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October 16, 2018

ROLEX YACHT-MASTER II — A PROFESSIONAL REGATTA CHRONOGRAPH

Rolex Yatch Master Watch

Rolex Yatch Master Watch

THE SKIPPERS’ WATCH

The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II is a unique regatta chronograph dedicated to both yachting enthusiasts and experienced sailors.

Created in 2007, the Yacht-Master II features an exclusive function developed by Rolex, a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory. A service that responds ideally to the need for precise timing during the crucial starting sequence of a regatta.

As in any contest of speed, precision is of the essence in a regatta. The Yacht-Master II features an original mechanical function: a countdown that can be programmed from 10 to 1 minutes and allows skippers to precisely time and follow each race’s specific formal starting procedure.

Source: ROLEX SA

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October 15, 2018

QS Announces its First-ever Ranking of India's Higher Education Institutions

QS India Rankings

QS India Rankings

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presenting the awards at the Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in August 2018. [File Photo]

LONDON, October 15, 2018 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the global higher education think tank responsible for the world’s most-consulted world university rankings, released their first standalone ranking of India’s higher education institutions.

The inaugural edition of the QS India University Rankings is designed to offer an independent analysis of the performance of Indian institutions. The rankings include Public Universities, Private Universities, and H.E. Institutions or Deemed Universities.

IIT Bombay is named India’s leading institution. IITs take up seven of the top-10 places. IIS Bangalore takes the second spot. Twenty Indian institutions receive full marks in the Staff with Ph.D., the indicator designed to identify the extent to which institutions are cultivating a highly-qualified faculty body. In the research productivity indicator, nine institutions achieve a score between 98.4 and 100.

IIT Bombay, Madras, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur and the University of Delhi enjoy outstanding regard among the nearly 43,000 international employers surveyed, while IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, and the IIS Bangalore were the most voted by 83,000+ international academics polled.

On a metric-by-metric basis, other institutions also stand out such as the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, which achieves the highest score of the QS’s indicator of research impact, adjusted for faculty size.

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “This inaugural table evaluates the Indian institutions through independent and international lenses. The results reveal that research productivity at leading Indian institutions is increasing and the impact of such research is gradually rising. They also enjoy a good standing with employers while they achieve less recognition with their international academic peers, perhaps suggesting the need to intensify regional and global collaborations.”

Institutions have been scored on academic reputation (30 per cent), employer reputation (20 per cent), faculty-student ratio (20 per cent), proportion of staff with PhD (10 per cent), papers per faculty from Scopus database (10 per cent), citations per paper from Scopus database (5 per cent), proportion of international students (2.5 per cent) and proportion of international faculty (2.5 per cent).

QS India University Rankings 2019

  1. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  2. Indian Institute of Science
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  6. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  7. University of Hyderabad
  8. University of Delhi
  9. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  10. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  11. University of Calcutta
  12. Jadavpur University
  13. Anna University
  14. University of Mumbai
  15. Banaras Hindu University
  16. Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
  17. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  18. Indian Institute of Technology Indore
  19. Savitribai Phule Pune University
  20. Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  21. Indian Institute of Technology Ropar
  22. Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar
  23. Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
  24. Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai
  25. Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) - Allahabad
  26. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  27. National Institute of Technology Rourkela
  28. Jamia Millia Islamia
  29. National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli
  30. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  31. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  32. G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar
  33. Aligarh Muslim University
  34. OSMANIA UNIVERSITY
  35. Indian Institute of Technology Patna
  36. Tezpur University
  37. Bangalore University
  38. SRI VENKATESWARA UNIVERSITY
  39. University of Calicut
  40. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  41. Amity University
  42. INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (INDIAN SCHOOL OF MINES), DHANBAD
  43. Mangalore University, Mangalore
  44. Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
  45. Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar
  46. Andhra University
  47. University of Kerala
  48. Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
  49. Panjab University, Chandigarh
  50. The University of Mysore.

