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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

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week

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'

India, USA

India, USA

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].

India, USA

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].

India, USA

ENLARGE

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.

Asian Games2018

ENLARGE

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.

AsianGames 2018

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.

AsianGames 2018

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.

AsianGames 2018

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.

AsianGames 2018

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.

AsianGames 2018

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.

AsianGames 2018

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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August 30, 2018

India at the Asian Games 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia

Asian Games, Boxing Medal Winner

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, with the Boxing Gold Medal Winner of the Asian Games 2018 in New Delhi on September 05, 2018.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra selects the javelin for the final of the 18th Asian Games Men’s Javelin Throw at the Bung Karno Main Stadium Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, August 27, 2018. Neeraj Chopra won the Gold Medal. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Andika Wahyu/mes/18.

Asian Games 2018

Asian Games

Photos: Indian shooter, Rahi Sarnobat, prepares to shoot the target in the final of the women’s 25-meter Pistol at the 2018 Asian Games shooting arena in Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Rahi Sarnobat won the Gold Medal. ANTARA FOTO/ INASGOC/Iggoy el Fitra/thv/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: Indian Badminton Women’s Singles Player, Saina Nehwal, clenches her fist after gaining extra points in the semi-finals of the 2018 Asian Games individual event at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, August 27, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC//Hadi Abdullah/tom/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: India Squash Player, Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla hits the ball while competing against Thai squash player in the 2018 Asian Games Women’s Team Squash preliminary round at the Gelora Bung Karno Squash Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, August 28, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Ikhwan Yanuar/inp/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: India’s Badminton Singles Player, Pusarla V Sindhu, in action in the women’s first round of the 2018 Asian Games at the Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, August 23, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Nafielah Mahmudah/tom/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: Japanese Sailing Pair, Furuya Shingen and Hachiyama Shinji (right), with Indian Sailing Pair, Varun Ashok Thakkar, and Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa (left), spur their sailboats while competing in the Asian Games 2018 Sailing Competition in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, August 25, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/YU/18.

Asian Games Sailing

Photo: Indian Women Sailing Pair, Varsha Gautam and Sweta Shevegar, spur their sailboat while competing in the Asian Games 2018 Women’s Sailing Competition in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Varsha Gautam and Sweta Shevegar won the Silver Medal. ANTARA FOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/YU/18.

Asian Games India Squash

Photo: Indian Squash Player Joshana Chinappa participates in the Squash Women’s Team Semifinal at the 2018 Asian Games at GBK Squash Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, August 31, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Sakti Karuru/inp/18.

Asian Games India

Photo: Indian Bridge Payers, Shibhnath Sarkar and Pranab Bardhan, won the Gold Medal in the Men’s Pair category in the 18th Asian Games 2018 at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, September 1, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Setiyo Sc/Ttn/18.

Asian Games 2018

Photo: Indian Hockey supporters wave their hands and shout during the 3rd place competition in the men’s hockey in 2018 Asian Games at Hoki Square, Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, September 1, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/ INASGOC/Dadang Tri/pras/18.

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August 27, 2018

India Ministry of Tourism organizes “International Buddhist Conclave 2018”

Buddha, Ajanta

Photo: The delegates of the International Buddhist Conclave- 2018 visiting the Ajanta Caves, in Maharashtra on August 24, 2018.

Buddha, Sarnath

Photo: The delegates of the International Buddhist Conclave - 2018 visiting the Sarnath Stupa, at Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh on August 26, 2018.

India’s Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the State Governments of Maharashtra, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, is organizing a 4-day International Buddhist Conclave from 23rd - 26th August, 2018 at New Delhi and Ajanta (Maharashtra), followed by site visits to Rajgir, Nalanda and Bodhgaya (Bihar) and Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh).

From 24th - 26th August 2018, delegates would be taken for site visits to Aurangabad, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya, and Sarnath.

