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December 9, 2018

International Conference on Sustainable Water Management at Mohali from Tomorrow

Water Management Conference

Photo: The Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, in a group photograph at the inauguration of the “India Water Impact Summit 2018”, in New Delhi on December 05, 2018. The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, and the Secretary, Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation, U.P. Singh, are also seen. [File Photo]

Mohali (Near Chandigarh), India, December 9, 2018 — An International Conference under the aegis of National Hydrology Project, Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is being organized by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) during 10-11 December 2018 at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali, on the theme ‘Sustainable Water Management’. The objective of the Conference is to promote integrated and sustainable development and management of Water Resources.

The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Devvrat, would be the Chief Guest and U.P. Singh, Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, would be the Guest of Honour at the inaugural session of the Conference on December 10, 2018.

Many Experts & Delegates from reputed organizations from both within India and other countries, such as Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Canada, Germany, and Sri Lanka would be taking part in the event. They would present their experience and expertise in the use of state of the art technology for sustainable development of water resources. About 20 companies and organizations will be putting up stalls in the exhibition to showcase their activities in the area of sustainable water resources management.

The Conference aims to foster the participation of and dialogue between various stakeholders, including governments and the scientific and academic communities, promote sustainable policies for water management, and encourage better management of water resources at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Source: Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India

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December 8, 2018

Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak elected National Press Club President

National Press Club, Washington DC

National Press Club, Washington DC

Photo: Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, the new President of the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 8, 2018 — Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, a correspondent for NPR (National Public Radio), was elected the next President of the National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, on Friday, December 7, 2018.

A three-time George Polk Award-winner during her lengthy career in both print and broadcast journalism, Kodjak will officially assume the duties of the presidency on January 11, 2019.

Kodjak, in her acceptance speech before her fellow members in the Club’s Truman Lounge, pledged to uphold the work of her predecessors in advocating for press freedom worldwide.

“My goal as president is to see the club become a central player in the fight for the future of quality, fact-based journalism here in the US and fight for the freedom of our colleagues around the world.

“Journalists today are under a huge amount of pressure. There are economic challenges - but even more difficult are the attacks on our credibility and character. Also, by habit, we tend to stay in our lanes - we work for the Post, AP or CNN and we compete. We belong to our groups - WHCA, IRE or NABJ. However, the National Press Club is a place where we break those walls down and gather to enjoy each other’s company,” Kodjak said.

Kodjak, who has enjoyed a successful career covering a wide array of subjects in a variety of platforms, is considered well-suited to foster that sense of camaraderie amongst her journalism colleagues. Before joining NPR 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.

Also elected in Friday’s Club elections were: Michael Freedman (UMUC, GW, The Kalb Report) as vice president; Peter Urban (Freelance) as treasurer; and Fouad Arif (Morocco News Agency) as secretary. Elected to the Board of Governors were: Lisa Matthews of the Associated Press, Ferdous Al-Faruque of MedTech Insight, Emily Wilkins of Bloomberg BNA, Del Quentin Wilber of the Los Angeles Times, freelance journalist Antonella Ciancio, and Danny Selnick of Business Wire.

The inaugural gala for the new president of the club, which was founded in 1908 and has 3,100 members worldwide, would be held on January 12, 2019.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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December 7, 2018

UNESCO Global Education Meeting Sets Course for Education for the Next Four Years

UNESCO Global Education

UNESCO Global Education

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

Brussels, Belgium, December 6, 2018 — UNESCO convened the Global Education Meeting in Brussels, from 3 to 5 December 2018, to agree on common next steps for education. Stefania Gianini, Assistant-Director General for Education at UNESCO called for “strong political will, sustained collective action and a massive increase of resources.”

UNESCO brought together Ministers, representatives of Member States, multilateral organizations, civil society, the teaching profession, youth, and the private sector. Gianini sought consensus on building an education partnership platform engaging the gamut of development partners across industries. She highlighted the complementary roles and the strengths of partners around the table to keep education on top of the political and private sector agenda.

