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Himachal: 245 New COVID-19 Cases Including DC Kangra, Indora MLA

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Shimla-On Monday, Himachal Pradesh reported 245 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with two more deaths. These cases include the Deputy Commissioner of Kangra district, IAS Rakesh Prajapati, former legislator Sanjay Chaudhary, BJP legislator from Indora, Rita Dhiman, and her daughter.

Rita Dhiman reportedly attended the session of State Legislative assembly as her report arrived later in the evening. According to a media report, Dhiman showed symptoms of the infection but still, she was allowed to enter the Assembly. Also, she did not isolate herself on the appearance of symptoms, the report said.

The family and staff of MLA of Gagret, Rajesh Thakur, also tested positive but the legislator tested negative.

The COVID-19 death tally also rose to 54 with two more casualties on Monday. These two persons include an octogenarian woman from Chamba and an elderly person from Kinnaur district.

Also Read: Himachal: With 397 New Cases in a Day, COVID-19 Tally Rises to 7415

According to the COVID-19 Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 8, 2020 (9 PM), Solan reported highest 66 cases followed by Mandi (55), Kangra (51), Una (27), Shimla (17), Lahaul-Spiti (11), Bilaspur (7), Sirmaur (6), and Chamba (5).

The COVID-19 case tally has now jumped to 7660, of which 2234 are active, and 5359 have recovered.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for September 8, 2020 (9 PM)

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The rise in cases is so steep that the state is falling short of COVID-19 care centres. The state Health Department is preparing to establish more centres. With this explosion in cases, the Department has also issued an advisory asking people to not take flu-like symptoms lightly, isolate on the appearance of the symptoms like cough, body-ache, difficulty in breathing, fever etc. and to get themselves tested.

There is unrest among people over the flexibility on inter-state travel and dilution of other restrictions. At the same time, the state government has also decided to open the religious places from September 10 and guidelines regarding the same has been issued.

Also Read: Opening of Temples/Religious Places in Himachal: Read All Dos and Don’ts

Meanwhile, the monsoon session, as expected, started on a stormy note as the opposition Congress demanded a special discussion on the COVID-19 situation in the state. The opposition legislators said the government has failed in combating the spread of COVID-19, there is corruption in the state Health Department, and the condition of the COVID-19 care centres is miserable.

The ruling BJP, however, termed these allegations as mere political vendetta.

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

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