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April 17, 2024

TIME releases its 2024 list of 100 Most Influential People.

• Global TIME100 leaders will gather in NYC on April 24, 2024, for the TIME100 Summit to showcase solutions for a better world.

Time Magazine

Photo: The 2024 TIME100 Covers featuring singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, football quarterback Patrick Mahomes, actor Taraji P. Henson, and Yulia Navalnaya, a leader of Russia’s opposition movement. Images provided by TIME.

NEW YORK, April 17, 2024 — Today, TIME magazine released its annual list of the 100 most influential people globally, known as the 2024 TIME 100. This year’s issue features four different covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME 100 list. The covers feature singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, football quarterback Patrick Mahomes, actor Taraji P. Henson, and Yulia Navalnaya, a prominent figure in Russia’s opposition movement.

The annual TIME magazine list, denoted as TIME100, features unexpected pairings of the list members with guest contributors who write about them. The twenty-first annual list features Alex Rodriguez on Patrick Mahomes, Burna Boy on 21 Savage, Maren Morris on Jack Antonoff, Blake Lively on America Ferrera, Kate Hudson on Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Obama on Thelma Golden, Jon Huntsman on William Lai, Naomi Watts on Tory Burch, Tom Brady on A’ja Wilson, Mark Zuckerberg on Jensen Huang, Ryan Reynolds on Michael J. Fox, Richard Branson on Jigar Shah, Joe Biden on Shawn Fain, and more.

Jessica Sibley, the CEO of TIME, stated that the individuals recognized on this year’s list of the world’s most influential people have impacted various industries and continents.

TIME Editor-in-Chief Sam Jacobs mentioned in his letter to readers that the 2024 list of influential people is complex and can have positive and negative effects. He also stated that influence can span generations, categories, and perspectives. TIME has been evolving for 101 years, and today, it brings together its influential community across the globe with events in 12 cities and four continents. According to Jacobs, the 2024 list is an unparalleled way to share essential stories about people and their ideas that shape and improve the world.


  • Other notable writers include Kamala Harris, Mary J. Blige, Amy Poehler, Padma Lakshmi, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Anthony Fauci, Zoe Saldaña, Tarana Burke, Salma Hayek, Lenny Kravitz and more.

  • This year’s list features 51 women, including Sofia Coppola, Kylie Minogue, Dua Lipa, Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Yulia Navalnaya, Jenny Holzer, Kelly Sawyer Patricof, Norah Weinstein, Joanne Crevoiserat, Alia Bhatt, Lauren Groff, Kelly Ripa, Rachel Goldberg-Polin and others.

  • The list features world leaders and other U.S. political figures, including William Burns, Greg Abbott, Ajay Banga, Diana Salazar Mendez, Jack Smith, Elise Stefanik, Donald Tusk, Andriy Yermak, Marina Silva, Mohammed bin Abdul­rahman AlThani and more.

  • Over a dozen entertainers are featured on this year’s list, including Elliot Page, Burna Boy, Dua Lipa, 21 Savage, Jeffrey Wright, Kylie Minogue, Fantasia Barrino, America Ferrera, Taraji P. Henson, Maya Rudolph, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Colman Domingo, Dev Patel, Alex Edelman and more.

  • This year’s list includes athletes Max Verstappen, Patrick Mahomes, Siya Kolisi, A’ja Wilson, Jenni Hermoso, and Sakshi Malik.

  • Fashion, visual, and literary arts icons featured include Jenny Holzer, Tory Burch, Jonathan Anderson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Thelma Golden, James McBride, and more. Media figures and journalists include Kelly Ripa, Connie Walker, Motaz Azaiza, and E. Jean Carroll.


  • TIME will celebrate the 2024 TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people at the TIME100 Summit on April 24 and the TIME100 Gala on April 25 in New York City. The gala will air as a primetime television special on May 12 on ABC.

  • The fourth-annual TIME100 Summit will convene leaders from the global TIME100 community to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world.

TIME is an exceptional media brand that has informed and inspired millions worldwide for over 100 years. Its iconic magazine and digital platforms are trusted by consumers and partners globally, providing unparalleled access to the world’s most influential people. TIME’s unique ability to convene people has been instrumental in bringing about positive change in the world. Its mission is to share stories of individuals and ideas that shape and improve our world. By doing so, TIME encourages people to think constructively and take action to make the world a better place for all.