United Nations Special Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, and UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, called for partnerships with non-educational players and the private sector. Princess Laurentien urged development partners to make education relevant to other industries and emphasize the shared responsibility of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

UNESCO announced that the WIDE (World Inequality Database on Education) platform would be further developed through the Global Education Monitoring Report and UNESCO Institute of Statistics to understand better inequalities within countries in ensuring access to education, participation, completion, and learning outcomes.

Countries, regional partners, and development agencies adopted the outcome statement - the Brussels Declaration with the following key points:

Although the Global Education Meeting only takes place every four years, partners would work on a continual basis, on the harmonization and strengthening of support to Member States and partners to achieve the education-related targets of the global agenda. This work would be carried out through the UNESCO led SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, the global multi-stakeholder mechanism for education in the 2030 Agenda.

Gianini closed the Meeting saying, “2019 is the year of education. We have an opportunity that we cannot and must not waste. Beginning with the new International Day of Education on 24 January, to the High-Level Political Forum and G7 in July, to the UNGA 2019, and the UNESCO General Conference in November. It is a time for action”.

Source: UNESCO, Paris & Brussels

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December 4, 2018

Miss Universe Contestants reach Bangkok, Thailand for Final on December 16

Miss Universe

Photo: Enikő Kecskés, Miss Universe Hungary 2018, participates during a demonstration of Batik Painting at Dahla Batik in Krabi Island on December 7. Photographer: Max Louis Miller. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Eva Colas, Miss Universe France 2018, during a demonstration of Batik Painting at Dahla Batik in Krabi Island on December 7. Photographer: Max Louis Miller. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

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Photo: Miss Universe Contestants during a visit to the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 4. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Zahra Khanum, Miss Universe Singapore 2018; Francesca Mifsud, Miss Universe Malta 2018; Tamaryn Green, Miss Universe South Africa 2018; and H’Hen Nie, Miss Universe Vietnam 2018; during a visit to Chinatown in Bangkok on December 3. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Yulia Polyachikhina, Miss Universe Russia 2018, gets hair done by a stylist from Farouk Systems, the Makers of CHI & Biosilk upon arriving at the Dusit Thani Bangkok on November 30. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Andrea Toscano, Miss Universe Mexico 2018, gets makeup done upon arriving at the Dusit Thani Bangkok on November 30. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Nehal Chudasama, Miss Universe India 2018, gets hair done by a stylist from Farouk Systems, the Makers of CHI & Biosilk upon arriving at the Dusit Thani Bangkok on November 30. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe Malta

Photo: Francesca Mifsud, Miss Universe Malta 2018, during a visit to Chinatown in Bangkok on December 3. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Bangkok, Thailand. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, December 16, 2018, from the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand to see who will become the next Miss Universe.

Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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December 3, 2018

Vice President Naidu lauds Chennai Musicians for making Chennai a UNESCO Creative City of Music

Chennai Music

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting Naatya Padhmam Award to Shreemati Malavika Sarukkai at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai on December 02, 2018.

Chennai, December 2, 2018 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that art and dance forms act as a bridge between the ancient and the modern value systems. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Brahma Gana Sabha, in Chennai today.

The Vice President presented - Gaana Padhmam Award to the legendary classical musician, Dr. K.J. Yesudoss, Naatya Padhmam Award to Smt. Malavika Sarukkai and Naataka Padhmam Award to Shri Varadharajan.

The Vice President said that classical music and arts express India’s cultural glory and represent the eternal and everlasting principles of life that promote discipline, obedience, and peaceful coexistence.

Naidu said that music in any form acts as an equalizer. It has no barriers or boundaries. It speaks the universal language. Music, art, and culture promote the concept of oneness.

“Brahma Gana Sabha has grown into a huge brand in 50 years. Its annual music festivals are well known. Events such as these have put Chennai on the world cultural map and gave the city a place in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for contribution in Music. Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list. UNESCO has also recognized Varanasi as City of Music, and Jaipur as City of Crafts and Folk Art.” Mr. Naidu said.

“Indian musicians have given the world a rare menu of soul-stirring musical masterpieces. The electronic era has brought new dimensions to music concerts. We must preserve the best traditions we have inherited, and add further richness with our creative genius,” the Vice President concluded.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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December 2, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) asks G20 Leaders to Commit to Press Freedom

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, meeting the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 01, 2018.

