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May 30, 2019

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) directs all Universities to get on board the National Academic Depository (NAD) before September 30, 2019.

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New Delhi, May 30, 2019 — University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all higher educational institutions — Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed to be Universities, Private Universities, as well as School Boards — to immediately join the National Academic Depository (NAD), an online storehouse of Educational Credentials (Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates, and Mark-Sheets).

NAD not only ensures easy access to and retrieval of an academic certificate but also validates and guarantees its authenticity and safe storage.

Main Features of the National Academic Depository (NAD) include —

  • It operates in fully online mode.
  • It allows lodging of Educational Certificates in a digital format.
  • It will enable students to retrieve their lodged academic awards at any time.
  • It will allow employers and authorized persons to verify the authenticity of any educational certificate.
  • It maintains the authenticity, integrity, and confidentiality of the database.

NAD is an effective deterrence to fake and forged paper certificates. It benefits academic institutions by providing a permanent and safe record of all credentials issued by them. There is no need to issue duplicate certificates; students can get them directly from NAD.

NAD serves students by providing them immediate access to their academic credentials. There is no risk of losing, spoiling or damaging the certificates.

National Academic Depository (NAD) was launched in September 2016 to develop a digital depository for school learning certificates, degrees and other academic awards of higher education institutions on the pattern of a securities depository. NAD is an online 24X7 store-house of all academic honors. It provides safe storage, easy retrieval, and validation of the authenticity of educational certificates.

The UGC has, on behalf of all eligible Higher Educational Institutions, signed a tripartite agreement with NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL), the two inter-operable digital depositories that constitute the National Academic Depository (NAD). NDML and CVL possess the prescribed hardware, software, and network facilities required for the smooth and steady operationalization of NAD.

UGC has advised the institutions to enter into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with either of the depositories by June 15, 2019, upload the legacy data by July 31, 2019, and fully integrate with NAD by September 30, 2019.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is a statutory body entrusted with coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of higher education. While the UGC has done its job, the universities now must advance this critical project and bring it to success.

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UPDATE

UGC has just asked the Vice-Chancellors of all universities to observe the “World No Tobacco Day” tomorrow (May 31, 2019), and organize a pledge-taking ceremony in the campuses of the university and the affiliated colleges.


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May 27, 2019

India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to organize Special Interactive Session with Mr. John Bailey - President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Academy President

Photo: Academy President John Bailey during the Academy’s 2018 Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

Academy President

Photo: Oscar nominee Regina King with Academy President John Bailey at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 4, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Phil McCarten / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

New Delhi — In a major initiative to explore possibilities of collaboration, India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organizing a Special Interactive Session with Mr. John Bailey, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, on May 28, at Siri Fort Auditorium, in New Delhi.

The interaction will not only deliver insights into the thought leadership at Oscars but will also be informative for critical stakeholders attending the event. It will throw light on the nuances behind the craft of cutting edge filming techniques and help develop an understanding amongst the Indian film-makers about creating world-class content.

Mr. Bailey will also be interacting with Mr. Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of I&B. The interaction will be an opportunity for the Ministry to highlight financial incentives offered to foreign filmmakers to shoot in India. They will also discuss a single window facilitation mechanism for filming in India, financing co-production of films, and promotion of single-screen theatres in small towns across the country.

Recently, in the 47th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Mr. Robert Yeoman, renowned Cinematographer, and Mr. Alan Heim, distinguished Film Editor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, had taken Master Classes in their respective fields. This interactive session presents an opportunity to enhance the outreach of the Festival further, and explores the possibilities of collaboration with the Academy for the Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI to be held in Goa in November 2019.

John Bailey is the first Cinematographer to hold the position of Academy President. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” As a cinematographer, he is best known for his collaborations with directors Paul Schrader, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Apted, and Ken Kwapis.

In 1985, Bailey shared the Cannes Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Award with Eiko Ishioka and Philip Glass for “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.” He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for “Tough Guys Don’t Dance,” and the Camerimage Golden Frog Award for Best Cinematography for “Forever Mine.”

Academy President

Photo: The Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Amit Khare, presenting the ‘Cinemas of India’ to the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Mr. John Bailey, in New Delhi, on May 28, 2019. In the ensuing interaction with Mr. Bailey, budding filmmakers and students from several Mass Media Institutes got the opportunity to interact with the Academy President.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers, and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, and educational outreach.

Academy, India

Photo: Indian Actress, Frieda Pinto, attends the 81st Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 22, 2009. Image provided by & copyright © Jon Didier / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

Academy, Pryanka

Photo: Indian Actress, Priyanka Chopra, arrives at The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

• The prestigious Academy Awards, also known as the “Oscars,” honor the best talent in films, be it Hollywood or International cinema. Although India sends an official entry to the Oscars every year, it only gets snubbed. No Indian film has ever won an Oscar!

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, New Delhi.

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May 21, 2019

The University of California Berkeley Alumni Association is organizing a Forum on Contemporary India in New Delhi.

UC Berkeley

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

UC Berkeley

The University of California Berkeley Alumni Association is organizing a Forum on Contemporary India in New Delhi.

The afternoon forum would be lead by Professor Pradeep Chhibber, Professor and Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies at UC Berkeley. Prof. Chhibber is the author of various books including — • Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India, Oxford University Press; and • Democracy without Associations: Transformation of Party Systems and Social Cleavages in India, University of Michigan Press.

