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April 16, 2018

Ski Champion and Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Mikaela Shiffrin, visits Longines Headquarters in Switzerland

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Photos: Alpine Ski Champion and Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Mikaela Shiffrin, paid a visit to Longines headquarters in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, where she explored the production workshops and the brand’s museum. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

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April 13, 2018

India's National Film Awards for 2017 Announced

India Film Awards

Photo: The Head of the Jury, Shekhar Kapur, holding a press conference to announce the 65th India National Film Awards for 2017, in New Delhi on April 13, 2018.

India Film Awards

Photo: Actress Sridevi at the inauguration of the Indian Panorama section, during the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa on November 21, 2017. Sridevi has been selected for Best Actress Award for her role in Hindi Film “MOM”.

India’s 65th National Film Awards 2017 were announced today by the Chairpersons of the juries on Feature Films, Best Writing on Cinema and members of Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Non-Feature films. The Feature Film Central panel was headed by Shekhar Kapur, an eminent filmmaker known for his works in Hindi cinema and international cinema. The Non- Feature Film panel was headed by Nakul Kamte and the Best Cinema on Writing jury by Anant Vijay. The National Film Awards would be presented by Hon’ble President of India on May 3rd, 2018. The Jury Chairpersons of the 65th National Film Awards submitted its report to the Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Zubin Irani.

Veteran Hindi film actor Vinod Khanna was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema. Other prominent winners in various categories for this year National Film Awards included Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ in Best Feature Film category and ‘Baahubali - The Conclusion’ in the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment category. Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film of a Director was given to the Jasari language movie ‘Sinjar’ directed by Pampally. Marathi Movie ‘Dhappa’ was awarded the Nargis Dutt Award For Best Feature Film On National Integration. Riddhi Sen and Sridevi got the award for the Best Actor (movie- Nagarkirtan) and Best Actress award (movie- Mom) respectively.

Best Film Critic award was given to Giridhar Jha for his writings covering vast horizon of Hindi cinema with authenticity and originality. Special Mention Award was given to the Sunil Mishra for his articles on cinema. Best Book on Cinema award was given to ‘Matmagi Manipur-The first Manipuri Feature Film’ authored by Bobby Wahengbam.

Special Jury Award in the Feature category was given to the movie ‘Nagarkirtan’ directed by Kaushik Ganguly and produced by Sani Ghose Ray. The best Children’s film was given to the Marathi Movie Mhorkya, directed by Amar Bharat Deokar. A.R Rahman was awarded the Best Music Direction award for the movie ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’.

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April 12, 2018

Official Films Selections for the forthcoming 71st Festival de Cannes (8 to 19 May 2018)

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Actress Penelope Cruz arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S. Penelope Cruz stars in Asghar Farhadi’s new film, Todos Lo Saben — Everybody Knows, which is the opening film to be screened at the 71st Festival de Cannes.

This year’s forthcoming Festival de Cannes will open with a screening of Asghar Farhadi’s new film Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) in Competition at the Grand Théâtre Lumière in the Palais des Festivals on Tuesday 8 May. This psychological thriller stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem from Spain and Ricardo Darín from Argentina.

Meanwhile, the Official Selection of the Films for the 71st Festival de Cannes (8 to 19 May 2018) was announced today during a press conference.

Here is the list of the feature films selected for screening in these categories — “In Competition”, “Un Certain Regard”, “Out of Competition”, “Midnight Screenings”, and “Special Screenings”.

The 2018 Official Selection

“In Competition”

DIRECTOR — FILM

  • Asghar FARHADI — TODOS LO SABEN (EVERYBODY KNOWS)
  • Stéphane BRIZÉ — AT WAR
  • Matteo GARRONE — DOGMAN
  • Jean-Luc GODARD — LE LIVRE D’IMAGE
  • Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI — NETEMO SAMETEMO (ASAKO I & II)
  • Christophe HONORÉ — SORRY ANGEL
  • Eva HUSSON — GIRLS OF THE SUN
  • JIA Zhang-Ke — ASH IS PUREST WHITE
  • KORE-EDA Hirokazu — SHOPLIFTERS
  • Nadine LABAKI — CAPERNAUM
  • LEE Chang-Dong — BUH-NING (BURNING)
  • Spike LEE — BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • David Robert MITCHELL — UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
  • Jafar PANAHI — THREE FACES
  • Pawel PAWLIKOWSKI — ZIMNA WOJNA (COLD WAR)
  • Alice ROHRWACHER — LAZZARO FELICE
  • Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV — LETO
  • A.B SHAWKY — YOMEDDINE

“Un Certain Regard”

