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PM Modi Incarnation of Lord Shiva, Says Cabinet Minister Suresh Bhardwaj (Video)



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Shimla-Suresh Bhardwaj – a cabinet minister of Himachal Pradesh Government- gave Lord Shiva a human form as he couldn’t resist calling Prime Minister Narender Modi an incarnation of Lord Shiva while speaking on the occasion of Maha Shivratri on Thursday.

Bhardwaj was speaking to the media at the Ram Mandir temple in Shimla. He first said that Narender Modi has the blessing of Lord Shiva. In his supporting argument, he referred to PM’s visit to Kedarnath during 2019 elections.

After the polling for and before the declaration of results for the last Lok Sabha election in 2019, he had visited Kedarnath shrine and spent two days in a cave. Thus, he is blessed by Lord Shiva,” he said.  

“Prime Minister is blessed by Lord Shiva and that’s the only reason he has tackled the global pandemic so effectively. That’s why the rest of the world is seeing him as a world leader,” Bhardwaj said.

“It’s because of him that India is producing two COVID-19 vaccination, has the highest vaccination rate in the world, and lowest COVID-19 fatality rate,” he added.

Calling him Lord’s “avatar purush”, Bhardwaj said, “We believe that Lord Shiva has incarnated himself as Narender Modi Ji and it is because of him that COVID-19 fatality and infection rates remained much lower in India as compared to developed countries.”

Pertinent to mention that the Prime Minister has been facing severe criticism over price hikes, sinking economy, unemployment, privatization and most of all suppression of dissent. At the same time, massive farmers protest over the repeal of three Farm Laws that has entered 106th day is making international headlines, denting the image of India.  On Friday, #NoVotetoBJP was trending on Twitter. Earlier,  trending hashtag #Modi_Rojgar-Do had created a buzz and highlighted plight of those waiting for results of entrance exams for recruitments.

Suresh Bhardwaj is currently the Minister for Housing and Urban Development in the Jairam Thakur-led cabinet.

It was yet to be seen whether this comparison of a mortal politician with a contentious political history hurts the religious sentiments of the people or not.  However, Vikramaditya Singh, MLA of Shimla (Rural) responded with scathing comments terming Bhardwaj’s this statement as an desperate attempt to top the list of “Andh Bhakts” (blind followers) in buttering. He also said that perhaps the change of Chief Ministerial face in Uttarakhand recently is the motivation behind such statements.  

“Many ministers have become desperate to become Chief Minister in a hope that CM Jairam Thakur could also be replaced the way Chief Minister was changed in Uttarakhand. Perhaps that’s the reason that such statements are coming from legislators,” he said. Vikramaditya went on to say that the seat of Jairam Thakur is safe at least for the remaining tenure.

Further, Suresh Bhardwaj was later seen justifying his comment and using word “Mahapurush” as an addition to the earlier status he gave to Narender Modi yesterday.

Earlier too BJP leaders had been attempting to elevate Narender Modi to the status of a divine entity. 

In June 2020, BJP national chief JP Nadda had referred to him as “Surendra” – lord of gods.

“Now, even God is not supporting Congress. Narender Modi is now Surendra Modi. He is the lord of gods,” he had said.

In October 2018, a spokesperson of BJP Maharastra, Avadhut Wagh had called PM as the 11th Avatar of Lord Vishnu. He had tweeted this statement with a Sanskrit shloka: ‘Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya.’

On January 2020, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan had said, “If Narendra Modi is Lord Ram, then Amit Shah is Lord Hanuman.”

As a downside of elevating a politician to the divine status of gods, Shiv Sena had  in 2016 said,

“It is the bhakts (devotees) that eventually get politicians and Gods into trouble. This has been so from the time of Mahabharat to the present political situation in Delhi,” it had said.

“Since he has been made a God, there is bound to be a temple and festivals in his name,” it had added. 

