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  • Warm mornings continue in Delhi
  • Pound up; USD,Euro yen down
  • Rupee down by 7 paise against USD
  • Bullion Market Opening Rates
  • Bengal Govt to train medical students in martial arts
  • Brazil into semis after 2-1 win in the U-17 World Cup
  • Hick, Cooley to coach against England in Ashes tour match
  • Bengal Govt to set up centres of National Institute of Virology
  • Bengal Government to provide food packs for malnourished mothers and their kids
  • Philippine defence minister declares end of fighting in Marawi City
  • Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today
  • Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win
  • Australia to spend up to $195 million housing refugees after PNG detention centre closes
  • Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week
  • Abe, Trump agree to raise pressure on North Korea -Japan govt
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UN health agency ramps up response in Madagascar

UN health agency ramps up response in Madagascar

United Nations, Oct 7 (UNI) The United Nations health agency is rapidly scaling up its response to a plague outbreak in Madagascar that has spread to the capital and port towns, infecting more than 100 people in just a few weeks. “WHO is concerned that plague could spread further because it is already present in several cities and this is the start of the epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April,” said Charlotte Ndiaye, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Madagascar in a news update, said a press release yesterday by the UN News Centre here. Plague is a disease of poverty. It thrives in places with poor sanitary conditions and inadequate health services. It can kill quickly if left untreated, but can also be cured by common antibiotics if delivered early, according to WHO. The Government of Madagascar has confirmed that the death of a Seychellois basketball coach visiting the nation for a sports event was due to pneumonic plague. He died in the hospital in Antananarivo on 27 September. Health authorities are tracing people with whom he came in contact, thus exposing them, to administer antibiotics as a precautionary measure to prevent infection. The incident brings the total number of dead to 21 since the outbreak was identified in late August while at least 114 others have been infected. “Our teams are on the ground in Madagascar providing technical guidance, conducting assessments, supporting disease surveillance and engaging with communities,” Dr Ndiaye explained. Further deployments of WHO staff and response partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network are underway, as well as increased supplies of antibiotics, personal protective equipment and other supplies. “We are doing everything we can to support the Government’s efforts, including by coordinating health actors,” she added. The Malagasy Red Cross is also scaling-up community surveillance, contact tracing and communication in to stem the spread as it points out that the bubonic plague bacterium can travel to a person’s lungs, causing pneumonic plague, which can spread quickly from person to person through droplets in the air. WHO has released $300,000 in emergency funds, as well as critical medical supplies, to quickly scale up operational efforts, and is appealing for $1.5 million to support the response. Plague is endemic to Madagascar, where around 400 cases of – mostly bubonic – plague are reported annually. Contrary to past outbreaks, this one is affecting large urban areas, which increases the risk of transmission. The number of cases identified to date is higher than expected for this time of year. Bubonic plague is spread by infected rats via flea bite while pneumonic is transmitted person-to-person. The current outbreak includes both forms of plague. Nearly half of the cases identified so far are of pneumonic plague. The last reported outbreak in December 2016 was mainly bubonic plague occurring in remote area. UNI XC-SNU 0729

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SSB succeeds where others fail: IG Lucknow Frontier

SSB succeeds where others fail: IG Lucknow Frontier

By Raj Silvano Lucknow, Oct 23 (UNI) A uniformed force raised primarily for guarding India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan is going through a transformation process and very soon it might be saddled with multifarious tasks.

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23 Oct 2017 | 9:55 AM
Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) Despite ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), resumed on Monday after remaining suspended last week due to Diwali festival.

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23 Oct 2017 | 9:58 AM

Bengal Govt to train medical students in martial arts

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) In a first-of-its-kind intuitive, the West Bengal Government has decided to provide training in the 2,000-year-old martial art of taekwondo to medical students studying in the government medical colleges.

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:42 AM

Bengal Govt to set up centres of National Institute of Virology

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) The West Bengal Government is going to set up centres for testing of viruses in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:39 AM

Bengal Government to provide food packs for malnourished mothers and their kids

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) In a unique initiative, the state Food and Supplies department has tied up with the Health department to distribute free foodgrains among mothers and their newborns suffering from malnutrition.

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23 Oct 2017 | 10:37 AM
Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today

Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the restored house of Sister Nivedita on October 23 to commemorate her sesquicentennial birth anniversary.

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23 Oct 2017 | 11:12 AM
PM Modi defends demonetisation,GST ; says economy is on right track

PM Modi defends demonetisation,GST ; says economy is on right track

Bhavnagar, Oct 22 (UNI) In his third visit to his home state Gujarat this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday defended his government’s decision on demonetisation and Goods and Service Tax and said that the economic indicators show that India is moving in the right direction.

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22 Oct 2017 | 8:48 PM
Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

23 Oct 2017 | 9:58 AM

Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) Despite ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), resumed on Monday after remaining suspended last week due to Diwali festival.

Brazil into semis after 2-1 win in the U-17 World Cup

23 Oct 2017 | 10:39 AM

Kolkata, Oct 22 (UNI) Two goals in six minutes into the second half propelled Brazil into the semifinal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with 2-1 victory over strong Germany and the South American side would now face England in Guwahati on Wednesday.

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