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Himachal: COVID-19 Case Tally Crosses 2500 Mark, Protest at HP Secretariat Over Not Sealing Building, Testing Employees



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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh on July 30, 2020, reported 103 new confirmed COVID-19 cases from different districts. According to the Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for July 30 (9 PM), the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state had jumped to 2506, of which 1090 are active.  Of these, 1387 have recovered and 12 have died.

The highest number of cases was reported from Solan (34), followed by Sirmaur (24), Kangra (9), Shimla (7) Una (4), Kullu (2), Bilaspur (1), Chamba (1).

There is no respite from the spurt in cases in BBN – the industrial area of Solan that reported 32 cases. Three policemen and an ambulance driver also tested positive in the district.

In Sirmaur district, Nahan reported 22 cases. All persons were said to be contacts of COVID-19 positive persons.

In Shimla, three more persons of a family tested positive for COVID-19. They had come in contact with a woman who had tested positive a couple of days ago. Other cases include a person from Totu area and two SSB jawans.

District-wise, so far, Solan has reported the highest 628 cases, followed by Kangra (451), Sirmaur (327), Hamirpur (304), Una (198), Shimla (165), Mandi (157), Chamba (103), Bilaspur (88), Kinnaur (45), and Kullu (35). Lahaul-Spiti continues to be the least affected district with only four confirmed cases none of which are active. Currently, the district is COVID-19 free.

Staff Stage Protest at HP Secretariat, Demand Sealing Building, Testing All Employees

Employees of the State Secretariat on Thursday staged a protest outside the gate over their demand to seal the building after three confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported at the Secretariat. The employees refused to enter the building and said that the building was not sealed despite the appearance of three cases. They demanded that all employees of the Secretariat should be tested.

The first case was reported when the Deputy Secretary to Chief Minister contracted the infection from a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party who had visited the Secretariat and some other places including IGMC Shimla and the State High Court. Later a peon tested positive, and on Wednesday a clerk was found to be COVID-19 positive. Several other persons in Mandi district contracted the infection from the same leader.

The employees said that they have been reaching the  administration with their request to seal the building and test all employees but they are being ignored. They fear this negligence could lead to an explosion in case at the Secretariat, as well as, in Shimla.

The staff alleged the administration of discrimination in following the protocol regarding sealing and sanitizing the building/area where COVID-19 cases are found. They alleged that the administration did not even seal the floor on which the first case was reported. Now, three cases have been reported but still the administration hasn’t sealed the building. Employees weren’t quarantined and no samples were taken, they alleged. The clerk who tested positive on Wednesday was coming to office till July 27 and had been visiting various branches, which is concerning, they said. They had demanded that all employees should be tested and the building should be sealed.  

 But at the same time, the employees were seen violating social distancing norm during the protest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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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




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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