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Govt revises income tax slab

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KATHMANDU — The government has revised income tax slab to all Nepalis. Presenting the annual budget for fiscal year 2073/74 in the Parliament Saturday Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel announced raised of annual slab of income tax to Rs 350,000 for a single person and to Rs 400,000 for a married couple.

Now, a dingle individual earning Rs 29,167 a month and a wedded couple winning Rs 33,333 a month won’t need to file income tax from the upcoming fiscal 2016-17 according to new budget.

The existing individual income tax slab for a single person is Rs 250,000 and for a married couple is Rs 300,000.

Changes were made to the existing income tax slab along with salary increment for government staffers. The government has also increased the salary of government staffers by 25 per cent, which will be come into force from the next fiscal.

Although the new fiscal year will begin after one-and-a-half months, the new tax provisions of customs, excise, infrastructure tax and road maintenance tax set by the Financial Bill will come into effect from Saturday itself.

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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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