Vienna, Austria, December 1, 2018 — The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists, has advised the leaders of the G20 to commit themselves to uphold press freedom in their countries and around the world.

“As the leaders of G20 meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to discuss fair and sustainable development, they need to appreciate the fact that such progress is not possible if they do not guarantee press freedom in their countries and elsewhere,” IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said.

“A free and independent press is essential to induce development that reaches all. People can claim their rights and participate in sustainable development processes only when they are well informed. A free press is what enables people to make informed choices.

“IPI calls on G20 leaders to raise the issue of intimidation of journalists with their counterparts from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India, and the United States, all of whom are attending the summit.

“G20 leaders must take the opportunity of the summit to commit themselves to freedom of the press and safety of journalists and set an example for other countries to follow,” Trionfi stated.

Source: International Press Institute

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December 1, 2018

President of India Inaugurates CII Agro Tech India 2018 Exhibition in Chandigarh

Chandigarh Agro Tech

Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, at the CII Agro Tech India 2018 Exhibition, in Chandigarh, on December 01, 2018.

Chandigarh, December 1, 2018 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 13th edition of CII Agro Tech India 2018 today, December 1, 2018, in Chandigarh.

“I am glad to be in Chandigarh and this region of hardworking farmers and enormous agricultural legacies and achievements. I want to congratulate the organizers of Agro Tech India 2018 - the Confederation of Indian Industry, in partnership with the Union Ministries of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries; the governments of Punjab and Haryana; and other institutions. This event is a celebration of agriculture. It brings together farmers and industry, as well as farm technologists and innovators, from across the country and abroad.

“The importance of Agro Tech India is apparent from the sheer number of exhibitors - 158 from India and 37 from other countries. I would particularly like to welcome international participants who have arrived from five continents and some 20 countries. I am happy to learn of full-fledged country pavilions being put up by Canada, China, and the United Kingdom,” the President stated.

Source: President’s Secretariat

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November 30, 2018

World Leaders gather for G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Photo: Family Photo of World Leaders gathered at G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. November 30, 2018. Image provided by & Copyright © G20 Argentina.

Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018 — Key world leaders meet today and tomorrow in Buenos Aires for the 2018 G20 Summit to discuss some pressing issues on the global agenda.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union (EU). The 19 states are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, would lead the discussions at the Summit venue in Costa Salguero, a site located along the Río de la Plata. Participants include Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump, and Xi Jinping, among other G20 leaders. The Summit also brings together leaders from G20 guest countries, including Sebastián Piñera from Chile, Pedro Sánchez from Spain and Mark Rutte from the Netherlands, as well as senior officials from international partner organizations such as Jim Yong Kim (World Bank), Christine Lagarde (IMF) and António Guterres (United Nations).

Over the two-day meeting, the 38 heads of delegations would work to build consensus based on the agreements reached at the 80 plus pre-Summit meetings of G20 Argentina. The goal is to agree on a final document focused on fair and sustainable development.

Source: G20 Argentina

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UNESCO convenes Global Education Meeting

UNESCO Education

Photo: Launch of the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report. November 26, 2018. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by and Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

UNESCO, Education

Photo: Mobile Learning Week. March 2018. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by and Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX. File Photo.

Paris, France, 23 November 2018 — Some 350 ministers, officials, representatives of development agencies and other partners from all over the world will take stock of progress in meeting the educational objectives of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda during the Global Education conference, 3 to 5 December, in Brussels, Belgium.

In its mandated role as lead agency and coordinator of the Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO has convened the Global Meeting with the support of the Government of Belgium.

It is the first Global Education Meeting since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015. The meeting would focus on the need to reduce inequalities in education. It will also examine the links between education and the Sustainable Development Goals on Decent Work, Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Climate Action, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

Organized by UNESCO in consultation with the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, and hosted by the government of Belgium, the meeting will address urgent priorities in a world that still numbers 262 million out-of-school children, adolescents, and youth. The data also show that 617 million children and adolescents — i.e., six out of ten — are unable to read a simple sentence or handle necessary mathematic calculations.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium will officially open the meeting (4 December, 2 PM) alongside Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, Ambassador Inga Rhonda King, President of UN ECOSOC, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General will deliver the keynote address.

