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HP Govt Extends Corona Curfew, No New Restrictions, Read More Cabinet Decisions

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Shimla-Corona Curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been extended till  31st May 2021. The decision was taken by the HP Cabinet in a meeting held on May 24, 2021. No new restrictions have been imposed. The same restrictions which are already in force would continue.

The Department of Health would encourage private hospitals in the State to increase vaccination in their institutions.

The Cabinet also gave its approval to excise policy for the financial year 2021-22 with a target collection of Rs.1,829 crore revenue during the year –  Rs. 228 crore higher than the financial year 2020-21 with an increase of 14 per cent.

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The Cabinet also approved 33 posts of different categories, 11 each in newly created Municipal Corporations, Mandi, Solan and Palampur for smooth functioning of these Corporations. It also gave a nod to fill 20 posts of Drivers in Agriculture Department for its smooth functioning.

The Cabinet gave its consent to fill up 34 vacant posts of Associate and Assistant Professors in Dr. Y.S. Parmar Government Medical College, Nahan, district Sirmaur, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Ner Chowk, district Mandi, Dr. Radhakrishanan Government Medical College, Hamirpur, IGMC, Shimla and Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda in Kangra district through direct recruitment to provide specialized health services in these medical colleges.

It also gave its consent to create and fill up one post of Assistant Professor in Rheumatology Cell in Department of General Medicine in IGMC, Shimla.

It gave its permission to fill up five vacant posts of Professors, Assistant Professors and Associate Professor in Department of Nephrology in IGMC Shimla and Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda to benefit the patients.

It also approved to declare historic Dussehra Festival, Junga in Shimla district at District level Fair.

It decided to open a new Government Pharmacy College in Sulah Vidhan Sabha area of Kangra district alongwith the creation of requisite posts to man this college.

The Cabinet accorded its approval to procure CT Scan 128 Slice machine at a cost of Rs.4.28 crore for Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda in district Kangra to facilitate the patients of the area.

It also decided to enhance the number of doctors in Civil Hospital Dehra in Kangra district from existing 9 to 14 by creating five new posts.

Community Health Centre Dharampur in Solan district would be upgraded from six bedded to 50 bedded CHC.  

Further, the Cabinet approved a new scheme for implementation of Project on Fodder Development as per the announcement of the Chief Minister in the budget- 2021-22. The project envisages propagation of planting stock of perennial high yielding grass species, fodder trees and their further dissemination on farmer’s fields as well as gausadans in the state.

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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. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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