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September 18, 2018

The President of India launches the logo and web portal for the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration

Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration

Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launching the logo for the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, at a function, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 18, 2018.

New Delhi — September 18, 2018 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched the logo and the web portal for the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at Rashtrapati Bhawan today.

The Government would do Logo Branding in Trains, Metro Rail, Air India Aircrafts, State Roadways Buses, Government websites, E-mails, Government stationery, calendars, diaries, Government advertisements & publicity material, and digital signature. The Public Sector Undertakings, subordinate/attached offices, and autonomous bodies under the Government of India would also use the logo.

The two-year-long celebrations from 2nd October 2018 to 02nd October 2020 will be held across the country and all over the globe to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Accordingly, all Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and all State/UT Governments have initiated branding actions in their Ministries/Departments.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

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September 17, 2018

United Nations General Assembly holds the Closing Plenary Meeting of the Seventy-second Session

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President-elect of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly, addresses the closing plenary meeting of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly. Behind her at the dais is (left to right): Secretary-General António Guterres; Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly; and Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management. 17 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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Indian Space Research Organisation launches 2 Foreign Satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation

Photo: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lifting off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India, on September 16, 2018.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched two satellites — NovaSAR and S1-4— from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota today.

The PSLV-C42 lifted off from the First Launch Pad of SHAR at 10.08 pm (IST). Both satellites were injected into the Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 17 minutes later, at an altitude of 583 km.

The satellites belong to UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), which has a contract with Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of ISRO. NovaSAR carries S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and an Automatic Identification Receiver payloads. The satellite applications include forestry mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring, and maritime missions. SSTL’s Spacecraft Operations Centre in Guildford, UK will operate it.

S1-4 is a high-resolution earth observation satellite meant for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management, and disaster monitoring.

The PSLV launch vehicle consists of four stages, each of which is a self-contained vehicle capable of functioning independently with own propulsion systems.

Preparations for the PSLV-C42 began at Sriharikota in mid-July with the process of vehicle integration setting the tone for the launch. Many centers of ISRO contributed to this mission with the vehicle being designed and developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. The second and fourth stage liquid engines came from Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Thiruvananthapuram and ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.

The vehicle’s guidance system is from ISRO’s Inertial Systems Unit, Thiruvananthapuram, while SDSC SHAR was responsible for the solid motor preparation, vehicle integration and launch infrastructure. ISRO’s Telemetry Tracking and Command Network provided tracking support.

ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan congratulated the team soon after the successful mission.

“I am delighted that the PSLV-C42 precisely launched two of our customer satellites at 583 km orbit. It was a unique night mission executed for the first time by us. The PSLV has proven yet again as a user-friendly vehicle in all aspects. The credit goes to the entire ISRO team and industries. We are going to have 18 missions in the next six months, virtually one launch every two weeks,” Dr. Sivan said.

“The PSLV-C42 marks the latest technology and commercial collaboration between India and the UK with the launch of the combination of high resolution optical and radar (SAR) satellites from us,” said Sir Martin Sweeting, Group Executive Chairman, SSTL.

As on date, ISRO has launched 239 foreign satellites from 28 countries.

Source: Department of Space, Government of India.

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September 16, 2018

UN Secretary-General Issues Warning about Dangers of Climate Change

United Nations

Photo: Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, makes her remarks following UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s comments on climate change. Mr. Guterres has issued a strong warning about the dangers we face from Climate Change, stressing the urgency of the crisis and the risks of inaction. Mr. Guterres has also outlined his vision for the 2019 Climate Summit. 10 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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September 15, 2018

‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ (Cleanliness Service) campaign launched in Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Schools) throughout the country by HRD Minister of India

Clean India Drive

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, with the students, during the “Swachhta Hi Seva” Abhiyan (Cleanliness Drive), in New Delhi on September 15, 2018.

Clean India Drive

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, participates in cleanliness drive with the students of Central Schools, during the “Swachhta Hi Seva” Abhiyan (Cleanliness Drive), in New Delhi on September 15, 2018.