DIRECTOR — FILM

  • Ali ABBASI — GRÄNS (BORDER)
  • Meryem BENM’BAREK — SOFIA
  • Andréa BESCOND / Eric METAYER — LITTLE TICKLES
  • BI Gan — LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
  • Nandita DAS — MANTO
  • Antoine DESROSIÈRES — SEXTAPE
  • Lukas DHONT — GIRL
  • Vanessa FILHO — ANGEL FACE
  • Valeria GOLINO — EUPHORIA
  • Gaya JIJI — MY FAVORITE FABRIC
  • Wanuri KAHIU — RAFIKI (FRIEND)
  • Etienne KALLOS — DIE STROPERS (THE HARVESTERS)
  • Ulrich KÖHLER — IN MY ROOM
  • Luis ORTEGA — EL ANGEL
  • Adilkhan YERZHANOV — THE GENTLE INDIFFERENCE OF THE WORLD

“Out of Competition”

DIRECTOR — FILM

  • Ron HOWARD — SOLO A STAR WARS STORY
  • Gilles LELLOUCHE — LE GRAND BAIN

“Midnight Screenings”

DIRECTOR — FILM

  • Joe PENNA — ARCTIC
  • YOON Jong-Bin — GONGJAK (THE SPY GONE NORTH)

“Special Screenings”

DIRECTOR(S) — FILM

  • Aditya ASSARAT / Wisit SASANATIENG / Chulayarnon SRIPHOL / Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL — 10 YEARS IN THAILAND
  • Nicolas CHAMPEAUX / Gilles PORTE — THE STATE AGAINST MANDELA AND THE OTHERS
  • Carlo DIEGUES — O GRANDE CIRCO MÍSTICO (THE GREAT MYSTICAL CIRCUS)
  • Romain GOUPIL — LA TRAVERSÉE
  • Michel TOESCA — TO THE FOUR WINDS
  • WANG Bing — DEAD SOULS
  • Wim WENDERS — POPE FRANCIS - A MAN OF HIS WORD

THE 2018 SHORT FILMS COMPETITION

This year, the selection committee received 3,943 short films.The 2018 Short Films Competition comprises eight films (7 works of fictions and 1 animation), from Australia, China, France, Iran, Japan, Philippines, Poland and USA.

These films are all in the running for the 2018 Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by Bertrand Bonello, President of the Jury, at the official award ceremony of the 71st Festival de Cannes on May 19th.

DIRECTOR(S) — FILM — COUNTRY

  • Oren GERNER — GABRIEL — France
  • Raymund Ribay — GUTIERREZ JUDGEMENT — Philippines
  • Celine HELD & Logan GEORGE — CAROLINE — USA
  • Saeed JAFARIAN TARIKI — (UMBRA) — Iran
  • Marta PAJEK — III animation — Poland
  • Masahiko SATO, Genki KAWAMURA, Yutaro SEKI, Masayuki TOYOTA, Kentaro HIRASE — DUALITY — Japan
  • WEI Shujun — ON THE BORDER — China
  • Charles WILLIAMS — ALL THESE CREATURES — Australia

THE CINÉFONDATION SELECTION 2018

The Cinéfondation Selection has chosen 17 films this year (14 live-action and 3 animated films), from among the 2,426 submitted by film schools all over the world. Fourteen countries on four continents will be represented.

The jury will hand over the three Cinéfondation prizes at a ceremony preceding the screening of the awarded films on Thursday 17th May, in the Buñuel Theatre.

DIRECTOR(S) — FILM — FILM SCHOOL

  • Ori AHARON — DOLFIN MEGUMI (Rubber Dolphin) — Steve Tisch School of Film & Television, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Zhannat ALSHANOVA — END OF SEASON — The London Film School, UK
  • Louise AUBERTIN, Éloïse GIRARD, Marine MENEYROL, Jonas RITTER, Loucas RONGEART, Amandine THOMOUX — SAILOR’S DELIGHT — ESMA, France
  • Lucia BULGHERONI — INANIMATE — NFTS, UK
  • Diego CÉSPEDES — EL VERANO DEL LEÓN ELÉCTRICO (The Summer of the Electric Lion) — Universidad de Chile - ICEI, Chile
  • Jamie DACK — PALM TREES AND POWER LINES — NYU Tisch School of the Arts, USA
  • DI Shen — DONG WU XIONG MENG (The Storms in Our Blood) — Shanghai Theater Academy, China
  • Laura GARCIA — FRAGMENT DE DRAME (A Piece of Tragedy) — La Fémis, France
  • Constanza GATTI — CINCO MINUTOS AFUERA (Five Minutes Outside) — Universidad del Cine (FUC), Argentina
  • Ariel GUTIÉRREZ — LOS TIEMPOS DE HÉCTOR (Hector’s Nightfall) — CCC, Mexico
  • Eryk LENARTOWICZ — DOTS — AFTRS, Australia
  • Marta MAGNUSKA — INNY (The Other) — PWSFTviT, Poland
  • Georgiana MOLDOVEANU — ALBASTRU SI ROSU, IN PROPORTII EGALE (Equally Red and Blue) — UNATC I.L. CARAGIALE, Romania
  • Pier Lorenzo PISANO — COSÌ IN TERRA (As It Is on Earth) — Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
  • Igor POPLAUHIN — KALENDAR (Calendar) — Moscow School of New Cinema, Russia
  • Arian VAZIRDAFTARI — MESLE BACHE ADAM (Like a Good Kid) — Tehran University of Dramatic Arts, Iran
  • Andrew ZOX — I AM MY OWN MOTHER — San Francisco State University, USA

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April 3, 2018

India's Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, Releases ‘NIRF India Rankings 2018’ for Higher Education Institutions

India Rankings 2018

Photo: India Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the India Rankings 2018 for Higher Educational Institutions at a function in New Delhi on April 03, 2018. The University Grants Commission Chairman and the Minister of State for Human Resource Development are also seen.

