Following directions of the Union Health Minister J P Nadda, a multi-disciplinary Central team from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is presently in Kerala constantly reviewing the situation of the Nipah Virus Disease. The Expert Central Technical team held meetings with the State Health Minister and Doctors of Government as well as Private Hospitals. Clinical picture, management and treatment given to the patients were discussed in detail along with contact tracing strategy. A part of the team led by Dr.S.K.singh, Director, NCDC visited Malappuram district where they addressed the doctors from Government and Private Hospitals on the Nipah virus disease. The team along with the State Health Minister also interacted with the general public to create awareness and allay any fears in their mind about the disease. The deceased patients from Malappuram had visited the Government Medical College, Kozhikode at the time of admission of the Index cases and had interaction with the index case. The team also devised draft guidelines, case definitions, advisory for healthcare workers, information to the general public, advisories for sample collection and transportation and a brief on Nipah virus disease. A draft reporting format was prepared and shared with experts for cases, suspects and contacts. Another part of the Central Expert Team led by Dr.P.Ravindran, Director(Emergency Medical Relief) visited the Government Medical College, Kozhikode and reviewed the treatment procedure, infection control practises, use and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and availability of drugs, particularly in the designated wards. An action plan was also developed for the healthcare staff and simulation exercise was planned. Today, the team held meetings with the District Collector, Kozhikode and discussed streamlining the reporting mechanism and strengthening inter-sectoral coordination. It was decided to provide separate ambulances for transportation of the suspects to designated isolation facilities. The interim guidelines, case definitions, advisories to healthcare workers and information to the general public were shared. Advisories were issued for sample collection and transportation also. The team also visited the Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode and reviewed the treatment procedure, infection control practises and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and drugs in the designated wards. Simulation exercise for healthcare staff was undertaken as per the Action Plan developed. The details of cases and deaths as on date are as under: Total number of confirmed cases: 13 Total number of suspected cases: 16 (15 are admitted in Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode and 1 is admitted in Manjeri Medical College in Malappuram District. Lab results of these admissions are awaited) Total number of deaths: 11 (8 from Kozhikode District and 3 from Malappuram District)
Dramatic scenes emerged in Tamil Nadu secretariat as DMK working President MK Stalin who was protesting outside secretariat was detained and taken away. Eleven people, who are protesting against the Vedanta -owned Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu's coastal district of Thoothukudi, have died and many others injured in the police firing over the last few days. Stalin who came along with party members as part of his support to the protest against copper plant was denied permission to meet chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami. The police detained him when Stalin decided to make a protest outside secretariat. Many people including environmentalists and residents allege that the new company will contaminate water resources in the locality.
The Congress and the Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka will assume power today after a week of political uncertainties and many discussions. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the chief minister and the Congress leader and PCC President G Parameshwara will take oath as the deputy CM before the governor Vajubhai Vala on 4.30 pm today. Congress gets the lion's share of ministries as there are 22 ministers would go to the Congress and 12, including the post of the chief minister, will be with the JD(S), out of the state's 34 ministries. The ministers will take the oath later. Senior Congress leader KR Ramesh Kumar named as the speaker candidate for Congress while the JD)S)' deputy speaker candidate is yet to be named. Opposition leaders will take this swearing-in ceremony as an opportunity to show their strength and to send a strong message to Modi-Shah team as leaders from the anti-BJP parties such as Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BSP President Mayawati, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, former CM of UP and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, RLD founder Ajit Singh, actor and the leader of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan will be attending the function.
Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and both parties decided to stay together keeping in mind the need of an opposition unity in the upcoming 2019 elections. The leaders met together in Rahul Gandhi's residence in Delhi for the first time since the political dramas are over in Karnataka. Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal who is also the in-charge of Karnataka also attended the meeting. Kumaraswamy later said that he arrived in Delhi to show his respect and courtesy to the Gandhi family. He added that he invited both to the swearing-in ceremony. The opposition leaders aim to rally a strong opposition unity against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah through this oath taking ceremony. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and many other opposition leaders will be attending the function.
