Three days after the first Nipah case surfaced at Kozhikode, Kerala, when a 12-year-old boy succumbed to the deadly virus, on Wednesday 20 more samples that were sent for testing at the NIV laboratory, Pune turned negative.
State Health Minister Veena George on Wednesday told the media that one cannot completely claim things are fine, but the results give us cheer.
"According to the rules of Nipah spread, after the last case is reported, then one waits for 21 days and then for another 21 days, if there are no more fresh cases, then one can say Nipah spread has been contained, so we have to wait more and as such things are fine," said George.
The results of the 20 samples which were negative included five from those who had symptoms and 15 were those who had direct contact of the deceased.
On Tuesday, 10 samples also reported negative.
"Now we are awaiting the results of another 21 more samples, while 68 people are under observation at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital. So at the moment things are under control," said George.
State Forest Minister A.K. Saseendran said the department will cooperate with all to see samples are collected from bats and domestic animals from the present location, especially in and around the areas of the victim's house and for that a team of officials from NIV Bhopal is on the way.
Meanwhile, the locality of the deceased continues to be cordoned off as a matter of caution.
Reality TV star and beauty mogul Kylie Jenner has confirmed that she is expecting her second child with partner Travis Scott.
Kylie announced on Instagram on Tuesday that she and Scott are expecting their second child together, reports people.com.
In a video announcing the news, Kylie holds up a positive pregnancy test before the clip cuts to Scott, hugging her belly. Next, the proud parents get in the car with their 3-year-old daughter Stormi for an OBGYN appointment.
Kylie and Scott beam as the doctor tells them that the baby is "a couple of days away from a heartbeat."
The 90-second clip also features the moment that Kylie (with the help of Stormi) tell her mother Kris Jenner that she is once again expecting.
As soon as Stormi hands Kris an envelope with some ultrasound photos, Kris said: "Wait a second...are you pregnant? Stormi, we're gonna have a baby! This is one of the happiest days of my life!"
Later in the video, Kylie celebrates her 24th birthday with her family and finally hears her baby's heartbeat at another ultrasound.
The video concludes with an adorable shot of Stormi kissing her mom's growing baby bump.
Kylie kept the caption of her post simple, opting for just a white heart and a pregnant woman emoji. She also tagged Scott.
Her sisters shared their excitement for the newest addition to the Kardashian-Jenner clan in the comments. "Crying this is so beautiful my blessed angel sister," wrote Kourtney Kardashian.
"Crying!!!!" Kim Kardashian added.
While Kendall Jenner said: "I can't handle it"
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar's mother Aruna Bhatia passed away on Wednesday morning.
Akshay took to Twitter to express his grief.
"She was my core. And today I feel an unbearable pain at the very core of my existence," he wrote.
The 53-year-old star said that his mother passed away peacefully.
"My maa... Smt Aruna Bhatia peacefully left this world today morning and got reunited with my dad in the other world. I respect your prayers as I and my family go through this period. Om Shanti," he wrote.
On Tuesday, Akshay had shared a health update about his mother and said that it was a "tough hour" for his family.
"Touched beyond words at your concern for my mom's health. This is a very tough hour for me and my family. Every single prayer of yours would greatly help," he wrote on Twitter.
New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) Nearly nine out of 10 doctors and nutritionists believe that the average daily Indian diet fulfills only 70 percent or even lower nutritional needs of a person, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
The findings are based on a nationwide survey of 220 healthcare practitioners (doctors and nutritionists) by multivitamin supplement brand Supradyn.
The survey brought to light an alarming gap in meeting the body's 100 percent nutrition requirements across all zones in India.
As many as 90 percent doctors and nutritionists agreed to at least a 30 percent nutrition gap in average daily diet even among states that predominantly consume non-vegetarian foods.
Further, the survey showed that vitamin B12 and D3 are the top two vitamins lacking in an average daily diet across the country, followed by zinc, iron, calcium, folic acid, and vitamin C.
