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January 30, 2020

Human Resource Development Minister of India chairs the Meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) in New Delhi.

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Photos: The Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, chairs the meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU), in New Delhi on January 30, 2020.

New Delhi, January 30, 2020 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, chaired the meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) in New Delhi today. The Representative of India to the Executive Board of UNESCO, J.S Rajput, Secretary HRD cum Secretary General of INCCU, Amit Khare, members of the INCCU, and senior officials of the Ministry also attended the meeting.

The membership of the National Commission consists of members of five Sub Commissions, namely, Sub Commission for (i) Education (ii) Natural Sciences (iii) Social Sciences (iv) Communication (v) Culture. The members of the Sub Commissions briefed the chair about the activities carried out by their respective Sub Commissions.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that the National Commission could play a dominant role in coordinating the activities of the institutions under each of the five sub-commissions so that India’s efforts and achievements get outstanding support, acknowledgment, and recognition across countries. Our work needs to be projected more at the international level so that we can contribute more towards the fulfillment of the objectives of UNESCO while also strengthening India’s image globally.

The Minister said that India is one of the founding members of UNESCO and has always played an active role in promoting its ideals and objectives in the fields of education, culture, communication, natural sciences, and social and human sciences. He added that the Government of India is fully committed to the attainment of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and every Ministry is making considerable efforts in this direction.

Mr. Pokhriyal further highlighted that in the field of education, India is working to further UNESCO’s objective of making quality education available to everyone. The Government of India has taken many steps to improve access, equity, and quality of education. A New Education Policy is on the anvil. The Ministry has formulated the new plan after the largest ever process of consultation with stakeholders.

The Minister further said that in the culture sector, UNESCO’s programs aim to promote, preserve, and safeguard cultural heritage and spread respect for all cultures. India has an unparalleled heritage - both tangible and intangible. He added that the Ministry of Culture and the institutions under it are working to preserve the tangible and intangible heritage of the country.

He also said that India has been playing a very positive role in the field of Science by promoting scientific programs and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. He further said that India also supports UNESCO’s works towards freedom of expression, which is a critical condition for democracy and development.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that our National Commission needs to be stronger and more active. It would help showcase the excellent work we are doing and get better representation for India.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, would be visiting India from 4th to 7th of next month.

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January 29, 2020

Ferrari: Roar Before the 24 Hours of Daytona 2020

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Photos: Daytona, Florida, USA. 24 January 2020. Ferraris are practicing before the 24 Hours of Daytona 2020 race. Images provided by & copyright © Ferrari.

The 24 Hours of Daytona, an endurance sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) was held at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on January 25-26, 2020.

Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. It has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, IMSA, SCCA, and Motocross.

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January 26, 2020

Republic Day Celebrations in New Delhi

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Photo: Newly inducted Apache helicopters fly over Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: Five Jaguar fighter planes fly over Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: The Border Security Force Camel Contingent passes through the Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: The Naval Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: The Kumaon Regiment Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: The Grenadiers Regiment Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: K-9 VAJRA-T passes through the Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: Akash Army Launcher passes through the Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: The tableau of Punjab passes through the Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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Photo: A bird’s eye view of Rajpath, at the 71st Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020.

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January 25, 2020

The World faces Four Main Challenges: Climate Change, Mistrust of Leaders, Increased Geopolitical Tension, and the Dark Side of the Technological Revolution, Says UN Secretary-General.

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Photo: António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York, and the Global Shapers at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January. Congress Centre. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum.

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Photo: Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President White House, United States of America, during World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 23 January. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico.

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Photo: Sara Eisen, Co-Anchor, Squawk on the Street and Closing Bell, CNBC, USA, speaking in the “After Brexit: Renewing Europe’s Growth” session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 23 January. Congress Center - Aspen. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Faruk Pinjo.

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Photo: Karen Karniol-Tambour, Bridgewater Associates LP, speaking in the “Issue briefing: Black Swan and Grey Rhinos in Financial Markets” session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January. Congress Centre - Issue Briefing Room. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

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Photo: Elena Cherney, Editor, News Features and Special Projects, Wall Street Journal, USA, speaking in the “The Future of Mobility” session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 23 January. Congress Centre - Situation Room. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Sandra Blaser.

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Photo: Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, Mayor’s Office, City of New York, USA; Young Global Leader speaking in the “Striking a Green New Deal” session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 23 January. Congress Centre - Aspen. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Manuel Lopez.

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Photo: Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA, speaking in the “Power of Narratives” session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 23 January. Congress Center - Aspen. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Faruk Pinjo.

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Photo: Somini Sengupta, International Correspondent, Climate Change, New York Times, India, speaking in the Charging the “True Price of Carbon” session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January. Congress Centre - Hub B Room. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

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Photo: Sarah Kelly, Anchor-at-Large, Deutsche Welle, USA, speaking during the session “A Decade to Deliver the Global Goals” at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 23 January. Congress Centre. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Jakob Polacsek.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January 2020 - “I would use two words to describe the state of the world today: uncertainty and instability,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Guterres made his statement during a plenary session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020.