Source: TIME

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April 16, 2024

The Olympic Flame for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 lit in a Symbolic Ceremony in Ancient Olympia.

Olympic Flame

Olympic Flame

Olympic Flame

Olympic Flame

Photos: The Olympic flame for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 lit in a symbolic ceremony in Ancient Olympia. Images provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Olympic flame was lit on April 16, 2024, with 100 days remaining until the start of the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. The flame was ignited in Ancient Olympia, Greece, the historic birthplace of the Olympic Games. The Olympic flame symbolizes peace and hope, and will now embark on a journey across Greece before making its way to France. The flame will arrive in Marseille on May 8 and travel throughout the country, including some French overseas territories, before finally reaching Paris for the Opening Ceremony on July 26.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach underscored Paris 2024’s commitment to upholding Olympic values and promoting global unity. He highlighted that the Olympic Games are the only event that brings the world together in peaceful competition. In their fierce yet peaceful competition, the athletes convey a powerful message that it is possible to compete against each other while living peacefully under one roof. He remarked that the athletes would showcase their excellence, determination, and resilience, demonstrating the greatness of human potential.

Source: International Olympic Committee (IOC)

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IMF presents World Economic Outlook April 2024


Photo: First Deputy Managing Director of IMF, Gita Gopinath, holds a bilateral meeting with Changneng Xuan, deputy governor of the National Bank of China, during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2024. IMF Photo / Lewis Joly. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.


Photo: Director of the Research Department at IMF, Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, poses with the April 2024 World Economic Outlook during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, April 16, 2024. IMF Photo / Sarah Silbiger. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.



Washington, DC, April 16, 2024 — On Tuesday, the IMF released its World Economic Outlook for April 2024, with some positive news to report. The global economy is projected to continue growing steadily at a rate of 3.2% in 2024 and 2025, which aligns with 2023’s growth rate. While this is slightly below the historical average of 3.8%, it’s still a positive sign of continued economic activity. Additionally, global headline inflation is expected to decrease from an average of 6.8% in 2023 to 5.9% in 2024 and then further to 4.5% in 2025.

Since October 2023, the global economic landscape has seen a reduction in risks, leading to a more balanced distribution of potential outcomes around the baseline projection for international growth. However, it’s important to note the potential upsides that could further boost the economy. These include fiscal policy proving to be more expansionary than expected or advancements in artificial intelligence boosting productivity, offering a glimmer of hope for a more prosperous future.

Overall, the IMF’s chief economist, Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, underscored the need for smooth inflation convergence to target levels and rebuilding fiscal buffers to guard against future shocks. Additionally, intensifying supply-enhancing reforms would facilitate inflation and debt reduction while allowing economies to increase growth toward higher pre-pandemic averages. However, the most pressing call is for world leaders to strengthen multilateral cooperation. It is not just a suggestion but a necessity to make progress on common goals such as climate change and mitigate the costs of geoeconomic fragmentation.

Source: IMF

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Nobel Prize-winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz will present the findings of a new UNESCO study at the National Press Club Headliners event on April 17.

National Press Club, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC, April 15, 2024 — Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz will release the findings of a new study on the relationship between press freedom and advancing democratic values and economic development at a National Press Club Headliners Coffee and Conversation at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in the First Amendment Lounge.

Stiglitz’s remarks will be followed by a panel discussion of the report with esteemed experts in the field, Arturo Herrera Gutierrez, global director for Governance Global Practice in the Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Practice Group at the World Bank, and Eliot Minchenberg, Director of Office and UNESCO Representative to the United Nations in New York. The study is part of UNESCO’s “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development” series.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with coffee provided.

Registration is a prerequisite to attending this event, so please register to confirm your attendance.

Source: National Press Club


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April 15, 2024

IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings 2024 Calendar

IMF Spring Meetings

Photo: Promotional signage goes up ahead of the 2024 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in Washington, DC., April 5, 2024. IMF Photo / James Mertz. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.

IMF Spring Meetings

Photo: Preparation for the Spring Meetings at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., April 11, 2024. IMF Photo/Joshua Roberts. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.

IMF, World Bank

Photo: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank President Ajay Banga, UK MP and Chair of Business and Trade Liam Byrne, and Jamaican MP and Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Marlene Forte at the Global Parliamentary Forum during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, April 15, 2024. IMF Photo / James Mertz. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.

IMF Spring Meetings

Photo: International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) Spring Meetings 2024 Calendar provided by the IMF.

