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April 22, 2019

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

National Press Club

Earth Day

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Clean Ganga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 20, 2019

The Art of Technicolor from de GRISOGONO

DDe Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

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

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

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

Source: de GRISOGONO

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April 18, 2019

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

Porsche India

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

Porsche India

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

Porsche India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Porsche India

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April 16, 2019

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

Pulitzer Prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners are:

- Journalism -

Public Service
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Breaking News Reporting
The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

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

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

National Reporting
The staff of The Wall Street Journal

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

Feature Writing
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

Commentary
Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Criticism
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing
Brent Staples of The New York Times

Editorial Cartooning
Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking News Photography
Photography Staff of Reuters

Feature Photography
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

- Letters, Drama and Music -

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

Drama
Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury

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

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

Poetry
Be With, by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

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

Music
PRISM, by Ellen Reid

Special Citations
Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.
Aretha Franklin

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

Sources: Pulitzer Prize, Reuters.

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April 15, 2019

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

International

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

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

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

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

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

Source: International Olympic Committee

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April 12, 2019

Vice President Naidu Addresses 125th Foundation Day Celebrations of Punjab National Bank.

Punjab National Bank

Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, addressing the gathering at the 125th Foundation Day celebrations of the Punjab National Bank, in New Delhi on April 12, 2019.

Punjab National Bank

Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, releasing the Coffee Table Book, at the 125th Foundation Day celebrations of the Punjab National Bank, in New Delhi on April 12, 2019.

New Delhi, 12 April 2019 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, has said that financial inclusion and inclusive development are the needs of the hour. He stated that growth held no meaning until its benefits reached the most deprived groups of people. He was addressing the gathering at the celebration of the 125th Foundation Day of the Punjab National Bank (PNB), here today.

The Vice President paid rich tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai, one of the most prominent and inspirational leaders of India’s struggle for independence and felicitated the members of his family.

Mr. Naidu called for systemic reforms in the Indian banking sector in light of mounting Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). He spoke of the need to have an effective and efficient system of checks and balances in place so that nobody can take advantage of the loopholes in the system.

The Vice President said that India’s financial institutions had been commended globally for being resilient and for having withstood global downturns and recessions well. He opined that banks were no longer just about big lockers and a good interest rate on deposits. ‘They have transcended their conventional mandates and are now at the forefront of India’s development story,’ he added.

Saying that banks played a central role in India’s quest for financial inclusion and inclusive growth, he expressed his firm belief that India’s banking sector was poised for robust expansion as the rapidly advancing business and commerce in India would turn to banks for credit and other financial services. He cited several factors such as the upwardly mobile middle class and the digital revolution as the thrust factors behind these growth prospects.

Citing the gains made by India in digital technologies for banking such as India’s Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), RuPay and the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), and the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), a mobile app based on UPI, the Vice President asked banks to harness digital growth further to scale up to the level of world-class businesses.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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April 11, 2019

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

Porsche India

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

Porsche India

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

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

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

Source: Porsche India

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April 10, 2019

THE ACADEMY LAUNCHES 2019 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS COMPETITION

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

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

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

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

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

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

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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April 8, 2019

President of India releases the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings - 2019 and the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements.

India Universities

Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, releasing the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2019, at a function, in New Delhi on April 08, 2019. The Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, is also seen.

New Delhi, April 08, 2019 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, released the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings - 2019 and presented the India Rankings awards to the top eight institutions in different categories at a function held in New Delhi today. He also released the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) and presented the ARIIA awards to the top two institutions.

The President said that recent expansion of higher education in India had widened access and improved equity. Even so, quality remains a concern. While there are islands of excellence, both in the public and private sectors, overall standards are uneven. As our higher education infrastructure continues to grow, and as enrolment rises, it is vital to lift the bar. A nuanced approach is essential to ensure that higher education fulfills not only individual aspirations but also achieves national goals and priorities.

The President noted that besides overall rankings, there are category-specific rankings for colleges and universities, as well as subject-specific rankings for engineering, management, pharmacy, architecture, law, and medicine. He said that a ranking system of such a nature fosters a spirit of healthy competition between institutions. All institutions are today competing for talent - teaching talent, research talent, the most talented students, and even the most enlightened administrators. If an institution wants to attract the best, it too has to be among the best. It has to provide an encouraging atmosphere and suitable campus culture for students and members of the academic community.

