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  • Water and environment: Cross-state water supply link will not be stopped by political maneuvering, says CM. Moving to Varanasi, the National Water Conference is underway. Finally, in protest to the company’s water usage and other environmental abuses, a UP community shuts down Coca-Cola Plant.
  • Research: First government funded stem cell research center established in Tamil Nadu
  • Government Pay: Armed Services chiefs target the Pay Commission’s recommendations. Railway workers intend to do the same.
  • Foreign Relations and Olympics: India continues to play it safe with regard to Dalai Lama and China, urging the spiritual leader to not ruffle any feathers.
  • Health: Predictions have the HIV-AIDS population to be 15% of total in Asia by 2020 without stepped up action
  • Energy: Biogass power plant to be built in Oddanchatram

Unaddressed Opportunity: Public Image of HIV/AIDS Victims

Here is one issue that needs substantial help — stigma placed upon those individuals infected with HIV/AIDS in India and the creation of a media and education campaign to help dispel such discrimination.

On Sify today, an article highlights that the Health Ministry is contemplating the appointment of a “health ombudsperson in all its districts to curb the growing discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients.” The goal of such an official is to leverage the resources of the state and listen to complaints in every district and call for audits.

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