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January 14, 2020

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 will convene under the theme, Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.

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Photo: Impressions from the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez. [File Photo]

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Photo: Bhairavi Jani, Executive Director, SCA Group of Companies, India; Young Global Leader, speaking during the Session “Future Frontiers of Global Value Chains” in “Situation Room” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

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Photo: A Participants during the Session “What Should Globalization 4.0 Look Like?” in “Ideas Lab” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

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Photo: Sarah Kelly, Anchor-at-Large, Deutsche Welle, USA, captured during the Session “A ‘Fourth Social Revolution’?” at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos Congress Centre. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary. [File Photo]

Geneva, Switzerland, 14 January 2020 - The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, taking place on 21-24 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, will focus on establishing stakeholder capitalism as a way of addressing the world’s most significant challenges. These challenges include societal divisions created by income inequality and political polarization to the climate crisis we face today.

Underpinning the meeting will be the Davos Manifesto 2020. This document builds on the original Davos Manifesto of 1973, which set out for the first time the stakeholder concept that businesses should serve the interests of all society rather than merely their shareholders. The Davos Manifesto 2020 provides a vision for stakeholder capitalism that touches on a range of essential issues of our time, including fair taxation, zero tolerance for corruption, executive pay, and respect for human rights.

“Business has now to fully embrace stakeholder capitalism, which means not only maximizing profits but use their capabilities and resources in cooperation with governments and civil society to address the critical issues of this decade. They have to contribute to a more cohesive and sustainable world actively,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Building on the Manifesto 2020, this year’s program focuses on achieving maximum impact on the Forum’s platform for public-private cooperation across six core areas of activity: Ecology, Economy, Society, Industry, Technology, and Geopolitics. More than 160 individual initiatives, each capable of delivering system-wide transformation, are active on the Forum platform. Significant advances in a number of these, especially in the fields of responsible business, the environment, and social mobility, are expected to be confirmed during the meeting.

Among the initiatives to be launched at the Annual Meeting is one that aims to plant 1 trillion trees over the next decade and to equip 1 billion people with the necessary skills in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Nearly 3,000 leaders will participate in this year’s Annual Meeting. Top political leaders taking part include:

  • Donald Trump, President of the United States of America;
  • Han Zheng, Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China;
  • Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany;
  • Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy;
  • H.R.H. The Prince of Wales;
  • Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission;
  • Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain;
  • Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation;
  • Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan;
  • Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria;
  • Ivan Duque, President of Colombia;
  • Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • Lenin Moreno Garcés, President of Ecuador;
  • Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland;
  • Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana;
  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece;
  • Barham Salih, President of Iraq;
  • Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland;
  • Omar Al Razzaz, Prime Minister of Jordan;
  • Khaltmaagiin Battulga, President of Mongolia;
  • Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands;
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway;
  • Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan;
  • Mohammad Ibrahim Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority;
  • Andrzej Duda, President of Poland;
  • Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation;
  • Macky Sall, President of Senegal;
  • Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore;
  • Kais Saied, President of Tunisia;
  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine.

Leaders from international organizations include:

  • Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations;
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund;
  • Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO);
  • Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary-General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC);
  • David Beasley, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP);
  • Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;
  • Liu Fang, Secretary-General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO;
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO);
  • Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
  • Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank;
  • Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank;
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO);
  • Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL);
  • Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

More than 1,680 leaders from the private sector will participate in the Annual Meeting this year, including Members and Partners of the World Economic Forum.

Leaders from civil society taking part in the meeting include:

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC);
  • Luca Visentini, General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC);
  • Micah White, Co-Creator, Occupy Wall Street;
  • Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch;
  • Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International;
  • David Miliband, President, International Rescue Committee;
  • Seth F. Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance;
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT);
  • His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch.

Adding a new dimension this year is the Arts and Culture Festival. Running alongside the Annual Meeting, the Festival will feature several sessions and immersive art installations, including those featuring the participation of the winners of the 26th Annual Crystal Awards and WEF Cultural Leaders.

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Editor's Opinion

The world appreciates World Economic Forum’s unique heroic occupation of improving the state of the world and commends its 2020 Annual Meeting’s theme “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.”

The world looks forward to the “Davos Manifesto 2020” that will set forth the outcome of the World Economic Forum 2020 Annual Meeting deliberations.

The world expects that the World Economic Forum 2020 Annual Meeting would set the ball rolling by extensively publicizing forceful recommendations that are balanced, universally acceptable, strategic, holistic, achievable, operational, and pleasant.


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January 13, 2020

Academy Announces Oscars Nominations. "Joker" Nominated for 11 Oscars.

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Photo: Jorge Gutiérrez before “Akira” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, on Monday, December 2, 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © Phil McCarten /A.M.P.A.S.

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Photo: Lorene Scafaria attends the Academy’s 2019 Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in Hollywood, CA. Image provided by & Copyright © Troy Harvey /A.M.P.A.S.