Berkeley undergraduate students will present to the gathering their fascinating research projects on contemporary India.

The event will also be an opportunity to connect with fellow Cal Alumni and friends.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhawan, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi 110011.

The Cal Alumni Association will serve refreshments to the attendees.

AGENDA

4:00pm-5:30pm: Panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Panelists include:

  • Sophieerve Bandarkar (Political Economy)
  • Barbara De Alfaro (Political Science)
  • Sanika Ganesh (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Morgan Ivanoff (Political Science)
  • Maziyeh Jehan (Political Science)
  • Aryaman Kataruka (Political Science)
  • Janani Mohan (History and Political Science)
  • Isaac Naranjo (Political Science)
  • Aneesh Nathani (Computer Science)

Professor Pradeep Chhibber and his UC Berkeley colleague, Pranav Gupta, have written several articles in the Indian Press on the current Lok Sabha elections. One of their reports is titled: “Political Parties dominate India’s National Elections, not Candidates.” The number of candidates in each constituency has proliferated since Independence, but an independent has a minimal likelihood of winning a Lok Sabha seat, they explain. Their another article is titled: “Not just Political Apathy, Faulty Electoral Rolls to blame for lower Lok Sabha Poll Turnout.”

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May 20, 2019

Nine Leading Global Universities Team Up To Create Global Infrastructure For Digital Academic Credentials.

• Researchers set sights on a new standard for issuing, sharing, and verifying educational certificates.

Harvard University

Photo: Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

Global Universities

CAMBRIDGE, MA, May 20, 2019. While digital technology has started to transform education by enabling new learning pathways customized to each’s needs, the way that educational institutions issue and manage academic credentials has not changed much. Nine leading global universities announced today that they had formed the Digital Credentials collaboration to create a trusted, distributed, and shared infrastructure standard for issuing, storing, displaying, and verifying educational certificates.

“Currently, those who complete a degree from an institution must go back to that institution — sometimes by mail or even in person — each time there is a need to verify the academic credentials earned,” said Sanjay Sarma, MIT vice president for open learning. “This can be a complicated problem, especially if the learner no longer has access to the university. Such is the case with many refugees, immigrants, and displaced populations.”

“As teaching and learning offered by our universities have come to encompass digital platforms, the question of trusted verification and authentication of learning and credentials poses itself with broad urgency,” said Diana Wu, dean of university extension and new academic ventures at University of California, Berkeley.

Using technology that relies on strong cryptography to prevent tampering and fraud, and shared ledgers to create a global infrastructure for anchoring academic achievements, the researchers plan to build upon earlier research and pioneering efforts by their institutions.

The universities working on this effort include:

  • DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY —THE NETHERLANDS
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY — USA
  • HASSO PLATTNER INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF POTSDAM — GERMANY
  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY — USA
  • TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY — MÉXICO
  • TU MUNICH — GERMANY
  • UC BERKELEY — USA
  • UC IRVINE — USA
  • UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO — CANADA

One of the driving forces behind this shared effort is the interest by universities to utilize the advances brought by these new technologies in a way that prioritizes the needs of learners. Digital credentials allow learners to maintain a compelling and valid digital record of their lifelong learning achievements that may include badges, internships, boot camps, certificates, MicroMasters, and stackable combinations, as well as traditional degrees — all of which they can easily share with employers or other institutions. Institutions can record and manage the achievements of their learners in a way that is easy, safe, and inexpensive, and minimizes the risk of identity fraud.

“We are well positioned in academia to use cutting-edge technology to empower learners to advance their careers and education with credentials in the palms of their hands,” said Hans Pongratz, senior vice president for IT-systems and services at Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The team has now set its sights on the evolution and governance of a shared standard. “Digital credentials are like tokens of social and human capital and hold tremendous value for the individual. The significant opportunity we have today is to bring together institutions that share a commitment to the benefit of learners, and who can act as stewards of this infrastructure,” said Philipp Schmidt, director of learning innovation at the MIT Media Lab.

“Our shared vision is one where academic achievements, and the corresponding credentials that verify them, can open up new pathways for individuals to become what they want to be in the future,” said José Escamilla, director of TecLabs Learning Reimagined at Tecnologico de Monterrey.

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May 17, 2019

Cannes Film Festival 2019 — Celebrity Shots

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: EVA LONGORIA. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Red Carpet. 16 May 2019. The American actress looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet, adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Boule earrings in yellow & white gold set with white diamonds and brown diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: RANIA FAWAZ. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Opening Ceremony. 14 May 2019. The Iraqi influencer looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Gypsy earrings in white gold set with white diamonds paired with a Gypsy ring in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: AISHWARYA RAI. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 20 May 2019. Aishwarya Rai attends the screening of “La Belle Epoque” during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2019, in Cannes, France. The Actress chose a pair of earrings from Avakian Jewellery matched with a black diamond ring from the same collection. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images). Copyright © 2019 Getty Images. Image provided by Avakian Jewellery.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: CINDY BRUNA. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 20 May 2019. The top French model looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet, adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: IRIS MITTENAERE. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 22 May 2019. The top French model and miss universe in 2016 looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Divina by de GRISOGONO earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and a Divina by de GRISOGONO ring in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: CINDY BRUNA. Cannes Film Festival 2019. De GRISOGONO Fashion. AmfAR’s red carpet. 23 May 2019. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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May 13, 2019

University Grants Commission (UGC) publishes "Redressal of Grievances of Students Regulation" in the Government of India Gazette. Penal Action against Erring Institutions.

