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January 27, 2019

Shots from Detroit Auto Show 2019

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Detroit, Michigan, January 27, 2019 — Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers, and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.

In its 31st year as an international event, the NAIAS is the most influential annual automotive event in the world. NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a nine-day Public Show.

Source: NAIAS, Detroit

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January 26, 2019

India's 70th Republic Day Celebrations

India Republic Day

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at the ‘At Home Reception,’ on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

India Republic Day

Photo: Five Jaguar fighter planes fly over Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

India Republic Day

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

India Republic Day

Photo: The Naval Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

India Republic Day

Photo: The Gorkha Brigade Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019.

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January 25, 2019

First Observance of International Day of Education

International Day of Education

Photo: Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs press on the occasion of the International Day of Education (24 January), in recognition of the role of education for peace and sustainable development. 24 January 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

International Day of Education

Photo: A participant speaks at the event “Making Impossible Possible: Unlocking Human Potential through the International Finance Facility for Education.” 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel. (File Photo)

New York, 24 January 2019 — The United Nations observed the first International Day of Education to emphasize the action required to achieve the global education goals and targets in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The celebration raised awareness of the crucial role of quality and relevant education for peace and development worldwide, including its contribution to poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and building peaceful and resilient societies. The event brought together the voices of governments, the UN system, private sector, civil society, faith-based organizations, teachers, academia and youth, united in their call to make education a leading global priority.

Recently, the United Nations General Assembly had proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

Education is a human right, a public good, and a civic responsibility.

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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January 23, 2019

Mastercard and Pop Star Camila Cabello Collaborate to Bring Exclusive Experiences to Fans

From behind-the-scenes access to intimate performances, collab brings fans closer to the music.

MasterCard, Camilla Cabello

Photo: Singer Camila Cabello on set filming her new Mastercard ad which will highlight her collaboration and bring to life some of the exclusive experiences cardholders will enjoy. Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Mastercard).

PURCHASE, N.Y., January 22, 2019 - Mastercard today announced a deal with GRAMMY-nominated, chart-topping recording artist Camila Cabello focused on the delivery of “truly unforgettable fan experiences for Mastercard cardholders and Camilizers.” Kicking off next month, Mastercard will start to roll out Priceless experiences that reflect the exclusivity, collaboration and access the partnership will provide, allowing fans to experience Cabello’s music like never before.

The first output of this collaboration will be a private show for fans and Mastercard cardholders in Los Angeles leading into the 61st GRAMMY Awards. The intimate show is set to take place at the famed Orpheum Theatre on February 6th and is sure to be an evening filled with the unexpected. Tickets to the Camila Cabello show will be available for purchase with a Mastercard beginning on Wednesday, January 23rd. Information about the L.A. show and ticket purchase will be available on PricelessCities.com.

“I am thrilled to be a part of a collaboration that offers me the opportunity to engage with my fans in a way that brings them closer to the music,” says Cabello. “I can’t wait for fans to see what surprises we have in store.”

The partnership will bring together Mastercard expertise in delivering Priceless experiences aligned with cardholder passions together with Cabello’s global influence and commitment to her fan base to provide something extraordinary. After a tremendous year that includes the introduction of her first solo album Camila, first solo tour “Never Be The Same” and the chart-topping success of her debut album and music, the collaboration between Cabello and Mastercard will focus on exclusive access to co-created content, events, and experiences, as well as fan engagement.

“Consumers today seek real experiences and true interactions with the people who inspire them in their day to day life and as an empowering role model to her fans and beyond we are honored to partner with Camila,” said Cheryl Guerin, EVP Marketing & Communications for Mastercard. “She encapsulates our brand values, and we applaud her commitment and appreciation for fans. We look forward to working together to bring fans closer to their passion for music and inspiring them to Start Something Priceless of their own.”

The collaboration will be supported by a fully integrated marketing communications platform that encompasses a wide-reaching media campaign across social, print, radio, television and digital platforms.

Multi-Grammy nominated Cuban born singer & songwriter Camila Cabello released her debut solo album, CAMILA in January 2018 to rave reviews. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart at the same time as her single “Havana” Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Camila the first soloist in nearly 15 years to reach the #1 spot on both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts in the same week.

Source: Mastercard

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January 22, 2019

91ST OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Oscars

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Photo: Paz Vega arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (File Photo)

LOS ANGELES, CA - Actor-comedian and Oscar-nominated writer Kumail Nanjiani and actress-producer-director Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 91st Oscars nominations today (January 22), live from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills via a global live stream on the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed, and broadcast media.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to choose the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Tuesday, February 12, through Tuesday, February 19.

