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December 13, 2017

India Government gets 100 applications from educational institutions for the World Class University Tag

India Higher Education

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at the 94th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi, in New Delhi on November 18, 2017. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

New Delhi — India Government had approved the enabling regulatory architecture for setting up or upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence so as to enable them to reach amongst top 100 of world institutions ranking. Accordingly, applications were invited, for which the last date was 12.12.2017. Overall 100 applications have been received.

Under Public Sector, 10 Central Universities, 25 State Universities, 6 Deemed to be Universities, 20 Institutions of National Importance and 6 Standalone Institutions have applied. Under Private Sector, 9 Private Universities and 16 Deemed to be Universities have applied in brownfield category and 8 Institutions have applied in greenfield category.

“Overwhelming response to the idea of Institutions of Eminence, which will become World Class Universities, is a validation of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving the quality of Higher Education in India”, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

“All lovers of education will welcome this development. This is how World Class Universities were built in various countries. The same thing will happen in India”, Javadekar said, adding that “the selection of Institutions of Eminence will not only improve the quality of education, but also propel competition in the entire education sector”.

The selection shall be made through challenge method mode by the Empowered Expert Committee constituted for the purpose. The selected 20 institutions shall be named as “Institutions of Eminence” which will have freedom to choose their own path to become world class institutions. These institutions shall be provided with greater autonomy viz. to admit foreign students up to 30% of admitted students; to recruit foreign faculty upto 25% of faculty strength; to offer online courses upto 20% of its programmes; to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without permission of UGC; free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction; flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree; and complete flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus.

The scheme will enable Indian students to get world class education and research facilities within the country.

Among those who have applied from the public sector are seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati, Roorkee), Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadhavpur University, Goa University, Panjab University and Mangalore University.

From the private sector, the O P Jindal Global University, Ashoka University, Manipal University and Amity University, among others, have applied for the tag.

A screening committee will go through the applications and select the institutions.

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December 7, 2017

'We Must Be More Agile': How a Culture Shift is Powering Coke’s Innovation Agenda

Coke Headquarters

Photo: The Headquarters building of The Coca-Cola Company is illuminated against the skyline of Atlanta as “Thank You” to the world in celebration of the company’s 125th anniversary. The visual display is the world’s largest single building illumination covering more than 210, 000 square feet. HO Photo Michael Pugh/Coca-Cola.

ATLANTA - Coca-Cola is speeding its transition to a total beverage company and has a renewed focus on innovation and growth, President and CEO James Quincey told more than 120 investors and financial analysts at the company’s global headquarters.

In Coke’s first major investor gathering since 2009, Quincey and other senior leaders explained how the company is expanding its consumer-centric product portfolio, quickly scaling wins from market to market, and embracing an experimental, test-and-learn approach.

“We must be more agile and get things to market quicker,” Quincey said. “We operate in 200-plus countries, so having a success in one country frankly doesn’t move the needle. The needle only really moves with a big success in more than one big country. So lifting and shifting… the best and most successful ideas around the world is absolutely critical to creating more billion-dollar brands in a diverse portfolio.”

For example, the company will launch soy-based beverage brand AdeS - a top performer in Latin America - in Europe early next year. Similarly, Honest Tea and smartwater recently made the jump across the pond from the U.S. to the U.K.

Over the last few years, Coca-Cola has been returning ownership of its bottling operations to independent companies around the world. This newly refranchised system returns the company to its core focus on building and nurturing brands and empowers a network of 250 bottling partners to bring the “total beverage company” vision to life in the marketplace.

“We’re driving a culture change in the way we operate, the way we engage with the bottling system, and the way we go to market collectively,” Quincey said.

Coca-Cola

ENLARGE

Growth is not an objective… it’s a discipline’

Chief Growth Officer Francisco Crespo introduced on a new concept for Coca-Cola: the discipline of growth. “Growth is not an objective… it’s a discipline,” he said. “When you practice that discipline, the outcome is growth.”

Taking a disciplined approach to growth includes building a portfolio of brands with what Crespo calls “quality leadership.” The end result: stronger profit margins than the competition.

“Rather than telling consumers what they should be drinking, we will humbly align our portfolio to follow their tastes, their needs,” Crespo said.

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December 4, 2017

Do Consumers Know Exactly How Much They Are Paying? New Research from Ivy League Columbia Business School shows the Impact of Hidden Fees on the Shopping Experience

Columbia University

• Researchers reviewed consumers’ purchasing trends when a product’s price is divided into a base price plus one or more mandatory surcharges

• Consumer transactions are more likely to involve an additional surcharge now than they were two decades ago

• Researchers, public policy makers, and marketing managers need to understand the psychological processes underlying consumer spending to effectively utilize partitioned pricing

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NEW YORK, December 4, 2017 — Value-added tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST), Airline baggage fees, fuel surcharges, hotel resort fees, online shipping options and mobile phone service fees are just a few examples of discrete pricing elements that are now the “new normal” of our shopping experience. As the practice - called partitioned pricing (PP) - becomes more widespread, new research from Ivy League Columbia Business School sheds light on how consumers react when they encounter PP.

“From regulatory efforts to pricing strategies, policy makers, researchers and marketing managers need to better understand the way that consumers evaluate and feel about partitioned pricing,” said Eric Johnson, Norman Eig Professor of Business and director of the Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School. “Our research identifies six different dimensions by which consumers experience partitioned pricing, and this framework can be instrumental as companies plot their competitive positioning and segmentation strategies.”

