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August 18, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) urges Pakistan Leader, Imran Khan, to ensure Press Freedom; Welcomes Coordinated Press Freedom Editorials in the United States

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Photo: Imran Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan, is captured at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 27, 2011. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jolanda Flubacher.

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries, has called on Pakistan leader, Imran Khan, to reverse a deteriorating environment for the independent press in the country.

In a letter to Khan this week, IPI Executive Director urged the former cricket star to set a new course.

“IPI would like to congratulate you and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party PTI on the success in the recent elections. The people of Pakistan have demonstrated faith in you and PTI has emerged as the largest single party in the National Assembly,” the letter said.

“While the citizens of Pakistan are looking forward to a change in the governance of the country and hope that it will be free of corruption and coercion, the IPI network expects that you will restore media freedom and create an environment where journalists and media organizations can function without anxiety,” IPI Executive Director wrote in the letter.

“Excellency, you are well aware that a discordant climate is contrary to both the democracy and the free flow of information necessary for a strong and corruption-free democracy that you have promised to usher in to create a new Pakistan.”

“We, therefore, call upon Your Excellency to do everything possible to ensure that the government reverses the deteriorating environment for the independent press and that the government protects the press from the onslaught of state institutions. Unless strong measures are taken to deter further attempts to influence reporting in the media and to ensure that newspapers are allowed to publish freely, and television channels are allowed to broadcast in Pakistan without any further harassment, it will be hard to establish a vibrant democracy,” the letter stated.

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IPI Welcomes Coordinated Press Freedom Editorials in the United States.

International Press Institute

Photo: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, speaking during the Session “Special Address by Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 26, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo.

International Press Institute

Photo: Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor, BuzzFeed, USA, is captured at the Annual Meeting 2014 of the World Economic Forum at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland. January 24, 2014. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler.

The North American Committee (NAC) of the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 100 countries, today welcomed coordinated editorials published by hundreds of newspapers across the United States in support of press freedom.

In a statement, the NAC said it “lauded and supported the efforts of 350 American publications to promote a free and robust press.”

It continued: “The editorials, while aimed at critical statements by President Donald Trump, are an effort to remind the American people that the press has a vital role in a democracy. Force or aggression against journalists undermines our democracy. Press Freedom is an issue that speaks to the heart of who we are as Americans - that we need a free and fearless press to be able to function in our democracy. These editorials remind all of us the critical function of the media in our society.”

The editorials came as the U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning “attacks on the institution of the press” and affirming that “the press is not the enemy of the people.”

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August 14, 2018

Preschool Children visit Vice President of India; Greet him on the occasion of the Country's Independence Day

India, Independence Day

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Photo: A section of a group of preschool children (from GD Goenka La’Petite Preschool) at the residence of the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, to greet him on the occasion of Independence Day of India, in New Delhi, today.

Interacting with the children and their teachers (from GD Goenka La’Petite Preschool) who had come to wish him on the occasion of Independence Day, in New Delhi, today, the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said that Mother is the first Teacher to a child, and we should educate the children about Mother, Motherland, and Mother’s tongue. He further stated that we should enlighten them about our traditions and rich cultural heritage. Their education should begin with a good grounding in their mother tongue, he added.

The Vice President advised the teachers to take the responsibility of transforming children into responsible citizens. He further said that Guru plays the most crucial role in building up the future of the nation by educating children. Technology is also necessary, but Google can never replace Guru, he observed.

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India, Modi, Independence Day

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the Nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2018.

India, Modi, Independence Day

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, interacting with the school children after addressing the Nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2018.

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August 13, 2018

United Nations Event on Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement

United Nations Culture

Photo: Chief Tadodaho Sidney Hill of the Onondaga Nation (United States), leaves the podium after making a ceremonial call to order to open an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement”, held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations Culture

Photo: Rosa Montezuma, of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous and Miss Panama 2018, makes opening remarks during an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement,” held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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August 11, 2018

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addresses Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Bombay, Narendra Modi, Universities

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, delivering the convocation address at the 56th Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in Mumbai on August 11, 2018.

