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October 14, 2018

The Academy Honors 2018 Student Academy Awards Winners from Colleges and Universities around the World

Student Academy Awards 2018

Photo: Alternative film Gold Medal winner Shae Demandt of Florida State University prior to the 45th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 11, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & Copyright © Richard Harbaugh / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored its student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on October 11, 2018. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by documentarian Arthur Dong, actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani and directors Catherine Hardwicke and Patricia Riggen.

The 2018 Student Academy Award Winners:

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

Animation (International Film Schools)

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

Documentary (International Film Schools)

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

Narrative (International Film Schools)

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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October 9, 2018

87 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2018 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

Foreign Oscars 2018

Photo: Ziad Doueiri from Lebanon, the director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film “The Insult” at the symposium for the Foreign Language Film Award category for the 90th Oscars on Friday, March 2, 2018. Image provided by and Copyright © Phil McCarten / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Foreign OscarsJim 2018

Photo: Host, Jimmy Kimmel poses with Guillermo del Toro, Oscar winner for the best motion picture of the year for work on “The Shape of Water” during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by and Copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-seven countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Malawi and Niger are first-time entrants.

The 2018 submissions are:

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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October 2, 2018

Artists from over 124 countries sing Mahatma Gandhi's favorite bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye.'

Mahatma Gandhi Anniversary

As part of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, artists from over 124 countries have contributed musically in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi through his favorite bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye’

Source: Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

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October 1, 2018

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde Appoints Gita Gopinath as IMF Chief Economist

IMF, Gita Gopinath

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Photo: Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA, at the India Economic Summit 2016 New Delhi, India. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

IMF Washington

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Photo: IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Gerry Rice, Director of the Communications Department participate in the Managing Director’s press conference at the 2018 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Image provided by & Copyright © Ryan Rayburn/IMF Photo. [File Photo]

October 1, 2018 — International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde appointed Gita Gopinath on Monday as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. Ms. Gopinath will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018. Ms. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

“Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Ms. Lagarde said. “All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist.”

Ms. Gopinath is co-editor of the American Economic Review and co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics with Former IMF Economic Counsellor Kenneth Rogoff. She has authored some 40 research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.

Ms. Gopinath was born and grew up in India. She is a U.S citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning a B.A. from the University of Delhi and M.A. degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington. She joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as an Assistant Professor before moving to Harvard in 2005. She became a tenured Professor there in 2010.

Source: International Monetary Fund

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Narendra Modi Inaugurates Amul’s ultra-modern Chocolate Plant in Anand, Gujarat

Amul, Milk Chocolate

Amul, Milk Chocolate

Amul, Milk Chocolate

Amul, Milk Chocolate

Photos: Prime Minister Modi at the Amul’s ultra-modern Chocolate Plant, at Anand, Gujarat on September 30, 2018.

September 30, 2018 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated Amul’s ultra-modern Chocolate Plant, at Anand, Gujarat, today.

Mr. Modi said the brand of Amul is known globally and has become an inspiration worldwide.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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September 30, 2018

Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. India's Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, addresses "Outlook SpeakOut 2018"

Smriti Irani, Outlook SpeakOut

Photo: India’s Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, addressing Outlook Magazine’s “Outlook SpeakOut 2018” Programme, in New Delhi on September 28, 2018.

Smriti Irani, Outlook SpeakOut

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Photo: Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. India’s Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, with Television Series Producer, Ekta Kapoor, at the Outlook Magazine’s “Outlook SpeakOut 2018” Programme, in New Delhi on September 28, 2018. Incidentally, Smriti Irani was the leading actress in Ekta Kapoor’s popular television drama “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.”

Outlook Magazine explains that its “Outlook Speakout is a platform which brings together achievers who have made a difference by excelling in their respective chosen fields. The theme for Outlook SpeakOut 2018 is Women Empowerment.”

Source: Outlook SpeakOut

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September 28, 2018

Paris Fashion Week: Roger Vivier Spring/Summer 2019 Presentation

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Photos: Guests attend the Roger Vivier Presentation Spring/Summer 2019 during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018, in Paris, France. Photographer Francois Durand. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Images provided by Roger Vivier.

Paris Fashion Week

Photo: (L to R) Gherardo Felloni and Ines de la Fressange attend the Roger Vivier Presentation Spring/Summer 2019 during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018, in Paris, France. Photographer Francois Durand. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by Roger Vivier.

Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Olivia Palermo attends the Roger Vivier Presentation Spring/Summer 2019 during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018, in Paris, France. Photographer Francois Durand. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by Roger Vivier.

Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Gherardo Felloni and a guest attend the Roger Vivier Presentation Spring/Summer 2019 during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018, in Paris, France. Photographer Francois Durand. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Image provided by Roger Vivier.

Source: Paris Fashion Week: Roger Vivier

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September 27, 2018

India Tourism Minister presents the National Tourism Awards, 2016-17; Launches Incredible India mobile App

IndiaTourism Awards

IndiaTourism Awards

IndiaTourism Awards

Photos: India’s Minister for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam, presenting the National Tourism Awards (2016-17), at a function, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, in New Delhi on September 27, 2018.

IndiaTourism Awards

Photo: The Secretary, India Ministry of Tourism, Rashmi Verma, presenting the National Tourism Awards (2016-17), at a function, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, in New Delhi on September 27, 2018.

New Delhi, September 27, 2018 — India’s Minister for Tourism, K.J. Alphons, presented the National Tourism Awards 2016-17 on the World Tourism Day, in New Delhi, today. The Minister also launched the ‘Incredible India Mobile App’ and the “Incredible India Tourist Facilitators Certification” programme.

The Tourism Minister said that India had taken great strides forward in the field of tourism during the last four years. He added that tourism, today, is the cornerstone of the Indian economy and a significant source of employment and foreign exchange. The industry has to join hands to tap the full potential of the tourism sector.

The Minister also announced that India would be the host country for official World Tourism Day celebrations for the UNWTO, in 2019. The theme for the World Tourism Day 2018 being “Tourism & Digital Transformation”, the Minister recounted the various digital initiatives taken by the Ministry in harnessing technology for tourism promotion, which includes, launch of a new Incredible India website; 24 X7 Chatbot interface on this website; and launch of a new site on Buddhism in India.

The Minister also said that the Ministry of Tourism has formulated a voluntary scheme for Approval of Operational Motels, with effect from 25th September 2018 with the aim of recognizing the Motel segment as a component of the overall tourism product, and set standards of facilities and services of Motels.

The Union Tourism Secretary, Rashmi Verma, said that in the last four years, India has aggressively implemented its promotion strategies in branding, advertising, and selling off its tourism potentials.

The Ministry of Tourism annually presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The Tourism Ministry presents these awards to State Governments, Union Territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators, tourist transport operators, individuals, and other private organizations, in recognition of their performance in their respective fields.

Source: Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

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September 25, 2018

United Nations Events on Youth2030 and Ending Modern Slavery

High-level Event on Youth2030: Launch of the UN Youth Strategy and Generation Unlimited Partnership

United Nations

Photo: Lilly Singh, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, attends the high-level event on Youth2030, to launch the United Nations Youth Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, during the high-level event on Youth2030, to launch the United Nations Youth Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Event on Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

United Nations

Photo: A participant of the event entitled “Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.” 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel.

Source: United Nations, New York

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President of India Presents National Sports Awards

India Sports Awards

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2018 to Virat Kohli for Cricket, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 25, 2018.

India Sports Awards

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Arjuna Award, 2018 to Ms. Manika Batra for Table Tennis, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 25, 2018.

India Sports Awards

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Arjuna Award, 2018 to Neeraj Chopra for Athletics, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 25, 2018.

Sports Awards India

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award to Lt. Cdr. Vartika Joshi for Water Adventure, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 25, 2018.

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18 for overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments, to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 25, 2018.

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the sports and adventure awardees, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 25, 2018. The Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, is also seen.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Sports Awards at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 25, 2018).

The government presents National Sports Awards every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. It gives Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of games by a sportsperson over a period of four years. It provides the Arjuna Award to s sportsperson for consistently excellent performance for four years. Dronacharya Award is for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events. Dhyan Chand Award is for lifetime contribution to sports development. Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is for the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.

The government awards the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy to overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments. This year, the top performing university in inter-university competitions, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18, award money of Rs. 10 lakh, and Certificate.

Source: Rashtrapati Bhavan

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September 22, 2018

Kuala Lumpur named UNESCO World Book Capital 2020

Kuala Lumpur, UNESCO World Book Capital

Photo: A heritage building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has been named World Book Capital 2020. Image credit: Uwe Schwarzbach.

UNESCO World Book Capital

Photo: Library sign at the International University of Malaya-Wales, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has been named World Book Capital 2020. Image credit: Simon Haslett.

Paris, France — Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) has been named World Book Capital for the year 2020 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee.

UNESCO selected the city because of its strong focus on inclusive education, the development of a knowledge-based society and easy reading for all parts of the city’s population.

