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January 23, 2018

Pope Tells Participants Human-Centric Economy Is ‘A Moral Imperative’ as 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Gets Underway

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Photo: Cate Blanchett, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), London, and Shah Rukh Khan, Actor, Red Chillies Entertainment, India, after the “The 24th Annual Crystal Awards Ceremony” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 22, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

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Photo: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, speaking during the Opening Plenary at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

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Photo: Hao Jingfang, Writer, China Development Research Foundation, People’s Republic of China, captured during the Session “The Power of Economic Narratives” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary.

Geneva, Switzerland, 23 January 2018 - His Holiness Pope Francis helped open the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting with a special message, passionately calling on participants to overcome fragmentation between states and institutions and work together to facilitate more inclusive approaches in an increasingly globalized world.

In a speech delivered by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Pope Francis said: “It is vital to safeguard the dignity of the human person, in particular by offering to all people real opportunities for integral human development and by implementing economic policies that favour the family.”

Echoing the theme of the meeting, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, the Pope said, “The entrepreneurial world has enormous potential to effect substantial change by increasing the quality of productivity, creating new jobs, respecting labour laws, fighting against … corruption and promoting social justice.” He continued, “If we want a more secure future, one that encourages the prosperity of all, then it is necessary to keep the compass continually oriented towards ‘true north’,” represented by authentic values.

The World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting opens today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. More than 3,000 leaders from around the world are gathering in a collaborative effort to shape the global, regional and industry agendas, with a commitment to improve the state of the world. The meeting brings together governments, international organizations, business, civil society, cultural leaders, media, experts and the young generation, at the highest level and in representative ways.

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January 20, 2018

Designer Franziska Knuppe Presents Her New Collection For Bonita In Berlin

Berlin Fashion

Photo: Models presenting the April 2018 Sailor Heart collection during the presentation of Franziska Knuppe’s new Spring/Summer 2018 collection for Bonita at P7 Gallery on January 17, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by & copyright © Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Bonita. Image provided by Bonita.

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January 16, 2018

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2018 opens in Detroit, Michigan

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Photos: North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2018 is being held in Detroit, Michigan, from January 13 to January 28. Now in its 30th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. Images provided by & copyright © NAIAS.

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January 7, 2018

Smriti Irani, India's Minister for Information & Broadcasting, chairs meeting on International Film Festival of India IFFI

Smriti Irani, Minister, India

Photo: Smriti Irani, India’s Minister for Information & Broadcasting, addressing at the inauguration of the “Inclusive India Summit-2017”, in New Delhi on September 12, 2017. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

New Delhi, January 6, 2018. Smriti Irani, India’s Minister for Information & Broadcasting, chaired the meeting of Consultative Committee of I&B Ministry to discuss about the efforts taken in organizing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 and the steps to be taken to improve the next edition of IFFI.

Ms. Irani apprised the Members of the Committee about the various steps and initiatives taken by the Ministry in IFFI 2017. She mentioned that this time all committees were restructured. She also emphasized that for the first time IFFI officially collaborated with Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. She said that in IFFI 2017, nine (9) Master classes were organized, 197 films were screened, and 493 delegates invited.

Members of the Committee, while appreciating the efforts of the Ministry in organizing IFFI 2017, said that regional films should be given more representation in IFFI. They also appreciated the choice of films and the large participation of the film fraternity this year.

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January 6, 2018

India's Human Resource Development Minister releases All India Survey on Higher Education

India Universities

Photo: India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the final report of All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for the year 2016-17, in New Delhi on January 05, 2018. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

India Universities

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the Vice Chancellors of 17 New Central Universities set up under the Central Universities Act, 2009, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, on January 06, 2018. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, is also seen. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

India’s Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, released the 8th All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for the year 2016-17 in New Delhi today. On this occasion, he also launched the Survey for the year 2017-18.

Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar informed that there is an increase in overall enrolment.