The delegates from the following 29 countries are participating in the International Buddhist Conclave: - Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, who inaugurated the gathering, said that tourism is a multi-stakeholder enterprise. “The private sector and civil society have substantial roles. The state and municipal administrations play a critical part in providing a safe and secure visitor experience. The business potential of tourism is immense. Across our world, this industry is a big job creator, especially for local households and local communities. In its essence, tourism, like Buddhism, is about people and empowering them to realize their potential,” the President added.

According to the India Ministry of Tourism, “There are nearly 500 million Buddhists all over the World, and the majority of them live in East Asia, South East Asia, and Far East countries. However, a tiny percentage of them visit the Buddhist sites in India each year. So the potential of encouraging more tourists to visit the Buddhist destinations where Lord Buddha lived and preached is immense.”

“One of the most precious gifts that Ancient India has given to the World is, the Buddha and his Path, which is, the Eight-fold Path, in the Pali language, Aṭṭhangiko Maggo. Therefore, ‘Buddha Path’ on the one hand, refers to the extraordinary Teachings of the Buddha which is also called the Middle Path which when practiced brings the purity of mind and leads to Peace, Happiness, and Harmony within and even in the Society as well. The Buddha Path provides quality of life based on Values as moral principles, or other ideas that guide our choices; Right beliefs, connection to nature and place with spirituality; Way of Life, daily practices, good habits and inspiring traditional skills for mental growth, thereby, making it the Living Heritage,” the Ministry of Tourism explained.

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August 26, 2018

India's Prime Minister, Vice President, and President Greet People on the Auspicious Occasion of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan, India

Photo: The Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, tying a Rakhi to the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, in New Delhi on August 26, 2018.

Raksha Bandhan, India

Photo: Preschool girl is tying a ‘Rakhi’ on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wrist on the occasion of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ in New Delhi on August 26, 2018.

The Prime Minister of India, the Vice President of India, and the President of India have greeted the people on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

“Greetings on Raksha Bandhan,” the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said in his short message.

“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan.

“Raksha Bandhan is celebrated all over the country reaffirming the strong bond of love and affection between brothers and sisters. The festival also upholds the high place traditionally accorded to women in our society.

“On this happy occasion, let us rededicate ourselves to upholding the dignity and respect of women in our country,” the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said in his message.

“On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad.

“Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of the unique relationship between brothers and sisters. Tying off a Rakhi symbolizes love, affection and mutual trust between sisters and brothers. May the spirit of this festival strengthen fraternal feelings, and inspire us to live in a society defined by universal respect for the security and dignity of women, especially of girl children,” the President, Ram Nath Kovind, stated in his message.

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August 18, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) urges Pakistan Leader, Imran Khan, to ensure Press Freedom; Welcomes Coordinated Press Freedom Editorials in the United States

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Photo: Imran Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan, is captured at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 27, 2011. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jolanda Flubacher.

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries, has called on Pakistan leader, Imran Khan, to reverse a deteriorating environment for the independent press in the country.

In a letter to Khan this week, IPI Executive Director urged the former cricket star to set a new course.

“IPI would like to congratulate you and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party PTI on the success in the recent elections. The people of Pakistan have demonstrated faith in you and PTI has emerged as the largest single party in the National Assembly,” the letter said.

“While the citizens of Pakistan are looking forward to a change in the governance of the country and hope that it will be free of corruption and coercion, the IPI network expects that you will restore media freedom and create an environment where journalists and media organizations can function without anxiety,” IPI Executive Director wrote in the letter.

“Excellency, you are well aware that a discordant climate is contrary to both the democracy and the free flow of information necessary for a strong and corruption-free democracy that you have promised to usher in to create a new Pakistan.”

“We, therefore, call upon Your Excellency to do everything possible to ensure that the government reverses the deteriorating environment for the independent press and that the government protects the press from the onslaught of state institutions. Unless strong measures are taken to deter further attempts to influence reporting in the media and to ensure that newspapers are allowed to publish freely, and television channels are allowed to broadcast in Pakistan without any further harassment, it will be hard to establish a vibrant democracy,” the letter stated.

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IPI Welcomes Coordinated Press Freedom Editorials in the United States.

International Press Institute

Photo: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, speaking during the Session “Special Address by Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 26, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo.

