Friday, February 14, 2014

Global Compact Network India and Accenture publish India CEO study on sustainability


NEW DELHI, India; Feb. 14, 2014 – Two thirds of CEOs of Indian companies say that sustainability is very important to the future success of their business, but less than half (44 percent) think business is making sufficient efforts to address global sustainability challenges, according to a new report published today by Global Compact Network India (GCNI) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN).

The report, “UN Global Compact – Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability 2013: Insights from CEOs in the Global Compact Network India”, was launched by Mr. Veerappa Moily, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, at Global Compact Network India's 9th National Convention at ITC Maurya. The National Convention is the largest gathering of CEOs, country managing directors and senior officials from public and private sector and civil society organizations to discuss issues of sustainability and corporate social responsibility in India.


The report is based on interviews and inputs from a range of CEOs of leading Indian corporations across sectors and draws comparison with the global CEO study on sustainabilityconducted by the UNGC and Accenture in 2013, the largest ever conducted with more than global 1,000 CEOs. For the India report, the Accenture and UN team gathered the views of 32 high profile Indian CEOs and Global Compact members across sectors.   


Among the most significant differences between Indian CEOs and their counterparts elsewhere is the importance of communities in driving business responses on sustainability, according to the report.  Sixty three percent of the respondents to the India survey believe that in the next few years communities will have the greatest impact on the way businesses will manage societal expectations, versus 28 percent of CEOs globally and just 7 percent in China.  The report also reveals that only 16 percent of the CEO sample in India say consumer demand is motivating them to take action on sustainability, versus the global average of 47 percent.


Mr Sudhir Vasudeva, President, GCNI said, “This is the first time that we have managed to replicate the UNGC Accenture Global Study in India. It is interesting to see how on some levels the thoughts on Indian CEOs completely resonate with the global outlook, whereas there are also stark contrasts on some issues. Indian companies realize that it may not be possible to climb-up the sustainability curve by aping practices adopted by developed nations, due to the unique circumstances and challenges that we face. Therefore, they are exploring various options and tailoring global best practices to fit Indian contexts to find their own unique path toward achieving inclusive growth through the sustainability agenda”

The report reveals that, in response to the challenges businesses are facing in addressing sustainability issues, 97 percent of the Indian CEO sample say that an increase in efforts by governments and policymakers to provide an enabling environment for the private sector will be integral to advancing sustainability.


The “Indian CEOs are dealing with a different situation from the their global counterparts on sustainability issues,” said Peter Lacy, Managing Director, Accenture Sustainability and    Business Strategy Services, Asia Pacific, who led the global and India studies.  “They need to balance rapid growth with sustainable development within the political and cultural complexities of the world’s largest democracy. According to the report, communities and governments are viewed as the most important stakeholders in influencing the behavior of businesses in sustainability as opposed to consumers.  That will require businesses and policy makers to more effectively engage with citizens to design the most appropriate approaches to sustainability.”

The CEO Study highlights the ability of ‘Transformational Leaders’ in sustainability to combine market-leading financial performance with sustainability leadership.  It reveals approaches to sustainability by Transformational Leaders. For instance, they regard environmental and sustainable issues as important to the success of their business and reject traditional perceptions of sustainability as philanthropy; they engage effectively with investors and NGOs; and they measure and reward employee performance in sustainability.

The report is in line with the larger agenda of the National Convention on “Transformational Leadership: Ways to Sustainability and Success”. Some of the eminent speakers and guests present for the event include Dr. S.P.S Bakshi, Chairman & MD of Engineering Projects India Ltd. (EPIL), Dr. Arup Roy Choudhary, Chairman & MD of NTPC Limited, Dr. Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO of Yes Bank, Mr. Lalit Gupta, MD and CEO of Essar Oil Limited, Mr. R.N. Nayak, Chairman and MD of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and Mr. Richard Saldanha, Executive Director of Blackstone. 




About Global Compact Network India

Global Compact Network India (GCNI) was formed in November 2003 and was registered as a non-profit society to function as the Indian local network of the UN Global Compact programme. It is the first local network in the world to be established with full legal recognition. GCNI is a country level platform for businesses, civil society organizations, public sector and aids in aligning stakeholders’ practices towards the Ten Universally Accepted Principles of UNGC in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti–corruption. At present, the India network ranks among the top 3, out of the 101 local networks in the world, and has emerged as the largest corporate citizenship and social responsibility organization in the country with a pan India membership of 165 organizations, who have strengthened their commitment to the UN’s Global Compact Principles by becoming proud signatories of the local network, GCNI.