Using a Christian Biblical reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Guterres described what he called four “enormous challenges” to the world today: climate change, mistrust of leaders, increased geopolitical tension, and the dark side of the technological revolution.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time,” he said. It represents an “existential threat” to humankind. “The planet will not be destroyed. We will destroy our capacity to live on the planet.”

We need to hold the Carbon emissions below those projected by the Paris Agreement to keep the global temperature within the range targeted by scientists. Countries that he called the “big emitters” will need to make more significant strides; 80% of emissions come from the member nations of the G20 group.

He called for a three-step program to tackle this: carbon pricing, a shift from taxation on income to one on carbon, and the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies. “As a taxpayer, I can’t accept the idea that the Government uses my taxes to melt glaciers,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

As a measure of mistrust, Guterres noted that 66 countries experienced major demonstrations last year. “In each country, the pretext is different, but there is an underlying factor: mistrust,” he said. “The lack of trust in local establishments.” People believe that the world does not equitably distribute the fruits of globalization. “Seven in 10 people in the world live in countries where inequality is growing.”

His recipe for improvement would start with governments giving a “voice to the people,” particularly to young people, and with particular attention to gender equality. All stakeholders (including civil society, governments, and businesspeople) should work together, notably in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, he said.

Weaknesses in institutions further exacerbate increased geopolitical tensions. For example, the UN Security Council’s “inability to take decisions” or to enforce the ones they do take, such as the arms embargo for Libya. “We need a global economy,” he said. “And we need multilateral institutions to be in charge.”

To combat “chaos in cyberspace and ensure that artificial intelligence becomes a force for good, we need to boost international cooperation,” he said. To that end, multilateral organizations should change their modus operandi to become more agile, working in networks. “Inclusive multilateralism” would extend beyond national governments to include more participation from local authorities, civil society, business leaders, and others.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 took place from 21 to 24 January 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The meeting brought together more than 3,000 global leaders from politics, government, civil society, academia, the arts, and culture as well as the media. Convening under the theme, Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World, participants focused on defining new models for building sustainable and inclusive societies in a plurilateral world.

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January 24, 2020

India Government to establish Chairs in Universities named after Eminent Women.

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Photo: The Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on January 23, 2020.

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New Delhi, January 24, 2020 — On the occasion of the National Girl Child Day, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, with the assistance of the University Grants Commission (UGC), is going to set up 10 Chairs in different fields to carry out research activities to encourage women.

The initiative is called the “Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in the Name of Eminent Women Administrators, Artists, Scientists, and Social Reformers.” The main objective is to inspire women to pursue higher education and to achieve excellence in their area of work. This initiative of highlighting and celebrating women achievers of the country will motivate young girls and women towards higher studies, the Government said.

The Chairs proposed by UGC and approved by the Ministry are as under:

Subject: Proposed Name of Chair

  1. Administration: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar
  2. Literature: Mahadevi Varma
  3. Freedom Fighter: Rani Gaidinliu
  4. Medicine & Health: Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi
  5. Performing Art: Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi
  6. Forest/Wildlife Conservation: Amrita Devi (Beniwal)
  7. Mathematics: Lilavati
  8. Science: Kamala Sohonie
  9. Poetry & Mysticism: Lal Ded
  10. Educational Reforms: Hansa Mehta

The financial implications of the proposal are Rs. 50 lakh per Chair per year and the total expenditure for establishing ten Chairs will be approximately Rupees five crore per annum. The Chairs are to be created for five years initially as per the guidelines.

Academic functions of the Chairs will be to engage in research and, in turn, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area of the study. The Chairs would strengthen the role of the University and the academics in public policymaking and design. Further, they would execute short-term capacity-building programs for teachers in higher education focused on the designated discipline of the Chair.

The other academic functions of the Chairs will be to provide a forum for Inter-University, Inter-College, Post Graduate and Research level dialogues and discussion meetings. The Chairs would also promote conferences seminars, summer & winter schools, and publication of articles, research papers, reports, books, and monograms. Additionally, each Chair would facilitate participation in teaching and the Ph.D. programs of the associated Department or School.

While the University Grants Commission (UGC) would, from time to time, review the Chair for its continuance, the related University would review the progress of the Chair annually and submit a final report on the activities and outcome of the Chair to the UGC.

The UGC had issued the following public notice in this connection:

• PUBLIC NOTICE •

UGC is going to establish Ten (10) Chairs in different Universities in the name of Eminent Women Academicians, Administrators, Artists, Scientists, Environmentalists, and Social Reformers funded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

The eligible Universities desirous of setting up Chairs may send the detailed proposal containing the intended activities and academic function of the Chair, including the annual budget, to:

Dr. Jitendra Kumar Tripathi
Joint Secretary (Chairs)
Room No. 323
University Grants Commission
Bahadurshah Zafar Marg
New Delhi 110002.

All the universities qualified to receive grant-in-aid from the UGC are eligible to apply for the establishment of Chairs.

The proposal submitted should be duly signed (with stamp) by the Registrar of the University.

The proposal should reach the UGC within 21 days from the date of issue of this Public Notice.

Proposals received after the last date will not be considered.

An Expert Committee would examine the proposals and select the Universities for setting up the Chairs.

