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Priyanka Chopara voted Sexiest Asian Women for fifth time

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NEW DELHI — Actress Priyanka Chopara has been voted The Sexiest Asian Women for a record-breaking fifth time in an annual UK poll released in London on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Quantico actor has  topped the 2017 edition of the popular ‘50 Sexiest Asian Women’ poll by London-based weekly newspaper Eastern Eye.

She reclaimed the top slot from Deepika Padukone, who had been voted the sexiest Asian in 2016. Padukone is ranked third this year.

PC thanked everyone who voted for her and said : “I cannot actually take credit for this at all. Full credit should be given to my genetics and your optics. I feel grateful and am humbled. Consistency is key.”

Priyanka made her Hollywood debut this year with Baywatch and received the People’s Choice Award for Quantico. The 35-year-old actor who has a huge following of 20 million on Instagram, will be seen in more international projects.

India’s TV actor Nia Sharma came in second, holding on to her position as the sexiest television star in the 2017 list. With Deepaka Padukone at third, Alia Bhatt (4) and Pakistani actor Mahira Khan (5) complete the top five.

The rest of the top 10 include Drashti Dhami , 6, Katrina Kaif , 7, Shraddha Kapoor , 8, Gauahar Khan , 9 and Rubina Dilaik ,10.

The highest placed newcomer and also youngest in the list is television actor 19-year-old Shivangi Joshi,16, who has made an incredible impact on hit TV serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.

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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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