Indonesia’s Mt. Kelud erupts;

Two killed, 2 lakh people evacuated from Java

In Indonesia, two lakh people have been evacuated from their homes on the main island of Java after two volcanic eruptions shook Mount Kelud. Volcanic debris have erupted from the peak blanketing towns and villages across a wide area of eastern Java with up to 5 centimetres of ash. Three major airports were forced to shut down because of low visibility. There are also fears that debris could damage aircraft engines.  Local media reported two people were killed when parts of their homes collapsed

World Book Fair to begin tomorrow

Prez to inaugurate New Delhi World Book Fair to begin tomorrow.
President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the nine-day event.
The theme is Kathasagara: Celebrating Children’s Literature.
Chairman National Book Trust, NBT, A Sethumadhavan told a press conference in New Delhi that more than 11 hundred exhibitors from India
and abroad will display books at around 1760 stalls and 210 stands.
NBT has added a new and an exciting feature for children called Kids-Bubble. It would host magic shows, film screenings,
special art and craft demonstrations for children.
Author Ruskin Bond will be the guest of honour at the fair, which is expected to see discussions, workshops and interactive sessions with authors and illustrators. Our correspondent reports, Poland is the guest country at this year’s fair

India and Poland agree to form Joint Working Group for Co-operation in the Films sector

India and Poland have agreed to expand co-operation in the restoration and digitization of Film archives. This was agreed in a meeting between Secretary I&B, Shri. Bimal Julka and the visiting high level Polish delegation headed by Min. (Ms.) Malgorzata Omilanowska, Secretary of State, here today. Both the countries also agreed to form a Joint Working Group in order to prepare a futuristic road map to enhance co-operation in Films, Animation, Digitization, Student exchange programme and such other areas of mutual benefit.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Julka briefed the delegation about various initiatives of the Ministry in the Films sector such as setting up of National Film Heritage Mission with digitization of film archives, setting up of the Centre of Excellence on Animation, Gaming and Visual effects and the participation in various film festivals by the Ministry to promote India as a filming destination. Both the countries also agreed to further explore  possibilities of signing a co-production agreement in the field of Animation. While appreciating the Ministry’s initiative, the Polish delegation also extended its support for restoration and digitisation of Film Archives.

Kejriwal tables Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly amidst chaos

Defying Lt Governor’s advice, the AAP Government on Friday tabled the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly.
st stiff protests from BJP and Congress members triggering an uproar and forcing adjournment of the House.
Amidst chaos following opposition demands for voting on the LG’s advice to the Assembly against introduction of the Bill without following constitutional procedures, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal got up to say he was tabling the Bill.
Trouble broke out immediately with BJP and Congress members opposing the government’s move and shouted slogans saying the government cannot violate the Constitution.
As shouting and counter shouting continued, Speaker M S Dhir announced that he was allowing tabling of the Bill and wanted discussion at the introduction stage.
Opposition members rushed to the well protesting against the Speaker’s decision resulting in chaos and forcing the Chair to adjourn the House for 20 minutes, the second in the afternoon.

NEW DELHI OF EVERYDAY: Heritage walk and talk by Robinson

Heritage walk and talk by Robinson

“In a time in the city when all seem to be short of time, it is important to pause and reflect on the rich legacy which we have inherited – willingly/unwillingly. It is this pausing which enables us to understand, reflect and comprehend the time that has gone by. This walk and talk has been conceived with the idea of looking at the obvious that we take granted for, walk down memory lanes literally, see the same things in a new light with appreciation of the rich tangible and intangible heritage that we have been fortunate to have.The walk will unravel different layers of the rich history of Delhi. Let me invite you to empirically experience and be part of this living history.”
quotes Robinson
Robinson, an alumnus of St.Stephen’s college, Delhi is a theologian, poet, meditation practitioner, heritage walks expert and an art critic. He describes himself as a traveler in life who intends to journey well. He has been documenting the city, the known and the unknown for the last two decades.