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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November 22, 2018

International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opens in Goa

International Film Festival of India, Goa

Photo: Actress Rakul Preet Singh at an In-Conversation session - ‘Ramp to Screen,’ during the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2018), in Panaji, Goa on November 28, 2018.

International Film Festival of India, Goa

Photo: Producer Rhea Kapoor, her father Actor Anil Kapoor, with Chaitanya Prasad (center), Festival Director IFFI 2018, at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018), in Panaji, Goa, on November 27, 2018.

Goa Film Festival

Photo: The Director Satyaprakash Upadhyay of the Film ‘Bunkar: The last of The Varanasi Weavers’ during the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2018), in Panaji, Goa on November 24, 2018.

Goa Film Festival

Photo: Actress Kriti Sanon at In Conversation session ‘MS. Takens’ Identity’ Getting to Know, during the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2018), in Panaji, Goa on November 23, 2018.

International Film Festival of India

Photo: Janhvi Kapoor at a conversation session, during the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2018), in Panaji, Goa on November 22, 2018.

GOA: The opening ceremony of the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opened amidst the presence of film stars, filmmakers and cine-lovers from across the world amid pomp and gaiety in Panjim, Goa.

The opening ceremony of IFFI 2018 was anchored by Mandira Bedi and Amit Sadh and saw the presence of eminent Indian and international film personalities such as Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Randhir Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Poonam Dhillon, Hrishita Bhatt, Madhur Bhandarkar, Subhash Ghai, Arijit Singh, and Ramesh Sippy among many others. Apart from this, a host of celebrities walked the red carpet, adding a sprinkle of glitz to the ceremony.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India

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November 20, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) announces its 2019 World Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

International Press Institute

Photo: Sara Alonso, Member Relations Project Officer, European Broadcasting Union (EBU), during Signature of Letter of Intent to Cooperate between the United Nations Office at Geneva and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 19 November 2018. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/ Jean Marc Ferré.

The International Press Institute (IPI) will hold its 68th World Congress in partnership with the EBU.

Photo: Madiana Asszeraf, Head, Media Strategy and Development, European Broadcasting Union (EBU), during a debate on the World TV Day 2018. 21 November 2018. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/ Jean Marc Ferré.

The International Press Institute (IPI) will hold its 68th World Congress in partnership with the EBU.

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Photo: Geneva, Switzerland. Image credit: Andrey Pshenichny.

Vienna, Austria, November 18, 2018 — The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, has announced that it will hold its 68th World Congress and General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland from June 4 to 6, 2019 in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The World Congress is IPI’s flagship event and a top international forum for issues related to media freedom and quality journalism, gathering more than 300 leading media professionals each year.

“I am delighted that IPI’s 2019 World Congress will take place in Switzerland”, IPI Executive Board Chair Markus Spillmann, a prominent Swiss media expert and former editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, said.

“The IPI World Congress allows editors, publishers, and journalists with a shared dedication to quality journalism to exchange experiences and discuss common challenges in bringing news to the public. As global political trends continue to cast a shadow over our profession, the opportunity for journalists with shared values to unite is more valuable than ever,” he added.

“It is a particular pleasure for IPI to partner with the EBU at a time in which the fight for active and independent public service broadcasters is essential to preserving democratic, informed societies,” Spillmann stated.

“Journalism has never been more critical to society and democracy. That is why it is so important that we come together as an industry to reflect on our place in the world and learn from each other’s experiences”, EBU Director General Noel Curran said.

“The IPI World Congress is a chance for all media - both public service and commercial - to come together to seek common ground and reinforce the critical role of high-quality, independent journalism and we are delighted to support it,” the EBU Director-General added.

Based in Geneva, the EBU is the world’s leading alliance of public service media. The EBU boasts member organizations in 56 countries in Europe, and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia, and the Americas. Its members operate over 2,000 television, radio and online channels and services, reaching an audience of more than 160 billion people around the world in 160 languages.