New Delhi, India. April 03, 2018. In a programme held in New Delhi today, India’s Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, released the National Institutional Ranking framework (NIRF) India Rankings 2018 in various categories on the basis of performance of Higher Educational Institutions.

Speaking on the occasion, Prakash Javadekar said that the idea behind these rankings is to promote quality in education and encourage competition to perform better and to set up new benchmarks of performance in Higher education space.

While Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru bags 1st Position in Overall Ranking, IIT Chennai tops in Engineering, and IIM Ahmedabad tops in Management Category.

OVERALL RANKING

INSTITUTION — CITY — STATE

  1. Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru Karnataka
  2. Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Mumbai Maharashtra
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi New Delhi Delhi
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Kharagpur West Bengal
  6. Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi Delhi
  7. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
  8. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Roorkee Uttarakhand
  9. Banaras Hindu University Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
  10. Anna University Chennai Tamil Nadu
  11. University of Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana
  12. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Guwahati Assam
  13. Jadavpur University Kolkata West Bengal
  14. University of Delhi Delhi Delhi
  15. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
  16. Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Maharashtra
  17. Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
  18. Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal Karnataka
  19. Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi Delhi
  20. Bharathiar University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
  21. Calcutta University Kolkata West Bengal
  22. Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana
  23. King George`s Medical University Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
  24. Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore Tamil Nadu
  25. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Kolkata Mohanpur West Bengal
  26. Birla Institute of Technology & Science Pilani Rajasthan
  27. Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad Dhanbad Jharkhand
  28. Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
  29. University of Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu
  30. Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai Maharashtra
  31. National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
  32. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Pune Pune Maharashtra
  33. Panjab University Chandigarh Chandigarh
  34. Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Kolkata West Bengal
  35. Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research Chennai Tamil Nadu
  36. Andhra University Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
  37. Jamia Hamdard New Delhi Delhi
  38. Siksha O Anusandhan Bhubaneswar Odisha
  39. Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar Gandhinagar Gujarat
  40. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
  41. Homi Bhabha National Institute Mumbai Maharashtra
  42. National Institute of Technology Rourkela Rourkela Odisha
  43. Alagappa University Karaikudi Tamil Nadu
  44. Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur Howrah West Bengal
  45. Osmania University Hyderabad Telangana
  46. Tezpur University Tezpur Assam
  47. Kerala University Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
  48. Visva Bharati Kolkata West Bengal
  49. Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai Maharashtra
  50. Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology Patiala Punjab
  51. Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Odisha
  52. Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam Kerala
  53. G. B. Pant Universtiy of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar Uttarakhand
  54. Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
  55. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Mohali Mohali Punjab
  56. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Bhopal Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
  57. National Institute of Technology Surathkal Surathkal Karnataka
  58. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
  59. JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research Mysore Karnataka
  60. Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana Punjab
  61. Gauhati University Guwahati Assam
  62. Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute Chennai Tamil Nadu
  63. SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu
  64. PSG College of Technology Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
  65. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Bhubaneswar Odisha
  66. Birla Institute of Technology Ranchi Jharkhand
  67. Symbiosis International Pune Maharashtra
  68. Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu
  69. Indian Institute of Technology Patna Patna Bihar
  70. Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences Chennai Tamil Nadu
  71. University of Kashmir Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
  72. Shiv Nadar University Chithera Uttar Pradesh
  73. Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Kancheepuram Tamil Nadu
  74. Sri Venkateswara University Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
  75. PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
  76. Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University Hisar Haryana
  77. University of Jammu Jammu Tawi Jammu and Kashmir
  78. National Institute of Technology Warangal Warangal Telangana
  79. Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Pune Maharashtra
  80. Amity University Gautam Budh Nagar Uttar Pradesh
  81. Madurai Kamraj University Madurai Tamil Nadu
  82. SVKM Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies Mumbai Maharashtra
  83. Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation University Vaddeswaram Andhra Pradesh
  84. KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research Belagavi Karnataka
  85. University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad Karnataka
  86. Pondicherry University Puducherry Pondicherry
  87. Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar Punjab
  88. North Eastern Hill University Shillong Meghalaya
  89. Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
  90. Dayalbagh Educational Institute Agra Uttar Pradesh
  91. Banasthali Vidyapith Banasthali Rajasthan
  92. Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Sciences University Chennai Tamil Nadu
  93. Bharati Vidyapeeth Pune Maharashtra
  94. Bharathidasan University Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
  95. Thiagarajar College of Engineering Madurai Tamil Nadu
  96. College of Engineering Pune Maharashtra
  97. Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute Puducherry Pondicherry
  98. Goa University Goa Goa
  99. Cochin University of Science and Technology Cochin Kerala
  100. Delhi Technological University New Delhi Delhi