The upcoming IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings, a significant event in the global financial calendar, will take place next week in Washington, DC. Financial leaders worldwide will convene to discuss various critical issues that directly impact people’s lives. These issues include inflation, the economic ramifications of the conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine, and the effects of artificial intelligence on the global economy.

It’s important to note that the G20 Finance meetings, led by Brazil this year, will also be held concurrently with the Spring Meetings.

The Spring Meetings, a platform for diverse perspectives, are an annual event that brings together central bankers, development and finance ministers, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations, and academics. They gather to discuss global issues such as economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. The event will feature seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and other activities focused on the world’s financial system, international development, and the global economy. The central ministerial meetings and events will occur from April 17-19, with other events and activities taking place throughout the week from April 15-20.

Source: IMF


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UGC India asks Universities to announce their Academic Calendar


Academic calendars are not just a set of dates but the backbone of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). They enable universities to meticulously plan and execute educational activities, ensuring students receive a quality education. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued guidelines for universities to follow when creating academic calendars, which include specific timelines for different courses’ commencement of classes and the declaration of results.

Moreover, universities must announce their academic calendar at the beginning of each academic year, including all educational activities and dates for degree awards. By complying with these guidelines, HEIs can promote quality teaching, learning, and research.

Therefore, the UGC has asked all HEIs to adhere to the timelines prescribed by the UGC or the relevant Statutory Regulatory Councils, where applicable.


Photo: The University Grants Commission has asked universities to announce their academic calendar in compliance with the UGC (Grant of Degree and Other Awards by Universities) Regulations, 2008.

Source: UGC

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April 14, 2024

Dove celebrates 20 years of its Campaign for Real Beauty.

- As Artificial Intelligence (AI) threatens the representation of natural beauty today, Dove commits to never using AI to represent real women in its ads.

Dove, Beauty

Dove, Beauty

Photo: Singer-songwriter Jessie J partners with Dove to mark 20 years of Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty. Dove has committed to keeping beauty ‘real’ by never using AI to represent real women in its ads.

LONDON, April 13, 2024 — Twenty years ago, Dove launched the Campaign for Real Beauty, a global movement that revolutionized beauty standards by showcasing its natural form. In 2004, the campaign unveiled a startling truth: only 2% of women believed they were beautiful. Since then, the Campaign for Real Beauty has been a beacon of change, challenging the beauty industry, society, and media worldwide to redefine their portrayal of women and be more transparent about digital manipulation. The campaign has been a powerful advocate, urging them to confront the detrimental effects of unrealistic beauty standards on women and girls.

In November and December 2023, Edelman DXI, a global research, analytics, and data consultancy, carried out a 25-minute online survey in 20 different countries around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, KSA, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Turkiye, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Based on the above research and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Campaign for Real Beauty, Dove conducted a comprehensive study to gain insights into how beauty affects women and girls globally. While there is some positive progress, unrealistic beauty standards are still a cause for concern.

Singer-songwriter Jessie J has highlighted the immense pressure women and girls face worldwide due to societal expectations of appearance, especially in the music industry. The ever-changing definitions of beauty make it difficult for them to feel accepted and confident in their skin. Therefore, Jessie J has partnered with Dove to promote a message of embracing natural and honest beauty that celebrates the individuality of all women.

Dove reaffirms its unwavering commitment to promoting transparency and diversity and shattering beauty stereotypes in emerging media. The company stands firm in its decision never to use AI to represent real women in its ads. Dove will establish the Real Beauty Prompt Guidelines to set new digital representation standards.

“At Dove, we are committed to protecting, celebrating, and championing Real Beauty. Our pledge to never use AI in our communications is just one step. We will not rest until beauty becomes a source of happiness for every woman and girl,” Alessandro Manfredi, Dove’s Chief Marketing Officer, stated.

Source: Dove

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April 13, 2024

Lamborghini Huracan STJ: "The Last Dance"

Lamborghini Huracan


Lamborghini Huracan


Photos: Automobili Lamborghini is celebrating the legacy of its V10 engine with a limited edition of ten units of the Lamborghini Huracan STJ. This exclusive edition has a unique performance enhancement package that marks the end of an era for the Italian automaker’s engineering icon.