The research, entitled “The Price Does Not Include Additional Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges: A Review of Research on Partitioned Pricing”, introduces a framework that involves six interrelated stages:

Stage 1: Attention to different PP price components

If consumers don’t know of - and comprehend - the multiple pieces that compose total price, they are more likely to underestimate the total cost.

Stage 2: Attitude toward the use of PP for this product

From feelings about the fairness of surcharges to their perception of the seller, consumers come to the table with pre-conceived views about PP.

Stage 3: How consumers combine price components to form a perception of total cost

Whether people ignore surcharges or factor them into the total price, consumers arrive at an overall perception of a product’s total cost.

Stage 4: How consumers evaluate product benefits

When consumers evaluate a product, they may consider other attributes besides price, which may affect their perception of PP in overall cost.

Stage 5: How consumers competitively evaluate the overall product offer

This is the combination of stages three and four by which the consumer forms a full picture of the product.

Stage 6: Post purchase perceptions of the firm and buying experience

If consumers perceive PP to be unfair following a purchase, they will be more careful with future purchases that use PP.

The study has important practical implications for marketing managers, specifically those who seek to use PP to increase demand or reduce price sensitivity. By understanding which stages to focus on, they will want to intervene before - not after - consumers have formed perceptions on pricing.

Public policy makers, such as national and state governments, can use this framework to establish regulations to improve consumers’ understanding of PP, so long as they first understand at what stage the misunderstanding originates. Finally, consumer researchers who seek to study a certain effect of PP will want to know at what stage of the process that effect is likely to occur.

Columbia Business School is a world-class, Ivy League business school that delivers a learning experience where academic excellence meets with real-time exposure to the pulse of global business. Led by Dean Glenn Hubbard, the School’s transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with exposure to real-world business practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset that allows them to recognize, capture, and create opportunity in any business environment.

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December 1, 2017

UN Security Council Considers Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups

UNESCO, United Nations

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

UNESCO, United Nations

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

United Nations, UNESCO

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

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November 30, 2017

Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in Hyderabad, India

Global Summit, Business

Global Summit, Business

Global Summit, Business

Photos: Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Hyderabad, India. November 28-30, 2017. (From top) Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the USA, at GES 2017; Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the USA, attending GES 2017; Manushi Chhiller, the newly crowned Miss World 2017 from India, attending GES 2017. Images provided by & copyright © GES 2017.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit was held for the first time in South Asia in Hyderabad, India, from November 28-30. It was co-hosted by the Governments of the United States and India. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the summit along with Advisor to the President of the USA, Ivanka Trump, who lead the U.S. contingent to GES.

This was the eighth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the preeminent gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters from around the world. With the theme of “Women First, Prosperity for All,” this was the first GES in which women were in the majority.

More than 10 countries were represented by an all-female delegation, including from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. A number of leading female voices, which included tennis champion Sania Mirza, spoke at various plenaries, breakout sessions, master classes, and workshops.

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November 27, 2017

Miss Universe South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, is the new Miss Universe

Miss Universe South Africa

Photo: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss Universe South Africa 2017, is crowned the new Miss Universe by Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere, at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event airing on FOX live on Sunday, November 26th from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. 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: Matt Petit. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe South Africa

Photo: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss Universe South Africa 2017, is announced as a top 10 finalist in Yamamay swimwear during The MISS UNIVERSE Competition airing on FOX live on Sunday, November 26th from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Photographer: Matt Petit. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 27, 2017 — Last night, Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned the new Miss Universe at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The three-hour special programming event aired live on FOX in the United States.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters earned her degree in Business Management at North West University. Before college, Demi-Leigh excelled at her high school as president of student council.

Now in its 66th year, MISS UNIVERSE welcomed more contestants than ever before, representing 92 countries including Iraq, Laos, Malta, and Nepal. The top 16 finalists were selected from three regions of the world: Americas, Europe, Africa & Asia Pacific. Fans once again had a virtual seat at the judging table to help their favorite contestants advance with over 90 million votes tabulated from around the world leading up to the competition, and an additional 24 million submitted throughout the final event.

Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey hosted the competition with model, entrepreneur and body activist Ashley Graham as backstage host. TV personality and fashion expert Carson Kressley and supermodel and pageant expert Lu Sierra provided analysis and commentary throughout the telecast. Eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum solo artist Fergie performed along with multi-platinum, award-winning pop star Rachel Platten.

The judges who helped crown Miss Universe included:

  • Wendy Fitzwilliam: Miss Universe 1998, Trinidadian lawyer, actress, model and TV host.
  • Jay Manuel: TV Personality and CEO of Jay Manuel Beauty, creative director, renowned make-up artist and entrepreneur.
  • Ross Mathews: TV personality, live event correspondent, author and judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
  • Megan Olivi: UFC backstage correspondent and host of The Exchange with Megan Olivi on UFC Fight Pass; advocate of women in sports.
  • Lele Pons: Venezuelan-American creator and one of digital entertainment’s most recognizable figures; named one of TIME magazine’s 2016 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and Forbes’ 2017 30 Under 30 Celebrities.
  • Farouk Shami: Entrepreneur and founder of Farouk Systems, makers of CHI & Biosilk.
  • Pia Wurtzbach: Miss Universe 2015, model, actress.

Final Results:

First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Colombia Laura González

Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett

Top Three: Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Miss Universe Colombia Laura González; Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett

Top Five: Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Miss Universe Venezuela Keysi Sayago; Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp; Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett; Miss Universe Colombia Laura González.