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 on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Best animated feature film of the year

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

Achievement in film editing

Best foreign language film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Best motion picture of the year

Achievement in production design

The best animated short film

Best live action short film

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

Original screenplay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Jane Goodall at Open Forum in Davos

World Economic Forum

Photo: The Forums Logo is seen in this Picture taken at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 20, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions from the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 20, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 January 2019 - Sessions on escaping extinction and tackling plastic pollution plus the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s special screening of the documentary, The Price of Free, which portrays the rescue of 80,000 child factory workers in India, are among the events open to the public, on a first come, first served basis at the Open Forum Davos 2019.

Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, will be joined in conversation with Jane Goodall during which they will discuss her life’s journey through the world’s last forests and her work with great apes, humanity’s closest relatives.

The extreme swimmer from Davos, Ernst Bromeis, will discuss his journeys across the waters of Europe and what it takes to protect our planet’s most important resource. There will also be an exceptional performance and dialogue with a quartet of the Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra, which comprises some of the most talented young African-American and Latino soloists in the United States, highlighting how increasing diversity in classical music benefits everyone.

The Open Forum Davos, now in its 17th year and with a fresh new look, will open its doors to the public from 22 to 25 January in Davos, Switzerland. Leading personalities from business, government, academia, and civil society, as well as young people, will discuss and interact with the Swiss public on critical - and, at times, controversial - subjects, opening a unique window onto the most challenging debates of our time.

Panelists at this year’s Open Forum Davos comprise public figures, chief executive officers, representatives from civil society, experts and academics from Switzerland and around the world, including:

· Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute

· Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, New York

· Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International

· Denis Mukwege, Founder, Panzi Hospital and Foundation

· Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad

· Kailash Satyarthi, Founder, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation

· Pascale Baeriswyl, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

· Heather Koldewey, Fellow, National Geographic Society

· Ernst Bromeis, Water Ambassador, The Blue Miracle

· Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament, European Union

· Roger Köppel, Member of the National Council, Swiss Parliament

· Ricken Patel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Avaaz.org

· Rachel Haas, Managing Director, NO MORE

· Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education and Research and Innovation of Switzerland

· Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences of the United Arab Emirates

· Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology; Head, Silliman College, Yale University

· Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, Mumbai

· Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

· Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust

Open Forum Programme

Tuesday 22 January

09.00 - 10.00 Water for Life

12.30 - 14.00 Plastic Pollution: An End in Sight?

18.30 - 20.00 Averting “Peak Europe”

Wednesday 23 January

09.00 - 10.30 Escaping Extinction

13.00 - 14.00 An Insight, An Idea with Jane Goodall

18.30 - 20.00 Violence against Women

Thursday 24 January

09:00 - 10:00 An Encounter with the Sphinx Virtuosi

12.30 - 14.00 Loneliness: An Epidemic?

18.30 - 20.00 The Price of Free

Friday 25 January

09.00 - 10.30 Bridging Science with Society

The Open Forum will be held at the Swiss Alpine Mittelschule, Guggerbachstrasse 3, Davos Platz, Switzerland.

Source: World Economic Forum

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January 19, 2019

Prime Minister Modi inaugurates National Museum of Indian Cinema

India Cinema

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the gathering during the inauguration of National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

India Cinema

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

India Cinema

Photo: Dignitaries during the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

Mumbai, January 19, 2019 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai today.

Many dignitaries were present at the event.

In his address, the Prime Minister said that the National Museum of Indian Cinema would provide a fantastic opportunity for the younger generation to understand and learn about Indian cinema. He added that the Museum would have detailed information about the history of the Indian entertainment industry along with tales of struggles of various film personalities.

Mr. Modi said that film and society are a reflection of each other. Whatever happens in the community is reflected by the movies on the screen, while the community mirrors the images from the films.

Talking about trends, he said there are many films now which depict both the problem and the solution which is a positive sign as compared to earlier years when only the helplessness was displayed.

Mr. Modi said that India is now confident of finding its solutions to the problems it faces and this he said is a sign of a New India which is confident and capable of taking issues head on and resolving them.

The Prime Minister in his address highlighted the global reach of Indian Cinema. In this context, he mentioned his interaction with various global leaders who can even sing Indian songs.

He extended best wishes to the film fraternity for creating the characters that have captured the imaginations of young generations. He said that due to the global appeal of such characters, India’s youngsters are now not just fans of Batman, but also of Bahubali.

The Prime Minister said that the Indian Cinema has a significant role in enhancing India’s soft power, its credibility, and building Brand India across the world. He said that through Cinema, critical social issues such as sanitation, women empowerment, and sports are now reaching to the people. Cinema plays a vital role in nation building and strengthens the feeling of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. PM said that the film Industry has a vast potential of contributing to the growth of tourism in the country.