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  • 51-55 University of Kashmir, Srinagar
  • 51-55 Pondicherry University
  • 51-55 Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
  • 51-55 Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • 51-55 Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar
  • 56-60 Sri Krishnadevaraya University
  • 56-60 North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon
  • 56-60 Goa University
  • 56-60 Shivaji University, Kolhapur
  • 56-60 SRM INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  • 61-65 Gauhati University, Guwahati
  • 61-65 Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University - Anantapur
  • 61-65 Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)
  • 61-65 KALINGA INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY (KIIT) UNIVERSITY
  • 61-65 Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  • 66-70 Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur
  • 66-70 Banasthali Vidyapith
  • 66-70 Kumaun University, Nainital
  • 66-70 Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
  • 66-70 O.P. Jindal Global University
  • 71-75 University of Jammu
  • 71-75 CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
  • 71-75 The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
  • 71-75 Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation
  • 71-75 Gulbarga University, Gulbarga

SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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October 14, 2018

The Academy Honors 2018 Student Academy Awards Winners from Colleges and Universities around the World

Student Academy Awards 2018

Photo: Alternative film Gold Medal winner Shae Demandt of Florida State University prior to the 45th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 11, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & Copyright © Richard Harbaugh / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored its student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on October 11, 2018. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by documentarian Arthur Dong, actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani and directors Catherine Hardwicke and Patricia Riggen.

The 2018 Student Academy Award Winners:

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Gold: Shae Demandt, “Reanimated,” Florida State University

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Gold: Hanna Kim, “Raccoon and the Light,” California Institute of the Arts
  • Silver: Yu Yu, “Daisy,” University of Southern California
  • Bronze: Eaza Shukla, “Re-Gifted,” Ringling College of Art and Design

Animation (International Film Schools)

  • Gold: Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc and Quentin Dubois, “The Green Bird,” MOPA (Motion Pictures in Arles) France.

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Gold: Mathieu Faure, “An Edited Life,” New York University
  • Silver: Yiying Li, “Love & Loss,” University of Southern California
  • Bronze: Lauren Schwartzman, “Dust Rising,” University of California, Berkeley

Documentary (International Film Schools)

  • Gold: Mart Bira, “Nomadic Doctor,” University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Gold: Hua Tong, “Spring Flower,” University of Southern California
  • Silver: Kelley Kali, “Lalo’s House,” University of Southern California
  • Bronze: Brian Robau, “Esta Es Tu Cuba”/“This Is Your Cuba,” Chapman University

Narrative (International Film Schools)

  • Gold: Jonatan Etzler, “Get Ready with Me,” Stockholm Academy of the Arts, Sweden.
  • Silver: Lisa Gertsch, “Almost Everything,” Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.
  • Bronze: István Kovács, “A Siege,” University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, Hungary.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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October 12, 2018

UN General Assembly Elects Eighteen Members of Human Rights Council

United Nations

Photo: A conference officer in the UN General Assembly distributes ballots before the elections of the UN Human Rights Council.

The United Nations General Assembly today elected eighteen new members of the Human Rights Council for three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2019. Those chosen were: Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, Togo, Uruguay.

12 October 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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October 10, 2018

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) Cracks the Whip on Universities; Directs Each to Streamline its Admission Process and Disclose its True Worth to the Public, Or Face the Prescribed Punishment

University Grants Commission, India

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Photo: The Chairman, University Grants Commission of India (UGC), Prof. D. P. Singh; Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh; and the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the Higher Educational Profile 2017-18, at the National Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Directors, in New Delhi on July 27, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, October 10, 2018 — India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) is cracking the whip on universities by issuing stern directions on how they should treat the Admission Seekers. This was disclosed by the Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at a press conference in New Delhi today. The University Grants Commission (UGC) would issue a Notification on refund of fees and non-retention of original certificates by Higher Education Institutions to facilitate students in their admission.

The University Grants Commission Notification on Refund of Fees and Non-Retention of Original Certificates is being brought out for the facilitation of the students. Now no student will be required to submit an original academic and personal certificates at the time of submission of admission form and Students’ will get the refund of fee from the Institution if they withdraw their admission from the programme. This notification shall apply to Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Research Programmes run by Universities included under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, all Colleges under their affiliating domain and Institutions declared as Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act.

Salient features of the Notification:

The HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) can charge fees in advance only for the semester/ year in which a student wants to engage in academic activities. Collecting advance fees for the entire programme of study is strictly prohibited.

The institute will be required to refund the fees, in case a student withdraws from the programme, in the following manner:

  • 100%: in case a student decides to withdraw 15 days or more before the formally notified last date of admission. Not more than 5% of the fees paid by the student, subject to a maximum of Rs. 5000, will be deducted as processing charges.
  • 90%: in case a student decides to withdraw within 15 days before the formally notified last date of admission.
  • 80%: in case a student chooses to withdraw within 15 days after the officially announced last date of admission.
  • 50%: in case a student decides to withdraw between 16 days and 30 days after the formally declared last date of admission.
  • NIL: in case a student decides to withdraw after 30 days of the formally notified last date of admission.
  • The entire caution money and security deposit, which are not part of the fees chargeable, shall be refunded in full.
  • The HEIs shall make the refund of fees within 15 days of receipt of a written application from a student.

