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February 16, 2019

International Press Institute welcomes new Czech National Committee to the global network

 International Press Institute

 International Press Institute

 International Press Institute

Photo: Walking to the office building. Prague, Czech Republic. Image Credit: Black Tea.

Vienna, Austria, February 15, 2019 — The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives, and journalists, has welcomed the IPI Czech National Committee into its fold.

Amid the growing threat to independent journalism in Central Europe, the newly formed Czech National Committee aims to defend press freedom and safety of journalists and support independent media in the country.

The Committee’s founding members are Robert Břešťan, Robert Čásenský, Michal Klíma, Veronika Sedláčková, and the institutional member Nadační fond nezávislé žurnalistiky (Endowment for Independent Journalism). Klima, a noted Czech journalist, and senior media manager was elected as the Committee’s first chairperson.

“It is vital that we operate as a representative organization that derives its authority based on national media personalities as well as international prestige,” Klíma explained. “We want to defend freedom of the press, and we will comment on situations when this freedom is restricted or violated.”

IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi added: “The founding of the Czech National Committee comes at a critical moment for press freedom and independent journalism in the Czech Republic and Central Europe more broadly, as political and business interests increasingly seek to silence, control or manipulate the news. We look forward to working closely with our members in the Czech Republic to defend quality, independent journalism and the free flow of news and information.”

The IPI Executive Board had approved the formation of the Czech National Committee at a Board meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, in November 2018.

• INDIA

In India, IPI India National Committee represents the International Press Institute (IPI).

IPI India instituted an annual award in 2003 to recognize and honor the best work by an Indian media organization done in furtherance of the public interest.

International Press Institute, Indian Express

The first IPI India award was given to The Indian Express for its reporting on riots in Gujarat in 2002 and their aftermath.

International Press Institute, Tribune

The International Press Institute’s Indian National Committee had named Chandigarh based, English language newspaper, The Tribune as the 2012 recipient of its prestigious IPI India Award for Excellence in Journalism.

IPI India had noted the newspaper’s “outstanding journalistic work during 2011,” specifically “on the looting of Punjab’s public transport by powerful politicians and bureaucrats, leading to a huge burden on the people of Punjab.”

A distinguished jury of editors and publishers chose The Tribune from a list of nominations forwarded to IPI India and commended the newspaper’s investigation, published in five parts, as an example of “crusading journalism in the cause of larger public interest.”

Former chief justice of India, Dr. A.S. Anand, headed the jury, which included Mr. N. Ravi, chairman of IPI India and director of The Hindu; Mr. M.K. Razdan, editor-in-chief of the Press Trust of India (PTI); Mr. T.N. Ninan, chairman and chief editor of the Business Standard; and Mr. Riyad Mathew, senior assistant editor of Malayala Manorama, publishers of The Week.

Source: International Press Institute, Vienna, Austria

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February 15, 2019

Philanthropist and investor Jean Case to share her new book "Be Fearless" at National Press Club Headliners event February 27

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2019 — In her new book, “Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose,” Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society, draws examples from her own life’s journey and success stories of ordinary entrepreneurs to explain why - particularly in today’s crowded marketplace of ideas and information - it pays to be fearless. Case will share tips and inspiration at a National Press Club Headliners book event on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

This event will take place in the Club’s conference rooms and will feature a presentation by the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

Jean Case co-founded the Case Foundation in 1997 with a mission to “invest in people and ideas that can change the world” through inclusive entrepreneurship and impact investing. Before launching the Case Foundation, Case was a senior executive at America Online, Inc. (AOL) where she directed the marketing and branding that helped to establish and grow the company from a small startup to a household name and utility. Case is currently the Chairman of the Board of the National Geographic Partners and is also on the Board of the White House Historical Association.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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February 14, 2019

India Government announces Safe City Project

Mumbai

Photo: Victoria Terminus. The Metropolitan City of Mumbai.

New Delhi, February 13, 2019 — With a view to providing safety to women in public places, the Government of India’s Empowered Committee of Officers for Safe City Project has approved pilot Safe City Projects in the following eight Selected Metropolitan Cities:

  1. Delhi
  2. Kolkata
  3. Mumbai
  4. Chennai
  5. Bengaluru
  6. Hyderabad
  7. Ahmedabad
  8. Lucknow

The total cost of the projects would be Rs. 3,000 crore approximately.

