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January 26, 2018

India Republic Day Parade held in New Delhi

India Republic Day

Photo: The Ladakh Scouts Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day Parade 2018, in New Delhi on January 26, 2018. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

India Republic Day

Photo: The Dogra Regiment Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day Parade 2018, in New Delhi on January 26, 2018. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

India Republic Day

Photo: The Maratha Light Infantry Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day Parade 2018, in New Delhi on January 26, 2018. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

India Republic Day

Photo: The Punjab Regiment Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day Parade 2018, in New Delhi on January 26, 2018. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

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January 23, 2018

90TH OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Oscar Nominations

Photo: Emma Stone accepts the Oscar for Performance by an actress in a leading role, for work on “La La Land” from presenter Leonardo DiCaprio during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Scott Diussa. Image provided by & copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor-director Andy Serkis, joined by Academy President John Bailey, announced the 90th Academy Awards nominations today (January 23) live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream.

Haddish and Serkis announced the nominees in 11 categories with pre-taped category introductions by Academy members Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson and Michelle Yeoh. Haddish and Serkis announced the remaining 13 categories.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Tuesday, February 20 through Tuesday, February 27.

The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Best animated feature film of the year

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

Achievement in film editing

Best foreign language film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Best motion picture of the year

Achievement in production design

Best animated short film

Best live action short film

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

Original screenplay

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Pope Tells Participants Human-Centric Economy Is ‘A Moral Imperative’ as 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Gets Underway in Davos, Switzerland

World Economic Forum

Photo: Cate Blanchett, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), London, and Shah Rukh Khan, Actor, Red Chillies Entertainment, India, after the “The 24th Annual Crystal Awards Ceremony” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, speaking during the Opening Plenary at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Hao Jingfang, Writer, China Development Research Foundation, People’s Republic of China, captured during the Session “The Power of Economic Narratives” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Dina Katabi, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, speaking during the Session “Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems for Health with Massachusetts Institute of Technology” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 25, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Hanzade Dogan Boyner, Chairwoman, Hepsiburada, Turkey, speaking during the Session: Online Consumer Marketplaces, at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 25, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Walter Duerst.

Geneva, Switzerland, 23 January 2018 - His Holiness Pope Francis helped open the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting with a special message, passionately calling on participants to overcome fragmentation between states and institutions and work together to facilitate more inclusive approaches in an increasingly globalized world.

In a speech delivered by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Pope Francis said: “It is vital to safeguard the dignity of the human person, in particular by offering to all people real opportunities for integral human development and by implementing economic policies that favour the family.”

Echoing the theme of the meeting, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, the Pope said, “The entrepreneurial world has enormous potential to effect substantial change by increasing the quality of productivity, creating new jobs, respecting labour laws, fighting against … corruption and promoting social justice.” He continued, “If we want a more secure future, one that encourages the prosperity of all, then it is necessary to keep the compass continually oriented towards ‘true north’,” represented by authentic values.

The World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting opens today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. More than 3,000 leaders from around the world are gathering in a collaborative effort to shape the global, regional and industry agendas, with a commitment to improve the state of the world. The meeting brings together governments, international organizations, business, civil society, cultural leaders, media, experts and the young generation, at the highest level and in representative ways.

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January 20, 2018

Designer Franziska Knuppe Presents Her New Collection For Bonita In Berlin

Berlin Fashion

Photo: Models presenting the April 2018 Sailor Heart collection during the presentation of Franziska Knuppe’s new Spring/Summer 2018 collection for Bonita at P7 Gallery on January 17, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by & copyright © Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Bonita. Image provided by Bonita.

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January 16, 2018

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2018 opens in Detroit, Michigan

NAIAS 2018

NAIAS 2018

NAIAS 2018

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NAIAS 2018

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NAIAS 2018

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NAIAS 2018

NAIAS 2018

NAIAS 2018

NAIAS 2018

Photos: North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2018 is being held in Detroit, Michigan, from January 13 to January 28. Now in its 30th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. Images provided by & copyright © NAIAS.

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January 7, 2018

Smriti Irani, India's Minister for Information & Broadcasting, chairs meeting on International Film Festival of India IFFI

Smriti Irani, Minister, India

Photo: Smriti Irani, India’s Minister for Information & Broadcasting, addressing at the inauguration of the “Inclusive India Summit-2017”, in New Delhi on September 12, 2017. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

New Delhi, January 6, 2018. Smriti Irani, India’s Minister for Information & Broadcasting, chaired the meeting of Consultative Committee of I&B Ministry to discuss about the efforts taken in organizing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 and the steps to be taken to improve the next edition of IFFI.

Ms. Irani apprised the Members of the Committee about the various steps and initiatives taken by the Ministry in IFFI 2017. She mentioned that this time all committees were restructured. She also emphasized that for the first time IFFI officially collaborated with Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. She said that in IFFI 2017, nine (9) Master classes were organized, 197 films were screened, and 493 delegates invited.

Members of the Committee, while appreciating the efforts of the Ministry in organizing IFFI 2017, said that regional films should be given more representation in IFFI. They also appreciated the choice of films and the large participation of the film fraternity this year.

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January 6, 2018

India's Human Resource Development Minister releases All India Survey on Higher Education

India Universities

Photo: India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the final report of All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for the year 2016-17, in New Delhi on January 05, 2018. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

India Universities

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the Vice Chancellors of 17 New Central Universities set up under the Central Universities Act, 2009, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, on January 06, 2018. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, is also seen. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

India’s Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, released the 8th All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for the year 2016-17 in New Delhi today. On this occasion, he also launched the Survey for the year 2017-18.

Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar informed that there is an increase in overall enrolment.

He further informed that Gender Parity Index (GPI), a ratio of proportional representation of female and male, has improved from 0.86 to 0.94 to the corresponding period. To give a further boost to girl-students, the Minister announced that a supernumerary quota in IITs will be increased.

Javadekar informed that the number of institutions of higher education listed on AISHE portal has also increased significantly - from 621 universities in 2010-11 to 864 in 2016-17 and from 32,974 colleges in 2010-11 to 40,026 colleges in 2016-17.

He said that the government’s vision for the higher education is based on three important aspects, namely Quality, Autonomy, Research & Innovation.

The survey covers almost all the Higher Education institutions (HEIs) in the country including Universities, Colleges and Stand-Alone institutions. Identified nodal officers from each institution are primarily responsible for collecting and uploading the data on AISHE portal in a secured environment. It needs a lot of efforts in a survey of this scale to bring out the correct and complete picture of the system so that relevant statistics are available to the Central Government as well as State Governments, in order to devise future policies.

The survey is also unique in the sense that it is a participatory effort between State Governments, Regulatory Statutory Authorities and the Ministries of the Government of India. The Survey compiles and manages statistics directly online from respondent institutions. The main items of data collection under survey are Basic details, Programme details, Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff, Student Enrolment, Examination Result, Infrastructure, Scholarships, and Foreign students. The AISHE data is the main source of information for “Know Your College” portal.

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