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Himachal: Highest Single-Day-Spike of 127 Cases Takes State Tally to 2176

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported 127 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday – a record single-day-spike till now. According to the Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin (9 PM), the total for the state spiralled up to 2176 with 949 active cases and twelve deaths. A total of 1198 patients have recovered so far.

The highest number of cases was reported from Solan (41) including about 27 construction workers of a private contractor. Remaining cases were reported from Kangra (21), Bilaspur (5), Hamirpur (6), Mandi (10), Shimla (18), Sirmaur (16), and Una (10). The Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman confirmed the report. Of the 16 cases in Sirmaur, 12 were reported from COVID-19 hotspot Govindgarh in Nahan and four from Paonta Sahib.

After Solan (548) and Sirmaur (242), now Mandi (111) and Shimla (143) districts are witnessing a spurt in COVID-19 cases. Complete lockdowns of two days are in force in BBN in Solan and Nahan in wake of an explosion in corona cases. Meanwhile, the state government is inviting the people of the state to express their opinion over the imposition of a complete lockdown. People can vote in favour of or against imposing a lockdown on My Gov portal of the state government.

In Shimla, a woman residing near the Raj Bhawan, who is employed at the state secretariat, tested positive following which a block in Barne’s Court Stokes Place under Benmore Ward was sealed. While a person residing near Vidhan Sabha also tested positive, one case was reported from Sanjauli area.

HRTC Vice-Chairman Tests Positive

The Vice-Chairman, HRTC, who is also a former BJP MLA, also tested positive on Sunday. Through a social media post, the Vice-Chairman confirmed the report and requested all those who came in contact with him to quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 infection. 

According to a media report, the official had been to Shimla recently, has met some party workers in Naduan, and attended an event organized on the occasion of ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ where hundreds of people had gathered. The case is keeping the administration on its toes as the possibility of other contracting infection from the Vice-Chairman are high. 

Panic in Bagsaid, Mandi, After COVID-19 Positive Person Found Running Meat Shop

In Mandi, a panic was triggered when two persons working at a meat shop located in Bagsaid market tested positive for COVID-19.  They were said to be brothers. According to a media report,  one of the brothers had been running the shop after their samples were taken. The people expressed anguish over the fact that these persons were not asked to quarantine after taking their samples. But the district administration claimed that their samples were taken randomly, which is a matter of even bigger concern. SDM Thunga, Paras Agrawal confirmed the report of appearance of two cases in Bagsaid area.    

Further, two employees of the Income Tax office and HP University tested positive. The Office of the Income Tax in the Railway Board Building and various departments of the HP University would remain closed till further orders. According to the available information, the patient is a sanitation worker. Another reason for the HPU to worry is that on July 22, a function was held at the varsity on its foundation day in which hundreds of people including mediapersons had gathered at the varsity. 

Further, four members of a family in Totu area and four ITBP jawans in Sarahan tested positive.

Among 21 cases reported from Kangra, seven persons belonged to the same family and all of them had come in contact with the 52-year-old person who died of COVID-19 on Friday.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin July 26, 2020 (9PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 cases districtwise

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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)

 New cases in Shimla

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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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