Photo: Actress Rosa Salazar during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ presentation of its 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Awards & Live Read on November 7, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & Copyright © Todd Wawrychuk /A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 13, 2020 - Actor-producer John Cho and producer-actress-writer Issa Rae announced today the 92nd Oscars nominations live from the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The Academy nominated “Joker” for 11 Academy Awards, the most of any of last year’s films. The origin story for Batman’s famous foe was closely followed by “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and “1917,” with each movie receiving 10 Oscar nominations.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors. In the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories, multi-branch screening committees select the nominees by a vote. All voting members are eligible to choose the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Thursday, January 30, through Tuesday, February 4.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on A.B.C. at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. P.T. “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. E.T./3:30 p.m. P.T. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Antonio Banderas in “Pain and Glory”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
  • Adam Driver in “Marriage Story”
  • Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker”
  • Jonathan Pryce in “The Two Popes”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Tom Hanks in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
  • Anthony Hopkinsin “The Two Popes.”
  • Al Pacino in “The Irishman.”
  • Joe Pesciin “The Irishman.”
  • Brad Pitt in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Cynthia Erivo in “Harriet”
  • Scarlett Johansson in “Marriage Story”
  • Saoirse Ronan in “Little Women”
  • Charlize Theron in “Bombshell”
  • Renée Zellweger in “Judy”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Kathy Bates in “Richard Jewell”
  • Laura Dern in “Marriage Story”
  • Scarlett Johansson in “Jojo Rabbit”
  • Florence Pugh in “Little Women”
  • Margot Robbie in “Bombshell”

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

  • “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis, and Bonnie Arnold
  • “I Lost My Body” Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
  • “Klaus” Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh, and Marisa Román
  • “Missing Link” Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
  • “Toy Story 4” Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen, and Jonas Rivera

Achievement in cinematography

  • “The Irishman” Rodrigo Prieto
  • “Joker” Lawrence Sher
  • “The Lighthouse” Jarin Blaschke
  • “1917” Roger Deakins
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” Robert Richardson

Achievement in costume design

  • “The Irishman” Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
  • “Jojo Rabbit” Mayes C. Rubeo
  • “Joker” Mark Bridges
  • “Little Women” Jacqueline Durran
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” Arianne Phillips

Achievement in directing

  • “The Irishman” Martin Scorsese
  • “Joker” Todd Phillips
  • “1917” Sam Mendes
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” Quentin Tarantino
  • “Parasite” Bong Joon Ho

Best documentary feature

  • “American Factory” Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, and Jeff Reichert
  • “The Cave” Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær
  • “The Edge of Democracy” Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
  • “For Sama” Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
  • “Honeyland” Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev

Best documentary short subject

  • “In the Absence” Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
  • “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
  • “Life Overtakes Me” John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
  • “St. Louis Superman” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
  • “Walk Run Cha-Cha” Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

Achievement in film editing

  • “Ford v Ferrari” Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
  • “The Irishman” Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Jojo Rabbit” Tom Eagles
  • “Joker” Jeff Groth
  • “Parasite” Yang Jinmo

The best international feature film of the year

  • “Corpus Christi” Poland
  • “Honeyland” North Macedonia
  • “Les Misérables” France
  • “Pain and Glory” Spain
  • “Parasite” South Korea

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Bombshell” Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
  • “Joker” Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
  • “Judy” Jeremy Woodhead
  • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White
  • “1917” Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis, and Rebecca Cole

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Joker” Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • “Little Women” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Marriage Story” Randy Newman
  • “1917” Thomas Newman
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4.”
  • Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman.”
  • Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin
  • “I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough.”
  • Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II.”
  • Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “Stand Up” from “Harriet”
  • Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Ford v Ferrari” Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and James Mangold, Producers
  • “The Irishman” Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
  • “Jojo Rabbit” Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi, Producers
  • “Joker” Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
  • “Little Women” Amy Pascal, Producer
  • “Marriage Story” Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers
  • “1917” Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, and Quentin Tarantino, Producers
  • “Parasite” Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • “The Irishman” Production Design: Bob Shaw; Set Decoration: Regina Graves
  • “Jojo Rabbit” Production Design: Ra Vincent; Set Decoration: Nora Sopková
  • “1917” Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” Production Design: Barbara Ling; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
  • “Parasite” Production Design: Lee Ha Jun; Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

Best animated short film

  • “Dcera (Daughter)” Daria Kashcheeva
  • “Hair Love” Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
  • “Kitbull” Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
  • “Memorable” Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
  • “Sister” Siqi Song

Best live-action short film

  • “Brotherhood” Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
  • “Nefta Football Club” Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
  • “The Neighbors’ Window” Marshall Curry
  • “Saria” Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
  • “A Sister” Delphine Girard

Achievement in sound editing

  • “Ford v Ferrari” Donald Sylvester
  • “Joker” Alan Robert Murray
  • “1917” Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” Wylie Stateman
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Ad Astra” Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
  • “Ford v Ferrari” Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow
  • “Joker” Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland
  • “1917” Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler, and Mark Ulano

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Avengers: Endgame” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken, and Dan Sudick
  • “The Irishman” Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser, and Stephane Grabli
  • “The Lion King” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Elliot Newman
  • “1917” Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted screenplay

