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January 22, 2019

91ST OSCARS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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Oscars

Photo: Paz Vega 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 © Michael Baker / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (File Photo)

LOS ANGELES, CA - Actor-comedian and Oscar-nominated writer Kumail Nanjiani and actress-producer-director Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 91st Oscars nominations today (January 22), live from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills via a global live stream on the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed, and broadcast media.

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

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Tuesday, February 12, through Tuesday, February 19.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Christian Bale in “Vice”
  • Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born”
  • Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate”
  • Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Mahershala Ali in “Green Book”
  • Adam Driver in “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Sam Elliott in “A Star Is Born”
  • Richard E. Grant in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • Sam Rockwell in “Vice”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Yalitza Aparicio in “Roma”
  • Glenn Close in “The Wife”
  • Olivia Colman in “The Favourite”
  • Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born”
  • Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “Vice”
  • Marina de Tavira in “Roma”
  • Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Emma Stone in “The Favourite”
  • Rachel Weisz in “The Favourite”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Incredibles 2” Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • “Isle of Dogs” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • “Mirai” Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, and Clark Spencer
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Cold War” Łukasz Żal
  • “The Favourite” Robbie Ryan
  • “Never Look Away” Caleb Deschanel
  • “Roma” Alfonso Cuarón
  • “A Star Is Born” Matthew Libatique

Achievement in costume design

  • “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Mary Zophres
  • “Black Panther” Ruth Carter
  • “The Favourite” Sandy Powell
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” Sandy Powell
  • “Mary Queen of Scots” Alexandra Byrne

Achievement in directing

  • “BlacKkKlansman” Spike Lee
  • “Cold War” Paweł Pawlikowski
  • “The Favourite” Yorgos Lanthimos
  • “Roma” Alfonso Cuarón
  • “Vice” Adam McKay

Best documentary feature

  • “Free Solo” Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes, and Shannon Dill
  • “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes, and Su Kim
  • “Minding the Gap” Bing Liu and Diane Quon
  • “Of Fathers and Sons” Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, and Tobias N. Siebert
  • “RBG” Betsy West and Julie Cohen

Best documentary short subject

  • “Black Sheep” Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
  • “End Game” Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
  • “Lifeboat” Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
  • “A Night at The Garden” Marshall Curry
  • “Period. End of Sentence.” Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Achievement in film editing

  • “BlacKkKlansman” Barry Alexander Brown
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” John Ottman
  • “The Favourite” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • “Green Book” Patrick J. Don Vito
  • “Vice” Hank Corwin

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Capernaum” Lebanon
  • “Cold War” Poland
  • “Never Look Away” Germany
  • “Roma” Mexico
  • “Shoplifters” Japan

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Border” Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
  • “Mary Queen of Scots” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
  • “Vice” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Black Panther” Ludwig Goransson
  • “BlacKkKlansman” Terence Blanchard
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” Nicholas Britell
  • “Isle of Dogs” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” Marc Shaiman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “All The Stars” from “Black Panther”
  • Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe
  • “I’ll Fight” from “RBG”
  • Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
  • “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
  • Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
  • Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Black Panther” Kevin Feige, Producer
  • “BlacKkKlansman” Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee, Producers
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” Graham King, Producer
  • “The Favourite” Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers
  • “Green Book” Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga, Producers
  • “Roma” Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers
  • “A Star Is Born” Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers
  • “Vice” Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • “Black Panther” Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
  • “The Favourite” Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
  • “First Man” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • “Roma” Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez

The best animated short film

  • “Animal Behaviour” Alison Snowden and David Fine
  • “Bao” Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
  • “Late Afternoon” Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
  • “One Small Step” Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
  • “Weekends” Trevor Jimenez

Best live action short film

  • “Detainment” Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
  • “Fauve” Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
  • “Marguerite” Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset
  • “Mother” Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado
  • “Skin” Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Achievement in sound editing

  • “Black Panther” Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
  • “First Man” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • “A Quiet Place” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • “Roma” Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Black Panther” Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
  • “First Man” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
  • “Roma” Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García
  • “A Star Is Born” Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder, and Steve Morrow

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Avengers: Infinity War” Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick
  • “Christopher Robin” Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones, and Chris Corbould
  • “First Man” Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm
  • “Ready Player One” Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler, and David Shirk
  • “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted screenplay

  • “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “BlacKkKlansman” Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
  • “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins
  • “A Star Is Born” Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

