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April 24, 2024

NASA Announces 30th Human Exploration Rover Challenge Winners


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Photo: Students from Universidad Catolica Boliviana prepare to traverse the course at the 2024 Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Photo Credits: NASA/Taylor Goodwin.


WASHINGTON, April 22, 2024 — NASA has announced the winners of the 30th Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC). Parish Episcopal School from Dallas won the high school division, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville captured the college/university title.

The annual engineering competition is one of NASA’s longest-standing challenges and was held on April 19-20 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The complete list of 2024 award winners appears below:

• High School Division

  • First Place: Parish Episcopal School, Dallas
  • Second Place: Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology, Reno, Nevada
  • Third Place: Escambia High School, Pensacola, Florida

• College/University Division

  • First Place: University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Second Place: Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Third Place: Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina

• Ingenuity Award

  • University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida

• Phoenix Award

  • High School Division: East Central High School, Moss Point, Mississippi
  • College/University Division: North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota

• Task Challenge Award

  • High School Division: Erie High School, Erie, Colorado
  • College/University Division: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota

• Project Review Award

  • High School Division: Parish Episcopal School, Dallas
  • College/University Division: University of Alabama in Huntsville

• Featherweight Award

  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

• Safety Award

  • High School Division: NPS International School, Singapore
  • College/University Division: Instituto Especializado de Estudios Superiores Loyola, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic

• Crash and Burn Award

  • KIET Group of Institutions, Delhi-NCR, India

• Jeff Norris and Joe Sexton Memorial Pit Crew Award

  • High School Division: Erie High School, Erie, Colorado
  • College/University Division: Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina

• Team Spirit Award

  • Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

• Most Improved Performance Award

  • High School Division: Jesco von Puttkamer School, Leipzig, Germany
  • College/University Division: Universidad Catolica Boliviana - San Pablo, La Paz, Bolivia

• Social Media Award

  • High School Division: Bledsoe County High School, Pikeville, Tennessee
  • College/University Division: Universidad de Piura, Peru

• STEM Engagement Award

  • High School Division: Princess Margaret Secondary School, Surrey, British Columbia
  • College/University Division: Trine University, Angola, Indiana

• Artemis Educator Award

  • Sadif Safarov from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

• Rookie of the Year

  • Kanakia International School, Mumbai, India


More than 600 students from 72 teams worldwide participated in the Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC), which celebrated its 30th anniversary as a NASA competition. Participating teams represented 42 colleges and universities and 30 high schools from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 13 other nations worldwide. Teams were awarded points based on navigating a half-mile obstacle course, conducting mission-specific task challenges, and completing multiple safety and design reviews with NASA engineers.

“This student design challenge encourages the next generation of scientists and engineers to engage in the design process by providing innovative concepts and unique perspectives,” said Vemitra Alexander, HERC activity lead for NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at Marshall. “While celebrating the 30th anniversary of the challenge, HERC also continues NASA’s legacy of providing valuable experiences to students who may be responsible for planning future space missions, including crewed missions to other worlds.”

HERC is one of NASA’s eight Artemis Student Challenges reflecting the goals of the Artemis program, which seeks to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon while establishing a long-term presence for science and exploration. NASA uses such challenges to encourage students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

HERC is managed by NASA’s Southeast Regional Office of STEM Engagement at Marshall. Since its inception in 1994, more than 15,000 students have participated in HERC - with many former students now working at NASA or within the aerospace industry.


SOURCE: NASA

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• 2024 Human Exploration Rover Challenge Participating Teams

  • Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology; Reno, Nevada - High School
  • Alabama A&M University; Normal, Alabama - College/University
  • Angelo State University; San Angelo, Texas - College/University
  • Auburn University; Auburn, Alabama - College/University
  • Bavaro Innovation School; Bavaro, Dominican Republic - High School
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Goa Campus; Sancoale, India - College/University
  • Bledsoe County High School; Pikeville, Tennessee - High School
  • Blue Ridge High School; Lakeside, Arizona - High School
  • Campbell University; Buies Creek, North Carolina - College/University
  • Candor International School; Bengaluru, India - High School
  • Centro Boliviano Americano - Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz, Bolivia - College/University
  • Christian Brothers University; Memphis, Tennessee - College/University
  • Comunidad Educativa Conexus; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - High School
  • Deira International School; Dubai, United Arab Emirates - High School
  • East Central High School; Moss Point, Mississippi - High School
  • Erie High School; Erie, Colorado - High School
  • Escambia High School; Pensacola, Florida - High School
  • Escola Estadual de Ensino Médio Frei Plácido; Bage, Brazil - High School
  • Fluminense Federal Institute; Ubatiba, Brazil - High School
  • Hudson High School; Hudson, Wisconsin - High School
  • INFOTEC International School; Petropolis, Brazil - High School
  • Instituto Especializado de Estudios Superiores Loyola; San Cristobal, Dominican Republic - College/University
  • Instituto Iberia; Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic - High School
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - College/University
  • International Hope School Bangladesh; Uttara, Bangladesh - High School
  • Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa - College/University
  • Istanbul Technical University; Istanbul, Turkey - College/University
  • Jesco von Puttkamer School; Leipzig, Germany - High School
  • John P. Stevens High School; Edison, New Jersey - High School
  • Kanakia International School; Mumbai, India - High School
  • KIET Group of Institutions; Delhi-NCR, India - College/University
  • Liberty University; Lynchburg, Virginia - College/University
  • Liceo Cientifico Dr. Miguel Canela Lazaro; Villa Tapia, Dominican Republic - High School
  • McKinley Technology High School; Washington, District of Columbia - High School
  • Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, Tennessee - College/University
  • Mission San Jose High School; Fremont, California - High School
  • North Dakota State University; Fargo North Dakota - College/University
  • North South University; Bashundhara, Bangladesh - College/University
  • NPS International School; Singapore - High School
  • Ohio Northern University; Ada, Ohio - College/University
  • Oxon Hill High School; Oxon Hill, Maryland - High School
  • Parish Episcopal School; Dallas, Texas - High School
  • Preludio; Usaquen, Colombia - High School
  • PrepaTec Eugenio Garza Sada; Monterrey, Mexico - High School
  • Princess Margaret Secondary School; Surrey, BC - High School
  • Punjab Engineering College; Chandigarh, India - College/University
  • Rhode Island School of Design; Providence, Rhode Island - College/University
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Rapid City, South Dakota - College/University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Carbondale, Illinois - College/University
  • Southwest Oklahoma State University; Weatherford, Oklahoma - college/University
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Cuernavaca; Xochitepec, Mexico - College/University
  • Tennessee Technological University; Cookeville, Tennessee - College/University
  • Texas A&M University; College Station, Texas - College/University
  • Texas Tech University; Lubbock, Texas - College/University
  • Trine University; Angola, Indiana - College/University
  • Universidad Aeronautica en Queretaro; Colón, Mexico - College/University
  • Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno; Santa Cruz, Bolivia - College/University
  • Universidad Catolica Boliviana - San Pablo; La Paz, Bolivia - College/University
  • Universidad de Monterrey; San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico - College/University
  • Universidad de Piura; Piura, Peru - College/University
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria; Lima, Peru - College/University
  • Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira; Pereira, Colombia - College/University
  • University ECCI; Carrera, Colombia - College/University
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville; Huntsville, Alabama - College/University
  • University of North Alabama; Florence, Alabama - College/University
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico - College/University
  • University of the District of Columbia; Washington, District of Columbia - College/University
  • University of West Florida; Pensacola, Florida - College/University
  • Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology; Queens, New York - College/University
  • Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai; Chennai, India - College/University
  • Wheat Ridge Senior High School; Wheat Ridge, Colorado - High School
  • Young Mind Research and Development Org, New Delhi, India

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April 23, 2024

Chess: Gukesh Dommaraju and Tan Zhongyi are the World Championship Challengers


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Photo: Gukesh D of India is the World Chess Championship Challenger. He will face World Champion Ding Liren at the end of this year. Image provided by & copyright © International Chess Federation (FIDE).


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Photo: Lei Tingjie is in action in Round 14 at the Toronto FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament. Image provided by & copyright © International Chess Federation (FIDE).


Toronto, April 22, 2024 — The 2024 FIDE Candidates tournament has concluded, revealing the Challengers for the World Championship. Gukesh Dommaraju, an Indian prodigy, has made history as the youngest World Chess Championship Challenger. His remarkable journey will lead him to face the reigning World Champion, Ding Liren, at the end of this year. Meanwhile, Tan Zhongyi, a formidable player, will face her compatriot Ju Wenjun in the Women’s Championship matchup.

Gukesh D played against Hikaru Nakamura and needed to draw at least to secure first place. He was playing with the black pieces and rose to the challenge admirably. Gukesh surprised Nakamura with a clever move early in the game and achieved an equal position. Magnus Carlsen, the world’s top-rated chess player, provided live commentary on one of the streams and praised Gukesh’s 11…b4 move, saying, “I love what Gukesh has done. It’s something I haven’t seen before.” By the 20th move, Gukesh had gained a pawn, but the position was still drawish. Nakamura never really risked losing in this game, and both players logically drew the game.