For registration, please send you names, contact number and email Id latest by 19th February 2014 to walk is free of charge so spread a word to your friends and family. 
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New Delhi

India and the World – an Update

India and the World – an Update
A bi-weekly News Digest on India’s Foreign Policy(Volume – 3)
January 30th-February 14th, 2014

Neighbourhood South Asia Pakistan
Result-oriented talks needed to settle issues: Pakistan PTI / Zee News | January 30th, 2014 Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam however said that she was “unaware” of any solution that Pakistan and India were close to on the Kashmir issue.
Pakistan not concerned over India’s role in Afghanistan IANS / Zee News | January 30th, 2014 Pakistani spokesperson Tasnim Aslam welcomed a recent statement from Indian Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid who said that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wanted to improve relations with India.
Weekly briefing: No official word on Indian PM’s visit, says FO The Express Tribune | January 31st, 2014A Pakistani spokesperson confirmed the Indian commerce minister will undertake a two-day visit of Pakistan starting February 16.
Nawaz Sharif invites India for dialogue on Kashmir PTI / Economic Times | February 5th, 2014 The Pakistani Prime Minister stressed that the region will remain in the grip of “mistrust and tension” as long as the Kashmir dispute is not resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Salman Khurshid, Hamid Karzai to meet before polls Mint| February 6th, 2014 Two high-profile projects India is trying to complete by the end of this year are the Afghan parliament building in Kabul and the 42 megawatts (MW) Salma Dam power project on the Hari Rud river in Herat province along the Iran-Turkmenistan border.
Visa-on-arrival facility extended to tourists from 180 countries The Economic Times | February 6th, 2014 Till now visa-on-arrival facility was available to tourists from only 12 countries that included Japan, Finland, Singapore, Indonesia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar.
Drugs and the Golden Triangle: Renewed Concerns for Northeast India Nagaland Post | February 10th, 2014 Huge quantities of illicit narcotics can easily ride the new access routes of greater connectivity and can blow up already existing issues of secured human health and wellbeing of society.
‘Weapon trafficking linked to ULFA not possible without support of Bangladesh govt’ PTI / Times of India | February 12th, 2014 A special tribunal in Chittagong handed down the death penalty to ULFA leader Paresh Barua, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and 12 others for involvement in Bangladesh’s biggest ever weapon haul in 2004.
Nepal eyes tourism spillover from India’s easy visa policy | February 8th, 2014 As part of a major policy reform, the Indian government decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to travellers from nearly 180 countries from this year.
India accepted restructuring of 336 MW Chukha Hydroproject in Bhutan Economic Times | February 10th, 2014 As per announcement made by the prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay, the new rate stands at Rs 2.25 a unit against old rate of Rs 2 for around 1,800 units of power exported to India by Chukkha annually.
Sri Lanka
India, Lanka discuss fishermen, maritime security trilateral Zee News / PTI | January 29th, 2014 Also discussed were issues related to the progress of some of the important long-term developmental projects which are being undertaken by India.
Sri Lanka: Navy arrests 19 Indian fishermen, seizes 5 boat PTI / First Post | February 2nd, 2014 A Navy official said the latest arrest has raised the number of Indians in Sri Lankan captivity since the talks to 57.
Asia Pacific
Dalai Lama asks China to learn from India PTI / DNA | February 3rd, 2014 The Spiritual Leader said that over 3,000 years ago, India had the concept of Ahimsa (non-violence). Because of that it commands respect and complimented India as the living example of religious tolerance and culture.
India, China to discuss incursions, hotline during defence talks PTI / Zee News | February 9th, 2014 There have been several incursions by the Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control even after the two sides signed the BDCA last October.
Joining hands, and dreams The Indian Express | February 10th, 2014 The Chinese state councilor said that the growth of the China-India strategic and cooperative partnership not only serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and peoples, but will also boost peace and prosperity of the world.
India, China discuss CBMs on border issue The Hindu | February 12th, 2014 The BDCA was signed late last year and attempts were made to enhance coordination and iron out possibilities of misunderstanding between the armies along the disputed Line of Actual Control.
The United States
Jaishankar dispels bilateral “problem of sentiment” The Hindu | January 30th, 2014 The Indian Ambassador to the US admitted that this episode had been “truly distressing,” he added that what it did highlight was the need for “greater sensitivity, for better understanding and for stronger oversight of our ties.”
