Nipah virus claims 10 lives in Kerala, two serious

Nipah virus claims 10 lives in Kerala, two serious

Kozhikode (Kerala), May 22, 2018: The toll due to the Nipah virus (NiP), presently identified in Kerala's Kozhikode and Malappuram, rose to 10 on Tuesday even as the Central and state governments scrambled to contain its outbreak.

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, who is now based at Kozhikode and shuttling to Malappuram, told the media that till Tuesday, 18 samples have been sent for investigation.

"Of these, 12 have been identified - of which 10 sufferers have died and two are serious. The medical professionals are doing their best, even as two patients with this virus passed away today (Tuesday) morning," said Shailaja and added that 11 in Kozhikode are under observation.

The virus first claimed the lives of two brothers and their aunt in Perambara near here.

Even though Nipah virus, spread by direct contact with infected fruit bats, pigs or from other infected persons, infects both animals and humans, Central Animal Husbandary Commissioner S.P. Suresh, who is part of the Central team here, said that after their examination of animals in the affected areas, no incidence of virus in animals has been identified and instead it is the humans that have been affected.

"No domesticated animals so far have been affected. Other aspects should be now probed as this has been now found in only human beings," he said.

National Centre for Disease Control Director Sujeet K.Singh, who is also part of the Central team, told the media that all technical assistance and support is being extended by to the state.

"With regards to the financial assistance, that is not decided by me. The second team of ours is reaching here tomorrow (on Wednesday) and things are well under control," he said. A team of medical professionals from AIIMS Delhi is expected to arrive

40,000 border residents in J&K migrate amid war like situation

40,000 border residents in J&K migrate amid war like situation

Jammu, May 23, 2018: Over 40,000 border villagers were forced to migrate from their homes as the Pakistan Rangers continued targeting civilian and defence facilities in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts on Wednesday, police said.

While some of the migrants have taken shelter in makeshift camps set up by the administration, most others preferred to shift to the houses of relatives and friends.

Each household has left behind a male member to fend for the cattle and guard their homes from burglars.

The Pakistani side resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing at the Border Security Force and civilian facilities for the third consecutive on Wednesday, a police officer said.

Although the BSF was strongly and effectively retaliating, the officer said that there were confirmed large scale migration from R.S. Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh and other sectors close to the international border (IB).

On Tuesday, 18 civilians were injured in the Pakistani shelling in R.S. Pura and Ramgarh sectors. 

Those with serious injuries were referred by attending doctors to government medical college hospital in Jammu.

Dozens of cattle have also perished in Pakistani shelling while houses and other structures have suffered huge damages.(agency)

Mohali lad, Rahul Lakhanpal pays tribute to Sridevi at Cannes

Mohali lad, Rahul Lakhanpal pays tribute to Sridevi at Cannes

Chandigarh, May 23, 2018: Singer Composer Rahul Lakhanpal, a Mohali lad currently residing in the US, got an opportunity to pay a tribute to late actress Sridevi at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 at France this week. He was the key performer at a special event in hour of Bollywood icon Sridevi.

Lakhanpal had made it big in Hollywood after his track ‘Chicago Land’ was selected in the Hollywood movie, The Tiger Hunter, released in the US cinemas in September last year.

At the 71st Cannes Film Festival, Sridevi received a special salute for her contribution in cinema at Titan Reginald F. Lewis Film Honours at Cannes Film Festival. A special visual footage was screened in her honor in the presence of filmmakers from across the world. Subhash Ghai collected the award on behalf of her family.


Followed by Subhash Ghai’s tribute, Rahul sang a medley of Sridevi’s legendary hits, Surmayi Akhiyon, and Ae Zindagi Gale Lagale


Rahul said "She was an inspiration to all of us. A powerhouse performer, fine actor, a devoted wife and a mother. The world has lost a beautiful soul but she will forever live in our hearts. It’s my pleasure to pay tribute to the female Indian superstar through my music"


Rahul works in both Hollywood and Bollywood, and is all set to release his next single this month. Rahul is currently working on plethora of projects with Beat Motion Productions, a California based record label. Beat Motion Productions was also one of the event sponsors at Srid