  • “The Irishman” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
  • “Jojo Rabbit” Screenplay by Taika Waititi
  • “Joker” Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
  • “Little Women” Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig
  • “The Two Popes” Written by Anthony McCarten

Original screenplay

  • “Knives Out” Written by Rian Johnson
  • “Marriage Story” Written by Noah Baumbach
  • “1917” Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • “Parasite” Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won; Story by Bong Joon Ho

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January 12, 2020

UN Security Council Meets on Maintenance of International Peace and Security

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Photo: A comprehensive view of the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security and upholding the United Nations Charter. 09 January 2020. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Urmas Reinsalu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, addresses the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security and upholding the United Nations Charter. 09 January 2020. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Sergiy Kyslytsya, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, addresses the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security and upholding the United Nations Charter. 09 January 2020. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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January 8, 2020

OMEGA Introduces the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel

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In early 2019, OMEGA announced the long-awaited return of its iconic Calibre 321. Soon after, in July of the same year, the Swiss watchmaker unveiled the first new timepiece to house the movement - a Moonwatch in platinum.

Next in line for legendary status is OMEGA’s 321-powered Speedmaster in steel.

In 1965, when astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space, he was wearing the Speedmaster ST 105.003. OMEGA’s latest offering takes inspiration from that famous model.

The 39.70 mm case in stainless steel, influenced by the same 3rd generation style that Ed White wore, features a bezel ring in polished black ceramic with a tachymeter scale in white enamel. Gracing the black step dial are the familiar Moonwatch hands, small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder, and central chronograph hand.

The original Calibre 321 was the first movement ever used in the OMEGA Speedmaster in 1957.

After extensive research and reconstruction in a dedicated workshop, the Calibre 321 was recreated in-line with its original specifications, and released in time for the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

The Calibre 321 Movement is now the driving force behind not one, but two Moonwatch models, including the spectacular new OMEGA Speedmaster in steel.

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January 6, 2020

Times Higher Education to conduct India Universities Forum, 16-17 January 2020, Noida, India.

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New Delhi, January 5, 2020 — The inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) India Universities Forum will bring together leaders from higher education, industry, and government to Amity University in Noida to discuss some of the current key challenges and opportunities that universities on the sub-continent face.

THE India Universities Forum would examine current collaborations and future opportunities for Indian universities to build close working relationships with international faculty, students, and postgraduates. It would also explore the best models of internationalization in the broader Asian context, and how Indian universities can emulate such associations.

With best-practice examples and contributions from industry and government representatives, the forum will also discuss how higher education institutions can best develop an entrepreneurial outlook to attract industry research income.

Additionally, the forum will examine how universities can drive the agenda to become key players in innovation ecosystems by establishing and stimulating collaboration between researchers and partners from industry, business, and external organizations.

A data masterclass will examine the latest Times Higher Education data on the performance of Indian universities and provide an in-depth presentation on the rankings within an Indian context. The forum will welcome an open dialogue on the most effective methodologies and the impact of international rankings on higher education development in India.

Prominent speakers include Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, Times Higher Education (THE); Way Kuo, President, City University of Hong Kong; and Nicholas Dirks, former Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley.

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January 4, 2020

Human Resource Development Minister of India inaugurates the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020

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Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, at the inauguration of the New Delhi World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on January 04, 2020.

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Photo: The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Atul Kumar Tiwari, at the stall of the Publications Division, during the New Delhi World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on January 04, 2020.

New Delhi, January 04, 2020 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nisank, inaugurated the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that we are in the midst of the ocean of books filled with thoughts. Thoughts give power to humanity. He said that this book fair is a place where people meet each other and generate and share new ideas.

The Minister appreciated the fact that the New Delhi World Book Fair is arguably Asia’s most significant book fair, and he was hopeful that this Fair would soon become the world’s biggest book fair.

Over 15 countries including Abu Dhabi, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah, Spain, Sri Lanka, UK, and the USA, are participating in the Foreign Pavilion at the Fair.

New Delhi World Book Fair also provides a platform for B2B activities for publishers from India and abroad. These B2B sessions include CEO Speak, a Publishers Forum to be organized in association with FICCI on January 05, 2020, the New Delhi Rights Table, and a 2-day event to be held on 6 & 7 January 2020. Over 40 publishers from India and abroad will participate in the New Delhi Rights Table. The organizers will hold a National Conclave on Readership and Book Promotion on January 08, 2020, and a Business Meet with Trade Partners on January 09, 2020.

NBT (National Book Trust) has been playing a significant role in promoting Indian books and authors abroad. NBT regularly participates in major international book fairs like Sharjah International Book Fair, London Book Fair, and Frankfurt Book Fair. Recently, India was the Guest of Honour country at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair held in April 2019 and at Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico, in November 2019. India will also be Guest of Honour country at the forthcoming Paris Book Fair in March 2020.

At the Children’s Pavilion, several activities like seminars, panel discussions, storytelling sessions, workshops on creative writing, and illustrations, among others, will be organized to promote books and reading amongst children and young adults.