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January 22, 2020

The World Economic Forum launches Reskilling Revolution, an initiative to provide one billion people with better education, skills, and jobs by 2030.

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Photo: Impressions during the Creating a Sustainable Business Culture session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 January. Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel, Symondpark. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Faruk Pinjo.

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Photo: Pierre Hubbard, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD, France, speaking in the Humans behind Machines at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January. Congress Centre - Sanada. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

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Photo: Ivanka Trump, Assistant, and Adviser to the President of the United States speaking in the Press Conference: Reskilling Revolution: Better Skills for a Billion People by 2030 at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January. Media Village - Press Conference Room. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary.

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Photo: Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Google, USA, speaking in the An Insight, An Idea with Sundar Pichai session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January. Congress Centre - Aspen 1 Room. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Greg Beadle.

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Photo: Deepika Padukone, Founder, Live Love Laugh Foundation, India; Cultural Leader, speaking in the “An Insight, An Idea with Deepika Padukone” session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 January 2020. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Boris Baldinger.

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Photo: Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, speaking in the High-Level Panel on Africa session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 January. Congress Centre - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Mattias Nutt.

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Photo: Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, speaking in “The Future of the Corporation” at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 January. Congress Centre - in Spotlight Room. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/Jakob Polacsek.

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Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico.

Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - The World Economic Forum today launched Reskilling Revolution, a multistakeholder initiative aiming to provide better education, new skills, and better work to a billion people around the world by 2030.

The Reskilling Revolution platform would prepare the global workforce with the skills needed to future-proof their careers against the expected displacement of millions of jobs as a result of technological change. It would also provide businesses and economies with the skilled labor needed to fulfill the millions of new roles that will be created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, shifts in the global economy, and industrial transitions towards sustainability.

“The best way to foster a more cohesive and inclusive society is to provide everybody with a decent job and income. Here in Davos, we are creating a public-private platform to give one billion people the skills they need in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The scale and urgency of this transformation calls for nothing short of a reskilling revolution,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder, and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum.

• National and industry transformation

To effect such systems-wide change, Reskilling Revolution will serve as a platform for connecting and coordinating individual initiatives within specific countries, industries, organizations, and schools. At the country-level, the governments of India, Oman, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates Denmark, and Singapore would support the Reskilling Revolution.

In the private sector, several companies are already taking coordinated action on workforce transformations through cross-industry collaborations involving business, trade unions, and the training sector. These industry accelerators include Advanced Manufacturing; Aerospace; Aviation, Travel and Tourism; Consumer; Financial Services; Media, Entertainment and Information; Mining and Metals; Oil and Gas; and Health and Healthcare.

• Founding partners, initiatives and coalitions to reach 250 million people

Together, founding partners’ initiatives and coalitions already signed up to the Reskilling Revolution have the capability of reaching 250 million people worldwide. The Reskilling Revolution Platform will enable these coalitions and future business-led initiatives to create system-level change or to be scaled up through replication by other organizations.

Founding business pledges include:

• The Adecco Group aims to support 5 million workers through upskilling and reskilling globally by 2030. The Group’s General Assembly business will play a vital role as a founding member of the Skills Consortium of online training and learning providers, as part of the Reskilling Revolution initiative. The Adecco Group Foundation will contribute as a founding partner to the HR Valley initiative - a hub of human capital management learning.

• Coursera Inc. will be a data partner and a founding member of the Skills Consortium of online training and learning providers hosted by the Reskilling Revolution. It has committed to upskilling 10 million global workers by 2030 in high-demand domains of Data Science, Technology, Business, and Soft skills.

• Infosys is expanding computer science and maker education to K-12 students and teachers across the US, especially among under-represented communities, and will become a founding member of a Skills Consortium of online training and learning providers hosted by Reskilling Revolution.

• LinkedIn will be a data partner for the Reskilling Revolution initiative. Manpower Group’s MyPath is enabling hundreds of thousands of people to access high-growth roles by providing accelerated upskilling, on-the-job training, and certification.

• PwC and its New World. New Skills. The program will deploy skills to support public-private collaborations through the Reskilling Revolution. It will also help clients prepare their workforces for the digital world, upskill each of its 276,000 people and scale up its community programs, particularly in areas where there is an acute need.

• Salesforce has committed to help train 1 million people with relevant skills and reach 10 million active users on Trailhead, Salesforce’s free online learning platform, within the next five years. Through workforce development initiatives, including Trailhead Military, FutureForce, and the Pathfinder Program, all powered by Trailhead, anyone can skill-up to learn in-demand skills and earn credentials to land a top job in tech.

“The United States is a leading example of when the public and private sector comes together to prioritize workers. The Trump Administration would change one billion lives by 2030 through this Reskilling Revolution through its Pledge to America’s Workers,” said Ivanka Trump, Assistant, and Adviser to the President of the United States.

“We are excited to partner with the World Economic Forum through the Reskilling Revolution initiative. As the availability of digital talent continues to be one of the greatest barriers for enterprises to transform, organizations need to nurture a culture that enables talent - across disciplines and skills - to benefit from a continuum of lifelong learning that prepares them for the future of work. We are keen to help drive the transformation”, said Salil Parekh, Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Director, Infosys.