Top Ten: Miss Universe Venezuela Keysi Sayago; Miss USA Kára McCullough; Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters; Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe; Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Miss Universe Spain Sofia del Prado; Miss Universe Brazil Monalysa Alcântara; Miss Universe Colombia Laura González; Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp; Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett.

Top Sixteen: Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp; Miss Universe Sri Lanka Christina Peiris; Miss Universe Ghana Ruth Quarshie; Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Miss Universe Spain Sofia del Prado; Miss Universe Ireland Cailín Áine Ní Toibín; Miss Universe Croatia Shanaelle Petty; Miss Universe Great Britain Anna Burdzy; Miss Universe Colombia Laura González; Miss USA Kára McCullough; Miss Universe Brazil Monalysa Alcântara; Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe; Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters; Miss Universe Venezuela Keysi Sayago; Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett; Miss Universe China Roxette Qiu.

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November 23, 2017

QS BRICS University Rankings 2018 Announced. University of Delhi tops traditional universities from India.

Delhi University, QS BRICS University Rankings

Photo: President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the degree certificate to a student at the 94th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi, in New Delhi on November 18, 2017. (Image Credit: Press Information Bureau, Government of India.)

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the University of Delhi is in many ways the University of India. Every state and region of our country is represented here. Each year thousands of eager young boys and girls travel to Delhi and apply to the University of Delhi or its affiliated colleges.

“Graduating from the University of Delhi has given you a firm foundation.” “It has empowered you to achieve more and aim higher as you walk into the world outside,” the President told the new graduates.

London, November 23, 2017 — Over 300 universities from India, China, Russia, South Africa and Brazil have been observed and graded for the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking, one of the global prestigious rankings.

China occupies seven of the top 10 positions in BRICS, while its Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Fudan University get the top three ranks with the country.

Unsurprisingly, China is the most represented country in this year’s ranking, followed by Russia. By contrast, only 12 South Africa universities are included, the highest-ranked of these being the University of Cape Town in 19th place - a fall of five places since last year.

As with the top 10, there is little movement in the top 50, with only four universities breaking in since last time. Those institutions are: National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Tomsk Polytechnic University (both based in Russia), Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (both Brazil).

From India, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has secured ninth rank followed by IISc, Bangalore (10), IIT Delhi (15) and IIT Madras (18).

Among India’s traditional universities, University of Delhi is at the top position within the country, followed by University of Calcutta.

In India, the QS University Ranking BRICS 2018 edition was unveiled today at an event in New Delhi by Professor (Dr.) V.S. Chauhan, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC).

“Role of ranking in terms of students getting to know about the institutions can’t be negated, but also sometimes overplayed. Rankings are relevant for institutions and most importantly because of the rankings what happened in India is that institutions have started to look at themselves,” said Dr. Chauhan.

“Indian education has expanded and we are trying to change a lot of regulations which are made long ago. In this there is space for rankings and the government is also realising this that the universities are a matter of prestige for the country,” he added.

Chauhan, while noting that the country is at a very early stage of its universities coming of age, said, “We will celebrate that day when of 350 universities 150 of them will be Indian institutions in the BRICS rankings.”

Based on eight performance indicators, namely academic reputation, employer reputation, proportion of staff with a PhD, faculty/student ratio, research publications, citation rates, proportion of international faculty, and proportion of international students, the ranking provides insights into the relative strengths and weaknesses of leading institutions in the five countries.

QS BRICS UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2018 — TOP 20

RANK — INSTITUTION — COUNTRY

  1. Tsinghua University — China
  2. Peking University — China
  3. Fudan University — China
  4. University of Science and Technology of China — China
  5. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russia
  6. Zhejiang University — China
  7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  8. Nanjing University — China
  9. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) — India
  10. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore — India
  11. Novosibirsk State University — Russia
  12. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) — Brazil
  13. Saint Petersburg State University — Russia
  14. Universidade de São Paulo — Brazil
  15. Wuhan University — China
  16. Sun Yat-sen University — China
  17. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) — India
  18. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) — India
  19. University of Cape Town — South Africa
  20. Harbin Institute of Technology — China

INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA

QS BRICS RANK — INSTITUTION

  • 9 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • 10 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
  • 17 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • 18 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • 21 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • 24 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  • 41 — University of Delhi
  • 51 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  • 52 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  • 64 — University of Calcutta
  • 74 — Jadavpur University
  • 82 — University of Mumbai
  • 85 — Anna University
  • 100 — Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
  • 105 — Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
  • 108 — Indian Institute of Technology Patna
  • 109 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • 114 — University of Calicut
  • 116 — G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar
  • 118 — Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai
  • 119 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • 122 — Sri Venkateswara University
  • 124 — Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar
  • 125 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) - Allahabad
  • 126 — National Institute of Technology Rourkela
  • 137 — Thapar University, Patiala
  • 140 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  • 140 — Mangalore University, Mangalore
  • 143 — Banaras Hindu University
  • 144 — Symbiosis International University
  • 148 — Bangalore University, Bangalore
  • 150 — University of Kashmir, Srinagar
  • 151-160 — Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • 161-170 — Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh
  • 161-170 — National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli
  • 171-180 — Amity University
  • 171-180 — Bharathidasan University
  • 171-180 — Tezpur University
  • 171-180 — University of Madras
  • 181-190 — Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
  • 181-190 — OSMANIA UNIVERSITY
  • 191-200 — INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (INDIAN SCHOOL OF MINES), DHANBAD
  • 191-200 — University of Mysore
  • 201-250 — Andhra University
  • 201-250 — Goa University
  • 201-250 — Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • 201-250 — Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
  • 201-250 — Kuvempu University, Shankaraghatta
  • 201-250 — Motilal Nehru NIT (MNNIT), Allahabad
  • 201-250 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • 201-250 — Pondicherry University
  • 201-250 — Sri Krishnadevaraya University
  • 201-250 — University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
  • 201-250 — University of Kerala
  • 201-250 — VIT University
  • 251-300 — Cochin University of Science & Technology
  • 251-300 — KALINGA INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY (KIIT) UNIVERSITY
  • 251-300 — Kumaun University, Nainital
  • 251-300 — Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
  • 251-300 — National Institute of Technology Calicut
  • 251-300 — North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon
  • 251-300 — O.P.Jindal Global University
  • 251-300 — Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)
  • 251-300 — SRM University
  • 251-300 — Visva-Bharati University