International Press Institute

Photo: Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor, BuzzFeed, USA, is captured at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland. January 24, 2014. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler.

The North American Committee (NAC) of the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries, today welcomed coordinated editorials published by hundreds of newspapers across the United States in support of press freedom.

In a statement, the NAC said it “lauded and supported the efforts of 350 American publications to promote a free and robust press.”

It continued: “The editorials, while aimed at critical statements by President Donald Trump, are an effort to remind the American people that the press has a vital role in a democracy. Force or aggression against journalists undermines our democracy. Press Freedom is an issue that speaks to the heart of who we are as Americans - that we need a free and fearless press to be able to function in our democracy. These editorials remind all of us the critical function of the media in our society.”

The editorials came as the U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning “attacks on the institution of the press” and affirming that “the press is not the enemy of the people.”

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August 14, 2018

Preschool Children visit Vice President of India; Greet him on the occasion of the Country's Independence Day

India, Independence Day

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Photo: A section of a group of preschool children (from GD Goenka La’Petite Preschool) at the residence of the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, to greet him on the occasion of Independence Day of India, in New Delhi, today.

Interacting with the children and their teachers (from GD Goenka La’Petite Preschool) who had come to wish him on the occasion of Independence Day, in New Delhi, today, the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said that Mother is the first Teacher to a child, and we should educate the children about Mother, Motherland, and Mother’s tongue. He further stated that we should enlighten them about our traditions and rich cultural heritage. Their education should begin with a good grounding in their mother tongue, he added.

The Vice President advised the teachers to take the responsibility of transforming children into responsible citizens. He further said that Guru plays the most crucial role in building up the future of the nation by educating children. Technology is also necessary, but Google can never replace Guru, he observed.

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India, Modi, Independence Day

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the Nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2018.

India, Modi, Independence Day

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, interacting with the school children after addressing the Nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2018.

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August 13, 2018

United Nations Event on Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement

United Nations Culture

Photo: Chief Tadodaho Sidney Hill of the Onondaga Nation (United States), leaves the podium after making a ceremonial call to order to open an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement”, held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations Culture

Photo: Rosa Montezuma, of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous and Miss Panama 2018, makes opening remarks during an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement,” held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 9, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) writes to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh expressing concern over growing intolerance toward independent journalism.

International Press Institute, IPI

International Press Institute, IPI

Photo: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, speaking during the Session “A New Chapter for Climate Action” at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 18, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

Vienna, Austria, August 8, 2018 — The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, has expressed grave concern to the government of Bangladesh over recent intolerance towards objective reporting.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, IPI has urged her to take robust steps to prevent this growing narrow-mindedness.

“Thanks to the role of the press, strong public opinion was built across the world in favor of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The writers of the Bangladesh constitution recognized the importance of a free press by guaranteeing press freedom in the constitution. We urge you to keep this spirit in mind and ensure that the government upholds the constitutional protections for the press,” IPI wrote in its letter.

“The IPI network is also extremely concerned about your government’s move to replace the ICT Act with the Digital Security Act, provisions of which will restrict the right of journalists to expose acts of corruption that you have consistently promised to eradicate.”

“The bill, if approved by Parliament in the current form, will have a serious, oppressive impact not only on journalists but also on all citizens of Bangladesh,” the letter said.

“We, therefore, urge you to act immediately and take appropriate action to end intolerance towards reporters and hold talks with journalists’ bodies in the country to create a conducive atmosphere for press freedom in Bangladesh, which has been severely compromised by recent incidents,” IPI stated in its letter.

IPI welcomes India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s quick decision to rescind controversial policy.

International Press Institute, IPI, Modi, India

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Recently, the International Press Institute (IPI) welcomed the prompt decision by the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, to revoke a controversial policy issued by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had issued a statement announcing that it would withdraw government press accreditation of those found to have published or broadcast fake news. The announcement did not define what constituted false intelligence. After condemnation by the press in India, primarily by the TV News Channels, who vehemently opposed the move, Prime Minister Modi intervened and ordered the withdrawal of the announcement.

