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India News on February 1, 2013

  • The Union Cabinet has cleared an ordinance to ensure that tougher punishments will be sentenced to those who commit crimes against women. If approved by the President, the law would include the death penalty or imprisonment for the rest of the perpetrator's natural life in the rarest of the rare cases.
  • Author Salman Rushdie alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered to police to block his arrival in Kolkata on January 30. He was scheduled to travel in the city along with film director Deepa Mehta, who made a film Midnight's Children based on Rushdie's book.
  • Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare warned the government that he will stage a fresh stir if the government goes ahead and pass the 'weak' Lokpal Bill.
  • Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley charged the government of diluting the Lokpal Bill.

Ananya Website Launched to Promote Knowledge Sharing Across Bihar
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with its partners today has launched a new website ( for the Ananya Program, a partnership with the Government of Bihar to improve key health, nutrition and sanitation indicators in the state. The website provides an overview of the program and serves as a platform for learning Business Wire India

Haier Retains its Position as the World Leader in Major Appliances in 2012
-- Euro Monitor International certifies Haier as the No. 1 company in major appliances -- Haier commanded 8.6% of the total retail volume share globally in 2012 Haier, one of the largest Home Appliances & Consumer Electronics brand globally, has retained its world’s No.1* spot in major appliances Business Wire India

IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Trust Presents an Executive Briefing on “Demystifying Performance Excellence in Healthcare”
Performance excellence is not an accident; it is the result of determined and structured actions. Healthcare organizations in India are striving to differentiate themselves by adopting a systems perspective to reach higher levels of performance excellence Business Wire India

Infodat Distributor of Wave’s Embassy and Safend in India
Infodat Technologies an India based IT company, focused on security solutions, has entered into a distribution agreement with Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:WAVX). Together with Wave Systems Corp, Infodat Technologies will expand the distribution of “EMBASSY® security software and Safend” portfolio of products in the Indian Market Business Wire India

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