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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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India accounts for 10 per cent of the global HIV burden.  An estimated 5.10 million men, women and children were living with HIV/AIDS in the country at the end of 2003, with an adult (15-49 years) prevalence rate of 0.8 percent.  The States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Nagaland and Tamil Nadu are categorized as high prevalence states.  A comprehensive National AIDS Control Programme is under implementation throughout the country.  WHO and UNAIDS have announced an initiative which seeks to provide access to Anti-Retroviral treatment for 3 million people living with HIV/AIDS.

Indian government has established 25 community HIV/AIDS care centers across the country.  However, the standard of care that National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) supports is limited to the provision of drugs for the treatment of opportunistic infections.  Many people living with HIV only have access to centers not selected to receive drugs, so cannot have access to treatment for most opportunistic infections.  Additionally, a major obstacle to the provision of care for HIV positive people, is the stigma surrounding the disease



IN western India, from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D., there was a prolific creation of art in caves hewn out of rock. (Mind Over Matter, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

AIDS is no longer the silent killer, relegated to foreign shores as an affliction of more liberal societies. (Interpreting A Malady, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 06, 2007)

The Sensex story blinds the nation; distracts it from more serious economic issues. (Stock Market: Disconnected From National Savings, Business Line, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 06, 2007)

Directorate of Teacher Education Research and Training, Tamil Nadu AIDS Control Society and UNICEF conducted a one-day sensitisation workshop on School Adolescent Education Programme for headmasters of government and private higher secondary . . . . (Awareness Campaign To Be Conducted On Aids Prevention , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

There is no requirement to establish tax evasion before initiation of proceedings for determination of arm’s length price. (Tax Avoidance And Transfer Pricing Law, Business Line, T. C. A. Ramanujam , Nov 03, 2007)

Regulation is inevitable in all areas of activity and it should be transparent with rights of consultation for all. (Regulation In India: Inevitable Reality , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

An Observer investigation into children making clothes has shocked the retail giant and may cause it to withdraw apparel ordered . . . . (Child Sweatshop Shame Threatens Gap's Ethical Image, Guardian (UK), Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

Downloading pirated songs from the internet is cool. Dying from counterfeit medicine is not. But the pirates and the slack law enforcement that give you the first also give you the second. (You Must Pay To Live, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 29, 2007)

The U.S. public and private sectors have joined to promote the use of computer technology in development around the world, especially in economic growth, governance, education and youth employment. (Plan To Push Computer Use , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

A lower court has once again jumped the gun. On Tuesday, a first class judicial magistrate in Bhopal issued a non-bailable warrant against actor Aamir Khan for failing to appear before the court in a case of 'disrespect' to the flag. (Throw Them Out, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)

NFHS has put the prevalence rate in Tamil Nadu at 0.375 per cent Number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births has dropped from 68 during the first NFHS to 31 90 per cent of all deliveries in the State are conducted in institutions (Tamil Nadu Removed From List Of Hiv High Prevalence States , Hindu, Ramya Kannan , Oct 25, 2007)

Whether or not the Indo-US nuclear deal goes through, the bickering among the ruling Congress party, which wants to set the seal on the agreement, its coalition partner the CPM and the opposition BJP, unfortunately reveals sharp political . . . . (N-Deal Politics Reflect Divided Nationalism, Tribune, Anita Inder Singh, Oct 24, 2007)

THE Indian adolescent is no different from young people in other countries in his sexual curiosity and half-baked knowledge about sex and its dos and don’ts. (Sex Education Can Save Lives, Tribune, Usha Rai, Oct 22, 2007)

Activism can only be uploaded, the old-fashioned way - by young voters speaking truth to power, face to face, in big numbers, on campuses or the Washington Mall. Virtual politics is just that - virtual. (A Quiet Generation , Deccan Herald, Thomas L Friedman, Oct 19, 2007)

Lauding the efforts of the Central and State Governments and non-governmental organisations in combating HIV/AIDS in India, U.S. Consul-General in Chennai David T. Hopper on Tuesday said that an important task ahead was to reach out to those who . . . . (“Increasing Access To Healthcare Important For Combating Hiv-Aids” , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)

Taking off from a suggestion by South African President Thabo Mbeki, the ‘India-Brazil-South Africa’ (IBSA) forum was formed in 2003. (Power Of Three, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)

As the third phase of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP III), which was launched in June this year promises to reverse AIDS epidemic in the country, the Kerala State AIDS Control Society (KSACS) is yet to kick-start any programme . . . . . . (Aids Control Society Yet To Kickstart Any Programme, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 17, 2007)

Researchers in India and United States are keenly awaiting the results of a multi-centric trial that focuses on how an HIV-infected mother can prevent the virus from being passed on to her newborn. (Saving Newborns From Hiv: Researchers Await Trial Results, Indian Express, ANURADHA MASCARENHAS, Oct 17, 2007)

A two-inch tongue can kill a six-feet man. Modern obesity statistics confirm this traditional saying. (Direct The Quest For Happiness Inwards , The Economic Times, Editorial, Economic Times, Oct 13, 2007)

In January, the Thai government gave its domestic drug manufacturers carte blanche to effectively copy the formula for Abbot Laboratories’ AIDS drug, Kaletra, and reproduce it in Thailand at a fraction of the cost. (Saving Lives Is More Important Than Protecting Patents, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Oct 12, 2007)


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