Original screenplay

  • “The Favourite” Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • “First Reformed” Written by Paul Schrader
  • “Green Book” Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • “Roma” Written by Alfonso Cuarón
  • “Vice” Written by Adam McKay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Jane Goodall at Open Forum in Davos

World Economic Forum

Photo: The Forums Logo is seen in this Picture taken at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 20, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions from the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 20, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 January 2019 - Sessions on escaping extinction and tackling plastic pollution plus the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s special screening of the documentary, The Price of Free, which portrays the rescue of 80,000 child factory workers in India, are among the events open to the public, on a first come, first served basis at the Open Forum Davos 2019.

Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, will be joined in conversation with Jane Goodall during which they will discuss her life’s journey through the world’s last forests and her work with great apes, humanity’s closest relatives.

The extreme swimmer from Davos, Ernst Bromeis, will discuss his journeys across the waters of Europe and what it takes to protect our planet’s most important resource. There will also be an exceptional performance and dialogue with a quartet of the Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra, which comprises some of the most talented young African-American and Latino soloists in the United States, highlighting how increasing diversity in classical music benefits everyone.

The Open Forum Davos, now in its 17th year and with a fresh new look, will open its doors to the public from 22 to 25 January in Davos, Switzerland. Leading personalities from business, government, academia, and civil society, as well as young people, will discuss and interact with the Swiss public on critical - and, at times, controversial - subjects, opening a unique window onto the most challenging debates of our time.

Panelists at this year’s Open Forum Davos comprise public figures, chief executive officers, representatives from civil society, experts and academics from Switzerland and around the world, including:

· Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute

· Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, New York

· Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International

· Denis Mukwege, Founder, Panzi Hospital and Foundation

· Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad

· Kailash Satyarthi, Founder, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation

· Pascale Baeriswyl, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

· Heather Koldewey, Fellow, National Geographic Society

· Ernst Bromeis, Water Ambassador, The Blue Miracle

· Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament, European Union

· Roger Köppel, Member of the National Council, Swiss Parliament

· Ricken Patel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Avaaz.org

· Rachel Haas, Managing Director, NO MORE

· Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education and Research and Innovation of Switzerland

· Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences of the United Arab Emirates

· Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology; Head, Silliman College, Yale University

· Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, Mumbai

· Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

· Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust

Open Forum Programme

Tuesday 22 January

09.00 - 10.00 Water for Life

12.30 - 14.00 Plastic Pollution: An End in Sight?

18.30 - 20.00 Averting “Peak Europe”

Wednesday 23 January

09.00 - 10.30 Escaping Extinction

13.00 - 14.00 An Insight, An Idea with Jane Goodall

18.30 - 20.00 Violence against Women

Thursday 24 January

09:00 - 10:00 An Encounter with the Sphinx Virtuosi

12.30 - 14.00 Loneliness: An Epidemic?

18.30 - 20.00 The Price of Free

Friday 25 January

09.00 - 10.30 Bridging Science with Society

The Open Forum will be held at the Swiss Alpine Mittelschule, Guggerbachstrasse 3, Davos Platz, Switzerland.

Source: World Economic Forum

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January 20, 2019

IWC CELEBRATES ITS NEW PILOT’S WATCHES WITH A SPECTACULAR GALA

IWC Watches

Photo: IWC Pilot’s Watch, Double Chronograph Edition.

IWC Watches

Photo: Negin Mirsalehi visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Adriana Lima visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Hend Sabry visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Sonam Kapoor attends the IWC Schaffhausen Gala celebrating the launch of the new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Dev Patel visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

Geneva, 16th January 2019 - IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches with an exclusive gala evening at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva.

Several well-known IWC brand ambassadors walked the red carpet, including film stars Bradley Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Dev Patel, James Marsden, and Sonam Kapoor; supermodels Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurkova; sports personalities Valtteri Bottas, David Coulthard and Jochen Mass; and influencers Negin Mirsalehi and Oliver Cheshire.

Source: IWC Schaffhausen

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January 19, 2019

Prime Minister Modi inaugurates National Museum of Indian Cinema

India Cinema

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the gathering during the inauguration of National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

India Cinema

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

India Cinema

Photo: Dignitaries during the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

Mumbai, January 19, 2019 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai today.

Many dignitaries were present at the event.