This year, the theme of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 is ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer’ to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was a prolific writer, editor, publisher, printer, and institution builder. He wrote extensively in Gujarati, Hindi and English languages. The theme is an attempt to give booklovers a glimpse of how Mahatma Gandhi, a great strategic communicator, inspired and influenced generations of writers and how the writers understood and emulated Gandhi in words.

Some of the well-known writers like Anirban Ganguly, Bhawana Somaya, Kevin Missal, Madhulika Dutta, Manoshi Sinha Rawal, Sudha Murthy, Sumit Dutt Majumdar, among others will engage in lively banters with the visitors at Authors’ Corners. There will be three unique Corners, which include International Events Corner (Hall No. 7A), Reflections (Hall No. 8), and Lekhak Manch (Hall No. 12).

During the Fair, there would be various literary events, discussions, conversations with authors & scholars, book release functions, children’s activities, cultural programs, and film screenings. Well-known speakers, such as Dr. Rakesh Pande, Dr. Varsha Das, Shri Aflatoon, Shri Avinash Dudhe, Shri Firoz Khan, Ms. Fouzia Khan, Shri Suresh Sharma, Shri Rajeev Shrivastava, Shri Rajeev Raj, Ms. Shashiprabha Tewari, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Prof. Rizwan Kaisar, Dr. M William Bhaskaran, Dr. T Ravichandran, Dr. Sachidanand Joshi, former Justice Narendra Chapalgaonkar, Ms. Deena Patel, Shri Annamalai, and Dr. Sumer Singh Siddhu, among others, would participate in the programs.

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January 3, 2020

India Ministry of Defence shortlists 16 Tableaux for participation in Republic Day Parade 2020; Snubs Chandigarh for its Gardens of Chandigarh, Burail Jail, and Sukhna Lake Tableau Proposal.

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

New Delhi, January 02, 2020 — There is a well-established system for selection of tableaux for participation in the India Republic Day Parade as per which Ministry of Defence invites proposals for the scenes from all States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments.

An Expert Committee of the Ministry of Defence comprising of eminent persons in the field of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and choreography evaluates the tableaux proposals of various States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments. The Expert Committee examines each tableau for its theme, concept, design, and visual impact before making its recommendations. The committee shortlists the best scenes for the ceremony.

This year, the Expert Committee received a total of 56 tableaux proposals. Out of these, it has finally shortlisted 22 designs, comprising of 16 States/UTs and 6 Ministries/Departments, for participation in the Republic Day Parade 2020.

• The Chandigarh Administration had proposed themes including Gardens of Chandigarh, Burail Jail, and Sukhna Lake to the Expert Committee for its Republic Day Tableau. The committee rebuffed Chandigarh’s proposition.

The tableau of the Indian Navy, to be showcased at the Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2020, at Rajpath is in pursuance of the Navy Week theme ‘Indian Navy - Silent, Strong, and Swift.’

The forward part of the tableau showcases the might and firepower of Navy in all three dimensions viz surface, sub-surface, and air. The scene portrays models of state-of-the-art assets like Boeing P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft with Harpoon missiles, Kolkata class Stealth Destroyer displaying a Brahmos launch, and Kalvari Class Submarine launching the Exocet missile.

On the trailer, the tableau showcases the indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant under construction at Cochin Shipyard Limited, along with its complement of MiG 29K Fighter Aircraft.

The benign role of the Navy in terms of safeguarding offshore economic assets, as well as rendering Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), is portrayed through the murals on the sides. These depict flood relief operations performed in Maharashtra on Mahalaxmi Express in July 2019, escort operations conducted in the Persian Gulf (Operation Sankalp), and the defence of oil platforms by Fast Attack Craft.

Overall, the tableau aims to showcase the Navy as a credible and combat-ready military force, which in service of the nation, protects its economic assets and provides assistance to its populace in times of crisis and natural calamities.

• The maiden landing of DRDO-developed LCA Navy onboard INS Vikramaditya:

January 11, 2020 — After completing extensive trials on the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), Naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) did a successful arrested landing onboard INS Vikramaditya today. Commodore Jaideep Maolankar conducted the first landing. Captain Dahiya was the Landing Safety Officer (LSO) and Cdr Vivek Pandey Test Director on the ship, whereas Gr. Capt. Kabadwal and Cdr Ankur Jain were monitoring the aircraft through telemetry from SBTF. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed the LCA Navy.

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G Satheesh Reddy has congratulated DRDO, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Indian Navy, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) teams.

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January 1, 2020

India City Cleanliness Survey 2019-20: Indore, Bhopal, Surat, Nashik, Rajkot Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, and Allahabad crush Chandigarh, the Self-Styled "City Beautiful."

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Photo: Residential Flats. Navi Mumbai.

New Delhi, 31 December 2019 — India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, announced the results of Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (Quarter 1 and Quarter 2) here today. Swachh Survekshan (City Cleanliness Survey) 2020, the fifth edition of the annual urban cleanliness survey conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, scheduled to commence from 4 January 2020 across India, was also rolled out.

