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December 8, 2021

Academy announces International Feature Films Eligible for Consideration for the 94th Oscars

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Photo: Margot Robbie arrives on the red carpet of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Photo Credit: Matt Petit. Copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. [File Photo]

Los Angeles, December 8, 2021 — Ninety-three countries have submitted films eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 94th Academy Awards. However, some films have not yet had their required qualifying release and must fulfill that requirement and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

An international feature film is a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly (more than 50%) non-English dialogue track. Somalia is a first-time entrant.

The shortlist of 15 films will be announced on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

The Academy will announce the Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

The 94th Oscars will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.



(Listed in Alphabetical Order by Country)

  1. Albania, “Two Lions to Venice”
  2. Algeria, “Heliopolis”
  3. Argentina, “The Intruder”
  4. Armenia, “Should the Wind Drop”
  5. Australia, “When Pomegranates Howl”
  6. Austria, “Great Freedom”
  7. Azerbaijan, “The Island Within”
  8. Bangladesh, “Rehana”
  9. Belgium, “Playground”
  10. Bhutan, “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”
  11. Bolivia, “The Great Movement”
  12. Bosnia and Herzegovina, “The White Fortress”
  13. Brazil, “Private Desert”
  14. Bulgaria, “Fear”
  15. Cambodia, “White Building”
  16. Cameroon, “Hidden Dreams”
  17. Canada, “Drunken Birds”
  18. Chad, “Lingui, The Sacred Bonds”
  19. Chile, “White on White”
  20. China, “Cliff Walkers”
  21. Colombia, “Memoria”
  22. Costa Rica, “Clara Sola”
  23. Croatia, “Tereza37”
  24. Czech Republic, “Zátopek”
  25. Denmark, “Flee”
  26. Dominican Republic, “Holy Beasts”
  27. Ecuador, “Submersible”
  28. Egypt, “Souad”
  29. Estonia, “On the Water”
  30. Finland, “Compartment No. 6”
  31. France, “Titane”
  32. Georgia, “Brighton 4th”
  33. Germany, “I’m Your Man”
  34. Greece, “Digger”
  35. Haiti, “Freda”
  36. Hong Kong, “Zero to Hero”
  37. Hungary, “Post Mortem”
  38. Iceland, “Lamb”
  39. India, “Pebbles”
  40. Indonesia, “Yuni”
  41. Iran, “A Hero”
  42. Iraq, “Europa”
  43. Ireland, “Shelter”
  44. Israel, “Let It Be Morning”
  45. Italy, “The Hand of God”
  46. Japan, “Drive My Car”
  47. Jordan, “Amira”
  48. Kazakhstan, “Yellow Cat”
  49. Kenya, “Mission to Rescue”
  50. Kosovo, “Hive”
  51. Kyrgyzstan, “Shambala”
  52. Latvia, “The Pit”
  53. Lebanon, “Costa Brava, Lebanon”
  54. Lithuania, “Isaac”
  55. Luxembourg, “Io Sto Bene”
  56. Malawi, “Fatsani: A Tale of Survival”
  57. Malaysia, “Hail, Driver!”
  58. Malta, “Luzzu”
  59. Mexico, “Prayers for the Stolen”
  60. Montenegro, “After the Winter”
  61. Morocco, “Casablanca Beats”
  62. Netherlands, “Do Not Hesitate”
  63. North Macedonia, “Sisterhood”
  64. Norway, “The Worst Person in the World”
  65. Palestine, “The Stranger”
  66. Panama, “Plaza Catedral”
  67. Paraguay, “Nothing but the Sun”
  68. Peru, “Powerful Chief”
  69. Poland, “Leave No Traces”
  70. Portugal, “The Metamorphosis of Birds”
  71. Romania, “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn”
  72. Russia, “Unclenching the Fists”
  73. Saudi Arabia, “The Tambour of Retribution”
  74. Serbia, “Oasis”
  75. Singapore, “Precious Is the Night”
  76. Slovakia, “107 Mothers”
  77. Slovenia, “Sanremo”
  78. Somalia, “The Gravedigger’s Wife”
  79. South Africa, “Barakat”
  80. South Korea, “Escape from Mogadishu”
  81. Spain, “The Good Boss”
  82. Sweden, “Tigers”
  83. Switzerland, “Olga”
  84. Taiwan, “The Falls”
  85. Thailand, “The Medium”
  86. Tunisia, “Golden Butterfly”
  87. Turkey, “Commitment Hasan”
  88. Ukraine, “Bad Roads”
  89. United Kingdom, “Dying to Divorce”
  90. Uruguay, “The Broken Glass Theory”
  91. Uzbekistan, “2000 Songs of Farida”
  92. Venezuela, “The Inner Glow”
  93. Vietnam, “Dad, I’m Sorry”

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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December 6, 2021

Miss Universe Contestants in Eilat, Israel for the Sunday, December 12 Contest

Miss Universe

Miss Universe

Photo: Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India 2021, goes on an adventure in the desert while exploring Eilat, Israel! The Miss Universe delegates are touring the sights, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe

Photo: Essi Unkuri, Miss Universe Finland 2021, starred in a fashion show showcasing Haboydem and sustainable dresses. After the show, the delegates celebrated all night long! The Miss Universe delegates are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe

Photo: Sofia Arapogianni, Miss Universe Greece 2021, poses while spending the day at Ein Karem in Jerusalem, Israel. The Miss Universe delegates are touring the sights, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Source: Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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December 4, 2021

Ecom Express launches its first All-women Delivery Center in India.