In his address, the Prime Minister said that the National Museum of Indian Cinema would provide a fantastic opportunity for the younger generation to understand and learn about Indian cinema. He added that the Museum would have detailed information about the history of the Indian entertainment industry along with tales of struggles of various film personalities.

Mr. Modi said that film and society are a reflection of each other. Whatever happens in the community is reflected by the movies on the screen, while the community mirrors the images from the films.

Talking about trends, he said there are many films now which depict both the problem and the solution which is a positive sign as compared to earlier years when only the helplessness was displayed.

Mr. Modi said that India is now confident of finding its solutions to the problems it faces and this he said is a sign of a New India which is confident and capable of taking issues head on and resolving them.

The Prime Minister in his address highlighted the global reach of Indian Cinema. In this context, he mentioned his interaction with various global leaders who can even sing Indian songs.

He extended best wishes to the film fraternity for creating the characters that have captured the imaginations of young generations. He said that due to the global appeal of such characters, India’s youngsters are now not just fans of Batman, but also of Bahubali.

The Prime Minister said that the Indian Cinema has a significant role in enhancing India’s soft power, its credibility, and building Brand India across the world. He said that through Cinema, critical social issues such as sanitation, women empowerment, and sports are now reaching to the people. Cinema plays a vital role in nation building and strengthens the feeling of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. PM said that the film Industry has a vast potential of contributing to the growth of tourism in the country.

He mentioned that the government is working to provide the facility of ‘Ease of Filming’ by putting in place a Single Window Clearance system for Film Shooting approvals in different parts of the country. Prime Minister said Government is working on amending the Cinematograph Act 1952 to check the problem of Film Piracy.

Mr. Modi said that the government is also working towards setting up a National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics.

Narendra Modi said that a dedicated university for Communication and Entertainment is the need of the hour and urged film personalities to suggest and contribute on this. He also suggested the idea of Global Film Summit similar to Davos Summit which would focus on the expansion of the market for Indian Cinema.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 15, 2019

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer administers the oath of office to the National Press Club's new President, Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

Photo: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer administers the oath of office to the National Press Club’s new President, Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, at the inaugural gala.

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2019 — Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak took the oath of office as the new president of the National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The club was founded in 1908. It has 3,100 members worldwide.

A three-time George Polk Award-winner throughout her lengthy career in both print and broadcast journalism, Kodjak was sworn into office by the Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Delivering her inaugural address from the Club’s historic Ballroom, Kodjak urged her fellow journalists to remain steadfast, focused and fearless in their search for the truth:

“Our neighbor down the road attacks our credibility and our character and calls us the enemy of the people,” said Kodjak. “But — those of us here in this room — know better. We journalists are not the enemy of the people. We are the advocates for the people.”

“A free and vibrant press is the basis of a successful democracy,” Kodjak continued. “We can’t have a representative democracy - government by the people - if the people don’t know what their government is doing.”

Kodjak pledged to uphold the work of her predecessors in advocating for press freedom worldwide and declared her desire to expand that critical work into the realm of freedom of information.

“Any journalist who covers government knows that - for years now - it’s been getting harder and harder to find out what our public servants are doing,” explained Kodjak. “When I was at Bloomberg — I was part of a team that successfully sued the Federal Reserve to get details about the bank bailouts in 2008. Moreover, at NPR (National Public Radio) we’re turning more and more to the courts to ensure that the Press and public have access to government information.”

Before joining NPR (National Public Radio) as their Health Policy Correspondent in 2015, Kodjak spent two years at the Center for Public Integrity, leading projects in financial, telecom, and political reporting. Before joining the Center, she spent more than a decade at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about the convergence of politics, government, and economics, and as part of Bloomberg’s investigative team, reported on the bankruptcy of General Motors Corp. and the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Kodjak is also the co-author of the book “In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race that Took It Down,” published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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January 14, 2019

First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award presented to Narendra Modi

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award in New Delhi on January 14, 2019.

New Delhi, January 14, 2019 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award in New Delhi.

Prof. Philip Kotler is a world-renowned Professor of Marketing at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA.

The Award focuses on the triple-bottom-line of People, Profit, and Planet. It will be offered annually to the leader of a Nation.

The Award Citation says:

“Shri Narendra Modi is selected for his outstanding leadership for the nation. His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country.”