With the slogan “Caring through reading,” the program focuses on four themes: reading in all its forms, development of the book industry infrastructure, inclusiveness and digital accessibility, and empowerment of children through reading. Among other events and activities, there will be the construction of a book city (the Kota Buku Complex), a reading campaign for train commuters, enhancing of digital services and accessibility by the National Library of Malaysia for the disabled, and new digital services for libraries in 12 libraries in poor housing areas of Kuala Lumpur.

The city’s objective is to foster a culture of reading and inclusiveness - “A city that reads is a city that cares” - emphasizing ubiquitous access to books throughout the city. The city has linked the ambitious programme for World Book Capital to the Vision 2020 for Kuala Lumpur, and the eco-city project called the River of Life with open-air bookshops and libraries populating the newly-restored waterways of the city.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year. As the twentieth city to bear the title since 2001, Kuala Lumpur follows Sharjah (2019), and Athens (2018). Past winners include Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Anvers (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Erevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), and Wroclaw (2016).

The application of the city of Kuala Lumpur was accepted by an Advisory Committee, comprising representatives of the International Publisher’s Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and UNESCO.

Source: UNESCO, Paris.

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September 18, 2018

The President of India launches the logo and web portal for the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration

Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration

Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launching the logo for the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, at a function, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 18, 2018.

New Delhi — September 18, 2018 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched the logo and the web portal for the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at Rashtrapati Bhawan today.

The Government would do Logo Branding in Trains, Metro Rail, Air India Aircrafts, State Roadways Buses, Government websites, E-mails, Government stationery, calendars, diaries, Government advertisements & publicity material, and digital signature. The Public Sector Undertakings, subordinate/attached offices, and autonomous bodies under the Government of India would also use the logo.

The two-year-long celebrations from 2nd October 2018 to 02nd October 2020 will be held across the country and all over the globe to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Accordingly, all Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and all State/UT Governments have initiated branding actions in their Ministries/Departments.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

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September 17, 2018

Indian Space Research Organisation launches 2 Foreign Satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation

Photo: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lifting off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India, on September 16, 2018.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched two satellites — NovaSAR and S1-4— from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota today.

The PSLV-C42 lifted off from the First Launch Pad of SHAR at 10.08 pm (IST). Both satellites were injected into the Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 17 minutes later, at an altitude of 583 km.

The satellites belong to UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), which has a contract with Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of ISRO. NovaSAR carries S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and an Automatic Identification Receiver payloads. The satellite applications include forestry mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring, and maritime missions. SSTL’s Spacecraft Operations Centre in Guildford, UK will operate it.

S1-4 is a high-resolution earth observation satellite meant for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management, and disaster monitoring.

The PSLV launch vehicle consists of four stages, each of which is a self-contained vehicle capable of functioning independently with own propulsion systems.

Preparations for the PSLV-C42 began at Sriharikota in mid-July with the process of vehicle integration setting the tone for the launch. Many centers of ISRO contributed to this mission with the vehicle being designed and developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. The second and fourth stage liquid engines came from Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Thiruvananthapuram and ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.

The vehicle’s guidance system is from ISRO’s Inertial Systems Unit, Thiruvananthapuram, while SDSC SHAR was responsible for the solid motor preparation, vehicle integration and launch infrastructure. ISRO’s Telemetry Tracking and Command Network provided tracking support.

ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan congratulated the team soon after the successful mission.

“I am delighted that the PSLV-C42 precisely launched two of our customer satellites at 583 km orbit. It was a unique night mission executed for the first time by us. The PSLV has proven yet again as a user-friendly vehicle in all aspects. The credit goes to the entire ISRO team and industries. We are going to have 18 missions in the next six months, virtually one launch every two weeks,” Dr. Sivan said.

“The PSLV-C42 marks the latest technology and commercial collaboration between India and the UK with the launch of the combination of high resolution optical and radar (SAR) satellites from us,” said Sir Martin Sweeting, Group Executive Chairman, SSTL.

As on date, ISRO has launched 239 foreign satellites from 28 countries.

Source: Department of Space, Government of India.

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September 15, 2018

‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ (Cleanliness Service) campaign launched in Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Schools) throughout the country by HRD Minister of India

Clean India Drive

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, with the students, during the “Swachhta Hi Seva” Abhiyan (Cleanliness Drive), in New Delhi on September 15, 2018.

Clean India Drive

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, participates in cleanliness drive with the students of Central Schools, during the “Swachhta Hi Seva” Abhiyan (Cleanliness Drive), in New Delhi on September 15, 2018.

New Delhi — September 15, 2018 — The Human Resource Development Minister of India, Prakash Javadekar, participated in the ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ (Cleanliness Service) programme organized by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Central Schools Organization) at Kendriya Vidyalaya (Central School), New Delhi, today. The schedule included many cleanliness activities both inside and outside the campus.