India Education

UGC Regulations

India Universities

ENLARGE

Photo: The front of the Government of India Gazette notifying the University Grants Commission (Redressal of Grievances of Students) Regulations.

• New Delhi, 13 May 2019 — The University Grants Commission has published Redressal of Grievances of Students Regulation in the Government of India Gazette.

The regulation mandates the institutions to upload on their websites the prospectus containing information on the list of programs, number of seats, conditions of educational qualification and eligibility, process of selections, each component of fee, deposit and other charges payable by students, details of teaching faculty with their pedagogical skills, and data about physical and academic infrastructure.

There will be four types of students grievance redressal committees, collegiate student grievance redressal committee, departmental student grievance redressal committee, institutional student grievance redressal committee, and the University Student Grievance Redressal Committee. Any student aggrieved by the decision of the University Student Grievance Redressal Committee may prefer an appeal to the Ombudsperson, who shall be a person of eminence in academics or research, and who had been Vice-Chancellor of a University.

GRIEVANCES:

“Grievance” means, and includes, complaint(s) made by an aggrieved student in respect of the following, namely:

  1. Admission is contrary to merit determined in the declared admission policy of the Institution;
  2. Irregularity in the process under the stated admission policy of the Institution;
  3. The Institution refuses to admit a student under its declared admission policy;
  4. Non-publication of the prospectus by the Institution, under the provisions of these regulations;
  5. Publication by the Institution of any information in the brochure, which is false or misleading, and not based on facts;
  6. Withholding of, or refusal to return, any document in the form of certificates of degree, diploma or any other award deposited by a student to seek admission.
  7. The demand for money above that specified in the declared admission policy of the Institution;
  8. Violation, by the Institution, of any law for the time being in force regarding reservation of seats in admission to a different category of students;
  9. Nonpayment or delay in payment of scholarships or financial aid applicable to any student under the declared admission policy of such Institution, or under the conditions, if any, prescribed by the Commission;
  10. Delay by the Institution in the conduct of examinations, or declaration of results, beyond the schedule specified in the academic calendar of the Institution, or such timetable prescribed by the Commission;
  11. Failure by the Institution to provide student amenities as set out in the prospectus, or is required to be extended by the Institution under any provisions of law for the time being in force;
  12. Non-transparent or Unfair Practices adopted by the Institution for the Evaluation of Students;
  13. Delay in, or denial of, the refund of fees due to a student who withdraws admission within the time mentioned in the prospectus, or as may be notified by the Commission;
  14. Complaints of alleged discrimination of students from the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Women, Minority or persons with disabilities categories;
  15. Denial of quality education as promised at the time of admission or required to be provided;
  16. Harassment or victimization of a student, other than cases of harassment, which are to be proceeded against under the penal provisions of any law for the time being in force.

MANDATORY PUBLICATION OF PROSPECTUS, ITS CONTENTS, AND PRICING:

Every Institution, shall publish and/or upload on its website, before expiry of at least sixty days prior to the date of the commencement of the admission to any of its courses or programs of study, a prospectus containing the following for the information of persons intending to seek access to such Institution and the general public, namely:

  • (a) the list of programs of study and courses offered along with the broad outlines of the syllabus specified by the appropriate statutory authority or by the Institution, as the case may be, for every course or program of study, including teaching hours, practical sessions and other assignments;
  • (b) the number of seats approved by the appropriate statutory authority in respect of each course or program of study for the academic year;
  • (c) the conditions of educational qualifications and eligibility including the minimum and maximum age limit of persons for admission as a student in a particular course or program of study, specified by the Institution;
  • (d) the process of selection of eligible candidates applying for such admission, including all relevant information concerning the details of test or examination for selecting such candidates for access to each course or program of study and the amount of fee prescribed for the admission test;
  • (e) each component of the cost, deposits and other charges payable by the students admitted to such Institution for pursuing a course or program of study, and the additional terms and conditions of such payment;
  • (f) rules/regulations for imposition and collection of any fines in specified heads or categories, minimum and maximum penalty.
  • (g) the percentage of tuition fee and other charges refundable to a student admitted in such Institution in case such student withdraws from such Institution before or after completion of the course or program of study and the time within and how the Institution would refund that student;
  • (h) details of the teaching faculty, including their educational qualifications, along with their type of appointment (Regular/visiting/guest) and teaching experience of every member thereof.
  • (i) information about physical and academic infrastructure and other facilities including hostel accommodation and its fee, library, hospital or industry wherein the practical training is to be imparted to the students and in particular the amenities accessible by students on being admitted to the Institution;
  • (j) all relevant instructions in regard to maintaining the discipline by students within or outside the campus of the Institution, and, in particular such training relating to the prohibition of ragging of any student or students and the consequences thereof and for violating the provisions of any regulation in this behalf made by the relevant statutory regulatory authority; and
  • (k) Any other information as may be specified by the Commission.

CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE:

The Commission shall in respect of any institution, which willfully contravenes these regulations, or repeatedly fails to comply with the recommendation of the Ombudsperson or the Grievance Redressal Committee(s), as the case may be, proceed to take one or more of the following actions, namely:

  • (a) withdrawal of declaration of fitness to receive grants under section 12B of the Act;
  • (b) withholding any grant allocated to the Institution;
  • (c) declaring the Institution ineligible for consideration for any assistance under any of the general or special assistance programs of the Commission;
  • (d) informing the general public, including potential candidates for admission, through a notice displayed prominently in suitable media and posted on the website of the Commission, declaring that the Institution does not possess the minimum standards for redressal of grievances;
  • (e) recommend to the affiliating University for withdrawal of affiliation, in case of a college;
  • (f) take such action as it may deem necessary, appropriate and fit, in case of an institution deemed to be University;
  • (g) recommend to the Central Government, if required, for withdrawal of declaration as Institution believed to be a University, in case of an institution deemed to be University;
  • (h) recommend to the State Government to take necessary and appropriate action, in case of a University established or incorporated under a State Act;
  • (i) Such other action as may be deemed necessary and proper against an institution for non-compliance.

The Commission will, however, take no action under this regulation without first giving the Institution a chance to explain its position.

The Commission has notified this regulation to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities.

UGC Regulations

• Consequent upon the promulgation of this regulation in the Government of India Gazette, any University, whose “Registrar” professes to possess the absolute authority to manipulate the data under his supervision and engage in non-transparent, unfair practices for the evaluation of students, would be served with a Show Cause Notice. The University would be required to show cause why it should not be declared “Unfit for receiving Government Grants.”

Source: University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

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May 12, 2019

Delhi Votes

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Moti Bagh, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Virender Nagar, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Rohini, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Source: Election Commission of India

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May 11, 2019

First Boeing Apache Helicopter formally handed over to the Indian Air Force

Boeing Apache Helicopter

Photo: Air Marshal A.S. Butola accepting the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter from Mr. Steve Wade, the Vice President for Attack Helicopter Programs, Boeing, during a ceremony held at Boeing production facility, in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019.

Boeing Apache Helicopter

Photo: Representatives of Indian Air Force accepting the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter led by Air Marshal A.S. Butola along with representatives from Boeing and US Government, during a ceremony held at Boeing production facility, in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019.

First AH-64E (I) - Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019. Air Marshal AS Butola, represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing production facility. Representatives from the US Government were also present.

IAF had signed a contract with US Government and Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year. Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama.

According to India’s Ministry of Defence, the addition of AH-64 E (I) helicopter is a significant step towards modernization of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet. The aircraft has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and would have the substantial capability in mountainous terrain. The helicopter can carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from the ground. The ability of these helicopters, to transmit and receive the battlefield picture, to and from the weapon systems through data networking makes it a lethal acquisition. These attack helicopters will provide a significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces, the Ministry said.

Source: Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.

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May 9, 2019

Mastercard Bullish on India, Announces US$1 Billion Additional Investment

Mastercard, India

Mastercard, India

Mastercard, India

New Delhi, 8 May 2019 - Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, today announced an investment of US$1 billion over the next five years in India, in addition to its earlier investment of US$1 billion between 2014-19.

This additional investment tranche underscores Mastercard’s long-term commitment to the government’s “Make in India” and “Digital India” vision and reflects the company’s confidence in the market. A significant part of this investment will go towards establishing a full on-soil domestic transactions processing center in and for India.

Mastercard would direct another part of its investment towards building out a Services Hub focused on developing & delivering other value-added services such as authentication, tokenization, cybersecurity, intelligence solutions, and data analytics. Significant investment in technical capabilities will allow processing of domestic transactions in India, and also provide the potential for the co-design and co-development of such services and solutions locally.

Commenting on the strategic investment and the longer-term business strategy, Ari Sarker, co-president, Asia Pacific, Mastercard said: “India is a unique country with a progressive payments ecosystem. We are excited with our incremental and significant investment plans for this market, which we believe will be compelling differentiators for us. This investment builds on what is an enduring and focused strategy for us in this market, and will also enable us to explore avenues to expand our regional collaborations and partnerships while deepening our commitment to the government’s vision of moving towards a cashless society.”

Mastercard has been consistently and rapidly expanding its presence and investment in India. This incremental investment builds on the previous investment of INR 6,500 crore (US$1 billion) between 2014 and 2019, which included two major acquisitions, new offices in Bengaluru and Gurugram, a Mastercard Lab & Operations Hub in Pune, and a Technology Centre in Vadodara.

The company is also driving a fundamental shift from financial inclusion to inclusive growth through various initiatives aimed at accelerating the digital acceptance infrastructure. There has been an increase from the 1.2 million merchant acceptance points in 2016 to about 5.2 million merchants currently, with a stated commitment to digitally enabling 10 million merchants by 2020. Mastercard has also worked for years with the Confederation of all India Traders (CAIT) 70 million merchants and traders to enhance awareness and adoption of digital payments. Additionally, Mastercard assists the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as an Authentication Service Agency (ASA) for providing Aadhaar-based authentication and e-KYC services that help benefit disbursement and further drive last-mile financial inclusion.

