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January 15, 2019

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer administers the oath of office to the National Press Club's new President, Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

Photo: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer administers the oath of office to the National Press Club’s new President, Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, at the inaugural gala.

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2019 — Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak took the oath of office as the new president of the National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The club was founded in 1908. It has 3,100 members worldwide.

A three-time George Polk Award-winner throughout her lengthy career in both print and broadcast journalism, Kodjak was sworn into office by the Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Delivering her inaugural address from the Club’s historic Ballroom, Kodjak urged her fellow journalists to remain steadfast, focused and fearless in their search for the truth:

“Our neighbor down the road attacks our credibility and our character and calls us the enemy of the people,” said Kodjak. “But — those of us here in this room — know better. We journalists are not the enemy of the people. We are the advocates for the people.”

“A free and vibrant press is the basis of a successful democracy,” Kodjak continued. “We can’t have a representative democracy - government by the people - if the people don’t know what their government is doing.”

Kodjak pledged to uphold the work of her predecessors in advocating for press freedom worldwide and declared her desire to expand that critical work into the realm of freedom of information.

“Any journalist who covers government knows that - for years now - it’s been getting harder and harder to find out what our public servants are doing,” explained Kodjak. “When I was at Bloomberg — I was part of a team that successfully sued the Federal Reserve to get details about the bank bailouts in 2008. Moreover, at NPR (National Public Radio) we’re turning more and more to the courts to ensure that the Press and public have access to government information.”

Before joining NPR (National Public Radio) as their Health Policy Correspondent in 2015, Kodjak spent two years at the Center for Public Integrity, leading projects in financial, telecom, and political reporting. Before joining the Center, she spent more than a decade at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about the convergence of politics, government, and economics, and as part of Bloomberg’s investigative team, reported on the bankruptcy of General Motors Corp. and the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Kodjak is also the co-author of the book “In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race that Took It Down,” published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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January 14, 2019

First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award presented to Narendra Modi

Philip Kotler Presidential award, Modi

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award in New Delhi on January 14, 2019.

New Delhi, January 14, 2019 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award in New Delhi.

Prof. Philip Kotler is a world-renowned Professor of Marketing at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA.

The Award focuses on the triple-bottom-line of People, Profit, and Planet. It will be offered annually to the leader of a Nation.

The Award Citation says:

“Shri Narendra Modi is selected for his outstanding leadership for the nation. His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country.”

The Citation adds: “Under his leadership, India is now identified as the Centre for Innovation and Value Added Manufacturing (Make in India), as well as a global hub for professional services such as Information Technology, Accounting, and Finance.”

The Citation also mentions: “His visionary leadership has also resulted in the Digital Revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion. It is enabling entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and creating a 21st-century infrastructure for India.”

The Citation mentions initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat, which, according to it, “have positioned India as one of the most lucrative manufacturing and business destinations in the world.”

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 10, 2019

Twitter and Women & Child Development Ministry of India launch “Web-Wonder Women” Campaign

India Women

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Photo: The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, with the Facebook officials, in New Delhi on October 29, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, January 09, 2019 — The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, has launched an online campaign, ‘Web-Wonder Women.’ The Campaign aims to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development; Mr. Colin Crowell, Global Head, Public Policy, Twitter; and Ms. Sohini Bhattacharya, President & CEO, Breakthrough, were present during the launch.

Through the campaign, the Ministry and the Campaign’s Partners aim to recognize the courage of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive & niche campaigns to steer a change in society. This Campaign will recognize and acknowledge the efforts of these meritorious Women.

At the launch, Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, said, “Indian women have always been enterprising and have created a positive impact on society with their hard work, experience, and knowledge. Women online, though niche, are a compelling voice. Web-Wonder Women is a campaign to specially honor and encourage such voices that have in their capacity driven a positive impact on social media platforms. The Ministry is glad to partner with Breakthrough and Twitter India on this.”

The Campaign invites Entries via Nominations from across the world, as per the laid out criteria. Nominations are now open till 31st January 2019. Indian-origin women, working or settled anywhere in the world, are eligible for nomination. The shortlisted entries will be open for public voting on Twitter, and a specialized panel of judges will select the finalists. The Campaign has invited submissions to several categories that include Health, Media, Literature, Art, Sports, Environmental Protection, and Fashion, among others.

Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India

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January 9, 2019

Mastercard Evolves Its Brand Mark by Dropping its Name

MasterCard

Photo: Mastercard Circles. The Mastercard Symbol will now stand on its own across cards using the red and yellow brand mark, acceptance marks at retail locations both in the physical and digital worlds.

