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Turkmenistan to start work on $10 billion TAPI project

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Ashgabat: According to Khaama press, Turkmenistan, the building of the long-delayed $10 billion TAPI gas pipeline, running from Turkmenistan to India via Pakistan, is likely start in December.

photo credit: www.thehindu.com
photo credit: www.thehindu.com

The work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is expected to start early in December, Khaama press quoted an official in Turkmenistan.

Supported by the US and Asian Development Bank, the gas pipeline will help Turkmenistan to find new consumers in Asia via Afghanistan.

The official said, “The Turkmen stretch of the pipeline to the Afghanistan border will be built by a (Turkmen) oil and gas pipeline construction firm.”

The official also said international energy companies will join TAPI project at a later stage.

Having a length of 1,735 km (1,084 mile), the construction work of the pipeline is expected to be completed in three years.

It is also expected that the pipeline will last for 30 years with a proposed annual capacity of 33 bcm of gas.

TAPI pipeline will run more than 700 km across Afghanistan on its way to Pakistan and India.

The pipeline would contain gas from Turkmenistan’s mammoth Galkynysh field, the world’s second-largest reservoir of natural gas.

(IANS)

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More Than 7,000 People in Afghanistan Infected with HIV: WHO Report

Another HIV patient Omar, said: "If we go to hospitals and tell them that we have HIV Aids, they don't treat us."

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A study by WHO revealed that most of the European women with HIV are diagnosed at a late stage. Wikimedia Commons

Some 7,200 people in Afghanistan were estimated to be HIV positive, according to figures released by the the World Health Organization (WHO).

Marking World Aids Day, the WHO on Sunday called for a broader public awareness campaign in Afghanistan to deal with the issue, reports TOLO News.

But the Afghan Ministry of Public Health said that it registered only 2,883 cases of HIV in the country.

“According to our statistics, there are 2,883 cases of HIV registered in the country. The 7,200 cases reported by the World Health Organization are only an estimate,” said Fida Mohammad Paikan, deputy minister of public health.

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Stimulation of the wound healing response during early infection could have a protective effect against disease like AIDS from the HIV infection. Pixabay

Referring to factors behind the spread of the virus, Paikan said: “Last year the Ministry of Public Health registered 183 cases of HIV, and the figure has decreased to 150 new cases this year. But we need to undertake a comprehensive study to determine the exact number of those suffering from the disease.”

Victims however, have complained of social discrimination.

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Mohammad Idris, who contracted the disease from an infected needle during a drug injection, told TOLO News: “We are facing a lot of problems because we cannot share about our illness with others.”

Another HIV patient Omar, said: “If we go to hospitals and tell them that we have HIV Aids, they don’t treat us.” (IANS)