With the rise in the number of connected devices, there is an imperative and opportunity to protect the digital payments ecosystem. Mastercard is working with partners to develop and implement technologies, processes, and expertise that prevent, detect and resolve threats while also enhancing the payments experience. Currently, Mastercard is driving tokenization for payments that will strengthen the security of stored card credentials, provide advanced authentication to reduce checkout errors and expedite the online checkout experience.

Source: Mastercard

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May 1, 2019

Reno Tahoe, Nevada hosts Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Contests.

Miss USA Teen Nebraska

Photo: Erin Shae Swanson, Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2019, prepares backstage during the Miss Teen USA Preliminary Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Sunday, April 28. The Miss Teen USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA Teen Arkansas

Photo: Maggie Williams, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2019, competes as a Top 15 Finalist in her evening gown during the Miss Teen USA Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Sunday, April 28. The Miss Teen USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Alex Mertz. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019 North Carolina

Photo: Chelsie Kryst, Miss North Carolina USA 2019, during a visit to Lake Tahoe on April 24, 2019. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Pennsylvania USA

Photo: Kailyn Marie Perez, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2019, prepares backstage during the Miss USA Preliminary Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Monday, April 29. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019 Kentucky

Photo: Jordan Weiter, Miss Kentucky USA 2019, during rehearsals for the Miss USA Competition in Reno Tahoe on Wednesday, May 1. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019

Photo: Cheslie Kryst, Miss North Carolina USA 2019, is crowned the new Miss USA by Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers after the two-hour special programming event on FOX from Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Thursday, May 2, 2019. 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: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Source: The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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April 27, 2019

MotoGP: Márquez Storms to Victory at Argentine Grand Prix

Spaniard leads from First to Last and Wins by Personal Best Margin.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marc Marquez celebrates after winning the Argentina MotoGP at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marc Marquez of Spain rounds the bend during the Warm Up at MotoGP Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix of The Americas at Circuit of The Americas on April 14, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Image Credit: Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Andrea Dovizioso at MotoGP World Championship 2019, Stop 03 - Austin, Texas, United States. Image Credit: Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Brad Binder races at Argentina MotoGP Moto 2 at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marco Bezzecchi races at the Argentina MotoGP Moto2 at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP world champion, Marc Márquez, destroyed the field at the Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argentina to win by a distance from Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

  • The Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo managers were expecting bad weather, but they conducted the race in the right, dry conditions.

  • Márquez’s winning margin of 9.816 seconds is his most significant winning margin of all time in MotoGP.

  • Márquez started from pole position and was never headed, lapping at around half a second quicker than the field for the majority of the race.

  • The reigning world champion could have won by an even more significant margin, but slowed towards the end to protect himself from any potential issues with his rear tire.

  • Rossi and Dovizioso were in a battle for second place that was eventually settled on the final lap when Rossi passed Dovizioso up the inside at Turn 7 to take the runner-up spot.

  • The result sees Márquez overtake Dovizioso in the overall standings, with Rossi moving up to the third position.

  • Dovizioso revealed: “Happy for the podium because when we came here, it was our target, but I’m not happy in the way the tire worked during the race, and I had to stay in front to manage the tires.”

  • Jorge Lorenzo had to settle for 12th place after admitting before the race that he’s taking things cautiously on his return from injury.

  • Red Bull KTM Factory duo Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco finished 10th and 15th respectively, while Red Bull KTM Tech 3 pair Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin were placed 11th and 16th respectively.

Argentina GP result

  1. Marc Márquez (SPA) Repsol Honda 41m 43.688s
  2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Monster Yamaha +9.816s
  3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team +10.530s
  4. Jack Miller (AUS) Pramac Racing +12.140s
  5. Alex Rins (SPA) Suzuki Ecstar +12.563s

2019 MotoGP rider standings:

  1. Marc Márquez (SPA) 45 points
  2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) 41
  3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) 31
  4. Alex Rins (SPA) 24
  5. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) 20

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April 26, 2019

Meet the Finalists of 2019 Fly Your Ideas Student Competition

Airbus UNESCO

Photo: Comlux - which provides VIP charter solutions, aircraft operations, and management services - received the first of three ACJ320neo Airbus corporate jets in March 2019. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

Airbus UNESCO

Seven international teams of students have been selected for 2019 of 2019 Fly Your Ideas global competition, which invites students from around the world to innovate in critical areas for the industry: Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity and innovation to solve real industry challenges, organized by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO.

The selected concepts represent a range of trendsetting topics such as a ‘Smart Wheelchair’ for air travel or a ‘Solar Windmill.’ The finalist team members represented 11 countries (Argentina, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Moldavia, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom), eight different universities and were selected from over 270 entries worldwide. Their academic backgrounds vary from Engineering to Information Technology and Natural Sciences to Finance.

The students, competing for a share of the €45,000 prize fund and the chance to further evolve their idea in the aerospace industry, are motivated by the digital nature of this year’s challenge, and the opportunity to change the world with their ideas. In June, the teams will travel to Toulouse, France to work in Airbus’ innovation and R&D facilities to further develop, prototype or visualize their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with support from Airbus. On 27 June, the students will present their projects in front of Airbus experts, UNESCO representatives and personalities from the aerospace and academic world, live-streamed in parallel to a global audience.

