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World Event Diary – 25th July 2012, Wednesday

Cognizant’s expansion in Phillipines

Cognizant has expanded its operations in the Philippines by opening a new delivery centre in Pasig City, Metro Manila. The centre can accommodate around 1,000 professionals, and will deliver a full range of applications. Cognizant began operations in the Philippines in December 2009 to provide business process services to its global clients.

International AIDS Conference : HIV challenges

At the ongoing International AIDS Conference, it was admitted that the world continues to face serious challenges in checking the spread of the epidemic.

Jim Yong Kim praised the role of NGOs in the fight against HIV/AIDS, it was the first time a President of the World Bank had addressed the Conference. Lawyers Collective in India found a special mention in his speech.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the U.S. will contribute an additional $157 million to the fight against HIV-AIDS. Apart from this, the U.S. would be contributing an additional $40 million to support South Africa’s voluntary medical circumcision plans; an additional $80 million to ensure adequate treatment for HIV-positive pregnant women; for implementation research, country-specific programmes and civil-society support targeting vulnerable and high-risk populations across the world, another $37 million have been announced.

Beijing asked to censor the art show

An art work of one of Beijing’s most well-known art galleries received a censorship request from the Indian government officials. It was at the “Indian Highway” contemporary art show, curated by Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist of London’s Serpentine Gallery which has been displayed in more than four countries since its inception in 2008 in the British capital. Then after travelling to Oslo, Lyon and Rome, it opened in Beijing on June 23 and has become the biggest ever display of Indian art in China, having attracted around 10,000 guests at once.

Alongwith the work of 29 artists it also includes a four-minute video installation that features interviews, discussing the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002. The host gallery has been told to remove the installation by the Indian government, citing that it had some “politically controversial overtones.”