December 16, 2016
India Minister updates Parliament on Universities in the Country
Photo: A Section of Parliament House, New Delhi. Image Credit: Ankur Gallery.
New Delhi, India - December 15, 2016 — India Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today, in separate written statements, gave the following information to Rajya Sabha (upper house) about universities in the country.
• “As per All India Survey on Higher Education 2015-16, the number of universities in the country is 799, and out of them 386 Universities came into existence since 2001. The number of students and teachers in the institutions of higher education in the country during academic year 2015-16 are 3.46 Crore (one crore= ten million) and 15.19 Lakh (one lakh= one hundred thousand) respectively.”
• “The University Grants Commission (UGC),” the Minister explained, “is responsible for promotion and co-ordination of University Education, determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination, and research in Universities. To ensure adequate quality teaching faculties in Universities/Colleges, the UGC has notified rules and procedures containing Academic Performance Indicators (APIs). API scores are mandatory qualifying benchmarks for Career Advancement Scheme and for direct recruitment of teachers and other academic staff in Universities and Colleges.”
• The Minister gave the following information on Central Universities.
“Central Universities,” the Minister stated “are statutory autonomous bodies which are established under their respective Acts of Parliament. Subordinate legislation in respect of Central Universities includes Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations framed under the respective Acts by the Universities from time to time.”
“Along with the Act, the First Statutes of the Central Universities are passed by the Parliament. The Central Universities can amend, add or repeal any Statute with the approval of the Visitor. Ordinances and Regulations are also made by the Universities which should be consistent with the Act and Statutes of the university concerned,” the Minister explained.
The Minister said that at present there are 41 Central Universities in the country.
“In a meeting held with the Vice Chancellors of Central Universities,” the Minister elaborated, “the issues relating to improvement of quality of education, promoting research and innovation, faculty development, collaboration with the industry and research laboratories, effective use of technology in teaching learning process, and mandatory accreditation were discussed at length.”
The Minister elucidated that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has introduced the following schemes/regulations/guidelines/programmes for the improvement of quality and standards in the Central Universities:
- Mandatory accreditation of Universities with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
- Periodic updation of curriculum.
- Prescription of minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff.
- Establishment of Internal Quality Assurance Cell.
- Introduction of Semester System.
- Introduction of choice-based credit system.
- Introduction of Faculty Recharge programme to augment research and teaching resources.
- Liberal financial support under the schemes of University with Potential for Excellence.
• Cashless Society - Digital Financial Literacy Campaign
Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, launching the Digital Financial Literacy Campaign, called Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyan - VISAKA, at a press conference, in New Delhi, on December 15, 2016. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.
Meanwhile, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, today launched Digital Financial Literacy Campaign at a Press Conference in New Delhi. Mr. Javadekar said that about 25,00,000 students of higher educational institutions are expected to volunteer to be associated with the campaign.
Mentioning this campaign as biggest digital transformation of country after Independence, Minister said that Government officers, Bankers and administrators will be roped in to impart training to students. Students, in turn, will educate their family members and other families in their neighbourhood, motivating them to go in for digital payment.
December 13, 2016
Mastercard and Pine Labs Collaborate on Safe, Secure and Speedy Contactless Payments in India
Photo: Transport for London: Commuter paying with a MasterCard contactless card. Touching a reader using a MasterCard contactless card as a safe, simple and smart way to pay. Image provided by & copyright © MasterCard News.
New Delhi, India - Mastercard has announced its partnership with Pine Labs, the largest payment facilitator for electronic Point of Sale (PoS) solutions in India to roll out more than 26,000 contactless terminals across the key merchant stores in the country over the next 12 months.
Powered by Mastercard contactless technology, the merchants across Quick Service Restaurants (QSR), retail stores, cinemas and super markets will now be able to offer contactless terminals as an alternative method of payment to customers, allowing them greater ease and convenience of payments. The contactless payments solution will also help merchants build greater efficiency in managing their costs and time by way of reducing check-out time at the counters and costs related to handling of cash.
Cashless transactions are on the rise, driven by increasing availability of contactless cards and introduction of new forms of payment technology in the country.
“Mastercard’s contactless technology offers cardholders multi-level protection coupled with speed and convenience. Mastercard contactless payments are accepted at more than 3 million merchant locations in 77 countries worldwide. Our partnership with Pine Labs will help us build a safe and secure contactless payments ecosystem in the country. This is aligned with Mastercard’s vision of a world beyond cash and using technology to make payments safer, simpler and smarter for the consumers.” said Murali Nair, Senior Vice President, Market Development, South Asia, Mastercard.