The Minister participated in the ‘Shramdaan’ (Labour Donation) activities at the programme venue along with the students of classes 9th to 12th. Many teachers and officials also took part in the Shramdaan. Mr. Javadekar himself collected plastics and waste papers to clean the roads.

Mr. Javadekar said that the students ‘swacchagrahis’ are our ambassadors of cleanliness and will bring out positive change through awareness and sensitization programs. He said that we should collectively make an effort to make our country clean and beautiful by personalizing the public hygiene.

Mr. Javadekar envisioned a plastic-free India, as plastic is non-biodegradable and an acutely hazardous waste for our environment. He also assured that the government would start these sanitation drives in all schools across the country.

The Swachhata hi Seva movement, which aims at generating greater public participation towards Cleanliness, is being organized in the run-up to the fourth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission, on October 2nd, 2018, which will also mark the commencement of the celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

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The Longines Prize for Elegance awarded to Aleksandra Soldatova at the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia

Longines Prize for Elegance

Longines Prize for Elegance

Longines Prize for Elegance

Photos: The Longines Prize for Elegance awarded to Aleksandra Soldatova at the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

Saint-Imier (Switzerland) / Sofia (Bulgaria) - 15 September 2018 - As the long-term partner of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), Longines is also the Official Partner and Official Timekeeper of the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In this context, the Swiss watch brand presented tonight its Longines Prize for Elegance to Russia’s Aleksandra Soldatova, who distinguished herself for the outstanding grace and charisma she displayed throughout the all-around final.

Source: Longines

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September 13, 2018

ACADEMY REVEALS 2018 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS — ALL WINNING FILMS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR OSCARS

Student Academy Awards

Photo: Sofia Carson arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image Credit: Aaron Poole / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo].

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy has voted 19 students as winners of the Student Academy Awards 45th competition. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges and universities, which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members. The 2018 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

Animation (International Film Schools)

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

Documentary (International Film Schools)

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

Narrative (International Film Schools)

First-time honors go to MOPA (Motion Pictures in Arles) France, and the University of Hertfordshire, England. This year, the Student Academy Awards honors one returning winner in the Domestic Narrative category, Brian Robau, a Silver Medal winner in 2016 for “It’s Just a Gun.” Additionally, for the first time, a team of five directors is being honored in the International Animation category.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2018 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject category. Past winners have gone on to receive 59 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 11 awards. This year, two 2017 Student Academy Award winners received Oscar nominations in the Live Action Short Film category: Kevin Wilson, Jr., a Gold Medal winner in the Domestic Narrative category for “My Nephew Emmett,” and Katja Benrath, a Gold Medal winner in the International Narrative category for “Watu Wote/All of Us.”

Students will arrive in Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There, the Academy will announce the medal winners - gold, silver, and bronze - in the seven award categories.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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September 9, 2018

Executive Editors of the Washington Post and the New York Times to accept 2018 National Press Club Fourth Estate Award at November 29 Gala

National Press Club

National Press Club, Washington DC

Photo: UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, addresses the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 16 April 2015. Washington, DC, United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. [File Photo].

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2018 — Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet will receive the National Press Club’s most esteemed prize, the Fourth Estate Award, at a Press Club gala in their honor on November 29, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Baquet and Baron are the 46th recipients of the award, which recognizes journalists who have made significant contributions to the field.

“As the editors of two of our most influential newspapers, Marty Baron and Dean Baquet have risen to the challenges of our times and emerged as thought-provoking and pathfinding leaders, steadfast in their commitment to excellence in journalism and the defense of a free press,” said National Press Club President Andrea Edney.

The Fourth Estate Award is the top honor bestowed on a journalist by the National Press Club Board of Governors. Previous winners include Wolf Blitzer, Gwen Ifill, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Walter Cronkite, Christiane Amanpour, and David Broder.

“At a time when the governments accuse the press of being ‘the enemy of the people,’ ‘the opposition party,’ and the peddlers of ‘fake news,’” Edney said, “two of the nation’s most venerable news organizations, the New York Times and the Washington Post, continue to rise above the vitriol, producing award-winning reporting and garnering record numbers of digital subscriptions.”

Martin “Marty” Baron:

Martin “Marty” Baron became the executive editor of the Washington Post in 2013. Under his leadership, The Post has won seven Pulitzer Prizes, winning four times for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, once for investigative reporting and once for public service. Baron received the Pulitzer Prize for public service in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. Previously, Baron served as editor of the Boston Globe. During his 11 years there, the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes - for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism. Before the Globe, Baron held top editing positions at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald, where his journalism career began back in 1976.