No student will be required to submit an original academic and personal certificates like mark sheets, and school leaving certificates at the time of submission of admission form. In case it is needed, the institution concerned will only ensure verification of the same with the original certificates and these shall be returned to the students immediately. No institution can take an original document into their custody.

No HEI can make it mandatory for applicants to purchase the institutional prospectus at any time during the time of the study.

To make an applicant choose an institution wisely, all HEIs will be required to disclose on their website and prospectus the following information:

  • General Status of the institution.
  • Affiliation, Accreditation of the institution.
  • Physical assets and amenities.
  • Course-wise sanctioned intake of students.
  • Various types of fees payable for different programmes.
  • Total expenses payable for an entire curriculum.
  • Last date of admission.
  • Details of the faculty.
  • Members of Governing Bodies and minutes of the meeting of bodies.
  • Sources of income.
  • Financial situation.
  • Any other handy information about its functioning.

All HEIs will be mandatorily required to have a Grievance Redressal Mechanism (GRM), according to the provisions of the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012. This GRM shall be available on the HEI website, and the HEIs will be required to ensure that all grievance received are addressed within 30 days.

This notification provides for initiation of the following strict punitive actions by the Commission against defaulting HEIs:

  • Withdrawal of declaration of fitness to receive grants from UGC.
  • Withholding of grants allocated to the HEI.
  • Declaration of HEI as ineligible to receive any assistance from UGC for General or Special Programmes.
  • Display of notice in newspapers & media and on the website of the Commission regarding non-compliance by the HEI to ensure that the general public, including candidates seeking admission in that HEI, are well informed.
  • Recommending to the affiliating university for withdrawal of affiliation, in case of a College/ Institute.
  • Recommending to the Central Government for withdrawal of Deemed to be University declaration, in case of an Institution Deemed to be University.
  • Recommending to the appropriate State Government for proper, necessary action in case of University established or incorporated under a State Act.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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World Investment Forum, Geneva, 22-26 October 2018 — Heads of State, Private Sector and International Leaders to Boost Investment in Sustainable Development

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Photos: Students from Chinese university during the visit to UNCTAD. Group photo in front of the Place des Nations, at the UN’s European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. August 16, 2018. Images provided by & Copyright © UNCTAD.

Geneva, 9 October 2018 - More than 5,000 participants from 160 countries will meet in Geneva to thrash out major new investment-for-development initiatives at UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum 2018 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 22-26 October.

The high-level conference comes amid mounting disquiet about declining investment flows and their impact on efforts to meet the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the international community three years ago.

“Global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23% in 2017,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Cross-border investment in developed and transition economies dropped sharply, while growth was near zero in developing economies. With only a very modest recovery predicted for 2018, this negative trend is a long-term concern for policymakers worldwide, especially for developing countries.”

Private sector investment in developing countries, totaling $3.9 trillion a year, is needed to generate economic activity to meet the Sustainable Development Goals - the core of the 2030 Agenda -according to UNCTAD research. Current levels leave an investment gap of some $2.5 trillion.

Marking its 10th anniversary, the biennial World Investment Forum remains the premier venue to forge partnerships between investment and development stakeholders to close this gap.

A unique gathering of high-level players from the global investment-development community, the forum provides an opportunity to hold an open dialogue, brainstorm solution-oriented initiatives and foster global alliances to advance prosperity for all. This year’s event comprises some 60 functions, including three summits, five ministerial roundtables, private-sector led sessions and several awards ceremonies.

Besides giving participants a chance to spotlight priorities for attracting and channeling investment that will drive sustainable development, the forum sessions will also focus on transformative actions and innovative financing modes for growth, such as blockchain, sustainability bonds, and blended finance.

Speakers from business and special guests include more than 30 top executives of multinationals, among them Aviva, De Beers, Coca-Cola, ContourGlobal, Jumia, Lavazza, PwC, Siemens Financial Services, UBS, and the heads of stock exchanges including those in Bombay, Johannesburg, Luxembourg, Nasdaq Nordic, SIX and Shenzen, as well as the leaders of sovereign wealth and pension funds.

Fourteen heads of state and government have confirmed they will attend, including those from Armenia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Lesotho, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malawi, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland.

More than fifty ministers from developed and developing countries and 21 heads of international organizations will join them.