IIT Bombay, Universities, India

Photo: An award winner at the 56th Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in Mumbai on August 11, 2018.

Mumbai, India, August 11, 2018 — The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today delivered the convocation address at the 56th Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

“IIT Bombay is one of those institutions of independent India which were conceived to give a new direction to nation building through technology. For the past 60 years, you have continued in this mission. During this time, you have established yourself among the top institutions of the world. Your institution is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee. However, more important than that, all the diamonds which are present here in front of me, who are graduating today, who have been graduating from here, are illuminating the name of India all over the world,” Mr. Modi told the gathering.

“The result of the continuous efforts of the last six decades is that IIT Bombay has made its place among the country’s selected Institutions of Eminence. So now you are going to get the financial help of Rs. 1000 crores which would be useful in the development of infrastructure here in the future. I congratulate you and the whole team for this,” Mr. Modi said, referring to the “Institution of Eminence” status the Government of India has accorded to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. See this post for more information —

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“The nation is proud of the IITs, and what IIT graduates have achieved. The success of the IITs led to the creation of several engineering colleges around the country. The IITs inspired them, and this led to India becoming one of the world’s largest pools of technical workforce. Over the years, the IITs have built Brand India globally. IIT graduates went to America and excelled there: first as students in Universities and then as technology experts, entrepreneurs, executives and in academics. It was a large number of IIT students who built the IT sector in India, brick by brick..or I should say, click by click,” Mr. Modi declared.

“The degree you have received today is a symbol of your dedication to your goal. Remember that this is just a pause, the real challenge is waiting outside. What you have achieved till today and what you are going to do now is linked with the expectations of yourself, your family, and the hundred and fifty million countrymen. What you are going to do will be the basis of the New India. Once again many Good Wishes and Congratulations. I consider myself honored that I have had the opportunity to spend some time among you all,” Mr. Modi concluded.

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar; the Governor of Maharashtra, C. Vidyasagar Rao; the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis; and many other dignitaries attended the gathering.

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August 10, 2018

President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, calls on Prime Minister Modi of India

United Nations, India

New Delhi, India, August 10, 2018 — Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Ms. Espinosa on her election to the post of President of the 73rd UN General Assembly. Ms. Espinosa shared her priorities for the General Assembly’s upcoming session. Prime Minister Modi assured her of India’s full and constructive cooperation in discharging her new responsibilities.

They discussed the need for stronger UN action on significant global challenges including terrorism, United Nations reform and climate change.

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August 9, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) writes to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh expressing concern over growing intolerance toward independent journalism.

International Press Institute, IPI

International Press Institute, IPI

Photo: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, speaking during the Session “A New Chapter for Climate Action” at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 18, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

Vienna, Austria, August 8, 2018 — The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, has expressed grave concern to the government of Bangladesh over recent intolerance towards objective reporting.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, IPI has urged her to take robust steps to prevent this growing narrow-mindedness.

“Thanks to the role of the press, strong public opinion was built across the world in favor of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The writers of the Bangladesh constitution recognized the importance of a free press by guaranteeing press freedom in the constitution. We urge you to keep this spirit in mind and ensure that the government upholds the constitutional protections for the press,” IPI wrote in its letter.

“The IPI network is also extremely concerned about your government’s move to replace the ICT Act with the Digital Security Act, provisions of which will restrict the right of journalists to expose acts of corruption that you have consistently promised to eradicate.”

“The bill, if approved by Parliament in the current form, will have a serious, oppressive impact not only on journalists but also on all citizens of Bangladesh,” the letter said.

“We, therefore, urge you to act immediately and take appropriate action to end intolerance towards reporters and hold talks with journalists’ bodies in the country to create a conducive atmosphere for press freedom in Bangladesh, which has been severely compromised by recent incidents,” IPI stated in its letter.

IPI welcomes India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s quick decision to rescind controversial policy.

International Press Institute, IPI, Modi, India

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, delivering his address in Parliament of Uganda, at Kampala on July 25, 2018.

