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House endorses government’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The Legislature-Parliament has endorsed the government’s annual policies and programs by the small majority on Friday.

The majority also dismisses four amendment proposals to the document registered by various lawmakers.

Earlier today, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had answered questions raised by lawmakers of various parties over the document.

Responding to the questions raised by the lawmakers, PM Oli said that the government’s policies and programs incorporate new visions and are aimed at nation building. He also added that the upcoming budget will incorporate the important issues missed out in the policies and programs.

PM Oli said that long-overdue local elections should not be delayed adding further that the year 2016 will be the constitution implementation year.  There are not constitutional or legal hurdles to holding local polls by mid-December, Oli said.

PM also reiterated that the Kathmandu-Nijgadh fast-track will be constructed by the government itself as directed by Parliament.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari had presented the document in front of the House for deliberations on May 8.

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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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