Hello TM readers,

I hope you are all coping up well with the ongoing scorching heat of the sun in India. Please take care of your diets and hydration without which your health will have an alarming condition. And ironically, congratulations to the people of Northeast India where the summer has handed over the season to rains. Enjoy and have fun!

The State Assembly elections of Karnataka has been a pure drama with both BJP and INC hitting the lowest possible. The 15th Karnataka Legislative Assembly election was held on 12 May 2018 in 222 constituencies of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. As we know Karma bites really hard, interestingly the same happened with BJP. They received what they did in Manipur and Goa in the respective state assembly elections. Just after having 107 seats(hung assembly), BJP with the virtual support of their own elected Karnataka state Governor took the throne of Karnataka. Things had become tough for BJP when the Supreme Court ordered BJP to prove majority on Saturday, reducing the 15-day window given by the Governor. HD Kumaraswamy after dethroning Yeddyruppa has passed the floor test by making an alliance majority of 117 Congress-JD(S) MLA’s voting in favour of the newly appointed Chief Minister. Meanwhile, the dethroned BJP led by BS Yeddyurappa staged a walkout on the issue of farm loan waivers during the proceedings of the Karnataka Vidhan Sabha. The so-called ‘Vijay Rath‘ of BJP established by Modi-Shah duo has put on to hold by this recent unprecedented defeat by INC and JD(S) with the same technique that BJP used against INC in Goa and Manipur a few months back.

It was said, the Fruit Bats has been the carrier of the Nipah Virus as reported by various national dailies. The current tests have ruled out bats being the carrier of the Nipah virus (NiV) that took 12 lives in Kerala’s Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Authorities have now decided to conduct more tests to locate its source. The transmission of NiV may take place through direct contact with infected bats, pigs or from other NiV-infected people. As of now, 14 cases have turned positive for Nipah virus infection, out of which 11 people have passed away. All those people who were in close contact with the NiV infected patients have been put under stringent observation. The samples from those affected were sent to Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR). The results of  21 samples came out two days back and all are found to be negative. Every sincere effort is being made to trace people who were in the nearby places and traveling now. Kerala government has announced publicly a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the victims of Nipah virus. Please update yourself with the news of NIV and keep in mind if you are traveling and also report to the nearby health center if you have any doubts or see any symptoms of the virus.

This issue we have adopted the theme of ‘Village Vs City’ where there has been splendid photography by Deval Patel. Few articles on this issue have been written in a way to draw a comparison between Village and City life. Please go through the articles in this issue and let us know. Your feedback is pure love and honest view. Keep it coming our way.

From the desk of Editor-in-Chief