The cost of the projects would be shared between the Central Government and the concerned States in 60:40 ratio. The Central Government would fully fund the Safe City Project in Delhi.

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

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February 13, 2019

UN Special Event to launch EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Food, Planet, Health

United Nations

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Photo: Hilaria Baldwin (center), wellness expert, and Alec Baldwin (left), actor and activist, attend the special event to launch the EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Food, Planet, Health. 05 February 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations

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February 12, 2019

L’ORÉAL AND UNESCO ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE

Unesco, L'Oreal

Unesco, L'Oreal

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: A participant at the fourth commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February). The event was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Hungary, Portugal, and the Slovak Republic, with the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the International Telecommunication Union. 11 February 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards Ceremony for Women and Science at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: Lauriane Chomaz, Fellow of the French program L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women and Science, with high school girls. Photo Credit & Copyright © Matthew Brookes. Image provided by L’Oréal For Girls and Science.

Paris, February 11, 2019 — On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science celebrated on 11 February, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced the laureates of the 21st International Awards For Women in Science, which honors outstanding women scientists, from all over the world. These exceptional women are recognized for the excellence of their research in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science.

Each laureate receives €100,000, and their achievements will be celebrated alongside those of 15 promising young women scientists from around the world at an awards ceremony on 14 March at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.

EXTENDING THE AWARD TO MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Mathematics is a prestigious discipline and a source of innovation in many domains. However, it is also one of the scientific fields with the lowest representation of women at the highest level. Since the establishment of the three most prestigious international prizes for the discipline (Fields, Wolf, and Abel), only one woman mathematician has been recognized, out of a total of 141 laureates.

The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have therefore decided to reinforce their efforts to empower women in science by extending the International Awards dedicated to material science to two more research areas: mathematics and computer science.

Two mathematicians now figure among the five laureates receiving 2019 For Women in Science Awards. Claire Voisin, one of five women to have won a gold medal from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the first women mathematician to enter the prestigious Collège de France; and Ingrid Daubechies of Duke University (USA), the first woman researcher to head the International Mathematical Union.

Since 1998, the L’Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has worked to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, upholding the conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE

THE FIVE 2019 LAUREATES

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Najat Aoun SALIBA - Analytical and atmospheric chemistry

Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Professor Saliba is rewarded for her pioneering work in identifying carcinogenic agents and other toxic air pollutants in the Middle East, and modern nicotine delivery systems, such as cigarettes and hookahs. Her innovative work in analytical and atmospheric chemistry will make it possible to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges and help advance public health policies and practices.

ASIA PACIFIC

Professeur Maki KAWAI - Chemistry / Catalysis

Director General, Institute of Molecular Sciences, Tokyo University, Japan, member of the Science Council of Japan

Professor Maki Kawai has been recognized for her ground-breaking work in manipulating molecules at the atomic level, to transform materials and create innovative materials. Her outstanding research has contributed to establishing the foundations of nanotechnologies at the forefront of discoveries of new chemical and physical phenomena that stand to address critical environmental issues such as energy efficiency.

LATIN AMERICA

Professor Karen HALLBERG - Physics/ Condensed matter physics

Professor at the Balseiro Institute and Research Director at the Bariloche Atomic Centre, CNEA/CONICET, Argentina

Professor Karen Hallberg is rewarded for developing cutting-edge computational approaches that allow scientists to understand the physics of quantum matter. Her innovative and creative techniques represent a significant contribution to understanding nanoscopic systems and new materials.

NORTH AMERICA

Professor Ingrid DAUBECHIES - Mathematics / Mathematical physics

Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, United States

Professor Daubechies is recognized for her exceptional contribution to the numerical treatment of images and signal processing, providing standard and flexible algorithms for data compression. Her innovative research on wavelet theory has led to the development of treatment and image filtration methods used in technologies from medical imaging equipment to wireless communication.

