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Ebola, Nipah and now COVID-19 — why bats transmit so many deadly viruses

According to some studies, bats were the original hosts of the novel coronavirus strain that has claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide.
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Will India’s experience with previous outbreaks help it tackle coronavirus better?

India now has six confirmed cases of coronavirus. PM Modi has asked people to not “panic” and said “different ministries and states were working together”.
Animal Husbandry department and forest officials collect bats from a well of a house after the outbreak of 'Nipah' virus

How Kerala’s experience in tackling Nipah in 2018 will help it contain coronavirus

Kerala govt’s initiatives & swift action successfully contained the Nipah outbreak. It now says coronavirus will be dealt with the same way.
A thermal screeening device checks passengers arriving in India from China including Hong Kong in view of outbreak of Novel coronavirus (CoV) in China | PTI

China gives us hope why coronavirus won’t be as deadly as SARS in 2003

The outbreak of coronavirus emanating from China’s Wuhan city reminds one of the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic that had spread around the world.
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If Ebola, Zika and Nipah can cross borders, so can technology. That’s where solution lies

A good example of dealing with infectious diseases is how Kerala handled the Nipah outbreak.
Hospital staff removes the waste of an isolation ward of Ernakulam Medical College, Kochi. | ANI Photos

As Nipah virus strikes again, here are the symptoms, how it spreads and its fatality rate

Nipah virus is not fatal until it affects the brain, but it has influenza-like symptoms that can quickly intensify and progress into a coma or death.
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Kerala heaves sigh of relief as 6 test negative for Nipah virus

Kerala put 314 people under observation after a college student tested positive for the Nipah infection. The patient is currently stable and recovering, Kerala's health minister said.
Animal Husbandry department and forest officials collect bats from a well of a house after the outbreak of 'Nipah' virus

Nipah virus patient stable, fever subsiding, says Kerala health minister

Kerala urged citizens to not panic and issued a medical bulletin on precautions to take against the spread of the Nipah virus.

Kerala confirms one case of Nipah virus, puts 86 others under observation

The Kerala government said a 23-year-old student tested positive for Nipah but has not been put on any life-support systems.

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Meat-lover who wants to save the planet? 3D printed steaks are your solution

It can take up to 15,000 litres of water to produce a single kilogram of beef. But there is now a growing amount of interest in meat alternatives.
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This is what Modi govt wants 3 loss-making insurance firms to do to turn profitable

The Modi govt has attached conditions for its capital infusion into OlCL, NICL and UIICL, focussing on profitability and improving customer service.

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Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.