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April 1, 2018

de GRISOGONO introduces new High Jewellery Creations

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Photos: de GRISOGONO presents new High Jewellery creations — Allegra, Millefoglie, Gaïa, Doppia, and Melody of Colours — which, according to it, reflect the power of the links between every woman and her loves and her desires. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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March 31, 2018

Longines, Timekeeper of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Launches Official Watch of the Event

Longines, Gold Coast Games

Longines Commonwealth Games

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Longines Conquest

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Longines, Gold Coast Games

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Photos: As Official Partner and Timekeeper of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Longines has launched the official watch of the event — Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. This special edition watch is meant as a tribute to this multi-sport event where athletes from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will gather.

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March 29, 2018

Ferrari introduces Ferrari 488 Pista — the synthesis of extreme track-level power and driving exhilaration for the road

Ferrari 488 Pista

Ferrari 488 Pista

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Ferrari 488 Pista

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The Ferrari 488 Pista is powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the Ferrari marque’s history and is the company’s special series sports car with the highest level yet of technological transfer from racing. In fact the name Pista, meaning ‘track’ in Italian, was chosen specifically to testify to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.

Technically, the Ferrari 488 Pista encompasses all of the experience built up on the world’s circuits by the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. For over 25 years, Ferrari has been organising the most prestigious of all one-make championships, the Ferrari Challenge, in which over 100 drivers split into three continental series do battle at the wheel.

Ferrari 488 Pista’s vehicle dynamics have been designed for unique driving feedback and to make the car’s full potential available to all drivers, professional or otherwise.

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March 24, 2018

Chinese Superstar Angelababy (Yang Ying) is TAG Heuer's new Brand Ambassador

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TAG Heuer, Watches

#DontCrackUnderPressure

Photos: Chinese superstar Angelababy (Yang Ying) has become the new TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador reflecting the brand’s spirit of #DontCrackUnderPressure in the best possible way. Images provided by and copyright © TAG Heuer.

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March 21, 2018

World’s best single images revealed by the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Six”. Photographer: Jaydip Bhattacharya. A roadside play in early morning in Kolkata, India. Copyright © Jaydip Bhattacharya, India, Commended, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Shapes of Lofoten”. Photographer: Mikkel Beiter. Copyright © Mikkel Beiter, Denmark, Winner, Open Travel and Denmark National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Walking”. Photographer: Suphakaln Wongcompune. Walking on the U-Bein Bridge, Myanmar. Copyright © Suphakaln Wongcompune, Thailand, Commended, Open Travel and 3rd Place, Thailand National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Wish”. Photographer: JUNGHYE LEE. Lamp festival reflected in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Copyright © Junghye Lee, 2nd Place, South Korea National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Morning, the birds of Daasheng feeding their children”. Photographer: Rukui Zhang. Copyright © Rukui Zhang, China, Commended, Open, Wildlife (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Lasso horses in snowfield”. Photographer: Shuzhen Bai. Photographed at Xilin Gol League, Inner Mongolia on January 6th, 2017, this work describes scene of lassoing horses. Copyright © Shuzhen Bai, China, Commended, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Light & Shadow”. Photographer: Zeenath Shakir. Copyright © Zeenath Shakir, India, Commended, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: “Lose control”. Photographer: Changzai Lu. Copyright © Changzai Lu, China, Commended, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

London: Selected from hundreds of thousands of entries worldwide, the winners of the Open competition and National Awards of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards were announced today.

The 10 Open category winners were chosen by an expert panel of judges as the world’s very best single photographs, and the National Awards winners selected as the strongest single image taken by a local photographer across nearly 70 countries. The winning works and their photographers are truly international, with images coming from Australia, Argentina, Cambodia, China, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and beyond.

Subject matter across the photographs could also not have been more diverse. Photographers chose a variety of stunning landscapes, personal portraits, touching encounters and sporting moments as their inspiration.

Chair of judges Zelda Cheatle comments: “Judging the Open competition and National Awards allowed me to discover high calibre international work of great interest. In choosing the winners, the images all had to have something special - whether it be composition, impact, skill, a portrayal of a unique event or informing in a new way. Above all else, each winner had to be an exceptional photograph.”

All Open category and National Award winners receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, the winning work will be published in the 2018 Awards’ book and shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 20 - May 6. The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year, winning $5,000 (USD). This photographer, along with the Professional categories winners, will be announced in London on April 19.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.

