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Kim Kardashian’s India Trip Called Off Amid ‘Visa Issues’

Kim Kardashian Promotes Her New Fragrance "Fleur Fatale" In Melbourne
Kim Kardashian smiles as she promotes her new fragrance "Fleur Fatale" at Chadstone Shopping Centre on Nov. 19, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia Scott Barbour—Getty Images

Mrs. Kayne West was due to appear on an Indian reality TV show

Kim Kardashian’s upcoming India trip has been canceled because of apparent visa troubles.

The 34-year-old reality TV sensation was due to make a guest appearance on the popular reality show Big Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, which is hosted by Bollywood actor Salman Khan.

“Just touched down in Australia!!! My perfume world tour begins for my new fragrance Fleur Fatale! Next stop India then Dubai! All in 1 week!” she tweeted on Monday.

Big Boss, currently in its eighth season, has had falling ratings this year. Kardashian’s visit had been much hyped by the Indian media. She was reported to be paid more than $800,000 for the stint, in which she would don a traditional sari.

Organizers confirmed to the BBC that “visa issues” were to blame for the cancellation. Reuters reports that the undisclosed issues would take a while to solve, which would conflict with Kardashian’s busy schedule.

Most recently, Kardashian, who is married to U.S. rap star Kanye West, was in the news in an attempt to “break the internet” with an artistic nude spread in Paper magazine.


Ebola Virus In Semen: Everything You Want to Know

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An Indian man who survived Ebola was quarantined when his blood tested negative but his semen tested positive

An Indian man who survived Ebola in Liberia was quarantined at an airport in Delhi when his semen tested positive for the disease.

What’s confusing is that man had multiple blood samples tested for Ebola and they all came back negative. Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, that means he’s free of Ebola. Still, the issue raises some questions that perhaps you’re too squeamish to ask. So we asked the CDC for you.

The answers to these questions were provided by CDC spokesperson Salina Smith.

1. So, Ebola can live in semen?
Yes, it can. The CDC says semen can test positive after clinical clearance—a negative blood test for Ebola—for up to three months. The agency recommends those who have survived Ebola abstain from sex, including oral sex, for at least three months. If abstinence cannot be followed, condoms should be worn.

2. Why does Ebola survive in semen longer than blood?
Semen and blood are different types of body fluids, and scientifically, the testes are known as immunologically “privileged” sites. Basically it’s easier for the virus to hide and avoid being attacked by the immune system in the reproductive system.

3. Why is someone deemed “cured” of the virus if it’s negative in their blood, but positive in their semen?
Theoretically it’s possible that Ebola could be transmitted via contact with Ebola-positive semen, but there is no evidence to date that this has ever happened. It may be that the virus is a more efficient transmitter in blood. What we know for a fact is that exposure to blood that’s positive for Ebola can infect other people.

4. Does the CDC explicitly recommend abstinence to every patient who survives Ebola?
The CDC’s guidance in the field is this: If the patient is a man, he should be informed that his semen can still be infectious for three months and that he must avoid or have protected sexual relations during this period. The patient and his partner are well counseled on this, and must have it clearly explained to them. A CDC medical team is supposed to provide them with enough condoms for that period. The CDC recommends this warning also be included on the patient’s discharge papers.

5. Does the CDC ever test patients’ semen?
The CDC does test the semen of patients who are medically evacuated to the United States. The agency also asks if patients in the United States would like to have their semen tested periodically so that the CDC can gain a better idea of how long the virus lasts.

6. Was it unusual that the Indian patient’s semen was tested?

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Indian Holy Man Arrested Following Clashes at Ashram

Supporters of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled "godman" take shelter under placards as they are hit by a police water cannon during a protest outside the ashram of Rampal in Hisar
Supporters of Sant Rampal, a self-styled "god-man," take shelter under placards as they are hit by a police water cannon during a protest outside their ashram in Hisar in the northern Indian state of Haryana on Nov. 18, 2014 Stringer India—Reuters

The spiritual leader was taken into custody late Wednesday after a weeklong conflict

A self-proclaimed Indian spiritual guru was arrested Wednesday, putting an end to his protracted efforts to evade the police during which six people died and nearly 200 were injured.

Sixty-three-year-old Sant Rampal was taken into police custody late Wednesday night at his 12-acre ashram near Hisar in the north Indian state of Haryana, the BBC reported.

Rampal, who has ignored 43 court summonses since 2010 citing ill health, was taken to the nearby district of Panchkula and medically examined before being locked up. “We have examined him and his condition, including his blood pressure, is stable,” one of the doctors told the Times of India.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court canceled the religious leader’s bail in a previous murder case on Thursday morning, the Times reported.