Khobragade-like episodes should be avoided
IANS | February 5th, 2014 In a statement to the Lok Sabha, Salman Khurshid said the dialogue between the two countries “will be held as soon as a mutually agreed agenda and convenient dates for the meeting are finalized”.
India warns US of consequences on visa reform
AFP / Times of India |February 6th, 2014 The Indian Ambassador to the US charged that the changes attacked the business model of India’s showcase IT industry, which he said was making the US economy more competitive by helping companies operate round-the-clock.
India-US partnership would keep growing after poll: Condoleezza Rice IANS / DNA | February 8th, 2014 India and US “must also keep working together on major global challenges, such as addressing the drivers of climate change that have critical implications for every nation,” Rice said.
India-US talks may resume in March The Hindustan Times | February 10th, 2014 New Delhi is keen getting on US technology in the shale gas resource assessments as well as sharing lessons on its exploitation.
US challenges India’s solar export restrictions
PTI / Times of India | February 11th, 2014 As the US trade representative, Mike Froman said the US has requested WTO dispute consultations with India concerning domestic content requirements in phase II of India’s Solar Mission.
We will defend it in WTO, says India The Hindu | February 12th 2014 India’s total solar power installed capacity is 2,000 MWs, up from 2 MW three years ago. At the next NSM meeting scheduled for February 26, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to approve a goal of 100,000 MWs for 2022.
European companies come well armed for tie-ups at Defexpo The Hindu | February 9th, 2014 With the Navy in the middle of a major modernisation drive, a number of submarine and torpedo manufacturers working with it are participating in the exhibition.
India, Russia mull over meeting Afghan defence requirements Russia and India Report ( | January 28th, 2014 Afghan President Hamid Karzai had made a request to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for supplying military equipments to Kabul during his last official visit to lndia in order to improve its defence capabilities to meet the security challenges following planned NATO troops’ withdrawal.
Russian- Indian ties at their peak – Russian Ambassador to India Voice of Russia | February 10th, 2014 The Russian Ambassador believes that the ties manifest themselves in a “diverse multisided cooperation,” including military, technical, nuclear and space spheres.
Russia supplies first batch of Mi-17B-5 helicopters to India TASS | Voice of Russia | February 12th, 2014 The new Russian MI-17B-5 helicopter is an upgraded version of MI-8/17 which Russia supplied to India before.
Immense opportunities for German companies in India: President Pranab Mukherjee PTI / Economic Times | February 6th, 2014 Describing Germany as a long standing and good friend, Mukherjee said India attaches high priority to India-Germany strategic partnership based on shared values.
Twin green pacts signed, India to get 900 million euros from Germany The Indian Express | February 6th, 2014 The agreements were signed as German President Joachim Gauck, who is currently visiting India, met PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
Italian marines case may impact ties with India: EU IANS / The Hindu | January 30th, 2014 Earlier, a 16-member Italian parliamentary delegation arrived in India on a two-day visit (Jan 27-28) to express support and solidarity with the two marines.
Indian move upsets Italy PTI / The Hindu | February 10th, 2014 The Marines, who were on-board Italian vessel ‘Enrica Lexie’, allegedly shot dead the two fishermen on Feb. 15, 2012 off Kerala coast.
India for building security architecture in Asia-Pacific: Menon PTI / Business Standard | February 3rd, 2014 Chinese delegate however rejected any security partnership with Japan until the leadership in Tokyo admits the alleged crimes committed by the country’s soldiers during the World War II.
World needs new awakening to tackle rich-poor divide: Salman Khurshid PTI / DNA | February 6th, 2014 The Indian Foreign Minister said while large number of people in this world do not have access to electricity, there are others who are living under the shadow of water shortages, hunger and malnutrition.
To do business with India and China, Britain needs to lose its imperial swagger The Guardian | February 9th, 2014 Indian goods imports from Germany are nearly double those from Britain. And Britain recently lost a big combat aircraft contract to France.
India and New Zealand pledge NZ$500,000 each for research The Hindustan Times | February 12th, 2014 The announcement made on the occasion of Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s national day that was celebrated recently, seeks to increase research collaboration across a range of areas including food security and agriculture, community development and innovation, health, environment and sustainability, to name a few.