In addition to United Nations entities, 50 other organizations will be at the event, including the Commonwealth, the International Labour Organization, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the International Olympic Committee, the International Organization of Securities Commissions, the International Telecommunication Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Economic Forum, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank Group.

These partnerships have generated exciting new content for this year’s participants, including an in-depth look at the relationship between sport and development, co-hosted with the International Olympic Committee and, on the annual United Nations Day, 24 October, a session on the role of investment in peace and security.

Five independent tracks will run in parallel with the main forum, with a special programme for parliamentarians, a multidisciplinary academic conference, an investment village, the 35th anniversary session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR), and the 2018 UNCTAD Youth Forum, taking youth entrepreneurship as its theme.

Previous World Investment Forums took place in Accra, Ghana (2008), Xiamen, China (2010), Doha, Qatar (2012), Geneva, Switzerland (2014) and Nairobi, Kenya (2016).

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

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October 9, 2018

87 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2018 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

Foreign Oscars 2018

Photo: Ziad Doueiri from Lebanon, the director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film “The Insult” at the symposium for the Foreign Language Film Award category for the 90th Oscars on Friday, March 2, 2018. Image provided by and Copyright © Phil McCarten / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Foreign OscarsJim 2018

Photo: Host, Jimmy Kimmel poses with Guillermo del Toro, Oscar winner for the best motion picture of the year for work on “The Shape of Water” during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by and Copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-seven countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Malawi and Niger are first-time entrants.

The 2018 submissions are:

  • Afghanistan, “Rona Azim’s Mother,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;
  • Algeria, “Until the End of Time,” Yasmine Chouikh, director;
  • Argentina, “El Ángel,” Luis Ortega, director;
  • Armenia, “Spitak,” Alexander Kott, director;
  • Australia, “Jirga,” Benjamin Gilmour, director;
  • Austria, “The Waldheim Waltz,” Ruth Beckermann, director;
  • Bangladesh, “No Bed of Roses,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director;
  • Belarus, “Crystal Swan,” Darya Zhuk, director;
  • Belgium, “Girl,” Lukas Dhont, director;
  • Bolivia, “The Goalkeeper,” Rodrigo “Gory” Patiño, director;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Never Leave Me,” Aida Begić, director;
  • Brazil, “The Great Mystical Circus,” Carlos Diegues, director;
  • Bulgaria, “Omnipresent,” Ilian Djevelekov, director;
  • Cambodia, “Graves without a Name,” Rithy Panh, director;
  • Canada, “Family Ties,” Sophie Dupuis, director;
  • Chile, “…And Suddenly the Dawn,” Silvio Caiozzi, director;
  • China, “Hidden Man,” Jiang Wen, director;
  • Colombia, “Birds of Passage,” Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra, directors;
  • Costa Rica, “Medea,” Alexandra Latishev, director;
  • Croatia, “The Eighth Commissioner,” Ivan Salaj, director;
  • The Czech Republic, “Winter Flies,” Olmo Omerzu, director;
  • Denmark, “The Guilty,” Gustav Möller, director;
  • The Dominican Republic, “Cocote,” Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias, director;
  • Ecuador, “A Son of Man,” Jamaicanoproblem, director;
  • Egypt, “Yomeddine,” A.B. Shawky, director;
  • Estonia, “Take It or Leave It,” Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo, director;
  • Finland, “Euthanizer,” Teemu Nikki, director;
  • France, “Memoir of War,” Emmanuel Finkiel, director;
  • Georgia, “Namme,” Zaza Khalvashi, director;
  • Germany, “Never Look Away,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director;
  • Greece, “Polyxeni,” Dora Masklavanou, director;
  • Hong Kong, “Operation Red Sea,” Dante Lam, director;
  • Hungary, “Sunset,” László Nemes, director;
  • Iceland, “Woman at War,” Benedikt Erlingsson, director;
  • India, “Village Rockstars,” Rima Das, director;
  • Indonesia, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” Mouly Surya, director;
  • Iran, “No Date, No Signature,” Vahid Jalilvand, director;
  • Iraq, “The Journey,” Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji, director;
  • Israel, “The Cakemaker,” Ofir Raul Graizer, director;
  • Italy, “Dogman,” Matteo Garrone, director;
  • Japan, “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda, director;
  • Kazakhstan, “Ayka,” Sergey Dvortsevoy, director;
  • Kenya, “Supa Modo,” Likarion Wainaina, director;
  • Kosovo, “The Marriage,” Blerta Zeqiri, director;
  • Latvia, “To Be Continued,” Ivars Seleckis, director;
  • Lebanon, “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki, director;
  • Lithuania, “Wonderful Losers: A Different World,” Arunas Matelis, director;
  • Luxembourg, “Gutland,” Govinda Van Maele, director;
  • Macedonia, “Secret Ingredient,” Gjorce Stavreski, director;
  • Malawi, “The Road to Sunrise,” Shemu Joyah, director;
  • Mexico, “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón, director;
  • Montenegro, “Iskra,” Gojko Berkuljan, director;
  • Morocco, “Burnout,” Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, director;
  • Nepal, “Panchayat,” Shivam Adhikari, director;
  • Netherlands, “The Resistance Banker,” Joram Lürsen, director;
  • New Zealand, “Yellow Is Forbidden,” Pietra Brettkelly, director;
  • Niger, “The Wedding Ring,” Rahmatou Keïta, director;
  • Norway, “What Will People Say,” Iram Haq, director;
  • Pakistan, “Cake,” Asim Abbasi, director;
  • Palestine, “Ghost Hunting,” Raed Andoni, director;
  • Panama, “Ruben Blades Is Not My Name,” Abner Benaim, director;
  • Paraguay, “The Heiresses,” Marcelo Martinessi, director;
  • Peru, “Eternity,” Oscar Catacora, director;
  • Philippines, “Signal Rock,” Chito S. Roño, director;
  • Poland, “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski, director;
  • Portugal, “Pilgrimage,” João Botelho, director;
  • Romania, “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians,” Radu Jude, director;
  • Russia, “Sobibor,” Konstantin Khabensky, director;
  • Serbia, “Offenders,” Dejan Zecevic, director;
  • Singapore, “Buffalo Boys,” Mike Wiluan, director;
  • Slovakia, “The Interpreter,” Martin Šulík, director;
  • Slovenia, “Ivan,” Janez Burger, director;
  • South Africa, “Sew the Winter to My Skin,” Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, director;
  • South Korea, “Burning,” Lee Chang-dong, director;
  • Spain, “Champions,” Javier Fesser, director;
  • Sweden, “Border,” Ali Abbasi, director;
  • Switzerland, “Eldorado,” Markus Imhoof, director;
  • Taiwan, “The Great Buddha+,” Hsin-Yao Huang, director;
  • Thailand, “Malila The Farewell Flower,” Anucha Boonyawatana, director;
  • Tunisia, “Beauty and the Dogs,” Kaouther Ben Hania, director;
  • Turkey, “The Wild Pear Tree,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
  • Ukraine, “Donbass,” Sergei Loznitsa, director;
  • The United Kingdom, “I Am Not a Witch,” Rungano Nyoni, director;
  • Uruguay, “Twelve-Year Night,” Álvaro Brechner, director;
  • Venezuela, “The Family,” Gustavo Rondón Córdova, director;
  • Vietnam, “The Tailor,” Buu Loc Tran, Kay Nguyen, directors;
  • Yemen, “10 Days before the Wedding,” Amr Gamal, director.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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October 6, 2018

TISSOT presents Tissot Everytime Swiss-Matic

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Photos: Tissot Everytime Swiss-Matic watches. Images provided by & Copyright © Tissot Ltd.

According to TISSOT, its “Everytime Swiss-Matic is an icon of modern design. Trendy, simple and pure.”

“Not only attractive to look at, but the Tissot Everytime Swiss-Matic is also just as appealing for its slick technicality. An innovative automatic movement that is created essentially in an automated production is the driving force behind it. It has more than three days of power reserve, compared to the 42 hours in a standard automatic watch,” Tissot said.

Source: TISSOT

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October 5, 2018

Renault EZ-ULTIMO: A robo-vehicle for a premium mobility service experience

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Photos: Renault EZ-ULTIMO: A robot-vehicle for a premium mobility service experience. Images provided by and Copyright © Groupe Renault.

Paris, France - At the Paris Motor Show, Groupe Renault has unveiled EZ-ULTIMO, its robot-vehicle concept, an autonomous, electric, connected, and shared mobility service solution offering a premium travel experience.

“Available on-demand, for a single trip, for an hour or a day, EZ-ULTIMO caters to people looking to enhance a special moment through a private trip in a city, a premium tourist experience or businesses looking to offer premium journey services to its clients,” Renault announced.