EUROPE

Professor Claire VOISIN - Mathematics / Algebraic geometry

Professor at the Collège de France and former researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Professor Voisin is rewarded for her outstanding work in algebraic geometry. Her pioneering discoveries have allowed [mathematicians and scientists] to resolve fundamental questions on topology and Hodge structures of complex algebraic varieties.

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE

THE 15 INTERNATIONAL RISING TALENTS OF 2019

Among the 275 national and regional fellowship winners Unesco and L’Oreal support each year, the For Women in Science programme selects the 15 most promising researchers, all of whom will also be honored on 14 March 2019.

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Dr. Saba AL HEIALY - Health sciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Zohra DHOUAFLI - Neuroscience/ Biochemistry

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Tunisia, Center of Biotechnology of Borj-Cédria

Dr. Menattallah ELSERAFY - Molecular biology/Genetics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Egypt, Zewail City of Science and Technology

Dr. Priscilla Kolibea MANTE - Neurosciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

NORTH AMERICA

Dr. Jacquelyn CRAGG - Health sciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Canada, University of British Columbia

LATIN AMERICA

Dr. Maria MOLINA - Chemistry/Molecular biology

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Argentina, National University of Rio Cuarto

Dr. Ana Sofia VARELA - Chemistry/Electrocatalysis

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Mexico, Institute of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico

ASIA PACIFIC

Dr. Sherry AW - Neuroscience

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology

Dr. Mika NOMOTO - Molecular biology / Plant Pathology

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore, University of Nagoya

Dr. Mary Jacquiline ROMERO - Quantum physics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Australia, University of Queensland

EUROPE

Dr. Laura ELO - Bioinformatics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Finland, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

Dr. Kirsten JENSEN - Material chemistry, structural analysis

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Denmark, University of Copenhagen

Dr. Biola María JAVIERRE MARTÍNEZ - Genomics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Spain, Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute

Dr. Urte NENISKYTE - Neuroscience

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Lithuania, University of Vilnius

Dr. Nurcan TUNCBAG - Bioinformatics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Turkey, Middle East Technical University

Source: UNESCO

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February 10, 2019

India Pavilion inaugurated at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival; Actors Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt visit the Pavilion

Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

Photos: Indian actress Alia Bhatt at the Press Conference for the film ‘Gully Boy’ presented at the 69th Berlinale film festival on February 9, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Images provided by Berlinale.

Berlin International Film Festival

Photo: Janina Uhse arrives in Audi e-Tron car for the “The Kindness Of Strangers” premiere during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 7, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi AG). Copyright © 2019 Franziska Krug. Image provided by Audi AG.

Berlin International Film Festival

Photo: Tina Rexilius arrives in Audi e-Tron car for the “System Crasher” (Systemsprenger) premiere during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 8, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi AG). Copyright © 2019 Franziska Krug. Image provided by Audi AG.

Berlin International Film Festival

Photo: Michael Beck and his daughters at the Audi Berlinale Brunch during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 10, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi AG). Copyright © 2019 Franziska Krug. Image provided by Audi AG.

Berlin International Film Festival

Photo: Lisa-Marie Koroll at the Audi Berlinale Brunch during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 10, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi AG). Copyright © 2019 Franziska Krug. Image provided by Audi AG.

Berlin, February 8, 2019 — Mr. Matthijis Wouter Knol, Director European Film Market (EFM), inaugurated the India Pavilion at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2019.

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry, is participating in the Berlin International Film Festival being held from 7th - 17th February 2019 at Berlin, Germany. An India Pavilion is set-up at the Festival to act as a platform to popularize Indian Cinema in the overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities.

The Indian Delegation at Berlinale 2019 aims to promote Indian films across linguistic cultural and regional diversity to forge international partnerships in the realms of distribution, production, filming in India, script development and technology to accelerate the growth of film sector in India.

The Delegation will also promote the Golden Jubilee edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) along with popularizing the steps taken to ease shooting films in India through Film Facilitation Office that facilitates Single Window Clearance for film-makers and provides the platform for ‘film tourism’ in India. To take advantage of the availability of technicians and skilled professionals, India will be showcased as a post-production hub to promote collaborations for films with international production houses.

