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English Release 1-October 2014
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  • President's Secretariat
  • President Congratulates Medal Winners in Asian Games 2014

  • Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan in Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • President Expresses Condolences Over Loss of Lives Due to Crash of Army Helicoper in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
  • New E-Payment Gateway System with Additional Features for Online Booking of Visits to Rashtrapati Bhavan Launched

  • Message to the Nation from the President on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti
  • President Expresses condolences over loss of lives due to collision of trains near Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • President’s Durga Puja Greetings
  • Vice President's Secretariat
  • VICE PRESIDENT RELEASES BOOK “NEHRU GAZING AT TOMORROW” BY DR. H.R.BHARDWAJ
  • Vice President Greets Citizens on Dussehra
  • Vice President Confers ‘Sir Ross Masood Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership, Education, Community & Public Service-2014’ to Shri Saiyid Hamid
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM sanctions ex-gratia for victims of train accident near Gorakhpur District, Uttar Pradesh
  • PM expresses condolences over loss of lives due to collision of trains near Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • Text of Remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Joint Press Briefing with President Barack Obama
  • English Rendering of Remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Joint Press Briefing with President Barack Obama
  • Joint Statement during the visit of Prime Minister to USA
  • Election Commission
  • Gaming Your Way to Democracy: ECI Launches Video Game to Educate Voters
  • Min of Civil Aviation
  • Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation Launched the Massive Cleanliness Campaign under “Swachh Bharat Mission” at Airports across the Country.
  • Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • Ram Villas Paswan undertakes surprise checks to see cleanliness in his Ministry
  • Min of Corporate Affairs
  • CCI issues order against Super Cassettes Industries Limited for abusing dominant position, imposes penalty of Rs. 2.83crores
  • Min of Defence
  • Defence Accounts Department Celebrates Its 267th Anniversary
  • Air Marshal Jajgeet Singh takes over as Air Officer-in-Charge maintenance at Air Headquarters
  • 24th Edition of Ind-Indo Corpat Concludes
  • Min of Earth Science
  • Swachh Bharat Campaign at Ministry of Earth Sciences Launched by Dr. Jitendra Singh Amid A Call to Participate in the Cleanliness Drive Whole Heartedly
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Exchange Rate of Foreign Currency Relating to Imported and Export Goods Notified
  • Auction for Sale (Re-Issue) of Government Stocks
  • Different Departments of Ministry of Finance to take Coordinated actions to make Swatchh Bharat Campaign a Great Success; Action Plan Drawn to keep the Office Premises Neat and Clean; Goal is to Provide an Aesthetic and Congenial Working Atmosphere for one and all
  • Due Date of Deposit of Tax Deducted at Source/Tax Collected at Source during the Month of September, 2014 extended from 7th October, 2014 to 10th October, 2014
  • Repayment of 7.56% Government Stock 2014 and 11.83% Government Stock 2014 on November 03, 2014 and November 12, 2014 Respectively
  • Min of Food Processing Industries
  • Swachhta Abhiyaan Launched in Ministry of Food Processing Industries
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • “Combine Ram Lila revelry with health checks”: Dr Harsh Vardhan
  • Large turnout on National Voluntary Blood Donation Day
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Cleanliness Drive in the Ministry of Home Affairs Under ‘Swachh Bharat’ Campaign
  • PIO Card valid for Life Time
  • Show Cause Notices to Associations for not Filing Mandatory Annual Return
  • Min of Human Resource Development
  • Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani Releases a Handbook – Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya
  • Min of New and Renewable Energy
  • MOU Signed for First Ever Offshore Wind Power Project in India
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2014
  • Early closure of some Government Offices today
  • The President of India authorises Shri Rajiv as Central Vigilance Commissioner
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • “Mission Swachh Bharat”
  • Daily Crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 95.34/bbl on 30.09.2014
  • Min of Power
  • Message of Piyush Goyal on the Eve of Launch of “Swachh Bharat Mission”
  • Power, Coal, MNRE PSUs to Construct 50,000 Toilets in Schools
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Railway Minister Expresses his Profound Grief Over the Loss of Innocent Lives in Train Accident Near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh launches campaign of ‘Swatchh Bharat Mission’ in the Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Min of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports
  • ‘Punarjagaran’- Mass Awakening Campaign for youth to be launched on 2nd October, 2014
  • India’s Performance on Day 12 of Asian Games 2014
  • Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • National Awards for Senior Citizens – Vayoshreshtha Samman 2014 presented
  • Thaawar Chand Gehlot flags off Walkathon on the International Day of Older Persons

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare14-December, 2007 17:7 IST
HIV Counselling and testing under the National AIDS Control Programme
Dr Kunal Saha, contracted by the World Bank as a member of the team for review of World Bank aided health programmes, including the National AIDS Control Programme Phase II, during the period 1999 to 2006 has been making accusations regarding the use of substandard kits in the National AIDS Control Programme in India. This has been reported by some newspapers also. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) strongly refutes these allegations, as the conclusions drawn by him are not based on scientific facts.

The HIV rapid test kits were not used in any blood bank as mentioned by him. He has cited 10 instances as being erroneous where the first test proved positive. However, neither the second or third test provided a positive result. He has alleged that the kit used for the second test is not of quality. However, NACO confirms that the kit used for the second test in question is a pre-qualified World Health Organisation (WHO) kit. The obvious interpretation of the results is that the algorithm worked properly in eliminating false positives.

The documents cited by Dr Saha have been reviewed by Dr Robert Martin, associate Director, Coordinating Centre for Health and Information Services, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USA who is also of the view that there is no evidence of use of poor quality HIV test kits in India and his allegations have no basis.

Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTCs) have been established under the National AIDS Control Programme to provide relevant information and test individuals for HIV infection. There are at present more than 4310 ICTCs in the country in medical colleges, district hospitals and community health centres. The number of individuals tested has increased from 1.8 million in 2004 to over 5.5 million in 2007. The testing is done by using rapid test kits of high sensitivity and specificity. If a positive test is detected, the serum sample is tested again with two other kits using different principles to rule out false positive results. A positive report is given only if all three tests are positive. The testing is in accordance with international guidelines of the WHO and UNAIDS.

Blood banks normally use Eliza kits, except in exceptional cases when rapid test kits are used. The blood is discarded if the first test is positive. The concerned individual is also advised to visit the ICTC for counselling and testing.

The kits for the first test are procured by National AIDS Control Organisation and kits for the confirmatory tests by the concerned State AIDS Control Societies. The procurement is done following the laid down government guidelines. Dr. Saha has no credible evidence to support his accusation of use of sub-standard kits in India.

KR/SK/NACO - 197
(Release ID :34037)

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