Commending Prime Minister Modi’s immediate decision to uphold media freedom, IPI’s executive director, Barbara Trionfi, said that the new rule would have severely impaired the freedom of TV News Channels in India and their ability to report on crucial issues. ‘’We are thankful for Prime Minister Modi’s quick response to this misguided policy”, she said.

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July 31, 2018

“The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition

UNESCO, India

Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Image Credit: Amit Rawat.

New Delhi, July 31, 2018 — The site namely “The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” has been proposed for World Heritage. As per Operation Guidelines 2017, only one place can be nominated by the state party each year. The recognition of World Heritage is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, the creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of the sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as the prescribed site.

There are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India at present —

WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

CULTURAL SITES:
Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India

Name of Site — State

NATURAL SITES:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

MIXED SITE:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

The above information was given by India’s Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament), today.

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July 26, 2018

UNESCO announces New Jury Members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

UNESCO

Photo: Audrey Azoulay (right), Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

UNESCO

Photo: Nandita Das, one of the newly appointed Jury members, is an Actor and Celebrity Advocate for UNICEF India. Here she is speaking at the launch of UN@70, a year of activities to celebrate the United Nations’ seventieth anniversary. Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is also seen. 12 January 2015. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

UNESCO, Paris, France — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, has appointed the Jury members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary and its eleventh edition this year, the Prize rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communications fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The newly appointed Jury Members are:

Nandita Das

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq in 2008 that won many accolades and appreciation both in India and abroad. Nandita also acted, wrote and directed the play Between the Lines in 2012. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Nandita’s second directorial venture recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Indian film to be selected in 2018, in the official section of the festival.

Professor Nadia Bernoussi

Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of Rabat, the Institut Supérieur de l’Administration (ISA) and the Académie marocaine des études diplomatiques, Professor Nadia Bernoussi obtained her Doctorate Degree in Public Law (Constitutional Justice) in 1998. She is a visiting professor in the Law Faculties of the Universities of Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, and Tunis. As Vice President of the International Academy of Constitutional Law and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, she is also a founding member of the Association of Moroccan Constitutional Law and the Moroccan Association of Political Science.

Abdoulaye Konaté

Abdoulaye Konaté was born in 1953 in Diré (in Timbuktu region). He studied arts at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, then at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, in Cuba. He was Director General of the “Palais de la Culture,” Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Founding Director of the “Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia” (CAMM), in Mali. Konaté was a member of various boards of directors and several juries, such as the biennial festival of photography of Bamako, among others.

In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer, and diplomat. Awarded every two years, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), UNESCO marks the Prize by a ceremony and presents the winner with the sum of US$ 100,000.

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July 18, 2018

United Nations Headquarters observe Nelson Mandela International Day

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and SDG Global Advocate, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) and Miroslav Lajčák (right), President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, unveil a new stamp on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, the 2018 observance of which marks 100 years since the birth of Mandela (18 July 1918).

The stamp, released by the UN Postal Administration, pays tribute to the centenary of Mandela’s birth. Designed by Norwegian artist Martin Mörck and issued in Swiss francs, it features the Nelson Mandela quote (in French): “It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”

18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs of the City of New York, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Acclaimed Photographer Mario Sorrenti Shoots Supermodel Anja Rubik For Women's Fashion Magazine PORTER's Issue on Protecting the Oceans

Porter Magazine Oceans

Photo: Anja Rubik wears a dress by YSL photographed by Mario Sorrenti for PORTER. Image provided by PORTER.

LONDON — For its Summer Escape issue, women’s luxury fashion magazine PORTER is partnering with Parley for the Oceans, a global collaboration network. PORTER, along with acclaimed photographer Mario Sorrenti, and cover star Anja Rubik, is highlighting the plastic crisis facing the oceans.

For a second year, the title dedicates an entire issue to exploring the beauty and fragility of the oceans. In a 63-page portfolio shot by Sorrenti on Parley’s island in the Maldives, Sorrenti’s excellent fashion photography illustrates the reality and impact of plastic pollution upon the seas.

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