Pakistan reports another H5N1 outbreak

first_imgFeb 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Livestock officials in Pakistan said yesterday that the H5N1 avian influenza virus hit chickens in the northwestern part of the country, the region where December outbreaks were linked to suspected human-to-human transmission of the virus and Pakistan’s first confirmed human case.Rafiq-ul-Usmani, a food and agriculture ministry official, said samples from a poultry farm near Abbottabad, in North-West Frontier province, were positive for the H5N1 virus and that culling at the farm had begun, Reuters reported yesterday.About 5,000 chickens have been culled at the farm, Ali Akber Kahn, a Mansehra district livestock minister, told Dawn, one of Pakistan’s English-language newspapers, yesterday. He said authorities sealed the area around the farm and were vaccinating poultry in other areas to control the spread of the virus.So far no workers at the farm had shown signs of infection, he told Dawn.Pakistan’s last outbreaks struck two commercial farms near Karachi , according to a Feb 4 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, government officials in Bangladesh said today that H5N1 outbreaks have spread to 43 of the nation’s 64 districts, according to a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP). So far workers have culled about 800,000 birds, the report said.M.M. Kahn, a senior official with the Bangladesh Poultry Association, told AFP that the H5N1 outbreaks have shuttered at least 40% of the country’s 150,000 commercial farms and have put 500,000 people out of work.Yesterday workers began slaughtering 150,000 birds at a farm in a suburb of Dhaka, the capital, signifying the first outbreak in the city, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. Mohammad Salahuddin Ahmed, director of the country’s livestock ministry, said more than 100 workers were assisting with the cull. “We are very cautious so that the virus can’t spread to local neighborhoods,” he told the AP.The outbreak in Dhaka occurred at the Omega farm, according to media reports. Kahn told AFP that the Omega farm is known for its rigorous adherence to biosafety regulations and that an outbreak there shows the virus is out of control, despite assurances from the government.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Pakistan outbreakslast_img read more

Liverpool lift 19th Premier League trophy

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool ended their 30-year wait to lift the league title at Anfield as club captain Jordan Henderson hoisted the Premier League trophy on Wednesday night.The Reds wrapped up the league with seven games remaining last month, courtesy of Chelsea beating nearest rivals Manchester City 2-1. And Liverpool celebrated their triumph after their final home game of the season, receiving the trophy during a special ceremony in the iconic Kop stand after a dramatic 5-3 win over Chelsea.As fans let off flares and fireworks outside the stadium, club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish handed the trophy to Henderson, who has now lifted the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Premier League as Reds skipper.With a trademark shuffle of the legs, the Reds skipper emphatically raised the trophy to the sky while surrounded by his teammates and Liverpool’s backroom staff.Ahead of Liverpool’s match with Chelsea, Henderson spoke of how being handed the trophy by Dalglish – who won multiple league titles as a player and manager at Anfield – “makes it even more special”.“He’s an iconic figure at this football club, a huge person who we all love,” the central midfielder told BBC Breakfast. Henderson made 30 Premier League appearances this season, scoring four goals and five assists.Though he has been a mainstay in Jurgen Klopp’s side, the 30-year-old missed the Reds’ last two matches with a knee injury and took no part in the game with the Blues.Henderson has been a big miss from the starting XI, with the Reds being held to a draw with Burnley and losing to Arsenal before the thrilling win over Chelsea.Tags: AnfieldJordan HendersonLiverpoolPremier Leaguelast_img read more

NDMC reverses its decision to freeze Delhi golf club’s bank account

first_imgThe New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has reversed its decision to freeze a bank account of the prestigious Delhi Golf Club (DGC).On March 23, a Ratnakar Bank Ltd (RBL) account (number 951154) of the DGC was frozen by the civic body for alleged property tax dues to the tune of `727 crore. However, as per the information accessed by Mail Today, a letter was shot to the bank late on the same night asking it to “treat the earlier order as withdrawn.”The letter from NDMC’s property tax department, addressed to the Manager, RBL Bank, Hauz Khas, stated: “Under the instruction of the competent authority, I am directed to inform you that the bank attachment warrant/order issued vide no. D-272/AO (T)/TS dated 23/03/2016 may be treated as withdrawn.” The letter is dated March 23 and undersigned by accounts officer (tax), NDMC, Shyam Sunder. The letter is copied to the Land & Development Officer (L&DO), Nirman Bhawan.DGCL Secretary, Brig (retd) Sanjiv Mehra, confirmed the development but said he was unaware of the reasons behind it. Mehra said, “Yes, they have withdrawn the order. However, I don’t know what conspired and why NDMC did this.” An official of the civic body said, “The case is due to come up in Patiala House Court in April. We will present our case before the judges.”A dispute over property tax calculations led to NDMC freezing the bank account of the elite sports club. The Delhi Golf Club, spread over a lush 180 acres on the prime Dr Zakir Hussain Marg has the most powerful bureaucrats and political leaders as its members. Its waiting period is over 30 years.advertisementAlso Read:Delhi’s Golf Club in trouble for not paying property tax since year 2000last_img