The World Economic Forum’s Reskilling Revolution Platform for Shaping the Future of the New Economy and Society provides the opportunity to advance prosperous, inclusive, and equitable economies and societies. It focuses on co-creating a new vision in three interconnected areas: growth and competitiveness; education, skills and work; and equality and inclusion. Working together, stakeholders deepen their understanding of complex issues, shape new models and standards and drive scalable, collaborative action for systemic change.

Over 100 of the world’s leading companies and 100 international, civil society and academic organizations currently work through the Platform. They promote new approaches to competitiveness in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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January 21, 2020

University Grants Commission of India (UGC) warns Universities against awarding "Unspecified Degrees."

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New Delhi, 21 January 2020 — The University Grants Commission (UGC), the higher education regulator in India, has asked the universities to abide by the provision of Section 22 of the UGC Act 1956 and award only such degrees as have been specified by the UGC.

In a letter sent to all the Vice-Chancellors on 20 January 2020, the Commission said that it had observed that some universities/institutions are awarding unspecified degrees leading to litigations and complex problems for the students conferred with such degrees. Further explaining the position, the Commission, in its letter, has mentioned the following provisions:

• The right of conferring or granting degrees shall be exercised only by a university established or incorporated by a or under a Central Act, a Provincial Act, or a State Act; or an institution deemed to be university under Section 3; or an institution specially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer or grant degrees.

• Save as provided in sub-section (1), no person or authority shall confer, or grant, or hold himself or itself out as entitled to confer or grant any degree.

• For the Section, ‘degree’ means any such degree as may, with the previous approval of the Central Government, be specified in this behalf by the Commission by notification in the Official Gazette.

If a university wishes to award a degree other than the one specified by the UGC, it should approach the UGC for its approval six months before starting the degree program with a full explanation on the course it is launching, the letter from the Commission stated.

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January 20, 2020

World Economic Forum Presents 2020 Crystal Awards

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Photo: Hilde Schwab, Chairperson, and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Cultural Leader and Jin Xing, Choreographer and Founder, Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; Cultural Leader speaking in The 26th Annual Crystal Award Ceremony session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Conference Center - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Valeriano Di Domenico.

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Photo: Hilde Schwab, Chairperson, and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Cultural Leader and Deepika Padukone, Founder, Live Love Laugh Foundation, India; Cultural Leader speaking in The 26th Annual Crystal Award Ceremony session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Conference Center - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Valeriano Di Domenico.

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Photo: Hilde Schwab, Chairperson, and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Cultural Leader and Theaster Gates, Founder, and Director, Rebuild Foundation, Cultural Leader speaking in The 26th Annual Crystal Award Ceremony session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Conference Center - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Valeriano Di Domenico.

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Photo: Deepika Padukone, Founder, Live Love Laugh Foundation, India; Cultural Leader speaking in The 26th Annual Crystal Award Ceremony session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Conference Center - Congress Hall. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum/ Faruk Pinjo.

Geneva, Switzerland, 20 January 2020 - Artist Theaster Gates, choreographer, and media personality Jin Xing, actor Deepika Padukone and artist Lynette Wallworth are the recipients of the World Economic Forum 26th Annual Crystal Award. The award celebrates the achievements of artists and cultural figures whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change. The winners were honored in the opening session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on Monday 20 January.

“These wonderful cultural leaders are bridge-builders. They connect us. They help us reflect on the human condition, and they provide visions of the world that can cut through the limitations of short-term or linear thinking,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman, and Co-Founder of the World Arts Forum, which hosts the awards.

Award recipients

• Theaster Gates, for his leadership in creating sustainable communities

Theaster Gates is an artist who lives and works in Chicago. Drawing on his interest and training in urban planning and preservation, Gates creates works that focus on space theory, land development, sculpture, and performance. In 2010, Gates established the Rebuild Foundation to galvanize communities through neighborhood regeneration and the development of educational and arts programming. Many of the foundation’s initiatives are centered on the revitalization of Chicago’s South Side, creating hubs and archives for the black culture that serve as catalysts for discussions on race, equality, space, and history. Gates is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts and the Harris School of Public Policy and is Distinguished Visiting Artist and Director of Artist Initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College.

“Special thanks to the World Economic Forum for this most prized Crystal Award. The impact of the arts and artists is incomparable when we think about the transformation of cities and towns. I am honored to work as a believer in beauty and creativity and hope the work and the ideals that I lead within Chicago have resonance throughout the world,” said Gates.

• Jin Xing, for her leadership in shaping inclusive cultural norms

Jin Xing is a choreographer, media personality, and China’s most popular TV host. She is the founder of the award-winning Jin Xing Dance Theatre, the country’s first independent dance company. Her television shows, which include Venus Hits Mars, The Jin Xing Show, and Chinese Dating, draw more than 100 million viewers a week and create a space for discussion on contemporary life in China. She is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and received an honorary Doctorate of Dance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“In today’s complex and fractured world, I pursue my mission to be true to the society, to be a true voice for the public, as an artist, a public figure and as a human being. I’m grateful and honored to receive this year’s Crystal Award. This honor encourages me to continue my mission and be crystal clear towards life,” said Jin.

