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

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Himachal Pradesh-shimla covid-19 cases on the rise

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’s Schools, Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes in Feb, DDU Shimla to be Notified Non-COVID Hospital

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Schools re-opens in Himachal Pradesh pradesh

Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh would open for regular classes from February 1, 2021, the State Government decided in a meeting of Cabinet held on Friday.  

All the teachers of summer closing government schools have been asked to attend the schools from 27th of this month. The students of classes 5 and 8 to 12 of summer closing schools would be allowed to attend regular classes from 1st February 2021 by strictly following laid down SOPs. The school management would have to ensure strict use of face masks, social distancing and use of sanitisers in the school premises.

In winter closing schools of Himachal, the students of classes 5 and 8 to 12 would be allowed to attend regular classes after winter vacations with effect from 15th February 2021. Online system for education under Har Ghar Pathshala would continue. The similar system can be adopted by the private schools in the State, the Cabinet suggested.  

 Similarly, ITIs and Polytechnic and Engineering colleges would also be opened from 1st February 2021.  

All the government colleges would be opened for regular classes from 8th February 2021 after winter vacations.

There were reports that the government has also decided to allow gathering of more than 50 people.

It also decided to notify Zonal Hospital Dharamshala and DDU Hospital Shimla as Non-Covid Hospitals.

Further, State Government has constructed four Make Shift Hospitals at IGMC Shimla, CH Nalagarh, RPGMC, Tanda and Medical College, Ner Chowk. Now, the Cabinet said that due to reduction in Covid-19 active cases, the Cabinet decided to use the Make-Shift Hospital at:

  1. IGMC as Medicine Intensive Care Unit
  2. Make-Shift Hospital at RPGMC Tanda as Communicable Diseases/ Infectious Diseases Ward,
  3. Make-Shift Hospital at CH Nalagarh as Trauma Care Centre
  4. Make-Shift Hospital at SLBSGMC Mandi at Ner Chowk as Super Specialty Ward.

The Cabinet gave a mining lease on 599.1935 hectares of area for extraction of limestones and mining minerals for cement plant in villages Kamandal, Kumarla, Gitrata and Aara of Chopal Tehsil in Shimla district for three years to RCCPL Private Ltd., Navi Mumbai.

The Cabinet decided to set up Women Help Desks in District Police Offices and Police Thanas in the State. It also gave its nod to purchase 136 scooty/scooter alongwith 272 helmets and 136 Desktop Computer for the Women Help Desks in Police Department. 

Further, six posts of different categories for newly created Civil Courts at Jhandutta in Bilaspur district and Jaisinghpur in Kangra district would be created and filled, the Cabinet decided.

 

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The GHNP and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary Ranked as Best Managed Protected Areas of India

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MEE Rank himachal pradesh GHNP

Shimla-The Great Himalayan National Park and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) have been ranked as the best managed protected areas in India. Sainj WLS has also been placed among the top five Sanctuaries.

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, on January 11 released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Country. At present, India has a network of 903 Protected Areas in the country covering about 5% of the total geographic area of the country. The purpose of it was to assess the efficacy of Protected Areas, evaluation of management effectiveness.

The evaluation process was executed by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, in which  nation-wide 146 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, including 13 protected areas of Himachal Pradesh, were assessed through a team of evaluators. The score is given for various parameters including staff position, provision of financial resources, degree of protection, peoples’ participation and awareness of the communities towards the conservation values. Against a national average of 62 percent GHNP and Tirthan WLS scored a high of 84.17 percent while Sainj recorded 82.5 percent.

Currently, Himachal Pradesh has a network of 5 National Parks, 28 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 3 Conservation Reserves covering 8391.42 km2 which is 15 percent of the total geographical area of the state.

Top five and bottom five scored NP&WLS

Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India 2

Source: MEE Evaluation Report

According to this Evaluation three of the top five best managed Protected Areas in the country are from Himachal Pradesh. However, the Evaluation also mentioned weaknesses in management in these National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. (Scroll down for details info)

Top two highest and lowest scored NP&WLS in five regions

Managemaent Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Source: MEE Evaluation Report

What is Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE)?

Protected area (PA) management effectiveness evaluation (MEE) is defined as the assessment of how well NP&WLS are being managed—primarily, whether they are protecting their values and achieving the goals and objectives agreed upon.

The term ‘management effectiveness’ reflects three main themes of PA management -design issues relating to both individual sites and PA systems, the adequacy and appropriateness of management systems and processes, and delivery of the objectives of NP&WLS, including conservation of values.

 Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of Protected Areas (PAs) has emerged as a key tool for PA managers and is increasingly being used by governments and international bodies to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the protected area management systems.

MEE is a very important document that provides valuable guidance on various aspects of wildlife and protected area expand MEE of Marine Protected Areas. A new framework for MEE of Marine Protected Areas has been also jointly prepared by WII and MoEF&CC.

In recent years there has been a general concern amongst PA professionals and the public that many NP&WLS are failing to achieve their objectives and, in some cases, are actually losing the values for which they were established (Hockings et al. 2008).

As a result, improving the effectiveness of PA management has become a priority throughout the conservation community. Protected areas that are effectively managed generally lead to improved biodiversity outcomes.

However, only 20% (21,743 NP&WLS) of the total coverage of protected areas reported in the WDPA has been assessed for management effectiveness according to the Global Database on Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (UNEP-WCMC, IUCN and NGS 2018). The result indicated that only 17.5% of the countries have achieved the 60% score of management effectiveness (Coad et al. 2015).

Further, Javadekar also announced that from this year onwards 10 best National Parks, 5 coastal and Marine parks and top five Zoos in the country will be ranked and awarded every year.

Management Strengths and Weaknesses of National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh

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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10

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HPBOSE Exam Datesheet 2021

Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on [email protected] till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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