A whopping 73 percent doctors and nutritionists believe that this inadequacy can be overcome with a daily dose of multivitamin-multimineral supplements.
"The doctor-led nutrition survey has identified a surprisingly large nutrition gap in our daily diets, highlighting a grave insufficiency of micronutrients," said Sandeep Verma, Country Head, India, Bayer Consumer Health Division, in a statement.
"This survey has brought to life a surprising truth: an average daily diet cannot always meet 100 percent of your body's nutrition requirement. Including a daily multivitamin-multimineral supplement can help bridge the nutrition gap and provide your body with optimum energy and immunity levels," added Dr Jenam P. Mehta, Consultant Physician and Chest Specialist, Member of European Respiratory Society.
With Covid-19 pandemic having reset priorities, health and wellness have risen to the top of minds. Hence, meeting daily requirements of nutrients should be looked at as a growing necessity, not just an added advantage, the survey suggested.
Yami Gautam has a slew of films lined up such as 'Bhoot Police', 'Lost', 'Dasvi' and 'A Thursday'. The actress says she never wants to let go of the importance of judging a project based on its writing and that she always makes sure to remain true to herself while choosing a project.
Talking about her process before choosing a project, Yami said: "While reading a script, I always make sure to perceive it as a reader as well. If it can keep the audience inside me engaged, I know it will work on the screen."
She added: "As an actor, I never want to let go of the importance of judging a project basis its writing because you are as good as your script."
"I always make sure to remain true to myself while choosing a project."
The newly-wed actress says the "script needs to speak" to her.
"Following the first instinct, you get after reading a script always works," added the actress, who is married to filmmaker Aditya Dhar.
Ahead of the release of her forthcoming film "Thalaivii", actress Kangana Ranaut has urged the Maharashtra government to allow theatres to open up and "save" the film industry from "dying".
Kangana took to her Instagram Story to make the appeal. She said: "Cases in Maharashtra have declined requesting Maharashtra Government to #openupcinemas in Maharashtra and save the dying film industry and theatres business."
On Tuesday morning, she penned another note on her Instagram Story.
"In Maharashtra, restaurants, hotels, offices, local trains everything is open but movie theatres are shut because of Covid, according to Maharashtra government Covid only and only exclusively spreads in the movie theatres."
"Thalaivii", a biopic based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
It showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics.
It is set to release in cinemas on September 10.
Actress Kangana Ranaut says 'Thalaivii' is the best film of her career so far and is confident that it will bring audiences back to the theatres.
Kangana earlier attended the premiere of her film in Hyderabad and expressed her disappointment with multiplexes for not screening the film due to the gap between its big screen and digital release.
On Monday, the actress took to her Instagram Story and shared a poster of 'Thalaivii', a biopic based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, and wrote: "What a gratifying experience to watch 'Thalaivii' best film of my career so far."
Kangana also shared a note, saying: "'Thalaivii' is a theatrical experience hopefully Hindi multiplexes will also play it. I am confident it will bring audiences back to the theatres @pvrcinemas_official @inoxmovies."
The film, which will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader that changed the course of the state politics.
It is set to release in cinemas on September 10.
Actress Arshi Khan is appalled at how many people are trying to hog the limelight over actor Sidharth Shukla's death. She calls this behaviour "disgusting".
"It is disgusting that people look out for self-benefit whenever a popular celebrity dies. I'm disappointed with many people I know, who are coming out as 'wannabes' over Sidharth Shukla's death. Their action and statements in media is sounding like overacting and fake. Later they themselves will feel sorry about it," Arshi tells IANS.
The actress, who rose to popularity with 'Bigg Boss 14', suggests that such people should focus on themselves instead.
"People claiming they are 'numb', and are 'unable to come out of it' need to be involved in prayers and meditation and pray for Sidharth's soul. It will be more helpful then involving themselves in giving bytes. They can also do some good cause like feeding less fortunate people or doing charity in Sidharth's name," she says.