The tournament’s fate hung in the balance during the match between Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Both players were in a must-win situation, setting the stage for a nail-biting showdown. This intense game had every chess fan on a rollercoaster of emotions as Caruana and Nepomniachtchi quickly navigated into a complex position where victory, defeat, or a draw were all possible outcomes.

Playing with White, Caruana got an ultimately winning position, and it looked like a playoff would decide the tournament outcome. However, the player blundered on the 41st move (41. Ka1 instead of 41. Ka2), allowing Nepomniachtchi a path to a draw.

After 109 long moves in the FIDE Candidates Tournament, the players finally agreed to a draw, making Gukesh the winner. At the post-game press conference, Caruana criticized himself, saying, “I feel like an idiot.”

At the end of the tournament, Gukesh couldn’t contain his joy, expressing, “I am so relieved and happy. After that intense game between Caruana and Nepomniachtchi, I was extremely emotional. But now I am feeling quite good.”

From the players tied for second place, the Sonneborn-Berger tiebreak puts Hikaru Nakamura in second place and Ian Nepomniachtchi in third, with Caruana finishing fourth.

FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament

Tan Zhongyi, leading the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament, only needed a draw to win the tournament. In her game against Anna Muzychuk, Tan played a sharp line of the Sicilian Defense, showing she was well-prepared. By move 15, she had a 5-minute lead on her clock. However, on move 16, Anna Muzychuk made a questionable move 16. Qd3 and Tan had to think for the first time in the game. Despite this, Tan found the best continuation and obtained a solid advantage. Unfortunately, she could not convert it into a win, and the game ended in a draw. Nevertheless, this result was enough for Tan Zhongyi to claim the overall victory and become the next Women’s World Championship title challenger.

Results of Round 14:

Open:

  • Nakamura ½-½ Gukesh
  • Firouzja ½-½ Vidit
  • Abasov 0-1 Praggnanandhaa
  • Caruana ½-½ Nepomniachtchi

Women’s:

  • Lagno 0-1 Vaishali
  • Lei 0-1 Koneru
  • A. Muzychuk ½-½ Tan
  • Goryachkina ½-½ Salimova

Final Standings after Round 14:

Open:

  • 1. Gukesh - 9
  • 2. Nakamura - 8.5
  • 3. Nepomniachtchi - 8.5
  • 4. Caruana - 8.5
  • 5. Praggnanandhaa - 7
  • 6. Vidit - 6
  • 7. Firouzja - 5
  • 8. Abasov - 3.5

Women’s:

  • 1. Tan - 9
  • 2. Koneru - 7.5
  • 3. Lei - 7.5
  • 4. Vaishali - 7.5
  • 5. Goryachkina - 7
  • 6.Lagno - 6.5
  • 7. Salimova - 5.5
  • 8. A. Muzychuk - 5.5

Source: International Chess Federation (FIDE)

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April 22, 2024

UGC India directs the Registrars of Publicly Funded Universities to ensure their Institutions strictly comply with the Government Rules on Reservations.


UGC, Universities, India


UGC, Universities, India

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Photo: The UGC directive to the Registrars of publicly funded universities, including the Registrar of Panjab University in Chandigarh.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has instructed the Registrars of publicly funded universities, including the Registrar of Panjab University in Chandigarh, to strictly follow the Government of India’s Reservation Rules for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBC) in all teaching and non-teaching posts, as well as student admissions in all courses.

Moreover, these Registrars must submit their Compliance Report through the “University Activity Monitoring Portal” of the UGC.

Source: UGC

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April 21, 2024

UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Education Prize 2024 is Open for Applications


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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.

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

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April 20, 2024

Views from the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings 2024, Washington, DC


IMF Spring Meetings


Photo: A panel of esteemed figures in global finance and Economics, including CNBC anchor Karen Tso, Bank of England External Member Catherine Mann, Central Bank of Brazil Governor Roberto Campos Neto, First Deputy Managing Director of IMF Gita Gopinath, South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago, and University of Maryland Professor of Economics Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, engage in a thought-provoking seminar on ‘Capital Flows and Growth: Where is the Money Going?’ This event occurred during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington on April 19, 2024. IMF Photo/Tom Brenner. IMF Photo/ Tom Brenner. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.



IMF Spring Meetings


Photo: World Bank President Ajay Banga addresses the assembly at the G24 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, a crucial gathering of global financial leaders, at the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2024. IMF Photo / Joshua Roberts. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.