The President said that it is critical that there be a significant Indian presence in global rankings of leading universities and higher educational institutions very shortly. We live in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, amid a knowledge society and an innovation economy. We cannot realize our potential without the necessary education infrastructure - measured both by numbers and standards. That is why the keen sense with which institutions participate in the India Rankings mechanism should persist and be escalated to striving for and achieving rankings among the global best.

NIRF India Rankings 2019 — Top 10 Universities in India

  1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  3. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  4. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  5. Calcutta University, Kolkata
  6. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  7. Anna University, Chennai
  8. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
  9. Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
  10. Savitribai Phule Pune University

NIRF India Rankings 2019 — Top 10 Colleges in India

  1. Miranda House, Delhi
  2. Hindu College, Delhi
  3. Presidency College, Chennai
  4. St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
  5. Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi
  6. Loyola College, Chennai
  7. Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi
  8. Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Howrah
  9. Hans Raj College, Delhi
  10. St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata

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International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day to deliberate on linking Education & Clinical Practice with Research

Kent, Homoeopathy

Photo: Dr. James Tyler Kent, Professor of Homeopathic Materia Medica at Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago. Dr. Kent is considered the father of modern homeopathy. He published his Repertory in 1897.

World Homoeopathy Day

Photo: The Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, addressing at the International Convention on the World Homoeopathy Day, in New Delhi on April 09, 2019.

New Delhi, April 08, 2019 — On the occasion of the World Homoeopathy Day, a two-day convention is being organized on 9-10th April 2019 at Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, an autonomous research organization, and the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. The World Homoeopathy Day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Fredrich Samuel Hahnemann.

Mr. Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary of AYUSH, Mr. Roshan Jaggi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, and Mr. Nilanjal Sanyal, Chairman, Board of Governors, Central Council of Homoeopathy, will grace the Convention.

To recognize exemplary work in Homoeopathy, AYUSH will confer awards relating to Homoeopathy for Life Time Achievement, Best Teacher, Young Scientist, and the Best Research paper. Students will be awarded scholarships under the Short Term Studentship in Homoeopathy and ‘Quality MD Dissertation in Homoeopathy.’ The government will sign MOU’s with some Post-Graduate Homoeopathic Colleges. The vision behind the agreement would be to provide impetus to research infrastructure, which, in turn, would further orient the students towards research.

The convention will cover a wide range of topics —

  • Linking education and clinical practice with research
  • Homoeopathic Education
  • The utilization of existing research by clinicians
  • Drug Development & Validation
  • Research initiatives by students under Scholarship schemes
  • Documented clinical experiences
  • Homeopathy in public health
  • Fortifying theories and clinical practice with research
  • The road ahead for Homoeopathy
  • Skill development in scientific writing
  • Strengthening research infrastructure in educational organizations
  • Drug Provings and Guidelines for Publishing Research

The convention will also hold Round table discussions on:

  • Drug Regulations in Homoeopathy: Current scenario and Way Ahead
  • Homoeopathy Industry: Challenges and Opportunities for the Manufacturers/Traders
  • Homoeopathic Pharmacopeias Standards and Harmonisation
  • Promotion of Homoeopathy at the state level
  • Homeopathy doctors in public service: Roles & Responsibilities

The Convention will also review the path trodden so far, take stock of the challenges faced, and formulate future strategies for development of Homoeopathy. According to the convention organizers, there is an imminent need to focus on improving the quality of education and enhancing the success rate of an average practitioner. There is also a need to ensure the production and availability of high-quality homeopathic drugs in the market.

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April 3, 2019

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, issues clarification on its recent orders for revision of allowances of Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in the Central Universities.

HRD Ministry, India

Universities, India

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting the Awards and Gold Medals to the Students during a University Convocation in New Delhi in December 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, 03 April 2019 — India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued a clarification on its recent orders on the revision of allowances and special allowances for Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in Central Universities.

The order had also included revised special allowances per month for Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, and College Principals.

The Ministry has now clarified that its orders are also applicable to Deputy Registrars, Assistant Registrars, Deputy Controllers of Examinations, Assistant Controllers of Examinations, Deputy Finance Officers and Assistant Finance Officers in Central Universities and Centrally funded Deemed to be Universities.

The order benefits 30,000 teaching and equivalent staff in the Central Universities and 5,500 officials in Deemed to be Universities.