The Indian Delegation will meet officials from countries including Israel, New Zealand, France, Italy, China, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, the US, Greece, and the UK. The delegation will also meet with officials from Locarno Film Festival, EFM Director, Venice International Film Festival, New Zealand Film Commission, Cannes Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and China Children’s Film Association, among others.

Over 75 Indian film companies are participating at Berlinale 2019.

Berlin International Film Festival

Meanwhile, the team behind the upcoming movie ‘Gully Boy’ including Mr. Ranveer Singh, Ms. Alia Bhatt, Ms. Zoya Akhtar, and Mr. Ritesh Sidhwani visited the India Pavilion.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

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February 8, 2019

Sound On: Mastercard Debuts Sonic Brand

Mastercard Melody to come to life at Mastercard Sensory Lab during GRAMMY Week and in new U.S. ad with Camila Cabello.

Mastercard Sound

Purchase, NY - February 8, 2019 - Setting a new tempo for brand expression, Mastercard debuts its sonic brand identity, a comprehensive sound architecture that signifies the latest advancement for the brand. Wherever consumers engage with Mastercard across the globe - be it physical, digital or voice environments - the distinct and memorable Mastercard melody will provide simple, seamless familiarity. The news comes on the heels of the company’s recent transition to a symbol brand and is part of its continued brand transformation.

“Sound adds a powerful new dimension to our brand identity and a critical component to how people recognize Mastercard today and in the future,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing, and communications officer, Mastercard. “We set out an ambitious goal to produce the Mastercard melody in a way that’s distinct and authentic, yet adaptable globally and across genres. It is important that our sonic brand not only reinforces our presence but also resonates seamlessly around the world.”

Global Resonance, Local Relevance

To ensure the Mastercard melody would resonate with people the world over, Mastercard tapped musicians, artists, and agencies from across the globe, including musical innovator Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

The result, a distinct and memorable melody with adaptations across genres and cultures, making it locally relevant while maintaining a consistent global brand voice. Also, the use of varying instruments and tempos help to deliver the Mastercard melody in several unique styles such as operatic, cinematic and playful as well as many regional interpretations.

The Mastercard melody is the foundation of the company’s sound architecture and will extend to many assets, from musical scores, audio logos, and ringtones, to hold music and point-of-sale acceptance sounds.

“What I love most about the Mastercard melody, is just how flexible and adaptable it is across genres and cultures,” said Mike Shinoda. “It’s great to see a big brand expressing themselves through music to strengthen their connection with people.”

A Digital Brand for a Digital Consumer

With voice shopping set to hit $40 billion by 2022, audio identities not only connect brands with consumers on a new dimension, but they are also tools enabling consumers to shop, live, and pay in an increasingly digital and mobile world.

“Audio makes people feel things, and that’s what makes it such a powerful medium for brands, said Matt Lieber, Cofounder, and President, Gimlet. “With the explosion of podcasts, music streaming, and smart speakers, an audio strategy is no longer a “nice-to-have” for brands - it’s a necessity. A sonic identity — the audio calling card for a brand — is now just as important as a brand’s visual identity.”

Melody comes to life during GRAMMY Week.

In the lead up to the 61st GRAMMY Awards, Mastercard will launch a new multi-channel marketing program starring GRAMMY-nominated artist Camila Cabello, which will be the first creative output to feature the brand’s sound logo.

“I am so excited to be partnering with Mastercard and being able to offer new opportunities to fans,” said Cabello.

Following the U.S. introduction, the Mastercard sound will head to The BRIT Awards in London and then Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mastercard would announce additional activations and sonic integrations around the world in the coming months.

Source: Mastercard

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February 7, 2019

The Ferrari Monza SP2 named “Most Beautiful Supercar of the Year 2018” at Paris Festival Automobile International

Ferrari Monza

Ferrari Monza

 Ferrari Monza

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Photos: Ferrari Monza SP2. Images provided by & copyright © FERRARI.

Maranello, Italy, February 6, 2019 - The Ferrari Monza SP2 has been named the Most Beautiful Supercar of 2018 by a panel of expert judges at the 34th Paris Festival Automobile International.

The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony at the city’s Hotel National des Invalides attended by over 600 guests, including many leading exponents of the automotive and journalism worlds.