Las Vegas - January 8, 2019 - Mastercard today announced that it is dropping its name from its iconic brand mark in select contexts. The interlocking red and yellow circles referred to as the Mastercard Symbol, will now stand on its own across cards using the red and yellow brand mark, acceptance marks at retail locations both in the physical and digital worlds, and significant sponsorship properties. “As the consumer and commerce landscape continues to evolve, the Mastercard Symbol represents Mastercard better than one word ever could, and the flexible modern design will allow it to work seamlessly across the digital landscape,” the company said.

“Reinvention in the digital age calls for modern simplicity,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communication officer at Mastercard. “And with more than 80 percent of people spontaneously recognizing the Mastercard Symbol without the word ‘MasterCard,’ we felt ready to take this next step in our brand evolution. We are proud of our rich brand heritage and are excited to see the iconic circles standing on their own.”

According to Mastercard, the red and yellow interlocking circles have been the hallmark of the Mastercard brand for more than 50 years, symbolizing the brand’s promise to connect people to Priceless possibilities. The instantaneously recognizable circles are a powerful symbol that brings people closer to their passions and gives them the confidence and trust that their transactions are secure, the company stated.

“We live in a time where, increasingly, we communicate not through words but icons and symbols. Mastercard has had the great fortune of being represented by two interlocking circles, one red, one yellow, since its founding in 1966, said Michael Bierut, a partner at Pentagram. “Now, by allowing this symbol to shine on its own, Mastercard enters an elite cadre of brands that are represented not by name, but by a symbol: an apple, a target, a swoosh. Mastercard’s two interlocking circles have always expressed their commitment to connecting people. Now, that commitment is given greater presence by Mastercard’s status as a symbol brand.”

Source: Mastercard

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January 8, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump Exchange Greetings

Modi with Trump

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India with the President of United States of America, Donald Trump, and the first lady of USA, Ms. Melania Trump, at White House, in Washington DC, USA, on June 26, 2017. [File Photo]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Donald Trump of the United States exchanged greetings in a telephonic conversation last evening.

They expressed satisfaction at the progress in India-U.S. strategic partnership in 2018. They appreciated developments such as the launch of the new 2+2 Dialogue mechanism and the first-ever Trilateral Summit of India, the U.S., and Japan.

The two leaders took positive note of growing bilateral cooperation in defense, counter-terrorism and energy and coordination on regional and global issues. They agreed to continue to work together for further strengthening India-U.S. bilateral relations in 2019.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 7, 2019

India's Chief Election Commissioner in Chandigarh to review Election Preparedness for the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections.

India Elections

Photo: The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora, reviews the election preparedness of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections in 2019, in Chandigarh on January 07, 2019.

Chandigarh, January 07, 2019 — Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner of India, today reviewed the election preparedness of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections in 2019.

The Commission began the review with a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officers of Punjab, Haryana, and UT of Chandigarh. He discussed the provision of Assured Minimum Facilities at the Polling Stations. He also considered strengthening of workforce and infrastructure of CEO’s offices, filling up of all vacant positions of elections functionaries at the field level, and the availability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The Chief Electoral officers of Punjab, Haryana, and UT of Chandigarh briefed the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) about the progress of Special Summary Revision (w.r.t 01-01-2019), Voter Helpline (1950), and other IT related Applications.

The CEC had a comprehensive discussion with the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Home Secretary, and other senior officials of Punjab, Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh on arrangements for smooth conduct of elections.

The Chief Election Commissioner directed the CEOs to ensure that all Contact Centers with a uniform number -‘1950’ shall be made operational as a single point contact for all election-related information to the voters.

Source: Election Commission of India

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January 6, 2019

Prakash Javadekar inaugurates 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair

World Book Fair

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, presenting the book ‘Exam Warriors’ written by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to the Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, Sharjah, Mr. Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, at the inauguration of the New World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on January 05, 2019.

New Delhi, January 05, 2019 — Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated the 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi today.

Javadekar said that Books and culture complement each other. Despite the growing digitalization, the demand for books has not decreased. The culture of reading in India is increasing day by day. He further said that prosperity of life lies in the books, not in the money.

Welcoming Sharjah - the Guest of Honour this year at the Book Fair - Javadekar said that the ties between the two nations go back a long time. He noted that Sharjah is home away from home for millions of Indians.