IMF Spring Meetings


Photo: The Chair of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, speaks at the IMFC (International Monetary and Financial Committee) Plenary Session during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, on April 19, 2024. IMF Photo / James Mertz. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.



IMF Spring Meetings


Photo: The People’s Bank of China Governor, Pan Gongsheng, speaks at the IMFC (International Monetary and Financial Committee) Plenary Session during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, on April 19, 2024. IMF Photo / James Mertz. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.



IMF Spring Meetings


Photo: The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Shaktikanta Das, speaks at the IMFC (International Monetary and Financial Committee) Plenary Session during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, on April 19, 2024. IMF Photo/James Mertz. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.



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Photo: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks at the G20 Event “Taxing the super-rich: New Challenges in International Taxation” during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2024. IMF Photo / Tom Brenner. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.



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Photo: Gulnara Khaydarshina, director of the Department of Cooperation with International Organizations of the Bank of Russia, addresses the other delegates at the BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Deputies’ Meeting during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2024. IMF Photo / Sarah Silbiger. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.



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Photo: IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director, Gita Gopinath, delivers remarks at the 1st IMF-IOSCO (International Organization of Securities Commissions) Conference during the 2024 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2024. IMF Photo / Tom Brenner. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.


Source: IMF

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April 19, 2024

Deepika Padukone shows off Levi's® latest Range of Fits for Women.


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Photo: Levi’s® latest campaign, ‘New Fits, Infinite Possibilities,’ features Deepika Padukone showcasing the latest fits. Image provided by & copyright © Levi Strauss & Co.


MUMBAI, India, April 19, 2024 — Summer has arrived, and with it, Levi’s® has introduced new fits that will catch your eye. With close to 15 different styles to choose from, including the retro-inspired flare, the laid-back loose, and the timeless classic straight, there is something for everyone. No matter your mood, style, or occasion, you’ll find a pair that suits you. The brand’s latest campaign, ‘New Fits, Infinite Possibilities,’ features Deepika Padukone, the brand ambassador and fashion icon, showcasing the latest fits.

Levi’s® has introduced a new range of FLARED JEANS. The Ribcage family of fits includes The Ribcage Cropped Boot, Ribcage Wide Leg, and the latest addition, the Ribcage Bell. The Ribcage Bell has an exaggerated bell leg design, giving the wearer an elongated and slim look.

“Levi’s® has always been a female jeans trailblazer, offering quality and style. We understand that fashion is a form of self-expression and a reflection of one’s personality. That’s why our range of fits caters to every occasion. With Deepika Padukone as our brand ambassador, we’re excited to showcase how denim can help women express themselves. Through this campaign, we hope that women will find the perfect pair of jeans that brings their style to life,” said Amisha Jain, Managing Director & SVP at LS&Co South Asia, Middle East, Africa.

The Levi’s® brand symbolizes timeless American style and effortless cool. Since Levi Strauss & Co. created them in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have become one of the most iconic clothing items in the world, captivating and inspiring people across generations. Today, the Levi’s® brand continues to push boundaries and innovate with an unmatched pioneering spirit in the apparel industry. Levi’s® offers a wide range of high-quality denim and accessories in over 110 countries, allowing people worldwide to express their unique personal style.

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

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April 18, 2024

US Postal Service releases Blooms Stamp to spread Good Cheer and Trust.


The stamp exhibits imaginative flowers to commemorate significant events associated with good cheer and trust.


US Postal Service, Stamps


Photo: The U.S. Postal Service introduces Blooms, a new stamp well-suited for spreading good cheer and trust.


ST. LOUIS, April 18, 2024— The U.S. Postal Service has introduced Blooms, a new stamp well-suited for spreading good cheer and trust. In a momentous event, USPS held a dedication ceremony for the stamps in St. Louis, inviting the public to be part of this exciting launch.

The “Blooms” stamp features fanciful flowers to mark special occasions.

The “Blooms” stamp is not just for envelopes; it’s a versatile tool for spreading joy and trust. Whether for party invitations, thank-you notes, important announcements, or general correspondence, it can be used for any occasion, empowering you to express your creativity.

This stamp is a masterpiece featuring brilliantly colored flowers rendered in ink and gouache. These artistic details add luster to the vivid red, yellow, purple, pink, green, and blue hues, making them a visual delight.

Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp using an existing illustration by artist Kim Parker.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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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.


• HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2024 TIME100

  • 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.


• THE 2024 TIME100 SUMMIT AND GALA

  • 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


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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.


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.


IMF


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

UGC


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.


UGC


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

ENLARGE



Lamborghini Huracan

ENLARGE


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.”


• INDIA


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.

UNCTAD

UNCTAD

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


UNCTAD


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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