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Himachal Reports 120 New COVID-19 Cases, Lockdown Imposed in BBN After Nahan

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Shimla-After reporting 109 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 120 new cases appeared in Himachal Pradesh on Friday. According to the HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin (9 PM), these cases were reported from Bilaspur (1), Hamirpur (3), Kangra (15), Kinnaur (2), Kullu (2), Mandi (26), Shimla (3), Sirmaur (29), Solan (38), and Una (1).

In Shimla, the three cases include a policeman who had visited the Indira Gandhi Medical College after falling ill. On testing, he was found to be positive for COVID-19 infection. An arathi (trader) has also been tested positive in Theog region. He has travel history from Haryana. The third case is a contact of the Advocate General in Totu.  

Two employees of HP University, who were reportedly seen with the infected BJP leader from Mandi, have been asked to home-quarantine. The Chief Minister’s Office, courts, and the Office of the Advocate General remained closed after the Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister tests positive a couple of days ago.

The total for the state has reached 1954, of which 781 are active and 1145 have recovered. The State also reported its 11th COVID-19 death as a 52-year-old from Jwalamukhi area passed late last night.

Also Read: Himachal Reports 11th COVID-19 Death, Lockdown Imposed in Nahan, BBN Could be Next  

Sirmaur and Solan continue to report a high load of cases, following which the district administrations have decided to impose a complete lockdown of two days in Nahan and BBN area.

As of now, a total of 127555 persons have been tested in the state.

On the other hand, the Additional Chief Secretary, RD Dhiman, had been adhering to statements claiming that situation is completely under control and that there is no community spread. He had been also been denying possibilities of lockdowns.

However, contrary to his statements, the officials of the district administrations in two districts had to impose complete lockdown in their worst-hit areas.

In Nahan, the lockdown would remain in force from July 24 (9 PM) to July 27 (9 AM). Only chemist shops/drug stores would be allowed to open. The Nahan-Renuka road would remain open but parking vehicles in the containment zone would not be allowed, the DC informed. 

In Solan district, there would be a complete lockdown from July 26 (12 AM) to July 28 (6 AM). The Deputy Commissioner, Solan, KC Chaman, confirmed the report and informed that the decision was taken after a video conference with the Chief Minister.

During these lockdowns, the district administrations are likely to undertake extensive sampling to contain the spread that has wreaked havoc in BBN area and Govindgarh (mohalla) in Nahan.

So far, Solan has reported highests 472 cases. The spike in cases in BBN area can be traced to three industrial units. About 180 cases been reported from Wrigley India,  Sara Textiles, and  Arihant Pharmaceutical. This spurt began after the state government gave relaxation in rules for entry to Himachal and quarantine of migrant labourers in a bid to re-open industrial units.  As this decision backfired, the state government against tweaked these rules after a few days. Later, government asked  the industrial units/contractors to take responsibility for arranging quarantine facility for migrant labourers being brought from other states. The government said it would be the responsibility of the management of the units operating in industrial zones to ensure that only those labourers were engaged in the work who have gone through the quarantine process.

Though the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) has been claiming that there is no need to fear as there is no threat of community spread, the Chief Minister had to address the people and repeat that the situation is serious. The Chief Minister again attributed the cause of this huge spike in COVID-19 cases to residents desperate to reach their homes. He also claimed that the state is heading towards the climax of the outbreak which is why the number is on the rise. The Chief Minister on Friday accepted that simplification in the rules regarding entry and movement of people from outside the state did cause a spurt.

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HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin July 24, 2020 (9PM)

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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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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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