Recently, the International Press Institute (IPI) welcomed the prompt decision by the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, to revoke a controversial policy issued by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had issued a statement announcing that it would withdraw government press accreditation of those found to have published or broadcast fake news. The announcement did not define what constituted false intelligence. After condemnation by the press in India, primarily by the TV News Channels, who vehemently opposed the move, Prime Minister Modi intervened and ordered the withdrawal of the announcement.

Commending Prime Minister Modi’s immediate decision to uphold media freedom, IPI’s executive director, Barbara Trionfi, said that the new rule would have severely impaired the freedom of TV News Channels in India and their ability to report on crucial issues. ‘’We are thankful for Prime Minister Modi’s quick response to this misguided policy”, she said.

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August 8, 2018

Vice President of India calls for Strong, Non-Profit, Philanthropic Private Universities

Universities, India

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting medals to the students at the 7th Convocation of O.P. Jindal Global University, in New Delhi on August 07, 2018.

New Delhi, India, August 7, 2018 — “Strong, non-profit, philanthropic private universities, aimed at providing quality education and promoting academic freedom need to emerge at the earliest,” the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said while addressing the 7th Convocation of O.P. Jindal Global University, here today.

“This process needs to go hand-in-hand with the development of existing public universities that suffer from inadequate funding for faculty and infrastructure,” Mr. Naidu added.

“Sadly, the World University Rankings over the years have not been featuring even a single Indian university in the list of top 200 ranked institutions of the world. I am deeply conscious of the fact that other developing countries like China have made vast strides in quality higher education, while India has lagged behind. We need to change this dismal scenario and infuse new values and future-oriented thinking in our universities, particularly by learning from best practices of other universities around the world which have leapfrogged in a short duration,” Mr. Naidu said.

“I believe that our universities should have open doors to collaborations with the best institutions in the world to ensure student mobility, joint faculty research, and joint projects. That way, some of the deficits in our system can be overcome through knowledge transfer. We are in an era where innovation need not mean reinventing the wheel on all aspects of university management and functioning. We can easily pick up good ideas and adapt them to Indian conditions, provided we have an open mind.”

“Our institutions are still saddled with unnecessary bureaucratic baggage, narrow academic politics, and absence of visionary administrative leadership. Financial weakness and low quality of higher education are two sides of the same coin. I wish to emphasize that significant private sector contributions are vital for new and innovative universities to come up.”

“To create world-class universities, we must draw from experiences around the world, and, a mere glance at top-ranked public and private universities around the world makes it apparent that the non-profit system is one effective way to ensure excellence in teaching, research, and capacity-building,” Mr. Naidu observed.

“I have noted that O.P. Jindal Global University has a large number of full-time foreign faculty members recruited from top universities across the world. Let me end by congratulating once again the graduating students. Remember that India and the world are waiting for you to make a valuable contribution to public well-being. No matter which profession you take up after graduating, always keep high moral values as your guiding principle,” Mr. Naidu concluded.

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August 6, 2018

University Grants Commission of India (UGC) asks Registrars of all Universities to Refund Interest Gained against Grants or Aids and Report Compliance

University Grants Commission, India

New Delhi, August 6, 2018 — The University Grants Commission of India (UGC) has asked all the Universities to refund the interest against grants or aids released to them.

“All interests earned against grants-in-aid released to university should be mandatorily remitted to the UGC account after finalization of accounts. Any interests earned out of grants-in-aid should not be treated as additional funds over and above the allocation,” the commission said in a communication to Registrars of all Universities.

The UGC has asked the universities to refund the amount at the earliest and send the compliance report to it.

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August 5, 2018

India and the UN: Celebrating 70 years of Invaluable Service to the Cause of Peace

United Nations, India

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff of India. 04 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider. (file photo).

United Nations, India

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, addresses a tea ceremony for military and police advisers of troop-contributing countries hosted by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Among others, Luís Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser; Carlos Humberto Loitey, United Nations Military Adviser; and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; attended the ceremony. 01 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, New York, August 4, 2018 — From protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants and helping countries transition from conflict to peace, Indian men, and women in uniform have served the cause of peace from the earliest years of United Nations peacekeeping and continue to do so in some of the most challenging missions.

