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Gates to visit India for AIDS projects

New Delhi (PTI): Microsoft chief Bill Gates will visit India from November 11 to 14, leading a high-level delegation of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to see ongoing projects on AIDS funded by the foundation.

Gates will be in the country to see some of the challenges and exemplary initiatives underway to prevent HIV transmission, a statement by the Seattle-based foundation said here on Sunday.

He is expected to announce a long-term strategic commitment to support the countryís efforts in checking the spread of HIV, it added.

Gates will visit partnership project sites in Andhra Pradesh for which the foundation has given $ 25 million as grant. It is a venture between Childrenís Vaccine Programme at Path (Programme for Appropriate Technologies in Health) and the state government. The project aims at introducing Hepatitis-B vaccine and strengthening the overall immunisation programme in the state.

The foundationís global health programme focuses on reducing health inequalities by speeding up development, deployment and sustainability of health interventions that would save lives and reduce the disease burden in developing countries.

The foundation is dedicated to improving peopleís lives by sharing advances in health and learning with the global community. It has an endowment of $ 24 billion and is led by Gatesís father, William H. Gates.

Gangster kin denied passport

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has directed underworld don Chhota Rajanís brother Deepak Nikalje to implead the city police as a respondent to his petition which urged the renewal of his passport.

The direction was given on Saturday by Justices R.M. Lodha and Dilip Bhonsale, who decided to hear the police on October 17, as Nikaljeís passport had not been renewed on the basis of adverse reports from the police.

On September 26, the Union government had justified its decision to not renew Nikaljeís passport as there were adverse police reports against him and that he was Chhota Rajanís brother.

However, the government did not state what the adverse reports were and hence the court sought police information to find out what material they had against Nikalje. As the police has been made a respondent in the case, they will have to inform the court of the adverse reports against Nikalje, his lawyer Satish Maneshinde said.

Telco director robbed

Pune (PTI): Robbers attacked the car of executive director of Telco V. Sumantran at Vadgaon Mawal on the Pune-Mumbai expressway on Saturday night. They injured his driver and decamped with the directorís palm-top computer, cellular phone and tape recorder, police said. The director, however, escaped unhurt. His driver Anil Rajguru has been admitted to Lokmanya Hospital in Nigdi.

Sumantran was proceeding towards Pune from Mumbai when one of the car tyres burst as it ran over some sharp objects. When his driver got down to replace the tyre, the robbers attacked him.

Club raided

Madurai (PTI): Police raided a club and seized around Rs 65,000 from people who were allegedly gambling. Police said they intervened when a brawl broke out among the card players.

Chhota Rajan men

Mumbai (PTI): Disbelieving police, a sessions court has acquitted four members of Chhota Rajanís gang, who were facing charges of preparing for a dacoity and possessing firearms. The police got a tip-off that members of Chhota Rajanís gang would assemble near a hotel on S.V. Road on October 24, 1993. Accordingly, a trap was laid and four men arrested.

Tremors in Haryana

New Delhi (PTI): An earthquake of slight intensity was felt in Haryana on Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department said. The quake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale hit the region at latitude 29.1 degree north and longitude 76.9 degree east at 8.58 am.

Detonator on track

Salem (PTI): An electronic detonator was recovered from the Chennai-Salem railway track at Karuppur. Police with the help of sniffer dogs located the detonator after an anonymous caller alerted them.

Mumbai riot case

Mumbai (PTI): A court acquitted six Shiv Sainiks facing the charge of stabbing to death a member of a minority community during communal riots in 1993. The men had barged into a house on January 12, 1993, and dragged two men out to assault them.


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