The Ferrari Monza SP2, together with the Ferrari Monza SP1, is the forerunner of the new Icona concept inspired by the most evocative Ferrari competition cars of the 1950s. The Monza SP2 is the Prancing Horse’s modern reinterpretation of a timeless style paired with technologically advanced components and the highest performance possible, thanks to the marque’s continuous research and innovation.

“The Ferrari Style Centre’s designers crafted a design so pure and forms so elegantly minimalist that they could be described as a single pencil stroke. The extreme styling of the more recent Ferrari track cars has been bypassed in favor of clean, spare lines. Never before has a car possessed such clear narrative power: this is a model born to deliver pure driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel. An experience that creates a symbiotic connection between man and car,” the company said.

Source: Ferrari

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Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson to discuss new book "Merchants of Truth" at National Press Club Headliners breakfast event, February 14

National Press Club

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2019 — Award-winning journalist Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, will deliver an insider’s look at the transformation of journalism and the business of news at a Headliners breakfast conversation on February 14 at 9 a.m. in the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Abramson will discuss and sign her new book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts.”

Doors will open with a light breakfast of coffee and tea at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

You will also have the option of purchasing a copy of the book, which will be available for pick up and signing at the event.

The book, using the examples of two legacy heavyweights, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and two digital upstarts, BuzzFeed and Vice, dissects the disruption of the news media, its attempts to adjust and its uncertain future amid President Trump’s war on the press.

Abramson, who witnessed the struggles firsthand in senior editorial positions at the Times and the Wall Street Journal, gives readers insight into the biggest players in media including Jeff Bezos, Marty Baron, Arthur Sulzberger, Dean Banquet, Jonah Peretti and Shane Smith.

Walter Isaacson called the book “essential for anyone who wants to understand today’s media and how it is affecting our society.”

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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February 6, 2019

President of India Presents Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2017 at the investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on February 06, 2019.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the recipients of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2017 at the investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on February 06, 2019.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2017 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 06, 2019).

Union Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, senior officers of the Ministry, and many dignitaries from the field of Art & Culture attended the event.

List of Awardees

MUSIC

  • Umakant Gundecha & Ramakant Gundecha (Joint Award) (Hindustani - Vocal)
  • Lalith J. Rao (Hindustani - Vocal)
  • Yogesh Samsi (Hindustani - Tabla)
  • Rajendra Prasanna (Hindustani - Flute)
  • M.S.Sheela (Carnatic - Vocal)
  • Suma Sudhindra (Carnatic - Veena)
  • Shashank Subramanyam (Carnatic - Flute)
  • Tirvarur Vaidyanathan (Carnatic - Mridangam)
  • Gurnam Singh (Other Major Traditions of Music-Gurbani)
  • Haimanti Sukla (Other Major Traditions of Music-Sugam Sangeet)
  • Madhurani (Other Major Traditions of Music-Sugam Sangeet)

DANCE

  • Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatnatyam)
  • Shobha Koser (Kathak)
  • Madambi Subramanian (Kathakali)
  • L.N.Oinam Ongdi Doni Devi (Manipuri)
  • Deepika Reddy (Kuchipudi)
  • Sujata Mohapatra (Odissi)
  • Ramkrishna Talukdar (Sattriya)
  • Janmajay Saibabu (Chhau-Mayurbhanj)
  • Ashit Desai (Music for Dance)

THEATRE

  • Abhiram Bhadakamkar (Playwriting - After 2012)
  • Bapi Bose (Direction)
  • Sunil Shanbagh (Direction)
  • Anil Tickoo (Acting - After 2004)
  • Deepak Tiwari (Acting - After 2004)
  • Hema Singh (Acting - After 2004)
  • Avtaar Sahani (Allied Theatre Arts - Lighting)
  • Nuruddin Ahmed (Allied Theatre Arts - Stagecraft)
  • Shougrakpam Hemanta Singh (Other Major Traditions of Theatre- Shumang Leela - Manipur)

Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry

  • Parvathy Baul (Baul - West Bengal)
  • Anwar Khan Manganiyar (Folk Music - Rajasthan)
  • Rakesh Tiwari (Folk Music - Chhatisgarh)
  • Saravjit Kaur (Folk Music - Punjab)
  • Ramchandra Majhi (Folk Music - Bihar)
  • K.C.Runremsangi (Folk Music - Mizoram)
  • Sudip Gupta (Pupperty - West Bengal)
  • Mukund Nayak (Folk Music - Jharkhand)
  • Jagannath Baayan (Traditional Music (Khol) - Assam)
  • Prakash Khandge (Folk Arts - Maharashtra)

Overall Contribution/Scholarship

  • Vijay Verma (Scholarship)
  • Sandhya Purecha (Dance)

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India

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February 5, 2019

The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates 40 years of leadership and innovation with the anniversary edition of its world-famous Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin

Royal Canadian Coin

Photo: The Royal Canadian Mint’s 40th Anniversary Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin.

OTTAWA, Ontario, Feb. 5, 2019 — After four decades of innovation and commercial success, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched a special 40th anniversary edition of the Gold Maple Leaf, celebrating the bullion coin that the global precious metal industry has come to accept as the standard against which all other gold bullion coins are measured.

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. The Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized coinage products and related services on an international scale.

Source: Royal Canadian Mint

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January 30, 2019

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania awards 4th annual Carnot Prize to Piyush Goyal, India's Minister for Railways

Carnot Prize, University of Pennsylvania

Carnot Prize, University of Pennsylvania

Photos: India’s Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal, addressing after receiving the ‘Carnot Prize’ of the Kleinman Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, in New Delhi on January 30, 2019.

Piyush Goyal

Photo: The Union Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal, arrives at Parliament House to present the Interim Budget 2019-20, in New Delhi on February 01, 2019.

New Delhi, January 30, 2019 — The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design formally presented the fourth annual Carnot Prize to Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal, Government of India, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Piyush Goyal stated that “it is both a personal honor as well as a tribute to the efforts of all involved in this great work throughout India to be recognized with the Carnot Prize by the University of Pennsylvania.”

The Carnot Prize is the Kleinman Center’s annual recognition of distinguished contributions to energy policy through scholarship or practice. The most prestigious award in the energy sector, Carnot Prize is named after French physicist Nicolas Sadi Carnot who recognized that the power of the steam engine would “produce a great revolution” in human development.

Source: Ministry of Railways, India

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Switzerland Maintains Top Spot Overall, Japan Captures Second Place in 2019 Best Countries Report

Wharton, Best Countries

US News

Davos, Switzerland

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Photo: Aerial Photo of Davos, the most significant tourism metropolis of the Swiss Alps, captured before the opening of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Davos is in the middle of Swiss Alps and the city for holidays, sports, congresses, health, development, and culture. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler. (File Photo)

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2019 — Switzerland is the No. 1 country in the world for the third consecutive year, according to the 2019 Best Countries Report, a rankings and analysis project by U.S. News & World Report, BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The rankings evaluate 80 countries across a range of categories, from economic influence and military might to education and quality of life, to capture how the public perceives the nations on a global scale.

For the first time, respondents were asked to pick the countries they would prefer to buy goods from as a measure of a country’s brand power. Germany comes out on top with consumers wanting cars, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals from the nation. France is No. 1 for cosmetics and fashion, Italy is No. 1 in food and wine, and Japan is first for technology and electronics. At No. 8 on the overall Best Countries list, the U.S. has some catching up to do, ranking No. 7 in wine, No. 10 in healthcare and No. 11 in food.

“The Best Countries rankings draw on U.S. News’ expertise and global authority in measuring complex institutions, such as colleges and hospitals,” said Eric Gertler, executive chairman at U.S. News. “The report arms citizens, thought leaders, business executives, and government officials with the data to evaluate the global standings of their nations and leadership.”

Key Findings in the 2019 Best Countries Report:

Tumultuous news cycles have made an impact on global opinions regarding media and world safety. Sixty-three percent of people agree that there are no more objective news sources, and 66 percent say internet news and content is dividing us rather than uniting us. Additionally, more than 50 percent agree the world has worsened in the last year.