Rampal is accused of inciting his followers to open fire on a village in 2006, an incident in which one man died.

A weeklong effort by local police to apprehend him reached a climax on Tuesday, when thousands of his supporters reportedly attacked police surrounding the ashram with acid, petrol bombs and guns while Rampal remained holed up inside.

Four women were found dead at the ashram on Wednesday as thousands of supporters fled the premises, while another woman and an 18-month-old child died later at a hospital.

The “god-man” expressed remorse for the casualties, but denied allegations that he used his followers as a line of defense. “I am sorry about the deaths of my followers, but I didn’t use any as a human shield,” news channel NDTV quoted him as saying at the hospital.

Rampal, who has been charged with sedition along with several supporters, appeared in court Thursday afternoon and was remanded to judicial custody until Nov. 28.

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Six Dead, Nearly 200 Injured Amid Clashes at Indian Ashram

India Ashram Raid
Supporters try to resist police water cannon as police storm the ashram of controversial Indian guru Sant Rampal, in search of him at Hisar in Haryana state, India, Tuesday, Nov.18, 2014. Bansilal Basniwal—AP

The dead include five women and an 18-month-child

At least six people have died and about were 190 injured as violent clashes broke out at the ashram of an Indian religious leader wanted by the police for an alleged 2006 murder.

Over half the injured were police officers who swooped on the maze-like ashram of 63-year-old Sant Rampal in the north-Indian state of Haryana on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

Police fired water cannons and tear gas into the compound belonging to the spiritual guru, who has ignored 43 court summonses for murder relating to a person killed in clashes between his followers and opponents in July 2006. Rampal’s supporters reportedly retaliated with guns, rocks and bags of acid, and police efforts to break through a wall were halted on suspicion that it was rigged with explosives.

“We want to ensure that innocent people inside the ashram are not harmed,” said Haryana’s director-general of police Shriniwas Vashisht.

Members of the ashram handed over the dead bodies of four women to local authorities Wednesday morning, according to the Indian Express, and another woman rushed to the hospital in a critical state was pronounced dead on arrival. An 18-month-old child was also among Wednesday’s casualties. Local news channel NDTV, whose journalists were among those injured in the clashes, reported that the child was suffering from jaundice and was unable to get treatment because Rampal’s supporters prevented anyone leaving the premises.

Thousands of the engineer-turned-godman’s followers now appear to be leaving the ashram, and police say they are confident Rampal is holed up inside despite reports that he had fled.

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India’s First Ebola Patient Has Been Quarantined

Man was already treated and cured in Liberia

An Indian resident who tested positive for Ebola—and was cured—has landed in Delhi from Liberia.

The 26-year-old man is being isolated in a facility at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, The Times of India reports.

According to the Times, the man had already been treated for Ebola in West Africa, currently does not have symptoms and tested negative for the virus before he flew. However, his semen tested positive for the virus.

He had a medical clearance certificate from the Liberian government saying the had been treated and was confirmed negative from blood tests—that would deem him Ebola-free, according to the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His blood also tested negative in India. Semen can test positive after clinical clearance for up to three months, according to the CDC. The agency recommends abstinence from sex—including oral sex—for at least three months. If abstinence cannot be followed, the CDC recommends condoms to prevent disease spread.

The patient in India is being kept in isolation in a health facility at the airport until his semen tests negative.

It’s not likely that he poses a threat, given the negative test from his blood, but experts have long been concerned that a spread of Ebola in India could be devastating given the population size.

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Angry Mob of Doctors Beats Man to Death in India for Stealing Cellphones

Police found him lying in a pool of blood after being beaten and slashed with razors

A group of about 12 junior doctors at an Indian medical school tortured and killed a man they suspected of being a thief, according to local police.

The doctors from the 140-year-old Nilanjan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in the Eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) on Sunday allegedly tied the man up in a private room, beat him with bamboo sticks and slashed his genitals with razors, AFP reports.

Kolkata’s deputy police commissioner Dhrubajyoti De told AFP that preliminary inquiries indicate that the victim, who was found lying in a pool of blood in a room at the college, was accosted by the doctors for stealing mobile phones. “The kind of marks on his body bear the marks of inhumane torture,” De said.

The victim was declared dead upon his arrival at the emergency room and has not yet been identified. Local newspaper Hindustan Times reported that he was caught in the act of stealing a cellphone from a room in the college dormitories.