Ecom Express, Women

Photo: Delivery Associates of Ecom Express All-women Delivery Centre.

GURUGRAM, India, Dec. 4, 2021 — Ecom Express Private Limited, one of the leading technology-enabled end-to-end logistics solutions providers to the e-commerce industry, announced the launch of its first all-women Delivery Center in Delhi today. The all-women Delivery Center is an initiative towards empowering women and providing them financial independence while strengthening the company’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda.

The company has already inducted women forces in the Delivery Center. However, it will be the first time that a 10-member team, exclusively comprising women from the ranks of Delivery Center Head to Delivery Associates, will be engaged independently in all operational activities, the company stated.

Manju Dhawan, Co-founder, Ecom Express Limited, inaugurated the all-women delivery center. She said, ”The launch of our all-women delivery center is a conscious plan and an extension of our continued effort supporting women with opportunities that empower them to grow and economically elevate them. We aim to create more and more opportunities for female team members across roles, including the front-line delivery role. We are steadfast in our approach to support them and their career progression.”

Ecom Express is also planning to establish more all-women delivery centers soon. In addition, the firm is breaking the glass ceiling by bringing in need of the hour ideas and business models. Today, Ecom Express has close to 2000 women working across its processing centers, hubs, centers, fulfillment centers, and many women bikers as delivery associates across the country.

“I am pursuing my graduation, and I look forward to creating a good career for myself in the future. I was thrilled to explore this field and wondered if men can get into delivering goods, why can’t women. I have always received a positive response. In a year, I have grown in my role with Ecom Express, from a part-time delivery partner to a full-time on-roll employee,” stated Kusum Jain, Delivery Associate at Ecom Express’s all-women delivery center.

Ecom Express is looking to increase diversity across its supply chain to make it more inclusive. Several of its extensive facilities across the country have their operations for general shifts entirely run by women. Sortation and fulfillment centers, including Bilaspur (Haryana), Bhiwandi, Surat, Vijayawada, Guwahati, and others, have women staff take care of millions of shipments, contributing to a seamless e-commerce experience for customers.

Ecom Express Private Limited, headquartered in Gurugram, is a leading end-to-end technology-enabled logistics solutions provider to the Indian e-commerce industry.

Source: Ecom Express

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December 3, 2021

Gita Gopinath to Be IMF's New First Deputy Managing Director

IMF, Gita Gopinath

Photo: The International Monetary Fund’s HQ1 and HQ2 buildings sit amid the season’s first snow. December 16, 2020. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.

IMF, Gita Gopinath

Photo: Chief Economist Gita Gopinath provides the World Economic Outlook during the 2021 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.

Washington, DC, December 2, 2021: Today, the IMF said that First Deputy Managing Director (FDMD) Geoffrey Okamoto would leave the Fund early next year. Gita Gopinath, currently the IMF’s Chief Economist, is proposed to be the Fund’s new First Deputy Managing Director. Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s Managing Director, announced, “Both Geoffrey and Gita are tremendous colleagues — I am sad to see Geoffrey go. But, at the same time, I am delighted that Gita has decided to stay and accept the new responsibility of being our FDMD.” Ms. Gopinath was to return to her academic position at Harvard University in January 2022.

Ms. Georgieva added: “Especially given that the pandemic has led to an increase in the scale and scope of the macroeconomic challenges facing our member countries. I believe that Gita — universally recognized as one of the world’s leading macroeconomists — has precisely the expertise that we need for the FDMD role at this point. Indeed, her particular skill set—combined with her years of experience at the Fund as Chief Economist—make her uniquely well qualified. She is the right person at the right time.”

Ms. Georgieva noted that Ms. Gopinath’s contribution to the Fund’s work has already been exceptional, especially her “intellectual leadership in helping the global economy and the Fund to navigate the twists and turns of the worst economic crisis of our lives.” She also said that Ms. Gopinath—the first female Chief Economist in IMF history—has garnered respect and admiration across our member countries and the institution, with a proven track record in leading analytically rigorous work on a broad range of issues.”

