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More than six months after its debut, LG has made official its Optimus G handset in India. The 2012 flagship is available for a price of Rs 34,500.

Key specifications of the LG Optimus G:
• 4.7-inch True HD-IPS Plus display with 1280 x 768 resolution
• LTE connectivity, HSPA, GPRS/EDGE
• Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
• Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
• MicroUSB 2.0 with MHL and USB Host support
• 13 megapixel camera with LED flash and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
• 32GB internal memory with no expansion slot.

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Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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HP Cabinet Decisions June 11: Read New Corona Curfew Guidelines, UG Exams Schedule, Reliefs and Other Decisions

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today allowed more relaxations in the corona curfew imposed in the state. The state government has increased the timing for opening shops. From June 14 onwards, shops in Himachal would remain open from 9 am to 5 pm. All shops would be allowed to open except on Saturday and Sunday. 

Intrastate public transport would be allowed with 50 percent occupancy. Section 144 lifted and no requirement of RTPCR tests for entering in the State. Corona curfew to continue from 5pm to 5am.

The offices, which were operating with 30% staff, would also open with 50% and 75% capacity. All the medical colleges, ayurvedic colleges and dental colleges would remain open from 23rd June. Pharmacy and nursing schools to open from 28th June.

The Cabinet decided to conduct examinations of Graduate and Shastri final year during July 2021, as per SoPs issued by UGC. It also decided to hold the examinations of the Graduate 1st and 2nd year after the final examinations are over. It also decided to start the academic session for the year 2021-22 for graduation classes from the 1st week of August this year.

No relaxation was given in restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend marriages, which is currently 20. The temples would also remain closed.

For transporters, the state government did not announce any big relief except an Interest Subvention Scheme on working capital for stage carriage operators. Under this scheme, a loan amount of Rs 2 lakh per bus and a maximum amount up to Rs 20 lakh would be provided to the bus operators as working capital.  The duration of the loan would be 5 years, in which one year would be of moratorium period, there would be 75 percent interest subvention, which would be paid by the state government.  In the second year, there would be an interest subvention of 50 years which would be borne by the state government.  About Rs. 11 crore relief has been provided by the government on this scheme. 

The Stage Carriage, Taxi, Maxi, Autorickshaw and Institution Buses would be given the relief of 50 percent on payment of Special Road Tax and Token from 1st August 2020 to 31st March, 2021.  The Transport sector would get relief of about Rs. 20 crore due to this decision. 

It also decided to provide 50 percent relief on Special Road Tax and Token Tax during the period of three months from 1st April, 2021 to 30th June 2021.  This decision would provide relief of Rs. 8 crores to stage carriages, taxis, maxi, autorickshaws, contract carriage buses and institution buses. 

The Cabinet directed the Jal Shakti Department to go ahead for filling up 2322 posts of different categories under the Departmental Para Workers Policy to effectively manage 486 drinking water and 31 irrigation schemes in the State.

The Cabinet also decided to create and fill up 401 posts of different categories in Trauma/Tertiary Care Centre in IGMC and Super Specialty Block Chamiana of IGMC Shimla for its smooth functioning and to provide specialized health care facilities to the people of the State besides  328 posts of different categories on outsourcing basis.

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It also decided to fill up

  1. Four posts of Mining Guards on a contract basis in Geological Wing of Industries Department through direct recruitment.
  2. Three posts of Inspector, grade-I in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis for better functioning of the department.
  3. Seven posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in the Himachal Pradesh Election Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. 
  4. Two posts of drivers on daily wage basis in Deputy Commissioner Office Chamba.
  5. Two posts of class-IV employees on daily wage basis in Himachal Pradesh Revenue Training Institute Jogindernagar in Mandi district.
  6. Create and fill up one post of Reader cum Associate Professor in Sister Nivedita Government Nursing College, Shimla.
  7. Create and fill up one post of Medical Superintendent in 200 bedded Civil Hospital Nurpur in Kangra district for its effective functioning.

The Cabinet gave its nod to revised scheme for Interest Subvention on Working Capital Loan for Hospitality. The revised scheme provides for interest subversion of 75percent in first year and payment period has also been increased to five years. Some other categories like ropeway and travel agents have also been included in the new scheme.

The Cabinet decided to include the families under National Food Security Act (Priority Households Category) where death occurred due to the Covid pandemic. The guidelines for identification of Priority Households under the National Food Security Act, 2013 issued on 1st August 2013 would be relaxed to give them immediate relief and such families would immediately be included by Gram Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies under National Food Security Act (PHH category) by simply getting Covid death certificates of such persons who died due to Corona.