The V10 engine is an integral part of Automobili Lamborghini’s history and has been the driving force behind the success of the Huracan family since its introduction in 2014. This limited edition will be the last celebration of the super sports car equipped with the V10 engine, as it will get replaced by an all-new hybrid-powered super sports car at the end of the year. Images provided by & copyright © Automobili Lamborghini.

Source: Automobili Lamborghini

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April 12, 2024

Chandigarh's Star Ayushmann Khurrana adorns the Bulgari Kada Bracelet in his Latest Music Video, "Akh Da Taara"

Ayushmann Khurrana, Bulgari

Photo: Ayushmann Khurrana wears the Bulgari Kada Bracelet in “Akh Da Taraa.” Image provided by and copyright © Bulgari.

New Delhi, India, April 12, 2024 — Ayushmann Khurrana, the pride of Chandigarh and a versatile artist known as “Vicky Donor” and the “Kala Rattan” of Panjab University Chandigarh, has been sporting the iconic Bulgari Kada Bracelet on significant occasions.

As the actor embarks on a new chapter with a global recording deal with Warner Music, the Bulgari Kada Bracelet remains his trusted companion. It appears in his music video “Akh Da Taara,” garnering the eyeballs of audiences worldwide.

Entwining his ever-so-soulful voice with distinctive melodies, Ayushmann bridges a cultural gap, captivating hearts worldwide and filling every Chandigarhian with high energy and extreme pride!

Source: Bulgari


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Forever New launches its SS24 Collection, "Another Day in Paradise"

Pooja Hegde, Fashion

Photo: Pooja Hegde in Forever New’s SS24 Collection “Another Day in Paradise.” Image provided by & copyright © Forever New.

New Delhi, India, April 10, 2024 — Forever New has launched its exclusive SS24 Collection, Another Day in Paradise. This collection promises to refresh one’s wardrobe essentials with its elegant and contemporary designs.

According to Forever New, its Spring/Summer 2024 Collection draws inspiration from the latest fashion trends and presents captivating styles that exude effortless charm. The collection features ruffle detailing, chic asymmetrical cuts, and stylish strapless necklines that enhance the silhouette. Available in two charismatic color palettes, one with soothing pastels and the other with vibrant abstract floral motifs, the collection’s core color is Porcelain (White), which provides a timeless backdrop for showcasing new layers of bright colors and prints. You can shop the Pooja Hegde Collection at Forever New stores or online and elevate your wardrobe with the latest fashion trends.

Pooja Hegde is the brand ambassador of Forever New, and she expresses her delight at witnessing the SS24 Collection. According to her, Forever New has always been synonymous with elegance and sophistication, and this collection upholds those values. Each piece in this collection is charming and represents a contemporary style. She is excited for everyone to experience the charisma of Forever New and welcome their unique sense of style.

Dhruv Bogra, the Country Manager of Forever New in India, described the Spring/Summer 2024 collection as a vibrant celebration of life and style and encourages individual expression through timeless and timely pieces. Inspired by the season’s natural beauty, each garment offers a fresh perspective on contemporary style, while the collection presents a kaleidoscope of fashion statements, he added.

Forever New elaborated that its SS24 Collection caters to every occasion with its diverse range of sophisticated and elegant styles. The collection seamlessly blends contemporary chic with timeless grace, from refined florals to bold prints. Another Day in Paradise offers many fashionable options, including Ruffle dresses, Bodycon pieces, versatile coats, linen Tops, and Frill-Neck Blouses, ensuring something for everyone.

Source: Forever New

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April 10, 2024

QS Announces World University Rankings by Subject 2024

- QS reveals Top universities in 55 subjects.

QS University Rankings

LONDON, April 10, 2024 — Global higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds released the fourteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject: an independent comparative analysis of academic excellence featuring 1500+ universities in 96 countries and territories across 55 disciplines.

QS University Rankings

• Global Highlights

  • US universities lead in 32 subjects, with Harvard University being the world’s strongest-performing institution, ranking first in 19 disciplines. Following Harvard closely is MIT, which leads in 11 subjects.

  • On the other hand, UK institutions lead in 16 subjects, with the University of Oxford topping in four, followed by the University of Cambridge, UCL, Royal College of Art, and Royal College of Music with two each.

  • Switzerland boasts the highest concentration of #1 entries (4) proportionally to its ranked universities, with ETH Zurich leading in three subjects, making it the most vital institution in Continental Europe.

  • Australia’s universities in Melbourne and Sydney have 53 and 52 of the world’s top 100 subjects, respectively.

