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March 31, 2018

Longines, Timekeeper of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Launches Official Watch of the Event

Longines, Gold Coast Games

Longines Commonwealth Games

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Longines Conquest

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Longines, Gold Coast Games

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Photos: As Official Partner and Timekeeper of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Longines has launched the official watch of the event — Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. This special edition watch is meant as a tribute to this multi-sport event where athletes from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will gather.

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March 29, 2018

Ferrari introduces Ferrari 488 Pista — the synthesis of extreme track-level power and driving exhilaration for the road

Ferrari 488 Pista

Ferrari 488 Pista

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Ferrari 488 Pista

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The Ferrari 488 Pista is powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the Ferrari marque’s history and is the company’s special series sports car with the highest level yet of technological transfer from racing. In fact the name Pista, meaning ‘track’ in Italian, was chosen specifically to testify to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.

Technically, the Ferrari 488 Pista encompasses all of the experience built up on the world’s circuits by the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. For over 25 years, Ferrari has been organising the most prestigious of all one-make championships, the Ferrari Challenge, in which over 100 drivers split into three continental series do battle at the wheel.

Ferrari 488 Pista’s vehicle dynamics have been designed for unique driving feedback and to make the car’s full potential available to all drivers, professional or otherwise.

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March 24, 2018

Chinese Superstar Angelababy (Yang Ying) is TAG Heuer's new Brand Ambassador

TAG Heuer, Watches

TAG Heuer, Watches

#DontCrackUnderPressure

Photos: Chinese superstar Angelababy (Yang Ying) has become the new TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador reflecting the brand’s spirit of #DontCrackUnderPressure in the best possible way. Images provided by and copyright © TAG Heuer.

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March 21, 2018

World’s best single images revealed by the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Six”. Photographer: Jaydip Bhattacharya. A roadside play in early morning in Kolkata, India. Copyright © Jaydip Bhattacharya, India, Commended, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Shapes of Lofoten”. Photographer: Mikkel Beiter. Copyright © Mikkel Beiter, Denmark, Winner, Open Travel and Denmark National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Walking”. Photographer: Suphakaln Wongcompune. Walking on the U-Bein Bridge, Myanmar. Copyright © Suphakaln Wongcompune, Thailand, Commended, Open Travel and 3rd Place, Thailand National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Wish”. Photographer: JUNGHYE LEE. Lamp festival reflected in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Copyright © Junghye Lee, 2nd Place, South Korea National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Morning, the birds of Daasheng feeding their children”. Photographer: Rukui Zhang. Copyright © Rukui Zhang, China, Commended, Open, Wildlife (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Lasso horses in snowfield”. Photographer: Shuzhen Bai. Photographed at Xilin Gol League, Inner Mongolia on January 6th, 2017, this work describes scene of lassoing horses. Copyright © Shuzhen Bai, China, Commended, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Light & Shadow”. Photographer: Zeenath Shakir. Copyright © Zeenath Shakir, India, Commended, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Lose control”. Photographer: Changzai Lu. Copyright © Changzai Lu, China, Commended, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

London: Selected from hundreds of thousands of entries worldwide, the winners of the Open competition and National Awards of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards were announced today.

The 10 Open category winners were chosen by an expert panel of judges as the world’s very best single photographs, and the National Awards winners selected as the strongest single image taken by a local photographer across nearly 70 countries. The winning works and their photographers are truly international, with images coming from Australia, Argentina, Cambodia, China, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and beyond.

Subject matter across the photographs could also not have been more diverse. Photographers chose a variety of stunning landscapes, personal portraits, touching encounters and sporting moments as their inspiration.

Chair of judges Zelda Cheatle comments: “Judging the Open competition and National Awards allowed me to discover high calibre international work of great interest. In choosing the winners, the images all had to have something special - whether it be composition, impact, skill, a portrayal of a unique event or informing in a new way. Above all else, each winner had to be an exceptional photograph.”

All Open category and National Award winners receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, the winning work will be published in the 2018 Awards’ book and shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 20 - May 6. The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year, winning $5,000 (USD). This photographer, along with the Professional categories winners, will be announced in London on April 19.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.

Open Category Winners

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March 20, 2018

India's University Grants Commission grants Autonomy to 60 Higher Educational Institutions

India Universities

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, briefing media on the decision of granting autonomous status to 60 higher educational institutions, in New Delhi on March 20, 2018.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has granted autonomy to sixty Higher Educational Institutions. This was announced by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at a media briefing in New Delhi today. Javadekar said that the Government is striving to introduce a liberalized regime in the education sector and emphasis is on linking autonomy with quality.

Giving further details, Javadekar said that the sixty Higher Educational Institutions which have been granted autonomy include 52 Universities i.e. 5 central universities, 21 state universities, 24 deemed universities, and 2 private universities. Javadekar explained that these universities will remain within the ambit of UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs. They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes.