• Deepika Padukone, for her leadership in raising mental health awareness

Deepika Padukone is an internationally acclaimed actor, fashion icon, and mental health ambassador from India. She has acted in close to 30 feature films across genres and won several awards for her performances. Many of her films also rank among the highest-grossing movies of all time. Padukone was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2014 and sought professional help to aid her recovery. In June 2015, she founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) to give hope to every person experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression (SAD). The foundation’s programs and initiatives include nationwide public awareness and destigmatization campaigns, adolescent mental health programs, funding support for treatment in rural communities, general training physicians in common mental health disorders, research, and an annual lecture series featuring the world’s foremost thinkers and achievers.

“With more than 300 million people suffering from the illness, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world today and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. I am humbled and deeply honored to be chosen for this year’s Crystal Award and dedicate the award to the millions around the world who experience stress, anxiety and depression, and other forms of mental illness,” Padukone said.

• Lynette Wallworth, for her leadership in creating inclusive narratives

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations, virtual reality, and film works reflect the connections between people and the natural world. She won an Emmy Award for her virtual reality film Collisions, which the World Economic Forum commissioned, premiered, and executive-produced. Wallworth was named one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine for immersing audiences in the destructive power of nuclear weapons. Her 2018 mixed-reality film Awavena, the story of the first woman Shaman from the Yawanawa tribe in Brazil, as well as her most recent works, have been made at the invitation of indigenous communities. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sundance Institute.

“I have sought to use my skills as an artist to bring unheard voices, including indigenous voices. These voices ring out with resilience, persistence, power, and grace. In supporting my work, the creation and the presentation of it, the World Economic Forum has helped me place it in front of those I most wished to impact, those whose decisions help shape our shared future. I am immensely grateful that these works, these voices, have been heard and are being honored by a Crystal Award,” said Lynette Wallworth.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting brings together leaders from government, international organizations, business, civil society, the arts and culture and media, foremost experts, and the young generation from all over the world, at the highest level and in representative ways. It engages some 50 heads of state and government, more than 300 ministerial-level government participants, and business representation at the chief executive officer and chair level.

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26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Shots

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Photo: Michelle Williams, winner of the for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, poses with award during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: (L-R) Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt attend the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: Sam Rockwell poses in the press room with the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses in the press room with the trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: Renée Zellweger, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture award for ‘Judy,’ poses in the Winner’s Gallery during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Terence Patrick/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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NASCAR 2019 Car Shots

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NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Ryan Blaney, the driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Paul Menard, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Ross Chastain, driver of the #45 CarShield Chevrolet, and Harrison Burton, driver of the #18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, lead the field during the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Copyright © Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Denny Hamlin, the driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, takes the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 06, 2019, in Dover, Delaware. Copyright © Matt Sullivan/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

NASCAR, Car Racing

Photo: Justin Allgaier, the driver of the #7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, celebrates his victory during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 at ISM Raceway on November 09, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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January 18, 2020

Piyush Goyal to lead Indian Delegation to World Economic Forum 2020

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Photo: Impressions from the Conference Center. At the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

New Delhi, 17 January 2020 — Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways, Piyush Goyal, will lead the Indian delegation to the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos from 20 January to 24th 2020. The Commerce and Industry Minister will participate in the WEF along with Union Minister of State for Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, and Chief Ministers of the States of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, the Finance Minister of Punjab, and the IT Minister of Telangana. Secretary Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and Invest India are also part of the delegation.

Commerce and Industry Minister will hold bilateral meetings with Ministers of Australia, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Korea, and Singapore. He will also meet the Director-General of the World Trade Organization and Secretary-General of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Apart from this, Commerce and Industry Minister will hold bilateral meetings with CEOs of companies, attend WEF sessions and round tables on Accelerating Investments in Indian Railways and attracting Global Institutional Investments in India.

Commerce and Industry Minister will also participate in an informal WTO Ministerial gathering in Davos.

The WEF annual meeting in Davos engages the world’s top leaders to shape global, regional, and industry agendas at the beginning of the year. The theme of the 2020 meeting is “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.”

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January 14, 2020

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 will convene under the theme, Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.

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Photo: Impressions from the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez. [File Photo]

World Economic Forum

Photo: Bhairavi Jani, Executive Director, SCA Group of Companies, India; Young Global Leader, speaking during the Session “Future Frontiers of Global Value Chains” in “Situation Room” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

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Photo: A Participants during the Session “What Should Globalization 4.0 Look Like?” in “Ideas Lab” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

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Photo: Sarah Kelly, Anchor-at-Large, Deutsche Welle, USA, captured during the Session “A ‘Fourth Social Revolution’?” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos Congress Centre. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary. [File Photo]

Geneva, Switzerland, 14 January 2020 - The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, taking place on 21-24 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, will focus on establishing stakeholder capitalism as a way of addressing the world’s most significant challenges. These challenges include societal divisions created by income inequality and political polarization to the climate crisis we face today.

