The only woman bus driver in HRTC (Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation), Seema Thakur, is now serving as frontline COVID warrior in state drove an HRTC bus to Shimla from Chandigarh on Wednesday. Seema said that it is a proud moment for her to drive the buses of state HRTC among the buses in a bus fleet of over 3,100 buses and lone woman drivers among total over 8,800 employees of HRTC. She said that she is feeling happy and is looking forward to drive more inter-state buses as regular routine. "There is a sense of fear of COVID-19 in the state but I am happy to serve in the corona period too. I am looking forward to get training before driving a Volvo bus on Delhi-Shimla route. Today's interstate bus drive was a surprise for me. During the COVID-19 period we drivers and conductors should also be vaccinated against coronavirus," said Seema Thakur, the bus driver. "We are feeling happy and it is relaxing for us, more women should come forward in such profession," said a woman commuter travelling in the bus.
People of Shimla celebrated Holi mostly at their homes as the Himachal Pradesh government banned public celebration of the festival. This year, fewer tourists have turned up in Shimla to celebrate Holi amid the ban. However, people were seen celebrating the festival in a decent manner. Not only in Himachal Pradesh, public celebrations in most states across the country have been prohibited amid the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Cold conditions had returned with fresh spell of rain and snow in North hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Different regions including Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu and Shimla received heavy to moderate rain and snow in higher reaches of the state. "Different parts of the state had received heavy to moderate rain and snowfall in higher reaches of the state. The Lahaul-Spiti and parts of Kullu district had received light to moderate fresh snowfall and other parts of state had received rain. Manali had also recorded 30 mm rain during past 24 hours. The forecast would remain same for next two days. Heavy rainfall warning had already been issued for other districts.The temperature would go down by 4 to 6 degree celsius in the region. The sky would get clear by March 24," IMD Director Manmohan Singh said. Nisha, a tourist from, Delhi said that Delhi is experiencing terrible heat and here it's feeling like one will get freezed; yesterday it was normal weather here but it's been raining from morning today. "I have come here with my family for 2-3 vacations and it's been getting tough for us to wander in the rain so we have to plan accordingly," said Mohan, who came to Shimla on vacation.
The Crime Branch in Indore has arrested an owner of a pharmaceutical unit for allegedly selling fake doses of anti-viral drug remdesivir, considered life-saving for critical patients of COVID-19. Police recovered around 400 vials labelled as remdesivir. Guruprasad Parashar, Additional Superintendent of Police in Indore Crime Branch, informed that prime facie it has been found that the accused got the vials made from a pharma unit in Himachal Pradesh. The development comes as the country is facing a shortage of the anti-viral drug, and several reports of black marketing have been seen in various states. India has recently banned the export of remdesivir to accommodate the rising domestic demand in view of surge in infections.
Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, Himachal board examination for 10th and 12th classes started on April 14. Schools have been given strict instructions to follow COVID norms to ensure safety of the children. Over 2.5 Lakh students are appearing in both standards of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education. Principal of Girls School Narendra Kumar Sood said, "Today examination of 10th and 12th board had begun. Hindi paper for 10th in morning session and English for 12th in evening session. Guards have also been ordered for thermal scanning and sanitization of the children before entrance. Social distancing would be maintained. We have followed all COVID norms so that it won't affect the children and examination."
Motor rally organised under "Chalo Chamba" campaign concluded in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba on April 11. "Rally of Chamba" attracted enthusiasts from across the country. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju attended the closing ceremony of the rally and felicitated the winners at Police Ground Chamba.
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