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By Newsgram Staff Writer

For the ease of NRIs, Kerala government will set up an NRI commission to deal with the issues relating to visa cheating and criminal offences against the life and property of non-resident Keralites (NRK), Kerala Governor P.Sathasivam’s said during an address to the state assembly on Friday.

“Visa cheating and criminal offences against the life and property of non-resident Keralites (NRK) has become a very serious problem today. My government has decided to establish a NRI Commission to deal with such cases exclusively and effectively,” said Sathasivam.

Sathasivam pointed out that Kerala is hugely indebted to the NRK’s for their contribution to Kerala. “The total remittance of NRK’s to Kerala is more than Rs.90,000 crores, over and above the NRK deposits of about Rs.97,400 crores in the various financial institutions as on 30th September last year,” he added.

The NRI Commission would have the status of a quasi-judicial body and the diaspora could engage lawyers, who would be appearing before the Commission on their behalf.

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Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala

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Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala
Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala. (IANS)

Fruit bats were the source of Nipah virus which created havoc in Kerala’s Kozhikode in May according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an official said on Tuesday.

Kerala Health Secretary Rajiv Sadanandan said that tests of the first batch of 21 bats were were negative, but the second set of tests done on 55 fruit bats from Kozhikode confirmed that the nocturnal mammals were behind the spread.

Sadanandan told IANS that Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday confirmed the latest test results.

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At least 13 people died and more than 2,000 were kept under observation when the virus struck in May. Most of them were from Kozhikode district and some from Malappuram.

Even when the final green signal came from Kerala health authorities that the fear of the spread has been contained, the source of the virus outbreak was yet to be ascertained.

The ICMR is the country’s premier body engaged in formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. (IANS)

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