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November 21, 2017

UN Security Council & UN Assembly Fill Fifth Vacancy on World Court. Dalveer Bhandari of India elected.

United Nations, India

Photo: The UN Security Council and the General Assembly, meeting concurrently but independently from each other, filled the final vacancy on the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Dalveer Bhandari (India) was elected by both bodies for a nine-year term beginning on 6 February 2018, joining the four justices elected on 9 November from a list of six candidates.

Above, a view of the Security Council meeting. 20 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, India

Photo: The UN Security Council and the General Assembly, meeting concurrently but independently from each other, filled the final vacancy on the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Dalveer Bhandari (India) was elected by both bodies for a nine-year term beginning on 6 February 2018, joining the four justices elected on 9 November from a list of six candidates.

Above, Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN and President of the Security Council for November, chairs the Council’s meeting. 20 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, have congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice.

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November 18, 2017

Miss Universe Contestants in Las Vegas

Miss Universe Contestants

Photo: Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere, with the contestants during the welcome event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday, November 16th. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, November 26, live from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become the next Miss Universe. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe Turkey

Photo: Pinar Tartan, Miss Universe Turkey 2017, backstage during the National Costume Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 18, 2017. The National Costume Show is an international tradition where contestants display an authentic costume of choice that best represents the culture of their home country. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe India

Photo: Shraddha Shashidhar, Miss Universe India 2017, during a photoshoot at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 14th. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe Chile

Photo: Natividad Leivi, Miss Universe Chile 2017, during a photoshoot in the lobby of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Monday, November 13th. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Las Vegas. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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November 17, 2017

‘Discrimination against one is discrimination against all,’ says UNESCO on Day for Tolerance

Unesco, Paris

Photo: The Afghan Women’s Orchestra “Zohra” from Kabul joins forces with members of Geneva’s youth Orchestre du Collège for a powerful affirmation of friendship and trust across cultures during Closing Performance at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 20, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

16 November 2017 - Marking the International Day for Tolerance, the head of the United Nations cultural agency underscored how tolerance must be nurtured to celebrate the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.

“Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human,” said Audrey Azoulay, the newly-appointed Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in her message on the International Day.

“Discrimination against one is discrimination against all,” she continued.

Ms. Azoulay pointed out that as globalization is accelerating across the world, societies are undergoing deep transformations, which open vast opportunities for dialogue and exchange as well as raise new challenges - sharpened by inequality and poverty, enduring conflicts and movements of people.

“We see today the rise of exclusive politics and discourses of division. We see diversity being rejected as a source of weakness,” she said.

Ms. Azoulay maintained that fuelled by ignorance and sometimes hatred, myths of “pure” lore cultures are being gloried while scapegoating and repressing people.

Also citing “barbaric terrorist attacks designed to weaken the fabric of ‘living together,’” she spotlighted the need that tolerance be more than the indifferent, passive acceptance of others.

“Tolerance must be seen as an act of liberation, whereby the differences of others are accepted as the same as our own,” stressed Ms. Azoulay.

The UN official said that that meant respecting the diversity of humanity on the basis of human rights; reaching out to others with dialogue; and standing up to all forms of racism, hatred and discrimination.

Noting that all cultures are different, she emphasized that “humanity is a single community, sharing values, a past and future.”

“There are seven billion ways of ‘being human,’ but we stand together as members of the same family, all different, all equally seeking respect for rights and dignity,” she underscored.

Ms. Azoulay termed tolerance “a struggle for peace” that calls for new policies that respect diversity and pluralism on the basis of human rights.

“Most of all,” she added, “this calls on each of us, women and men across the world, to act for tolerance in our own lives, in seeking to understand others, in rejecting all racism and hatred, including anti-Semitism.”

The UNESCO chief said its role is “to deepen the binds of a single humanity, through understanding, dialogue and knowledge,” which is why the UN agency defends humanity’s cultural diversity and heritage from pillaging and attacks.

“This is why we seek to prevent violent extremism through education, freedom of expression and media literacy, to empower young women and men. This is why we work to strengthen dialogue between cultures and religions, spearheading the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures,” she said, adding that it was also why “UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities works to fight racism, discrimination, xenophobia and exclusion.”

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November 16, 2017

UNESCO Member States approve continuation of preparation of UNESCO’s Global Convention on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications

Unesco Education

Unesco Education

Photo: University student attending commencement (convocation). Image Credit: Southwestern Adventist University.