The order is also a benchmark for 7,00,000 teachers and staff in the State Universities of the country.

Any corresponding increase in the allowances in a State University, however, is possible only if the State Government overseeing that university has sufficient funds at its disposal.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has, meanwhile, published the lists of Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed Universities, and Private Universities in India.

The University of Delhi, University of Allahabad, Aligarh Muslim University, and Banaras Hindu University, for example, are Central Universities. While Kurukshetra University, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjabi University Patiala, and Himachal Pradesh University Shimla, for instance, are State Universities.

Fast-rising universities, such as Amity University, Chandigarh University, Chitkara University, and Lovely Professional University, are Private Universities.

Panjab University, who claims to be a daughter of Pakistan’s Punjab University, is a mediocre institution located in Chandigarh. It is neither a Central, nor a State, nor a Deemed, nor a Private University; instead, it holds an erratic, fragile legal status of an “Interstate Body Corporate.” It survives on an Annual Grant from the Central Government while the revision of the pay scales of its teachers and the staff (including the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar) is in the hands of the Finance Department of the Punjab Government, which, Panjab University ought to remember, is not a charity.

Sources: Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission.

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April 1, 2019

United Nations Dims Lights, Participates in Earth Hour 2019

United Nations Earth Day

Photo: The United Nations participates in Earth Hour, a global lights-off event coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other volunteer organizations. Started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is one of the world’s most massive grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet. 30 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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March 29, 2019

United Nations Security Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution on Preventing Financing of Terrorism

United Nations, New York

Photo: Marshall Billingslea, President of the Financial Action Task Force, briefs the Security Council on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The meeting focused on preventing and combating the financing of terrorism. 28 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, New York

ENLARGE

Photo: A comprehensive view of the Security Council chamber during the meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The meeting focused on preventing and combating the financing of terrorism. 28 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, New York, 28 March 2019 — The UN is hailing a new Security Council resolution adopted on Thursday as a landmark step in suppressing the funding of terror groups worldwide.

Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem, the UN’s counter-terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the adoption comes at a “critical time,” with recent attacks demonstrating that terror groups continue to have access to both legal and illegal sources of funding.

Underscoring the necessity for active collaboration and targeted efforts, to achieve “concrete results” in the fight against terrorism and terrorist financing, Mr. Voronkov said that Resolution 2462 on Countering the Financing of Terrorism, pulls together previous resolutions to create a consolidated document that also covers several critical emerging issues.

The resolution calls for the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) to play a leading role in identifying ways to suppress terrorist financing. The UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was set up in 2017 to strengthen the Organization’s ability to implement s global counter-terrorism strategy.

Mr. Voronkov identified three priorities. The first is expanding the focus of the UNOCT to cover intelligence sharing, risk assessments, and public-private partnerships. The second priority is the development of a comprehensive approach to the problem.

The third priority is to work closely with the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental body which sets standards for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system and regional regulators.

Marshall Billingslea, President of the Financial Action Task Force, and Mercy Buku, an expert in the countering of terrorist financing, also briefed the Security Council on the subject.

Source: United Nations, New York

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March 27, 2019

Advance screening of upcoming film 'Peterloo,' exclusively for National Press Club members

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National Press Club, Peterloo

Washington, D.C. — Amazon Studios is inviting National Press Club members (and one guest) to attend a free screening of the historical documentary “Peterloo” at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. N.W., Thursday, March 28, at 7 P.M.

A Q&A will follow the movie with director Mike Leigh. Julian Borger, Editor at The Guardian, will moderate the Q&A.

The producers describe the documentary as “an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of more than 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. The forces killed many protesters and injured hundreds more, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.”

(The screening is at the Landmark ‘E Street Cinema’ at 555 11th St NW, and not at the Club.)

Source: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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March 26, 2019

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki is President of Un Certain Regard Jury at Festival de Cannes 2019

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Photo: Nadine Labaki, director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film “Capernaum,” during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Week: Foreign Language Film” event on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

Cannes, France, March 26, 2019 — After moving hearts and minds at the last Festival de Cannes with her Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Capernaum, which won the Jury Prize in Cannes, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki will be taking over from actor Benicio Del Toro as President of the Un Certain Regard Jury for the 72nd edition of the Festival.