Underpinning the meeting will be the Davos Manifesto 2020. This document builds on the original Davos Manifesto of 1973, which set out for the first time the stakeholder concept that businesses should serve the interests of all society rather than merely their shareholders. The Davos Manifesto 2020 provides a vision for stakeholder capitalism that touches on a range of essential issues of our time, including fair taxation, zero tolerance for corruption, executive pay, and respect for human rights.

“Business has now to fully embrace stakeholder capitalism, which means not only maximizing profits but use their capabilities and resources in cooperation with governments and civil society to address the critical issues of this decade. They have to contribute to a more cohesive and sustainable world actively,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Building on the Manifesto 2020, this year’s program focuses on achieving maximum impact on the Forum’s platform for public-private cooperation across six core areas of activity: Ecology, Economy, Society, Industry, Technology, and Geopolitics. More than 160 individual initiatives, each capable of delivering system-wide transformation, are active on the Forum platform. Significant advances in a number of these, especially in the fields of responsible business, the environment, and social mobility, are expected to be confirmed during the meeting.

Among the initiatives to be launched at the Annual Meeting is one that aims to plant 1 trillion trees over the next decade and to equip 1 billion people with the necessary skills in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Nearly 3,000 leaders will participate in this year’s Annual Meeting. Top political leaders taking part include:

Leaders from international organizations include:

More than 1,680 leaders from the private sector will participate in the Annual Meeting this year, including Members and Partners of the World Economic Forum.

Leaders from civil society taking part in the meeting include:

Adding a new dimension this year is the Arts and Culture Festival. Running alongside the Annual Meeting, the Festival will feature several sessions and immersive art installations, including those featuring the participation of the winners of the 26th Annual Crystal Awards and WEF Cultural Leaders.

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Editor's Opinion

The world appreciates World Economic Forum’s unique heroic profession of improving the state of the world and commends its 2020 Annual Meeting’s theme “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.”

The world trusts that all companies would read and acknowledge the “Davos Manifesto 2020”, which sets forth “The Universal Purpose of a Company in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

The world expects that the World Economic Forum 2020 Annual Meeting would set the ball rolling by extensively publicizing forceful recommendations that are balanced, universally acceptable, strategic, holistic, achievable, operational, and friendly.


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January 13, 2020

Academy Announces Oscars Nominations. "Joker" Nominated for 11 Oscars.

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Photo: Jorge Gutiérrez before “Akira” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, on Monday, December 2, 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © Phil McCarten /A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars

Photo: Lorene Scafaria attends the Academy’s 2019 Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in Hollywood, CA. Image provided by & Copyright © Troy Harvey /A.M.P.A.S.

Photo: Actress Rosa Salazar during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ presentation of its 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Awards & Live Read on November 7, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & Copyright © Todd Wawrychuk /A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 13, 2020 - Actor-producer John Cho and producer-actress-writer Issa Rae announced today the 92nd Oscars nominations live from the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The Academy nominated “Joker” for 11 Academy Awards, the most of any of last year’s films. The origin story for Batman’s famous foe was closely followed by “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and “1917,” with each movie receiving 10 Oscar nominations.

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. In the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories, multi-branch screening committees select the nominees by a vote. All voting members are eligible to choose the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Thursday, January 30, through Tuesday, February 4.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on A.B.C. at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. P.T. “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. E.T./3:30 p.m. P.T. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 92nd 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

The best international feature 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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January 12, 2020

UN Security Council Meets on Maintenance of International Peace and Security

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Photo: A comprehensive view of the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security and upholding the United Nations Charter. 09 January 2020. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Urmas Reinsalu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, addresses the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security and upholding the United Nations Charter. 09 January 2020. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

UN Security Council

Photo: Sergiy Kyslytsya, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, addresses the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security and upholding the United Nations Charter. 09 January 2020. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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January 8, 2020

OMEGA Introduces the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel

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In early 2019, OMEGA announced the long-awaited return of its iconic Calibre 321. Soon after, in July of the same year, the Swiss watchmaker unveiled the first new timepiece to house the movement - a Moonwatch in platinum.

Next in line for legendary status is OMEGA’s 321-powered Speedmaster in steel.

In 1965, when astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space, he was wearing the Speedmaster ST 105.003. OMEGA’s latest offering takes inspiration from that famous model.

The 39.70 mm case in stainless steel, influenced by the same 3rd generation style that Ed White wore, features a bezel ring in polished black ceramic with a tachymeter scale in white enamel. Gracing the black step dial are the familiar Moonwatch hands, small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder, and central chronograph hand.

The original Calibre 321 was the first movement ever used in the OMEGA Speedmaster in 1957.

After extensive research and reconstruction in a dedicated workshop, the Calibre 321 was recreated in-line with its original specifications, and released in time for the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

The Calibre 321 Movement is now the driving force behind not one, but two Moonwatch models, including the spectacular new OMEGA Speedmaster in steel.

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January 6, 2020

Times Higher Education to conduct India Universities Forum, 16-17 January 2020, Noida, India.

