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Northeast's first 'smart village' along Indo-Bhutan border 14.2.2016 ET: Infrastructure
A remote non-decrepit, insurgency-ravaged village in Assam along Indo- Bhutan border has earned the distinction of being northeast's first smart village.
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‘Phony peach’: the disease that threatens to devastate Britain’s trees and plants 14.2.2016 Guardian: Environment
Xylella fastidiosa has wreaked havoc in the US and Europe and could dwarf the impact of ash dieback in the UK It has caused severe damage to plants and trees in the US and southern Europe and now there are fears it is heading this way. With experts warning that it could make the devastating ash dieback disease seem like “a walk in the park”, the UK is on red alert for signs that Xylella fastidiosa has entered the country. First confirmed in Europe three years ago when it ran rampant across olive plantations in southern Italy, a subspecies of Xylella has since been detected in southern France, where it has destroyed vines and lavender plants, and in Corsica. Xylella fastidiosa has also been found in both South and North America where it is commonly referred to as “phony peach disease” and where it has caused severe damage to citrus and coffee plantations. In New Jersey it has attacked more than a third of the state’s urban ...
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The 20 photographs of the week 13.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

The discovery of gravitational waves, Beyoncé at Super Bowl 50, the Zika virus in Latin America – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Deaths in Cachar trigger cholera scare 12.2.2016 The Assam Tribune
Deaths in Cachar trigger cholera scare
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Climate change may have helped spread Zika virus according to WHO scientists 11.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Warmer and wetter conditions facilitate transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, which may have added to spread, says lead climate change scientist

The outbreak of Zika virus in Central and South America is of immediate concern to pregnant women in the region, but for some experts the situation is a glimpse of the sort of public health threats that will unfold due to climate change.

“Zika is the kind of thing we’ve been ranting about for 20 years,” said Daniel Brooks, a biologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “We should’ve anticipated it. Whenever the planet has faced a major climate change event, man-made or not, species have moved around and their pathogens have come into contact with species with no resistance.”

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Should we wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth? 11.2.2016 Guardian: Environment
Even before the Zika virus, mosquitoes were the deadliest creatures on the planet. But gene modification means these blood suckers’ days might be numbered. Is it dangerous to talk about ‘editing nature’, or should we consider eradicating them for good? When an Aedes aegypti mosquito bites you, she – because only the females, which need blood as nutrients for their offspring, bite – will probe your skin with her proboscis as many as 20 times. Two pairs of sharp cutting edges, the fascicle, break the skin and then search for a blood vessel, withdrawing and re-entering until a suitable target is found. When the blood starts to flow, a salivary tube delivers a protein that stops it clotting. The mosquito holds still and then begins to suck; in 90 seconds’ time, she feels full, and stops. And then, if you are in parts of South and Central America and bang out of luck, you will have Zika. It’s a horrible idea, and one that will draw shudders from anyone who has ever been bitten by a mosquito – which is to say, ...
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Milk product was 146.31 million tonne in 2014-15 9.2.2016 Govt of india: PIB
Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh today here inaugurated Kalki Bhawan and Narmada Hostel of National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana.
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Maharashtra villages can show world how to beat Zika 8.2.2016 TOI: Mumbai
At a time when the world is reeling under an outbreak of the Zika virus, several villages in Nanded district of Maharashtra have successfully drowned out the mosquito buzz with underground soak pits that suck in waste ...
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Brazil’s sprawling favelas bear the brunt of Zika 7.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Efforts to stamp out the mosquito that carries the virus are undermined by poverty in the most vulnerable areas

With rubber gloves, a plastic container full of larvicide and the official badge of Rio de Janeiro’s epidemic control department, Gilberto de Souza gains permission to enter the home of a stranger in the Vila Canoas favela, in one of the latest missions against the Zika virus.

As the bemused residents look on, he goes room to room inspecting every sink, flower vase and empty bottle, shining his torch behind fridges and washing machines, checking every corner for possible mosquito breeding areas.

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The 20 photographs of the week 6.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

The Zika virus in Latin America, protests in Greece, Curiosity on Mars, the earthquake in Taiwan – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Zika crisis and economic woes bring gloom to Brazil's Olympic buildup 5.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Six months before Rio de Janeiro hosts the next Olympics, the country is struggling with a Zika epidemic and a cocktail of political and economic woes

After Brazil was thrashed 1-7 in the semi-final of the last World Cup, it was hard to imagine a sporting mega-event could throw up anything more dispiriting for the host nation.