Unesco Education

Photo: Manos Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs journalists on the global launch of UNESCO’s flagship annual education report. 26 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

Paris, France, 14 November 2017 — UNESCO Member States today approved continuation of the preparation of UNESCO’s Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

The Convention would provide a global framework of universal principles and rules for the recognition of higher education titles, degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

The General Conference reaffirmed that the global convention will enhance international cooperation in higher education and will be a significant step forward towards global academic mobility and trust in higher education systems.

The Convention will be a major step forward for the rights of students to have their higher education qualifications assessed in a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner by national competent authorities. It will also strengthen cooperation in higher education among member states and enhance trust in higher education systems by ensuring quality in education in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since its creation, UNESCO has served as a global platform for discussion on the recognition of higher education qualifications and the promotion of academic mobility.

Global academic mobility is sharply on the increase with the overall population of mobile students doubling since 2002. Today more than 4 million students study outside their home country and it is estimated that by 2020 around 8 million students will be studying abroad.

This significant growth in mobile tertiary students calls for a global regulatory framework for the recognition of higher education qualifications. This framework will reduce the obstacles faced by students, teachers, researchers and job-seekers within and outside their countries of origin.

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November 13, 2017

Audrey Azoulay of France appointed Director-General of UNESCO

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO

Photo: Audrey Azoulay, the newly appointed Director-General of UNESCO. Here she is seen speaking to journalists at the United Nations when she was the Minister for Culture and Communication of France. 24 March 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

The General Conference of UNESCO has appointed Audrey Azoulay (France) to the post of Director-General of the Organization. Ms Azoulay was nominated on 13 October to take the place of outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) by UNESCO’s Executive Board.

The President of the 39th session of the General Conference Zohour Alaoui, congratulated the new Director-General at the end of a vote that endorsed the choice of the Executive Board.

“I now think of all the people I met in recent months, or had met in my various professional capacities, who have great expectations from UNESCO,” declared Ms Azoulay to the General Conference. “I think of UNESCO’s mandate, which is strikingly modern. I think of all of you who are aware of the difficulties of the Organization but who know that it is irreplaceable, that it is essential, in facing current global challenges and who aspire to the unity and serenity necessary to let it exercise its mandate to best effect.”

Ms Azoulay was France’s Minister of Culture and Communication from February 2016 to May 2017. She has occupied senior positions in France’s public broadcasting sector and then served as rapporteur to France’s public auditing authority, the Cour des comptes, and as a European Commission legislative expert on issues of culture and the media.

Ms Azoulay served France’s National Cinema Centre (CNC), first as Deputy Audiovisual Director, then as Director of Financial and Legal Affairs, and finally as Deputy Director-General. She is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the Paris Institut d’études politiques. Ms Azoulay also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (UK).

Ms Azoulay is the 11th Director-General of UNESCO and the second woman to occupy this position. She will take office on 15 November.

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November 12, 2017

THE 66TH MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION TO AIR LIVE FROM THE AXIS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, ON FOX

Miss Universe

Photo: Iris Mittenaere, the reigning Miss Universe. She will crown her successor on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

New York, NY - The Miss Universe Organization has announced that the 66TH MISS UNIVERSE competition will take place live from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, on Sunday, Nov. 26 on FOX.

Five-time Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey returns to the Miss Universe stage, marking the third time that the multi-talented personality will host the international competition.

Nearly 100 women from across the globe will travel to compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss Universe. Iris Mittenaere from France will crown her successor at the conclusion of the live three-hour event.

India will be represented by Shraddha Shashidhar from the city of Chennai.

Here is the list of the contestants:

COUNTRY — HOMETOWN — NAME

  • Albania — Tirana — Blerta Leka
  • Angola — Cabinda — Lauriela Martins
  • Argentina — Buenos Aires — Stefanía Incandela
  • Aruba — Malmok — Alina Mansur
  • Australia — Adelaide — Olivia Rogers
  • Austria — Gänserndorf — Celine Schrenk
  • Bahamas — Nassau — Yasmine Cooke
  • Barbados — Bridgetown — Lesley Chapman-Andrews
  • Belgium — Bassevelde — Liesbeth Claus
  • Bolivia — Pando — Gleisy Noguer Hassen
  • Brazil — Teresina - Piaui — Monalysa Alcântara
  • British Virgin Islands — British Virgin Islands — Khephra Sylvester
  • Bulgaria — Sofia — Nikoleta Todorova
  • Cambodia — Phnom Penh — By Sotheary
  • Canada — Toronto — Lauren Howe
  • Cayman Islands — West Bay — Anika Conolly
  • Chile — Santiago — Natividad Leivi
  • China — Shenyang — Roxette Qiu
  • Colombia — Cartagena de Indias — Laura González
  • Costa Rica — Heredia — Elena Correa
  • Croatia — Slavonski Brod — Shanaelle Petty
  • Curaçao — Willemstad — Nashaira Balentien
  • Czech republic — Zlin — Michaela Habáňová
  • Domican Republic — Santiago De Los Caballeros — Carmen Muñoz
  • Ecuador — Guayaquil — Daniela Cepeda
  • Egypt — Cairo — Farah Sedky
  • El Salvador — San Salvador — Alisson Abarca
  • Ethiopia — Addis Ababa — Akinahome Zergaw
  • Finland — Helsinki — Michaela Söderholm
  • France — Paris — Alicia Aylies
  • Georgia — Rustavi — Miriam Gogodze
  • Germany — Halle — Sophia Koch
  • Ghana — Ajumako Entumire — Ruth Quarshie
  • Great Britain — Leicester — Anna Burdzy
  • Guam — Tomuning — Myana Welch
  • Guatemala — Ayutla, San Marcos — Isel Suñiga
  • Guyana — Essequibo Coast — Rafieya Husain
  • Haiti — Port-au-Prince — Cassandra Chery
  • Honduras — Roatan — April Tobie
  • Iceland — Kopavogur — Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir
  • India — Chennai — Shraddha Shashidhar
  • Indonesia — Jakarta — Bunga Jelitha
  • Iraq — Baghdad — Sarah Idan
  • Ireland — Cobh, County Cork — Cailín Áine Ní Toibín
  • Israel — Ashkelon — Adar Gandelsman
  • Italy — Naples — Maria Polverino
  • Jamaica — Mitchell Town, Clarendon — Davina Bennett
  • Japan — Japan — Momoko Abe
  • Kazakhstan — Almaty — Kamila Assilova
  • Korea — Seoul — Cho SeWhee
  • Laos — Vientiane — Souphaphone Somvichith
  • Lebanon — Saida — Jana Sader
  • Malaysia — Kuala Lumpur — Samantha James
  • Malta — Attard — Tiffany Pisani
  • Mauritius — Curepipe — Angie Callychurn
  • México — Sinaloa — Denisse Franco
  • Myanmar — Yangon — Zun Than Sin
  • Namibia — Rehoboth — Suné January
  • Nepal — Kathmandu — Nagma Shrestha
  • Netherlands — Handel — Nicky Opheij
  • New Zealand — Napier — Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia
  • Nicaragua — El Rama — Berenice Quezada
  • Nigeria — Neni — Stephanie Agbasi
  • Norway — Kongsvinger — Kaja Kojan
  • Panama — City of Panama — Laura de Sanctis
  • Paraguay — Asuncion — Ariela Machado
  • Perú — Piura — Prissila Howard
  • Philippines — Camarines Sur — Rachel Peters
  • Poland — Wrocław — Katarzyna Włodarek
  • Portugal — Setúbal — Matilde Lima
  • Puerto Rico — San Juan — Danna Hernández
  • Romania — Constanta — Ioana Mihalache
  • Russia — Moscow — Kseniya Alexandrova
  • Saint Lucia — Micoud — Louise Victor
  • Sierra Leone — Freetown — Adama Kargbo
  • Singapore — Singapore — Manuela Bruntraeger
  • Slovak Republic — Bratislava — Vanessa Bottánová
  • Slovenia — Ptuj — Emina Ekić
  • South Africa — Sedgefield, Western Cape — Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
  • Spain — Villarrobledo — Sofia del Prado
  • Sri Lanka — Colombo — Christina Peiris
  • Sweden — Gothenburg — Frida Fornander
  • Tanzania — Dar Es Salaam — Lilian Ericaah Maraule
  • Thailand — Bangkok — Maria Poonlertlarp
  • Trinidad & Tobago — San Fernando — Yvonne Clarke
  • Turkey — Izmir — Pinar Tartan
  • Ukraine — Kiev — Yana Krasnikova
  • Uruguay — Canelones — Marisol Acosta
  • US Virgin Islands — Charlotte Amalie, St.Thomas — Esonica Veira
  • USA — Washington D.C. — Kára McCullough
  • Venezuela — Caracas — Keysi Sayago
  • Vietnam — Thai Binh — Loan Nguyen
  • Zambia — Chingola — Isabel Chikoti

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.”

The Miss Universe Organization and the brand is currently owned by IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries.

Fox Broadcasting Company

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including EMPIRE, THE MICK, LETHAL WEAPON, LUCIFER, GOTHAM, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, NEW GIRL, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, STAR, THE EXORCIST, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

While “Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino” is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas Strip, with 2,500 beautifully redesigned guest rooms and suites showcasing some of the best views in town, along with endless options of unparalleled shopping, distinguished dining, popular entertainment and a bustling nightlife.

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November 10, 2017

Style Magazine "GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly" chooses the “GQ Men of the Year 2017”

GQ Men of the Year Award

Photo: Award winner “Influencer of the Year” Johannes Huebl poses backstage at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017 at Komische Oper on November 9, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for GQ. Copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Image provided by GQ.

Berlin, November 9, 2017. At the Comic Opera in Berlin this evening, the German “GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly” style magazine handed out the 19th “GQ Men of the Year Awards.” At the festive gala, honors were awarded in ten categories to leading personalities.

Some 850 invited guests enjoyed the awards ceremony.

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November 7, 2017

Cultural Rights of Women — UN Special Rapporteur Briefs Journalists

United Nations, Culture

Photo: Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, briefs journalists on Cultural Rights of Women. 25 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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“Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.”

— Victor Hugo.

Quote

“A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout (nose).”

— The Holy Bible: Proverbs of Solomon 11:22.

Quote

“A diligent wife with strength of character is the crown of her husband, but the wife who disgraces him is like bone cancer.”

— The Holy Bible: Proverbs of Solomon 12:4.

Quote

“For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword.”

— The Holy Bible: Proverbs of Solomon 5:3-4.

Quote

“He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.”

— William Shakespeare: King Lear, Act 3, Scene 6.


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November 1, 2017

UN Secretary-General Meets President of International Criminal Court

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). 30 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) [Not to be confused with the International Court of Justice (ICJ)] is an intergovernmental organization that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands. The ICC is intended to complement existing national judicial systems. It exercises its jurisdiction only when certain conditions are met, such as when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals.