Mastercard has been at the forefront of driving contactless payments globally. Contactless payments allow customers to make everyday purchases by simply tapping their contactless-enabled card or device on a contactless-enabled reader. Contactless acceptance is an excellent choice for any merchant, especially in environments where speed and convenience are valued and cash is currently the dominant payment method, such as fast food outlets, supermarkets, quick-service restaurants, convenience stores, and vending machines.
More than 60,000 Retailers across India depend on Pine Labs to securely and reliably manage their Payment Acceptance. Pine Labs payment solutions simplify acceptance of all kinds of payments at PoS terminals, be it Credit/Debit Cards, EMI, Reward Points, Gift Vouchers, or e-Wallet.
December 12, 2016
Incoming United Nations Secretary-General Takes Oath of Office
Photo: António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations, takes the oath of office for his five-year term which begins on 1 January 2017. The oath was administered by Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly, on the Charter of the United Nations. 12 December 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations, took the oath of office for his five-year term, which begins on 1 January 2017. The oath was administered by Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly, on the Charter of the United Nations.
Mr. Guterres (foreground right) with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after taking the oath.
12 December 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.
Photo: The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, paid special tribute in the General Assembly Hall to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon as he prepares to conclude his 10-year term. The concert was also an opportunity for a musical welcome to his successor, António Guterres.
The programme included Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill as soloist; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
A view of a banner of the concert at the side of the UN seal in the General Assembly Hall during the performance. 14 December 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.
December 10, 2016
City Traffic: Audi networks with Traffic Lights in the USA
Photos: “Time-to-Green”: In the Audi virtual cockpit or head-up display, drivers see whether they will reach the next light on green while traveling within the permitted speed limit. Image provided by & copyright © AUDI AG.
If you know in advance when a traffic light will switch from red to green, your driving is more relaxed and efficient. Audi is the first automobile brand to connect the car to the city infrastructure - an important step towards autonomous driving. In Las Vegas, starting immediately, the Audi A4 and Q7 models can display traffic-light phases directly in the car. Further U.S. cities will follow, and introduction of the system is planned in Europe. Traffic Light Information optimizes traffic flow, saves valuable time and reduces environmental impact.
Audi of America is cooperating with several cities in North America to upgrade the infrastructure for V2I technology. “For the first time, our cars are exchanging data with traffic infrastructure in real time. Drivers can adapt their behavior to the situation and move through city traffic in a much more relaxed and controlled way,” says Andreas Reich, head of Electronics Pre-Development at AUDI AG. “We increase energy efficiency when we connect our Audi models to smart cities. Further V2I services will follow, making the car into an interactive mobile device. We see autonomous driving as the end of this development.”
As a first step, all Audi A4 and Q7 models produced for the U.S. market since June 2016 and equipped with Audi connect will have this function on board. In the USA, municipal traffic management centers will communicate the traffic-light data to Audi’s project partner Traffic Technology Services TTS. Here the data are prepared and sent to the on-board computer in the Audi via a fast Internet connection, for example 4G/LTE, in real time.
The first function of the Traffic Light Information V2I component is called Time-to-Green. In the Audi virtual cockpit or head-up display, drivers see whether they will reach the next light on green while traveling within the permitted speed limit. If not, a countdown is provided of the time remaining until the next green phase - and drivers can take their foot off the gas pedal in good time. Pilot projects in Europe have shown that drivers exercise more foresight thanks to this information about traffic lights. This has a beneficial overall effect on traffic flow. “In our tests the the number of cars that had to brake to a standstill in traffic fell by around 20 percent. This saved time for the driver and also made fuel savings of about 15 percent in the pilot project,” says Michael Zweck, project manager for Audi Traffic Light Information.
First of all, Audi customers will use this service. The development work that Audi is investing in traffic-light systems will also benefit customers of other brands in future. The increasing spread of the technology will help city traffic planners to understand the causes of hold-ups and optimize the phasing of traffic lights.
In future Traffic Light Information could be linked up to smart navigation and used for new powering concepts. For example, “green waves” in traffic-light sequences could be incorporated in route planning. It is also conceivable that Audi e-tron models could make greater use of braking energy by charging the battery as they decelerate at a red light.
