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Nipah virus identified in Kozhikode fever deaths, Central team on way (Lead) (22:14)
Kozhikode/Thiruvananthapuram, May 20 (IANS) The cause of death of two people, ostensibly suffering from fever, in Kozhikode has now been confirmed to be due to the Nipah virus (NiV), spread by fruit bats and causing severe disease in both animals and humans, a top official said on Sunday.

Truck load of stale chicken, eggs seized in Bengal (21:12)
Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) In wake of the uncovering of the sensational carcass meat racket in West Bengal, a truck load of stale chicken and eggs was seized from the state's West Midnapore district, police said on Sunday.

Cause of deaths in Kozhikode family yet to be ascertained: Minister (17:46)
Kozhikode (Kerala), May 20 (IANS) Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja on Sunday said the cause of death of three members of a family here remains to be ascertained and urged people not to spread false news about a rare virus being responsible.

Blood type influences severity of diarrhoea (17:26)
New York, May 20 (IANS) A bacteria associated with travellers' diarrhoea and children in underdeveloped areas of the world causes more severe disease in people with blood type A but not blood type O or B, finds a study.

3 killed, over 8,000 hit by severe weather in Sri Lanka (17:08)
Colombo, May 20 (IANS) Three people were killed and over 8,000 affected as heavy rains and strong winds lashed across Sri Lanka, prompting disaster management officials to be on alert for possible evacuations, the Disaster Management Centre said on Sunday.

42 rare turtles recovered in Bengal, one arrested (16:42)
Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) A total of 42 rare turtles were seized from a railway station in West Bengal's Hooghly and one person arrested, police said on Sunday.

Bacteria in placenta responsible for preterm births: Study (16:26)
London, May 20 (IANS) Scientists have found a higher number of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from women who delivered prematurely, supporting the presumption that maternal infection may cause preterm birth -- less than 37 weeks gestation.

Expert warns of irrevocable biodiversity damage with rising temperature (16:22)IANS Photo Service
Cape Town, May 20 (IANS) A 3.2 degree Celsius increase in the Earth's temperature could see 47 per cent of insect species, 26 per cent of vertebrate and 16 per cent of plant species lose at least half of their geographic ranges, an expert on global change has said.

Alyssa Milano opens up about anxiety attacks (15:44)IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, May 20 (IANS) Actress Alyssa Milano says she suffered from postpartum depression that led to her checking into a psychiatric ward.

Now find Vitamin B12 in plants too (14:56)
London, May 20 (IANS) If you are a hardcore vegetarian but deficient in Vitamin B12, then there is a good news for you as scientists have discovered ways to increase the levels of Vitamin B12 in an ayurveda herb used in making soups and sandwiches.

SC sets conditions to cut trees for Ganga Jal project (14:00)IANS Photo Service
Agra, May 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam to plant 2,500 saplings, maintain and look after them for 10 years in a secure fenced area in Firozabad district to compensate the felling of 234 trees that come in the way of the Ganga Jal pipeline that will bring water to the Taj City.

Delhi to see warm day ahead (10:08)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The National Capital woke up to a sunny Sunday morning with minimum temperature recorded at 27 degree Celsius, a notch above the season's average, while the day ahead is expected to be very warm.

Smoking pot before 15 may up drug problem risk later (10:02)
Toronto, May 20 (IANS) If boys start smoking pot in early teenage life, they may be at a higher risk of developing drug problem as a young adult, a new study has said.

Bengal Safari welcomes newborn tiger cubs (22:56)
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) A Royal Bengal Tigress gave birth to three healthy cubs at Bengal Safari Park in the state's Siliguri, an official said on Saturday.

Congress government protecting sugar mill owners: Akali Dal (22:14)IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, May 19 (IANS) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday said that the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab was protecting the owners of a sugar mill, who were close to the ruling dispensation, even after discharge from the mill had left thousands of fish dead and contaminated water in Beas river.

Drugs Controller to come out with vaccine specific regulatory policy (21:30)
Hyderabad, May 19 (IANS) The Drugs Controller General of India plans to come out with vaccine specific regulatory policy and a manual for regulatory requirements for commercialization of new drug and on how to conduct clinical trials in India, it was announced on Saturday.

17 killed in Afghanistan flooding (21:02)
Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan), May 19 (IANS) At least 17 people were killed and 23 others wounded after heavy torrential rains caused fresh flooding in two Afghan provinces, the authorities said on Saturday.

EESL distributes 30 cr LED bulbs, to save Rs 15,000 cr per year (19:44)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) said on Saturday that it has distributed over 30 crore light emitting diode (LED) bulbs across the country under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) programme.

This natural antioxidant can cut heart disease risk (17:00)
New York, May 19 (IANS) Higher levels of bilirubin -- a natural antioxidant -- within the normal range in our blood may lower the rates of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) like heart failure, heart attack and stroke, finds a study.

Simple scan may have identical outcomes as advanced imaging (15:04)
New York, May 19 (IANS) Stroke patients who are treated based on simple imaging may have identical clinical outcomes to those treated based on advanced imaging, a new study suggests.

Russia can help India in nuclear medicine, says Indian expert (14:44)
By Biswajit Choudhury
Sochi (Russia), May 19 (IANS) Given the current high costs of making radioisotopes used in nuclear medicine, there is considerable scope of collaboration between India and Russia for their manufacture at affordable cost, according to an Indian expert.

Cooling treatment may help treat brain injuries and stroke (14:08)
London, May 19 (IANS) Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have found that medically induced cooling in brain to lower the temperature can help in treating injury and stroke.

Dogs born in summers more likely to suffer heart disease (13:12)
New York, May 19 (IANS) Owing to higher level of outdoor air pollution during summers, dogs born during this time are more likely to be at higher risk of heart disease, according to a study.

Lalu admitted to Patna hospital (12:28)IANS Photo Service
Patna, May 19 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Saturday admitted to a government-run hospital here after he complained of breathing problem and chest pain, a party leader said.

Rain, thunderstorms likely in Delhi (10:56)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy morning here on Saturday and the weather office forecasts rains later, with warning of thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds at isolated places in the city.

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