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October 31, 2017

64 Cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Mumbai Misses the Shot!

Dubai, Unesco Creative City of Design

Photo: A building in Dubai. Dubai has just been designated UNESCO Creative City of Design. Image Credit: Xiquinho Silva.

Paris, France, 31 October 2017 — 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova. They join a Network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. This network attracts growing interest from local authorities.

“These new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network” declared the Director-General. She added, “The cooperation framework proposed to foster candidate cities from the Africa region - a UNESCO Global Priority - has been a true success with 9 African cities now joining the Network.”

The new 64 UNESCO Creative Cities are:

  • Alba (Italy) - Gastronomy
  • Almaty (Kazakhstan) - Music
  • Amarante (Portugal) - Music
  • Auckland (New Zealand) - Music
  • Baguio City (Philippines) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Barcelos (Portugal) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Braga (Portugal) - Media Arts
  • Brasilia (Brazil) - Design
  • Bristol (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Film
  • Brno (Czechia) - Music
  • Bucheon (Republic of Korea) - Literature
  • Buenaventura (Colombia) - Gastronomy
  • Cairo (Egypt) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Cape Town (South Africa) - Design
  • Carrara (Italy) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Changsha (China) - Media Arts
  • Chennai (India) - Music
  • Chiang Mai (Thailand) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Chordeleg (Ecuador) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Cochabamba (Bolivia [Plurinational State of]) - Gastronomy
  • Daegu Metropolitan City (Republic of Korea) - Music
  • Dubai (United Arab Emirates) - Design
  • Durban (South Africa) - Literature
  • Frutillar (Chile) - Music
  • Gabrovo (Bulgaria) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • [City of] Greater Geelong (Australia) - Design
  • Guadalajara (Mexico) - Media Arts
  • Hatay Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) - Gastronomy
  • Istanbul (Turkey) - Design
  • João Pessoa (Brazil) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Kansas City (United States of America) - Music
  • Kolding (Denmark) - Design
  • Kortrijk (Belgium) - Design
  • Košice (Slovakia) - Media Arts
  • Kütahya (Turkey) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Lillehammer (Norway) - Literature
  • Limoges (France) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Łódź (Poland) - Film
  • Macao Special Administrative Region, China (Associate Member, UNESCO) - Gastronomy
  • Madaba (Jordan) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Literature
  • Mexico City (Mexico) - Design
  • Milan (Italy) - Literature
  • Morelia (Mexico) - Music
  • Norrköping (Sweden) - Music
  • Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Panama City (Panama) - Gastronomy
  • Paraty (Brazil) - Gastronomy
  • Pesaro (Italy) - Music
  • Porto-Novo (Benin) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Praia (Cabo Verde) - Music
  • Qingdao (China) - Film
  • Québec City (Canada) - Literature
  • San Antonio (United States of America) - Gastronomy
  • Seattle (United States of America) - Literature
  • Sheki (Azerbaijan) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Sokodé (Togo) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Terrassa (Spain) - Film
  • Tétouan (Morocco) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Toronto (Canada) - Media Arts
  • Tunis (Tunisia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Utrecht (Netherlands) - Literature
  • Wuhan (China) - Design
  • Yamagata City (Japan) - Film

Since 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network highlights its members’ creativity within seven fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. It now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.

While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies.

Mumbai, UNESCO

Photo: Mumbai, a strong contender for the prestigious “UNESCO Creative City for Films” designation, missed the shot by failing to submit its application in time. Here, Mumbai actress, Puja Gupta, attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.

From India, Chennai has been designated as UNESCO Creative City of Music. Mumbai, a strong contender for the prestigious “UNESCO Creative City of Films” designation, has missed out on its chance.

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, had proposed to send dossiers for Chennai (for music), and Mumbai (for films). While the dossier to support Chennai was submitted by the government in time, dossier for Mumbai could not be sent ahead of the June 16 deadline set by the UNESCO Secretariat.

UNESCO Creative City, Chennai

Photo: A Music and Dance event in Chennai. Image Credit: TEDx Chennai.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Chennai, Rahman

Photo: A. R. Rahman, renowned musician from Chennai, Oscar nominee for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) and for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song), performs during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 27, 2011. Photographer: Michael Yada. Image provided by and copyright © The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has congratulated people of Chennai on inclusion of Chennai in the UNESCO creative Cities Network.

The Prime Minister said, “Congratulations to the people of Chennai on the city’s inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition. Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India.”

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October 28, 2017

International Press Institute (IPI) urges India Government to withdraw a Controversial Ordinance

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Photo: Participants at an event to mark the World Press Freedom Day at Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland. United Nations, Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Vienna, Austria, Oct 27, 2017 — The government of the Indian state of Rajasthan must reverse an ordinance, which, in the absence of a government-sanctioned criminal investigation, bars the media from covering allegations of wrongdoing involving public officials. This was stated today by the International Press Institute (IPI) in letters sent to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

The ordinance requires courts and law enforcement agencies to obtain government approval before investigating public officials, judges, and magistrates for alleged wrongdoing committed in the course of carrying out public duties.

Here are the excerpts from the letter —

Oct 27, 2017

Mr. Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
South Block
New Delhi
India.

Dear Prime Minister,

The International Press Institute (IPI) is deeply concerned by the issuance of an ordinance under the Constitution of India by the Governor of the State of Rajasthan, amending the Criminal Laws Act of the State, on the advice of the Government of Rajasthan.

The ordinance, which claims to protect public servants, judges and magistrates facing “false” allegations of corruption and criminality, prohibits the media from publishing any report on such allegations, even when accompanied by evidence, until an appropriate authority of the Government has considered the complaints and given sanction for the initiation of prosecution proceedings.

