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General Information

BBC Profile: India
The BBC's profile on India provides readers with information on India's history, its political leadership, its demographic landscape and its major media outlets. Users can also access an interactive timeline of India's modern history, from the beginnings of British colonial rule to present-day territorial skirmishes with Pakistan.

CIA Factbook: India
The CIA Factbook, which is updated frequently throughout the year, offers a comprehensive profile of India, from its historical origins and ethnic composition to its political and economic landscape.

India's Ministry of Tourism
This Web site, maintained by India's Ministry of Tourism, provides useful information about traveling in India. Of particular interest are the site's city guides, which offer readers a concise description of some of India's largest cities.

Directory of Indian Government Web sites
This portal site directs users to various official Web sites maintained by the Indian government. Users can find links to leading politicians and the Indian judiciary and legislature as well as to government organizations focused on sports and culture.

The Prime Minister's Office
This is the official Web site of India's prime minister, who is, as of May 2004, Dr. Manmohan Singh. The site contains a profile of the prime minister, copies of his speeches, descriptions of his recent initiatives and more.

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AIDS in India

UNAIDS -- the AIDS task force of the United Nations -- provides comprehensive information about AIDS in India, including figures about the Indian government's response to the disease. The site is also searchable by other countries and regions.

World Bank
In this November 2003 report, the World Bank argues that the spread of AIDS in India could significantly hurt the country's development if not aggressively combated. The report notes that the epidemic has entered the general population in six of India's 28 states and is spreading from urban to rural areas.

The Kaiser Network: AIDS in India
The Kaiser Foundation Web site contains numerous in-depth fact sheets and reports on AIDS in India and other parts of the world. The site also features headline news stories about AIDS-related developments in India and links to information resources.

Avert: India
This Web site from Avert, an international AIDS charity, provides assessments of the spread of AIDS in different Indian states. Users can also find historical information about the origins of AIDS in India.

SAATHII: Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India
This is the official Web site of SAATHII, a nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to foster dialogue in India among those living with AIDS and those providing treatment and education, such as health-care professionals, policy makers and educators. SAATHII's Web site features news about AIDS-related events and conferences within India as well as information about available services and treatment.

NACO: National AIDS Control Organization
This Web site is maintained by India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It offers official information about programs and policies implemented to combat the spread of AIDS inside India, including, among others, a link to the National AIDS Control Program, which was launched by the Indian government in 1987.

"Could AIDS Explode in India?"
This April 2004 report from The Economist argues that India is at a crucial crossroads. Its failure to take immediate action, such as implementing broad-scale education campaigns, could result in a pandemic exploding on its doorstep and spreading to Pakistan and Bangladesh, thereby threatening nearly a quarter of the world's population with HIV/AIDS.

"AIDS in India"
This assessment of the AIDS situation in India, published as an op-ed for The Seattle Times in April 2004, was written by Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds worldwide HIV/AIDS programs. The report warns that
the AIDS epidemic threatens to undermine India's economic and technological progress, and says that women must play more of a role in India's HIV-prevention programs. Registration is required to read this article.

"HIV/AIDS in India"
This series of articles, published in April 2004 by Science Magazine, examines India's HIV/AIDS situation, including the roles of sex workers, needle use, and the Indian government’s research efforts. These articles are part of a larger series about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Asia. Registration is required to read this article.

"AIDS Threatens India's Progress on Tuberculosis"
NPR's streaming audio report, filed by Brenda Wilson in November 2002, discusses how the advance of AIDS may threaten to undo all the progress that the Indian government has made in containing the spread of tuberculosis.

"AIDS in India"
In NPR's streaming audio report from 2001, Michael Sullivan assesses the AIDS situation in India. Some 4 million people are infected with HIV in India, yet Sullivan describes how AIDS takes a backseat to other health concerns in this nation of more than 1 billion people.

Yahoo! Groups: AIDS-India eForum
This Yahoo! Groups bulletin board contains more than 3,000 postings related to AIDS in India and typically receives several a day.

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General AIDS

Newshour: The AIDS Crisis
This report contains information on the broad impact of the AIDS epidemic as well as medical news and information about AIDS-related costs. The page contains a link to a June 2001 Newshour report on the spread of AIDS in India, with focus on the sex trade and the health-care system.

"Surviving AIDS"
The companion Web site to the February 2, 1999, NOVA production "Surviving AIDS" details the scientific innovations being made to keep HIV-infected people from developing AIDS. It includes a multimedia feature that explores the human body's efforts to fight off an infection; a description of the life cycle of the human immunodeficiency virus; world maps about prevalence rates; and a discussion with some of the world's leading AIDS researchers.

"U.N. Updates Status of World AIDS Crisis"
NPR's report, filed by Brenda Wilson in November 2003, profiles a U.N. study that showed a drop in worldwide HIV infections, from 42 million to 40 million.

BBC News: The Global Spread of HIV
This interactive feature explores the spread of HIV around the world from the outbreak of the epidemic in the early 1980s, with special focus on Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, where the disease is expected to spread most rapidly. The site also looks at future projections and the impact that prevention programs could have if implemented.

"The Future of AIDS"
This article, featured on the Web site of the American Enterprise Institute, argues that the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic is poised to shift to Eurasia, where exploding populations and widespread poverty have created ideal conditions for the spread of HIV. The implications of a Eurasian pandemic are enormous, the article argues, since the spread of HIV could cause political turmoil in a region of the world that boasts several nuclear powers and million-soldier armies.

Aegis: Global HIV News
With more than 1 million files in its database, Aegis is one of the largest sources of AIDS-related news from around the world. The online bulletin board updates hourly and contains a vast array of health, community and legal resources.

Science Blog
Science Blog contains postings on dozens of scientific categories, including HIV/AIDS. Topics include health products, HIV testing, youth, teens and women.

UNICEF: Voices of Youth
Voices of Youth provides resources for young people looking for information about HIV/AIDS. The U.N.-sponsored site was originally designed to let young people send messages to world leaders at the World Summit for Social Development in 1995. Voices of Youth contains AIDS-related facts, stories and a discussion board.

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Media Resources

The Times of India
The Times of India, which traces its origins to 1838, bills itself as India's largest English-language daily, with a circulation of more than 2 million. It is published in 10 cities across India, offering financial and political news as well as cultural and entertainment features.

Hindustan Times
The Hindustan Times publishes national and international news in several daily editions, including a United Kingdom edition. It also features a popular section on cricket and, Asia's first e-tabloid.

The Deccan Herald
The Deccan Herald was founded in 1948, shortly after independence, to chronicle the lives of people in Bangalore, India's fifth-largest city. This daily newspaper reports on both national and local news. It also publishes supplemental sections on education, city living, fine arts and women's issues.

India Today
India Today is a weekly newsmagazine covering everything from commerce to sports to science to law.

Doordarshan Television
Doordarshan Television is one of India's leading television stations, reaching nearly 80 million homes with 23 different channels. This Web site offers news coverage as well as a live streaming newscast.

New Delhi Television
Formed in 1988, New Delhi Television was India's first --and is its largest -- private producer of television programming. It offers entertainment and sports programming as well as two 24-hour news channels, one in English and the other in Hindi. The Web site also offers online news coverage, polls and message boards.

All India Radio
This is the Web site of India's government-run radio station, which broadcasts in 27 languages and 146 dialects and reaches more than 90 percent of the country.

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