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“Against those who have broken the heart of the Nation”

Are we talking about politicians,2G, 3G, 4G or a coal scam! NO! NO !!NO!!!
They (politicians) play with your hard earned money only.
But here the culprits do not just play with our hard earned money but life itself! Every day they play with the future and economy of the Nation! They are no one else but India’s celebrated Cardiologists! And they are involved in Medical Corruption -the biggest corruption of all times .
Today all across the world the highest number of deaths take place due to heart attacks.
India is leading with 60% of the world’s heart patients (WHO estimate). Among heart diseases, deaths due to blockage of coronary artery disease is very high. Heart blockages can be 30%,40%,50% or 80%. Logically heart attacks should take place due to 80% blockages but in reality heart attacks takes place because of 30% 40% or 50% heart blockages. It’s because 80% blockages are stable where as 30% or 50% blockages are fragile and can rupture anytime due to stress or any other reason leading to heart attack. When a doctor treats a blockages he only treats 80% blocked arteries. The treatments that a doctor recommends for the blockage is either a Bypass Surgery or Angioplasty. In bypass surgery a vein graft is taken from leg or arms of the patient and a bypass is created to restore the flow of blood in all the parts which was otherwise obstructed by the blocked /clogged artery. This procedure costs around 3-5 lakhs and involves 1 week of hospitalization of the patient. The death rate on operation table during bypass surgery is 2% and rate of complication after a bypass surgery is 100%. The other method to clear up 80% blockage is Angioplasty. In Angioplasty stents are put in the clogged artery and a path is made to restore the flow of blood.
Angioplasty costs around 1.5-2 lakhs and hospitalization involves 2-3 days. The death rate on operation table is 1% and the rate of complications that arise due to angioplasty are 100% .Both these procedures don’t ensure a lifelong cure. Within 12-18 months a patient may have to go for these procedures again because the site may get clogged up again. So the patient becomes a permanent customer of the hospital.
According to the Archives of Internal Medicine 2012, Cochrane Database-2013 ( highest authority among journals and scientific research ) -
‘No benefits were seen in the patients who have undergone bypass surgery or angioplasty than those who did not opt for these procedures.’
On the other hand there is another treatment option available which has been approved and acknowledged by American Heart Association and that is Natural Bypass also known as Collateral Circulation. In this our heart makes its own bypass in case of any blockage and this happens only when a patient is kept on a special Lifestyle Therapy Diet Plan. Natural bypass does not require any hospitalization. The death rate on operation table is 0% & so is the rate of complications i.e. 0 %. It involves just one cost and that is just the cost of the special Lifestyle Therapy Diet Plan.

According to the Noble Prize Winning Science (1998)

the special diet works by helping in the formation Nitric Oxide which initiates/ promotes formation of collateral arteries that are otherwise hidden. Appropriate levels of Nitric Oxide helps heart to make its new path whenever any of the coronary arteries are blocked. This is known as natural bypass. But heart is able to produce collateral arteries of natural bypass only when it is kept on a special nitric oxide producing diet. In natural bypass in spite of blockage the blood reaches through newly formed collateral arteries (natural bypass although known by cardiologists is deliberately hidden from heart patients just because of profit motive).Nitric Oxide also helps in reversing high B.P., high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.
Not only common man but even high profile people like Bill Clinton, the former US president was also victimized by these cardiologists. In 2004, he underwent quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery. In 2005 he underwent a lung surgery due to complications of bypass surgery. In 2010 he had to undergo double angioplasty.But again plaque was building up at the same place and he realized that these procedures are not the solution to his problem. So he researched a lot for an alternative solution to his problems and switched to a special diet plan ‘Lifestyle Therapy Diet Plan ‘ and was able to reverse his heart disease in just six months. Natural bypass formed because of this diet. Not only plaques& stent cleared up, he was as healthy as he was during his college days. This he revealed in an interview with media(CNN).
The Diet that Mr. Bill Clinton strictly followed for six months helped him recover through natural bypass and get his health back by forming appropriate level of Nitric Oxide.The Lifestyle Therapy Diet Plan includes 0%Sugar and Salt, less than 2% animal food including milk and egg, less than 2% grains, 0%, processed food, less than 20% cooked food, 35%-40% fruits, more than 50% Raw/steamed vegetables and physical exercise-1000 steps/day.
Out of the three options available for heart patients i.e.heart bypass surgery, angioplasty and natural bypass; only the first two options are recommended to the patients by the cardiologists hiding the third option.. Why is it so?
It’s obvious- the Profit! The hospitals get 40% of their total revenue from their cardiology department by performing unnecessary heart bypass surgeries and angioplasties completely ignoring and hiding the third option of Natural Bypass.
To expose such heart frauds, medical fraud investigating agencies are being set in US, UK, Italy, Australia and made active to scrutinize the medical documents of heart patients. More than 400 cardiologists so far have been jailed for performing unnecessary heart bypass surgeries and angioplasties just for PROFIT.
In India every year more than 3 lakh heart patients become victims of such obsolete procedures just because of their profitability factor.
India Book of Records releases ‘ Heart Mafia’ that exposes such medical corruption in India. The author of the book Dr. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, Chief Editor of India Book of Records in the chapter
‘Ab Tak Chappan’, named a few top Indian Cardiologists who boast themselves to be the champions of these obsolete but highly profit making procedures that is bypass surgery and angioplasty. For example Dr. Naresh Trehan, a Padambhushan awardee boasts himself to
have performed a record number of such heart surgeries (50,000). Dr. Sanjay Rajdev made a record by performing an angioplasty at dangerously high speed in just 16 minutes with the intention of creating a world record .Same way Dr. Purushottam Lal implanted stent on a 104 yr. old (even if it meant high risk to the patient involved ) and made a record. Another dubious claim by Dr. Ashok Seth to have done most number (20,000) of angiograms (unnecessary, unreliable, life threatening but profit making diagnostic procedure ). However none of these doctors have bothered to answer the most critical questions:
1. How many of their patients survive after 5 years of their first angioplasty or heart bypass surgery without having to undergo the second angioplasty or heart bypass surgery?
2 In their entire career, how many of their patients have they recommended for Natural Bypass?
in actuality they are doing no good for the patients or the nation. With these obsolete, unnecessary, unethical surgeries /procedures all they do is mint huge money and build huge hospitals overnight.
The Press Conference organized by India Book of Records on 14
thfeb in 14 states in 28 cities is done with only one aim i.e. to completely eradicate these unnecessary, obsolete, unethical medical practices like angioplasty and bypass surgery that are done just for profit.
Complete eradication of such practices can be achieved by educating, propagating and promoting natural bypass way of reversing heart diseases and other lifestyle related diseases like high B P, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity among the patients all across the country.
India Book of Records appeals to the media to educate the public about these two obsolete surgeries which are a favorite among cardiologists because they are profit giving and further that every patient must take the route of natural bypass which is not only the safest but also doesn’t cost a dime. Very few cardiologists in our nation are following this path of natural bypass. One such cardiac physician Dr. Bimal Chajjer ( ex-Cardiac physician-AIIMS, New Delhi) was also present as chief guest at Press Club Delhi to support the cause of Natural Bypass which he promotes and practices among his patients.
Following the strategy of natural bypass we will be able to eradicate heart diseases to a great extent from the nation. To achieve this target of completely eradicating the heart diseases from our nation through natural bypass, India Book of Records has launched
a Free Health Card with the book Heart Mafia. With this Health Card patients can seek free consultation for their heart problems and other lifestyle style related diseases like diabetes, high BP, high cholesterol, obesity etc. Patients can also reach for help through the helpline number 9313378451 or through Natural Bypass will help nation by not only saving lives of people and making them healthy but also saving nation’s Rs 22,46,87000 crore making around 18% of GDP. Taking the route of natural bypass to cure heart disease will make our nation not only Healthy but also Wealthy.