In 1950, in the aftermath of the Second World War, 34 editors from 15 countries founded the IPI on the belief that a free press will contribute to a better world. Today, with members in nearly 100 countries, IPI brings together media representatives from digital, print and broadcast outlets to address press freedom challenges and to promote independent journalism as a core pillar of democracy.

The International Press Institute (IPI) has been organizing its World Congresses in different cities and countries such as Hamburg, Germany; Yangon, Myanmar; and Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to top editors and journalists, prominent past speakers at IPI Congresses included Nobel Prize Laureates and Heads of States and Governments.

Meanwhile, IPI has warned several third world Governments, including those of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, against any unsolicited, unethical, abusive, sharp-tongued, insensitive, or criminal conduct towards the media persons.

It has called upon “all governments and their official authorities, as well as executive organs, to accord ‘Members of the IPI’ full protection, assistance, and support in pursuance of their professional duties.”

Source: International Press Institute (IPI)

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India's Central Road Research Institute organizes an international conference on pavement technology and road infrastructure engineering

Traffic, Roads

Photo: Traffic. Image Credit: Adam Gerard. File Photo.

New Delhi — India’s Central Road Research Institute organized a two-day international conference titled “Pavements and Computational Approaches” from 16-17 November 2018, at its premises in New Delhi. The objective of the meeting was to deliberate upon advancements in pavement technology and road infrastructure engineering across the world, with particular emphasis to the requirements of developing countries. Experts discussed issues related to the design and construction of pavements, material characterization, computational analysis, and modeling. Deliberations during the conference brought out new thoughts on technology up-gradation and its successful implementation in the field.

Nitin Gadkari, India’s Minister of Road Transport & Highways, said that the mission of the Road Transport & highways Ministry is to build high-quality roads at low costs. He called upon the experts at the conference to be ready to experiment with innovative technology, make all possible use of indigenous raw material including waste material, and promote the pre-cast technology. He said the thrust of technological innovation should be on reducing costs and time for completion of projects without any compromise on quality.

The crumbling infrastructure, road congestion, growth in heavy vehicle traffic, and insufficient maintenance have rendered the road transport inefficient in developing countries. Significant challenges to the road network require a clear focus on enhanced pavement design, construction, performance evaluation, management and preservation for developing long-lasting, low-maintenance pavements.

Nearly 250 delegates including researchers, entrepreneurs, academicians and field engineers attended the conference.

Source: Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

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November 19, 2018

Series of Activities Planned to mark 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak

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New Delhi, November 19, 2018 — The year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the great saint, and founder of the Sikh faith. Guru Nanak’s teachings of love, peace, and brotherhood hold universal appeal.

Considering the significance of this occasion, the Prime Minister of India has constituted a National Implementation Committee (NIC) under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister with Finance Minister and Minister of State for Culture as Members, for Commemoration of 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak, in the country and abroad, in a befitting manner.

The Central Government has decided that the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak will be commemorated through a series of activities, commencing in November 2018, throughout the country and across the globe. The Ministries/Departments in the country and the Indian Missions abroad will organize various activities as part of the celebrations.

Following are the highlights of the programme:

The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Department of Posts will release commemorative coin and postage stamps.

Sultanpur Lodhi, where Guru Nanak spent much of his life, will be developed as a heritage city by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in collaboration with the State Government of Punjab. Ministry of Railways will upgrade Sultanpur Lodhi railway station with modern amenities.

A National Institute of Inter-Faith Studies will be set up by Ministry of Human Resource Development in Punjab for which the State Government will provide land free of cost.

Ministry of Electronic and IT will install a high powered telescope in India for the devotees to view Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

Chair on Shri Guru Nanak Dev will be set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in one University each in UK and Canada.

An International seminar on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak will be organized in New Delhi by the Ministry of Culture.

States/UTs will also be requested to celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak in a befitting manner. Ministry of Culture will work with the State Governments for this.

The Indian Missions abroad shall organize a series of activities as part of the celebrations.