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New Delhi, January 5, 2020 — The inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) India Universities Forum will bring together leaders from higher education, industry, and government to Amity University in Noida to discuss some of the current key challenges and opportunities that universities on the sub-continent face.

THE India Universities Forum would examine current collaborations and future opportunities for Indian universities to build close working relationships with international faculty, students, and postgraduates. It would also explore the best models of internationalization in the broader Asian context, and how Indian universities can emulate such associations.

With best-practice examples and contributions from industry and government representatives, the forum will also discuss how higher education institutions can best develop an entrepreneurial outlook to attract industry research income.

Additionally, the forum will examine how universities can drive the agenda to become key players in innovation ecosystems by establishing and stimulating collaboration between researchers and partners from industry, business, and external organizations.

A data masterclass will examine the latest Times Higher Education data on the performance of Indian universities and provide an in-depth presentation on the rankings within an Indian context. The forum will welcome an open dialogue on the most effective methodologies and the impact of international rankings on higher education development in India.

Prominent speakers include Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, Times Higher Education (THE); Way Kuo, President, City University of Hong Kong; and Nicholas Dirks, former Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley.

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January 4, 2020

Human Resource Development Minister of India inaugurates the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020

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Delhi World Book Fair 2020

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Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, at the inauguration of the New Delhi World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on January 04, 2020.

Book Fair

Photo: The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Atul Kumar Tiwari, at the stall of the Publications Division, during the New Delhi World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on January 04, 2020.

New Delhi, January 04, 2020 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nisank, inaugurated the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that we are in the midst of the ocean of books filled with thoughts. Thoughts give power to humanity. He said that this book fair is a place where people meet each other and generate and share new ideas.

The Minister appreciated the fact that the New Delhi World Book Fair is arguably Asia’s most significant book fair, and he was hopeful that this Fair would soon become the world’s biggest book fair.

Over 15 countries including Abu Dhabi, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah, Spain, Sri Lanka, UK, and the USA, are participating in the Foreign Pavilion at the Fair.

New Delhi World Book Fair also provides a platform for B2B activities for publishers from India and abroad. These B2B sessions include CEO Speak, a Publishers Forum to be organized in association with FICCI on January 05, 2020, the New Delhi Rights Table, and a 2-day event to be held on 6 & 7 January 2020. Over 40 publishers from India and abroad will participate in the New Delhi Rights Table. The organizers will hold a National Conclave on Readership and Book Promotion on January 08, 2020, and a Business Meet with Trade Partners on January 09, 2020.

NBT (National Book Trust) has been playing a significant role in promoting Indian books and authors abroad. NBT regularly participates in major international book fairs like Sharjah International Book Fair, London Book Fair, and Frankfurt Book Fair. Recently, India was the Guest of Honour country at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair held in April 2019 and at Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico, in November 2019. India will also be Guest of Honour country at the forthcoming Paris Book Fair in March 2020.

At the Children’s Pavilion, several activities like seminars, panel discussions, storytelling sessions, workshops on creative writing, and illustrations, among others, will be organized to promote books and reading amongst children and young adults.

This year, the theme of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 is ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer’ to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was a prolific writer, editor, publisher, printer, and institution builder. He wrote extensively in Gujarati, Hindi and English languages. The theme is an attempt to give booklovers a glimpse of how Mahatma Gandhi, a great strategic communicator, inspired and influenced generations of writers and how the writers understood and emulated Gandhi in words.

Some of the well-known writers like Anirban Ganguly, Bhawana Somaya, Kevin Missal, Madhulika Dutta, Manoshi Sinha Rawal, Sudha Murthy, Sumit Dutt Majumdar, among others will engage in lively banters with the visitors at Authors’ Corners. There will be three unique Corners, which include International Events Corner (Hall No. 7A), Reflections (Hall No. 8), and Lekhak Manch (Hall No. 12).

During the Fair, there would be various literary events, discussions, conversations with authors & scholars, book release functions, children’s activities, cultural programs, and film screenings. Well-known speakers, such as Dr. Rakesh Pande, Dr. Varsha Das, Shri Aflatoon, Shri Avinash Dudhe, Shri Firoz Khan, Ms. Fouzia Khan, Shri Suresh Sharma, Shri Rajeev Shrivastava, Shri Rajeev Raj, Ms. Shashiprabha Tewari, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Prof. Rizwan Kaisar, Dr. M William Bhaskaran, Dr. T Ravichandran, Dr. Sachidanand Joshi, former Justice Narendra Chapalgaonkar, Ms. Deena Patel, Shri Annamalai, and Dr. Sumer Singh Siddhu, among others, would participate in the programs.

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January 3, 2020

India Ministry of Defence shortlists 16 Tableaux for participation in Republic Day Parade 2020; Snubs Chandigarh for its Gardens of Chandigarh, Burail Jail, and Sukhna Lake Tableau Proposal.

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Photo: A bird’s eye view of Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019. [File Photo]

New Delhi, January 02, 2020 — There is a well-established system for selection of tableaux for participation in the India Republic Day Parade as per which Ministry of Defence invites proposals for the scenes from all States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments.