The Citation adds: “Under his leadership, India is now identified as the Centre for Innovation and Value Added Manufacturing (Make in India), as well as a global hub for professional services such as Information Technology, Accounting, and Finance.”

The Citation also mentions: “His visionary leadership has also resulted in the Digital Revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion. It is enabling entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and creating a 21st-century infrastructure for India.”

The Citation mentions initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat, which, according to it, “have positioned India as one of the most lucrative manufacturing and business destinations in the world.”

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 10, 2019

Twitter and Women & Child Development Ministry of India launch “Web-Wonder Women” Campaign

India Women

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Photo: The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, with the Facebook officials, in New Delhi on October 29, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, January 09, 2019 — The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, has launched an online campaign, ‘Web-Wonder Women.’ The Campaign aims to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development; Mr. Colin Crowell, Global Head, Public Policy, Twitter; and Ms. Sohini Bhattacharya, President & CEO, Breakthrough, were present during the launch.

Through the campaign, the Ministry and the Campaign’s Partners aim to recognize the courage of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive & niche campaigns to steer a change in society. This Campaign will recognize and acknowledge the efforts of these meritorious Women.

At the launch, Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, said, “Indian women have always been enterprising and have created a positive impact on society with their hard work, experience, and knowledge. Women online, though niche, are a compelling voice. Web-Wonder Women is a campaign to specially honor and encourage such voices that have in their capacity driven a positive impact on social media platforms. The Ministry is glad to partner with Breakthrough and Twitter India on this.”

The Campaign invites Entries via Nominations from across the world, as per the laid out criteria. Nominations are now open till 31st January 2019. Indian-origin women, working or settled anywhere in the world, are eligible for nomination. The shortlisted entries will be open for public voting on Twitter, and a specialized panel of judges will select the finalists. The Campaign has invited submissions to several categories that include Health, Media, Literature, Art, Sports, Environmental Protection, and Fashion, among others.

Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India

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January 9, 2019

Mastercard Evolves Its Brand Mark by Dropping its Name

MasterCard

Photo: Mastercard Circles. The Mastercard Symbol will now stand on its own across cards using the red and yellow brand mark, acceptance marks at retail locations both in the physical and digital worlds.

Las Vegas - January 8, 2019 - Mastercard today announced that it is dropping its name from its iconic brand mark in select contexts. The interlocking red and yellow circles referred to as the Mastercard Symbol, will now stand on its own across cards using the red and yellow brand mark, acceptance marks at retail locations both in the physical and digital worlds, and significant sponsorship properties. “As the consumer and commerce landscape continues to evolve, the Mastercard Symbol represents Mastercard better than one word ever could, and the flexible modern design will allow it to work seamlessly across the digital landscape,” the company said.

“Reinvention in the digital age calls for modern simplicity,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communication officer at Mastercard. “And with more than 80 percent of people spontaneously recognizing the Mastercard Symbol without the word ‘MasterCard,’ we felt ready to take this next step in our brand evolution. We are proud of our rich brand heritage and are excited to see the iconic circles standing on their own.”

According to Mastercard, the red and yellow interlocking circles have been the hallmark of the Mastercard brand for more than 50 years, symbolizing the brand’s promise to connect people to Priceless possibilities. The instantaneously recognizable circles are a powerful symbol that brings people closer to their passions and gives them the confidence and trust that their transactions are secure, the company stated.

“We live in a time where, increasingly, we communicate not through words but icons and symbols. Mastercard has had the great fortune of being represented by two interlocking circles, one red, one yellow, since its founding in 1966, said Michael Bierut, a partner at Pentagram. “Now, by allowing this symbol to shine on its own, Mastercard enters an elite cadre of brands that are represented not by name, but by a symbol: an apple, a target, a swoosh. Mastercard’s two interlocking circles have always expressed their commitment to connecting people. Now, that commitment is given greater presence by Mastercard’s status as a symbol brand.”

Source: Mastercard

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January 8, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump Exchange Greetings

Modi with Trump

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India with the President of United States of America, Donald Trump, and the first lady of USA, Ms. Melania Trump, at White House, in Washington DC, USA, on June 26, 2017. [File Photo]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Donald Trump of the United States exchanged greetings in a telephonic conversation last evening.