The Government of India introduced Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (SS League 2020) to sustain the on-ground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is conducting SS League 2020 in 3 quarters: April- June, July - September, and October- December 2019, and has 2000 marks for each quarter. The Ministry evaluates cities based on the monthly update. The performance of the towns in SS League 2020 is crucial to their ranking in Swachh Survekshan 2020 due to the 25% weight of the quarterly assessments. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will include the quarterly evaluations in the annual survey scheduled to be conducted from 4 January to 31 January 2020.

As a prelude to encouraging cities to improve urban sanitation, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had conducted the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2016’ survey for the rating of 73 cities in January 2016, followed by ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ conducted in January-February 2017 ranking 434 cities. The third round of Swachh Survekshan in 2018 was a quantum leap of scale - conducted across 4,203 cities in 66 days. It became the largest ever pan India sanitation survey in the world, impacting around 40 crore people. The 4th edition covered 4237 cities in a record time of 28 days and was a fully digitized paperless survey. While SS 2016 had seen Mysuru emerge as the cleanest city in India, Indore has retained the title of the Cleanest City in the last three years.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh, the self-proclaimed “City Beautiful,” got 11th position in the first quarter. Indore, Bhopal, Surat, Nashik, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, and Allahabad have all bulldozed Chandigarh.

In the second quarter, more towns, which include a battery of emerging smart cities like Lucknow, Jabalpur, Pune, Gwalior, Nagpur, Vijayawada, and Varanasi, have demolished Chandigarh. That big-mouthed, fake “City Beautiful” is now languishing in the 27th position.

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General Bipin Rawat assumes charge as India's first Chief of Defence Staff.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, along with the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, after the ceremonial Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on 01 January 2020.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, in a group photograph with Army officers, in New Delhi on 31 December 2019.

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Photo: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat inspecting the Tri-Service Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on January 01, 2020.

New Delhi, 01 January 2020— General Bipin Rawat assumed the office of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), India, here today. As the CDS, General Rawat will be the Principal Military Advisor to the Defence Minister on all Tri-Services matters. He will also head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). The CDS will have a crucial role in ensuring optimum utilization of allocated budget, usher in more synergy in procurement, training & operations of the Services through joint planning and integration. The CDS will facilitate the indigenization of weapons and equipment to the maximum extent possible while formulating the overall defense acquisition plan for the three Services.

Ex-Chief of the Army Staff, General Rawat, is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College Wellington, and Higher Command National Defence College. He also attended the Command and General Staff Course at Fort Leavenworth in the United States.

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December 31, 2019

Auckland, New Zealand, Celebrates New Year's Eve 2019; Welcomes 2020 in Style!

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New Year Eve, Auckland

New Year Eve, Auckland

New Year Eve, Auckland

Photos: Auckland, New Zealand, is the first global city in the world to welcome in 2020 - a brand new decade - and it has made sure to celebrate it in style. Inspired by Auckland’s unique Maori heritage, the sound of a conch heralded the arrival of the New Year and began the countdown activation that captured several Auckland landmarks. Around the harbor city, Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge lighted up in unison for the midnight moment, supported by dazzling fireworks and traditional and contemporary street performances.

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December 29, 2019

President of India Presents Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema.

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Photos: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Amitabh Bachchan for his outstanding and invaluable contribution to Indian cinema, at a function, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on December 29, 2019.

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December 25, 2019

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December 23, 2019

Vice President of India honors winners for outstanding contributions in Films at 66th National Film Awards.

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Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to the Actress, Keerthy Suresh, for Best Actress: Mahanti, at the 66th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on December 23, 2019.

New Delhi, December 23, 2019 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, today conferred National Film Awards for the year 2018 in various categories at its 66th edition, held at New Delhi. Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting (I&B), Prakash Javadekar; Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Ravi Mittal; Chairperson, Feature Film Category, Rahul Rawail; Chairperson, Non-Feature Film Category, A.S. Kanal; Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema, Utpal Borpujari and other dignitaries were also present.

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December 20, 2019

UN General Assembly highlights UNESCO's leading role in the Education 2030 Agenda.

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Photo: Marina Melanidis, Youth leader and Co-director of Youth for Nature, speaks at the press conference on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Youth for Nature-Based Solutions. At left is Melati Wijsen, Climate Activist. 21 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton. [File Photo]

New York, NY, 19 December 2019 — The UN General Assembly resolution ‘Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, introduced by the Group of 77 and China, calls upon the international community to scale up education for sustainable development to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The decision relates to various aspects of culture for sustainable development. It recognizes the gendered barriers faced by girls in accessing education, and the need to deliver quality education to children in conflict and post-conflict situations.

With the adoption of the resolution, the international community has recognized UNESCO’s mandated role in leading and coordinating the Education 2030 Agenda and its position as the lead agency for education for sustainable development.

The resolution emphasizes the importance of further developing and implementing educational programs to address climate change challenges. The decision also notes the significant progress made by the Global Action Programme that has exposed 26 million learners to education for sustainable development curricula and trained two million educators in this domain.

