LONDON — Shortly after Queen Elizabeth accepted David Cameron`s resignation, Theresa May became British Prime Minister on Wednesday after being appointed by the queen.
Queen Elizabeth II invited Conservative Party leader to form a government during a brief meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, less than an hour after Cameron tendered his resignation to the head of state.
Theresa May, the former home secretary, is the UK’s second female Prime Minister and comes to power at one of the most turbulent times in the country’s recent history.
The 59-year-old is known for wanting to ‘get on with it’ and within minutes of taking office, she put her mark on the Government, making it clear to George Osborne that his services as Chancellor were no longer required.
When she moved into Number 10 she said: “We will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us.”
“That will be the mission of the Government I lead and together we will build a better Britain.”
EU leaders have said they expect May to move quickly, and French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italy`s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced they will hold a summit in August on the vote.Follow @gorkhapost
Deadly Nipah virus claims 12 in Indian state of Kerala
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.Follow @gorkhapost