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Published On: May 2, 2019 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Bird flu kills one for the first time in Nepal

A 21-year-old was killed by bird flu – the first to succumb to the H5N1 and HPAI virus in Nepal. On March 24, 2019 the patient had gone to the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital after showing signs of fever and cough. His saliva was sent to the National Public Health Laboratory. The report found him positive with bird flu.  A day later, the patient was provided with medication while his saliva was also sent to Japan to validate the results of NPHL. On April 30, Japan confirmed the virus.  

Common leopard gecko found in Nepal for the first time

The common leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) has recently been recorded as a new species for Nepal; however, as Nepalese researchers and nature lovers officially recognize the country's 11th gecko species, some conservationists are also beginning to worry that it might be a possible target in the illegal exotic pet trade. The first sighting of two common leopard geckos, nocturnal in nature, were found hibernating in the Kamdi Biological Corridor of Banke District in western Nepal. The corridor connects Banke National Park in Nepal with Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Minister Gyawali back home from China

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali returned home today after participating in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and upon visiting the Tibet Autonomous Region of People's Republic of China.

Over 2,500 senior citizens of Salyan village awaiting elderly citizen’s allowance

More than 2,500 senior citizens of Bangad Kupinde municipality of Salyan district have been affected in many ways as they are eagerly waiting for elderly citizen’s allowance for the past six months. Budget for the allowance had not been released since chief administrative officer got transferred elsewhere six months ago.

780,000 evacuated in India ahead of major cyclone

Nearly 800,000 people in India's eastern coastal districts have been evacuated ahead of the expected arrival of a major cyclone packing winds of up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour. The Indian weather service said Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon near the Hindu holy town of Puri.

Messi doubling down on Champions League pledge for Barca

After Lionel Messi mapped out Barcelona’s path to the Champions League final with a vintage display in a 3-0 win over Liverpool in Wednesday’s semi-final first leg, few could say he is not delivering on his promise to return his side to European glory. Barca have not lifted Europe’s biggest prize since 2015 and have had to enviously watch on as Real Madrid have dominated the trophy since then, but Messi’s determination to end their four-year wait has been palpable throughout the campaign.


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