Audi also intends to introduce the technology in Europe. In Berlin, Ingolstadt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Verona there have already been extensive pilot projects. In Berlin alone, some 700 traffic lights in the inner city have been connected to the service. Across Europe, however, unified data standards and digital infrastructure do not exist: “In Europe highly diverse traffic technology is in use, as the infrastructure has developed locally and decentrally. We are working on harmonization of the data that have been prepared. After that has been done, we can provide Traffic Light Information in Europe too,” Michael Zweck announced.
December 7, 2016
IWC PORTUGIESER CHRONOGRAPH RATTRAPANTE
Photo: Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante (Ref. 3712) from IWC Schaffhausen.
Photo: Italian actress Anna Ferzetti and Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino attend the IWC “Come Fly with us” Gala Dinner during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Chris Jackson).
Photo: Turkish actress and IWC brand ambassador, Tuba Buyukustun, attends the fifth IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), during which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its long-standing passion for filmmaking at One And Only Royal Mirage on December 8, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image provided by IWC Schaffhausen. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images.)
Photo: Tunisian Actress, Lawyer, and UN World Food Programme Ambassador, Hend Sabry, attends the fifth IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), during which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its long-standing passion for filmmaking at One And Only Royal Mirage on December 8, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ((Image provided by IWC Schaffhausen. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images.)
December 5, 2016
Circular Economy Principles could help India realise $624bn
Photo: UNCTAD 10th Debt Management Conference. Over 350 participants from over 100 countries, regional institutions and from the civil society participated in the 10th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.
Photo: UNCTAD 14 - 1st hearing with civil society. The hearing with civil society, held on 6 April 2016, provided a platform for organizations to contribute to discussions on what UNCTAD’s work priorities should be for the next four years. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.
Geneva, Switzerland — 5 December 2016 - India could save $624 billion a year by 2050 if it adopts circular economy principles rather than following a conventional but more wasteful development path, according to a new report on India produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in association with UNCTAD.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an economic research and innovation think tank, promotes the concept of a “circular economy”, which is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.
“Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model which relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, is increasingly challenged in the long term. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses are already exploring,” the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said.
Pilot projects have already shown these practices contributing towards cost savings of hundreds of millions dollars per year.
“Increasing circularity can help unlock efficiencies, opening up urgent investment opportunities and delivering environmental, economic and social gains,” Guillermo Valles, Director for International Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities, UNCTAD said. “Lessons from this work in India serve as an important example for other developing countries seeking to meet both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments in the Paris Agreement.”
India’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Ajit Kumar, said: “India is earnestly working towards finding ways to improve the living standards of its citizens, compatible with its resources. Sectors such as mobility, agriculture and construction will play a crucial role in the future growth of India. The suggestions contained in the report are therefore, noteworthy and timely.”
Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said: “This report builds on the Foundation’s previous analysis of the circular economy opportunity for Europe, by exploring for the first time the potential of applying the circular framework in a fast-growing market context. With its existing circular mindset and strong digital backbone, India can reap significant economic and societal benefits, embarking on a positive development path as it focuses on regenerative practices.”
The report says that better product design and innovative business models could generate cost savings and increase profits for businesses, in parallel with the shift to digitally enabled platforms for asset sharing, such as Zipcar, in which procuring services replaces owning goods.
A shift from selling cars to providing vehicles as a service could create new revenue streams for India’s car industry. Only about 2% of the Indian population currently owns a car, but the demand for mobility is increasing, the report says.
Using data from UNCTAD, the report estimates that India could save costs amounting 11% of its current GDP in 2030 and 30% of GDP in 2050 if proven circular approaches were adopted by the public and private sectors. Greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by 44%.
The report was launched in New Delhi, India, on 5 December, and an international briefing will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 December.
December 4, 2016
Carrera y Carrera presents Invierno (Winter) "Iceberg" Collection
Photos: Carrera y Carrera’s Invierno (Winter) Iceberg collection. To create the futuristic-looking jewelry pieces with unusual geometry of this new line named Iceberg, Carrera y Carrera designers have drawn inspiration from the Palacio de Cristal rising above Retiro pond in Madrid, Spain. (Images provided by & copyright © Carrera y Carrera.)
December 2, 2016
China and India Lead in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017
Photo: Entrance to the Science Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Image Credit: Milan Tvrdy.