Eight colleges have also been granted autonomy, the HRD Minister said. The eight autonomous collages will be free to set their own syllabus, hold examinations, carry out evaluation as well as declare results. In this case, only the degree will be awarded by the respective university.

Following is the list of universities granted graded autonomy:

UGC, Universities

CENTRAL UNIVERSITIES

University — NAAC Score — Category

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi — 3.77 — I
  2. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad — 3.72 — I
  3. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi — 3.41 — II
  4. Aligarh Muslim University , Aligarh — 3.35 — II
  5. The English and Foreign Languages University, Telengana — 3.26 — II

STATE UNIVERSITIES

University — NAAC Score — Category

  1. Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata — 3.68 — I
  2. Algappa University, Karaikudi — 3.64 — I
  3. NALSAR University of Law, Telangana — 3.60 — I
  4. SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune — 3.60 — I
  5. Andhra University, Visakhapatnam — 3.60 — I
  6. National Law University Delhi, Dwarka — 3.59 — I
  7. Utkal University, Bhubaneswar — 3.53 — I
  8. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra — 3.52 — I
  9. Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati — 3.52 — I
  10. Osmania University, Hyderabad — 3.52 — I
  11. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar — 3.51 — I
  12. University of Jammu, Jammu — 3.51 — I
  13. University of Mysore, Mysuru — 3.47 — II
  14. Anna University, Chennai — 3.46 — II
  15. Punjab University, Chandigarh — 3.35 — II
  16. Kakatiya University, Warangal — 3.35 — II
  17. Punjabi University, Patiala — 3.34 — II
  18. Rajiv Gandhi University of Law, Patiala — 3.32 — II
  19. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack — 3.32 — II
  20. University of Madras, Chennai — 3.32 — II
  21. Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar — 3.28 — II

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March 18, 2018

2018 Laureates mark 20th Anniversary of L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Programme

L'Oreal UNESCO

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photo: L’Oréal-UNESCO Laureate Prof. Thaisa Storchi Bergmann (by Brigitte Lacombe) on display at Orly Airport, Paris, France. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Foundation / Stephane Cardinale / People Avenue.

L'Oreal UNESCO

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photos: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships awardees. Images provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Corporate Foundation.

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photo: Dr. Weang Kee Ho, Malaysia. 2018 Young Female Talent. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Corporate Foundation.

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photo: Professor Heather Zar. 2018 Women in Science Laureate. Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Director SAMRC Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Foundation | Thierry Bouët.

UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation are preparing to honour five exceptional female scientists with the 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards at a ceremony on 22 March at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.

The ceremony will follow a major scientific conference, organized by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO on 21 March. These events will recognize leading women scientists and shine a spotlight on 15 talented young female scientists. They will also provide an opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the For Women in Science programme.

This year, UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation have recognized five exceptional female scientists.

Each of the five laureates will receive a prize of €100,000 and be honored for her contribution in the fields of medicine, palaeontology, molecular biology, ecology and developmental biology.

Over the last 20 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has raised the profile of 102 laureates and supported more than 3,000 young female scientists, helping them benefit from increased recognition within the scientific community. Three of these laureates have received science Nobel Prizes.

In order to further promote these women in science, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme is raising public awareness of their achievements. It has launched an international communications campaign in seven international airports (Paris, New York, Beijing, London, Dubai, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg) and on the streets of Paris, in partnership with JCDecaux and Aéroports de Paris.

THE 2018 L’OREAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE LAUREATES

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Heather ZAR
Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
Director SAMRC Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

ASIA-PACIFIC

Professor Mee-Mann CHANG
Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology.
Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

EUROPE

Professor Dame Caroline DEAN
Professor, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, United Kingdom.

LATIN AMERICA

Professor Amy T. AUSTIN
Professor, IFEVA-CONICET, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

NORTH AMERICA

Professor Janet ROSSANT
Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
University Professor, University of Toronto, Canada.
President, Gairdner Foundation, Canada.

THE 2018 L’OREAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL RISING TALENTS

Over the last 20 years, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have supported 3,022 talented young female scientists through research fellowships. These L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships are awarded annually at national and regional ceremonies in 117 countries.

National and regional fellowships are awarded to 275 young women scientists each year. Out of these 275, the International Rising Talents programme targets the most promising 15 of these scientists.

The 15 young female talents honoured in 2018 are:

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

ASIA-PACIFIC

EUROPE

LATIN AMERICA

NORTH AMERICA

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March 14, 2018

India forms an Empowered Expert Committee to select ten private and ten public institutions of Eminence

India Universities

Photo: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. The original building built in 1937. Image Credit: Bill.

India Universities

Photo: V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, speaking during the Session “Global Science Outlook” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has established the regulatory architecture to enable 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as World Class Teaching and Research Institutions named as ‘Institutions of Eminence’ (IoEs).