Open Category Winners

  • Still Life - Richard Frishman, United States
  • Portraiture - Nick Dolding, United Kingdom
  • Landscape & Nature - Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria
  • Travel - Mikkel Beiter, Denmark
  • Enhanced - Klaus Lenzen, Germany
  • Street Photography - Manuel Armenis, Germany
  • Architecture - Andreas Pohl, Germany
  • Culture - Panos Skordas, Greece
  • Motion - Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia
  • Wildlife - Justyna Zdunczyk, Poland

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March 20, 2018

India's University Grants Commission grants Autonomy to 60 Higher Educational Institutions

India Universities

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, briefing media on the decision of granting autonomous status to 60 higher educational institutions, in New Delhi on March 20, 2018.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has granted autonomy to sixty Higher Educational Institutions. This was announced by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at a media briefing in New Delhi today. Javadekar said that the Government is striving to introduce a liberalized regime in the education sector and emphasis is on linking autonomy with quality.

Giving further details, Javadekar said that the sixty Higher Educational Institutions which have been granted autonomy include 52 Universities i.e. 5 central universities, 21 state universities, 24 deemed universities, and 2 private universities. Javadekar explained that these universities will remain within the ambit of UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs. They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes.

Eight colleges have also been granted autonomy, the HRD Minister said. The eight autonomous collages will be free to set their own syllabus, hold examinations, carry out evaluation as well as declare results. In this case, only the degree will be awarded by the respective university.

Following is the list of universities granted graded autonomy:

UGC, Universities

CENTRAL UNIVERSITIES

University — NAAC Score — Category

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi — 3.77 — I
  2. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad — 3.72 — I
  3. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi — 3.41 — II
  4. Aligarh Muslim University , Aligarh — 3.35 — II
  5. The English and Foreign Languages University, Telengana — 3.26 — II

STATE UNIVERSITIES

University — NAAC Score — Category

  1. Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata — 3.68 — I
  2. Algappa University, Karaikudi — 3.64 — I
  3. NALSAR University of Law, Telangana — 3.60 — I
  4. SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune — 3.60 — I
  5. Andhra University, Visakhapatnam — 3.60 — I
  6. National Law University Delhi, Dwarka — 3.59 — I
  7. Utkal University, Bhubaneswar — 3.53 — I
  8. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra — 3.52 — I
  9. Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati — 3.52 — I
  10. Osmania University, Hyderabad — 3.52 — I
  11. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar — 3.51 — I
  12. University of Jammu, Jammu — 3.51 — I
  13. University of Mysore, Mysuru — 3.47 — II
  14. Anna University, Chennai — 3.46 — II
  15. Punjab University, Chandigarh — 3.35 — II
  16. Kakatiya University, Warangal — 3.35 — II
  17. Punjabi University, Patiala — 3.34 — II
  18. Rajiv Gandhi University of Law, Patiala — 3.32 — II
  19. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack — 3.32 — II
  20. University of Madras, Chennai — 3.32 — II
  21. Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar — 3.28 — II

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March 18, 2018

2018 Laureates mark 20th Anniversary of L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Programme

L'Oreal UNESCO

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photo: L’Oréal-UNESCO Laureate Prof. Thaisa Storchi Bergmann (by Brigitte Lacombe) on display at Orly Airport, Paris, France. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Foundation / Stephane Cardinale / People Avenue.

L'Oreal UNESCO

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photos: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships awardees. Images provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Corporate Foundation.

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photo: Dr. Weang Kee Ho, Malaysia. 2018 Young Female Talent. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Corporate Foundation.

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photo: Professor Heather Zar. 2018 Women in Science Laureate. Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Director SAMRC Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Foundation | Thierry Bouët.

UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation are preparing to honour five exceptional female scientists with the 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards at a ceremony on 22 March at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.

The ceremony will follow a major scientific conference, organized by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO on 21 March. These events will recognize leading women scientists and shine a spotlight on 15 talented young female scientists. They will also provide an opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the For Women in Science programme.

This year, UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation have recognized five exceptional female scientists.

Each of the five laureates will receive a prize of €100,000 and be honored for her contribution in the fields of medicine, palaeontology, molecular biology, ecology and developmental biology.

Over the last 20 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has raised the profile of 102 laureates and supported more than 3,000 young female scientists, helping them benefit from increased recognition within the scientific community. Three of these laureates have received science Nobel Prizes.

In order to further promote these women in science, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme is raising public awareness of their achievements. It has launched an international communications campaign in seven international airports (Paris, New York, Beijing, London, Dubai, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg) and on the streets of Paris, in partnership with JCDecaux and Aéroports de Paris.

THE 2018 L’OREAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE LAUREATES

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Heather ZAR
Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
Director SAMRC Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

ASIA-PACIFIC

Professor Mee-Mann CHANG
Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology.
Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

EUROPE

Professor Dame Caroline DEAN
Professor, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, United Kingdom.

LATIN AMERICA

Professor Amy T. AUSTIN
Professor, IFEVA-CONICET, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

NORTH AMERICA

Professor Janet ROSSANT
Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
University Professor, University of Toronto, Canada.
President, Gairdner Foundation, Canada.

THE 2018 L’OREAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL RISING TALENTS

Over the last 20 years, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have supported 3,022 talented young female scientists through research fellowships. These L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships are awarded annually at national and regional ceremonies in 117 countries.

