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Govt should not be afraid of holding the elections, says UML Chair Oli

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NEPALGUNJ- CPN (UML) Chairman and the former prime minister KP Sharma Oli has said the incumbent government should not be afraid of holding the local level elections in the stipulated time.

The government has scheduled May 14 for the local level election.

Speaking at a news conference organised by Banke Publicity Department of the Party here today, Chairman Oli said : “The government should not show undemocratic character by stopping the polls from taking place even when any political party, Morcha and any group are against it. The government should stay firm on holding the elections.”

Saying the new constitution has not discriminated against anyone and that Tarai people have been duped into acting against it, he said in these circumstances, the UML has launched Mechi Mahakali campaign.

Responding a query  about the possibility of his party joining the government, the CPN (UML) Chairman said that his party has focused its attention on the elections at present.

Similarly, UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel reiterated that his party would not go for the amendment to the constitution at any cost.

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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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