The perception of a perfect nation with a perfect leader is in making, debates advocates of healthy democracy. Media channels have already started to hail him as ‘supreme leader.” Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb in February this year had claimed that the BJP is planning to expand its footprint not only across the country but also in neighbouring nations.

“During a close interaction in the state guesthouse, Ajay Jamwal (northeast zonal secretary of BJP) said that BJP formed its government in several states. Responding to this, Amit Shah told us that now Sri Lanka and Nepal are left. ‘We have to expand the party in Sri Lanka, Nepal and win there to form a government’,” Deb had claimed.

Apparently, the authority of a perfect or supreme leader is bound to be absolute, political commentators say.


Himachal Records 16 COVID-19 Deaths Including a 16-Year-Old – Highest in a Day This Year



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Shimla-The fatality rate due to the COVID-19 spread is witnessing a sharp increase in Himachal Pradesh. Yesterday, the state had reported 13 COVID-19 deaths, but today the fatalities rose to 16 in a day. A total of 1340 new cases were recorded today till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest six deaths, followed by Shimla (4), and Una (3).

Find more details about the deceased below:

Highest covid 19 deaths in himachal pradesh

The infection claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl in Una district. According to the state health department’s official report, she developed severe pneumonia and was a patient of Diabetes Mellitus Type-1. Other deceased aged between 36-78 years.

Earlier today, the Deputy Commissioner of Una, Raghav Sharma, had issued orders to keep markets/shops closed on Sundays and issued timings for the remaining days. A prohibition was imposed on all sorts of events and social gatherings. The orders would come into effect from April 22, 2021.

Also Read: Himachal: Govt Announces More Restrictive Measures, DC Una Closes Shops on Sundays, Issues Timing for Other Days

Further, Chief Minister Jairam today announced more restrictive measures as an attempt to contain the spread (Watch Video Below).

Solan district reported the highest 265 cases, followed by Una (173), Shimla (164) and Sirmaur (155).

Find more district-wise details below:

Himachal pradesh daily covid-19 report april 20

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Himachal: Govt Announces More Restrictive Measures, DC Una Closes Shops on Sundays, Issues Timing for Other Days



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Una-Deputy Commissioner of Una district, Raghav Sharma, has issued an order for the imposition of new restrictive measures from April 22, 2021, in wake of the ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the district. The DC also expressed fear of community spread and ordered that markets would remain closed on Sundays in both rural and urban areas of the district.

However, these orders would not apply to drug stores, hotels, dhabas, and restaurants. Further, shops selling dairy, vegetables, fruits and meat would also remain open on Sundays from 7 am to 8 pm. Saloons and barber shops would also be allowed to operate on Sunday between 9 am to 6 pm.

All shops would remain open from Monday to Saturday within the given time period, which is 7 am to 8 pm for fruit, vegetable, meat, and dairy shops, and 9 am to 6 pm for saloons/barber shops, and 9 am to 6 pm for remaining shops.

Also Read: With Neighboring States Going to Curfew, Himachal’s Tourism Sector Again Comes to a Halt

A prohibition has been imposed on the organization of all sort of cultural, religious, political, sports and other gatherings in the district. For attending marriages and funerals, the permission of the district administration would be required.

Today, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also told the media that the number of people allowed in social gatherings, like marriages, has been reduced to 50 for both indoors and outdoors.

For government employees, working days have been reduced to five days a week and staff capacity to 50 percent. Public transport would operate with only 50 percent capacity.

For marriages or any sort of other social, cultural, political events, prior permission of one week would have to be obtained by applying online at the official portal.

The inter-state transport would remain operational, the government said. People returning from high load states were advised to carry COVID-19 negative reports and obey home-quarantine rules strictly.

Orders for Government Employees from Department of Personnel

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COVID-19 Vaccination in India to Open for All Aged Above 18 Years in 3rd Phase: Govt



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New Delhi-From May 1, 2021, everyone above the age of 18 would be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination, the Government of India decided today. As per the government, the decision has been taken as a good amount of coverage of vulnerable groups is expected by 30th April.