“UN peacekeeping operates in increasingly complex environments, and we are grateful for steadfast partners like India, who have risen to new challenges and continue to participate meaningfully in our efforts to protect vulnerable civilians,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said in a recent interview with UN News.

Mr. Lacroix visited India in June as part of a broader trip to the sub-region during which he thanked the Government and people of India, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, for their service and sacrifice in the name of peace. Together, troops and police from the four countries currently make up close to one-third of some 91,000 uniformed personnel across 14 UN peacekeeping operations.

According to UN News, commencing with its participation in the UN operation in Korea in 1950, India has a long and distinguished history of service in UN peacekeeping, having contributed more personnel than any other country, as well as the first-ever all-female force that helped to bring peace to Liberia in the wake of that country’s brutal civil war.

From 2007-2016, there were nine rotations of all-female police units from India, whose primary responsibilities were to provide 24-hour guard duty, public order management and conduct night patrols in and around the capital, Monrovia, while assisting to build the capacity of local security institutions.

Hailed as role models, these female officers not only played a vital role in restoring security in the West African nation but also contributed to an increase in the number of women in the country’s security sector, the UN News said.

“The contribution you have made to inspiring Liberian women, to imparting in them the spirit of professionalism, to encourage them to join those entities, those operations that protect the nation, for that we will always be grateful,” then-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated when the last all-female unit departed Liberia in February 2016.

Medical care is among the many services Indian peacekeepers provide to the communities in which they serve on behalf of the Organization. They also perform specialized tasks such as veterinary support and engineering services.

In South Sudan, for, example, the Indian veterinarians ran a mobile clinic earlier this year, traveling across the Upper Nile region, including to remote and dangerous locations, to treat sick cattle and educate their owners about disease prevention.

“Wherever I went I was being welcomed by people. They were delighted because there was no one, no one to look after them and whatever little we could contribute as a veterinarian and part of UNMISS, it is beneficial for them and the animals,” said Indian peacekeeper and veterinarian Prashant Tripathi.

The Indian contingent in the Upper Nile region includes the Indian Battalion, the Horizontal Mechanical Engineering Company, the Level II hospital, the Petroleum Platoon and the Force Signal Unit. They have all received UN medals of honor for their dedication and service in peacekeeping.

The Indian contingent in South Sudan has gone the extra mile by providing vocational training and life-saving medical assistance, as well as carrying out significant road repair work.

It is the nature of the Indian Army to step in any time when there is a need when we are on peacekeeping missions, says Colonel Gaurav Bhatra, UNMISS battalion chief.

Colonel Gaurav Bhatra, who commands the 850-strong Indian battalion, considers such efforts “a normal part of Indian culture.”

“Even in our country, we are sometimes called upon to assist in areas where it is challenging to alleviate the suffering of the people. It is the nature of the Indian Army to step in any time when there is a need when we are on peacekeeping missions.”

According to UN News, more than 200,000 Indians have served in 49 of the 71 peacekeeping missions established around the world since 1948. Currently, there are around 6,700 uniformed peacekeepers from India, the vast majority of them in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

India has also provided 15 Force Commanders to various missions and was the first country to contribute to the Trust Fund on sexual exploitation and abuse, which was set up in 2016.

India’s longstanding service has not come without cost; as of 30 June 2018, over 160 Indian peacekeepers have paid the ultimate price while serving with the United Nations.

“India has lost more peacekeepers than any other Member State. We grieve with the families and the people and Government of India for these losses,” noted Under-Secretary-General Lacroix. “India’s continued commitment to UN peace operations and global peace and security is invaluable,” Mr. Lacroix said.

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August 4, 2018

UN Information Service conducts the United Nations Graduate Study Programme at the UN Office, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

United Nations, Geneva

United Nations, Geneva

Photos: Participants of the United Nations Graduate Study Programme in front of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 13 July 2018. UN Photos / Jean-Marc Ferré.