Nadine Labaki’s three feature films catapulted her to international fame, from the Festival de Cannes’ red carpet to the Oscars ceremony a few months ago.

“I remember back when I used to come to Cannes as a film student, I was so excited to experience the world’s most prestigious festival,” she stated. “Back then, it seemed so out of reach to me. I remember getting up early in the morning and the endless queues to get a ticket. It looks like yesterday, but it was fifteen years ago that I filled in the Festival de Cannes’ Cinéfondation registration form, my heart full of hope and my hand shaking.

“Today, I am the President of the Un Certain Regard Jury, which goes to show that sometimes life can be even better than your dreams. I can’t wait to see the films in the Selection. I can’t wait to debate and discuss, to be shaken up, to find inspiration in other artists’ work,” Nadine Labaki explained.

After graduating in audiovisual studies from the University of Beirut, she directed adverts and music videos that frequently won awards. In 2004, she embarked on a Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Residency to write and develop Caramel, her first feature film, shot two years later and showcased at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2007. This joyous, rebellious ode to female camaraderie was distributed worldwide and became the most successful Lebanese film export of all time. Nadine Labaki continued to explore the female condition, and religious tensions in “Where Do We Go Now?”, a bold, universal fable on tolerance that premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2011.

In 2018, Nadine Labaki was selected for Competition with her powerfully moving Capernaum, a poignant manifesto on damaged childhood, refugees and the cracks in a society that turns its back on humanity. Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize, that year chaired by Cate Blanchett, and gave an unforgettable speech. Nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Capernaum made its Lebanese director the first woman from the Arabic-speaking world to be nominated in this category.

“To the directors whose films have been selected for Un Certain Regard this year, I would like to say that as a child, I would spend hours gazing out of my bedroom window, watching the world go by. These same eyes can’t wait to watch their films!,” Nadine Labaki said.

The Un Certain Regard screenings will kick off on May 15 with an introduction of the Jury in the evening, a day after the opening of the 72nd edition of the Festival de Cannes on Tuesday, May 14. The jury will announce the Un Certain Regard winners on Friday, May 24.

Source: Festival de Cannes

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March 25, 2019

Chinook Helicopters inducted in Indian Air Force

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Chandigarh, 25 March 2019 — The IAF (Indian Air Force) has formally inducted the CH 47 F(I)- Chinook heavy-lift helicopters into its inventory at Air Force Station Chandigarh. Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, was the chief guest. Various dignitaries attended the event.

IAF had signed a contract with Boeing in September 2015 for 15 Chinook helicopters. Boeing has delivered the first batch of four helicopters on schedule and would provide the last installment by March next year.

According to India’s Ministry of Defence, the addition of heavy-lift CH 47 F(I) helicopter is a significant step towards modernization of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet. The aircraft has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and capability roadmap. The helicopter has a fully integrated digital cockpit management system, advanced cargo handling capabilities and electronic warfare suite that complement the aircraft’s performance. It is capable of airlifting diverse military and non-military loads into remote locations.

Source: Ministry of Defence, Government of India

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March 20, 2019

Social Media Platforms present “Voluntary Code of Ethics for the 2019 General Election” to Election Commission of India

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Photo: The Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, and the Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra with the representatives of the primary Social Media Platforms, in New Delhi on March 20, 2019.

New Delhi, 20 March 2019 — The Social Media Platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat and TikTok, and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), today presented a “Voluntary Code of Ethics for the General Election 2019” to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.

Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, while appreciating the steps taken, said that formulation of the Code augurs a good beginning. He told the Participants to follow in letter and spirit the commitments made in the Code of Ethics. The Platforms have committed to processing any violations reported within three hours.

The Platforms have also agreed to create a high priority dedicated reporting mechanism for the ECI and appoint dedicated teams during the period of General Elections for taking prompt action on any reported violations. Participants have also agreed to provide a mechanism for political advertisers to submit pre-certified advertisements issued by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee. The Code of Ethics also promises to facilitate transparency in paid political ads. IAMAI has agreed to coordinate with participants various steps mentioned in this code. Participants have also committed to undertake voter awareness campaigns voluntarily.

The ‘Code of Ethics” has been developed to ensure free, fair & ethical usage of Social Media Platforms to maintain the integrity of the electoral process for the General Elections 2019. It aims to monitor those indulging in disinformation, fake news, hate-mongering, gossiping, and backbiting. The Code voluntarily agreed upon by the Participants comes into operation with immediate effect.

