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ICJ judgment first step in saving Jadhav: MEA

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New Delhi, May 18:  India on Thursday said the International Court of Justice’s decision on Kulbhushan Jadhav is an “essential first step” in ensuring justice for him.

“The provisional relief constitutes an essential first step in ensuring justice for Jadhav,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said at a briefing, hours after the ICJ asked Pakistan not to execute the alleged spy till final hearing of the matter.

“This is a unanimous decision of the highest court, there is no unambiguity in this judgement. It is clear that as long as a final decision does not come Jadhav should be safe,” he said, adding that the ruling would help in finding remedy to “violation of Jadhav’s rights and also the violation of international convention by Pakistan”.

“This order creates legally binding international obligation,” he said.

(IANS)

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Nipah scare pushes several states to issue alerts

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Nipah virus may not have spread beyond Kerala but its scare has spread across the country with several states investigating suspicious cases and issuing advisories on precautions and travel to Kerala.

With another death in Kerala on Saturday, the total number of deaths due to Nipah virus has reached 13. The majority of the deaths have been reported from Kozhikode district with some from the nearby Malappuram district in Kerala.

Even as incidence of fresh cases in Kerala has come down, state health authorities claim things are under control and the Union Health Ministry maintains virus outbreak is a localised occurrence and there is no need to panic, fear runs high across the country.

Panic gripped Himachal Pradesh when several bats were found dead at Government Senior Secondary School in Barmapapri in Sirmaur district this week. However, tests at the National Institute of Virology in Pune ruled out that the bats were carrying Nipah virus.

Himachal Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal has advised people not to panic about the Nipah virus and said that all medical colleges in the state are prepared to deal with the situation, if it occurs.

Similarly, in Telangana, two persons, including one who visited Kerala recently, were admitted to hospitals on Friday with suspected Nipah virus infection. The state health authorities without taking any chances have sent their samples to Pune for investigation.

K. Shankar, Director, Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM), Hyderabad said that people should postpone their plans to visit Kerala in view of the situation. The authorities are conducting awareness campaigns and are also screening people at airport, railway and bus stations.

Telangana Director of Medical Education K. Ramesh Reddy, however, said there was no need for panic as the state had not recorded any confirmed case of Nipah virus.

The Bihar government issued Nipah virus alert on Saturday, asking people to take precautions. An advisory has also been issued to people with the dos and don’ts as preventive measures.

“The government has issued an alert of Nipah virus in view of its outbreak in Kerala,” said health department official R. D. Ranjan. “People have been advised to keep distance from bats and pigs. They have been asked not to consume fruits without washing them.”

Madhya Pradesh issued its advisory on Friday. While saying there was no reason to worry as the virus is generally limited to a place, Health Services Director B.N. Chouhan advised against eating fruits that are fallen on the ground or appear to have animal teeth or claw marks.

Those living in areas with a bat population or where travellers from Kerala are staying should contact the nearest government hospital if any symptoms of Nipah are found, Chouhan said and added the symptoms are headaches, fever, bodyache, cough, problems in breathing, vomiting, diarrhoea, laziness and others.

Nipah virus is transmitted to humans through infected fruit bats, pigs or other Nipah-infected persons.

With test results showing that a particular variety of bats, found in and around Kozhikode and mostly at the worst-affected Perambara town, is not carrying the virus, a special team from Pune will see how best they can take samples from other varieties of bats also found in the district.

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Another Nipah virus death in Kozhikode, toll now 13

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Private security staff at Kozhikode medical college receiving instructions on dealing with the Nipah outbreak (PTI Photo)

Kozhikode, (Kerala), May 26: Even as the incidence of fresh cases of Nipah virus has come down, a woman, under treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital, passed away on Saturday, taking the disease toll in Kerala to 13, officials said.

Kalayani, 62, had been admitted to the hospital on May 16.

A majority of the deaths have been reported from Kozhikode, while the others are in the nearby Malappuram district.

Close to 200 patients in these two districts are being treated in hospitals, with 26 under observation and three who have tested positive under intensive treatment.

Meanwhile, five medical professionals are being sent to Delhi for an intensive course at the Safdarjung Hospital there to learn the treatment protocols to be followed in such cases.

Nipah virus is transmitted to humans through infected fruit bats, pigs or other Nipah-infected persons.

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With test results showing that a particular variety of bats, found in and around Kozhikode and mostly at the worst-affected Perambara town near here, is not carrying the virus, a special team from Pune is arriving to see how best they can take samples from other varieties of bats also found in this district.

In a related development, a police probe, initiated to find out the travel itinerary of the virus’ first victim Sabith, found out that he never visited Malaysia but had been in the United Arab Emirates, from where he had returned in October last year.

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2002 extortion case: Patiala House Court convicts Abu Salem

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New Delhi, May 26:  The Patiala House Court on Saturday convicted gangster Abu Salem in connection with 2002 businessman extortion case.

Last month due to unavailability of the concerned judge, the Court had deferred order in the case.

Earlier in February, the court had issued fresh production warrant against the gangster.

Salem on January 16, claimed that the prosecution did not have enough evidence against him in the case.

Through his lawyer, the gangster also said stated his trial in the case violated an order by which he was extradited to India from Portugal in 2005.

Salem is facing trial for allegedly seeking Rs. 5 crores as protection money from Delhi businessman Ashok Gupta in 2002.

He has already been granted bail in connection with the case; however, he continues to be in prison in various other cases, including the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

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