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Dated: 20 th March, 2019

6-Year-Old in Kerala Dies of West Nile Virus, Contracted Through Mosquito

KOZHIKODE, KERALA: A six-year-old boy, who was undergoing treatment for vector-borne West Nile fever, died in Kozhikode on Monday. Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said there was no need to panic and steps were being taken to prevent the spread of virus. The boy, hailing from neighbouring Malappuram district, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital a week ago after he tested positive for the virus. There had been a case of West Nile fever last year in Kozhikode, which was confirmed by the Manipal Centre for Virus Research.

Is it an epidemic: The first case is always the most important for public health. It is the contact case and requires all preparations like an epidemic threat. We must find the source of the mosquito and do massive anti mosquito drive all around within hours. If no anti mosquito surgical strike is done in time the disease is allowed to spread, it can spread pan India as Culex mosquito is present everywhere.

Happy and Healthy Adwait Holi

The story behind the festival, Holi, begins with Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashyap, who was the father of Prahalad. Hiranyakashyap had declared himself as God and wanted his son Prahalad to worship him and not Vishnu. When Prahalad refused to do the same, he was made to sit with Holika in an open fire. Holika had been granted a boon that she could not be burned even if she was on live fire. When she was made to sit with Prahalad on the live fire, the opposite happened. She burned to death but Prahalad came out unharmed and alive from the fire.

The above story has a deep spiritual meaning. Hiranyakashyap represents “ego”, which when takes control, makes one forget about his own consciousness, so that the person starts thinking himself as the supreme power. The same symbolic representation is seen with Ravana in Ramayana and Kansa in Mahabharata.

Prahalad represents a person with self realization who is in touch with ones consciousness. The consciousness cannot be burned, cut, dried or made wet by anything. It is imperishable and everlasting.

All those people who have acquired self-realization via Bhakti, Karma or Gnana path are in a state of God acquaintance and nothing can destroy them.

The obstacles to the pathway of self-realization are “attachment, anger, desire, greed and ego”. When all these negative factors overpower any individual, it leads one away from self realization or away from consciousness.

Holika represents the sum total of the negative forces in the body, which can kill you or harm you, if not controlled in time.

Getting attached to any of the five senses results in a vicious cycle and one can get burnt in this ‘chakravyuha’ of attachments. If you are truthful, and have attained a state of one-point contemplation on a known truth, all the negative forces will stay away. All such negative forces if repressed within the body can burn you out over a period of time and that is one of the reasons why all negative emotions should never be suppressed or repressed.

The practice of burning Holi a day before the festival of color signifies burning of all negative thoughts or emotions embedded in the mind and also to neutralize all the poison arising due to the negative feelings.

As soon as the negativity is removed from the mind, the spiritual vision opens up or the knowledge of the consciousness is attained. Once this is done, only the positive thoughts remain, which is celebrated as sharing and loving each other, the next day.

Sharing love is most important in removing all the above mentioned five obstacles to self-realization. Spreading love reduces anger as well as desires, detaches one from various attachments, reduces greed, and brings humility in a person. Burning ego and other negative qualities also burns the ill feeling amongst each other and makes everybody a friend.

During Holi, the practice therefore, is to visit and meet not only your friends but also those people to whom you are not friendly. The festival therefore, is an opportunity to spread brotherhood and happiness in the society.

WHO defines health as not mere absence of disease but a state of physical, mental, spiritual, social and environmental wellbeing.

Holi, therefore, is a classical example or a custom to create “social healthiness” amongst the general society.

Playing holi with water also has a deep spiritual meaning. It basically means removing dirt from each other. Dirt here does not means bodily dirt but mental dirt, which once removed leads to spiritual cleanliness.

When you lovingly smear ‘gulal’ (colored powder) on others, they reciprocate with doubled love and affection.

Similarly, always think of good things about people. Express your positive thoughts about these friends loudly – not only in front of them but also in their absence.

So, the entire essence of the festival is not to play Holi superficially or meet each other at a superficial level but to get rid of the negativity at the level of the mind as well.

There is no point in celebrating Holi and meeting people unless you remove your negative thoughts about them from the mind.

Understanding the Most Common Kinds of Medical Malpractice Claims

Different types of medical malpractice. These should be part of consent.

1. Misdiagnosis

2. Medication errors

3. Surgical errors

4. Anesthesia errors

5. Childbirth injuries

Dated: 20 th March, 2019

Current Temperature Status and Warning for next 24 hours

Heat Wave and Temperatures Observed Yesterday (Past 24 hours from 0830 hrs IST of 19 th March to 0830 hrs IST of 20 th March, 2019)

Heat Wave:

.Yesterday, No heat wave conditions were observed.

Maximum Temperatures Recorded at 1730 Hours IST of 19 th March, 2019:

• Maximum Temperature more than 40.0°C was recorded at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra, North Interior Karnataka and Rayalaseema. (Annexure- 1).

• Maximum temperature departures as on 19-03-2019: Maximum temperatures are appreciably above normal (3.1°C to 5.0°C) at a few places over Himachal Pradesh; at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir; above normal (1.6°C to 3.0°C) at most places over West Rajasthan; at many places over Uttarakhand and Kerala; at a few places over Punjab, Saurashtra & Kutch, South Interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and Andaman & Nicobar Islands; at isolated places over Tamilnadu & Puducherry. They are appreciably below normal (-3.1°C to - 5.0°C) at many places over Chhattisgarh; at a few places over Assam & Meghalaya and Odisha; below normal (-1.6°C to -3.0°C) at many places over West Bengal & Sikkim, Jharkhand and East Uttar Pradesh; at a few places over East Madhya Pradesh; at isolated places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and near normal over rest parts of the country. (Annexure-2).

• Yesterday, The highest maximum temperature of 41.3°C was recorded at Anantapur (Rayalaseema) over the country.

Heat Wave Warnings for Next 24 hours(From 0830 hrs IST of 18 th to 0830 hrs IST of 19 th March 2019):-


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Delhi High Court stays Government's Ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

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