London — India has increased its share of the top universities in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, but China still has the highest density of leading institutions in the developing world.
The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, breaks into the top 15 for the first time this year, in 14th place, thanks to an improved teaching environment and greater research influence.
Panjab University, Chandigarh, which had topped in India at No. 13 in 2014, and had later slipped to No. 39 in 2015 and to No. 121 in 2016, has, however, further slipped and is now placed at No. 135.
Meanwhile, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has reached its highest position after climbing three places to 26th, boosted by improved scores across all the five pillars underlying the methodology.
Overall, the country has 27 universities in the top 300 ranking, 19 of which make the top 200 (up from 16 last year), making it the second most-represented nation in the table.
Anurag Kumar, director of the Indian Institute of Science, said that increased government science funding in recent years has enabled the university to enhance grants for new hires, invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure and encourage interdisciplinary research. The institution is working hard to attract more scientists from other countries, he added.
“This growing talent pool augurs well for the country,” he said. “The government is doing its part by enhancing its education and research budget across the board.”
However, Richard Everitt, director of education at British Council India, warns that “reform is slow in India”, and although the country has one of the biggest higher education systems in the world and “some good institutions”, it still “doesn’t perform well on a global platform”.
Despite India’s gains, however, China still dominates the list, taking 52 - or more than one in six - places in the top 300. Six of these make the elite top 10, including Fudan University, which rose 11 places to reach sixth place this year, and Peking and Tsinghua universities, which hold on to the top two spots for the fourth year running.
While the two Asian giants have improved their showing, the performance of the other BRICS nations is waning, largely because of increased competition as a result of expanding the list to rank 300 universities from 41 countries, up from 200 institutions in 35 nations last year.
Brazil no longer has a university in the top 10, as the University of Sao Paulo slips four places to 13th, its lowest ever position, while half of South Africa’s eight universities have fallen.
Russia’s performance is more mixed; while 10 of its 24 universities have dropped places, Lomonosov Moscow State University holds on to third place amid increasing competition from China, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology climbs 81 places to 12th, thanks to an improved performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The THE BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship World University Rankings but are re-calibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.
BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017
- Peking University — China
- Tsinghua University — China
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
- University of Cape Town — South Africa
- University of Science and Technology of China — China
- Fudan University — China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- University of the Witwatersrand — South Africa
- Zhejiang University — China
- National Taiwan University — Taiwan
BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017
BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY
- 14 — Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
- 26 — Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
- =32 — Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
- =32 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
- 35 — Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
- =62 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
- 71 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- 99 — Jadavpur University
- 106 — Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
- =107 — Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
- =109 — University of Delhi
- 135 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
- 140 — Tezpur University
- =143 — Savitribai Phule Pune University
- =157 — Aligarh Muslim University
- 179 — University of Calcutta
- =186 — Sri Venkateswara University
- 195 — National Institute of Technology Rourkela
- =196 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
- 201-250 — Acharya Nagarjuna University
- 201-250 — Amrita University
- 201-250 — Andhra University
- 201-250 — Osmania University
- 251-300 — Amity University
- 251-300 — Cochin University of Science and Technology
- 251-300 — Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
- 251-300 — Manipal University
December 1, 2016
United Nations Secretary-General at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at podium) speaks at Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at New York Society for Ethical Culture. 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) attends Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at New York Society for Ethical Culture. On the left is Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
“There are many statues of men slaying lions, but if only the lions were sculptors there might be quite a different set of statues.”
― Aesop (621 - 564 BC).
“He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.”
― William Shakespeare, King Lear (III, vi, 19-21).
November 24, 2016
UN Secretary-General Addresses Disarmament Event at NYU
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a keynote address on “The Future of Multilateral Disarmament” at an event hosted by the Centre for Global Affairs (CGA) of New York University (NYU). The UN Secretary-General also took part in a Q&A session moderated by Edith Lederer, chief UN correspondent for the Associated Press. 22 November 2016. New York, United States. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote address on “The Future of Multilateral Disarmament” at an event hosted by the Centre for Global Affairs (CGA) of New York University (NYU). The UN Secretary-General (right) with NYU President Andrew Hamilton on the occasion. 22 November 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.”
— Victor Hugo.
“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.
“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.
