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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)

Himachal pradesh community spread in sirmaur and solan

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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Himachal: 69 New COVID-19 Cases Including 27 from Solan, 10 from Shimla

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Shimla-The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday crossed the 2700 mark with the appearance of 69 new cases. These cases include two policeman, army personals, migrant labourers and some other locals.The number of active cases has now risen to 1115.

According to the State Health Department, Solan reported the highest 27 cases. Majority of these include workers in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) area and contacts of COVID-19 positive persons. Most of these 27 persons weren’t quarantined, which is a matter of concern.

The capital Shimla reported 10 cases, of which five were said to be migrant labourers in Rampur. Shimla city reported three cases including an employee of the General Post Office, Shimla. What’s worrying about this case is the fact that the sample of this woman was taken in flu OPD after she visited the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla. The woman has been mobile and used public transport too. Her travel history is yet to be traced. The CMO, Shimla, Surekha Chopra confirmed the report. There was no report regarding the sealing of the GPO or other places the woman had visited. But her residence at crowded Sanjauli locality was sealed. Two other cases were reported from Kasumpti and Bharari areas. Details regarding the remaining two were awaited. The COVID-19 case tally of Shimla has now reached 178 with two deaths.

Remaining cases were reported from Kangra (8), Chamba (4), Hamirpur (6), Mandi (11), Sirmaur (1), and Bilaspur (2).

So far, Solan has reported the highest 690 confirmed cases, followed by Kangra (476), Sirmaur (346), Hamirpur (313), Una (217), Shimla (178), Mandi (183), Bilaspur (101), Kinnaur (45), Kullu (37), and Lahaul-Spit (4).

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin August 2, 2020 (9PM)

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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HP Cabinet Minister Portfolios Re-shuffle – Reward to Loyalists, Warning to Dissenting Voices Within Party

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Shimla: The portfolios of Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Ministers were re-shuffled extensively along with the induction of three new Ministers – Rakesh Pathania, Sukh Ram, and Rajinder Garg. Newly inducted Ministers in the HP Cabinet had taken the oath of office and secrecy in a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan on July 30, 2020. 

Sukh Ram Chaudhary, MLA from Paonta Sahib Assembly constituency, Rakesh Pathania from Nurpur, and Rajinder Garg of Ghumarwin constituency took oath as Cabinet Minister.

While the shuffle is being justified by claiming that it was a punishment for not performing well, this opportunity has also been used to discourage dissent within the party and reward loyalists. Earlier governments have also re-shuffled portfolios during their reign, but not upto the extent it has been done this time.

Also Read: HP Cabinet’s Three Newly Inducted Ministers Take Oath

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur was heard warning ministers earlier regarding the possible changes, but the possible resentment did not allow it. However, the opportunity to fill up all positions in the Cabinet has also been used to re-shuffle portfolios of other ministers as well.

The Ministries of  Education, Forest, Health & Family Welfare, and Transport are some of the most important portfolios which have been shuffled. Further, the Chief Minister has decided to retain other important portfolios and all others that are not allocated to anyone.

HP Cabinet Minister Portfolios After Re-shuffle

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Ministry 

Departments 

Jairam Thakur Chief Minister Finance, General Administration, Home, Planning, Personnel, Public Works Department, Tourism, Excise & Taxation, All other departments not alloted to any other minister.
Mahender Singh Thakur Jal Shakti Minister Jal Shakti, Revenue, Horticulture, Sainik Welfare
Suresh Bhardwaj Urban Development Minister Urban Development, Town &Country Planning, Housing, Parliamentary Affairs, law & Legal Remembrance, Co-operation
Sarveen Chaudhary Social Justice & Empowerment   Social Justice & empowerment
Ram Lal markanda Technical Education Minister Technical Education, Vocational & Industrial Training, Tribal Development, Information Technology, Redressal ofPulbic Grievances
Virender kanwar Rural Development & panchayati Raj Minister Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries
Biram Singh Industries Minister Industries, Transport, Labour & Employment
Govind Singh Thakur Education Minister Higher Education, Elementary Education, Language, Art & Culture
Rajiv Saizal Health & Family Welfare Minister Health & Family Welfare, Ayurveda
Sukh Ram MPP & Power Minister MPP & Power, Non-Conventional Energy Sources
Rakesh Pathania Forest Minister Forest, Youth Services & Sports
Rajinder Garg Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Printing & Stationary

 

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