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Narayangadh–Muglin road expansion gets momentum

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CHITWAN — The expansion of the Narayangadh–Muglin road section is gaining momentum of late. The road section, which connects the central hilly region with Tarai, was delayed in the wake of the 2015 earthquake and the post-Constitution blockade.

The earlier contract agreement had required the completion of the work by mid-April 2017, which has now been extended by four months and 15 days.

21 per cent of the overall work has been completed so far, said said Shiva Khanal, an engineer with the Narayangadh–Muglin Road Project.

The project for expansion of the road started in mid-April 2015.

Every day, transportation along the road stretch is barred from 11 am to 3 pm for the expansion.

The road expansion is taking place in midst of sporadic landslides as it requires trimming down hills on the side of the road.

The World Bank had extended a support of Rs 2.9 billion for the project.

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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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