New Delhi — September 15, 2018 — The Human Resource Development Minister of India, Prakash Javadekar, participated in the ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ (Cleanliness Service) programme organized by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Central Schools Organization) at Kendriya Vidyalaya (Central School), New Delhi, today. The schedule included many cleanliness activities both inside and outside the campus.

The Minister participated in the ‘Shramdaan’ (Labour Donation) activities at the programme venue along with the students of classes 9th to 12th. Many teachers and officials also took part in the Shramdaan. Mr. Javadekar himself collected plastics and waste papers to clean the roads.

Mr. Javadekar said that the students ‘swacchagrahis’ are our ambassadors of cleanliness and will bring out positive change through awareness and sensitization programs. He said that we should collectively make an effort to make our country clean and beautiful by personalizing the public hygiene.

Mr. Javadekar envisioned a plastic-free India, as plastic is non-biodegradable and an acutely hazardous waste for our environment. He also assured that the government would start these sanitation drives in all schools across the country.

The Swachhata hi Seva movement, which aims at generating greater public participation towards Cleanliness, is being organized in the run-up to the fourth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission, on October 2nd, 2018, which will also mark the commencement of the celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

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The Longines Prize for Elegance awarded to Aleksandra Soldatova at the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia

Longines Prize for Elegance

Longines Prize for Elegance

Longines Prize for Elegance

Photos: The Longines Prize for Elegance awarded to Aleksandra Soldatova at the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

Saint-Imier (Switzerland) / Sofia (Bulgaria) - 15 September 2018 - As the long-term partner of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), Longines is also the Official Partner and Official Timekeeper of the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In this context, the Swiss watch brand presented tonight its Longines Prize for Elegance to Russia’s Aleksandra Soldatova, who distinguished herself for the outstanding grace and charisma she displayed throughout the all-around final.

Source: Longines

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September 13, 2018

ACADEMY REVEALS 2018 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS — ALL WINNING FILMS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR OSCARS

Student Academy Awards

Photo: Sofia Carson arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image Credit: Aaron Poole / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo].

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy has voted 19 students as winners of the Student Academy Awards 45th competition. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges and universities, which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members. The 2018 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Shae Demandt, “Reanimated,” Florida State University

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

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

Animation (International Film Schools)

  • 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)

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

Documentary (International Film Schools)

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

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

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

Narrative (International Film Schools)

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

First-time honors go to MOPA (Motion Pictures in Arles) France, and the University of Hertfordshire, England. This year, the Student Academy Awards honors one returning winner in the Domestic Narrative category, Brian Robau, a Silver Medal winner in 2016 for “It’s Just a Gun.” Additionally, for the first time, a team of five directors is being honored in the International Animation category.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2018 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject category. Past winners have gone on to receive 59 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 11 awards. This year, two 2017 Student Academy Award winners received Oscar nominations in the Live Action Short Film category: Kevin Wilson, Jr., a Gold Medal winner in the Domestic Narrative category for “My Nephew Emmett,” and Katja Benrath, a Gold Medal winner in the International Narrative category for “Watu Wote/All of Us.”

Students will arrive in Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There, the Academy will announce the medal winners - gold, silver, and bronze - in the seven award categories.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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September 12, 2018

Tissot makes its come back this year as the Official Timekeeper of the Tour de Suisse

Tissot Watches

Tissot, Cycling

Tissot, Cycling

Tissot, Cycling

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Photos: Tissot is now the Official Timekeeper of the Tour de Suisse (an annual cycling race in Switzerland). Images provided by & Copyright © Tissot Ltd.

Cycling is one of the sports that Tissot has been most involved in for the past 50 years. The brand was Official Timekeeper of the Tour de France from 1988 to 1992 and still is since 2016. Tissot got further involved in 1995 by joining forces with the UCI International Cycling Union. Since then, Tissot has been the Official Timekeeper of road, trail, and BMX cycling world championships, cycling world cup, and the Mountain Bike.