National and regional fellowships are awarded to 275 young women scientists each year. Out of these 275, the International Rising Talents programme targets the most promising 15 of these scientists.

The 15 young female talents honoured in 2018 are:

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

  • Dr. Areej Abuhammad, Levant & Egypt
  • Danielle Twilley, South Africa
  • Dr. Hanifa Taher Al Blooshi, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Ibtissem Guefrachi, Tunisia

ASIA-PACIFIC

  • Dr. Weang Kee Ho, Malaysia
  • Dr. Hiep Nguyen, Viet Nam
  • Dr. Yukiko Ogawa, Japan

EUROPE

  • Dr. Radha Boya, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Agnieszka Gajewicz, Poland
  • Dr. Anna Kudryavtseva, Russia
  • Associate Prof. Duygu Sag, Turkey
  • Dr. Ai Ing Lim, France

LATIN AMERICA

  • Dr. Selene Lizbeth Fernandez Valverde, Mexico
  • Dr. Rafaela Salgado Ferreira, Brazil

NORTH AMERICA

  • Dr. Anela Choy, United States of America

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March 14, 2018

India forms an Empowered Expert Committee to select ten private and ten public institutions of Eminence

India Universities

Photo: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. The original building built in 1937. Image Credit: Bill.

India Universities

Photo: V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, speaking during the Session “Global Science Outlook” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos. January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has established the regulatory architecture to enable 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as World Class Teaching and Research Institutions named as ‘Institutions of Eminence’ (IoEs).

According to India government sources, an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) has been constituted to select 10 Private and 10 Public Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) from the 114 applications which have been received by the Human Resource Development Ministry for the status of IoEs. No timeline has been prescribed in the Regulations for selection of IoE. The composition of the expert committee is as under:

  • Mr. N Gopalaswami (former Chief Election Commissioner) — Chairman
  • Professor Tarun Khanna (Director, South Asia Institute, Harvard University, USA) — Member
  • Ms. Renu Khator (President, University of Houston, Texas, USA) — Member
  • Mr. Pritam Singh (former Director, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow) — Member

The selected IoEs will have freedom to fix and charge fee from foreign students without restriction and would have the freedom to determine the domestic students fees, subject to the condition that no student who gains admission should be turned away for lack of finance.

The IoEs shall have flexibility of course structure in terms of credit hours and number of years to take a degree, after the approval of its Governing council and subject to broadly conforming the minimum prevailing standards.

The IoEs will have freedom to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 Global ranking institutions without approval of the Government or UGC except with institutions from negative list of countries determined by the Ministry of External Affairs or by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Under Public Sector, 10 Central Universities, 25 State Universities, 6 Deemed to be Universities, 20 Institutions of National Importance and 6 Standalone Institutions have applied. Under Private Sector, 9 Private Universities and 16 Deemed to be Universities have applied.

Among those who have applied from the public sector are seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati, Roorkee), Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadhavpur University, Goa University and Mangalore University.

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore have also joined the race along with the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

The Central University of Hyderabad, Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, Madras University, Pondicherry University, and Mysore University have also applied.

From the private sector, the O P Jindal Global University, Ashoka University, Manipal University and Amity University, among others, have applied for the tag.

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March 9, 2018

International Women’s Day observed at UN Headquarters

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Photos: Sections of participants at the observance of International Women’s Day at UN headquarters in New York under the theme “Time Is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. 08 March 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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March 5, 2018

Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director Oscar for 'The Shape of Water'

Oscars 2018

Oscars 2018

Photo: Guillermo del Toro poses backstage with the Oscar for best motion picture for work on “The Shape of Water” during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: Allison Janney poses backstage with the Oscar for performance by an actress in a supporting role for work on “I, Tonya” during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Mark Suban / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson pose backstage with the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film for work on “Coco” during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: After winning the Oscar for music written for motion pictures (original song) for “Remember Me” from “Coco”, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez pose backstage during the live ABC Telecast of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: Jennifer Garner arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Paul Hebert / A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2018

Photo: Sofia Carson arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Paul Hebert / A.M.P.A.S.

Los Angeles — ‘The Shape of Water’ has won the best picture Oscar at the just concluded 90th Academy Awards. This Guillermo del Toro directorial defeated strong competition from ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’

Here is the complete list of the winners:

  • Best Picture: ‘The Shape of Water’
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand for ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman for ‘Darkest Hour’
  • Directing: Guillermo del Toro for ‘The Shape of Water’
  • Original Song: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’
  • Original Score: Alexandre Desplat for ‘The Shape of Water’
  • Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins for ‘Blade Runner 2049’
  • Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele for ‘Get Out’
  • Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory for ‘Call Me by Your Name’
  • Short Film (Live Action): Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton for ‘The Silent Child’
  • Documentary Short Subject: Frank Stiefel for ‘Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405’
  • Film Editing: Lee Smith for ‘Dunkirk’
  • Visual Effects: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover for ‘Blade Runner 2049’
  • Animated Feature Film: Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson for ‘Coco’
  • Animated Short Film: Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane for ‘Dear Basketball’
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Rockwell for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’;
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney for ‘I, Tonya’
  • Foreign Language Film: ‘A Fantastic Woman’
  • Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, and Jeffrey A. Melvin for ‘The Shape of Water’
  • Sound Mixing: Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo and Mark Weingarten for ‘Dunkirk’
  • Sound Editing: Richard King and Alex Gibson for ‘Dunkirk’
  • Documentary (Feature): ‘Icarus’