India and Russia have decided to enhance their economic relations after the informal talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Modi, prior to his departure to Russia, had tweeted that this meet will enable to strengthen the diplomatic relations between India and Russia. Both leaders discussed a wide range of issues including co-operation in nuclear sector, US withdrawal from Iran deal, terrorism and many more. Modi's informal summit with Putin comes less than a month after he met Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
In view of the rising number of cases and reported deaths due to Nipah Virus in Kozhikode, Kerala, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has assured all support to the Kerala Government and has directed a multi-disciplinary Central team from National Centre for Disease Control to immediately visit the district, and assist the State and closely monitor the situation. The team will reach Kerala today. “We are closely monitoring the situation. I have spoken to Alphons and K Shailaja, Health Minister, Kerala and assured them all support of the Central government. I have also dispatched a Central team to assist the State government and initiate required steps,” the Union Health Minister said in a statement from Geneva. On the directions of the Health Minister, Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) has also spoken to the Principal Health Secretary of Kerala and reviewed the situation. The Central team includes Dr Sujeet K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control, Dr S K Jain, Head Epidemiology, NCDC, Dr P Ravindran, Director, Emergency Medical Relief (EMR), Dr Naveen Gupta, Head Zoonosis, NCDC along with two clinicians and one expert from Ministry of Animal Husbandry.
The Nipah virus infection that affected the Kozhikode district in Kerala make more worries as the hospital staff who was under treatment in a city hospital died today morning. Lini Puthusseri, 31, a nurse in the Perambra Taluk hospital which is nearly located to the virus affected area, had taken care of the ill patients. The latest death takes the death toll due to fever in the wake of Nipah virus to 16. Meanwhile Union minister for health JP Nadda directed a central team of health experts to rush to the virus affected village in Kerala to study the situation and assist the state government in allaying the fears of the people while the state health dept draws flak from the public as they allege that the health dept not giving due consideration for the critical situation and not even providing masks for the hospital staffs. The National Virology Institute in Pune has confirmed that the three people from a single family died due to Nipah virus. 10 people with same virus symptoms have been under treatment in various hospitals in Kozhikode.
Following is the text of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s departure statement prior to his visit to Russia. “Greetings to the friendly people of Russia. I look forward to my visit to Sochi tomorrow and my meeting with President Putin. It is always a pleasure to meet him. Am confident the talks with President Putin will further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia.”
After coming out victorious on an intense day of political battle against the BJP and their veteran leader BS Yeddyurappa himself, "kingmaker" HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the new chief minister of Karnataka. Yeddyurappa had resigned as the CM just before the trust vote in the assembly after he failed to get the support of 112 MLAs to cross the halfway mark. The BJP have 104 seats while the Congress and the JDS jointly have 117 MLAs, as per their claims. Kumaraswamy met the governor Vajubhai Vala soon after Yeddyurappa decided to quit. The JDS leader had planned to conduct the swearing-in ceremony on Monday itself but changed later as the Congress were not in the line to conduct it on Monday as the death anniversary of former Prime Minister happened to be on the same day. In the evening where the Assembly was getting ready for a trust vote, Yeddyurappa announced his resignation after a detailed speech. "I travelled the entire Karnataka for the last two years. I cannot forget the love and support given by the people. People blessed us with giving 104 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah made me the chief minister. Did you ever see the Prime Minister announce the chief minister candidate before the election? I became the party president in 2016. The Congress and the JDS lost in the election. The governor the invited the BJP as we are the single largest party", Yeddyurappa said.
The twists and turns in the Karnataka politics reach to a next level as chief minister BS Yeddyurappa quits just before the trust vote in the assembly. There were talks that the BJP government may fail to pass the floor test amid the missing of two Congress MLAs from the assembly in the morning. Congress alleged that they were held captive by the BJP who desperately required numbers to pass the floor test. Meanwhile Yeddyurappa who was credited for the resurgence of BJP in the state after a poor show in the last assembly election, delivered an emotional speech in the assembly. "I travelled the entire Karnataka for the last two years. I cannot forget the love and support given by the people. People blessed us with giving 104 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah made me the chief minister. Did you ever see the Prime Minister announce the chief minister candidate before the election? I became the party president in 2016. The Congress and the JDS lost in the election. The governor the invited the BJP as we are the single largest party", Yeddyurappa said.