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Himachal: 567 New COVID-19 Cases, Six Deaths in 24 Hours, Presence of New Variant in State Confirmed



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Shimla-Reeling under the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic, Himachal Pradesh on Monday continued to witness a surge in new daily cases and fatalities. The presence of UK-variant (B.1.1.7 ) has also been established in the state. A doctor in Solan district was tested positive for the new variant. The doctor has already received both shots of the vaccine. The confirmation came after receiving the results of samples sent for genome sequencing to the National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi. Pertinent to mention that this variant possesses the N501Y mutation making it up to 60 percent more contagious than the original virus.

 According to the Health Department’s daily report, the state recorded 567 new cases and six COVID-19 deaths on Monday (till 7 pm). Yesterday, the state had reported 10 fatalities – the highest in 2021 so far. The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now mounted to 65809 and 1063 respectively in the state.

Also Read: Himachal Records 10 COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours – Highest in 2021 So Far

In the last 24 hours, Kangra district recorded the highest 111 cases, followed by Solan at 109, Una at 78, Shimla at 58, and Hamirpur at 57. View more district-wide details below:

COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh on april 5, 2021

Three fatalities were reported from Una district, while Mandi, Sirmaur, and Kangra districts reported one COVID-19 death each. The deceased were aged between 51-95 years. Find more details on today’s casualties below:

Himachal Pradesh daily covid-19 cases on april 5, 2021

Pertinent to mention that despite this huge spike in cases and fatalities, election campaigns in the poll-bound Municipalities of Kangra, Solan, and Mandi districts, which concluded today, had been reporting large public gatherings with no regard to guidelines/SOPs issued by the state government relating to social distancing and use of masks. While, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been warning the public about the second wave of the pandemic, his campaign rallies violated the SOPs too. Following the lax attitude of politicians, the people are also neglecting the guidelines and remain mostly carefree.  There are speculation that the government would consider imposing any restriction only after the conclusion of polling on April 7. 

Further, India’s daily new cases continue to rise. Over 1 Lakh (1,03,558) new cases and 478 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours (till 11 am). Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 57,074 (55.11%), followed by Chhattisgarh with 5,250 and Karnataka at 4,553 new cases.

Eight States accounted for 84.52%of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties at 222, followed by Punjab with 51 deaths.

Five states, namely Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively account for 75.88% of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra alone accounts for nearly 58.23% of the total active caseload of the country.



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. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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