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Himachal Reports 170 COVID-19 Cases in Two Days, Govt Claims Situation Completely Under Control



Himachal Pradesh Covid-19 cases nears 2000 mark

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh’s tally of COVID-19 cases is fast heading towards the 2000 mark as the number, as well as, the rate of appearance of new cases is on the rise. In the last two days, the state has reported 170 cases from different districts. While 61 cases were reported on Wednesday including 23 from Shimla district, 109 more persons tested positive on Thursday.

The total for the state has now risen to 1834, of which 671 are active cases, 1136 have recovered, and 10 died.

Solan (43) and Siramur (42) continuou to report a high-load of cases. In Solan, 41 cases were reported from the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh area including over a dozen of contacts of previously infected workers of Wrigley factory.

In Sirmaur, the coronavirus has tightened its grip on Govindgarh (mohalla) locality as 25 more people tested positive on Thursday. Remaining cases were reported from other parts of the district.

Further, Chamba (2), Hamirpur (2), Kangra (11), Mandi (7), Shimla (1), and Bilaspur (1) also reported new COVID-19 cases.

Solan (434) has reported the highest number followed by Kangra (370), Hamirpur (288), Sirmaur (173), Una (171), Shimla (121), Chamba (86), Bilaspur (67), Mandi (60), Kinnaur (39), Kullu (22), and Lahaul-Spiti (4).

So far, a total of 124683 persons have been tested in the state since the beginning of the outbreak.

The Additional Chief Secretary(Health) RD Dhiman had on Wednesday 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. He attributed the spurt in cases to migrant workers, a marriage ceremony in Nahan’s Govindgarh locality, and movement of armed police forces. He also claimed that the state has a high testing rate (17,000/million) and a lower death rate (0.84%).

Further, India on Thursday record a single-day spike of 49,310 COVID-19 cases, taking national’s COVID-19 case tally to 12,87,945. The death toll also rose to 30,601 with 740 new fatalities.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin July 23, 2020 (9PM)

Himachal Pradesh Latest COVID-19 Update


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



hp bypolls 2021 schedule

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



Kullu dussehra 2021

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



HP Cabinet Decisions september 24, 2021

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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