But with six months to go until Rio de Janeiro hosts the next Olympics, the sense of gloom is plunging new depths as the country struggles with a Zika epidemic and a cocktail of political and economic woes.

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I had alcohol-related breast cancer. Here’s why I still drink | Joanna Moorhead 4.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
The chief medical officer advises women to think about cancer when having a drink. But if I did that every time I had a glass of wine, I think I’d feel the cancer had won

Two years ago I was diagnosed with a breast cancer that I believe was alcohol-related (it was a lobular tumour, the less common kind that many people link to alcohol). But here I am today, sitting in a restaurant about to have lunch with a friend – and a glass or two of wine is definitely on the horizon.

Related: Do the new alcohol guidelines help us understand the risks of drinking?

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Mysterious disease hits Manipur villages 3.2.2016 The Assam Tribune
Mysterious disease hits Manipur villages
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Zika virus prompts Aus to take bug spray maker on-board as Oly sponsor 3.2.2016 Rediff: Sports
A small Australian maker of bug sprays became an unlikely beneficiary of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak this week when the country's Olympic team signed it up as its first official insect repellent sponsor.
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Zika mosquitoes' habits may hurt efforts at eliminating virus from US 3.2.2016 DNA: Opinion
Health experts are bracing for Zika virus to spread to the United States by April or May, borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day and lives under beds and inside closets. Until now, the best weapon against disease-carrying mosquitoes in the United States has been outdoor pesticide fog sprayed by truck and airplane. But health experts fear the typical approach will do little to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries Zika. Controlling that mosquito requires pesticide sprayed under beds, on the walls and in closets, said Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, who studies disease transmission patterns of mosquitoes at Emory's School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Sciences. "We know fogging is not effective," Vazquez-Prokopec said. Though there could be localized US outbreaks, most likely along the Gulf Coast, federal officials said they hope the wide use of air conditioning, window screens and regular garbage collection will mitigate the risk. The World Health ...
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Rio Olympics committee warns athletes to take precautions against Zika virus 3.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Rio 2016 organising group insists Games in August will not be affected by virus but tells visitors and athletes to shut windows and use mosquito repellent Olympic organisers have insisted that the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro this August will not be affected by the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, but also warned athletes and visitors to smother themselves in mosquito repellent to minimise the risks. At a press conference staged the day after the World Health Organisation declared that the clusters of brain-damaged babies – linked to but not proven to be caused by the Zika virus – constituted a global health emergency , the Rio 2016 organising committee said it would follow the guidelines issued by international and local authorities, but stressed this has not so far included a travel ...
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Diane Rehm, NPR host: 'Too many of us are afraid to speak about death' 2.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

After her husband fell ill with Parkinson’s, Rehm was criticized for attending right-to-die fundraisers. Now she has written an intimate memoir about his death

At 2am the night her husband died, Diane Rehm began writing what would turn into a memoir of her life as a widow.

The radio host had been trying, unsuccessfully, to sleep fully dressed on two chairs next to his bed. “I remember getting up and looking at my watch and then setting up my iPad and just starting to type,” says Rehm, who at 79 has been the voice of NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show for more than 30 years. “I don’t even remember what I wrote – just what I was experiencing being in the room with my husband of all those years, who was passing from one life into another.”

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With no testing facility, doctors see Zika threat in India; Western Ghats, coasts at risk 1.2.2016 ET: Healthcare
The Union health ministry and the state health department are yet to set up testing facilities, screening procedures at airports, and have guidelines on tackling it.
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The Guardian view on Zika fever: panic won’t help us | Editorial 30.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
An almost symptomless disease that causes women to have horribly damaged babies can only be controlled by a campaign against mosquitoes Zika fever is a horror. It’s a mosquito-borne disease that is almost undetectably mild in adults but in pregnant women can cause terrible defects in their babies. There is no cure, and none in sight. We can be grateful that the mosquito species that carry the disease do not range in much of Europe, nor in most of Asia. But the fever has already crossed the Pacific from Africa to South and Central America and threatens to spread north to the USA . Like most mosquito-borne diseases it is primarily an affliction of the poor. There is nothing wrong with the taste of rich people’s blood, but they can afford running water, air conditioning and protective netting, which all cut the risk of mosquito bites. If those fail, the rich can simply move away from the areas where the disease is endemic. No one who can help it lives in a malarial ...
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Zika fears: BMC plans special offensive against mosquito breeding in dengue-prone areas 29.1.2016 TOI: Mumbai
The insecticide department of the BMC will undertake a special 10-day drive in the dengue-endemic wards of the city to limit breeding of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which is known to spread the feared Zika ...
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