A Deadly Virus Kills 12 In Kozhikode; 100 More In Hospital With Symptoms

New Delhi:A deadly and infectious virus is suspected to have killed 12 people in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, leading to hundreds of people with symptoms of fever into rushing to hospitals in panic. This has forced the central government to send a team of experts to monitor and control the spread of infection.

The Pune-based National Institute of Virology on Sunday confirmed three deaths, and a fourth illness from the same family, as caused by the Nipah virus. The surviving member of the family is critical and on ventilator support.

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, it was recorded in Siliguri district in West Bengal in 2001 and is being suspected in Kerala. Four deaths were reported on Monday, including of a nurse who treated the three initial infections at the EMS Cooperative Hospital in Perambra . At least six persons are in critical condition and another 20 are under observation, state health officials said.


Kumaraswamy, Rahul To Finalise Today Ministerial Berths For Karnataka

New Delhi: The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) have smoothly worked out the tricky business of power sharing and portfolio distribution after the formation of government in Karnataka. Howeverthe final picture will emerge only after H D Kumaraswamy meets Rahul Gandhi and Sonia in Delhi on Monday.It’s expected that Congress will land 20 berths in the 33-member state cabinet.

But even with its 20 seats, Congress will have a proportionately lower representation – 26%, as it has 78 MLAs – than JD(S). Kumaraswamy’s party now has 37 MLAs after he vacated his Ramanagara seat. With 13 ministers, that’s 35% of JD(S)’s total strength. In addition to the CM’s post, JD(S) is expected to keep plum portfolios like finance, PWD and irrigation.


Harry, Megan Are Now Man and Wife

New Delhi: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows and rings before the Queen and 600 guests at St George’s Chapel on Saturday.

Looking charming in a sculpted white wedding gown designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, MsMarkle was met by Prince Charles, who walked her down the aisle. Her look was completed with a veil measuring 5m and embroidered with the flowers of each country in the Commonwealth.

MsMarkle had 10 bridesmaids and pageboys – including Prince George and Princess Charlotte. She wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen.


Yeddyurappa Gives In Before Floor Test, Resigns As Karnataka CM

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa has resigned as Karnataka Chief Minister ahead of confidence motion in the State Assembly.

Making a statement in the Assembly this afternoon, Mr. Yeddyurappa said, he will go to Raj Bhavan and submit his resignation to the Governor VajubhaiVala. Mr. Yeddyurappa said, he will not face the confidence vote.

Supreme Court had yesterday ordered a floor test in Karnataka assembly at 4 PM today, drastically slashing the 15-day window given by Governor to Mr. Yeddyurappa to prove his majority.


Yeddyurappa Faces Floor Test Today At 4 PM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Friday has asked Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to prove his majority on the floor of the House by slashing to 28 hours the 15-day window provided to him by governorVajubhaiVala. This has made the job of the chief minister all the more difficult.

Instead of going into the legalities of the governor's decision, the bench of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan decided that asking for an early floor test would be a better option.The order came despite a plea by Yeddyurappa's counsel MukulRohatgi for a "little more time" -- at least until Monday -- and that the time given was "too short". But the bench stuck to its Saturday 4pm deadline for the floor test. To ensure its realisation, the bench ordered that the trial of strength be conducted by the pro tem speaker rather than a regular speaker, electing whom would have cut into the tight timeframe.