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ICC World Cricket League Championship: Nepal beats Namibia by 5 wickets

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KATHMANDU – Nepal have defeated Namibia by five wickets to enroll their first victory in the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) match at TU Stadium in Kirtipur, Kathmandu o Saturday.

Sharad Vesawkar topscored 50 runs not out and together with Binod Bhandari he completed half century off 99 balls hitting three fours.

Binod Bhandari made 40 runs, while captain Paras Khadka and opener Gyanendra Malla contributed 21 runs each.

Nepal had made a decent begin however lost two fast wickets of openers Gyanendra Malla and Naresh Budayair in the space of seven balls.

Choosing to bat first subsequent to winning the toss, Namibia made195 runs in allotted 50 overs losing nine wickets.

Notwithstanding some early attack by Namibian openers, spinner Basanta Regmi claimed three wickets and seamer Sompal Kami had two as Nepal confined their rival to 195 runs.

Nepal, languishing at the bottom of the points table before the start of the match, has climbed two places up to sixth after the victory.

Top-four team will progress to the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

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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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