Tissot is now the Official Timekeeper of the Tour de Suisse (an annual cycling race in Switzerland).

Tissot is celebrating its partnership with Tour de Suisse by launching a new watch: T-Race Cycling Special Edition Tour de Suisse.

Source: TISSOT

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September 10, 2018

India Government considering Exclusive Hostels for Students from the Northeast States studying elsewhere in India

India Women Press Corps

Photo: Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel & Public Grievances, with the members of the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), in New Delhi on August 27, 2018. [File Photo].

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Photo: The Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Prof. Raj Kumar (right), calling on the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi on September 08, 2018.

New Delhi, September 9, 2018 — India’s Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has undertaken the task of constructing independent hostels for students from the country’s Northeast in such Universities where the number of these students is reasonably high.

An exclusive hostel for North Eastern students is under construction in the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Development of a similar hostel is complete at Bangalore University. Also, a piece of land has been acquired to construct a hostel for Northeast students undergoing studies in the Delhi University.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Personnel & Public Grievances, gave this information while interacting with Prof Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, who had come to meet him with a request for setting up of a separate hostel for students from Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir in the premises of Panjab University at Chandigarh. Prof Kumar informed the Minister that there is a considerable number of students from those areas and in the absence of a separate hostel facility they have to look for accommodation outside the University campus.

Dr. Jitendra Singh assured the visiting VC that his ministry would sympathetically examine the feasibility of such a separate hostel in the premises of Panjab University at Chandigarh. He told the VC that he would also check with the Ministry of Human Resource Development its views on this issue and whether it could provide the requisite funding.

Source: Ministry of Personnel & Public Grievances, Government of India.

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September 9, 2018

Executive Editors of the Washington Post and the New York Times to accept 2018 National Press Club Fourth Estate Award at November 29 Gala

National Press Club

National Press Club, Washington DC

Photo: UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, addresses the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 16 April 2015. Washington, DC, United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. [File Photo].

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2018 — Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet will receive the National Press Club’s most esteemed prize, the Fourth Estate Award, at a Press Club gala in their honor on November 29, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Baquet and Baron are the 46th recipients of the award, which recognizes journalists who have made significant contributions to the field.

“As the editors of two of our most influential newspapers, Marty Baron and Dean Baquet have risen to the challenges of our times and emerged as thought-provoking and pathfinding leaders, steadfast in their commitment to excellence in journalism and the defense of a free press,” said National Press Club President Andrea Edney.

The Fourth Estate Award is the top honor bestowed on a journalist by the National Press Club Board of Governors. Previous winners include Wolf Blitzer, Gwen Ifill, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Walter Cronkite, Christiane Amanpour, and David Broder.

“At a time when the governments accuse the press of being ‘the enemy of the people,’ ‘the opposition party,’ and the peddlers of ‘fake news,’” Edney said, “two of the nation’s most venerable news organizations, the New York Times and the Washington Post, continue to rise above the vitriol, producing award-winning reporting and garnering record numbers of digital subscriptions.”

Martin “Marty” Baron:

Martin “Marty” Baron became the executive editor of the Washington Post in 2013. Under his leadership, The Post has won seven Pulitzer Prizes, winning four times for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, once for investigative reporting and once for public service. Baron received the Pulitzer Prize for public service in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. Previously, Baron served as editor of the Boston Globe. During his 11 years there, the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes - for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism. Before the Globe, Baron held top editing positions at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald, where his journalism career began back in 1976.

Dean Baquet:

Dean Baquet was named Executive Editor of the New York Times in 2014, having served as the paper’s managing editor and Washington bureau chief. Baquet first joined The Times in 1990 as a Metro Reporter, and became the paper’s National editor in 1995 before taking a seven-year hiatus from The Times to serve as managing editor, and later Editor-in-Chief, of the Los Angeles Times. After graduating from Columbia University in 1978 with a major in English, Baquet started reporting for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He was at the Times-Picayune for nearly seven years before he became the Chicago Tribune’s associate Metro editor for investigations and chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting in March 1988 for documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club, located in Washington, D.C., is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. It has more than 3,100 members worldwide.