An Expert Committee of the Ministry of Defence comprising of eminent persons in the field of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and choreography evaluates the tableaux proposals of various States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments. The Expert Committee examines each tableau for its theme, concept, design, and visual impact before making its recommendations. The committee shortlists the best scenes for the ceremony.

This year, the Expert Committee received a total of 56 tableaux proposals. Out of these, it has finally shortlisted 22 designs, comprising of 16 States/UTs and 6 Ministries/Departments, for participation in the Republic Day Parade 2020.

• The Chandigarh Administration had proposed themes including Gardens of Chandigarh, Burail Jail, and Sukhna Lake to the Expert Committee for its Republic Day Tableau. The committee rebuffed Chandigarh’s proposition.

The tableau of the Indian Navy, to be showcased at the Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2020, at Rajpath is in pursuance of the Navy Week theme ‘Indian Navy - Silent, Strong, and Swift.’

The forward part of the tableau showcases the might and firepower of Navy in all three dimensions viz surface, sub-surface, and air. The scene portrays models of state-of-the-art assets like Boeing P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft with Harpoon missiles, Kolkata class Stealth Destroyer displaying a Brahmos launch, and Kalvari Class Submarine launching the Exocet missile.

On the trailer, the tableau showcases the indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant under construction at Cochin Shipyard Limited, along with its complement of MiG 29K Fighter Aircraft.

The benign role of the Navy in terms of safeguarding offshore economic assets, as well as rendering Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), is portrayed through the murals on the sides. These depict flood relief operations performed in Maharashtra on Mahalaxmi Express in July 2019, escort operations conducted in the Persian Gulf (Operation Sankalp), and the defence of oil platforms by Fast Attack Craft.

Overall, the tableau aims to showcase the Navy as a credible and combat-ready military force, which in service of the nation, protects its economic assets and provides assistance to its populace in times of crisis and natural calamities.

• The maiden landing of DRDO-developed LCA Navy onboard INS Vikramaditya:

January 11, 2020 — After completing extensive trials on the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), Naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) did a successful arrested landing onboard INS Vikramaditya today. Commodore Jaideep Maolankar conducted the first landing. Captain Dahiya was the Landing Safety Officer (LSO) and Cdr Vivek Pandey Test Director on the ship, whereas Gr. Capt. Kabadwal and Cdr Ankur Jain were monitoring the aircraft through telemetry from SBTF. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed the LCA Navy.

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G Satheesh Reddy has congratulated DRDO, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Indian Navy, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) teams.

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Photos: The tableaux of Rajasthan, Air Force, and Navy pass through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade-2020, in New Delhi on January 23, 2020.

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January 1, 2020

Indore, Bhopal, Surat, Nashik, Rajkot Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, and Allahabad lead in the India City Cleanliness Survey 2019-20.

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Photo: Residential Flats. Navi Mumbai.

New Delhi, 31 December 2019 — India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, announced the results of Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (Quarter 1 and Quarter 2) here today. Swachh Survekshan (City Cleanliness Survey) 2020, the fifth edition of the annual urban cleanliness survey conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, scheduled to commence from 4 January 2020 across India, was also rolled out.

The Government of India introduced Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (SS League 2020) to sustain the on-ground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is conducting SS League 2020 in 3 quarters: April- June, July - September, and October- December 2019, and has 2000 marks for each quarter. The Ministry evaluates cities based on the monthly update. The performance of the towns in SS League 2020 is crucial to their ranking in Swachh Survekshan 2020 due to the 25% weight of the quarterly assessments. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will include the quarterly evaluations in the annual survey scheduled to be conducted from 4 January to 31 January 2020.

As a prelude to encouraging cities to improve urban sanitation, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had conducted the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2016’ survey for the rating of 73 cities in January 2016, followed by ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ conducted in January-February 2017 ranking 434 cities. The third round of Swachh Survekshan in 2018 was a quantum leap of scale - conducted across 4,203 cities in 66 days. It became the largest ever pan India sanitation survey in the world, impacting around 40 crore people. The 4th edition covered 4237 cities in a record time of 28 days and was a fully digitized paperless survey. While SS 2016 had seen Mysuru emerge as the cleanest city in India, Indore has retained the title of the Cleanest City in the last three years.

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General Bipin Rawat assumes charge as India's first Chief of Defence Staff.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, along with the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, after the ceremonial Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on 01 January 2020.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, in a group photograph with Army officers, in New Delhi on 31 December 2019.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat inspecting the Tri-Service Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on January 01, 2020.

New Delhi, 01 January 2020— General Bipin Rawat assumed the office of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), India, here today. As the CDS, General Rawat will be the Principal Military Advisor to the Defence Minister on all Tri-Services matters. He will also head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). The CDS will have a crucial role in ensuring optimum utilization of allocated budget, usher in more synergy in procurement, training & operations of the Services through joint planning and integration. The CDS will facilitate the indigenization of weapons and equipment to the maximum extent possible while formulating the overall defense acquisition plan for the three Services.

Ex-Chief of the Army Staff, General Rawat, is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College Wellington, and Higher Command National Defence College. He also attended the Command and General Staff Course at Fort Leavenworth in the United States.

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