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Around 1,000 detained for anti-election activities

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Police have detained around 1,000 persons for their attempt to spoil the election atmosphere.

So far a total of 957 people have been arrested from different parts of the country on charge of attacking political leaders, candidates and cadres.

Of them, 600 were associated with Biplav-led Maoist, 13 reportedly with CK Raut group and remaining 344 belonged to some other political parties.

Spokesperson for the Nepal Police Manoj Neupane said, “Police are committed to ensuring the security for candidates and voters so as to make the elections successful.”

“The Nepal Police has deputed booth security squads, mobile teams and security in plain clothes for the purpose of election security,” he added.

Around 90 per cent of its human resource has been mobilised for assuring security during election across the country. Those assigned for the first phase of elections have been sent to the districts where the second phase of elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies is taking place tomorrow, December 7.

Meanwhile, 11 people including three Indian nationals have been arrested by the police in Saptari for their involvement in anti-elections activities. Of the eleven, six have been identified as Biplav-led Maoist cadres.

According to Saptari’s Superintendent of Police, Mukesh Kumar Singh, police also confiscated firearms from them.

Security in the district has been beefed up in view of the second phase of provincial and parliamentary elections with the adaptation of additional security measures.

The Nepal-India border points here have been sealed from today for the next 36 hours. District level security officials from both countries held a meeting earlier to discuss security measures to be taken for the twin polls.

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Deadly Nipah virus claims 12 in Indian state of Kerala

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NEW DELHI — At least 12 people in India have died from a rare deadly and contagious virus known as Nipah virus, according to news reports.

Four deaths were reported on Monday, including of a nurse who treated the three initial infections at the EMS Cooperative Hospital in Perambra. The death of the nurse triggered panic among hospital staff who have had their leaves cancelled to treat the sick, Hindustan Times reported

Two deaths were reported from Kozhikode and four from Malappuram district. At least six persons are in critical condition and another 20 are under observation, state health officials said.

It was recorded in Siliguri district in West Bengal in 2001 and is being suspected in Kerala now, according to media reports

Humans get infected by consuming fruit or date-palm sap contaminated by infected bats but while human-to-human transmission through body fluids is rare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nipah virus infection is an emerging disease that was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak among pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore.

The virus is thought to naturally infect fruit bats (of the genus Pteropus), but it can also infect pigs and other domesticated animals, as well as humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus can also spread from person to person.

CDC says Nipah virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis. Symptoms can include fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and confusion. People who are infected with the virus may fall into a coma within 48 hours of showing symptoms, the CDC says.

The virus can be highly lethal, with an average fatality rate of around 75 percent, according to the WHO.

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