They expressed satisfaction at the progress in India-U.S. strategic partnership in 2018. They appreciated developments such as the launch of the new 2+2 Dialogue mechanism and the first-ever Trilateral Summit of India, the U.S., and Japan.

The two leaders took positive note of growing bilateral cooperation in defense, counter-terrorism and energy and coordination on regional and global issues. They agreed to continue to work together for further strengthening India-U.S. bilateral relations in 2019.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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January 7, 2019

India's Chief Election Commissioner in Chandigarh to review Election Preparedness for the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections.

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Photo: The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora, reviews the election preparedness of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections in 2019, in Chandigarh on January 07, 2019.

Chandigarh, January 07, 2019 — Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner of India, today reviewed the election preparedness of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections in 2019.

The Commission began the review with a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officers of Punjab, Haryana, and UT of Chandigarh. He discussed the provision of Assured Minimum Facilities at the Polling Stations. He also considered strengthening of workforce and infrastructure of CEO’s offices, filling up of all vacant positions of elections functionaries at the field level, and the availability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The Chief Electoral officers of Punjab, Haryana, and UT of Chandigarh briefed the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) about the progress of Special Summary Revision (w.r.t 01-01-2019), Voter Helpline (1950), and other IT related Applications.

The CEC had a comprehensive discussion with the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Home Secretary, and other senior officials of Punjab, Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh on arrangements for smooth conduct of elections.

The Chief Election Commissioner directed the CEOs to ensure that all Contact Centers with a uniform number -‘1950’ shall be made operational as a single point contact for all election-related information to the voters.

Source: Election Commission of India

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January 6, 2019

Prakash Javadekar inaugurates 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair

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Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, presenting the book ‘Exam Warriors’ written by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to the Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, Sharjah, Mr. Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, at the inauguration of the New World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on January 05, 2019.

New Delhi, January 05, 2019 — Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated the 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi today.

Javadekar said that Books and culture complement each other. Despite the growing digitalization, the demand for books has not decreased. The culture of reading in India is increasing day by day. He further said that prosperity of life lies in the books, not in the money.

Welcoming Sharjah - the Guest of Honour this year at the Book Fair - Javadekar said that the ties between the two nations go back a long time. He noted that Sharjah is home away from home for millions of Indians.

The Union Minister gifted the book ‘Exam Warriors’ authored by the Prime Minister Narender Modi to H.E. Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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January 4, 2019

Flag Installation Ceremony for Newly-elected Non-permanent Members of the UN Security Council

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Photo: Christoph Heusge, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, holds his country’s flag during the flag installation ceremony held to honor the newly-elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020. 02 January 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Miguel Vargas Maldonado, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic and President of the Security Council for January, addresses the press during the flag installation ceremony held to honor the newly-elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020. 02 January 2019. United Nations, New York, UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, holds his country’s flag during the flag installation ceremony held to honor the newly-elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020. 02 January 2019 United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York

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The 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ to begin next week at Leisure Valley, Chandigarh.

Women of India Organic Festival

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Photo (Updated): The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, along with Member of Parliament Kirron Kher, visiting the exhibition stalls on the concluding day of 6th “Women of India Organic Festival” at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on January 14, 2019.

Women of India Organic Festival

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Photo: Coffee Table book on First Ladies. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, along with the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel, releasing the Coffee Table book on First Ladies, at the felicitation ceremony of the Women Achievers, in New Delhi. [File Photo]

Chandigarh, January 04, 2018 — The Ministry of Women and Child Development will be hosting the 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ from 12th to 14th January 2019, at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh, to celebrate and promote women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from the remotest parts of India.

“The festival aims to encourage Indian women entrepreneurs and farmers to connect with more buyers and thus, empower them through financial inclusion while promoting organic culture in India. Through this festival, the Ministry also aims to educate people about its various initiatives and schemes relating to women and children,” said Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development.

Over 100 women are coming together at Leisure Valley, which will become the epicenter of an organic extravaganza. The Festival will showcase over 1,000 various natural products, including fabric, wellness, grains, seeds, jewelry, bakery items and a lot more. Visitors to the festival will also get to visit the food court, which promises to offer a wide variety of sumptuous delights. The timings of the Festival are 10:30 AM to 10 PM.

The Women of India Organic Festival has been held annually in New Delhi since 2015. It makes its debut in Chandigarh this year.

