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Rebuilding of Ranipokhari from April 24

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KATHMANDU — The reconstruction of Ranipokhari is to start from April 24, coming Sunday.

The 25 April Earthquake a year ago had totally destroyed the Balgopaleswor Temple situated in the mid-a part of Ranipokhari.

The KMC is putting its efforts to beautify Ranipokhari with the temple after around 360 years, according to Spokesperson of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Gyanendra Karki,. The KCM has put forth a plan to remove dirt and mud piled up in Ranipokhari which has not been cleaned up since long.

“The human resource required for the clean-up of mud and dirt cannot be ascertained as it has not been done since long”, said Spokesperson Karki.

A budget of Rs 120 million has been allocated for the reconstruction. President Bidya Devi Bhandari on January 16 had inaugurated the Ranipokhari reconstruction campaign.

It is noted that the Ranipokhari has possessed around 60 ropanis of land. The pond has occupied 40 ropanis.

The beautification plans include installing electric lighting, construction of rallying around the pond for the protection of the pond, planting green saplings, setting up musical fountains and construction of rounding pavement.

It is informed that the entire works will be completed within six months of the beginning of construction.


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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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