He mentioned that the government is working to provide the facility of ‘Ease of Filming’ by putting in place a Single Window Clearance system for Film Shooting approvals in different parts of the country. Prime Minister said Government is working on amending the Cinematograph Act 1952 to check the problem of Film Piracy.

Mr. Modi said that the government is also working towards setting up a National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics.

Narendra Modi said that a dedicated university for Communication and Entertainment is the need of the hour and urged film personalities to suggest and contribute on this. He also suggested the idea of Global Film Summit similar to Davos Summit which would focus on the expansion of the market for Indian Cinema.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 15, 2019

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

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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January 14, 2019

First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award presented to Narendra Modi

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

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

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

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

The Award Citation says:

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

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

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

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

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 8, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump Exchange Greetings

Modi with Trump

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

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

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

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

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 7, 2019

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

India Elections

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Election Commission of India

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January 6, 2019

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

World Book Fair

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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— Anatole France (French poet, journalist, and novelist).


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January 4, 2019

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

Women of India Organic Festival

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

Women of India Organic Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development

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January 3, 2019

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

Modi, Indian Science Congress

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

Modi, Indian Science Congress

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

Indian Science Congress

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

Indian Science Congress

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

Indian Science Congress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve 2018

New Year's Eve 2018

Auckland New Year's Eve 2018

New Year's Eve 2018

Photos: Fireworks are seen exploding from the Sky Tower with the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the foreground during the Auckland New Year’s Eve celebrations on January 01, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. Photos by Phil Walter/Getty Images for ATEED. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Images provided by Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development.

Auckland, New Zealand, the first major city in the world to greet the new day, saw the light in 2019 with a New Year’s Eve visual and entertainment extravaganza that lit up Auckland’s cityscape. For the first time, the stunning Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge joined in the celebrations. At the stroke of midnight, Vector Lights exploded into life with a five-minute light show designed in sync with SkyCity’s fireworks spectacular.

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December 29, 2018

Panjab University Chandigarh commemorates 200th Birth Anniversary of Sikh Philosopher

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Panjab University Chandigarh

Photo: The Minister of State for Culture and Environment, Dr. Mahesh Sharma addressing at the International Seminar to Commemorate 200th Birth Anniversary of Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji, in New Delhi on December 28, 2018.

Panjab University Chandigarh

Photo: Lighting of the lamp at the International Seminar to Commemorate 200th Birth Anniversary of Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji, in New Delhi on December 28, 2018. Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Raj Kumar, is on the right.

New Delhi, December 28, 2018 — To commemorate the 200th Birth Anniversary of the Sikh philosopher, reformer, and freedom fighter, Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji, Panjab University, Chandigarh, organized an International Seminar in New Delhi in collaboration with Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust and the Indian Ministry of Culture. The Minister of State for Culture and Environment, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated the seminar.

His Holiness Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji; Sardar Prem Singh Chandumajra, MP Lok Sabha; Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University Chandigarh; Sardar Tarlochan Singh, Ex-MP Rajya Sabha; Sardar H. S. Hanspal, Ex-MP Rajya Sabha; and Sardar S. S. Namdhari, Vice Chairman Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust & President Vishav Namdhari Sangat; were present at the function.

Inaugurating the seminar, the Minister of State for Culture and Environment, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, said that Sri Satguru Ram Singh was a great spiritual guru, a thinker, a seer, philosopher, social reformer, and a freedom fighter. Around 150 years ago, he organized his followers for the noble cause of the freedom of the country. The Culture Minister said that whatever he was preaching or practicing in the 19th Century, is equally good in the 21st century as well.

Praising the ideology of the Satguru, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that he advocated reverence for the cow, simple wedding ceremonies, widow remarriage and mass marriages with minimal expenditure.

The Satguru was a great social reformer. He started a new mass marriage system wherein his followers performed the marriages by spending a Rupee and Twenty Five Paisa only. Satguru Ram Singh banned the dowry and inculcated religious awareness among his followers, the Minister said.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India

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December 22, 2018

India submits its dossier on ‘Monuments Forts of Deccan Sultanate’ for consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO, Paris

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Photo: The Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Image Credit: Otis Yang.

New Delhi, December 22, 2018 — India’s Ministry of Culture has informed the Indian Parliament that, at present, India has 42 sites listed under UNESCO’s tentative list which is a pre-requisite condition for inscription as World Heritage Sites. This year, ‘The Walled city of Jaipur’ is under process for nomination of World Heritage Site. The dossier on ‘Monuments Forts of Deccan Sultanate’ has already been submitted to UNESCO for the 2019-20 initiative, the Ministry said.

