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UCPN-Maoist to unite with CPN-RM

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KATHMANDU — The UCPN-Maoist has decided to unite with different Maoist parties, including the CPN-Revolutionary Maoist (CPN-RM), which split far from it before.

The UCPN-Maoist took the decision on the basis of ongoing discussions between the two parties regarding unity.

A Standing Committee meeting of the party held at the residence of party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at Lazimpat took the choice in this regard today.

UCPN-Maoist General Secretary Krishna Bahadur Mahara said that the party’s central committee meeting has been called for May 14 to take the decision regarding political, ideological and organisational issues for the unification with the CPN-RM.

It has been learned that a group close to General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa of the CPN-RM is keen to unite with the UCPN-Maoist immediately while the group close to Chairman Mohan Baidya has not reached to any conclusion yet.

There are different parties under the leadership of Baidya, Netra Bikram Chand, Mani Thapa and Matrika Yadav who had severed ties with the UCPN-Maoist.

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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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