The Cabinet gave its approval to make necessary amendments in Mukhya Mantri Swalamban Yojna 2019 to include Service enterprises and related goods carriers that can be combined as composite related activities. It also envisages increasing the maximum investment ceiling of Rs. 60 lakh in plant and machinery with total cost project not exceeding Rs. 100 lakh in place of existing Rs. 40 lakh and Rs. 60 lakh respectively. It also allowed an increasing interest subsidy of five percent on loan amount upto Rs. 60 lakh instead of Rs. 40 lakh. This would facilitate youth to take maximum benefits from this Yojna.

The Cabinet decided to grant ex post facto permission to set up/ operationalize Makeshift Hospitals at Pandoga in district Una (200 bedded) Radha Soami Satsang at Parour in Palampur (500 bedded), Radha Soami Satsang at Khaliar in Mandi district and Radha Soami Satsang at Anji in Solan district (200 bedded) in public interest. It also decided to provide 60 staff nurses, six ward sisters, 30 ward boys, 20 sweepers, 15 security personnel, 10 housekeeping persons and five DEOs each on an outsourcing basis.

It also decided to create one post for each of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and Class-IV in the newly created Sub Divisional Election Office at Gagret in Una district. The post of Junior Office Assistant (IT) would be filled up on a contract basis whereas the Class-IV post would be filled up on daily wage basis.

The Cabinet decided to take over the Saraswati Sanskrit Degree College Dangar, tehsil Ghumarwin of Bilaspur district under government control.

The Cabinet decided to enhance the honorarium of all the categories of teachers appointed under SMC by Rs. 500 per month from 1st April 2021.

The Cabinet also decided to increase the honorarium of Cook cum Helper under the Mid-Day Meal Yojna of Elementary Education Department by Rs. 300 per month from 1st April 2021.  

 

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After 15 Years of Passing of Forest Rights Act, Implementation in Himachal Still in Doldrums, Jeopardizing Ecological Conservation

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Shimla-‘Planting a tree to celebrate World Environment Day has been reduced to a symbolic tradition. But is this enough for the conservation of our ecology? The efficacy and use of plantation drives are being questioned all across the world today. These drives, especially when conducted by the government tend to be a wastage of resources due to poor survival rates, said environmental and community groups in Himachal Pradesh in a joint statement released recently on World Environment Day.

Further, trees are just one part of our ecosystem which comprises soil, grasslands, scrubs, wetlands, wildlife and even human beings, the statement said.  

In India, especially in the Himalayas communities have co-existed with nature since times immemorial – dependent on it for day-to-day life and livelihoods, the groups said. Because of this connection between forests and local livelihoods and culture-communities across the landscape fought to protect the ecosystems they inhabit from destruction – be it the Chipko movement in Uttarakhand 50 years ago or the recent struggles in the tribal district of Kinnaur to highlight the ill-effects of dams and hydropower projects – indigenous and forest-dependent people have protected forest resources, they said.

“It is unfortunate then that these historical custodians of forests were labelled ‘encroachers’ and ‘thieves’ as their livelihoods were displaced from forests sometimes to build dams, highways and cities and at other times in the name of conservation were restricted from using the forests citing forest laws,” the statement said.

The groups said this has happened in Himachal too, where communities like pastoralists and farmers are slowly getting alienated from the forests. This jeopardizes their capacity to protect the forests too – whether from natural calamities like fires or indiscriminate felling. 

Forest revival and afforestation programs, it is understood the world over, are only successful when local communities are made in charge and are given full access to use the forest and make decisions about its management.

“We have examples of community forest management like Gramya Jungles of Orissa and Van Panchayats of Uttarakhand. This became part of the Forest Policy in 1988 which is why programs like Joint Forest Management were planned for participatory governance of forests. However, in these too the forest department retained their control and communities were used as labour to plant trees,” the groups highlighted.

Based on these experiences and the repeated evictions of forest-dependent people from their rightful use it became apparent that there was a need for a law that recognised the community’s right to both use and protect/ govern the forest, they said.

It was after years of struggle that the Forest Rights Act 2006 was passed by the parliament of India. The Act recognises individual and community rights over any kind of forest lands for those dependent on these for their bonafide livelihood needs before 13th December 2005. The act also recognises development rights and community management rights. Himachal, where 2/3rd of the landscape is legally classified as ‘forest’ – there is a tremendous need and potential to implement this law to secure the land and livelihood rights of people on forest lands be they for fuelwood, fodder, pastures as well as farming and shelter. 