He further informed that Gender Parity Index (GPI), a ratio of proportional representation of female and male, has improved from 0.86 to 0.94 to the corresponding period. To give a further boost to girl-students, the Minister announced that a supernumerary quota in IITs will be increased.

Javadekar informed that the number of institutions of higher education listed on AISHE portal has also increased significantly - from 621 universities in 2010-11 to 864 in 2016-17 and from 32,974 colleges in 2010-11 to 40,026 colleges in 2016-17.

He said that the government’s vision for the higher education is based on three important aspects, namely Quality, Autonomy, Research & Innovation.

The survey covers almost all the Higher Education institutions (HEIs) in the country including Universities, Colleges and Stand-Alone institutions. Identified nodal officers from each institution are primarily responsible for collecting and uploading the data on AISHE portal in a secured environment. It needs a lot of efforts in a survey of this scale to bring out the correct and complete picture of the system so that relevant statistics are available to the Central Government as well as State Governments, in order to devise future policies.

The survey is also unique in the sense that it is a participatory effort between State Governments, Regulatory Statutory Authorities and the Ministries of the Government of India. The Survey compiles and manages statistics directly online from respondent institutions. The main items of data collection under survey are Basic details, Programme details, Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff, Student Enrolment, Examination Result, Infrastructure, Scholarships, and Foreign students. The AISHE data is the main source of information for “Know Your College” portal.

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December 26, 2017

Red Bull Action Shots

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Photo: Elaina Hammeken seen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photographer: © Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool.

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Photo: Spectators watch the finals of the third stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Chiba, Japan. Photographer: © Predrag Vuckovic / Red Bull Content Pool.

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Photo: Dani Pedrosa of Spain preforms with Honda RC213V-S at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Photographer: © Samo Vidic / Red Bull Content Pool.

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Photo: Bryce Menzies jumps at Red Bull New Frontier at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Photographer: © Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool.

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Photo: Matthias Dolderer of Germany leads Kirby Chambliss of the United States and Nicolas Ivanoff of France over the Senftenberger lake prior the sixth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany. Photographer: © Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool.

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Photo: Nathan Watson performs prior the Red Bull Knock Out in Scheveningen, Netherlands. Photographer: © Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool.

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Photo: Giniel De Villiers performs during the final car testing ahead of Dakar Rally at Goerapan, Upington, South Africa. Photographer: © Tyrone Bradley / Red Bull Content Pool.

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December 24, 2017

Indian Actress Sonam Kapoor attends IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival

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Photos: Indian actress Sonam Kapoor attends the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) during which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its long-standing passion for filmmaking at One And Only Royal Mirage on December 7, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photos by John Phillips, Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images. Images provided by IWC Schaffhausen.

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December 20, 2017

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December 15, 2017

Oscars: Academy Unveils Foreign Language Film Shortlist; 9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race; India's entry "Newton" Snubbed

Foreign Language Oscar

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Photo: Mel Gibson, Oscar nominee, and Rosalind Ross arrive on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Michael Yada. Image provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

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Photos: Film Director Lazlo Nemes, Hungary, accepts the Oscar from the presenter Sofia Vergara for Best foreign language film, “Son of Saul” from Hungary, during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Photographers: Mark Suban, Phil McCarten. Images provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category.

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

• Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director;

• Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director;

• Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;

• Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director;

• Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director;

• Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;

• Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director;

• South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director;

• Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting in New York, London, Los Angeles and, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area, will screen the nine shortlisted films in theaters over a three-day period from Friday, January 12, through Sunday, January 14, with three films screening each day. Additionally, international members will be invited to opt-in to stream the nine shortlisted films on the Academy’s member site. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Meanwhile, “Newton”, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language category for the 90th Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race. Featuring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles, the Hindi language film chronicles the foibles of democracy in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.

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

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

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December 13, 2017

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

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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

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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.

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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

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• 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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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