  • France is the most internationally collaborative research hub, with 23 entries among the top 10 for the International Research Network.

  • Japan has reversed its five-year decline, with 26% of its previously ranked entries climbing, 21% dropping, and 42% remaining stable—an overall improvement of 5%.

  • China is the third most represented country, ranking in the top 10 for eight subjects. Tsinghua University achieves its three highest ranks, including the top performer, History of Art (5th).

  • India’s ranked entries and overall performance have soared by 19% and 17%, respectively.

  • Brazil is the most represented country in Latin America and among the top 100. Meanwhile, Mexico boasts the region’s most top-20 entries (4).

  • Saudi Arabia’s KFUPM offers the Arab Region’s highest-ranked programs: Petroleum Engineering (5th) and Mineral and Mining Engineering (8th).

  • Cape Town University leads Africa and ranks 15th globally in Development Studies.

QS Senior Vice President Ben Sowter said: With rising global inflation, geo-political instability, and general elections in 50+ countries, supporting higher education and international student mobility has never been more critical as it drives innovation and societal advancement. QS’s extensive university comparative analysis highlights the importance of diversity, research partnerships, investment, and cross-border academic and industry collaborations.”


QS World University Rankings

From India, 69 universities, with 424 entries, have made it to the QS World University Rankings by Subject. IIM-Ahmedabad is among the top 25 globally for Business and Management Studies, while IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta are among the top 50. Jawaharlal Nehru University is ranked 20th globally for Development Studies. The University of Delhi, IIT Bombay, and IIT Kharagpur are most represented, with 30, 28, and 27 entries, respectively.

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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UNCTAD rebrands to "UN Trade and Development"; Convenes a Global Leaders Forum.

  • UNCTAD has rebranded as “UN Trade and Development” and will host a Global Leaders Forum in June 2024. The Forum will feature the UN Secretary-General, Heads of State, leading economists, and Nobel Laureates.

  • UN Trade and Development’s Secretary-General, Rebeca Grynspan, emphasized the organization’s transformative approach and commitment to supporting developing countries in an increasingly polarized world.



Photo: UNCTAD rebrands to “UN Trade and Development” with a new logo. Image provided by & copyright © “UN Trade and Development.”


Photo: UNCTAD Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan speaks on April 9, 2024, at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, announcing the organization’s landmark rebranding as “UN Trade and Development,” commemorating its 60th anniversary. Image provided by and copyright © UNCTAD “UN Trade and Development.”

Geneva, Switzerland. April 9, 2024 — The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has announced its rebranding as “UN Trade and Development” on its 60th anniversary this year. This strategic move highlights the organization’s commitment to making a more significant impact. The new, more precise visual identity will better reflect its work and values and amplify its global voice advocating for developing countries.

• Charting a New Course

UNCTAD, under the leadership of Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan, has been working on adapting to the rapidly changing global trade landscape. The organization has been implementing initiatives that enhance its capacity to analyze new challenges quickly and support developing nations’ efforts.

The organization has undergone a rebranding, which marks a pivotal moment. It was the first-ever comprehensive review of UNCTAD’s global communication footprint. Additionally, it is a bold, forward-looking strategy to effectively communicate the organization’s work and values.

The organization will rebrand with a new name and logo in the six official languages of the UN. It marks the first rebranding in sixty years.

• 60th Anniversary Celebration: Global Leaders Forum

The Forum on Trade and Development, led by Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan, will feature participation from Heads of State and Government, civil society organizations, private sector representatives, and some of the world’s foremost economists. The Forum will highlight the organization’s comprehensive approach to trade and development under the theme “Charting a New Development Course in a Changing World.” The event will focus on the needs of developing countries, addressing topics such as finance, technology, investment, and sustainable development. The Forum will allow policymakers and thought leaders to discuss innovative approaches and solutions.

Source: UNCTAD (UN Trade and Development)

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April 9, 2024

Call for Nominations: UNESCO World Book Capital 2026

World Book Capital

Every year, the Advisory Committee for World Book Capital recommends to the Director-General of UNESCO the Name of the City that deserves to be designated as World Book Capital for one year, starting from April 23, celebrated as World Book and Copyright Day.

The Advisory Committee includes prominent organizations such as the International Authors Forum, the European and International Booksellers Federation, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and the International Publishers Association, alongside UNESCO.

Recently, Strasbourg, France, was designated the World Book Capital for 2024, while Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will hold the title in 2025.