Source: Election Commission of India

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India’s first F1 driver beats his record as Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks the lap record at Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi

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Porsche, Sportscar

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Photos: Porsche cars. Images provided by Porsche.

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Photo: Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first F1 Driver, sets a new lap record for street legal cars at the Buddh International Circuit in the 911 GT2 RS.

New Delhi, March 20, 2019 — Organised by Porsche India, Narain Karthikeyan set a new lap record for street-legal cars at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, a suburban city of Delhi. India’s first ever F1 driver beat his own fastest lap time when he claimed the honor in a 911 GT3 on the track last year November. Yesterday, Narain went even faster in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, taking the racer just 2 minutes 00.266 seconds to complete the 5.14km of India’s only FIA certified track.

This new record lap time beat Narian’s previous best of 2 minutes 07.629 seconds by 7.363 seconds. The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), a long-standing member of the FIA, has certified the time.

Discussing Narain’s achievement, Pavan Shetty, Director at Porsche India, said: “This record establishes Porsche as the fastest automobile brand in India. In a matter of months, Porsche 911s have now broken the lap record twice at the Buddh International Circuit. With its incredible 700 hp and maximum torque of 750 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm, the 911 GT2 RS has underlined again that it is the fastest 911 on the market. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Narain on a job well done as this was a true showcase of Porsche’s ability to manufacture highly moving sports cars that are at home on the race track.”

The 3.8-liter bi-turbo flat engine can catapult the two-seater vehicle - which weighs 1,470 kilograms - from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds under optimal circumstances. While setting the record, Narain took advantage of the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), an innovation from motorsport featured in the 911 GT2 RS for the first time. The high-performance engine transmits its power via an automatically switching seven-speed gearbox on the rear axle, without interrupting traction. Cornering speeds were also on a par with those achieved by super sports cars. The 911 GT2 RS conquered the 16 turns of the Hermann Tilke designed track using its flawless racing chassis.

The 911 GT2 RS is a concentration of Porsche’s motorsport expertise in one high-performance sports car that offers superior dynamics on the racetrack while being a versatile road car like any other Porsche model.

Source: Porsche India

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March 18, 2019

Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Mikaela Shiffrin, claims her third straight FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) Alpine World Cup Overall Title

Longines, Skiing

Longines, Skiing

Photos: Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Mikaela Shiffrin, claimed her third straight FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski / International Ski Federation) Alpine World cup overall title. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

Source: Longines

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March 15, 2019

Sony Pictures Networks India and Olympic Channel to Broadcast Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

International Olympic Committee, Sony India

Photo: Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attends the opening of the new FINA Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Image provided by and copyright © IOC / Greg Martin, photographer.

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 14, 2019 — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it has awarded the broadcast rights in India and the Subcontinent for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as well as the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 to Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN). The Olympic Channel and other IOC digital platforms will also feature highlights and replays of crucial events.

Sony Pictures Networks, an established pay-television network in India, has acquired the rights across all media platforms in India and the Subcontinent, except the free-to-air rights in Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. SPN will provide comprehensive coverage across its multiple platforms.

In addition to the coverage on Sony’s digital platform, SonyLIV, the Olympic Channel and other IOC digital platforms will feature highlights and replays of crucial events to supplement SPN’s coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 across India and the Subcontinent.

Further, the IOC and SPN will collaborate on creating a permanent Olympic Channel home within the SonyLIV service. Programming will feature year-round coverage of Olympic athletes and sports, highlighting locally relevant original content produced by SPN and Olympic Channel.

IOC President Thomas Bach said, “As a dynamic sports and media market, India and the Subcontinent is an important strategic region for Olympic broadcasting. The IOC is pleased to be working with Sony Pictures Networks India to collaborate to bring the best coverage of Tokyo 2020 and the Youth Olympic Games to fans across the region, on their platform of choice, with the aim of inspiring young people to engage with Olympic sports and the Olympic values.”

MD & CEO SPN, N.P. Singh said, “As an organization, we continue to play a leading role in shaping and meeting the entertainment needs of the evolving consumer base across television & digital platforms in India. The Olympic Games is the largest and most prestigious international sports competition in the world with over 200 countries participating. The addition of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 broadcast and digital rights complements our portfolio of International sports events and properties.”

Source: International Olympic Committee (IOC)

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