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B.L. Sharma, Secretary, Women and Child Development, UT Chandigarh, will be the Chief Guest while Anuradha Chagti, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India, will be the Guest of Honour for inaugural function of the 6th “Women of India Organic Festival.”

On 14 January 2019, Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, will inaugurate National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) Mohali Regional Centre in the morning. Later, in the afternoon, she will visit various stalls and Food Court at the 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development

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January 3, 2019

Prime Minister Modi delivers inaugural address at 106th session of Indian Science Congress

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, delivering the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab, on January 03, 2019.

Modi, Indian Science Congress

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Photo: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in a group photograph at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab, on January 03, 2019. The Governor of Punjab & the Administrator of Chandigarh, V.P. Singh Badnore, the Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Vijay Sampla, are also seen.

Indian Science Congress

Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, addresses the valedictory session of Children Science Congress, during the 106th Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 06, 2019.

Indian Science Congress

Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, delivering the keynote lecture at the inauguration of Science Communicators Meets, during the 106th Indian science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 05, 2019.

Indian Science Congress

Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, addresses the gathering at the inauguration of the Women science Congress, during the 106th Indian science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 05, 2019.

Jalandhar, Punjab, January 03, 2019 — The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today delivered the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab.

Reflecting on the theme of the event this year - ‘Future India: Science and Technology’ - the Prime Minister said that India’s real strength would be in connecting its science, technology, and innovation, with its people.

He recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S.N. Bose, and said that they served the people through “minimum resources” and “maximum struggle.”

“The life and works of hundreds of Indian Scientists are a compelling testament of integration of deep fundamental insights with technology development and nation-building. It is through our modern temples of science that India is transforming its present and working to secure its future,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister recalled former Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said that Shastri Ji gave us the slogan: “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” while Atal Ji added “Jai Vigyan” to it. He said that now the time has come to take a step further, by adding “Jai Anusandhan.”

The Prime Minister emphasized that the pursuit of science achieves two objectives: generation of profound knowledge; and use of that knowledge for socio-economic good.

“Our Scientists must commit themselves to address problems of affordable healthcare, housing, clean air, water and energy, agricultural productivity and food processing. While Science is universal, technology must be local for providing solutions relevant to local needs and conditions,” the Prime Minister said.

Noting that our national laboratories, central universities, IITs, IISC, TIFR, and IISERs are our strength in research and development, the Prime Minister said that the State Universities and Colleges, too, must develop a robust research ecosystem.

Speaking on achievements in the space sector, the Prime Minister mentioned the success of Cartosat 2 and other satellites. He said preparations are underway for sending three Indians into space, through the Gaganyaan in 2022.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve 2018

New Year's Eve 2018

Auckland New Year's Eve 2018

New Year's Eve 2018

Photos: Fireworks are seen exploding from the Sky Tower with the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the foreground during the Auckland New Year’s Eve celebrations on January 01, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. Photos by Phil Walter/Getty Images for ATEED. Copyright © 2018 Getty Images. Images provided by Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development.

Auckland, New Zealand, the first major city in the world to greet the new day, saw the light in 2019 with a New Year’s Eve visual and entertainment extravaganza that lit up Auckland’s cityscape. For the first time, the stunning Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge joined in the celebrations. At the stroke of midnight, Vector Lights exploded into life with a five-minute light show designed in sync with SkyCity’s fireworks spectacular.

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Lovely Professional University Jalandhar to Host Indian Science Congress, Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate it

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Lovely Professional University

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting degrees & certificates to the students and researchers, at the 9th Convocation of Lovely Professional University, at Phagwara, Jalandhar, Punjab on October 22, 2018.

One of the world’s largest science meets, Indian Science Congress (ISC)-2019, is going to be held from 3rd to 7th January 2019, at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate it on 3rd January. PM Modi will also address about 30,000 delegates including many Nobel Laureates, Union Cabinet Ministers of India, science policymakers, administrators, eminent scientists, young men-women researchers and school children from across India & abroad.

During the five days long congress, around 100 plus conferences and events of scientific and technology origin will be held, where eminent personalities from India government organizations like DRDO, ISRO, DST, AIIMS, UGC, AICTE, and many elite universities of the USA, UK, India, and other countries will participate. Union Cabinet ministers including Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and Textile Minister, Smriti Irani, will also attend the event.