Source: National Press Club

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September 8, 2018

UN Peacebuilding Commission Meets on Leadership, Accountability, and Capacity

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks during the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s meeting on “Leadership, Accountability, and Capacity in Supporting Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.” 07 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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September 7, 2018

New Zealand Fashion Week 2018, 'Twenty-Seven Names' Show

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

Photos: Models walk the runway during the show by the brand ‘Twenty-Seven Names’ during New Zealand Fashion Week 2018 on August 28, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. Photos © Phil Walter/Getty Images. Images provided by New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW).

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September 5, 2018

US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, in New Delhi for '2+2 Dialogue'

India, USA

India, USA

Photos: India’s Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman, receives the US Secretary of Defence, James Mattis, in New Delhi on September 05, 2018. Mr. Mattis is in India for the first ever ‘2+2 Dialogue’ between the two nations. [Source: Government of India].

India, USA

Photo: US Secretary of Defense James Mattis meets with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi, India, on September 6, 2018. [State Department Photo].

India, USA

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Photo: US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi, India, on September 6, 2018. [State Department Photo].

Sources: Ministry of Defence, India & U.S. Department of State.

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UN Security Council President Briefs Press on Programme of Work for September 2018

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of September, briefs press on the Council’s programme of work for the month. 04 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UN Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of September, chairs the Security Council meeting on the programme of work for the month of September. 04 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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September 1, 2018

Asian Games 2018 in Pictures — Editor's Picks

Asian Games Gold Medal

Photo: A winner displays his Gold Medal won at the Asian Games 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Sutanta Aditya/thv/18.

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Photo: Chinese shooter, Hui Zicheng, aims at the target during the final round of shooting in the 50m Air Rifle in the shooting arena of Jakabaring Sports City (JSC), Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, August 21, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Sutanta Aditya/thv/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Thailand Lawn Tennis Player, Sirungreang, returns the ball in the Asian Games 2018 women’s lawn tennis qualifying round in Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, August 31, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Hendra Nurdiyansyah/nym/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: A supporter of the South Korean team poses after the South Korean handball team defeated the Chinese team in the final in the 2018 Asian Games at GOR Popki, Cibubur, Jakarta, Thursday, August 30, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Fulli Syafi/mes/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Vietnamese athlete, Vu Thi Men, participates in the Women’s Triple Jump Final of the 2018 Asian Games at the Bung Karno Main Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, August 30, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/M Agung Rajasa/mes/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Qatar equestrian athlete, Ali Althani, jumps obstacles in the individual Asian Games 2018 jumping final, at the Jakarta International Equestrian Park, Pulomas, Jakarta, Thursday, August 30, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Melvinas Priananda/tom/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Indonesian runner, Bayu Kertanegara (left) touches the finish line in the final round of the 2018 Asian Games Men’s 4x100m Relay Run at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, August 30, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Andika Wahyu/mes/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Thailand judo player, Ikumi Oeda (below), plays against Chinese judo player, Zhenzhao Ma (above), in the women’s class -78 kilograms quarter-finals of the 2018 Asian Games judo competition at the JCC, Plenary Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, August 31, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Bram Selo Agung/MTG/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Hong Kong player, Wong (right,) competes for the ball with Kazakh player, Domashneva, while competing in the women’s hockey in the 2018 Asian Games at Hoki Square, Bung Karno Complex, Jakarta, Friday, August 31, 2018. Hong Kong won 2-0 over Kazakhstan. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Dhoni Setiawan/pras/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Rollerskaters compete in the 20 km speed event of the 2018 Asian Games at Arena Roller Skate Kompleks Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, August 31, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Ahmad Rizki Prabu/thv/18.

Asian Games Table Tennis

Photo: Chinese table tennis player, Chen Meng, returns the ball in the final of the 2018 Asian Games individual women’s singles competition at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, September 1, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Hermanus Prihatna/ang/18.

