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Ban on Transfers in Himachal, No Entry to HP Secretariat Without Pass

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Shimla-The State Government and its Ministers have woken up after a staff member of the Chief Minister Office tested positive on Wednesday. With this close encounter with COVID-19, ministers and officials are now showing strictness. First of all, HP Government has imposed a complete ban on transfers in the State. The ban was imposed keeping in view the COVID-19 situation, informed a spokesperson of the state government today.

It’s pertinent to mention that everyday a large number of people reach the secretariat with applications of transfers to meet the Ministers and officials.

“No transfer or adjustments will be ordered by any Department/Board/Corporation/Universities etc. during the ban period,”

the spokesperson informed.

Exceptions would be shown only in the rarest of the rare cases, like only on extreme medical grounds or on administrative exigencies that too with the prior approval of the Chief Minister through the concerned Minister-in-charge in accordance with the Comprehensive Guiding Principles dated 10th July 2013, he informed.

He said that the decision has been taken by the State Government as a precautionary and preventive measure. 

The State Government has appealed the people of the State to unnecessarily avoid footfall in the HP Secretariat and Government offices and to provide their support in containing the spread of coronavirus. Government has also urged the people to maintain proper social distancing and use a face mask. 

Entry Without Valid Permit Not Allowed in Secretariat

Following the appearance of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the HP Secretariat on Wednesday, non-officials would not be allowed to enter the HP Secretariat without a valid permit, informed a spokesperson of the government.

“No reference calls, messages would be entertained in this regard. In case of any laxity, personal responsibility of concerned gate in-charge would be fixed and necessary action would initiate against him,”

he said.

Valid Identity Proof Mandatory for Officials to Enter HP Secretariat

The state government has also made it mandatory for the officials of different departments to carry valid identity proof issued by their departments while entering the secretariat.

A spokesperson of the state government informed that as per the instructions issued on 23 July 2020, only those non-officials are being allowed to enter secretariat who have the valid entry pass issued from the secretariat reception.

The officers and officials of respective departments who have to visit secretariat in connection with official meetings to attend video conferencing and other engagements will have to carry their departmental identity proof.

Further, after the Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister tested positive, Jairam Thakur and his family members were tested for COVID-19. Though they tested negative, the Chief Minister and his family would remain under quarantine for next few days. The Deputy Secretary is said to have come in contact with a BJP leader from Mandi who had tested positive earlier.  The Advocate General and his family have also tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with the same person. This person had reportedly visited various places including the State High Court, Indira Gandhi Medical College, a cafe etc. The Medical Superintendent and Principal, IGMC Shimla, and some doctors who were believed to have come in contact with this person have been asked to take precautionary measures.  

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Himachal: Education Minister, 22 Teachers in Three Schools, SDM Test Positive for COVID-19

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Shimla-Ahead of re-opening of schools for regular classes from November 2,  22 teachers in three schools of Mandi district – Sarkaghat, Killing, Thunag- have tested positive. Today, Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur and a person in his staff also tested positive. He informed regarding the report through a social media post. He has quarantined himself at his residence, he said. He has requested other people who have come in contact with him recently to get tested and isolate themselves.

Besides, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Joginder Nagar, has also tested positive.

A total of 332 new cases with two deaths were recorded on Wednesday, according to the statistics provided by the Health Department. So far, about half a dozen ministers and the Chief Minister have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered too. 

Four deaths have been reported today (till 12 pm), and the COVID-19 tally for the state had reached 21150, of which 2513 were active cases.  

So far, a total of 298 persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19, if the official statistics to be believed. The actual number of cases, as well as, deaths could be higher due to a community spread. However, so far, the state government has not given any projection regarding the actual numbers.

Till yesterday evening (9 PM), a total of 380415 persons had been tested for COVID-19 in the state.   

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Nauni Varsity COH&F to Prepare ‘Peoples Biodiversity Registers’

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Hamirpur-The College of Horticulture & Forestry (COH&F), Neri, Hamirpur, a constituent College of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni is preparing Peoples Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) of Hamirpur, Una, Bilaspur and Chamba districts and 15 blocks. The project has been funded by the HP State Biodiversity Board, Shimla for which the university has been sanctioned a budget of Rs 27.50 lakh, informed the Public Relation Officer of the varsity Suchet Attri.

He informed that these PBRs contain comprehensive information on biodiversity components such as plants, animals, microbes, insects and their possible use by the local communities in the BMC areas. Further, PBRs also include information on topographic and socio-economic parameters including human population, climate, topography, natural ecosystems, livestock resources, livelihood patterns, etc.

He said that in addition, these 32 types of formats including agricultural, fodder crops, fruits, medicinal, ornamental, timber plants, weeds, pests and insects of crops, microbial diversity, domesticated animals, fish diversity, the market for domesticated animals, market/fairs for domesticated animals, and other products, people-scape, landscape, waterscape, soil type, trees, shrubs, herbs, tubers, grasses, climbers, wild plant species of importance, wild plants of medicinal importance, wild relatives of crops, wild ornamental plants, wild fumigate/chewing plants, timber plants, other plants in the wild, wild animal species, wild aquatic biodiversity and wild aquatic species of importance are covered under the PBR.  

UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Kaushal said,

 “Once these PBRs are prepared, the University, the Biodiversity Board and the concerned BMCs will have all information about the biological resources, their sustainable use, threatened species, etc. found in different blocks of these districts. This information will be helpful for any type of future planning and research on conservation and sustainable harnessing and judicious use of biological resources found in these districts”.  

Attri informed further informed that these PBRs are being prepared as per the Biological Diversity Act 2002, and in accordance with the standardized formats of the National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai. Dr Dushyant Sharma, Assistant Professor, COH&F Neri has been designated by the University as a Nodal Officer for the preparation of these PBRs. Dr Sanjeev Banyal, Dr Deepa Sharma, Dr Ravi Bhardwaj and Dr Richa Salwan will also be a part of the project. 

The Biological Diversity Act 2002 has been enacted by the Parliament of India for conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of the biological resources. Under this Act, committees named as Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) have been formed at all 3371 local body levels in the State.

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Jio TV Launches Three new Channels in Himachal for Elementary, Higher and Vocational Education

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Shimla– Jio TV has launched three new Elementary, Higher and vocational channels in Himachal Pradesh. The Government of Himachal Pradesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jio TV on 20th August, 2020 so that Education Department could reach the students. The government said that soon two more channels would also be started for students.

E-content of every subject for students of 1st to 12th classes would be made available on Jio TV. If any student is unable to view this e-content as per the subject schedule due to any reason, then the missed e-content will be available in catch up throughout the week. On converting this facility to video on demand, the overall education is going to be made available through Himachal Pradesh Jio TV soon, the government said.

In the view of COVID-19 pandemic, currently, the state government is running WhatsApp groups for pre-nursery to 12th standard. Other than that, Gyanshala programme is being run for class 10th and 12th through Doordarshan Shimla.

According to the state government, online content is being prepared by 200 teachers (State Resource Group) of the state.

It’s pertinent to mention that students of government schools have been facing a huge loss in terms of studies as WhatsApp groups haven’t proved effective enough to be termed as online education. As most children in government schools come from economically weak background and rural areas, procuring smartphones and Internet service is no less than a challenge for them. While private schools are using web applications like zoom and google hangout to conduct online classes, according to several teachers, government school students and their parents are not taking study through WhatsApp groups seriously.

The state government has yesterday decided to open schools for regular classes for students of 9th to 12th standard. The syllabus has been cut short but still teachers are likely to face tough time covering it.

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