With data privacy scandals at the forefront of people’s minds, 77 percent of respondents agree that their internet privacy is at risk. However, slightly more than half of the respondents trust private companies to keep their data safe, and 58 percent generally trust private companies more than the government.

More than 80 percent of those surveyed agree that CEOs and business leaders need to be vocal about their views on societal issues.

Japan rises to the No. 2 spot overall as the world anticipates the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The country is perceived as the most forward-looking, and for the first time, ranks as No. 1 for entrepreneurship. The rest of the top five finds Switzerland - viewed as an innovative country - at No. 1 again, with Canada, Germany, and the U.K. following Japan, respectively.

For the second year in a row, the U.S. ranks at No. 8 overall. However, the world’s level of trust in the U.S. continues to decline with the nation now at No. 27 for perceptions of trustworthiness. Perceptions of the U.S. as a country that cares about human rights have also fallen. While these might be signs that President Donald Trump’s strategy on the world stage may not be working, the U.S. is still perceived as No. 1 in power, followed closely by Russia at No. 2.

Nordic countries maintain their strong standing in the overall ranking, with Sweden and Norway both in the top 10 overall. At No. 6 overall, Sweden is the best country for women, to raise children and for green-living. Norway moves up to No. 9 overall, seeing increases in the up-and-coming category and remains No. 1 in citizenship. Belgium makes its rankings debut at No. 17 overall, behind China and ahead of Italy, due to high marks for citizenship at No. 10 and quality of life at No. 11.

Assessing perceptions of countries from North America to Europe to the Middle East, the report finds the U.K. is No. 1 for education, and Canada has the best quality of life. Luxembourg leads in the most business-friendly nations, the United Arab Emirates is No. 1 for countries with up-and-coming economies, and Switzerland is the top to headquarter a corporation.

“This report can help brands understand the potential power they have in connecting to their home nations, and help guide in managing their branding,” said Michael Sussman, CEO of BAV Group.

The 2019 Best Countries ranking methodology relies on data gathered from a proprietary survey of more than 20,000 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens. “The report speaks to the value of having a strong global standing as nations compete for investment, tourists and influence in the same way companies compete for consumers’ dollars,” said David Reibstein, professor of marketing at the Wharton School.

2019 Best Countries Rankings

Overall

  1. Switzerland
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Sweden
  7. Australia
  8. United States
  9. Norway
  10. France

To Start a Business

  1. Thailand
  2. India
  3. China

For Quality of Life

  1. Canada
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark

Most Powerful

  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. China

For Women

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Canada

For Education

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. Canada

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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January 28, 2019

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, issues orders for revision of allowances of Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in the Universities and Colleges

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Photo: India’s Human Resource Development Minister is addressing a press conference in New Delhi. (File Photo)

New Delhi, January 28, 2019 — India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued orders on the revision of allowances and special allowances for Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in Central Universities and Colleges. The rules come into force with immediate effect.

The revised special allowance per month for Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Principal in PG College and Principal in UG College is Rs. 11,250/-, Rs. 9,000/-, Rs. 6,750/- & Rs. 4,500/- respectively.

This order would benefit 30000 teaching and equivalent staff in Central Universities and 5500 in Deemed to be Universities and will serve as a benchmark for 7 lakh teachers and staff in State Universities.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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January 27, 2019

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

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

Source: NAIAS, Detroit

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January 26, 2019

India's 70th Republic Day Celebrations

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

India Republic Day

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

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

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

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

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January 25, 2019

First Observance of International Day of Education

International Day of Education

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

International Day of Education

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

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

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

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

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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UN Secretary-General: Fragmented Response to Global Risk a ‘Recipe For Disaster’

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Photo: Impressions from the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 22, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sandra Blaser.

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Photo: Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York, captured during the Session “Special Address by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 24, 2019. Congress Centre - Congress Hall. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary.

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Photo: A participant at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 21, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Boris Baldinger.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January 2019. — “If I have to select one sentence to describe the state of the world, I would say we are in a world in which global challenges are more integrated, and the responses are more and more fragmented. If these are not reversed, it is a recipe for disaster,” warned UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his address at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting today.