A city designated as UNESCO World Book Capital must promote books and reading across national borders and organize activities for all ages and groups.

• World Book Capitals

  • Madrid (2001)
  • Alexandria (2002)
  • New Delhi (2003)
  • Antwerp (2004)
  • Montreal (2005)
  • Turin (2006)
  • Bogota (2007)
  • Amsterdam (2008)
  • Beirut (2009)
  • Ljubljana (2010)
  • Buenos Aires (2011)
  • Erevan (2012)
  • Bangkok (2013)
  • Port Harcourt (2014)
  • Incheon (2015)
  • Wroclaw (2016)
  • Conakry (2017)
  • Athens (2018)
  • Sharjah, (2019)
  • Kuala Lumpur (2020)
  • Tbilisi (2021)
  • Guadalajara (2022)
  • Accra (2023)
  • Strasbourg (2024)

UNESCO has now opened nominations for the World Book Capital 2026, inviting City Administrations and Municipal Corporations worldwide to submit their applications.

To ensure your nomination gets considered, please submit all applications in English or French by May 10, 2024.

In India, the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India, has announced UNESCO’s Call for nominations for the 2026 World Book Capital.

The Commission recommends that the City Administrations or Municipal Corporations send their applications to the National Book Trust, New Delhi, by April 15, 2024.

The National Book Trust will examine the applications and forward them to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, for consideration.

Sources: UNESCO; Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO

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April 8, 2024

Lamborghini creates an exclusive Revuelto through its Ad Personam Customization Program.

- The company customizes livery and unique trim for the V12 HPEV super sports car.

Lamborghini Revuelto

Lamborghini Revuelto

Lamborghini Revuelto

Lamborghini Revuelto

Lamborghini Revuelto

Lamborghini Revuelto

Photos: Lamborghini Revuelto Ad Personam. Images provided by & copyright © Lamborghini.

Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, April 6, 2024 - Automobili Lamborghini celebrates the inaugural Lamborghini Arena event with an exclusive Revuelto created by the company’s Ad Personam customization program. The program recently opened its new studio at the Lamborghini headquarters.

The car has a striking exterior with contrasting hues and new carbon fiber elements. The bodywork is painted in Grigio Hati (gray) with details in Verde Scandal (green), highlighting the car’s lower line, roof, mirror caps, and rear diffuser surrounds, along with Verde Chiaro (light green) brake calipers. The rear part features the Italian flag with red, white, and green stripes on the lower surface of the moving wing. Additionally, the hood has two racing-style stripes in Nero Noctis (black), emphasizing the car’s performance attitude as a V12 super sports car.

The roof, rear “contango,” spoiler, air intakes, sill inserts, and other details are made of high-gloss exposed carbon fiber, giving the elements a shiny effect enhanced by the 21-inch (front) and 22-inch (rear) high-gloss black Altanero alloy wheels.

The interior trim matches the exterior colors. It includes black sports seats with stitching and piping in a green hue called Verde Scandal. Additionally, there are carbon fiber plates with “Lamborghini Arena 2024” and “Ad Personam” logos at the dashboard’s ends.

The Revuelto is the first V12 hybrid plug-in super sports HPEV (High-Performance Electrified Vehicle). It is equipped with a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 mid-engine combined with three electric motors, one of which is integrated into the new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. The vehicle delivers a maximum torque of 725 Nm at 6750 rpm and a maximum power output of 1015 CV.

• Lamborghini Revuelto can reach a top speed of over 350 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds!

Source: Lamborghini

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April 7, 2024

UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Education Prize 2024 is Open for Applications

Unesco Prize

The International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement (ICM), under the auspices of UNESCO, has announced the opening of the call for the 2024 UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Education Prize.

Applications are Open from March 20 to May 20, 2024 (Korea Standard Time). Individuals, groups, or organizations significantly contributing to martial arts education and social development, including youth and women’s empowerment, may apply for the prize.

The prize aims to acknowledge and support exceptional martial arts education initiatives globally.

Unesco, India

Applications from India should be delivered to the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU), Government of India, Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education, no later than April 30, 2024, for further consideration and onward transmission to UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.

Source: Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU), Government of India, Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education.

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April 6, 2024

Audrey Azoulay meets with Antony Blinken at UNESCO.