Russia’s LGBT community needs our support.

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As our journey to Sochi began, U.S. Olympian David Pichler and I stopped by St. Petersburg, where we met with Russian LGBT activists Anastasia Smirnova, Igor Kochetkov, Maria Kozlovska and others. They told us that, despite the international attention generated by the Sochi Olympics, they were still anticipating an ongoing and increased backlash against Russia’s LGBT community.
The very next day, just hours before the Opening Ceremony, Russian police detained Anastasia and four other activists for holding posters that called for the Sochi Games – and for Russia – to uphold the Olympic Charter’s nondiscrimination clause,  Principle 6.
While one may have thought these arrests could give pause to those fighting for equality in Russia, they did not.
When the Olympic torch leaves Sochi on February 23, Human Rights First’s attention to the human rights abuses in Russia will not go with it. President Obama appointed the right delegation to the Olympics.  The United States needs to keep up that bold commitment in their diplomacy after Sochi too. We will continue to support Russia’s LGBT community by encouraging U.S. officials to continue engaging with activists and others facing the brutal consequences of Russia’s crackdown. We will also urge U.S. officials to continue raising concerns about the discriminatory anti-propaganda laws as part of its official engagement with Russia.
Russia’s LGBT community needs our support.
In the coming weeks, we will let you know how you can join us in our work to advance equality in Russia and beyond. In the meantime, you can continue to follow developments and read more about our experiences on the ground here.
Shawn Gaylord Human Rights First