According to the Times, two canteen workers have been taken into police custody for questioning, although one of them told reporters he didn’t know anything about the incident.

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Kim Kardashian Will Guest Star on Indian Reality Show

Kim Kardashian attends the Hairfinity UK Launch Party on Nov. 8, 2014 in London.
Kim Kardashian attends the Hairfinity UK Launch Party on Nov. 8, 2014 in London. Karwai Tang—WireImage/Getty Images

Called 'Bigg Boss's House'

Kim Kardashian will guest-star on Indian reality show “Bigg Boss,” a TV channel there announced Sunday.

The show is similar to the show “Big Brother,” but following small-time celebrities locked in a house for 90 days without phones or internet access. Kim won’t be one of the locked-in celebrities, but her guest appearance could boost the show’s falling ratings, Reuters reports. The reality star made headlines last week by posing nude in Paper magazine.

In a press release announcing the appearance, Kim made a statement in Hindi which translates to: ““Hello India… I, Kim Kardashian, am coming to India… in Bigg Boss’s house.”



Pictures of the Week: Nov. 7 – Nov. 14

From Putin’s “coatgate” moment with China’s first lady and the funerals of Kurdish fighters killed in clashes with ISIS, to One World Trade Center’s 69th floor rescue and Brad Pitt’s selfie, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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Indian Doctor Arrested After Women Die Following Sterilization Surgery

Women, who underwent a sterilization surgery at a government mass sterilisation "camp", lie in hospital beds for treatment at CIMS hospital in Bilaspur
Women, who underwent a sterilization surgery at a government mass-sterilization "camp," lie in hospital beds for treatment at the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Bilaspur, in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, on Nov. 13, 2014 Anindito Mukherjee—Reuters

The surgeon blames pressure to meet targets and faulty medicine for the deaths

The doctor at the center of a tragedy in which at least a dozen women died following sterilization surgery in Bilaspur, India, was suspended from duties and arrested on Wednesday night.

R.K. Gupta, 59, operated on 83 women in five hours on Saturday, according to the BBC.

“It was not my fault, the administration pressured me to meet targets,” local news outlet NDTV quoted Gupta as saying. The doctor attributed the deaths to the medicines given to the women after the surgery.

In January, the Chhattisgarh state government gave him a commendation for performing a record number of sterilizations.

Meanwhile, another woman lost her life at a different sterilization camp in the same district and 20 others reported postsurgery complications, the Indian Express reports.

Authorities are still investigating the fatalities, which occurred during one of the many mass-sterilization drives organized to combat the country’s rapid population growth. The exact cause of death remains unclear, but so far the quality of medicines administered, as well as the infrastructure of the hospitals where the operations were conducted, has been identified as possible culprits.

“To me it’s not the surgeon’s fault, because if there was a problem with the surgeon’s actions there would have been bleeding and damage to the organs,” says Dr. Ashutosh Halder of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.

Halder speculates that the complications were most likely caused by inadequate sterilization of the equipment used or an unfavorable hospital environment, although a team of four AIIMS doctors who visited the site told reporters they were “satisfied” with the arrangements there.

Sujatha Natarajan, president of the Family Planning Association of India, says that although precautions are necessary, doctors are not the sole bearers of responsibility. “Quality of service involves much larger stakeholders than that,” Natarajan tells TIME. “Putting all the responsibility on the doctor is putting a very high risk on the program itself,”

India sterilized over 4 million people last year, about 97% of whom were women. People in rural areas are offered financial incentives to undergo sterilization.

TIME India

8 Women Dead in India After Sterilization Surgery

Sixty-eight others have been hospitalized and five are in critical condition

Eight women died on Monday in the Indian state of Chattisgarh following government-sponsored sterilization surgery, according to a state medical official.

Sixty-eight other women have been hospitalized and at least five are in critical condition, Bloomberg reports.

Sonmani Borah, commissioner of the Bilaspur district where the drive took place, told Agence France-Presse that symptoms such as low pulse rates and vomiting started appearing in the women on Monday.

The routine sterilization drive was part of a campaign by the Indian government aimed at controlling population growth, and was conducted by doctors at a private hospital who reportedly performed 83 operations within six hours on Saturday.

“The deaths were due to infection causing septic shock,” said Amar Singh Thakur, the district’s chief health officer. “We are investigating, but it is too early to say that it was due to sterilization.”

Local news outlet NDTV reported that the Indian government has set up a three-member panel to investigate the deaths and also announced compensation of about $3,000 to the victims’ families.

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