Ministry of Railways will run a train passing through places associated with Shri Guru Nanak Dev.

Religious activities like Kirtan, Katha, Prabhat Pheri, and Langar, will be organized throughout the year both at the national and international level. SGPC will draw a calendar of activities and execute it.

Educational activities such as seminars, workshops, and lectures shall be organized throughout the country by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in association with SGPC.

Doordarshan will arrange live telecast programme on Guru Nanak and the Gurubani. Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariats will be requested to consider telecasting the same through Rajya Sabha TV and Lok Sabha TV respectively.

The National Book Trust (NBT), Ministry of Human Resource Development will publish Gurbani in different Indian languages.

UNESCO will be requested to translate and publish an anthology of Guru Nanak’s writings in world languages.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

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Hindi is the Language of Common People of the Country: India Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju

Hindi Chandigarh

Photo: India Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, releasing a magazine, at the Official Language-Hindi Conference (Sammelan) and Award Ceremony of North Region, in Chandigarh on November 19, 2018.

Chandigarh, India, November 19, 2018 — The Regional Conference under the aegis of the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, was organized by Regional Implementation Offices of North-1 and North-2 Regions in Chandigarh today. Central Government Officials from Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand participated in the conference.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, was the Chief Guest in the conference. Mr. Rijiju said that crores of people in the country speak Hindi. They think and express their ideas in Hindi; Hindi is the medium of expression of all the elements of Indian culture and society. We should remember that Hindi is the language of ordinary people of the country. He added that Hindi was not only the language of freedom struggle but is also the language of social interactions.

Mr. Rijiju gave away awards among winners of various Central Government Offices, Banks, PSUs and Town Official Language Implementation Committees (TOLICs) situated in these regions towards implementation and promotion of the Official Language Policy of the Union.

The Joint Secretary, Department of Official Language, Dr. Bipin Behari had convened the conference. He informed that the Department is developing new tools such as Kanthasth Mobile Version and Memory based translation tools.

Addressing the conference, Dr. Chaman Lal Gupta, Vice President of Indian Institute of Higher Education, Shimla said that the new generation should learn and use Hindi. The Head of Department of Hindi, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr. Gurmeet Singh advocated that Hindi should be easy to use; we should not differentiate between literary and working Hindi and that the use of Hindi in the field of technology is essential. There must be coordination between translators, teachers, journalists, and writers, he added.

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

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November 18, 2018

BAMBI 2018 - GLAMOUR AT THE AWARDS

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Sebastian Koch poses with the award during the 70th Bambi Awards winners board at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Penelope Cruz poses with the award during the 70th Bambi Awards winners board at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Mark Forster poses with the award during the 70th Bambi Awards winners board at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Paula Beer poses with the award during the 70th Bambi Awards winners board at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Toni Garrn arrives for the 70th Bambi Awards at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Emilia Schuele arrives for the 70th Bambi Awards at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Jasmin Gerat arrives for the 70th Bambi Awards at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Nilam Farooq arrives for the 70th Bambi Awards at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Ursula Karven arrives for the 70th Bambi Awards at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Nazan Eckes arrives for the 70th Bambi Awards at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI AWARDS GERMANY

Photo: Jochen Schropp arrives for the 70th Bambi Awards at Stage Theater on November 16, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MADELEINE. Copyright © 2018 Franziska Krug. Image provided by MADELEINE.

BAMBI is Germany’s most important media prize. The fashion label MADELEINE was the official fashion partner of BAMBI.

Source: MADELEINE

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Nashville Music Awards 2018

Nashville Music Awards

Photo: Lydia Schultz, Hannah Williams of EMI Foray Music, Josh Hoge and SESAC VP of Creative Services, Shannan Hatch, onstage during the 2018 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SESAC. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by SESAC.

Nashville Music Awards

Photo: Lee Brice performs onstage during the 2018 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SESAC. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by SESAC.

Nashville Music Awards

Photo: Margo Price (L) and Jeremy Ivey attend the 2018 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SESAC. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by SESAC.

Nashville Music Awards

Photo: SESAC VP of creative services, Shannan Hatch, attends the 2018 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SESAC. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by SESAC.