Augmentation of sites on the World Heritage List/Tentative List is a continuous process. UNESCO selects the heritage sites on the basis of their potential for fulfilling criteria under Operational Guidelines and demonstration of Outstanding Universal Value, India’s Minister for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, explained.

At present, India has 37 World Heritage Sites as follows:

WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

CULTURAL SITES:

Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India

Name of Site — State

Under Protection of Ministry of Railways

Under Protection of Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee

Under Protection of Rajasthan State Archaeology and Museums

Under Protection of Chandigarh Administration

Under Protection of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

Under Protection of Bombay Municipal Corporation

NATURAL SITES:

Under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

MIXED SITE:

Under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

All the world heritage sites are well protected and are in good shape. India is conserving all these sites in accordance with the UNESCO’s conservation policy, India’s Minister for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, told the parliament.

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December 18, 2018

OSCARS 2019: Academy Announces Shortlists in Nine Award Categories; Snubs India's Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film

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Photo: Filmmaker Geeta Malik, recipient of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, at the Los Angeles Women’s Lunch hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. October 30, 2018. Photographer: Valerie Macon. Image provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.

• DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Awards.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  1. “Charm City”
  2. “Communion”
  3. “Crime + Punishment”
  4. “Dark Money”
  5. “The Distant Barking of Dogs”
  6. “Free Solo”
  7. “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
  8. “Minding the Gap”
  9. “Of Fathers and Sons”
  10. “On Her Shoulders”
  11. “RBG”
  12. “Shirkers”
  13. “The Silence of Others”
  14. “Three Identical Strangers”
  15. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

• DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

• FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-seven countries had initially submitted their entries in this class.

Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

• MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Seven films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 91st Academy Awards. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  1. “Black Panther”
  2. “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  3. “Border”
  4. “Mary Queen of Scots”
  5. “Stan & Ollie”
  6. “Suspiria”
  7. “Vice”

• MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the group. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are:

  1. “Annihilation”
  2. “Avengers: Infinity War”
  3. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
  4. “Black Panther”
  5. “BlacKkKlansman”
  6. “Crazy Rich Asians”
  7. “The Death of Stalin”
  8. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
  9. “First Man”
  10. “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  11. “Isle of Dogs”
  12. “Mary Poppins Returns”
  13. “A Quiet Place”
  14. “Ready Player One”
  15. “Vice”

• MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 91st Academy Awards. Ninety songs were eligible in the division. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

  1. “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
  2. “Treasure” from “Beautiful Boy”
  3. “All The Stars” from “Black Panther”
  4. “Revelation” from “Boy Erased”
  5. “Girl In The Movies” from “Dumplin’”
  6. “We Won’t Move” from “The Hate U Give”
  7. “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
  8. “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
  9. “Keep Reachin’” from “Quincy”
  10. “I’ll Fight” from “RBG”
  11. “A Place Called Slaughter Race” from “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
  12. “OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You”
  13. “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
  14. “Suspirium” from “Suspiria”
  15. “The Big Unknown” from “Widows”

• ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-one films had initially qualified in the group. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The movies, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  1. “Age of Sail”
  2. “Animal Behaviour”
  3. “Bao”
  4. “Bilby”
  5. “Bird Karma”
  6. “Late Afternoon”
  7. “Lost & Found”
  8. “One Small Step”
  9. “Pépé le Morse”
  10. “Weekends”

• LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred forty films had initially qualified in the class. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The movies, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  1. “Caroline”
  2. “Chuchotage”
  3. “Detainment”
  4. “Fauve”
  5. “Icare”
  6. “Marguerite”
  7. “May Day”
  8. “Mother”
  9. “Skin”
  10. “Wale”

• VISUAL EFFECTS

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  1. “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
  2. “Avengers: Infinity War”
  3. “Black Panther”
  4. “Christopher Robin”
  5. “First Man”
  6. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
  7. “Mary Poppins Returns”
  8. “Ready Player One”
  9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
  10. “Welcome to Marwen”

Nominations voting begins on Monday, January 7, 2019, and concludes on Monday, January 14, 2019.

The Academy will announce the Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards 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 on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Meanwhile, India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category, “Village Rockstars” directed by Rima Das, is out of the Oscars race.

No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in 2001.

Mother India (1958) and Salaam Bombay (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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December 17, 2018

Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2018, is crowned Miss Universe

Miss Universe Philippines

Photo: Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2018, is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Amorn Pitayanant. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe Philippines

Photo: Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2018, during a photoshoot in fashion by Sherri Hill at the Dusit Thani Bangkok on December 2, 2018. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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