Unesco Blinken

Unesco Blinken

Unesco Blinken

Photos: Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO’s director-general, met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Organization’s headquarters in Paris. During his visit, Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ enduring support for UNESCO’s fundamental mission, notably safeguarding culture and education. Images provided by UNESCO; copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, April 06, 2024 — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made his first official visit to UNESCO headquarters since the United States re-joined the Organization in July 2023. In a meeting with Audrey Azoulay, he reaffirmed the United States’ total commitment to supporting UNESCO’s mandate for education, sciences, culture, and information.

The Director-General praised the United States’ commitment to the Organization’s multisector priorities, including gender equality, improving access to quality education for all, and globally implementing the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, which UNESCO’s Member States unanimously adopted in November 2021.

Audrey Azoulay and Antony Blinken also discussed actions that UNESCO implements in crisis and conflict environments, notably Iraq, Gaza, and Ukraine.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is comprised of 194 Member States and has its headquarters in Paris. It leads international cooperation in education, science, culture, communication, and information. UNESCO oversees over 2000 World Heritage sites, Biosphere Reserves, and Global Geoparks. Additionally, it manages networks of Creative, Learning, Inclusive, and Sustainable Cities. Further, it operates over 13,000 associated schools, university chairs, training academies, and research institutions.

Source: UNESCO

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April 4, 2024

Chandigarh's Hero, Ayushmann Khurrana, signs a Global Deal with Warner Music India.



Photo: L-R: Jay Mehta, Max Lousada, Ayushmann Khurrana, Alfonso Perez-Soto. Image provided by Warner Music India, copyright © Warner Music India.

MUMBAI, India, April 3, 2024 — Ayushmann Khurrana, the esteemed Bollywood superstar known as the “Hero of Chandigarh,” has signed a global recording deal with Warner Music India, the country’s leading music label.

• While the Panjab University of Chandigarh has conferred on him its distinguished “Kala Rattan” award, saluting him as a true gem among actors and artists, the people of Chandigarh celebrate Khurrana as an idol for his exceptional performance in “Vicky Donor.”

Signing with Warner Music India will enable Khurrana to access the label’s global ecosystem, helping him connect with audiences and artists beyond India’s borders. The first release from this partnership is expected to drop next month.

  • Expressing his excitement about the partnership, Ayushmann Khurrana said: “I have always wanted to collaborate with like-minded people in my pursuit of creative excellence. I want to take my music to a global audience, and I’m confident I will make significant strides in this realm with Warner Music India. I cannot wait to unveil my next song to people. It will be a new sound that people haven’t heard from me before, which is extremely exciting.”

  • Jay Mehta, Managing Director, Warner Music India, commented: “Ayushmann has experienced unparalleled success with his films, and we’re excited to see him now scale new heights as a pop star. With his passion for music, a versatile sonic identity, and our artist-first ecosystem, we are thrilled to build an iconic roadmap for him on his music journey.”

  • Alfonso Perez Soto, President of Emerging Markets at Warner Music Group, added, “Ayushmann already enjoys immense popularity in India and among the global Indian diaspora. We believe he has the talent and charisma to connect with even more audiences worldwide and become a truly global music and entertainment icon.”

  • Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music, Warner Music Group, concluded: “Ayushmann and his distinctive voice light up the stage and screen, and he has the star quality to captivate audiences worldwide. I’m very excited about the music culture in India right now - its diversity, pace, and dynamism are inspiring - and we have big global plans for our artists and our company.”

Over the past decade, Ayushmann has contributed his voice to numerous iconic pop songs, including chart-toppers like “Mitti Di Khushboo,” “Paani Da Rang,” and “Mere Liye Tum Kaafi Ho,” each accumulating millions of views. Throughout his cinematic career, he has distinguished himself as the only Indian actor recognized for his pioneering use of cinema as a catalyst for social change.

Source: Warner Music Group

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April 1, 2024

Prime Minister Modi releases Commemorative Coin to mark 90 years of the Reserve Bank of India.

Reseve Bank of India

Reserve Bank of India

Photos: Prime Minister Modi attended the 90th-anniversary commemoration ceremony of the Reserve Bank of India in Mumbai, Maharashtra, on April 1, 2024. The gathering included India’s top industrialists, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, among others.

Mumbai, India, April 1, 2024 — The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, delivered an inspiring address at the opening ceremony of RBI@90, a program celebrating 90 years of the Reserve Bank of India, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, today. Shri Modi also unveiled a commemorative coin to mark this significant milestone during the event. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) commenced its operations on April 1, 1935, and today marks its 90th year.