The event will play a pivotal role in stimulating scientific research effort and raising the scientific temperament in the country and the world. The Nobel Laureates who will be participating include German-American biochemist, Prof. Thomas Sudoph, who has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine; Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Prof. Avram Hershko; and British born physicist, Frederick Duncan Michael Haldane, who has been awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.

General President of the Indian Science Congress Association, Dr. Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti, believes that 106th session of ISC will be a milestone for the future development of India since it is going to provide a great platform for exchanging ideas and innovations among young minds. Mr. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor of Lovely Professional University, which is hosting the five-day long event, expressed his happiness on organizing one of the leading scientific activities of the world. “Our engineering students have designed a special ‘Solar powered Multi-Seated Driver-Less Bus.’ This bus will ferry PM Modi to the ISC venue,” Mr. Mittal added

To be inaugurated on the 2nd day of ISC, 4th January 2019, Children’s Science Congress will target 10-17 year children for carrying forward innovation and research in science to a next level. Near 150 science projects are to be showcased, and children will also have the opportunity to listen and interact with eminent scientists and Nobel Laureates.

On the third day of ISC, two-day Science Communicators’ Meet- 2019 will be inaugurated, where the main aim will be to brainstorm ways of dissemination of scientific information and inculcation of scientific attitude among masses. Various Journalists from top media-houses would also be a part of the communicators’ meet.

With its inauguration on 5th January, ‘Women’s Science Congress’ will showcase the contribution of women in Science, Technology and the Society. Here, renowned women scientists and leaders from Government, academia, and industry will deliver lectures and participate in panel discussions on promoting talent among women.

Also, there would be 14 Plenary Sessions. Science and technology stalwarts would chair them.

Source: Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India

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December 29, 2018

Panjab University Chandigarh commemorates 200th Birth Anniversary of Sikh Philosopher

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Panjab University Chandigarh

Photo: The Minister of State for Culture and Environment, Dr. Mahesh Sharma addressing at the International Seminar to Commemorate 200th Birth Anniversary of Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji, in New Delhi on December 28, 2018.

Panjab University Chandigarh

Photo: Lighting of the lamp at the International Seminar to Commemorate 200th Birth Anniversary of Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji, in New Delhi on December 28, 2018. Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Raj Kumar, is on the right.

New Delhi, December 28, 2018 — To commemorate the 200th Birth Anniversary of the Sikh philosopher, reformer, and freedom fighter, Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji, Panjab University, Chandigarh, organized an International Seminar in New Delhi in collaboration with Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust and the Indian Ministry of Culture. The Minister of State for Culture and Environment, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated the seminar.

His Holiness Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji; Sardar Prem Singh Chandumajra, MP Lok Sabha; Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University Chandigarh; Sardar Tarlochan Singh, Ex-MP Rajya Sabha; Sardar H. S. Hanspal, Ex-MP Rajya Sabha; and Sardar S. S. Namdhari, Vice Chairman Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust & President Vishav Namdhari Sangat; were present at the function.

Inaugurating the seminar, the Minister of State for Culture and Environment, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, said that Sri Satguru Ram Singh was a great spiritual guru, a thinker, a seer, philosopher, social reformer, and a freedom fighter. Around 150 years ago, he organized his followers for the noble cause of the freedom of the country. The Culture Minister said that whatever he was preaching or practicing in the 19th Century, is equally good in the 21st century as well.

Praising the ideology of the Satguru, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that he advocated reverence for the cow, simple wedding ceremonies, widow remarriage and mass marriages with minimal expenditure.

The Satguru was a great social reformer. He started a new mass marriage system wherein his followers performed the marriages by spending a Rupee and Twenty Five Paisa only. Satguru Ram Singh banned the dowry and inculcated religious awareness among his followers, the Minister said.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India

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December 24, 2018

Tissot presents Heritage Visodate Quartz — A Legacy of Elegance

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Tissot, Watches

Photos: Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz watch. Images provided by and copyright © TISSOT.

Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz is the watch that every young man dreams of wearing on his wrist: a piece that is passed on from generation to generation. Inspired by the 1950s collection, the Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz symbolises a smooth combination of sentimental classicism and youthful passion which is expressed in its design: a nostalgic dial with a modern twist, the Tissot logo in the original font, delicate facetted hour markers, the essential date counter at 3 o’clock and - a new feature - a quartz movement.