The seven finalist teams are:

Team AirFish, University of Cambridge, UK.
Airbus Integrated Fisheries Information Services
Data Services Challenge
AirFish is an ocean monitoring system using satellite imagery and video imaging technology. It can help governments combat illegal fishing, reduce bycatch of endangered species, and generally decrease damages to the marine habitat. This project aims to improve the efficiency of fish farming, making food production more affordable while reducing open-water fishing and thus environmental impacts.

Team AIQinspect, Saarland University, Germany.
Automated Intelligent Real-Time Quality Inspection Exploiting Human-Robot-Collaboration
Artificial Intelligence Challenge
AIQinspect will assist the human operator in performing rivet inspection by using Artificial Intelligence. Quality is predicted based on images and physical parameters while riveting in real time.

Team “Zero” Heroes, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Internet of Things Challenge
Batteryless Wireless Switches for Airplanes
Application of wireless systems in aircraft instead of traditional wired networks.

Team Osprey, University of Strathclyde, UK.
Motor Intra-body Cooling System - MICS
Electrification Challenge
Replacing the traditional method of cooling electric motors with a water jacket or submerged cooling with a cooling system integrated inside the body of the engine itself.

Team Seren, University of Cambridge, UK.
The Solar Windmill
Electrification Challenge
A novel method of electricity generation for spacecraft using trapped high energy particles. This innovative approach aims to store and create energy in deep space where the current density from sunlight is low.

Team Move-EZ, Technical University of Milan, Italy.
Swan - Smart Wheelchair for Air travel Needs
Internet of Things Challenge
SWAN is an innovation that aims to revolutionize the air-travel experience of Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM). It converts a redesigned class of detachable airplane seats into smart electric wheelchairs that passengers can use from check-in to arrival. It is fully controllable by smartphone through a dedicated app.

Team V.A.C.A, National University of La Plata, Argentina.
V.A.C.A. - Earth-obserVation-data based Application for stockbreeding Administration
Data Services Challenge
VACA is an integrated service for stockbreeders, based on Earth observation, meteorological and IoT data applied to agriculture. VACA aims to provide actionable information to stockbreeders on quality and quantity of pastures, the number of animals in paddocks as well as the physical condition of cattle.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition challenging students worldwide to innovate for the future of aerospace, designed and launched by Airbus in 2008 and organized in partnership with UNESCO since 2012. Since 2008, over 22,000 students have registered for Fly Your Ideas from over 700 universities and 100 countries worldwide, with more than 500 Airbus employees contributing their mentorship and expertise to support the competition.

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April 25, 2019

International Jazz Day 2019 at The Piano Man, Gurgaon, India, on 30 April

nternational Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

Photos: International Jazz Day 2019 Posters from Gurgaon (India), Portugal, Spain, Mumbai (India), Washington DC, and Bangkok (Thailand).

New Delhi — On 30 April, celebrating International Jazz Day 2019, the new Piano Man Jazz Club in Gurgaon, jointly with UNESCO New Delhi, will bring on stage young jazz talent from all over India and the world. India’s leading Latin Jazz Pianist, Pradyumna Singh Manot will drive The Piano Man Gurgaon’s first performance. Elena Diletta Friedrich Sciubba on voice, Kunal Netrapal on drums, and Sonic Shori on bass will accompany him.

The UNESCO New Delhi Director, Eric Falt and the founder of the Piano Man brand, Arjun Sagar Gupta, will take the stage with the band to welcome all the guests on the occasion of International Jazz Day, which will also be celebrated at other locations in India — including Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.

UNESCO proclaimed 30 April as the International Jazz Day in 2011, upon a proposal made by legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue. The Day aims to recognize the power of jazz music to promote peace, dialogue, and mutual understanding, and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. This year the global celebration will take place in Melbourne, Australia and International Jazz Day will be celebrated in more than 190 countries around the world.

“Jazz has its roots in the struggle for freedom and resistance against oppression. This music, with its various styles, has been embraced and integrated into many cultures, morphing into new forms of expression, infinitely resonating with the diversity of song and sound across the globe,” says UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay in her message on the occasion of International Jazz Day 2019.

The Piano Man first location in New Delhi has hosted almost 1,400 concerts in the three and a half years since its inception, including some of the finest musicians from all over the world. The opening of a second Piano Man location in Gurgaon marks the beginning of a new journey for the brand and its mission.

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April 22, 2019

Original Earth Day Organizer, Denis Hayes, will Announce Major Global Mobilizations for 2020 as Earth Day turns 50 at National Press Club, Washington DC

National Press Club

Earth Day

Photo: A section of the gathering during Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert held on the National Mall, Washington D.C. 18 April 2015. Washington DC, United States. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the concert. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to streets, parks, and auditoriums to protest environmental degradation. This first Earth Day sparked the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Twenty years later, one of Earth Day’s original organizers, Denis Hayes, appeared at the National Press Club, Washington, DC. He announced the launch of Earth Day as a global organization, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.

On Monday, April 22, 2019, Denis Hayes will again return to the National Press Club to announce major global mobilizations ahead of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, including “Vote for the Earth,” “Earth Challenge 2020,” and the 2020 theme for Earth Day, which will focus on global demand for transformative climate action.