To deepen the understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study, the United Nations Information Service conducts Graduate Study Programme at the United Nations Office at Geneva each year.

This seminar provides an opportunity for outstanding graduate and postgraduate students from all over the world to deepen their understanding of the principles, purposes, and activities of the United Nations and its related agencies.

The 56th Graduate Study Programme was held at the Palais des Nations from 2 to 13 July 2018. It comprised lectures given by senior members of the United Nations and the Geneva-based specialized agencies.

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August 1, 2018

Higher Education Institutions remain committed to advancing the Global Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with the United Nations

UNESCO, United Nations, Universities

Photo: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (left), meets with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UNESCO, United Nations, Universities

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, speaks at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea while attending the Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF-SD). Seoul, South Korea. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

New York: UNESCO, as a partner of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), joined the “Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Global Event,” held at United Nations Headquarters, at the margins of the High-level Political Forum 2018.

The global event for higher education institutions brought together diplomats, UN officials, education experts, university administrators and students to share their experiences and strategies for advancing the sustainable development agenda. University administrators from all over the world participated in the discussion, including from the University of São Paulo, Universidade de Cabo Verde, Universidad de Monterrey, Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored that equal access to education for all men and women is a fundamental building block for sustainable peace and sustainable development.

Lily Gray, Senior Program Specialist and Liaison Officer from UNESCO’s New York office, moderated the session on highlighting innovative collaborations between Higher Education Institutions and the United Nations. In her opening remarks, Ms. Gray stressed the importance of Education for Sustainable Development, which empowers learners with knowledge, skills, and values they need to address the social, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century. UNESCO representative emphasized that universities and higher education institutions have a pivotal role to play in Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, by contributing to analysis and diagnosis of sustainability challenges to inform policy, conducting research and providing advice on strengthening national education systems and capacity building for sustainable development across different sectors.

The interactive discussion explored how the world is integrating 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices, and how it is positioning higher education institutions as crucial drivers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), is a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD, and UNITAR. With commitments from over 300 universities from around the world, it provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy-making.

UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education. As such, it contributes to developing evidence-based higher education policies. In line with Target 4.3 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 that says “by 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university,” UNESCO provides technical support to the Member States to review higher education strategies and policies in order to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability. Through its UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, UNESCO partners with higher education institutions to advance teaching, learning and research that supports the development of sustainable knowledge societies.

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July 31, 2018

“The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition

UNESCO, India

Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Image Credit: Amit Rawat.

New Delhi, July 31, 2018 — The site namely “The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” has been proposed for World Heritage. As per Operation Guidelines 2017, only one place can be nominated by the state party each year. The recognition of World Heritage is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, the creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of the sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as the prescribed site.

There are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India at present —

WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

CULTURAL SITES:
Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India

Name of Site — State

  • Agra Fort (1983) — Uttar Pradesh
  • Ajanta Caves (1983) — Maharashtra
  • Ellora Caves (1983) — Maharashtra
  • Taj Mahal (1983) — Uttar Pradesh
  • Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984) — Tamil Nadu
  • Sun Temple, Konarak (1984) — Odisha
  • Churches and Convents of Goa (1986) — Goa
  • Fatehpur Sikri (1986) — Uttar Pradesh
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986) — Karnataka
  • Khajuraho, Group of Temples (1986) — Madhya Pradesh
  • Elephanta Caves ( 1987) — Maharashtra
  • Great Living Chola Temples at Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram, and Darasuram (1987 & 2004) — Tamil Nadu
  • Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987) — Karnataka
  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989) — Madhya Pradesh
  • Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993) — Delhi
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993) — Delhi
  • Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003) — Madhya Pradesh
  • Champaner-Pavagarh Archaeological Park (2004) — Gujarat
  • Red Fort Complex, Delhi (2007) — Delhi
  • Hill Forts of Rajasthan — (Chittaurgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer and Ranthambhore, Amber and Gagron Forts) (2013) — Rajasthan
  • Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan (2014) — Gujarat
  • Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda (2016) — Bihar
  • Mountain Railways of India ( Darjeeling,1999), Nilgiri (2005), Kalka-Shimla(2008) — West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004) — Maharashtra
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, (2002) — Bihar
  • The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010) — Rajasthan
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016) (Under Protection of Chandigarh Administration) — Chandigarh
  • Historic City of Ahmedabad (2017) (Under Protection of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation) — Gujarat
  • Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai (2018) (Under Protection of Government of Maharashtra) — Maharashtra