The UN General Assembly has asked UNESCO to assist the Member States in their efforts to promote education for sustainable development. The UN Secretary-General would submit a report on the implementation of the current resolution to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session.

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December 17, 2019

Academy snubs India's Entry 'Gully Boy'; Announces Oscars Shortlists in Nine Award Categories.

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Photo: Indian actor Ranveer Singh at the Press Conference for the film ‘Gully Boy’ presented at the 69th Berlinale film festival on 9 February 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by Berlinale. “Gully Boy,” India’s entry for International Feature Film Oscar, is out of the Oscars 2020 race. [File Photo]

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Photo: Indian actress Alia Bhatt at the Press Conference for the film ‘Gully Boy’ presented at the 69th Berlinale film festival on February 9, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by Berlinale. The Academy has rebuffed “Gully Boy,” India’s entry for International Feature Film Oscar, and the movie is now out of the Oscars 2020 race. [File Photo]

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Photo: Scarlett Johansson attends the Academy’s 2019 Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom on Sunday, 27 October 2019, in Hollywood, CA. mage provided by & Copyright © Troy Harvey / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]

LOS ANGELES, CA, 17 December 2019 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Ten films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category (formerly known as Foreign Language Film) for the 92nd Academy Awards. Ninety-one films were eligible in the class.

Academy invited its members from all branches to participate in the preliminary round. They must have viewed the submitted films theatrically and met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category. Their seven choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt-in to participate and must view all ten shortlisted films to cast a ballot.

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

  • The Czech Republic, “The Painted Bird”
  • Estonia, “Truth and Justice”
  • France, “Les Misérables
  • Hungary, “Those Who Remained”
  • North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
  • Poland, “Corpus Christi”
  • Russia, “Beanpole”
  • Senegal, “Atlantics”
  • South Korea, “Parasite”
  • Spain, “Pain and Glory”

Meanwhile, India’s entry “Gully Boy,” starring Ranveer Singh, has crashed out of the Best International Feature Film race at the Oscars.

The movie has failed to make the cut in the top-10 films that will advance to the next round of voting at the 92nd Academy Awards.

With “Gully Boy” out of the race, India’s dry run at the Academy Awards continues as the country has never made it to the top five, except on three occasions.

The last Indian film that made it to the final five was Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” in 2001.

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

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Contestants submitted one hundred fifty-nine movies in the group. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Advocate”
  • “American Factory”
  • “The Apollo”
  • “Apollo 11.”
  • “Aquarela”
  • “The Biggest Little Farm”
  • “The Cave”
  • “The Edge of Democracy”
  • “For Sama”
  • “The Great Hack”
  • “Honeyland”
  • “Knock Down the House”
  • “Maiden”
  • “Midnight Family”
  • “One Child Nation”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Ninety-six films qualified in the group. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “After Maria”
  • “Fire in Paradise”
  • “Ghosts of Sugar Land”
  • “In the Absence”
  • “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
  • “Life Overtakes Me”
  • “The Nightcrawlers”
  • “St. Louis Superman”
  • “Stay Close”
  • “Walk Run Cha-Cha”

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 92nd Academy Awards. The Academy would invite all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch to view seven-minute excerpts from each of the ten shortlisted films on Saturday, 4 January 2020. Members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

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

  • “Bombshell”
  • “Dolemite Is My Name”
  • “Downton Abbey”
  • “Joker”
  • “Judy”
  • “Little Women”
  • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
  • “1917”
  • “Once upon a Time…in Hollywood”
  • “Rocketman”

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 92nd Academy Awards. One hundred seventy scores were eligible in the group. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores, listed in alphabetical order by film title, are:

  • “Avengers: Endgame”
  • “Bombshell”
  • “The Farewell”
  • “Ford v Ferrari.”
  • “Frozen II”
  • “Jojo Rabbit”
  • “Joker”
  • “The King”
  • “Little Women”
  • “Marriage Story”
  • “Motherless Brooklyn”
  • “1917”
  • “Pain and Glory”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “Us”

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Seventy-five songs were eligible in the class. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs, along with the relevant motion picture, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

  • “Speechless” from “Aladdin”
  • “Letter To My Godfather” from “The Black Godfather”
  • “I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough”
  • “Da Bronx” from “The Bronx U.S.A.”
  • “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II”
  • “Stand Up” from “Harriet”
  • “Catchy Song” from “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
  • “Never Too Late” from “The Lion King”
  • “Spirit” from “The Lion King”
  • “Daily Battles” from “Motherless Brooklyn”
  • “A Glass of Soju” from “Parasite”
  • “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
  • “High Above The Water” from “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”
  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4.”
  • “Glasgow” from “Wild Rose”

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. Ninety-two films qualified in the group. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Dcera (Daughter)”
  • “Hair Love”
  • “He Can’t Live Without Cosmos.”
  • “Hors Piste”
  • “Kitbull”
  • “Memorable”
  • “Mind My Mind”
  • “The Physics of Sorrow”
  • “Sister”
  • “Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days”

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards. One hundred ninety-one films qualified in the group. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Brotherhood”
  • “The Christmas Gift”
  • “Little Hands”
  • “Miller & Son”
  • “Nefta Football Club”
  • “The Neighbors’ Window”
  • “Refugee”
  • “Saria”
  • “A Sister”
  • “Sometimes, I Think about Dying”

VISUAL EFFECTS

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 92nd Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. The Academy would invite all members of the Visual Effects Branch to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films online or attend satellite bake-off screenings in January 2020. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

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

  • “Alita: Battle Angel”
  • “Avengers: Endgame”
  • “Captain Marvel”
  • “Cats”
  • “Gemini Man”
  • “The Irishman”
  • “The Lion King”
  • “1917”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “Terminator: Dark Fate”

Nominations voting begins on Thursday, 2 January 2020, and concludes on Tuesday, 7 January 2020.