This news conference will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Club’s Zenger Room and is open to credentialed media and members of the Club.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.


• River Ganges Initiative 2019 Kickstarts India’s Earth Day 2020 Plans as Part of the 50th Anniversary Great Global Cleanup.


Clean Ganga

Photo: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, performing the Ganga Pujan, at Prayagraj, in Uttar Pradesh on December 16, 2018. [File Photo]

Washington DC/New Delhi — A landmark citizen-led cleanup of the iconic River the Ganges is to be launched by the Earth Day Network as part of comprehensive plans to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The initiative gets underway as part of Earth Day 2019 high in the Himalayan mountains at Devaprayag where two glacier-fed streams meet to form India’s most famous and sacred river.

This first phase will evolve over the next 15 months to encompass 100 cities and towns close to the Ganges—known as the Ganga in India- as it meanders to the famous Sunderbans Delta.

Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, said: “The project on the Ganges will serve as a lightning rod for many more countries and communities to get involved worldwide. As we transition into Earth Day 2020, we will mark the anniversary with a myriad of events including what we are calling the Great Global Cleanup.”

Anil Arora, Director of Partnerships, Earth Day Network, added: ‘’This is a people’s movement that will help those at the grassroots level understand that keeping the Holy Ganges clean is beneficial to them. It will make them a part of the campaign to keep it clean. While on the policy level, the government has several schemes in place to clean the Ganges, this will be a bottom-up approach in support of the government initiatives.’’

Karuna Singh, Earth Day Network’s Regional Director Asia and Country Director in India, added: “Clean up of the Ganges has a potentially significant role to play. Take plastics as just one barometer - according to the World Economic Forum, ninety percent of plastic pollution in the ocean comes from ten rivers, eight of which are in Asia and two in India - including the Ganges.”

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April 20, 2019

The Art of Technicolor from de GRISOGONO

DDe Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

Photos: High Jewellery rings by de GRISOGONO. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

For the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival, jeweler de GRISOGONO is presenting its Haute Joaillerie creations in technicolor mode. As a preview, five High Jewellery rings appear attired in dazzling hues and vibrant creations set with primary colors.

de GRISOGONO is offering these electrifying new Haute Joaillerie creations as a tribute to the two traditions of cinema — TECHNICOLOR and HOLLYWOOD.

Source: de GRISOGONO

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April 18, 2019

Porsche India hosts a spectacular driving event with Porsche World Road Show taking place at India’s Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

Porsche India

Photo: Porsche India hosted the Porsche World Road Show at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: Track performance of the entire Porsche range showcased at the 5.14-kilometer track.

Porsche India

Photo: Guests experienced the entire Porsche range with a fleet of 26 cars at the Porsche World Road Show.

New Delhi — Porsche enthusiasts, and owners from across India, got the opportunity to take part in the ultimate driving experience, as the Porsche World Road Show (PWRS) took place at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. With more than 300 participants in attendance, across eight days, the track performance and off-road capabilities of Porsche’s most diverse model line-up to-date was showcased in a range of scenarios. Included in the fleet of 26 vehicles utilized throughout the event, was the recently launched eighth generation of the brand’s iconic 911, as well as the 718, Macan, Cayenne and Panamera.

Guests invited to the Buddh International Circuit enjoyed an entire day with the Porsche models, taking part in exhilarating track exercises that included handling, slalom, braking, and of course high-speed laps of the 5.14 km track. They also participated in off-road driving sessions that featured disciplines such as hill ascents and descents.

Commenting on PWRS, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “Driving a Porsche is a unique feeling to be experienced first-hand. As such, our main objective with bringing experiential events such as Porsche World Road Show to India is to offer enthusiasts the perfect platform to experience the cars of their dreams. Buddh International Circuit is the ideal location for us to highlight that at the beating heart of all our models is a true sports car. With this showcase, we have also been able to get individuals behind the wheel of the new Macan and 911 models, that arrive in India later this year.”

“Porsche India will be bringing more of these experiential events to the country, especially in a year of such exciting model launches. These focused experience days are also an opportunity for guests to amplify driving skills in terms of safety as the Porsche World Road Show allows participants to get more familiar with sports cars, under the watchful eye of official instructors.”

Throughout the eight days, a selection of two-door and four-door sports cars from the full Porsche roster were made available for roadshow attendees to drive. The Porsches included the all-new 911 with a more muscular look.

The models now produce 450 hp, an increase of 30 hp compared with the previous generation. Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera S needs 3.7 seconds and the Carrera S Cabriolet just 3.9 seconds; making both cars 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessors. The top speed is 308 km/h for the 911 Carrera S and 306 km/h for the soft-top version.

The Porsche World Road Show tours countries across the globe, deepening the brand’s relationship with its enthusiasts. In recent years, more than 47,000 participants in over 55 locations have had the opportunity to participate in a PWRS event.

Source: Porsche India

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April 16, 2019

Reuters wins Pulitzer Prizes for International Reporting and Breaking News Photography.

Pulitzer Prize

Photo: Outside the Columbia School of Journalism building. Image provided by & copyright © Eston Bond.