According to India government sources, an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) has been constituted to select 10 Private and 10 Public Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) from the 114 applications which have been received by the Human Resource Development Ministry for the status of IoEs. No timeline has been prescribed in the Regulations for selection of IoE. The composition of the expert committee is as under:

The selected IoEs will have freedom to fix and charge fee from foreign students without restriction and would have the freedom to determine the domestic students fees, subject to the condition that no student who gains admission should be turned away for lack of finance.

The IoEs shall have flexibility of course structure in terms of credit hours and number of years to take a degree, after the approval of its Governing council and subject to broadly conforming the minimum prevailing standards.

The IoEs will have freedom to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 Global ranking institutions without approval of the Government or UGC except with institutions from negative list of countries determined by the Ministry of External Affairs or by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Under Public Sector, 10 Central Universities, 25 State Universities, 6 Deemed to be Universities, 20 Institutions of National Importance and 6 Standalone Institutions have applied. Under Private Sector, 9 Private Universities and 16 Deemed to be Universities have applied.

Among those who have applied from the public sector are seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati, Roorkee), Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadhavpur University, Goa University and Mangalore University.

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore have also joined the race along with the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

The Central University of Hyderabad, Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, Madras University, Pondicherry University, and Mysore University have also applied.

From the private sector, the O P Jindal Global University, Ashoka University, Manipal University and Amity University, among others, have applied for the tag.

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March 9, 2018

International Women’s Day observed at UN Headquarters

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Photos: Sections of participants at the observance of International Women’s Day at UN headquarters in New York under the theme “Time Is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. 08 March 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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March 5, 2018

Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director Oscar for 'The Shape of Water'

Oscars 2018

Oscars 2018

Photo: Guillermo del Toro poses backstage with the Oscar for best motion picture 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 & copyright © Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: Allison Janney poses backstage with the Oscar for performance by an actress in a supporting role for work on “I, Tonya” during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Mark Suban / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson pose backstage with the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film for work on “Coco” during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: After winning the Oscar for music written for motion pictures (original song) for “Remember Me” from “Coco”, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez pose backstage during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: Jennifer Garner arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Paul Hebert / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

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 provided by & copyright © Paul Hebert / A.M.P.A.S.

Los Angeles — ‘The Shape of Water’ has won the best picture Oscar at the just concluded 90th Academy Awards. This Guillermo del Toro directorial defeated strong competition from ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’

Here is the complete list of the winners:

Indian films have had little luck at the Oscars. This year’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category, “Newton”, a dark comedy set against the backdrop of elections in the world’s largest democracy, couldn’t even make it to the final five. Only three Indian films — “Mother India” (1957), “Salaam Bombay!” (1988) and “Lagaan” (2001) — have made it to the final five nominees of the Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards. None have got the award.

The 90th Oscars were held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and were televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars were also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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March 3, 2018

QS releases World University Rankings by Subject 2018

World University Rankings

World University Rankings

Photo: A frosty day. Downing College, University of Cambridge. Image Credit: Steve Day.

World University Rankings

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.

LONDON — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have released the eighth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. The research project enumerates the world’s leading institutions for the study of 48 different subjects and five subject groups. The portfolio - the most extensive of its kind - is designed to provide a crucial comparative guide to university performance for students both aspiring and current, parents, career & study advisors, and academia.

This year, Harvard University retains its global pre-eminence. It ranks number-one for fourteen different subjects, outranking Massachusetts Institute of Technology (12 number-one ranks) and the University of Oxford (four number-one ranks).

Key Findings:

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
Institutions achieving most Top-10 Ranks

Institution — Country — Number of Subjects in which placed in Top-10

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “For perhaps the first year since we began this research project, we see the improvement of Asian nations decelerate somewhat. There is no noteworthy proportional increase in the number of top-50 positions they take, and only the National University of Singapore demonstrates comprehensive competitiveness in the very highest echelons. The results demonstrate the difficulties facing any institution or system aiming to reach world-class research performance standards.”

ACADEMIC REPUTATION

QS RANK — UNIVERSITY — ACADEMIC REPUTATION SCORE

  1. Harvard University — 100
  2. University of Cambridge — 100
  3. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) — 100
  4. University of Oxford — 100
  5. Stanford University — 100
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — 100
  7. The University of Tokyo — 100
  8. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — 100
  9. Princeton University — 100
  10. Yale University — 100
  11. National University of Singapore (NUS) — 100
  12. Columbia University — 99.9
  13. University of Chicago — 99.9
  14. Peking University — 99.8
  15. The University of Melbourne — 99.8
  16. UCL (University College London) — 99.7
  17. University of Toronto — 99.7
  18. Kyoto University — 99.7
  19. University of Michigan — 99.7
  20. Cornell University — 99.6
  21. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — 99.6
  22. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — 99.5
  23. Imperial College London — 99.4
  24. The Australian National University — 99.3
  25. The University of Sydney — 99.3

UNIVERSITIES FROM INDIA

QS RANK — UNIVERSITY — ACADEMIC REPUTATION SCORE

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