The Academy would announce the Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards on Monday, 13 January 2020.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, 9 February 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the A.B.C. Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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President of India Presents Visitor’s Awards 2019

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities in New Delhi on December 17, 2019. On the left is the Chairman, University Grants Commission of India (UGC), Prof. D. P. Singh, and on the right is the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, addressing the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities in New Delhi on December 17, 2019.

Universities, India

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the 5th Visitor’s Awards, 2019, at the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 17, 2019.

New Delhi, December 17, 2019 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, hosted a Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, Directors of IISERs, and Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru, today at Rashtrapati Bhavan. During the inaugural session of the Conference, the President presented the 5th Visitor’s Awards.

The Visitor’s Award - for Research in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences was presented to Prof. Sibnath Deb from the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University; for Research in Physical Sciences was presented to Prof. Sanjay Puri from the School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University; for Research in Biological Sciences was jointly presented to Prof. Asad Ullah Khan from the Inter-disciplinary Biotechnology Unit, Aligarh Muslim University, and Dr. Partima from the Special Centre for Nanoscience, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The President conferred the Visitor’s Award for Technology Development to Dr. Shaon Ray Chaudhuri from the Department of Microbiology, Tripura University.

The President said that the objective of our central universities should be to continually grow and upgrade themselves to the best of global standards. It is here that Vice-Chancellors and Directors have to provide leadership. As an immediate goal, they should strive to become the best in the country and healthily compete with each other. After that, they must aspire to compete with the best in the world. But to achieve the levels where they can compete, they must collaborate amongst themselves, other state and private universities, and learn from the experiences of each other.

The President stated that as leaders of universities and institutions, Vice-Chancellors and Directors are also mandated to develop leadership qualities in their students. He noted that beyond classrooms and labs, students should be encouraged to take up socially-oriented ventures through NSS or other clubs. He said that developing meaningful linkages between the academic community and local industry should be a top priority. Students must be encouraged to emerge as job-creators rather than job-seekers.

Later, addressing the concluding session of the Conference, the President said that universities and higher educational institutions should play a leading role in addressing the specific challenges faced by our nation and our society. Many of these challenges require creative and innovative solutions. It is their paramount duty to ensure that their campuses emerge as spaces that nurture free expression and ideas, where experimentation is encouraged. Failure is not ridiculed but seen as learning. Also, universities should become the laboratories for exposing students to the problems concerning nation-building.

The President stated that students should be encouraged to take up academic and extra-curricular work with a distinct community orientation. He urged universities to make a conscious effort to integrate community-oriented projects as part of their curriculum.

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December 14, 2019

Miss Jamaica, Toni-Ann Singh, crowned Miss World 2019

Miss World Jamaica

London, 14 December 2019 — Tony-Ann Singh of Jamaica won the Miss World 2019 beauty pageant held at the ExCeL London today. She was crowned by her predecessor, Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce, from Mexico. Ophely Mezino of France and Suman Rao of India were the first and second runners up, respectively.

Singh, who had secured her place in the top 40 by winning the talent competition at the “Beauty with a Purpose” Gala Dinner in London, advanced to the final round of the contest along with Miss Nigeria, Miss Brazil, Miss India, and Miss France.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan (Official Residence of the President of India) Hosts Conference of Heads of Central Universities / Institutes of Higher Learning.

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the Vice-Chancellors, Directors, and heads of various Central Institutes of Higher Learning, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 14, 2019.

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Photo: Legendary Cricketer, Brian Lara, calling on the President, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 16, 2019.

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December 12, 2019

UNESCO reinforces itself as the Chief Global Motivator for Education, Culture, Artificial Intelligence, and Youth; Adopts a Convention facilitating Universities Exchanges.

Unesco, Paris

Unesco, Paris

Photos: Closure of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, France. 27 November 2019. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 12 December 2019 — UNESCO’s 40th General Conference concluded after adopting a draft Convention to facilitate student mobility between universities on five continents.

The General Conference, UNESCO’s governing body, meets every two years to establish the Organization’s program and budget. It brings together all 193 Member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

“We are entering a phase of renewal,” said Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, summing up the fortieth session of the General Conference, which took place from 12 to 27 November. Noting that after more than 20 years of cuts and setbacks, the budget situation had returned to normal, she underlined that, “by accepting an increase in contributions, a rare event in the UN system, Member States have expressed their confidence in the direction given to UNESCO over the past two years.”