Dean Baquet:

Dean Baquet was named Executive Editor of the New York Times in 2014, having served as the paper’s managing editor and Washington bureau chief. Baquet first joined The Times in 1990 as a Metro Reporter, and became the paper’s National editor in 1995 before taking a seven-year hiatus from The Times to serve as managing editor, and later Editor-in-Chief, of the Los Angeles Times. After graduating from Columbia University in 1978 with a major in English, Baquet started reporting for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He was at the Times-Picayune for nearly seven years before he became the Chicago Tribune’s associate Metro editor for investigations and chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting in March 1988 for documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club, located in Washington, D.C., is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. It has more than 3,100 members worldwide.

Source: National Press Club

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September 7, 2018

New Zealand Fashion Week 2018, 'Twenty-Seven Names' Show

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New Zealand Fashion Week

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New Zealand Fashion Week

Photos: Models walk the runway during the show by the brand ‘Twenty-Seven Names’ during New Zealand Fashion Week 2018 on August 28, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. Photos © Phil Walter/Getty Images. Images provided by New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW).

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September 5, 2018

US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, in New Delhi for '2+2 Dialogue'

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Photos: India’s Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman, receives the US Secretary of Defence, James Mattis, in New Delhi on September 05, 2018. Mr. Mattis is in India for the first ever ‘2+2 Dialogue’ between the two nations. [Source: Government of India].

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Photo: US Secretary of Defense James Mattis meets with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi, India, on September 6, 2018. [State Department Photo].

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Photo: US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi, India, on September 6, 2018. [State Department Photo].

Sources: Ministry of Defence, India & U.S. Department of State.

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September 1, 2018

Asian Games 2018 in Pictures — Editor's Picks

Asian Games Gold Medal

Photo: A winner displays his Gold Medal won at the Asian Games 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Sutanta Aditya/thv/18.

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Photo: Chinese shooter, Hui Zicheng, aims at the target during the final round of shooting in the 50m Air Rifle in the shooting arena of Jakabaring Sports City (JSC), Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, August 21, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Sutanta Aditya/thv/18.

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Photo: Thailand Lawn Tennis Player, Sirungreang, returns the ball in the Asian Games 2018 women’s lawn tennis qualifying round in Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, August 31, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Hendra Nurdiyansyah/nym/18.

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Photo: A supporter of the South Korean team poses after the South Korean handball team defeated the Chinese team in the final in the 2018 Asian Games at GOR Popki, Cibubur, Jakarta, Thursday, August 30, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Fulli Syafi/mes/18.

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Photo: Vietnamese athlete, Vu Thi Men, participates in the Women’s Triple Jump Final of the 2018 Asian Games at the Bung Karno Main Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, August 30, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/M Agung Rajasa/mes/18.

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Photo: Qatar equestrian athlete, Ali Althani, jumps obstacles in the individual Asian Games 2018 jumping final, at the Jakarta International Equestrian Park, Pulomas, Jakarta, Thursday, August 30, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Melvinas Priananda/tom/18.

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Photo: Indonesian runner, Bayu Kertanegara (left) touches the finish line in the final round of the 2018 Asian Games Men’s 4x100m Relay Run at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, August 30, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Andika Wahyu/mes/18.

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Photo: Thailand judo player, Ikumi Oeda (below), plays against Chinese judo player, Zhenzhao Ma (above), in the women’s class -78 kilograms quarter-finals of the 2018 Asian Games judo competition at the JCC, Plenary Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, August 31, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Bram Selo Agung/MTG/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Hong Kong player, Wong (right,) competes for the ball with Kazakh player, Domashneva, while competing in the women’s hockey in the 2018 Asian Games at Hoki Square, Bung Karno Complex, Jakarta, Friday, August 31, 2018. Hong Kong won 2-0 over Kazakhstan. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Dhoni Setiawan/pras/18.

AsianGames 2018

Photo: Rollerskaters compete in the 20 km speed event of the 2018 Asian Games at Arena Roller Skate Kompleks Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, August 31, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Ahmad Rizki Prabu/thv/18.

Asian Games Table Tennis

Photo: Chinese table tennis player, Chen Meng, returns the ball in the final of the 2018 Asian Games individual women’s singles competition at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, September 1, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Hermanus Prihatna/ang/18.

Asian Games Lawn Tennis

Photo: Chinese Lawn Tennis Player, Yu Yuanyi, returns the ball in the Women’s Lawn Tennis Semifinal match of the 2018 Asian Games at JSC Tennis Courts, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, September 1, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/M N Kanwa/nym/18.

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