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Swine Flu Kills over 700, cases cross 11,000

The number of deaths across India due to swine flu reached 744 Friday (20th February 2015), with 41 more people, including a 23-year-old pregnant woman in Delhi, succumbing to the disease.
The woman, a resident of Krishna Nagar in east Delhi, was infected with swine flu during her pregnancy, while 33 year old women - a resident of Uttam Nagar succumbed to the disease last night due to delayed diagnosis. This was the eight death due to the viral disease in the national capital which has so far reported 1,917 cases.
Across India, the number of cases rose from 11,071 Thursday to 11,955 Friday, a health ministry official asserted.
So far, Rajasthan has reported 202 deaths, Gujarat 155 and Telangana 49. Twenty-seven people have died in Punjab while 20 have succumbed in neighbouring Haryana, six have died in Delhi, four in Kashmir and three each in West Bengal and Chandigarh.
However, no fresh case was reported in Himachal Pradesh Friday, though 16 positive cases and three deaths have been reco…

The myths about 'Swine Flu' and its prevention

The cases of swine flu this year has soared to over 10,000 with more than 600 deaths reported across the country since February 12. While the Centre has ordered additional stocks of medicines and diagnostic kits to strengthen the fight against the disease, you can do your bit by not giving in to these myths:

1) You can get swine flu from eating pork
Wrong! Despite the common name of the disease, eating pork products doesn't spread H1N1 influenza (swine flu). The virus spreads through droplets expelled in the air from infected people coughing and sneezing. People are contagious from one day before to seven days after developing symptoms of swine flu.
2) The swine flu virus has mutated
Gene sequencing of the H1N1 virus by India's two premier labs - National Institute of Virology Pune and National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi - last week showed the virus has not mutated. The virus infecting people this year is the same as the one that infected less than 1,000 people last year.

Why does Buddhist-majority nation hate Rohingyas so much?

[By Ishaan Tharoor]
In 2009, Burma's then-consul general in Hong Kong sent a letter to local newspapers and fellow diplomats posted in the Chinese territory. It was addressing concerns over the treatment of refugees from Burma's Rohingya population, a Bengali-speaking Muslim minority long marginalized in the country. Incidents of shipwrecked boats bearing half-starved, desperate Rohingya from Burma had won wider attention in the region.
Ye Myint Aung, the Burmese envoy in Hong Kong, hoped to dissuade others from feeling sympathy for the Rohingya. His method for doing this was by revealing his shocking racism. The Rohingya, he said, "are as ugly as ogres" and do not share the "fair and soft" skin of other Burmese ethnic groups.
Therefore, the Burmese consul general concluded, "Rohingya are neither Myanmar people nor Myanmar’s ethnic group," using the other name for Burma while trotting out his government's long-standing contention that the Rohi…