“As consumer trends change and people are enjoying ride-hailing services more and more, a new paradigm for mobility will emerge. Embodying this revolution, Renault EZ-ULTIMO offers a uniquely luxurious experience aboard a robot-vehicle that can be adapted depending on the service provider,” said Laurens van den Acker, SVP Corporate Design.

The EZ-ULTIMO concept is a robot-vehicle. The traveler can genuinely enjoy the journey in a space designed like an intimate lounge, equipped with all the comfort and services needed to either relax or concentrate.

“Through its design, EZ-ULTIMO embodies the EASY LIFE genes of the Renault brand. Welcoming and comfortable, it offers a wide automatic opening and a seat on a swiveling slide for easy passenger access. For an intimate journey, the car protects the passengers from outside view by slightly transparent facets on the upper part of the bodywork. The refined interior of EZ-ULTIMO reflects French elegance inspired by the world of the living,” Renault said.

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October 3, 2018

UN Secretary-General Visits India

UN Secretary-General Visits India

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres visits the Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, in the city of Amritsar in Punjab, India. It is the holiest place of worship and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. 03 October 2018. Amritsar, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (center) makes remarks during the inauguration ceremony of the One UN House in New Delhi. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, is on the right. 01 October 2018. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (front row, center) sits for a group photo with participants of the inauguration ceremony of the One UN House in New Delhi. To his right is Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in India. 01 October 2018. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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Photo: The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, with other dignitaries at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, in New Delhi on October 02, 2018.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, in New Delhi on October 02, 2018.

Sources: United Nations, New York; Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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October 2, 2018

Artists from over 124 countries sing Mahatma Gandhi's favorite bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye.'

Mahatma Gandhi Anniversary

As part of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, artists from over 124 countries have contributed musically in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi through his favorite bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye’

Source: Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

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October 1, 2018

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde Appoints Gita Gopinath as IMF Chief Economist

IMF, Gita Gopinath

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Photo: Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA, at the India Economic Summit 2016 New Delhi, India. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

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Photo: IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Gerry Rice, Director of the Communications Department participate in the Managing Director’s press conference at the 2018 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Image provided by & Copyright © Ryan Rayburn/IMF Photo. [File Photo]

October 1, 2018 — International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde appointed Gita Gopinath on Monday as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. Ms. Gopinath will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018. Ms. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

“Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Ms. Lagarde said. “All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist.”

Ms. Gopinath is co-editor of the American Economic Review and co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics with Former IMF Economic Counsellor Kenneth Rogoff. She has authored some 40 research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.

Ms. Gopinath was born and grew up in India. She is a U.S citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning a B.A. from the University of Delhi and M.A. degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington. She joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as an Assistant Professor before moving to Harvard in 2005. She became a tenured Professor there in 2010.

Source: International Monetary Fund

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Keep Your Campus Clean! — India's Human Resource Development Minister presents Swachhata (Cleanliness) Ranking Awards 2018 for Higher Educational Institutions

Clean Campus Awards

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Clean Campus Awards

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Clean Campus Awards

Photos: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, presented the Annual Swachhata Rankings Awards for the cleanest and most hygienic higher educational institutions, at a function, in New Delhi on October 01, 2018.

India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, conferred Swachhata (Cleanliness) Ranking Awards 2018 for higher educational institutions in New Delhi today. The Ministry has selected 51 higher educational institutions for Swachhata Ranking Awards in 8 different categories.

Javadekar said that cleanliness must be a habit in students and it can be developed only in educational institutions. Therefore, his Ministry is promoting and rewarding cleanliness efforts of educational institutions.

The Minister emphasized that we should educate our society about solid waste management, electronic waste management, and water harvesting techniques so that we may make our country more eco-friendly and clean.

The Union Minister also released two books during the event — 1. Elective Course Curriculum on Swachhata and Waste Management, 2. Booklet on 60 HEIs campus and Village Swachhata Activities.

Minister of State for HRD, Dr. Satya Pal Singh; Secretary, Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam; Chairman UGC, Prof. D.P.Singh; and Chairman AICTE, Anil Sahasrabudhe were also present during the event.

Maharishi Dayanand University in Rohtak, Haryana, has been ranked the cleanest government university followed by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Among the residential campuses of private universities, Pune’s Symbiosis International University leads, followed by OP Jindal Global University in Sonipat.

In the Residential Colleges Category, MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, tops in the country.

