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Zika virus outbreak constitutes public health emergency: WHO

The announcement came after WHO convened its first emergency committee meeting on Zika virus, Xinhua reported

 

The recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil constituted a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.
 
The announcement came after WHO convened its first emergency committee meeting on Zika virus, Xinhua reported.
 
Zika virus outbreak in some countries of the Americas, notably Brazil, has been associated with a steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads and in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome.
 
"The casual relations between the Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephly is strongly suspected, though not scientifically proven," WHO Director General Margaret Chan declared the "extraordinarily event" at a press conference.
 
Chen said the broad geographical distribution of mosquito spices, lack of vaccines, rapid and reliable diagnoses tests, as well as absence of population immunity in newly affected countries are further causes for concerns.
 
She called for a coordinated international response to minimise the threats in affected countries and reduce the risk of further spread.
 
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Under-recoveries from kerosene, LPG sale dip

This follows decline in international prices of crude oil and petroleum products

 

Under-recoveries from kerosene sold through the public distribution system (PDS) would be Rs.5.11 per litre for February as against Rs.9.16 in January following decline in international prices of crude oil and petroleum products, an official release said on Monday.
 
The downward revision was made after the petroleum ministry's petroleum planning and analysis cell reviewed the prices for last month, a ministry statement said.
 
"Cash transfer to customers under the direct benefit transfer scheme for domestic gas cylinder (LPG) will be Rs.155.78, out of which Rs.108.12 will be cash compensation by the government and Rs.47.66 by oil marketing companies under un-compensated costs," the statement added.
 
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Now, one billion people use Facebook-owned WhatsApp

At WhatsApp, 1.6 billion photos and 250 million videos are being shared daily in 53 languages

 

Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp has reached the milestone of one-billion users, with 42 billion messages being exchanged daily, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday.
 
“One billion people now use WhatsApp. There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people. This milestone is an important step towards connecting the entire world,” he posted on Facebook.
 
At WhatsApp, 1.6 billion photos and 250 million videos are being shared daily in 53 languages.
 
“WhatsApp's community has more than doubled since joining Facebook. We've added the ability for you to call loved ones far away. We've dropped the subscription fee and made WhatsApp completely free,” the 31-year-old Facebook founder added.
 
“Next, we're going to work to connect more people around the world and make it easier to communicate with businesses.”
 
Founded by Ukrainian immigrants to America Jan Koum and Brian Acton in 2009, WhatsApp was acquired by social media giant Facebook for $19 billion in 2014.
 
WhatsApp waived its annual subscription fee because it has not worked well.
 
“For many years, we have asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we have grown, we have found that this approach hasn't worked well," WhatsApp had said in a blog post recently.
 
Despite not being able to charge its hundreds of millions of users the annual fee, WhatsApp said it would not subject its users to advertisements.
 
"Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we are introducing third-party advertisements. The answer is no."
 
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