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Lumbini’s peace lamp being taken to Everest

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LUMBINI — Torches lit from the peace lamp from the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, Lumbini, are being taken to the Mount Everest base camp.

Olympians Olympians Baikuntha Manandhar, Khadga Ranabhat, Krishna Basnet and three-time Everest marathon winner Deepak Rai among others will circle Kathmandu, Syawambhu, Baudhhanath from Lumbini and finally reach Solukhumbu.

They are scheduled to arrive at Kathmandu along with the Bishwo Shanti Deep on Sunday.

Tourism Council, Buddhist Circuits and Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon informed that this program is being organised to rejuvenate the tourism sector that has faded after the April quake and Indian’s unofficial embargo.

Meanwhile, the athletes have headed towards Kathmandu on Sunday.

Nepal Tourism Foundation, buddhistcircuit.com and Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon organised the program to revive the tourism sector disrupted due to the earthquake and the border blockade last year.

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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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