Asian Games Lawn Tennis

Photo: Chinese Lawn Tennis Player, Yu Yuanyi, returns the ball in the Women’s Lawn Tennis Semifinal match of the 2018 Asian Games at JSC Tennis Courts, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, September 1, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/M N Kanwa/nym/18.

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August 31, 2018

India Government launches 'Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)'

India Universities Minister

Photo: India Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar.

To ensure that Innovation is the primary fulcrum of all Higher Education Institutions, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, is introducing ‘Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)’ to rank education institutions and universities on innovation-related indicators. ARIIA will consider all significant signs which are commonly used globally to list the most innovative education institutions/universities in the world.

“ARIIA ranking will certainly inspire Indian institutions to reorient their mindset and build ecosystems to encourage high-quality research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. More than quantity, ARIIA will focus on the quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally. Moreover, ARIIA will set tone and direction for institutions for future development for making them globally competitive and in the forefront of innovation,” the Ministry said.

“For India to emerge as a global innovation hub, the higher education institutions need to play a crucial role to create a sustainable innovation ecosystem,” the Ministry explained.

ARIIA will primarily focus on five main parameters

Indicators — Weightage

  • Budget Expenses and Revenue generated through Innovation and entrepreneurship development — 20
  • Facilitating access to advance centers / facilities and entrepreneurial support system — 10
  • The idea to Entrepreneurship — 54
  • Development of Innovation Ecosystems Supported through Teaching & Learning — 10
  • Best innovative solutions Developed In-house for Improving Governance of Your Institution — 6
  • Total Weightage — 100

Application Open Date: 15th Oct 2018.

Last Date: 30th Nov 2018.

The announcement of ARIIA ranks: April 2019.

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August 30, 2018

India at the Asian Games 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia

Asian Games, Boxing Medal Winner

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, with the Boxing Gold Medal Winner of the Asian Games 2018 in New Delhi on September 05, 2018.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra selects the javelin for the final of the 18th Asian Games Men’s Javelin Throw at the Bung Karno Main Stadium Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, August 27, 2018. Neeraj Chopra won the Gold Medal. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Andika Wahyu/mes/18.

Asian Games 2018

Asian Games

Photos: Indian shooter, Rahi Sarnobat, prepares to shoot the target in the final of the women’s 25-meter Pistol at the 2018 Asian Games shooting arena in Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Rahi Sarnobat won the Gold Medal. ANTARA FOTO/ INASGOC/Iggoy el Fitra/thv/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: Indian Badminton Women’s Singles Player, Saina Nehwal, clenches her fist after gaining extra points in the semi-finals of the 2018 Asian Games individual event at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, August 27, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC//Hadi Abdullah/tom/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: India Squash Player, Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla hits the ball while competing against Thai squash player in the 2018 Asian Games Women’s Team Squash preliminary round at the Gelora Bung Karno Squash Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, August 28, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Ikhwan Yanuar/inp/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: India’s Badminton Singles Player, Pusarla V Sindhu, in action in the women’s first round of the 2018 Asian Games at the Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, August 23, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Nafielah Mahmudah/tom/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: Japanese Sailing Pair, Furuya Shingen and Hachiyama Shinji (right), with Indian Sailing Pair, Varun Ashok Thakkar, and Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa (left), spur their sailboats while competing in the Asian Games 2018 Sailing Competition in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, August 25, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/YU/18.

Asian Games Sailing

Photo: Indian Women Sailing Pair, Varsha Gautam and Sweta Shevegar, spur their sailboat while competing in the Asian Games 2018 Women’s Sailing Competition in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Varsha Gautam and Sweta Shevegar won the Silver Medal. ANTARA FOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/YU/18.

Asian Games India Squash

Photo: Indian Squash Player Joshana Chinappa participates in the Squash Women’s Team Semifinal at the 2018 Asian Games at GBK Squash Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, August 31, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Sakti Karuru/inp/18.