FINAL LIST OF INSTITUTIONS FOR SWACCHATA RANKINGS 2018

CATEGORY: GOVERNMENT UNIVERSITIES

  1. Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
  2. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  3. Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi
  4. Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  5. Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur

CATEGORY: UNIVERSITY (RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Symbiosis International University, Pune
  2. O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat
  3. KLE Academy of Higher Education & Research, Belagavi
  4. Manipal University, Jaipur
  5. Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai
  6. Reva University, Bengaluru
  7. Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar
  8. Lovely Professional University, Kapurthala
  9. Dravidian University, Kuppam, Chittoor
  10. Koneru Lakshmaiah Educational Foundation, Guntur

CATEGORY: UNIVERSITY ( NON-RESIDENTIAL)

  1. ITM University, Raipur
  2. The Northcap University, Gurugram
  3. Dr. C.V. Raman University, Bilaspur
  4. R.K. University, Rajkot
  5. Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

CATEGORY: COLLEGE ( RESIDENTIAL)

  1. MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh
  2. PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore
  3. St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
  4. Sri Krishna Arts & Science College, Coimbatore
  5. G.D.C. Memorial College, Bhiwani

CATEGORY: COLLEGE ( NON-RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Sri Parasakhti College of Education for Women, Courtallam, Madurai
  2. Prince Academy of Higher Education, Sikar
  3. Prince Shikshak Prashikshan, Sikar
  4. Mahendra College of Education, Namakkal
  5. Kautilya Mahila T.T. College, Kota

CATEGORY: TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS /UNIVERSITIES ( RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  3. Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar
  4. Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
  5. Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad
  6. NIIT University, Neemrana
  7. Kalasalingam Academy of Research & Higher Education, Srivilliputhrur
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
  9. Atal Behari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior
  10. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli

CATEGORY: TECHNICAL COLLEGE (RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai
  2. Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore
  3. Sri Sai Ram Institute of Technology, Chennai
  4. Sri Shanmugha College of Engineering and Technology, Salem
  5. National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship & Management (NIFTEM), Sonipat
  6. ABES Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad

CATEGORY: TECHNICAL COLLEGE ( NON-RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Easwari Engineering College, Chennai
  2. Christ Institute of Management, Ghaziabad
  3. Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Mumbai
  4. Sri Nandhanam College of Engineering and Technology, Vellore
  5. Onkar College of Pharmacy, Sangrur

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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Narendra Modi Inaugurates Amul’s ultra-modern Chocolate Plant in Anand, Gujarat

Amul, Milk Chocolate

Amul, Milk Chocolate

Amul, Milk Chocolate

Amul, Milk Chocolate

Photos: Prime Minister Modi at the Amul’s ultra-modern Chocolate Plant, at Anand, Gujarat on September 30, 2018.

September 30, 2018 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated Amul’s ultra-modern Chocolate Plant, at Anand, Gujarat, today.

Mr. Modi said the brand of Amul is known globally and has become an inspiration worldwide.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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September 30, 2018

Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. India's Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, addresses "Outlook SpeakOut 2018"

Smriti Irani, Outlook SpeakOut

Photo: India’s Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, addressing Outlook Magazine’s “Outlook SpeakOut 2018” Programme, in New Delhi on September 28, 2018.

Smriti Irani, Outlook SpeakOut

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Photo: Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. India’s Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, with Television Series Producer, Ekta Kapoor, at the Outlook Magazine’s “Outlook SpeakOut 2018” Programme, in New Delhi on September 28, 2018. Incidentally, Smriti Irani was the leading actress in Ekta Kapoor’s popular television drama “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.”

Outlook Magazine explains that its “Outlook Speakout is a platform which brings together achievers who have made a difference by excelling in their respective chosen fields. The theme for Outlook SpeakOut 2018 is Women Empowerment.”

Source: Outlook SpeakOut

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September 29, 2018

Minister for External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, Addresses UN General Assembly

United Nations, Sushma Swaraj

Photo: Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India, addresses the General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s Seventy-third Session. 29 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Source: United Nations, New York

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Prime Minister of India addresses the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence in New Delhi

Prime Minister of India

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the inauguration of the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence, in New Delhi on September 29, 2018.

New Delhi, 29 September 2018 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence, in New Delhi, in which the Vice-Chancellors and Directors from more than 350 universities in India participated.

Mr, Modi said that when one thinks of resurgence or revival, the first image that comes to mind is of Swami Vivekananda, who presented before the world, the strength of Indian thought.

The Prime Minister recalled Swami Vivekananda’s emphasis on self-reliance, character building, and human values, as elements of education. The Prime Minister said innovation is another vital element of culture today.