Nashville Music Awards

Photo: (L-R) Hannah Mulholland, Naomi Cooke and Jennifer Wayne of the band Runaway June perform onstage during the 2018 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for SESAC. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by SESAC.

Nashville, Tenn.: SESAC Inc., celebrated its songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed country and Americana songs at the company’s annual Nashville Music Awards, Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Matt McGinn, who has topped the charts with “Heaven,” performed by Kane Brown, was named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year.

The festive event, hosted by Shannan Hatch, SESAC’s Vice President of Creative Services, honored top songwriters and publishers behind the year’s most significant hits in the genres of country and Americana. More than 500 songwriters, publishers, and industry professionals attended the awards celebration, sponsored in part by W.H. Grant & Sons and Sound Royalties.

Country Music Awards:

“YOURS” — Written by Casey Brown. Published by: Not Just Another Song Publishing, So Essential Tunes. Recorded by: Russell Dickerson.

“HEARTBREAK” — Written by Hillary Scott. Published by: W.B.M. Music Corp, EKT Publishing. Recorded by: Lady Antebellum.

“HEAVEN” — Written by Matt McGinn. Published by: SMACKWORKS MUSIC, Kobalt Group Publishing. Recorded by: Kane Brown.

“SINGLES YOU UP” — Written by Justin Ebach. Published by: Wordspring Music, WBM Music, Memory Days. Recorded by: Jordan Davis.

“LOSING SLEEP” — Written by Josh Hoge. Published by: EMI Foray Music, Write to Be Free. Recorded by: Chris Young.

“SHE’S WITH ME” — Written by Seth Mosley. Published by: Centric Songs, Capitol CMG Amplifier. Recorded by: High Valley.

“ONE NUMBER AWAY” — Written by Sammy Mitchell. Published by Concord Music, Self Shrevident Music. Recorded by: Luke Combs.

SESAC Holdings is the only U.S.-based Music Rights Organization that administers public performance, mechanical, and other rights. It has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, London, and Munich.

Source: SESAC Holdings, Inc.

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November 16, 2018

India celebrates National Press Day November 16

National Press Day India

Photo: The Chairman, Press Council of India, Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, addressing at the National Press Day celebrations, in New Delhi on November 16, 2018.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India

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India Ministry of Tourism rolls out Online Certification Programme for Tourist Facilitators

India Tourism

ENLARGE

Photo: India Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam, and the Tourism, Culture & Sports Minister of South Korea, Mr. Do Jong-hwan, signed a MoU to enhance tourism cooperation between India and South Korea, in New Delhi on November 05, 2018. File Photo.

India Tourism

Photo: India Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam, awarding a Letter of Intent, at a function, in New Delhi. File Photo.

India Tourism

Photo: The Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Rashmi Verma, at the rollout of the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC) Programme, in New Delhi on November 15, 2018.

India Tourism

New Delhi, November 15, 2018 — The Union Tourism Secretary, Ms. Rashmi Verma, rolled out the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC) Programme in New Delhi, today. With its rollout, the participants will now be able to register for this programme through an online digital platform. IITFC will enable Indian citizens to develop and enhance the skills associated with tourism.

The certification program comprises of basic and advanced self-paced courses designed in a manner that the users can learn at their own time, space, path, and pace. The course kicks off today with a basic introductory module alongside the registration process, which will be followed by payment initiation on 19th November 2018, where any 10+2 pass out candidate can enroll in the basic course comprising of 7 modules aimed at training the facilitators for knowledge, skills and attitude domains at a nominal charge of INR 2000. Successful completion of this program would enable the learner to become a — “Certified Tourist Facilitator of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.”

Rashmi Verma said that the concept of ‘tourist guide’ has changed the world over and the new age tourist facilitators are ‘storytellers.’ The Secretary added that this online programme would have many advantages like job creation for local people, and harnessing the local experience and traditional knowledge. A person of any age and from any place can join the course. This initiative will also ensure an enriching experience for the tourists, as this initiative would address the issue of shortage of tourist guides, the Secretary explained.