The Union Minister gifted the book ‘Exam Warriors’ authored by the Prime Minister Narender Modi to H.E. Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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January 4, 2019

Flag Installation Ceremony for Newly-elected Non-permanent Members of the UN Security Council

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Christoph Heusge, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, holds his country’s flag during the flag installation ceremony held to honor the newly-elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020. 02 January 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Miguel Vargas Maldonado, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic and President of the Security Council for January, addresses the press during the flag installation ceremony held to honor the newly-elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020. 02 January 2019. United Nations, New York, UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, holds his country’s flag during the flag installation ceremony held to honor the newly-elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020. 02 January 2019 United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York

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The 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ to begin next week at Leisure Valley, Chandigarh.

Women of India Organic Festival

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Photo (Updated): The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, along with Member of Parliament Kirron Kher, visiting the exhibition stalls on the concluding day of 6th “Women of India Organic Festival” at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on January 14, 2019.

Women of India Organic Festival

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Photo: Coffee Table book on First Ladies. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, along with the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel, releasing the Coffee Table book on First Ladies, at the felicitation ceremony of the Women Achievers, in New Delhi. [File Photo]

Chandigarh, January 04, 2018 — The Ministry of Women and Child Development will be hosting the 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ from 12th to 14th January 2019, at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh, to celebrate and promote women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from the remotest parts of India.

“The festival aims to encourage Indian women entrepreneurs and farmers to connect with more buyers and thus, empower them through financial inclusion while promoting organic culture in India. Through this festival, the Ministry also aims to educate people about its various initiatives and schemes relating to women and children,” said Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development.

Over 100 women are coming together at Leisure Valley, which will become the epicenter of an organic extravaganza. The Festival will showcase over 1,000 various natural products, including fabric, wellness, grains, seeds, jewelry, bakery items and a lot more. Visitors to the festival will also get to visit the food court, which promises to offer a wide variety of sumptuous delights. The timings of the Festival are 10:30 AM to 10 PM.

The Women of India Organic Festival has been held annually in New Delhi since 2015. It makes its debut in Chandigarh this year.

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B.L. Sharma, Secretary, Women and Child Development, UT Chandigarh, will be the Chief Guest while Anuradha Chagti, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India, will be the Guest of Honour for inaugural function of the 6th “Women of India Organic Festival.”

On 14 January 2019, Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, will inaugurate National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) Mohali Regional Centre in the morning. Later, in the afternoon, she will visit various stalls and Food Court at the 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development

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January 3, 2019

Prime Minister Modi delivers inaugural address at 106th session of Indian Science Congress

Modi, Indian Science Congress

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, delivering the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab, on January 03, 2019.

Modi, Indian Science Congress

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Photo: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in a group photograph at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab, on January 03, 2019. The Governor of Punjab & the Administrator of Chandigarh, V.P. Singh Badnore, the Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Vijay Sampla, are also seen.

Indian Science Congress

Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, addresses the valedictory session of Children Science Congress, during the 106th Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 06, 2019.

Indian Science Congress

Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, delivering the keynote lecture at the inauguration of Science Communicators Meets, during the 106th Indian science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 05, 2019.

Indian Science Congress

Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, addresses the gathering at the inauguration of the Women science Congress, during the 106th Indian science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 05, 2019.

Jalandhar, Punjab, January 03, 2019 — The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today delivered the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab.

Reflecting on the theme of the event this year - ‘Future India: Science and Technology’ - the Prime Minister said that India’s real strength would be in connecting its science, technology, and innovation, with its people.

He recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S.N. Bose, and said that they served the people through “minimum resources” and “maximum struggle.”

“The life and works of hundreds of Indian Scientists are a compelling testament of integration of deep fundamental insights with technology development and nation-building. It is through our modern temples of science that India is transforming its present and working to secure its future,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister recalled former Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said that Shastri Ji gave us the slogan: “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” while Atal Ji added “Jai Vigyan” to it. He said that now the time has come to take a step further, by adding “Jai Anusandhan.”

The Prime Minister emphasized that the pursuit of science achieves two objectives: generation of profound knowledge; and use of that knowledge for socio-economic good.

“Our Scientists must commit themselves to address problems of affordable healthcare, housing, clean air, water and energy, agricultural productivity and food processing. While Science is universal, technology must be local for providing solutions relevant to local needs and conditions,” the Prime Minister said.

Noting that our national laboratories, central universities, IITs, IISC, TIFR, and IISERs are our strength in research and development, the Prime Minister said that the State Universities and Colleges, too, must develop a robust research ecosystem.

Speaking on achievements in the space sector, the Prime Minister mentioned the success of Cartosat 2 and other satellites. He said preparations are underway for sending three Indians into space, through the Gaganyaan in 2022.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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