Outlining the current risk landscape, one characterized by the megatrends of climate change, migration, digitalization, and protracted conflict, the UN Secretary-General identified climate change as the most critical systemic threat soon and one, he said, “we are losing the race on.”

“Climate change is running faster than we are and we have this paradox,” Guterres observed, “The reality is proving to be worse than what scientists foresaw, and all the large indicators show that, and we are moving dramatically into runaway climate change if we are not able to stop it.”

Pointing to growing complexity in the international community and global trade, Guterres argued that, geopolitically, the world is in a state of turbulent flux. “We no longer live in a bipolar or unipolar world, but we are not yet in a multipolar world; we are in a kind of chaotic situation of transition,” he told political, and business leaders gathered in Davos. “The relationship between the three most important powers, Russia, the US and China, has never been as dysfunctional as it is today and this is true for the economy, and also true in the paralysis of the UN Security Council.”

To address the complexity and interconnectedness of the myriad risks ahead, the real frustrations of the “rust belts of the world” and a trend of “illiberal democracies,” the UN head advocated only one approach. “I am a multilateralist; I am deeply convinced there is no other way to deal with global problems but with global responses. It is also not enough to vilify those that disagree and call them nationalists or populists,” he stressed: “We need to understand the root causes of why large sectors of the population in different parts of the world today disagree with us - and we need to address those root causes and show these people that we care for them.”

Tackling global crises - from combating climate change to developing a set of rules on the “weaponization of AI” - cannot be achieved by any one country, but should be addressed collectively by governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia urged Guterres.

Representing an organization of 100 million people, operating in 40 countries and mobilizing some $15 billion, Guterres said that, in 2019, the UN will be pushing for a surge in diplomacy for peace in some of the world’s hotspots - including Yemen, Syria and South Sudan - and higher spending on mitigating climate change. As part of bureaucratic reform, he added that the UN expects to achieve internal gender parity by 2028.

Turning to the disruptive and transformative impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Guterres suggested engaging more financial institutions to invest in developing countries and promote social and green bonds, dealing with the massive restructuring of the labor force and redesigning our education systems.

“We need to mobilize governments, the business community and civil society to understand what kind of impact the Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to have in the next decade and what kind of measures can we start taking, such as in education,” he mused. “It doesn’t matter how many things you learn but how you learn to learn because you will be doing many different things.”

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting brings together more than 3,000 global leaders from politics, government, civil society, academia, the arts, and culture as well as the media. It engages some 50 heads of state and government, more than 300 ministerial-level government participants, and business representation at the chief executive officer and chair level. Convening under the theme, Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, participants are focusing on new models for building sustainable and inclusive societies in a plurilateral world.

Source: World Economic Forum

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January 24, 2019

India's HRD Minister inaugurates Workshop on Leadership Development for Vice-Chancellors

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Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Prakash Javadekar.

New Delhi, January 24, 2019 — The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) is organizing a two-day Workshop on Leadership Development in Higher Education for Vice-Chancellors from 24th January to 25th January 2019 in New Delhi. Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated the workshop. The workshop will focus on strategies to improve quality education through the sharing of ideas, experiences, case studies, and action plans at institutional and national levels. It will have a particular focus on the role of Academic Leaders in creating incentive system and capacity development of teachers and nurturing a work environment in institutions of higher education.

While addressing the Vice Chancellors, the Minister said that the country has put tremendous faith in us. To meet the expectations, we must have the vision to shape the future of higher education and facilitate institutional transformation. He said our future action plan should focus on improving quality education, developing infrastructure, promoting research environment, and increasing use of technology to take our institutions to the next higher level.

The Minister advised all the Vice Chancellors that as the leaders of their institutions, they must involve all the stakeholders — teachers, administration and students — in any decision making process. He stressed upon the need for the teachers to build a bond with the students to ensure their all-round development. Mr. Javadekar said that there is a need to deliberate upon ways to strengthen the faculty and enhance their competency in dealing with the changed social and technological context of teaching and learning. We need to understand the ways of developing teaching and research skills along with curriculum planning and assessment practices. He said Vice Chancellors should, through this workshop, share their rich experiences and ethical practices.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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January 23, 2019

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

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

MasterCard, Camilla Cabello

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Mastercard

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