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$108m for HIV prevention projects

first_img27 November 2009South Africa has secured an additional US$108-million (about R818-million) from the Global Fund to finance its HIV prevention projects over the next five years, which Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says has come at the right time, given the current financial environment.“This is very important for us as we try to mobilise additional resources for our response to the epidemic,” said Motlanthe, who is also chairperson of the South African National Aids Council.Motlanthe was addressing a plenary session of the council in Pretoria this week.National strategic plan reviewThe funding was made available after South Africa’s application to the Global Fund under a submission entitled “Leveraging partnerships to achieve the objectives of the national strategic plan”.Delegates attending the session were also briefed on the preliminary findings of the midterm review of the plan – the country’s blueprint to combating HIV/Aids.“This review took place alongside a United Nations led review of the health sector’s HIV programme as well as an analysis of our state of readiness to conduct mass counselling and testing,” Motlanthe said.He said the review focused on progress towards achieving the key objectives of the plan as well as the institutional arrangements at national, provincial and local levels to implement the plan“We acknowledge that the review team had a short timeframe to conduct the review and that a bit more work needs to be done to finalise the report,” he said.Challenges, HIV/Aids treatmentThe report found that while levels of knowledge about HIV are high, behaviour change remained a challenge. “Condom use has increased but we need to increase the consistent use of condoms significantly,” Motlanthe said.Regarding treatment, he said more than 700 000 patients were receiving treatment, but that the figure represented only 50% of those who need to be treated.The review found that the health system needs to be strengthened to ensure increased access to care and for services to be integrated with within the public health sector and between the public and private health sectors.“We really need to ensure that we mobilise and align all our resources to meet our targets. There are also challenges with regard to information about the epidemic. We collect lots of data but do not use the information intelligently to monitor progress,” Motlanthe said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Going into overdrive

first_imgMultinational players stepping on the gas, emission norms breathing in fresh air, existing marketshares getting redefined… these are exciting times for the Indian automobile industry. The Indian car buyer never had it so good. Riding on competitive pricing and an array of new cars and models to choose from, the,Multinational players stepping on the gas, emission norms breathing in fresh air, existing marketshares getting redefined… these are exciting times for the Indian automobile industry.The Indian car buyer never had it so good. Riding on competitive pricing and an array of new cars and models to choose from, the middle-class car buyer has moved into overdrive mode, ready to hitch his wagon to “The Great Indian Car Bazaar”.Starting December 1998, when Maruti slashed the prices of its best selling 800, Zen and Omni models, the price war to capture the Indian middle-class’ mindshare has entered a decisive phase. Could this finally be India’s promised “Second Automotive Revolution”?The signs look promising as the auto industry is investing close to Rs 30,000 crore on projects in India. The sales figures for the first five months of 1999 indicate a boom.JK Steel RadialsJK Tyre was the first tyre company to launch steel radials in India wayback in 1977. Today, it is the only manufacturer in the country of thehi-tech T-rated and H-rated steel radials – the Ultima and the Ultima210H tyres that can sustain very high speeds even in trying roadconditions.Backed by an all-India service network and theassurance of being the largest supplier of tyres to car manufacturers,steel radials from JK Tyre are the best bet for your vehicle, whateverits make or brand.JK steel-belted radials give more than 5 percent fuel savings, made possible by their ply construction where cordsare laid radially. This means they flex easily without internal stress,so less energy is spent, thus saving you precious fuel.Use JKradial tubes with them as they are made of butyl rubber for better airretention, have a 30 per cent higher joint strength and fit snugly intoJK radials with no excess stretch to cause air loss. Retreaded JKsteel-belted radial tyres give much more mileage than retreaded ordinary bias tyres.JK Tyre radials provide greater comfort to motorists as the supple sidewalls of the tyres act as shock absorbers for thesuspension.This makes your ride more comfortable even at high speeds.The January to May 1999 sales of 47,578 cars in the small car segment is 19 per cent higher than for the same period in 1998 and 21 per cent more than for the same period in 1997.advertisementAlso, the total passenger car sales (2,07,654) in the first five months of 1999 was 14 per cent more than the corresponding figure