Indian films have had little luck at the Oscars. This year’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category, “Newton”, a dark comedy set against the backdrop of elections in the world’s largest democracy, couldn’t even make it to the final five. Only three Indian films — “Mother India” (1957), “Salaam Bombay!” (1988) and “Lagaan” (2001) — have made it to the final five nominees of the Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards. None have got the award.

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

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March 3, 2018

QS releases World University Rankings by Subject 2018

World University Rankings

World University Rankings

Photo: A frosty day. Downing College, University of Cambridge. Image Credit: Steve Day.

World University Rankings

Photo: Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA, at the India Economic Summit 2016, New Delhi, India. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

LONDON — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have released the eighth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. The research project enumerates the world’s leading institutions for the study of 48 different subjects and five subject groups. The portfolio - the most extensive of its kind - is designed to provide a crucial comparative guide to university performance for students both aspiring and current, parents, career & study advisors, and academia.

This year, Harvard University retains its global pre-eminence. It ranks number-one for fourteen different subjects, outranking Massachusetts Institute of Technology (12 number-one ranks) and the University of Oxford (four number-one ranks).

Key Findings:

  • The United States’ higher education system records more drops than rises;
  • The United Kingdom’s universities remain resilient in the face of Brexit, taking 10 number-one ranks - two more than last year;
  • The University of Cambridge takes more top-ten ranks than any other institution (37);
  • In continental Europe, The Netherlands is the only country to take two top places while Switzerland and Italy take one apiece;
  • French universities continue to flounder, with more regressions than progressions;
  • National University of Singapore is Asia’s standout institution, taking 11 top-10 places;
  • China’s rate of improvement has slowed, as has Russia’s;
  • India’s performance deteriorates slightly;
  • Brazil loses nearly a quarter of its top-100 places, underlining the system’s struggles;
  • QS have added two new tables to the portfolio this year: Library & Information Management and Classics & Ancient History.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
Institutions achieving most Top-10 Ranks

Institution — Country — Number of Subjects in which placed in Top-10

  • University of Cambridge — UK — 37 Subjects
  • University of Oxford — UK — 35 Subjects
  • University of California, Berkeley — USA — 34 Subjects
  • Harvard University — USA — 34 Subjects
  • Stanford University — USA — 32 Subjects
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology — USA — 24 Subjects
  • University of California, Los Angeles — USA — 14 Subjects
  • London School of Economics — UK — 13 Subjects
  • National University of Singapore — Singapore — 11 Subjects
  • Yale University — USA — 11 Subjects

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “For perhaps the first year since we began this research project, we see the improvement of Asian nations decelerate somewhat. There is no noteworthy proportional increase in the number of top-50 positions they take, and only the National University of Singapore demonstrates comprehensive competitiveness in the very highest echelons. The results demonstrate the difficulties facing any institution or system aiming to reach world-class research performance standards.”

ACADEMIC REPUTATION

QS RANK — UNIVERSITY — ACADEMIC REPUTATION SCORE

  1. Harvard University — 100
  2. University of Cambridge — 100
  3. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) — 100
  4. University of Oxford — 100
  5. Stanford University — 100
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — 100
  7. The University of Tokyo — 100
  8. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — 100
  9. Princeton University — 100
  10. Yale University — 100
  11. National University of Singapore (NUS) — 100
  12. Columbia University — 99.9
  13. University of Chicago — 99.9
  14. Peking University — 99.8
  15. The University of Melbourne — 99.8
  16. UCL (University College London) — 99.7
  17. University of Toronto — 99.7
  18. Kyoto University — 99.7
  19. University of Michigan — 99.7
  20. Cornell University — 99.6
  21. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — 99.6
  22. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — 99.5
  23. Imperial College London — 99.4
  24. The Australian National University — 99.3
  25. The University of Sydney — 99.3

UNIVERSITIES FROM INDIA

QS RANK — UNIVERSITY — ACADEMIC REPUTATION SCORE

  • (172) Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) — 54.9
  • (179) Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) — 62.3
  • (190) Indian Institute of Science — 38.3
  • (264) Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) — 41.1
  • (293) Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) — 38.8
  • (308) Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) — 31.4
  • (481-490) University of Delhi — 41.6
  • (531-440) Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) — No Score to Report
  • (501-550) Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) — No Score to Report
  • (601-650) University of Hyderabad — No Score to Report
  • (601-650) Jadavpur University — No Score to Report
  • (651-700) Anna University — No Score to Report
  • (701-750) Manipal Academy of Higher Education — No Score to Report
  • (751-800) University of Calcutta — No Score to Report
  • (801-1000) Banaras Hindu University — No Score to Report
  • (801-1000) University of Mumbai — No Score to Report
  • (801-1000) Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh — No Score to Report
  • (801-1000) Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani — No Score to Report
  • (801-1000) Panjab University — No Score to Report
  • (801-1000) Savitribai Phule Pune University — No Score to Report