NATURAL SITES:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

  • Kaziranga National Park (1985) — Assam
  • Keoladeo National Park (1985) — Rajasthan
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (1985) — Assam
  • Sunderbans National Park (1987) — West Bengal
  • Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (1988, 2005) — Uttarakhand
  • Western Ghats (2012) — Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu
  • Great Himalayan National Park (2014) — Himachal Pradesh

MIXED SITE:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

  • Khangchendzonga National Park (2016) — Sikkim

The above information was given by India’s Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament), today.

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July 28, 2018

India's Three-Day VCs’ Conference on Research & Innovation in Higher Education ends with a 10-point resolution for transforming Universities into institutions engaged in cutting-edge research

India Universities

New Delhi, India, July 28, 2018 — Vice-Chancellors from across the country today reaffirmed their commitment to improving the quality of teaching-learning process and achieving the UGC Quality Mandate in Universities and the affiliated institutions by 2020 and NAAC accreditation for all institutions by 2022.

The one-of-its-kind 3-day Conference on “Research and Innovation” for the Vice-Chancellors & Directors of Higher Educational Institutions was organized from July 26-28 and inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar, the Minister for Human Resource Development with Dr. Satya Pal Singh, MoS for Human Resource Development as Guest of Honour. The Secretary (Higher Education), MHRD; the Chairman, UGC; Chairman, AICTE; officials of MHRD and the UGC; Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, State Public Universities, Deemed to be Universities, State Private Universities; Directors of Central Institutions such as IITs, IIMs, IISc, NITs, IIITs, IISERs and other central institutions participated in the conference.

More than 600 Vice-Chancellors and Directors attended the conference, which coincided with the auspicious occasion of “Guru Purnima.”

The Conference had six sessions on themes ‘promoting research and innovations’, ‘quality mandate,’ ‘teachers training,’ and ‘digital initiatives.’ The conference had open forums where all delegates freely interacted with the HRD Minister on the issues of higher education and deliberated over the actions required to achieve the quality education. 65 universities/institutions made presentations on achievements and best practices related to the themes of the conference.

The Conference unanimously adopted the following 10-Point Resolution:

WE RESOLVE TO:

  1. Reaffirm our commitment for achieving the UGC Quality Mandate in our respective Universities and the affiliated institutions by 2020 and NAAC accreditation for all institutions by 2022;
  2. Adopt and implement Learning Outcome-Based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) in HEIs by updating curriculum from the academic year 2019-20; Adopt Learner Centric teaching-learning processes by suitable improvement in the pedagogy;
  3. Participate in the Induction Training of newly recruited teachers and annual Refresher Training of all the teachers using the SWAYAM and take measures for improving the motivation levels of teachers;
  4. Enhance research productivity of our respective institutions by orienting teachers and students to participate in competition-based research funding schemes;
  5. Create an innovation culture and eco-system, including administrative and financial support, academic freedom and flexibility for promoting innovation; encourage participation in the Smart India Hackathon; facilitate setting up start-ups by students;
  6. Sensitize the students and encourage them to actively participate in the social/economic betterment of the community by adopting at least five villages under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan;
  7. Give a significant fillip to Vocationalisation of higher education by participating in the relevant schemes under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) duly modified for the requirements of higher education students, and also achieve constructive links with the industry;
  8. Encourage the use of digital learning resources among students and teachers; approve SWAYAM courses for credit transfer; use the resources like e ShodhSindhu, and National Digital Library; and upload degrees on National Academic Depository;
  9. Create awareness about ethics in research and the provisions for checking plagiarism and weeding out predatory journals;
  10. Strive for a smart and Swachh campus, and also mentor the schools around our institution and the affiliated colleges to motivate the students/teachers therein to strive for academic excellence.

