India’s first Nipah case for this year confirmed in Kerala
Students and staffs of Ernakulam Medical College wearing masks on Tuesday, where few persons admitted due to suspect of Nipah.
Kochi: Kerala government on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Nipah (NiV) infection in the country in 2019 after samples collected from a 23-year-old student tested positive for the zoonotic virus that mostly spreads through fruit eating bats and pigs. Given the enormity of the infection last year when 18 people were killed in Kerala alone, the Union health ministry convened an emergency meeting in Delhi after the Pune-based National Institute of Virology confirmed that the student had tested positive. Only two of the 20 people who had contracted the virus last year in Kerala had survived – pegging the mortality rate of the infection at a whopping 90%. This year, apart from the 23-yearold student, five more people are suspected to have contracted the deadly virus. Of them, four, including three nurses, were in contact with the student who has been undergoing treatment at a Kochi-based private hospital. The fourth person studied with the youth.
All the five persons suspected to have contracted the virus have been admitted to the isolation ward of the Government Medical College Hospital at Kalamassery in Ernakulam. They had complained of fever and sore throat. The condition of the five persons as well as the 23-year-old student is stable, authorities said. Earlier, authorities had sent the youth’s samples to NIV for reconfirmation after labs at Alappuzha and Manipal confirmed the presence of the virus. The Centre has deployed in Kerala a six-member team for epidemiological investigation. It will conduct contact tracing for early detection of suspects, test protocols for suspects besides reviewing isolation facilities. Meanwhile, officials of the Kerala health department have identified 311 people who had been in contact with the index and suspected cases. They have been quarantined for 21 days, the incubation period of NiV, at their respective residences.
Ground Staff Member Caught with Gold Worth Rs.8 Crores
Ahmedabad: An employee of a private ground staff agency at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport was detained by officers of the customs department, for colluding with a passenger in an attempt to smuggle 24.5kg of gold out of the city airport, in the wee hours of Tuesday. According to the Ahmedabad principal commissioner of customs, the ground staff worker admitted to having received the gold bars from a passenger who had arrived from Dubai by flight FZ-0437. Customs officials detained the worker. On searching gold bars with a worth Rs 8.2 crore were found and seized. The passenger, after handing the gold to the worker, had left the airport through the green channel and was waiting outside the terminal building. He was called back in and as the ground staff worker identified him, the duo was detained by the customs department.
Further investigation revealed that the passenger was supposed to deliver the gold to a certain person in Ahmedabad. Customs officials have identified the kingpin of the operation, but he is absconding. “Efforts are being made to nab all the persons,” the statement added. In another case,1.3kg of smuggled gold was seized by officers of the customs’ air intelligence unit (AIU) at SVPI airport from a passenger coming from Dubai. AIU officials intercepted a passenger who had arrived at around midnight on Tuesday aboard the Indigo Airlines flight 6E-072. On searching the passenger’s baggage, an unusually heavy juicer was discovered. The passenger admitted that it had gold concealed in it. Customs AIU officers opened the juicer and found a cylinder. When it was cut open,1.39kg of 24 carat gold was found. The gold is valued at Rs 46.7 lakh.
Man in Police net for Rs.2 Crores fraud
Hyderabad: Managing director of Alluri Group a Vikramaditya was arrested on Tuesday by the detective department of Hyderabad police on Tuesday for cheating a director of the company. Vikramaditya took a loan from Andhra Pradesh State Financial Corporation (APSFC) for Alluri Casing Pvt Ltd company, but defaulted on its payment. This apart, all of his mortgaged properties were in the custody of various banks. In order to get out of the huge debts, he set up another company, Alluri Overseas Pvt Ltd, in January 2016. The accused contacted E Divya and her father, both residents of Nacharam, through a mediator and offered Divya, the post of director of the new company. He asked her to give their property as a collateral security to obtain a bank loan and offered to pay Rs.2 crores as goodwill. The accused got Rs,4.5 crores loan sanctioned by Andhra Bank, Kacheguda. Initially, the bank released Rs.2.34 crore by taking the collateral security of Divya’s property which the accused used to clear his debts and utilised the remaining amount for his personal use. The accused even failed to pay Rs.2 crore goodwill as promised to Divya. Police apprehended the accused and booked him for cheating and criminal breach of trust.