In his address, the Prime Minister emphasized the historic significance of the RBI completing 90 years of service. He highlighted the RBI’s journey through pre- and post-independence eras and establishing a global reputation based on professionalism and commitment. The Prime Minister congratulated all staff on this achievement and expressed optimism about the RBI’s current policies. He also noted the importance of the next ten years leading up to RBI’s centenary year, emphasizing the RBI’s priority towards rapid growth, trust, and stability. Prime Minister Modi conveyed his best wishes for the RBI’s future goals and resolutions.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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March 31, 2024

The UNESCO Prize for Girls and Women's Education is now Open for 2024 Nominations.

Unesco Women Education

Unesco Prize

Photo: A group of participants at a meet on Education for Women. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. March 7, 2024. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie ETCHEGOYEN.

Paris, France, March 30, 2024 — On International Women’s Day, UNESCO launched the Call for Nominations for the 2024 UNESCO Prize for Girls and Women’s Education. The Prize awards US$50,000 annually to two laureates who make outstanding efforts toward girls’ and women’s education.

At the Transforming Education Summit in 2022, countries called for actions that put gender equality at the heart of education plans, budgets, and policies as part of their commitment to transforming education for the world we live in today.

It means promoting gender equality in curricula and pedagogies, creating safe, inclusive, and transformative learning spaces, supporting collaboration across sectors and generations, and investing in the most marginalized.

The Governments of UNESCO Member States can make the nominations. They can nominate up to three individuals, institutions, or organizations who have made solid and innovative contributions to girls’ and women’s education.

Interested candidates should contact their country’s National Commission for UNESCO, Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or the Prize Secretariat for more information.

Nominations must meet the eligibility and selection criteria set by the Prize. Nominated projects must have been established and running for at least two years, showing potential for replicable and scalable growth.

An independent International Jury of five experts will assess nominations based on the project’s impact, innovation, and sustainability prospects.

Based on the jury’s recommendations, the Director-General of UNESCO will announce the 2024 laureates, who will receive the award on or around October 11, 2024, as part of the International Day of the Girl celebrations.

The submission deadline is May 24, 2024 (midnight, Paris time).

Unesco Women Education

Photo: UNESCO Director-General’s letter to the Education Ministers of all Unesco Member Countries inviting Nominations for the UNESCO Prize for Girls and Women’s Education.

Photo: The University Grants Commission (UGC) India Public Notice announcing UNESCO’s Call for Nominations for the 2024 Girls and Women’s Education Prize. The UGC has advised all Higher Education Institutions to submit their nomination applications to the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) by April 30, 2024. INCCU will then screen and forward the recommended nominations to UNESCO.

(The Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) is a part of the International Cooperation Cell within the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India. The Minister of Education serves as the President of the Commission. The Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, acts as the Secretary-General of the Commission and is responsible for overseeing the work of the Commission.)

Sources: UNESCO; Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.


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March 29, 2024

UNESCO delivers the Certificate for "Garba of Gujarat" to India.

Unesco Garba Certificate

Unesco Garba Certificate

Unesco Garba Certificate

Photos: UNESCO delivers the Certificate for “Garba of Gujarat” to India. March 22, 2024. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Fabrice GENTILE.

Paris, France, March 29, 2024 — The Director-General of UNESCO delivered the “Garba of Gujarat” Certificate to India on March 22, 2024.

Recently, UNESCO declared the “Garba of Gujarat” as an intangible cultural heritage. This designation recognizes the role of Garba as a unifying force that fosters social and gender inclusivity. Garba is a dance form deeply rooted in ritualistic and devotional traditions that involve people from all walks of life.

The Evaluation Body of the 2003 Convention recognized India’s outstanding supporting material for the dossier. It acknowledged the importance of an element that champions unity in diversity and cultivates social equality among varied communities. UNESCO’s acknowledgment of inscribing an intangible cultural heritage element from Gujarat, Garba, will significantly elevate Garba’s global visibility and authentic essence.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, expressed happiness on the inscription of the Garba of Gujarat on the Intangible Heritage List of UNESCO. He said, “Garba is a celebration of life, unity, and our deep-rooted traditions. Its inscription on the Intangible Heritage List showcases the beauty of Indian culture to the world. This honor inspires us to preserve and promote our heritage for future generations. Congrats on this global acknowledgment.”

Source: UNESCO

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