HE is already the world’s most generous individual benefactor, giving more to charitable causes than the US government. Now Bill Gates has given the largest single boost to the worldwide search for an AIDS vaccine.
The Microsoft founder pledged $ 100 million to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He has teamed up with the Internet company, Yahoo!, which donated an extra $ 5 million.
This is one of the single biggest donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a charitable foundation with assets of more than $ 21 billion. Its aim is to share advances in medicine with developing countries.
In the past two months, the
foundation, run by Gates’ father, has given $ 25 million for AIDS
prevention in Nigeria, and $ 15 million to develop drugs for African
sleeping sickness. It also supports the global effort to eradicate
polio. Gates has pledged to donate more than $ 1 billion a year to
charitable causes, and last year gave away $ 1.44 billion.
Reprint of Web book released
THE first online reprint (second issue) of a Web book by an Indian "Towards a Perfect Democracy – Alternatives" was released last week.
The book by Hemant Goswami is being
claimed to be the first online book by an Indian when it was first
published on the Web in August last year. The hardcopy version of the
book had been released in November 1999.