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July 27, 2018

India is holding a three day National Conference of Vice Chancellors of Universities and Directors of Higher Education Institutions

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Photo: Keep Your University/College Campus Clean! India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the “Swachh [Clean] Campus” Manual along with the Higher Educational Profile 2017-18 and the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) Report 2017-18.

New Delhi, India, July 27, 2018 — On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development organized a National Conference of Vice Chancellors & Directors of Higher Education Institutions of India in New Delhi today. Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, chaired the conference and Minister of State for HRD Higher Education Dr. Satya Pal Singh also graced the occasion.

The three- day Conference started on 26th July and will culminate on 28th July 2018. All Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, State Public Universities, Deemed to be Universities, State Private Universities, Directors of Central Institutes, such as IITs, IISc., IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITs and other central institutions are participating in the Conference.

Addressing the participants, Javadekar said that all research projects of the ministry would be made available to teachers and students of all Universities. Turnitin software will be available at no cost basis to all Universities in the country. It would check plagiarism.

The Minister released the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report 2017-18, Higher Education Profile 2017-18, and “Swachh [Clean] Campus,” a manual for Swachhta [Cleanliness] of Higher Education Institution campuses.

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July 26, 2018

UNESCO announces New Jury Members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

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Photo: Audrey Azoulay (right), Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (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: Nandita Das, one of the newly appointed Jury members, is an Actor and Celebrity Advocate for UNICEF India. Here she is speaking at the launch of UN@70, a year of activities to celebrate the United Nations’ seventieth anniversary. Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is also seen. 12 January 2015. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

UNESCO, Paris, France — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, has appointed the Jury members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary and its eleventh edition this year, the Prize rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communications fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The newly appointed Jury Members are:

Nandita Das

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq in 2008 that won many accolades and appreciation both in India and abroad. Nandita also acted, wrote and directed the play Between the Lines in 2012. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Nandita’s second directorial venture recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Indian film to be selected in 2018, in the official section of the festival.

Professor Nadia Bernoussi

Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of Rabat, the Institut Supérieur de l’Administration (ISA) and the Académie marocaine des études diplomatiques, Professor Nadia Bernoussi obtained her Doctorate Degree in Public Law (Constitutional Justice) in 1998. She is a visiting professor in the Law Faculties of the Universities of Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, and Tunis. As Vice President of the International Academy of Constitutional Law and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, she is also a founding member of the Association of Moroccan Constitutional Law and the Moroccan Association of Political Science.

Abdoulaye Konaté

Abdoulaye Konaté was born in 1953 in Diré (in Timbuktu region). He studied arts at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, then at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, in Cuba. He was Director General of the “Palais de la Culture,” Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Founding Director of the “Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia” (CAMM), in Mali. Konaté was a member of various boards of directors and several juries, such as the biennial festival of photography of Bamako, among others.

In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer, and diplomat. Awarded every two years, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), UNESCO marks the Prize by a ceremony and presents the winner with the sum of US$ 100,000.

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July 21, 2018

United States Secretary of State visits United Nations Headquarters

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Photo: Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Michael Richard Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Michael Richard Pompeo (second from left), Secretary of State of the United States of America, about to address the press at the UN Headquarters. To the left is Nikki R. Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: Michael Richard Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America, briefs press during his visit to the UN Headquarters. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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July 20, 2018

President of India addresses the Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur; says the Exchange of Ideas with the World Contribute to our Development

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the degree certificate to a student at the 64th Annual Convocation of IIT Kharagpur, in West Bengal on July 20, 2018.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 64th annual convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur today (July 20, 2018) in Kharagpur, West Bengal.

