Thursday, December 2, 2010

World Aids Day Programme

On the World Aids Day today, WHO (World Health Organization) said that though it is downward trend in new HIV/AIDS cases in South Asia and developing countries it is still a serious health issue. Children are the most vulnerable group with rise in 46% between years 2001 and 2009 reported WHO.

World Aids days programme in Hyderabad was slightly successful while in Bangluru Sex worker's association waved black flags and shouted slogans against administrators of the committee.

In another report american adults who are in high risk group and tested reached the highest number in year 2009 with around 50% of them being tested last year. Still in high risk group around 25% is till never tested for HIV/AIDS before.

It is estimated that around 33.3 million people live with the HIV virus or are tested as HIV+ globally, among them around 2.6 million were infected in 2009. In India around 2.3 million people live with HIV+/AIDS said the WHO report.

Click read more to get more information about programmes and awards related to AIDS awareness in India:

India takes 2-0 lead in ODI series against New Zealand

Gautam Gambhir
After winning both first one day international at Guwahati and second at Jaipur India takes 2-0 lead in 5 match ODI series between India and New Zealand. New players are selected for the rest of the series as selectors previously picked the squad for first two matches of the series only. Gautam Gambhir is retained as the captain for the rest of the series and Zaheer Khan returned to the squad for the remaining three matches.

India's lead pace-man, Zaheer, who missed the first two matches due to injury is returned and both Sreesanth and Raina are rested for the rest of the series, with rest of the squad remaining as it is under the captaincy of Gambhir.

Selectors have decided to rest four ace players before the south africa series including regular captain of the Indian Cricket Team Mahendra Singh Dhoni and other three top players Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh.

Zaheer missed the third Test match against New Zealand and first two ODIs due to injury in groin during the second Test match of the Test Series at Hyderabad. Now he will be available for the remaining fixtures in the series on December 4th, 7th and 10th.

Parthiv Patel also get his comeback call after six years of gap and will keep the wickets for the fourth and fifth ODI at Bangluru and Chennai respectively. Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma will also get the chance to play in 4th and 5th ODI as he was dropped after the Sri Lanka series.

Opposition demands JPC, nothing else

L.K. Advani Blog
Work in the Parliament adjourned for 15th day in row during this winter session due to opposition's constant demand for JPC and nothing else in the 2G spectrum scam involving former Telecom Minister A. Raja and others. NDA (National Democratic Alliance) led by BJP today declared that they will not settle for anything less than a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC).

Addressing a press conference opposition leader L.K. Advani said that government is indifferent to the problem of corruption and it has affected both governance and society in negative manner. He also added that corruption is one issue that NDA feels very strong about and are ready to take some concrete steps to better governance.

The All-party meeting on Tuesday failed to break the more than 10 days long logjam that has almost deadlocked both upper and lower house of the Indian Parliament over the biggest scam in Indian history till date involving unfair alllocation of spectrum in 2G to certain mobile companies by former Telecom Minister A. Raja. Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned for one more day today with opposition constantly demanding for JPC and nothing less.

Advani also added that Mr P.J. Thomas, Central Vigilance Commisioner appointed by central government, who refused to step down, has recused himself from investigations but the fact that he won't resign justifys BJP's stand and shows that government is not serious about corruption especially CWG and 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Radia tapes' impact

After Supreme court of India suggested to protect and make tapes (telephonic conversations) public more secrets are going to be revealed soon. Tuesday night Barkha Dutt faced the panel of editors who questioned her about her role in the controversial Radia tapes that were made public first by Open magazine and later by Outlook magazine.

This tapes after going public have caused embarrassment in journalism circles as they have top editors of media houses, such as Barkha Dutt, Vir Sanghvi, Prabhu Chawla and M.K. Venu, having dubious conversations with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia. Few believe that journalists are involved in powerbroking and helping lobbyist to get in touch with the certain sections of government. The editors who are part of the controversy, however, have strongly denied the allegations against them.

Panel for Tuesday's special unedited telecast was comprised of experts from the field of journalism like:

Advisory Editorial Director HT Media Vir Sanghvi
Editor-in-chief The Hindu N Ram
Political Editor Open magazine Hartosh Singh Bal
Consulting partner Perfect Relations Dilip Cherian
Editor Languages India Today Prabhu Chawla
Editorial Director India Today M.J. Akbar

Little excerpt on the YouTube, full video can be downloaded or viewed at NDTV website:

Wikileaks website off Amazon servers

Wikileaks Website Homepage
On Wednesday wikileaks said that Amazon Inc. has stopped allowing it to host website of amazon's servers following pressure from US congress. Wikileaks recently leaked State Department and cables of american embassy to public domain bringing embarrassment to state department. This happened due to heavy political pressure that faced recently after whistle blower wikileaks cable release.

WikiLeaks said in a Twitter message it had been ousted by the Seattle online retailer Amazon Inc. who provided servers for the wikileaks website hosting and is also into the online hosting business. In a message on the website wikileaks said: "if Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books."

Availability of wikileaks website has been patchy since Sunday, when it started to come under a series of internet-based botnet and other attacks by unknown hackers probabely based in united states. Wikileaks has now moved servers to Europe and in a twitter response it said: "WikiLeaks servers at Amazon ousted. Free speech the land of the free – fine our $ are now spent to employ people in Europe."
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