The IITFC program aspires to reach out to a far-flung audience encompassing a diversity of candidates ranging from an enthusiastic student who has recently qualified for higher secondary to an ambitious homemaker willing to grasp tourist facilitation skills from the comfort of her home. The course would also act as an enabler for transforming a local citizen with no specified skills having proficiency in a regional language into a potential bread earner for his or her household.

Source: Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

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November 15, 2018

GQ Gentlemen's Quarterly Honors the "GQ Men of the Year 2018" at a Glamorous Award Gala in Berlin

GQ, Fashion, Dempsey

Photo: Patrick Dempsey arrives for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Awards at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images for GQ Germany. Image provided by & copyright © 2018 Getty Images.

GQ, Mens Fashion

Photo: Victoria Swarovski arrives for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Awards at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images for GQ Germany. Image provided by & copyright © 2018 Getty Images.

GQ, Mens Fashion

Photo: Henry Cavill arrives for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Awards at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images for GQ Germany. Image provided by & copyright © 2018 Getty Images.

GQ, Fashion, Berlin

Photo: Cathy Fischer arrives for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Awards at Komische Oper on November 8, 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for GQ Germany. Image provided by & copyright © 2018 Getty Images.

Berlin, November 8, 2018: The style magazine GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly celebrated the 20th anniversary of the GQ Men of the Year Awards this evening at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Ten categories were presented at the glamorous gala, awarding both national and international stars from show business, the music, and fashion industries, as well as from sport and culture.

Football world champion Bastian Schweinsteiger, accompanied by his wife Ana Schweinsteiger-Ivanović, was there to receive the “Sports Icon” award for his outstanding sporting achievements. The actors of “Das Boot” were honored in the category “National TV.” Franz Dinda, Stefan Konarske, August Wittgenstein and Tom Wlaschiha came to accept their award.

GQ also brought a glittering shower of Hollywood glamour to Berlin. Patrick Dempsey received the award for the category “International TV”, Orlando Bloom (“Style”) was honored as an actor and style icon, US music star Jason Derulo snapped up the GQ Award for “International Music”, and actor Henry Cavill will now be able to refer to himself not only as Superman but also as GQ Man of the Year (“International Movies”).

The fashion category also featured prominent awardees. The style magazine GQ named Dries van Noten “Designer of the Year.”

The winners of the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018:

Category — Winner

Moritz von Laffert, President of Condé Nast Germany, the Editor-in-Chief Tom Junkersdorf and GQ Publisher André Pollmann hosted the GQ Men of the Year Awards. Wolfgang Blau, President of Condé Nast International, visited from London to attend the GQ award show, which is hosted in twelve different countries worldwide.

After the award gala, award-winners and presenters, together with numerous celebrity guests from show business, the media, and the business world, partied at the exclusive after-show party at the Komische Oper in Berlin until well after midnight.

Source: GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018

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November 10, 2018

India is a voice for peace and non-violence, says Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu at UNESCO, Paris

UNESCO, Paris

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Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, with the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, on his visit to the Headquarters of UNESCO, in Paris, France on November 09, 2018.

Naidu, France

Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, meets the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, at the banquet hosted by the President of France, in Paris, France on November 10, 2018.

Paris, France, November 10, 2018 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has always been a voice for peace and non-violence from time immemorial. He was addressing the Indian Diaspora at UNESCO in Paris, France, yesterday.

Saying that peace is the only pre-requisite for progress, the Vice President said that in an interdependent world, progress could be achieved only through dialogue and understanding.

Earlier the Vice President interacted with Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, and apprised her about India’s efforts to achieve the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development in all the fields including education. They also discussed matters such as the use of information and communication technologies to improve access to education, enhancing the quality of teaching-learning process and teacher development programmes, strengthening educational planning and management, and improving monitoring systems.

The Vice President is in Paris, France, to attend the centenary year of the end of First World War. He will also be participating at a global event at Arc de Triomphe in which he will pay homage to the martyrs of World War I.

He will also inaugurate the Indian Armed Forces Memorial at Villers Guislain as a tribute to several thousand Indian soldiers whose gallantry and dedication have earned worldwide recognition.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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