The concerned authority has been given a time limit of six months to take a decision on whether to prosecute or not to prosecute. Until then, media outlets are completely prohibited from writing any details on the allegations ……………..

IPI strongly condemns the gagging of the press through this ordinance. The measure, signed by the Governor of Rajasthan on the advice of the Government of Rajasthan, violates Art. 19 of the Indian Constitution, which enshrines freedom of expression …………….

Eminent jurists, journalists and journalist organisations as well as senior political leaders have strongly opposed the ordinance and have called for its immediate withdrawal …………..

Mr. Prime Minister, you recounted recently how you had participated in the political struggle against the censorship of newspapers during the Emergency which was in force in India between 1975 and 1977. In this same spirit, IPI calls upon you to intervene with the Government of Rajasthan, and direct the state Government to immediately negate the ordinance through the Constitutional route, and withdraw the bill now under consideration by the State Assembly.

Such an action would demonstrate your commitment to freedom of the press, and would ensure that acts of corruption and criminality are not shielded behind the curtain of censorship.

Yours sincerely,

Barbara Trionfi
Executive Director
International Press Institute

……………………………………………………….

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October 25, 2017

U.S. News & World Report Announces 2018 Best Global Universities Rankings

U.S. News & World

U.S. News & World, University Rankings

Photo: University of California, Berkeley. A section of the campus during night. Image Credit: J. Hendron.

University of California, Berkeley

Photo: Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley, USA, captured during the session Human vs Artificial Intelligence in the Congress Centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report, a global authority in education rankings for more than 30 years, today released the 2018 Best Global Universities rankings. The overall rankings evaluate 1,250 universities - up from 1,000 last year - across 74 countries and are the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide.

The U. S. leads the rankings again this year, with 221 universities making the overall list. The top four spots are held by U.S. schools, with Harvard University at No. 1. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at No. 2, followed by Stanford University at No. 3 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 4. The United Kingdom’s University of Oxford rounds out the top 5.

Behind the U.S., the following countries have the most ranked institutions out of the 1,250 schools on the overall list:

China: 136, Japan: 76, U.K.: 73, Germany: 58

Across the 22 subject-specific rankings, U.S. schools again claim the most No. 1 spots. For the first time, China’s Tsinghua University replaces MIT as No. 1 in computer science and once again tops the list for engineering. Listed in rank order, these countries performed the best in the following subject rankings:

  • Computer science: U.S., China, U.K., Canada, Australia
  • Economics and business: U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, China (tie), Netherlands (tie)
  • Engineering: U.S., China, U.K., Canada, Italy
  • Neuroscience and behavior: U.S., Germany, U.K., Canada (tie), France (tie), Netherlands (tie)

“The schools that rank the highest in the Best Global Universities rankings are those that emphasize academic research, including by partnering with international scholars to produce highly cited articles,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “This is different from the Best Colleges rankings, which measure the overall quality of undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and focus on student outcomes such as graduation and retention rates.”

For the 2018 edition, U.S. News made a slight change to the methodology to further emphasize international collaboration at universities by rewarding schools that author articles with researchers from different countries.

The Best Global Universities methodology - which is based on Web of Science data and metrics provided by Clarivate Analytics InCites - weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaboration. Each subject ranking has its own methodology based on academic research performance and reputation in that specific area.

“For more than 30 years, U.S. News has been committed to making higher education data more accessible to prospective students choosing a U.S. university,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The Best Global Universities rankings similarly allow consumers to accurately evaluate and compare international schools to find the right fit for them, based on available data.”

2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities

Overall Best Global Universities - Top 10

  1. Harvard University (U.S.)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  3. Stanford University (U.S.)
  4. University of California—Berkeley (U.S.)
  5. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  6. California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  7. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  8. Columbia University (U.S.)
  9. Princeton University (U.S.)
  10. Johns Hopkins University (U.S.) (tie)
  11. University of Washington (U.S.) (tie)
  12. Yale University (U.S.) (tie)

Africa - Top 5

  1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  2. University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  3. University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa)
  4. Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  5. Cairo University (Egypt)

Asia - Top 5

  1. National University of Singapore
  2. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  3. University of Tokyo (Japan)
  4. Tsinghua University (China)
  5. Peking University (China)

Australia/New Zealand - Top 5

  1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
  2. University of Sydney
  3. University of Queensland Australia
  4. Monash University (Australia)
  5. Australian National University (tie)
  6. University of New South Wales (tie)

Europe - Top 5

  1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  3. Imperial College London
  4. University College London
  5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Latin America - Top 5

  1. University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  2. Pontificia University Católica de Chile
  3. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  4. University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  5. State University of Campinas (Brazil)

The Best Global Universities rankings serve the broader U.S. News mission to provide trusted information and rankings to help all students navigate their higher education options - including with the Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs rankings. For Chinese students in particular, U.S. News offers online resource centers published in Chinese to help guide prospective undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad. In addition, U.S. News is continuing to collaborate with U.S. News Global Education, a subsidiary company of Shorelight Education, to help international students and their families connect with universities.

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October 20, 2017

Xenia Tchoumi at the Zurich Film Festival

IWC Watches, Switzerland

Photo: Model and Fashion Influencer Xenia Tchoumi attends the IWC ‘For the Love of Cinema’ Gala Dinner on 30 September, 2017 during Zurich Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC. Image provided by IWC Schaffhausen.

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