The statement said today it has been 15 years since the passing of FRA but in Himachal, its implementation is in the doldrums.

“While 20 lakh forest rights claims have been accepted all across the country in Himachal only 164 claims have been recognised whereas 2700 are pending with the administration at various levels. The key reasons for the poor implementation include – lack of political will, misinformation about the act amongst the line officials, distrust of the people leading to non-filing of claims and inadequate awareness amongst common people,” the statement said.

It further said that, ironically, the state government has shown great enthusiasm in using this act to grant forest land for village development activities, the rest of the rights namely individual and community forest use and management rights are languishing due to state negligence and actively blocking the granting of these rights. 

The groups further highlighted that in the last 5 years, community voices from Kangra, Chamba, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Sirmaur and Mandi have been raising the demand for the implementation of this law in the state.  It was after this that the state government was forced to announce that it would implement the Forest Rights Act in a mission mode in the state in 2018. The tribal department also worked on training and making educational material on the act. However, these are yet to be properly distributed at the village level.

The joint statement further added that in March 2020 post the pandemic led lockdown the FRA implementation process received a setback. Even as gram sabha meetings and FRC processes came to a grinding halt the economy too got hit. During this time, it became evident more than ever that it is the land and forest-based livelihoods that are available to rural communities to fall back on for survival. 

“Whereas the Government should be focused on strengthening land and nature-based livelihoods for the local communities. However, the focus of the state remains on pushing destructive commercial ventures in ecologically fragile areas and valuable farmlands of the state,” the groups said.  

The coronavirus has taught the world what the climate crisis had already indicated – that we will continue to be victims of such crisis as long as the ecological destruction continues unabated, the statement said.

“This calls for a change in the model of ‘development’ which prioritises the basic needs and services rather than run blindly after economic growth which is meant to profit companies and contractors”, the groups said.

The statement also said that it is the communities who will now have to believe in their own capacity to manage lives and resources and also call the government to account if our natural resources have to be protected for future generations. 

Signatories

  • Ajay Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Advocate Dinesh, Bhoomiheen Bhoomi Adhikar Manch, Himachal
  • Birbal Chaurhan, Shamlat Sangharsh Samiti, Sirmaur
  • Gulab Singh and Dhaniram Shamra, Sirmaur Van Adhikar Manch
  • Joginder Walia Balh Ghaati Kisaan Sangharsh Samiti, Mandi
  • Jiya Negi, Van Adhikar Samiti, Kinnaur
  • Kulbhushan Upmanyu, Himalaya Bachao Samiti, Chamba
  • Lal Hussain, Ghumantu Pashupalak Mahasabha, Chamba
  • Meera Devi, Nekram,Shyam Singh Chauhan, Paryavaran evam Gram Vikas Samiti, Karsog, Mandi
  • Himshi Singh and Prakash Bhandari, Himdhara Environment Research and Action Collective
  • Prem Katoch and Kesang Thakur, Save Lahaul Spiti, Lahaul
  • Tenzin Takpa and Sonam Targey, Spiti Civil Society, Spiti  

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554 New Covid Cases, 15 Deaths in 24 Hours in Himachal

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Shimla-Though number of daily Covid cases in Himachal Pradesh remains low, the fatality numbers are still in two digits. On Wednesday, according to the state health department, the state reported 554 new case and 15 fatalities. Further, the government has issued schedule for vaccination of persons in various categories.  The state government said it would no more procure vaccine for 18-44 years age group as the Centre had revised the guidelines for the vaccination policy. View more details below.

Covid-19 Update for Himachal Pradesh – June 9, 2021, Till 7 PM

 Positive Cases

554

 Sampling

22047

Covid-19 Deaths

15

Active Cases

6682

Cured

839

Highest Cases (District)

Mandi (100)

Highest Covid-19 Deaths (District)

Mandi, Kangra (4 Each)

Mucormycosis Cases

0

Mucormycosis Deaths

0

Total Mucormycosis Deaths Till Date

4

Total Number of Positive Cases Till Date

196905

Total Covid-19 Deahts Till Date

3327

Total Sampling Till Date

2079170

Vaccine Doses Administers 

3261

Total Vaccine Doses Till Date

2486815

Total of 1st Doses Till Date

2049696

Total of 2nd Doses Till Date

437119

 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for June 9, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

COvid deaths in himachal on june 9

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