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February 28, 2018

Mastercard joins hands with Flipkart; makes payments secure for online buyers

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Online Shopping

Barcelona, Spain - February 27, 2018 - At Mobile World Congress today, Mastercard announced that Flipkart will be the first merchant in the Asia Pacific region to launch ‘Mastercard Digital Enablement Services (MDES) for Merchants’. The service will enable the card issuing banks to replace Mastercard credit, debit and prepaid card primary account numbers with secure digital tokens. These tokens will allow the merchants to offer enhanced security and customer experience. This announcement not only strengthens Mastercard and Flipkart’s partnership, but also exemplifies both organizations’ efforts to decrease fraud on e-commerce channels.

Storing card information in apps and online is popular among merchants and consumers to reduce checkout friction, enable subscription-based services and recurring payments. However, the security of transactions is extremely important. MDES provides an extra layer of security. In case of token compromise, MDES blocks the transaction, thus eliminating any chance of a fraud. If a device is lost or physical card is compromised, the link in MDES between the tokens and the card/device can be broken - and reissued for the new token or the card- without troubling the consumer.

For better customer experience, it gives cardholders the choice and peace of mind to make secure digital payments from a variety of connected devices through a tap, touch, or click. Moreover, the customer does not need to update the tokens stored with various merchants when a card number or its expiration date changes.

“Flipkart has been at the forefront of payment innovations that have led and accelerated the adoption of e-commerce in India. Through the implementation of the Mastercard Digital Enablement Services, we are happy to introduce our customers to a simple, convenient and secure payment method, create a safe ecosystem and provide superior experiences for them,” said Ranjith Boyanapalli, Vice President of Product at Flipkart.

“We are delighted to partner with Flipkart, the pioneer of India’s e-commerce Industry, to roll out the industry-leading MDES for merchants. Our research indicates that security of payment and convenience are some of the key factors considered during online shopping by consumers. Mastercard tokenization will eliminate a significant ‘hassle factor’ for consumers and offer enhanced security,” said James Anderson, Executive Vice President, Digital Payment Products at Mastercard.

The Flipkart Group is India’s largest e-commerce marketplace and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, Jabong and PhonePe.

Propelled by rising smartphone penetration, the launch of 4G networks and increasing consumer wealth, the Indian e-commerce industry has been on an upward growth trajectory and is expected to surpass the U.S. to become the second largest e-commerce market in the world by 2034.

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February 27, 2018

India's Information & Broadcasting Minister releases India-2018 Annual Reference Book

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Photo: India’s Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Irani, releasing India-2018 Annual Reference Book published by Publications Division, in New Delhi on February 27, 2018.

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February 24, 2018

Norway, Georgia, India and China triumph at World Chess Championship in Saudi Arabia

World Chess

World Chess

World Chess

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - The new King and Queens of Chess are crowned at the inaugural King Salman World Open and Women’s Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships in Saudi Arabia.

Described by players as a championship to remember, the World Open and Women’s Blitz Chess Championships kept onlookers from across the world with bated breath for the jam-packed affair. Saudi Arabia welcomed male and female players from 55 countries, among them 10 men and 11 women of world’s top players, in an effort to become a sporting hub and a beacon for change.

After a suspenseful opening which saw his initial defeat, World No.1 Magnus Carlsen (Norway) found his groove and reclaimed his supremacy as Champion of World Open Blitz Chess. In the Women’s Championship, Georgian mother-of-two Nana Dzagnidze fulfilled her dream and snatched the gold with her stellar performance.

For the Rapid Chess category, Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, fondly known as ‘The Tiger from Madras’, remained unbeaten against some of the highest IQs in the world and swiftly emerged as winner. The Women’s Championship was dominated by Chinese Grandmaster Ju Wenjun, who won the gold medal as the only player to finish with a win rate of nearly 80 percent.

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February 17, 2018

IWC launches its Jubilee Collection at the International Watch Show in Geneva, Switzerland

IWC Watches

Photo: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “150 Years”. Image provided by & copyright © IWC.

IWC Watches

Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima visits the IWC booth during the launch of its Jubilee Collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 16, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Image provided by & copyright © IWC. Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC.

IWC Watches

Photo: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor visits the IWC booth during the launch of its Jubilee Collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 16, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Image provided by & copyright © IWC. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC.

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February 15, 2018

India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, visits the biggest mosque in Oman

Narendra Modi, India

Photo: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which is the biggest mosque in Oman, in Muscat on February 12, 2018. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

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