The President said that IIT Kharagpur has its origins in a committee that was set up by the government shortly after Independence to take stock of technical education. British Nobel laureate Dr. A.V. Hill headed the committee. Dr. Hill recommended the setting up of an institution modeled on the pattern of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. The use of global experts to conceive this Institute was appropriate. The result is the Institute we are in today. Over the years, IIT Kharagpur, and in fact, the IIT network and community has become a critical window to the world. Exchange of ideas, of expertise, of knowledge - across fields, from engineering to economics, from medicine to management - has contributed to our policy choices and our people’s development.

The IIT Kharagpur community is a prized resource for India and the world. As graduating students will soon realize, the IIT Kharagpur brand name and the reputation built by the achievements of generations of illustrious alumni will accompany you wherever you go. You are now part of a transcontinental talent pool that has added value to technology and wealth creation and, above all, to human lives. Your Institute took a significant step towards strengthening India’s global academic linkages when it started the International Summer Winter Term Programme, the President said.

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July 18, 2018

United Nations Headquarters observe Nelson Mandela International Day

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Photo: Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and SDG Global Advocate, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) and Miroslav Lajčák (right), President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, unveil a new stamp on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, the 2018 observance of which marks 100 years since the birth of Mandela (18 July 1918).

The stamp, released by the UN Postal Administration, pays tribute to the centenary of Mandela’s birth. Designed by Norwegian artist Martin Mörck and issued in Swiss francs, it features the Nelson Mandela quote (in French): “It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”

18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs of the City of New York, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Acclaimed Photographer Mario Sorrenti Shoots Supermodel Anja Rubik For Women's Fashion Magazine PORTER's Issue on Protecting the Oceans

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Photo: Anja Rubik wears a dress by YSL photographed by Mario Sorrenti for PORTER. Image provided by PORTER.

LONDON — For its Summer Escape issue, women’s luxury fashion magazine PORTER is partnering with Parley for the Oceans, a global collaboration network. PORTER, along with acclaimed photographer Mario Sorrenti, and cover star Anja Rubik, is highlighting the plastic crisis facing the oceans.

For a second year, the title dedicates an entire issue to exploring the beauty and fragility of the oceans. In a 63-page portfolio shot by Sorrenti on Parley’s island in the Maldives, Sorrenti’s excellent fashion photography illustrates the reality and impact of plastic pollution upon the seas.

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July 17, 2018

New Chilling Prospects Report shows Lack of Cooling Access threatens Health, Prosperity, and the Climate

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Photo: Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), briefs the press on the launch of the report “Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All.” 16 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

NEW YORK, July 16, 2018: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) today released Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All - the first-ever report to quantify the growing risks and assess the opportunities of the global cooling challenge.

The report shows there are over 1.1 billion people globally who face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling. Cooling underpins the ability of millions to escape poverty, to keep children healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious, and economies productive.

“In a world facing continuously rising temperatures, access to cooling is not a luxury - it’s essential for everyday life. It guarantees safe cold supply chains for fresh produce, secure storage of life-saving vaccines, and dependable work and housing conditions,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

According to the report, these risks are both development and climate change issue, as they pose challenges for the health, safety, and productivity of populations across the world - especially countries in Asia and Africa where access gaps are the largest. This challenge also offers business and entrepreneurs the opportunity for significant new consumer markets which want super-efficient, affordable technologies to meet their cooling needs.

Closing these cooling access gaps is essential for economic growth and development in many countries, the report said.

Following are the report’s Key Findings based on an analysis of 52 vulnerable countries in hot climates:

1.1 billion people face cooling access risks, including:

  • 470 million people in poor rural areas without access to safe food and medicines

  • 630 million people in hotter, impoverished urban slums with little or no cooling to protect them against extreme heatwaves

Nine countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America have the most significant populations facing significant cooling risks.

These countries are India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, China, Mozambique, and Sudan.

2.3 billion people represent a different kind of cooling risk - a growing middle class, where limited purchasing options mean they may only be able to afford to buy less expensive and less efficient cooling devices, which could spike global energy demand with profound climate impacts.

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) launched its Chilling Prospects Report on July 16, 2018, during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on sustainability currently taking place in New York.

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