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Gathabandhan’s Singha Darbar gherao to continue

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KATHMANDU — Sanghiya Gathabandhan(Federal Alliance), a coalition of more than two dozen parties — Madhesi and Janajatis — dissenting the Constitution, decided to continue the Singha Darbar gherao program till Tuesday.

Protesters affiliated to Sanghiya Gathabandhan on Sunday blocked entry points to the government secretariat demanding constitution amendment to reflect their aspirations.

Later in the evening, Gathabandhan partners held a meeting at the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal’s party office to review the program and decided to extend Singha Durbar picketing by two more days.

“The gherao program will stay until Tuesday. Talks are going ahead to disclose more programs of protest,” said Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav.

The Gathabandhan would meet again on Monday again to decide whether to change the type of the protest, said Yadav.

The Gathabandhan concluded that the demonstration was peaceful and successful today.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has extended his support to the Kathmandu-centric protest of the Madhesi-Janajati alliance.

Issuing a statement on Sunday, Bhattarai pledged his moral support to the agitation and the protesters’ demands. He also regretted the delay in addressing the demands of the agitating communities.

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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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