Recalling the ancient Indian texts, the Vedas, the Prime Minister said that we could not imagine our society, our country, and even our lives, without knowledge. He said that our ancient universities such as Taxila, Nalanda, and Vikramshila, gave importance to innovation, besides knowledge.

Narendra Modi said that today, no country or person could live in isolation. He mentioned the importance of thinking concerning ‘global citizen’ or ‘global village.’ He said our Universities and Colleges should be leveraged to find solutions to the challenges facing us. We should “Interlink Institutions to Innovate and Incubate,” he added.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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September 28, 2018

Paris Fashion Week: Roger Vivier Spring/Summer 2019 Presentation

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Photos: Guests attend the Roger Vivier Presentation Spring/Summer 2019 during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018, in Paris, France. Photographer Francois Durand. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Images provided by Roger Vivier.

Paris Fashion Week

Photo: (L to R) Gherardo Felloni and Ines de la Fressange attend the Roger Vivier Presentation Spring/Summer 2019 during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018, in Paris, France. Photographer Francois Durand. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by Roger Vivier.

Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Olivia Palermo attends the Roger Vivier Presentation Spring/Summer 2019 during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018, in Paris, France. Photographer Francois Durand. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by Roger Vivier.

Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Gherardo Felloni and a guest attend the Roger Vivier Presentation Spring/Summer 2019 during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018, in Paris, France. Photographer Francois Durand. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by Roger Vivier.

Source: Paris Fashion Week: Roger Vivier

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Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will inaugurate Conference on Academic Leadership tomorrow

India, Universities

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the Vice Chancellors of Central Universities and Visitor’s Awardees, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 02, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, September 28, 2018 — A “Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence” is being organized on 29th September 2018 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, in which the Vice-Chancellors and Directors from more than 350 universities are participating.

The theme of the Conference is to deliberate on the challenges facing the Indian education system and to work out a plan for a paradigm shift both regarding achieving academic outcomes and the regulation of education.

The Conference would be inaugurated in the morning by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, which will be followed by breakout sessions covering following eight thematic areas:

  • Improving pedagogy for learner-centric education - use of artificial intelligence for customized learning.
  • From job seeking to job-creating - enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Improving the quality of research - focus on requirements of India.
  • Bringing synergy among educational institutions - pooling of academic resources like sharing of libraries and exchange of knowledge.
  • Building inclusive and integrated campuses - taking up activities which could bring emotional attachments of students to the school.
  • Participatory Governance models - facilitating the participation of students in governance processes.
  • Building robust financial models - supplementing Government resources by getting funds from alumni and also from corporate (CSR).
  • Promoting value education by developing universal values and life skills.

Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development, will chair the valedictory session, in which each of the eight groups will make the presentation on their opinion on the best course of action. It will be debated further in the Plenary Session to arrive at a comprehensive action plan for the advancement of higher education in India.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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September 27, 2018

United Nations Event on Accelerating Action on Girls' Education

UNESCO

Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), addresses an event titled “12 years to break barriers and leave no girl behind: Countdown to 2030”.

The governments of Canada, France, Kenya, Mali, Niger, and the United Kingdom had convened the event on the sidelines of the general debate of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly. 25 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

UNESCO Girls Education

UNESCO Girls Education

Photos: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, meets with participants at the event “12 Years to Break Barriers and Leave No Girl Behind: Countdown to 2030”. New York, 25 September 2018. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/J.Sheakovski.

UNESCO Girls Education

Photo: French President, Emmanuel Macron, meets with participants at the event “12 Years to Break Barriers and Leave No Girl Behind: Countdown to 2030”. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Teresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, are also seen. New York, 25 September 2018. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/J.Sheakovski.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, along with world leaders, notably French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, has called on the international community to do more for girls’ education and “Leave no girl behind.”

“Girls’ education is the most powerful driver for global transformation. It is also a fundamental right and a matter of human dignity,” said Director-General Azoulay. She also underscored that “today’s meeting is indeed a strong signal of high-level political commitment to a topic that is at the crossroads of two of the most important challenges of our time: education and gender equality.” However, she also called for more coordination: “UNESCO can serve as a coordinating hub,” noting, “We must work in synergy and on a sustained basis over time if we are to deliver on our ambition collectively.”

The event gave focus to the urgent need for countries to work together for the 132 million girls that are not in school today. It featured three-panel discussions which underscored the determination to do more for the education of girls in conflict and crisis-affected countries.

Sources: United Nations, New York; UNESCO, Paris

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