November 19, 2016
UNESCO names filmmaker & music producer Deeyah Khan as its Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity
Photo: Music producer, composer, documentary film director, and human rights activist, Deeyah Khan, at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Violaine Martin. Image provided by & copyright © United Nations Office at Geneva.
Paris, France - November 18, 2016 — UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will designate the Norwegian film director of Punjabi (Pakistani) and Pashtun (Afghan) origin Deeyah Khan a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity. The ceremony will take place on Monday, 21 November at 1:00 pm at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
According to UNESCO, Deeyah Khan is being appointed in recognition of her commitment to promote art as a universal language and a force for development, dialogue and social cohesion, for her contribution to the improvement of fairer and freer societies through her work as a film director, and for her commitment in favour of the Organization’s ideals.
As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Deeyah Khan will promote freedom of creation for artists and the creative industries in developing countries in line with the principles of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who spread its ideals.
November 15, 2016
Porsche India celebrates arrival of the turbocharged four-cylinder Macan
Photos: Porsche Macan arrives in Mumbai. Images provided by Porsche India.
Mumbai, India - November 15, 2016 — Boasting a specially developed four-cylinder engine, the new Porsche Macan made its highly anticipated national debut at a press conference at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai today. The arrival marks the latest addition to the sports car manufacturer’s model range now available in the country, following the recent introduction of the new 911.
Under the bonnet, the Macan features a turbocharged two-litre engine. With 252 hp (185 kW) from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds (when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package), the model demonstrates its true sports car capabilities. With an unladen weight of 1,770 kilograms, the Macan is the lightest SUV made by Porsche, which translates into agile handling.
The high standards of the Macan are raised further in the new model thanks to the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and variety of distinctive interior and exterior features delivered as standard.
Commenting on the arrival of the new model, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “The new addition to the Macan range further evolves an already exceptional sports car line-up in the compact SUV range to new heights, at an attractive price. With a specially tailored engine, sporty design accents and cutting edge technology, the Macan is the definition of a five-door sports car, remaining true to its concept as a car built for a life of adventure. This compact SUV packs just as much punch, and the same outstanding drive comfort, as you would expect from any Porsche.”
The company explained that the four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the entry-level Macan was specifically tailored to the model, ensuring sporty and efficient performance. Its powerful 370 Nm of torque, available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm, allows for fast overtaking manoeuvres. This is made possible by the engine’s two bar of boost pressure, charge-air cooling, petrol direct injection and variable valve timing.
Delivering characteristically sporty driving dynamics in the new model is the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system. It comprises of an electronic and map-controlled multi-plate clutch, automatic brake differential (ABD) and anti-slip regulation (ASR). The electronically controlled multi-plate clutch regulates the distribution of drive force between the rear axle and the front axle. Driving conditions are constantly monitored to enable a precise and lightning-quick response to a variety of situations.
The Macan also features the electronically controlled Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The PASM shock absorber adjustment system increases driving pleasure, safety and comfort. It automatically regulates the damper force on the front and rear axles. Depending on the road condition and driving style, PASM optimally reduces body movements - on gentle stretches, when driving off-road and even when adopting a more dynamic driving style with strong acceleration and braking phases such as on race tracks.
According to Porsche, distinguishing design characteristics and an extensive list of standard equipment make the new Macan an attractive offer for customers in India. Accentuating design elements include side window trim strips and brake callipers in black, the latter shielded behind 18-inch wheels, alongside an exhaust system with two single tailpipes made of brushed stainless steel. In line with many of the S models, the Macan has comfort seats with electric eight-way adjustment on the driver’s side, Alcantara middle seat panels, a lane-departure warning system and a powered tailgate.
The new turbocharged four-cylinder Porsche Macan is now available for sale at Porsche Centres across India.
Porsche in Bella Italia!— Porsche India (@Porsche_India) December 11, 2016
Here’s a glimpse of Porsche 718 Boxster S touring Italy with the photographer Macrus Hoffmann. pic.twitter.com/hHa2OGlSWm
November 8, 2016
Superb Shot of Miss Universe
November 3, 2016
IWC Schaffhausen Launches New Watches
Photo: IWC AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION EXPEDITION CHARLES DARWIN. In the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Expedition Charles Darwin’ (Ref. IW379503), IWC Schaffhausen uses bronze in a watch case for the first time ever and upholds its tradition of developing innovative and modern diver’s watches. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC). Image provided by IWC.
Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph (Ref. IW395001) from IWC Schaffhausen features a stainless-steel case, black dial and black calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel folding clasp.
Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII (Ref. IW327002) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in stainless-steel, silver-plated dial and black calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel pin buckle.
Photo: IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Watch. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC).
Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN (Ref. IW389001) from IWC Schaffhausen features a ceramic case, black dial and black calfskin strap (embossed) with a blasted stainless-steel folding clasp.
Photo: The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW377714) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in stainless-steel, blue dial and brown calfskin strap by Santoni with a stainless-steel pin buckle.
Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2014 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC Schaffhausen/Chris Jackson). Image provided by IWC.
Photo: IWC brand ambassador and supermodel Adriana Lima takes part in a sparring session with children and others in a local boxing gym in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (PPR/IWC). Image provided by IWC.
Photo: What’s Adriana’s choice? It’s different and unique! Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Harold Cunningham). Image provided by IWC.
Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC © 2016 Getty Images. Image provided by IWC.
Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima, best known as the longest-running model of “Victoria’s Secret” (women’s premium lingerie), visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Pilot’s Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC © 2016 Getty Images. Image provided by IWC.
Photo: Supermodel Karolina Kurkova attends the exclusive gala event “For the Love of Cinema” during the Tribeca Film Festival hosted by luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. 14 April 2016. New York, NY. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris). Image provided by IWC.
Photo: Showgirl and actress Ariadna Romero attends the gala dinner at Ristorante Berton for the IWC Schaffhausen Boutique, Milan, Italy, opening on June 28, 2016. (PHOTOPRESS/DANIELE VENTURELLI/Getty Images for IWC). Image provided by IWC.
October 29, 2016
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October 26, 2016
Ending Modern Slavery
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, takes a selfie with an outstanding individual who is fighting to end human trafficking at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) at the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 24, 2016. (State Department Photo).
October 18, 2016
UN Secretary-General Attends Opening of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador
Photo: QUITO, ECUADOR — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon (left), attends opening of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, HABITAT III. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, is seated on the right. 16 October 2016. Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
October 17, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia — Editor's Choice
Photos: A model walks the runway at the MD MAKHMUDOV DJEMAL show during day three of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 15, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Images provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.
Photos: A model walks the runway at the BELLA POTEMKINA show during day five of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 17, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Images provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.
Photo: A model walks the runway at the Fabric by Alena Akhmadullina show during day five of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 on October 17, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Image provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia & Copyright © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images.
October 14, 2016
United Nations — Secretary-General meets with Secretary-General-Designate
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General-Designate. The UN General Assembly has appointed Mr. Guterres as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. 13 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
October 12, 2016
85 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2016 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR
Photo: Poster of “Son of Saul”, winner of the 88th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Image Credit: © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Actor Danny Trejo (left) and Moderator Christopher Nolan prior to a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Photo: Actress Amy Brenneman and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson following a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. Yemen is a first-time entrant.
The 2016 submissions are:
- Albania, “Chromium,” Bujar Alimani, director;
- Algeria, “The Well,” Lotfi Bouchouchi, director;
- Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen,” Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, directors;
- Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;
- Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe,” Maria Schrader, director;
- Bangladesh, “The Unnamed,” Tauquir Ahmed, director;
- Belgium, “The Ardennes,” Robin Pront, director;
- Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo,” Julia Vargas Weise, director;
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo,” Danis Tanovic, director;
- Brazil, “Little Secret,” David Schurmann, director;
- Bulgaria, “Losers,” Ivaylo Hristov, director;
- Cambodia, “Before the Fall,” Ian White, director;
- Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan, director;
- Chile, “Neruda,” Pablo Larraín, director;
- China, “Xuan Zang,” Huo Jianqi, director;
- Colombia, “Alias Maria,” Jose Luis Rugeles, director;
- Costa Rica, “About Us,” Hernán Jiménez, director;
- Croatia, “On the Other Side,” Zrinko Ogresta, director;
- Cuba, “The Companion,” Pavel Giroud, director;
- Czech Republic, “Lost in Munich,” Petr Zelenka, director;
- Denmark, “Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet, director;
- Dominican Republic, “Sugar Fields,” Fernando Baez, director;
- Ecuador, “Such Is Life in the Tropics,” Sebastián Cordero, director;
- Egypt, “Clash,” Mohamed Diab, director;
- Estonia, “Mother,” Kadri Kousaar, director;
- Finland, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” Juho Kuosmanen, director;
- France, “Elle,” Paul Verhoeven, director;
- Georgia, “House of Others,” Rusudan Glurjidze, director;
- Germany, “Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, director;
- Greece, “Chevalier,” Athina Rachel Tsangari, director;
- Hong Kong, “Port of Call,” Philip Yung, director;
- Hungary, “Kills on Wheels,” Attila Till, director;
- Iceland, “Sparrows,” Runar Runarsson, director;
- India, “Interrogation,” Vetri Maaran, director;
- Indonesia, “Letters from Prague,” Angga Dwimas Sasongko, director;
- Iran, “The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
- Iraq, “El Clásico,” Halkawt Mustafa, director;
- Israel, “Sand Storm,” Elite Zexer, director;
- Italy, “Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi, director;
- Japan, “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son,” Yoji Yamada, director;
- Jordan, “3000 Nights,” Mai Masri, director;
- Kazakhstan, “Amanat,” Satybaldy Narymbetov, director;
- Kosovo, “Home Sweet Home,” Faton Bajraktari, director;
- Kyrgyzstan, “A Father’s Will,” Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, directors;
- Latvia, “Dawn,” Laila Pakalnina, director;
- Lebanon, “Very Big Shot,” Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, director;
- Lithuania, “Seneca’s Day,” Kristijonas Vildziunas, director;
- Luxembourg, “Voices from Chernobyl,” Pol Cruchten, director;
- Macedonia, “The Liberation of Skopje,” Rade Serbedzija, Danilo Serbedzija, directors;
- Malaysia, “Beautiful Pain,” Tunku Mona Riza, director;
- Mexico, “Desierto,” Jonas Cuaron, director;
- Montenegro, “The Black Pin,” Ivan Marinovic, director;
- Morocco, “A Mile in My Shoes,” Said Khallaf, director;
- Nepal, “The Black Hen,” Min Bahadur Bham, director;
- Netherlands, “Tonio,” Paula van der Oest, director;
- New Zealand, “A Flickering Truth,” Pietra Brettkelly, director;
- Norway, “The King’s Choice,” Erik Poppe, director;
- Pakistan, “Mah-e-Mir,” Anjum Shahzad, director;
- Palestine, “The Idol,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;
- Panama, “Salsipuedes,” Ricardo Aguilar Navarro, Manolito Rodríguez, directors;
- Peru, “Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes),” Juan Daniel F. Molero, director;
- Philippines, “Ma’ Rosa,” Brillante Ma Mendoza, director;
- Poland, “Afterimage,” Andrzej Wajda, director;
- Portugal, “Letters from War,” Ivo M. Ferreira, director;
- Romania, “Sieranevada,” Cristi Puiu, director;
- Russia, “Paradise,” Andrei Konchalovsky, director;
- Saudi Arabia, “Barakah Meets Barakah,” Mahmoud Sabbagh, director;
- Serbia, “Train Driver’s Diary,” Milos Radovic, director;
- Singapore, “Apprentice,” Boo Junfeng, director;
- Slovakia, “Eva Nova,” Marko Skop, director;
- Slovenia, “Houston, We Have a Problem!” Ziga Virc, director;
- South Africa, “Call Me Thief,” Daryne Joshua, director;
- South Korea, “The Age of Shadows,” Kim Jee-woon, director;
- Spain, “Julieta,” Pedro Almodóvar, director;
- Sweden, “A Man Called Ove,” Hannes Holm, director;
- Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras, director;
- Taiwan, “Hang in There, Kids!” Laha Mebow, director;
- Thailand, “Karma,” Kanittha Kwunyoo, director;
- Turkey, “Cold of Kalandar,” Mustafa Kara, director;
- Ukraine, “Ukrainian Sheriffs,” Roman Bondarchuk, director;
- United Kingdom, “Under the Shadow,” Babak Anvari, director;
- Uruguay, “Breadcrumbs,” Manane Rodríguez, director;
- Venezuela, “From Afar,” Lorenzo Vigas, director;
- Vietnam, “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass,” Victor Vu, director;
- Yemen, “I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced,” Khadija Al-Salami, director.
The competitive Foreign Language Film category was introduced in 1956 for the 29th Academy Awards. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Academy has created a complete playlist of acceptance speeches and a poster gallery of all the Foreign Language Film Oscar winners.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.