As demonstrated by the attendance of so many political leaders, UNESCO is once again a venue for global conversation. Participants included:

  • 14 Heads of State and Government
  • 100 education and higher education ministers
  • 122 culture ministers
  • United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres
  • The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande
  • The President of the host country, Mr. Emmanuel Macron

Among the decisions taken by UNESCO’s 193 Member States is the adoption of a Convention on Inter-University Mobility, which will enter into force after being ratified by twenty countries. The Convention will foster academic mobility between regions and the establishment of universal principles to improve the recognition of diplomas. It will complement UNESCO’s five regional conventions on the acceptance of higher education qualifications.

At the same time, some 100 ministers of education and as many university representatives participating in the UNESCO Chairs Programme met to promote the emergence of a more inclusive “Global Campus.” The “Global Campus” would facilitate better student mobility by responding to the rapid increase in the number of students enrolled in higher education.

The other major decision of the General Conference concerns the elaboration of an international standard-setting instrument on the ethics of artificial intelligence. Experts selected by UNESCO will be responsible for preparing a project after extensive consultation. Two intergovernmental meetings would be held in 2021 to finalize ethical standards based on fundamental human rights.

Following the ministerial meeting, Mexico announced that it would host a second Mondiacult World Conference on Cultural Policies in 2022. At the first such conference in 1982, the international community had redefined culture as the “set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group.”

The General Conference also decided to celebrate eight new world days - of Art (15 April), Islamic Art (18 November), African and Afro-descendant Culture (24 January), Engineering for Sustainable Development (4 March), Logic (14 January), Mathematics (14 March), Olive Trees (26 November) and Portuguese Language (5 May). It also decided that the first Thursday in November would be the International Day against Violence and Bullying at School, including Cyberbullying.

The General Conference was also a forum for discussions between young people and around ten government leaders on the theme (Re)Generation: Rethinking Multilateralism with Young Change-Makers. Young people from around the world took part in two weeks of discussions to determine how UNESCO could respond to the climate challenge and youth demands. Participants called on governments to step up their efforts to fight climate change, invest more in education, and take concerted action to ensure that technology serves people and their rights.

Member States have agreed on a budget for 2020-2022 of $534 million (+3%). At Sweden’s initiative, the General Conference amended the Organization’s Constitution to suspend the right to vote - as well as the right to run for election to the Executive Board - of States that are not up to date with their contributions.

At the opening of the General Conference, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres had warned against the breakup of the international community, claiming that “UNESCO’s action was essential to rally the world.”

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“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”

— Mahatma Gandhi.

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“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”

— Jawaharlal Nehru.

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“The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.”

— John Ruskin.

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“UNESCO cannot work to its full potential unless the world realizes its real significance, acknowledges it as an essential global administrative body, makes it free of all politics, and thoroughly funds it for its crucial mission.”

“UNESCO’s task is to harmonize and uplift humanity, not disturb and demoralize it. Let it prefer to spotlight prominent communities’ contributions and achievements rather than their adverse histories.”


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December 11, 2019

In a historical event, F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi swap their machines at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

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Photo: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes, riding the 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1 during the #LH44VR46 test at Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia on December 09, 2019, in Valencia, Spain. Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi swapped their machinery in an unprecedented experiment between two motorsport icons. Photo by Guido De Bortoli/Getty Images for Monster Energy. Copyright © 2019 Getty Images.

Valentino Rossi

Photo: Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ during the #LH44VR46 test at Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia on December 09, 2019, in Valencia, Spain. Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi swapped their machinery in an unprecedented experiment between two motorsport icons. Photo by Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images for Monster Energy. Copyright © 2019 Getty Images.

Valencia, Spain, December 09, 2019 — In a historic moment for both Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi, and their respective sports, the pair completed a fantastic track day as each swapped machinery yesterday at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Valentino Rossi drove The Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+, a car that won the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship at the hands of Lewis Hamilton. And Lewis rode the 2019 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 bike that only weeks earlier had been piloted by Valentino at the very same circuit.

The pair was able to complete multiple runs on each other’s machinery and share insights and learnings about each other’s craft.

The six-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton:

“It’s so awesome to see a legend like Valentino in the car. I’m excited for him to discover the car for the first time. It reminds me of my first time in an F1 car. When you see all the team around you, it’s just a different animal.”

Of his time out on track riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 with Rossi, he added, “It was so cool to be out on track and see Valentino ahead of me on the same bike.”

For the nine-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi:

“I was a big fan of Lewis’ before, but now I am even more. We had a fantastic day where the two top classes of motorsports not only met but worked together. I felt like a real F1 driver for a day. I didn’t want the day to end.

“I also rode the YZR-M1 on track with Lewis. It was a proud moment for the team to share our passion with him. Technically, Valencia is a hard track, and today was windy, so at one point, I thought it would be difficult for Lewis to continue, but he was brilliant on the bike, and his position on the M1 was great. I think he had loads of fun, which is the main thing.”

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