Sidharth Shukla died on September 2 due to a heart attack.
Actors Shah Rukh Khan and Nayanathara were reportedly spotted in Pune, shooting for their much-talked about film together. The two prolific actors have come together for Tamil director Atlee's next project.
While no official confirmation has come from either the stars or the director, the pictures have gone viral on social media.
It is being speculated than an action scene was being shot when the two got papped. The team will have a 10-day shooting schedule in Pune.
The film is said to have a great cast, which includes Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover and Priyamani. Telugu actor Rana Daggubati is also expected to join them later in the shoot.
This film marks the first collaboration of Atlee with Shah Rukh, who will also be seen in YRF's 'Pathan'.
India reported 42,766 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total infection to 3,29,88,673, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.
Kerala continued to witness an increase in the Covid cases. The state alone accounts for a maximum number of active cases at present. The number of active cases in the state stands at 2,50,065, so far, according to the ministry's report.
At the same time, India registered 308 new deaths due to Covid, taking the cumulative fatalities so far at 4,40,533, according to the Ministry's report released on Sunday morning.
In the meantime, a total of 38,091 Covid infected patients recovered/discharged in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally of the Covid recovery in the country so far to 3,21,38,092.
The Covid recovery rate was reported at 97.42 per cent, according to the health ministry's report.
The active cases in the country stand at 4,10,048, which accounts for 1.24 per cent of total cases.
As per the ministry's data, India's daily Covid positivity rate was reported at 2.45 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was reported at 2.62 per cent. It is the 72nd day that India's weekly positivity rate remained below 3 per cent.
A total of 53,00,58,218 Covid samples were tested so far in the country, of which 17,47,476 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, ministry's data said.
India has so far administered 68.46 crore doses of Covid vaccines, including 71,61,760 doses administered in the last 24 hours.
Actress Kangana Ranaut has praised multiplex chains for screening the Telugu and Tamil version of her upcoming film 'Thalaivii'. She calls it a ray of hope.
After hearing the news, Kangana, who had earlier taken to Instagram to request the multiplex owners for 'Thalaivii's' screening, said she was moved by the decision and penned a long note.
She wrote: "PVR's decision to screen the Tamil and Telugu versions of the film is a ray of hope for Team Thalaivii as well as all those cinegoers who are waiting to rush back to their favourite multiplex chain for a cinematic experience. I am personally moved by the kind words used for me and Team Thalaivii."
The actress hopes that the Hindi version of the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, gets to see the light of day.
"And I hope with talks, and a passion for the theatrical experience, we can come together to find a solution so that the Hindi version can also find love and appreciation on the big screen @pvrcinemas_official - Lots of Love, Kangana."
A statement on behalf of Kamal Gianchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures Ltd, Chief of Strategy, PVR Limited read: "We are thankful to 'Thalaivii' team for offering a 4 week theatrical window for its Tamil and Telugu language versions. We are delighted to be able to play 'Thalaivii' in Tamil and Telugu language at our cinemas, however, we are disappointed that for the Hindi language version, 'Thalaivii' team has decided to offer only a 2 week window.
"We would like to appeal to Ms Kangana Ranaut, Mr Vishnu Induri & Mr. Shailesh Singh to keep a uniform window of 4 weeks across all language versions and therefore allow all cinemas across the country to showcase 'Thalaivii' to audiences, on the big screen."
The statement further read: "Considering the severe impact of the ongoing pandemic on our business, PVR cinemas has already agreed to reduce the 8 week theatrical window to 4 weeks, for all films releasing in the near future.
"This is a temporary step by PVR cinemas to assist our producer partners in realizing full commercial potential of their films, while keeping the sanctity of theatrical experience, intact."
The film, which will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, is based on the life of the late Jayalalithaa.
'Thalaivii' showcases the varied aspects of her life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader that changed the course of Tamil Nadu politics.
It is set to release in cinemas on September 10.