1.1 million people already infected and over 28,000 thousand dead. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimates that by the end of next year, India will have the worst outbreak in the world.

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HP Bypolls 2021 Schedule Issued, Model Code of Conduct Comes Into Force in State

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Shimla-The Schedule for by-elections to Parliamentary Constituency and three Legislative Assembly Constituencies of Himachal Pradesh has been issued by the Indian Election Commission. With the announcement of this schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into effect in eight districts of Himachal Pradesh.  As per the schedule, the entire process of elections would be completed by November 5, 2021.

The schedule would remain the same for bypolls to Parliamentary Constituency and three Legislative Constituencies.

These include Mandi Parliamentary Constituency, which got vacant after MP Ram Swaroop Sharma reportedly committed suicide and three Legislative Assembly Constituencies – Fatehpur (08), Jubbal Kotkhai (65), and Arki (50).

HP Bypolls 2021 Schedule

  1. Notification – October 1, 2021
  2. Last Date of Nominations -October 8, 2021
  3. Date for Scrutiny of Nominations – October 11, 2021 
  4. Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures -October 13, 2021
  5. Date of Poll -October 30, 2021
  6. Date of Counting – November 2, 2021 

The entire process for the elections would be completed by November 5, 2021.

The Commission said it has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances before announcing the schedule for bypolls.

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Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events

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Shimla-The International Kullu Dussehra would be organised from 15th October to 21st October, 2021, the Himachal Pradesh Government informed today after holding a meeting regarding the same.

The HP Government has decided that all deities would be invited for the Dussehra festival. Orgnaization of all religious ceremonies would be allowed traditionally, but the cultural and commercial activities would not be held.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over meeting of State Level Kullu Dussehra Committee. Directions were given to ensure proper security system, uninterrupted electricity supply and adherence of Covid-19 guidelines.

It was also decided in the meeting that Language, Art and Culture Department would provide an additional amount of Rs. 10 lakh to district administration Kullu for organising Kullu Dussehra festival.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Sept 24: Approval to Open Schools from 27 Sept,  Fill 8,000 Posts, Changes in Transfer Policy of JBT, C, and V Teachers

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in a meeting held today, has decided to open schools from September 27 for the students of 9th to 12th classes. The students of class 10th and 12th would attend schools on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, whereas students of class 9th and 11th would attend schools on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a week. Online classes and examinations will continue for classes upto 8th standard.  

Further, the HP Cabinet also decided to create and fill up 8000 posts of Multi-Task Workers in the educational institutions under the Higher and Elementary Departments as per the provisions of the Part-Time Multi-Task Workers Policy 2020. As per the policy, these Multi-Task Workers would be provided with a consolidated honorarium of Rs. 5625 per month for 10 months in one academic year.

The Cabinet decided to amend the transfer policy for inter-district transfer of JBT and C and V teachers in the State by reducing the existing tenure from 13 years to five years, including the contract period, for transfer to another district and also increase the quota from existing 3% to 5%.

It also decided to enhance the honorarium of IT teachers outsourced in various educational institutions in the State by Rs. 500 per month from April 1st, 2021.

It also gave its approval for renaming Forest Training Institute and Rangers College Sundernagar as Himachal Pradesh Forest Academy.

The HP Cabinet gave its consent to draft a proposal for the Customised Package of Incentives for Mega Industrial Projects in the State under Himachal Pradesh Industrial Investment Policy and Rules -2019.

It gave its approval for filling up 20 posts of Naib Tehsildar in the Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis.

It also gave its approval to the policy of replacement/maintenance of damaged crash barriers in the State.

It also decided to rename Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna as Mukhyamantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna.

It also decided to rename Himachal Health Care Yojna- Himcare as Mukhyamantri Himachal Health Care Yojna-Himcare.

The Cabinet gave its nod to rename Sahara Yojna as Mukhyamantri Sahara Yojna.

The Cabinet gave its consent to create and fill up 10 posts of different categories in Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur for its smooth functioning.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade Primary Health Centre Swarghat in Bilaspur district to Community Health Centre along with the creation of requisite posts.

It also decided to upgrade Primary Health Centre Gadsa in Banjar area of Kullu district to Community Health Centre along with creation of requisite posts to man this health institution. 

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