NEW YORK, April 15, 2019 — Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, was today awarded two 2019 Pulitzer Prizes from Columbia University. It is for the second consecutive year that Reuters has received two Pulitzer Prizes.

Reuters journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, and their colleagues were recognized as co-winners, alongside the Associated Press, in the International Reporting category, for their series of investigations on the mass expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar.

Reuters photographers Mike Blake, Lucy Nicholson, Loren Elliott, Edgard Garrido, Adrees Latif, Goran Tomasevic, Kim Kyung Hoon, Alkis Konstantinidis, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Carlos Barria and Ueslei Marcelino were recognized in the Breaking News Photography category, for their photos of the mass migration of Central and South Americans towards the U.S. border, and its aftermath. Awarding the prize to Reuters, the Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation, and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America.”

“While it’s gratifying that we got recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler.

“I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues have been recognized for their extraordinary, courageous coverage, and our photojournalists for their moving pictures that show humanity defying huge obstacles,” said Adler.

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people every day.

Announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

On Monday, April 15, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners in 14 journalism and seven letters, drama and music categories.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners are:

- Journalism -

Public Service
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Breaking News Reporting
The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigative Reporting
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times

Explanatory Reporting
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times

Local Reporting
The staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

National Reporting
The staff of The Wall Street Journal

International Reporting
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of Associated Press.
The staff of Reuters. Critical contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Feature Writing
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

Commentary
Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Criticism
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing
Brent Staples of The New York Times

Editorial Cartooning
Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking News Photography
Photography Staff of Reuters

Feature Photography
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

- Letters, Drama and Music -

Fiction
The Overstory, by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)

Drama
Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury

History
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)

Biography
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)

Poetry
Be With, by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

General Nonfiction
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Music
PRISM, by Ellen Reid

Special Citations
Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.
Aretha Franklin

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. Columbia University in New York City administers it. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. The Pulitzer Prize Board awards a gold medal to the winner in the public service category of the journalism competition.

Sources: Pulitzer Prize, Reuters.

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April 15, 2019

Biggest ever International Athletes Forum ends with concrete proposals to further increase the support to athletes at all levels

International

Photo: Lausanne, Switzerland. 12 April 2019. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach attends International Athletes forum welcome festivities. Photography by Greg Martin/IOC. Image provided by & copyright © IOC.

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 14, 2019 — Some 350 athlete representatives from 185 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), 50 International Federations (IFs), five continental Athletes Commissions (ACs), the ACs of all the Organising Committees of the upcoming Olympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Olympians Association (WOA) met over the past three days in Lausanne for the 9th edition of the International Athletes’ Forum (IAF). It was the biggest ever gathering of official athlete representatives. Also attending was IOC President Thomas Bach, Olympic Champion in fencing in Montreal 1976 and member of the first IOC Athletes’ Commission in 1981.

“This IAF was empowering, exciting and unifying,” highlighted Kirsty Coventry, IOC AC Chair.

“We had a very productive meeting,” said IOC AC Vice Chair Danka Bartekova, who led the discussions. “The IOC Athletes’ Commission will take the proposals to the IOC Executive Board. The IOC President has told me in our discussions during the Forum that he will fully support our recommendations.

“We look forward to their implementation, which will ensure that the support for athletes at all levels is improved even further.”

Source: International Olympic Committee

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April 11, 2019

Porsche India welcomes the new 911; Showcases it at Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director - Porsche India, introduced the new 911 at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: The new 911 Carrera S models were showcased on track at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

New Delhi, April 11, 2019 — Faster, more powerful and more efficient than ever before, the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 has arrived in India. Revealed on track at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida, near New Delhi, the 911 Carrera S highlighted the design and performance evolution of the brand’s most iconic sports car. The rear-engine model range has been redesigned and now showcases a more muscular look that pays tribute to its past, while also embracing the future with technology woven into its DNA.

Speaking during the launch event at the FIA certified track, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “Just like the first generation, the latest 911 is a sports car for the new era. Our icon has once again evolved and is now more powerful, more emotional, and more efficient than its predecessors. It is the best 911 Porsche has ever produced and to prove that point we have brought the range to the Buddh International Circuit for a performance showcase. The eighth generation maintains the 911’s status as a pure driver’s car that also offers everyday usability and unique design. As such, I am delighted to announce that the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet are now available in India for booking.”

Source: Porsche India

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April 10, 2019

THE ACADEMY LAUNCHES 2019 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS COMPETITION

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Josann McGibbon before the “Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!” event at the Linnwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 6. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Narrative film winner Hua Tong before the 45th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 11, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Lauren Graham before the “Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!” event at the Linnwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 6. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Photo: Marit Weerheijm, winner of the bronze medal in the narrative film category, with actor Andy Serkis during the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 12, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2019 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The entry deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students who make their films within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited institution.

The international competition allows two options for students at international film schools to submit their films. In addition to “CILECT” member schools presenting one student film per international film school category, international students may now enter films that qualify through film festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee.

For the fifth year, students are asked to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival, and competition platform.

The 46th Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Thursday, October 17, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

In 1972, the Academy established the Student Academy Awards to provide a platform for emerging global filmmakers by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Past winners have gone on to receive 62 Oscar nominations and have won 11 awards. Student Academy Award winners include filmmakers Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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