Asian Games India

Photo: Indian Bridge Payers, Shibhnath Sarkar and Pranab Bardhan, won the Gold Medal in the Men’s Pair category in the 18th Asian Games 2018 at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, September 1, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Setiyo Sc/Ttn/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: Indian Hockey supporters wave their hands and shout during the 3rd place competition in the men’s hockey in 2018 Asian Games at Hoki Square, Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, September 1, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/ INASGOC/Dadang Tri/pras/18.

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August 27, 2018

India Ministry of Tourism organizes “International Buddhist Conclave 2018”

Buddha, Ajanta

Photo: The delegates of the International Buddhist Conclave- 2018 visiting the Ajanta Caves, in Maharashtra on August 24, 2018.

Buddha, Sarnath

Photo: The delegates of the International Buddhist Conclave - 2018 visiting the Sarnath Stupa, at Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh on August 26, 2018.

India’s Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the State Governments of Maharashtra, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, is organizing a 4-day International Buddhist Conclave from 23rd - 26th August, 2018 at New Delhi and Ajanta (Maharashtra), followed by site visits to Rajgir, Nalanda and Bodhgaya (Bihar) and Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh).

From 24th - 26th August 2018, delegates would be taken for site visits to Aurangabad, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya, and Sarnath.

The delegates from the following 29 countries are participating in the International Buddhist Conclave: - Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, who inaugurated the gathering, said that tourism is a multi-stakeholder enterprise. “The private sector and civil society have substantial roles. The state and municipal administrations play a critical part in providing a safe and secure visitor experience. The business potential of tourism is immense. Across our world, this industry is a big job creator, especially for local households and local communities. In its essence, tourism, like Buddhism, is about people and empowering them to realize their potential,” the President added.

According to the India Ministry of Tourism, “There are nearly 500 million Buddhists all over the World, and the majority of them live in East Asia, South East Asia, and Far East countries. However, a tiny percentage of them visit the Buddhist sites in India each year. So the potential of encouraging more tourists to visit the Buddhist destinations where Lord Buddha lived and preached is immense.”

“One of the most precious gifts that Ancient India has given to the World is, the Buddha and his Path, which is, the Eight-fold Path, in the Pali language, Aṭṭhangiko Maggo. Therefore, ‘Buddha Path’ on the one hand, refers to the extraordinary Teachings of the Buddha which is also called the Middle Path which when practiced brings the purity of mind and leads to Peace, Happiness, and Harmony within and even in the Society as well. The Buddha Path provides quality of life based on Values as moral principles, or other ideas that guide our choices; Right beliefs, connection to nature and place with spirituality; Way of Life, daily practices, good habits and inspiring traditional skills for mental growth, thereby, making it the Living Heritage,” the Ministry of Tourism explained.

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August 26, 2018

India's Prime Minister, Vice President, and President Greet People on the Auspicious Occasion of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan, India

Photo: The Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, tying a Rakhi to the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, in New Delhi on August 26, 2018.

Raksha Bandhan, India

Photo: Preschool girl is tying a ‘Rakhi’ on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wrist on the occasion of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ in New Delhi on August 26, 2018.

The Prime Minister of India, the Vice President of India, and the President of India have greeted the people on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

“Greetings on Raksha Bandhan,” the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said in his short message.

“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan.

“Raksha Bandhan is celebrated all over the country reaffirming the strong bond of love and affection between brothers and sisters. The festival also upholds the high place traditionally accorded to women in our society.

“On this happy occasion, let us rededicate ourselves to upholding the dignity and respect of women in our country,” the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said in his message.

“On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad.

“Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of the unique relationship between brothers and sisters. Tying off a Rakhi symbolizes love, affection and mutual trust between sisters and brothers. May the spirit of this festival strengthen fraternal feelings, and inspire us to live in a society defined by universal respect for the security and dignity of women, especially of girl children,” the President, Ram Nath Kovind, stated in his message.

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August 23, 2018

UN Security Council Meets on Threats to Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Joana Cook, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, chairs the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, before the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN, speaks with Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, before the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), addresses the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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