Business delegation from Santa Fe, Argentina

Meeting with Business delegation from Santa Fe, Argentina
We are pleased to inform that FICCI is organizing an Interactive Business Meeting with Business delegation from Santa Fe, Argentina, led by Hon’ble Mr. Antonio Bonfatti, Governor of the province of Santa Fe, as per the following schedule:
  • Date: 20th Feb, 2014
  • Venue: Federation House, New Delhi
  • Time: 9:30 A.M. (followed by Lunch)
The delegates are from sectors Agri-Biotechnology Investment, Food, Agri-trading, Bio Fuel, fresh vegetables and legumes,Low cost medicines, Food processing for Animal feed, Food trading, Agriproducts etc. Many Govt officials would also be present to discuss opportunities of projects in the fields of are Energy, Bio Fuel, Agri, Legumes, Corn, soya, greens peas, Bio technology, Pharma.
To access the list of delegates & their company profiles, please logon to . Please use the same link to register for the meetings.
FEE : Participation fee of 1500/- INR per delegate ( Cheque/DD in favor of “FICCI”), 1000/- INR Per delegate for FICCI member companies.
There is no registration fee for FICCI B2B Portal Paid Subscribers.
For further details, you may like to get in touch with my colleague Mr. Samrat Soo/Mr Amit Tyagi at Ph: 91-11-23736313 (D), Email:,
Looking forward your confirmation at the earliest.
With best regards,
Nirankar Saxena
Sr. Director, FICCI
New Delhi

NASSCOM Enters Into A Strategic Partnership With NATHEALTH

NASSCOM Enters Into A Strategic Partnership With NATHEALTH
Signs a MoU on the sidelines of the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2014
·         Partnership to focus on leveraging technology for improving Patient Care
·         Address challenges in health care that can be significantly impacted through use of technology
·         Build linkages between various stakeholders in the Healthcare services ecosystem, Technology Industry
·         Jointly Identify and evangelize new class of technology solutions and service delivery platforms that enable optimizing the delivery of health services in both Private and Public Sector – enhancing access and affordability
New Delhi, February 14, 2014: The National Association of Software & Services (NASSCOM) and Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to introduce a new paradigm of health service delivery that leverages modern technology to achieve healthcare, accessibility and affordability goals for the country. The MoU, signed on the sidelines of the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2014, will aim to create self-sustaining models that will enable the rapid growth of the healthcare services sector in India, propelled by innovative disruptive technology. This should enhance overall level of healthcare across the States.
Over the years, the healthcare sector in India has achieved capability, maturity and global recognition, positioning the country as a preferred destination for advanced healthcare services. The Indian IT-BPM industry has also built significant footprint in the healthcare sector globally and in India. Both the health & technology sectors have grown and are increasingly becoming a hotbed of innovation in developing new products and services for healthcare delivery in India. The MoU aims to synergize the endeavors of both the health and technology sectors and extend support to the Government of India and State Governments to achieve its ‘Universal Health Coverage’ goals for India. Both associations together will develop a common vision and strategy for harnessing the full potential of technology-based innovation to enable a connected healthcare ecosystem, thus improving accessibility and quality of healthcare.
Talking about the MoU, Mr. R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, said, “The healthcare sector experiencing a steady and stable transformation world over, with IT playing a central role in every aspect of the healthcare value chain. And in this regard, we are pleased to partner with NATHEALTH to further ensure faster adaptability of advanced technologies, reduction of service costs and provision of quality healthcare at affordable prices. The MoU will enable policy-legal frameworks required to create a converged Healthcare System, and develop joint policy advocacy outcomes.”
Mr. Anjan Bose Secretary General, Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH), said, “The Healthcare sector has excellent opportunities that IT companies can capitalize on and grow. As part of the MoU, the collaboration will aim to leverage technology for innovative solutions which will help both Healthcare and IT sectors grow further. Emerging technologies like cloud, analytics, pervasive presence of mobile telephony and broadband penetration have created new opportunities for both sectors to collaborate and increase Healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. The MoU is a positive step undertaken to identify and evangelize new class of technology solutions and service delivery platforms that enable optimizing the delivery of health services in both Private and Public Sectors.”
NASSCOM is India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies, the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT software and services industry in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with nearly 1500 members, of which over 350 are global companies from the US, UK, EU, Japan and China. NASSCOM’s member companies are in the business of software development, software services, software products, IT-enabled/BPM services and e-commerce. NASSCOM has been the strongest proponent of global free trade in India.
NASSCOM is committed to work proactively to encourage its members to adopt world class management practices, build and uphold highest quality standards and become globally competitive. In India and around the world, NASSCOM members are participants in the new global economy and are reputed for their cutting-edge business practices and social initiatives.
NATHEALTH has been created with the Vision to “Be the credible and unified voice in improving access and quality of healthcare”. Leading Healthcare Service Providers, Medical Technology Providers (Devices & Equipments), Diagnostic Service Providers, Health Insurance companies, Health Education Institutions, Healthcare Publishers and other stakeholders have come together to build NATHEALTH as a common platform to power the next wave of progress in Indian Healthcare. NATHEALTH is an inclusive Institution that has representation of small & medium hospitals and nursing homes. NATHEALTH is committed to work on its Mission to encourage innovation, help bridge the skill and capacity gap, help shape policy & regulations and enable the environment to fund long term growth. NATHEALTH aims to help build a better and healthier future for both rural and urban India.

Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury
Manager Media

“The Emerging issues in Use and Governance of the Internet from the Indian Perspective”,

Dear Stakeholder,
We wish to invite you to participate in our workshop on “The Emerging issues in Use and Governance of the Internet from the Indian Perspective”, to be held on 19th February, 2014, at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.
As you are aware, CCAOI has been conducting a brief study on the “Indian perspective on Internet Governance” to understand and crystallize the issues related to Privacy, Security, Cybercrime and Internet Governance and obtain inputs on these issues from diverse stakeholders. The latter include civil societies, private sector, experts as well as government functionaries. The proposed workshop seeks to extend the consultation to a wider group to identify, validate the preliminary research, in order to crystallize the major issues of concerns. This exercise will go some way to discover gaps in the approach as well as new perspectives on issues of Internet governance which engage stakeholders across countries, communities, disciplines and industries.
The concept note for the workshop and detailed program will be forwarded to you shortly.
We look forward to for your confirmation.
With warm regards & best wishes,
On behalf of CCAOI
Amrita Choudhury
+91 9899682701

HP Expands Suite of Custom Wall Décor Solutions
Exciting New HP Applications Showcased at Annual Dscoop Latex Summit
New Delhi, India, 14 February 2014 – HP today announced the expansion of its digital printing solution for wall decorations, helping printing companies and wallcovering manufacturers capture new revenue with high-value wall décor applications for commercial, retail and residential spaces.
The HP digital printing solution includes HP Latex Printing Technology supported by a modular range of design software, media, finishing options and industry certifications. The scalable solution enables customers ranging from small printing companies to large wallcovering manufacturers to take the growing customization trend to the wall with unique or short-run wallpapers, wallcoverings, wall murals and canvas prints.
The expanded suite, which was demonstrated at the recent Dscoop Latex Summit held at The Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore on 8-9 February, 2014, includes new content, design and mobility features for HP WallArt(1) as well as updated finishing and media options.

New décor offerings provide a competitive edge

HP WallArt is an easy-to-use, cloud-based web service that helps simplify the design, visualization and production of customized wallcoverings. Introduced at Heimtextil 2013, the tool is already in use by more than 1,100 customers in 66 countries.(2) Following this successful trial, HP WallArt will remain free for new and existing HP Latex Printing Technology customers.

New features for HP WallArt include:
·   A new alliance with global stock photography company Fotolia, giving users easy access to a wide variety of high quality, professional images, designs and artwork.(1)
·   Integration with customers’ online storefronts for a customized and branded web-to-print solution that streamlines quotations, billing and managed information systems.
·   A free HP WallArt application for iPad®, available through Apple’s App Store, which provides real-time, interactive design and accurate previews of the finished wall layout.
·   Easier production of canvas prints, including a multi-panel canvas option and automatically generated installation instructions.
Latest Advancements in HP Latex Technology Showcased at Dscoop Latex Summit
Into its third year, this year’s Dscoop Latex Summit attracted almost 250 people representing print providers, brand owners and agencies, media partners and solution partners for the various sessions. HP’s key customers Buzz IMC, WrapMeUp, SpectrumScan India, HP Wall art partner Dwalls as well as media and solution partners like 3P, 3M, Zund Systemtechnik, all participated in the summit.
Additionally, for the first time in India, HP’s world class large format printer, HP Latex 280 was on display. The printer delivers a range of application options in widths up to 2.64 meters—from point-of purchase posters to wallcoverings. It also delivers accurate double-sided printing with up to 70%.(2)  faster print speeds, resulting in higher productivity and turnaround time.
Speaking at the Dscoop Latex Summit, Dhirendra Khurana, country manager, , Graphics Solutions Business – Sign and Display , HP India said, “The high level of excitement from print service providers and agencies embracing our various Latex technology applications has exceeded our expectations and demonstrates that digital certainly has the quality, productivity and flexibility to address the needs of the market. HP’s digital printing solutions combine true versatility and durability, while lowering the impact of printing on the environment.”
Over the two days, customers participated in workshops which focused on innovative Latex applications like textile printing, vehicle wraps, wallcoverings and a special session on ‘Going Latex in Furnishing’ which was led by Tanay Agarwal from Dwalls. The presence of leading brands is a testimony to HPs commitment to quality, innovation and sustainable printing solutions.

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