Pertinent to mention that a demand was being raised to open vaccination for all amid the peaking second wave of the pandemic which is proving to be deadlier than the first one. On Sunday, former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, had also written to Prime Minister Narender Modi to be more flexible in deciding eligibility for vaccination as it was the only hope. He had pointed out that when we look at the percentage of population instead of the absolute numbers, we see that only a small fraction has been covered so far. He had also suggested reworking on the current model adopted by the government. 

Singh had asked the Prime Minister to allow states to define who qualifies as a ‘frontline worker’.  Many states wanted to designate bus and taxi drivers, school teachers, municipal and panchayat staff, and even lawyers as frontline workers to make them eligible for vaccination even if they are below the requisite 45 years of age.

Phase-I of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy was launched on 16th January 2021, prioritizing vaccination of Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers (FLWs). Phase-II was initiated from 1st March 2021, focusing on the most vulnerable i.e. all people above 45 years of age, accounting for more than 80% of Covid mortality in the country. The private sector was also roped in to augment capacity.

So far, Emergency Use Authorisation has been granted to two indigenously manufactured vaccines (Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech), and a third vaccine (Sputnik) that while presently manufactured abroad will eventually be manufactured in India, the GoI said.

The government said that in its Phase-III, the National Vaccine Strategy aims at liberalised vaccine pricing and scaling up of vaccine coverage, the GoI said. This would augment vaccine production as well as availability, incentivising vaccine manufacturers to rapidly ramp up their production as well as attract new vaccine manufacturers, domestic and international. It would also make pricing, procurement, eligibility and administration of vaccines open and flexible, allowing all stakeholders the flexibility to customise to local needs and dynamics, the GoI said.

The main elements of the Phase 3 Strategy of the National Covid-19 Vaccination program that would come in effect from 1st May 2021

(i)      Vaccine manufacturers would supply 50% of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to Govt. of India and would be free to supply the remaining 50% doses to State Govts. and in the open market (hereinafter referred to as other than Govt. of India channel).

 (ii)    Manufacturers would transparently make an advance declaration of the price for 50% supply that would be available to State Govts. and in the open market, before 1st May 2021. Based on this price, State governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments etc would be able to procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers. Private Hospitals would have to procure their supplies of Covid-19 vaccine exclusively from the 50% supply earmarked for other than Govt. of India channel. Private Vaccination providers shall transparently declare their self-set vaccination price. The eligibility through this channel would be opened up to all adults, i.e. everyone above the age of 18.

(iii)    Vaccination will continue as before in Govt. of India vaccination centres, provided free of cost to the eligible population as defined earlier i.e. Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and all people above 45 years of age.

(iv)    All vaccination (through Govt. of India and Other than Govt. of India channel) would be part of the National Vaccination Programme, and mandated to follow all protocol such as being captured on CoWIN platform, linked to AEFI reporting and all other prescribed norms. Stocks and price per vaccination applicable in all vaccination centres will also have to be reported in real-time.

(v)     The division of vaccine supply 50% to Govt. of India and 50% to other than Govt. of India channel would be applicable uniformly across for all vaccines manufactured in the country. However, the Government of India will allow the imported fully ready to use vaccines to be entirely utilized in the other than Govt. of India channel.

(vi)    Govt. of India, from its share, will allocate vaccines to States/UTs based on the criteria of extent of infection (number of active Covid cases) & performance (speed of administration). Wastage of vaccine will also be considered in this criterion and will affect the criteria negatively. Based on the above criteria, State-wise quota would be decided and communicated to the States adequately in advance.

(vii) The Second dose of all existing priority groups i.e. HCWs, FLWs and population above 45 years, wherever it has become due, would be given priority, for which a specific and focused strategy would be communicated to all stakeholders.

(viii) This policy would come into effect from 1st May 2021 and will be reviewed from time to time.

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