The 1950s heralded the Tissot Heritage Visodate with its avant-garde design: a streamlined dial; crisp, angular lines; finesse in wear; an original style; and the essential date function at 3 o’clock. The Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz takes inspiration from its predecessor while adding elegant touches from its own time.

In the company’s opinion, “The Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz has that surprising spirit, a blend of retro and modernity, that makes ordinary life extraordinary, and reminds you that you can always, somewhere, discover a new experience and write a new chapter.”

Source: TISSOT

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December 22, 2018

India submits its dossier on ‘Monuments Forts of Deccan Sultanate’ for consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO, Paris

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Photo: The Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Image Credit: Otis Yang.

New Delhi, December 22, 2018 — India’s Ministry of Culture has informed the Indian Parliament that, at present, India has 42 sites listed under UNESCO’s tentative list which is a pre-requisite condition for inscription as World Heritage Sites. This year, ‘The Walled city of Jaipur’ is under process for nomination of World Heritage Site. The dossier on ‘Monuments Forts of Deccan Sultanate’ has already been submitted to UNESCO for the 2019-20 initiative, the Ministry said.

Augmentation of sites on the World Heritage List/Tentative List is a continuous process. UNESCO selects the heritage sites on the basis of their potential for fulfilling criteria under Operational Guidelines and demonstration of Outstanding Universal Value, India’s Minister for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, explained.

At present, India has 37 World Heritage Sites as follows:

WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

CULTURAL SITES:

Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India

Name of Site — State

  • Agra Fort (1983) — Uttar Pradesh
  • Ajanta Caves (1983) — Maharashtra
  • Ellora Caves (1983) — Maharashtra
  • Taj Mahal (1983) — Uttar Pradesh
  • Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984) — Tamil Nadu
  • Sun Temple, Konarak (1984) — Odisha
  • Churches and Convents of Goa (1986) — Goa
  • Fatehpur Sikri (1986) — Uttar Pradesh
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986) — Karnataka
  • Khajuraho, Group of Temples (1986) — Madhya Pradesh
  • Elephanta Caves ( 1987) — Maharashtra
  • Great Living Chola Temples at Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram, and Darasuram (1987 & 2004) — Tamil Nadu
  • Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987) — Karnataka
  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989) — Madhya Pradesh
  • Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993) — Delhi
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993) — Delhi
  • Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003) — Madhya Pradesh
  • Champaner-Pavagarh Archaeological Park (2004) — Gujarat
  • Red Fort Complex, Delhi (2007) — Delhi
  • Hill Forts of Rajasthan — Rajasthan
  • Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan (2014) — Gujarat
  • Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda (2016) — Bihar

Under Protection of Ministry of Railways

  • Mountain Railways of India ( Darjeeling,1999), Nilgiri (2005), Kalka-Shimla(2008) — West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004) — Maharashtra

Under Protection of Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee

  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, (2002) — Bihar

Under Protection of Rajasthan State Archaeology and Museums

  • The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010) — Rajasthan

Under Protection of Chandigarh Administration

  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016) — Chandigarh

Under Protection of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

  • Historic City of Ahmedabad (2017) — Gujarat

Under Protection of Bombay Municipal Corporation

  • Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (2018) — Govt of Maharashtra

NATURAL SITES:

Under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

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

MIXED SITE:

Under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

  • Khangchendzonga National Park (2016) — Sikkim

All the world heritage sites are well protected and are in good shape. India is conserving all these sites in accordance with the UNESCO’s conservation policy, India’s Minister for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, told the parliament.

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December 21, 2018

TISSOT presents LOVELY SQUARE Ladies' Watches

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Tissot Watches

Tissot Watches

Photos: TISSOT LOVELY SQUARE watches. Images provided by and copyright © TISSOT.

“Tissot Lovely Square is a tribute to the small Tissot ladies’ watches of the 1960s, and is an utterly feminine creation, calibrated for the finest wrists,” TISSOT stated, “Its beautiful dial, displaying minutes alongside hours, has the sensual aura of the most feminine attire. The design is available in seven distinct versions, naturally attracting women in love with timeless glamour.”

“With its suggestions of romance and rock-and-roll, the Tissot Lovely Square is designed for the woman in search of new adventures, experiences, and encounters,” the company announced.

Source: TISSOT

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