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When the man brings home the virus
Choosing to abstain or have safe sex is not an option for millions of faithful but powerless women in a marriage.


`C' is not for condoms
A FOR Abstinence, B for Be Faithful and C for the Catholic Church stands for anything but condoms. Come April, that is going to be the official line of thinking of the Indian Catholic Church as it gears up to take on the monster called AIDS. ...
Custom cuts out the risk
IN CAMEROON and Zimbabwe men and women have multiple sexual partners, low condom use and high incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. This combination should be a fertile ground for very high HIV incidence. Ironically, Cameroon has an ...
In search of a secret weapon
THE ABC strategy — abstinence, be faithful and use condoms — to prevent HIV infections takes for granted that women wield the power to negotiate condom use every time. Partner consent, so essential for the condom's success, is a ...
Protecting future generations
The clinical trial underway in Tamil Nadu allows the mothers to breast-feed despite the risk of infecting the baby.
Agriculture

Controlling coconut root wilt
COCONUT (COCOS Nucifera) PRODUCTIVITY in Kerala is as low as 6349 nuts a hectare, mainly because of prevalence of root (wilt) disease, non-adoption of scientific agro-techniques and crop being grown under rainfed condition. Coconut root ...
FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Drought-tolerant maize for northern plains
SCIENTISTS AT the Division of Genetics at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, have developed high-yielding and drought-tolerant maize (Zea mays) that does well in the northern plains. The new maize of medium-maturity ...
Native wild vegetable
ATHALAKKAAI (MOMORDICA tuberosa and Momordica cymbalaria) is a popular vegetable in southern Tamil Nadu. It is cultivated in rainfed black soils. The wild and native vegetable establishes from its tubers after the onset of monsoon ...
FARM QUERIES
Vermi compost
ANSWER: Coconut coir can be separately added but cow dung is necessary for promoting population and also to meet the essential microbial energy requirements of earthworms. Readers are invited to ...
FARM QUERIES
Cashew germination
QUESTION: Can plants germinating from the seeds of cashew fruit be called individual trees? G.V.R. Varma, Vishakapatnam, ANSWER: All the seedlings germinating from the fruits are considered as individual ...

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