for the same period last year (1,78,219).Some industry analysts even feel that, for the first time, India’s annual car sales will soon cross the half million mark. With the entry of Hyundai’s Santro, Daewoo’s Matiz, Fiat’s Uno and Tata’s Indica, the mini car segment is set to explode by nearly four times to about 2,20,000 cars this year.The new car boom has spawned a boom in the second-hand car market too. With old cars becoming even cheaper, many two-wheeler owners can now afford to buy a car. These buyers will create a demand for improved new cars.Maruti Udyog Ltd, with its large customer base and a strong support system of showrooms, dealer workshops and authorised service outlets, makes the maintenance of your car a no-worry proposition.Maruti promises its customers a wide range of cars to suit different lifestyles and needs. Among the new entrants, Daewoo Motors India Ltd (DMIL) has already invested close to Rs 4,000 crore in its venture besides setting up a fully equipped state-of-the-art R&D facility.Its current range of cars – Matiz, Cielo Executive and Nexia – are environment friendly and conform to Euro I and Euro II norms.Daewoo’s recently launched small car Matiz takes special care of your safety needs. It is fitted with two-stage bumpers not available in any other car in its segment. It also has non-jamming doors to absorb impacts.The car is also fitted with defrosters for the outside rearview mirror and offers a remote fuel-lid opener. Matiz has not only caught the fancy of motorists and buyers across the globe, but also stolen the hearts of artists, designers, and architects.The car recently won two international awards, the Italian automobile magazine Quattroroute’s “the absolute winner” and the leading German auto magazine Auto Motor Sport’s “third best car in the world”. Matiz had earlier won two coveted world awards – the best small car at the British International Motor Show and the most beautiful car at the L’Automobile Pin Bella del Mondo contest in Italy.Allied Motors, located in Connaught Place, one of India’s leading dealers in Maruti cars and components, has won great acclaim by offering value-added services like priority allotment for corporate houses and customised Esteem cars.advertisementIts world-class quality standards in service and spares can be discerned from the fact that it is an ISO 9002 certified company. Its state-of-the-art workshop for Maruti cars is located in west Delhi.Some of the facilities it offers are computerised engine analyser, computerised wheel alignment, latest wheel balancing arrangements, exhaust gas analysers, door pickup facility for Zen and Esteem customers, standby cars in case repairs take more than 48 hours and Italian paint booths which have more than 2,000 shades for your car.Maintenance TipsAlthough the MAXImum prescribed limit for changing the filter and engine oil is 7,500 km, to be on the safe side they should be changed every 3,000 km. “Stick to the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule and get your vehicle serviced from an authorised service station,” advises automobile expert Rajeev Khanna. A recommended oil minimises engine wear and tear, lowers maintenance costs and improves fuel efficiency.ServicingGet your car serviced only from authorised service stations at specified intervals. Khanna also feels that a consumer should ask his dealer for a service manual.Check the engine oil level once every two weeks. Also, check the levels of coolant and water in the radiator and battery.Always use genuine spare parts. The air-cleaner element has a recommended change interval of 30,000 km, but should be inspected at 15,000 km if you drive in dusty conditions. The same change interval applies to the crank case ventilation filter or positive crank case ventilation valve and the automatic transmission fluid.Give your car an anti-rust coating before monsoons. And if you have to leave it in storage, don’t forget to add fuel stabilisers and a tank corrosion inhibitor.Avoid accelerating and braking abruptly.Shut off the engine whenever you expect to wait for long and avoid carrying an extra load in the trunk.Drive at a moderate speed of 45-55 kmph to maximise fuel efficiency.Use air-conditioning only when necessary.Ensure compatibility between the right speed and the corresponding gears.Avoid riding on the clutch pedal, and release the clutch pedal fully while driving.Maintain optimum airpressure in your tyres to improve mileage.Tips on tyre safety by JK tyreMake sure you use the correct tyre size and rim size as specified by the manufacturer. Radial tyres are suitable for Indian roads as they provide better grip and handling.Check your tyres for proper rotation. The right kind of rotation is essential for an extended tyre life and for creating an even -wear and tear.Check your tyres for uneven tread wear. This is normally an indication of misalignment.Get regular wheel-balancing and alignment done.In the interest of safety, it is better to replace old tyres with new ones than to go for cold-retreading.Never buy tyres from roadside sellers as these are second-hand tyres, and may even be stolen. By using them you compromise on your safety.During monsoons make sure that your tyres have a good tread and are not “bald”. advertisementlast_img read more