Ms. Georgieva observed that under Ms. Gopinath’s leadership, the IMF’s Research Department had gone from “strength to strength.” For example, the IMF Research Department now does multilateral surveillance via The World Economic Outlook, a new analytical approach to help countries respond to international capital flows. Ms. Georgieva also praised Ms. Gopinath’s recent work on a Pandemic Plan to end the COVID-19 crisis by setting targets to vaccinate the world at a feasible cost.

On her new appointment, Ms. Gopinath said:

“I am honored and humbled to become the IMF’s next FDMD. Over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand and be a part of the hugely important work done by the IMF at the intersection of rigorous economic analysis and public policy. It is gratifying to see the positive impact of our work on economies and the lives of many people worldwide. As the pandemic continues its grip on us, the work of the Fund has never been more critical. I am very thankful to Kristalina and the Board for this opportunity, and so look forward to collaborating closely with all the incredibly brilliant and committed colleagues at the Fund, working with whom has been an absolute privilege.”

Source: IMF

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December 2, 2021

Indian School of Hospitality and Sommet Education Kick-off Development Plans for India Region

Indian School of Hospitality

Photo: Benoît-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education and Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality.

GURUGRAM, India and GLION-SUR-MONTREUX, Switzerland, December 01, 2021 — Sommet Education, a world leader in hospitality and culinary education, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), founded by hospitality veteran Dilip Puri.

Sommet Education is the world’s leader in hospitality management education. Its global network of prestigious institutions comprises Swiss-originated hospitality business schools Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches.

The partners aim at offering a global standard of education to a more significant number of hospitality and culinary arts aspirants in the years to come in India and neighboring countries. Through this partnership, worldwide education reference in culinary arts, École Ducasse now has its first campus in India at ISH, and Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools.

At an event in Delhi NCR to celebrate the partnership, Benoît-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education, and Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality, announced their future development plans for India. The first step of this plan is to expand the current ISH Gurugram campus, which will feature an additional 25,000 sq. ft of classrooms, training kitchens, and student experience areas. This expansion will take up the capacity of the campus to over 500 students per intake, with an overall total of 1,200 students per year. New facilities are under construction and will be operational by early 2022.

While ISH has set benchmarks with its global curriculum, faculty, and state-of-the-art infrastructure, expansion of the campus will lay grounds for more talented students to choose the exciting field of hospitality and culinary arts and become future leaders in the industry.

In terms of expansion outside the Gurugram campus, Sommet Education and ISH are evaluating opportunities for a second campus in Mumbai, Bengaluru, or Hyderabad. They also intend to launch a network of Ecole Ducasse studios in select cities across India. These culinary institutes will cater to the needs of professionals, enthusiasts, and career changers for upskilling and acquiring new skills. The targeted cities include New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

Together, the partners shared their ambition to become India’s largest hospitality and culinary arts education player in the next three years.

Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) is an institute of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. ISH is part of Sommet Education’s global network of 18 campuses across eight countries.

At its ultra-modern campus in Gurugram (Delhi NCR), ISH offers degree and diploma, and certificate programs in hospitality management and culinary arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Source: Sommet Education

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Autonomous Car arrives at Florida Poly for Enhance Research.

Autonomous Car

Photo: Florida Polytechnic University researchers Dr. AJ Alnaser (left) and Dr. Onur Toker stand alongside the new drive-by-wire autonomous test vehicle on campus in Lakeland, Florida.

LAKELAND, Fla., December 2, 2021 — Researchers at Florida Polytechnic University’s Advanced Mobility Institute are beginning a new phase in their work on autonomous vehicle testing and verification. The research is shifting gears from software to hardware testing at a new simulation facility on campus, funded in part by a $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project’s centerpiece - a tricked-out, autonomous sedan - recently arrived at Florida Poly. The car is equipped with sophisticated electronics and transformed into a drive-by-wire autonomous test vehicle.

“Drive-by-wire means you can control the steering, acceleration, braking by electronic signals,” said Dr. Onur Toker, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and researcher. “If you put a computer in it, it becomes an autonomous vehicle test car.”

The researchers will put the autonomous car to work on Polytechnic Circle, the road encircling campus.

“Autonomous vehicles have computer systems that you can think of like a child - it needs time to mature, grow, and learn,” said Dr. AJ Alnaser, assistant professor of applied mathematics and researcher. “Once it learns enough, we have to test it. Then, finally, we have to be able to trust that we can give it a driver’s license and it can drive safely.”

Researchers can emulate driving conditions inside the new simulation lab and test whether a car’s programming is accurate. The lab’s equipment includes advanced computers connected to two lifelike driving simulators, complete with racing seats, steering wheels, pedals, and large monitor screens.

Alnaser said testing and verifying connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology is a vast, multidisciplinary industry problem.

“We want to define what’s a safety measure for cars and then go after how to make conditions as dangerous as possible in a simulation platform,” Alnaser said. “It’s cheaper and safer.”

Dr. Arman Sargolzaei, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Tennessee Technological University, is working with Florida Poly researchers on the project.

“CAVs will be used in the future to transfer people and goods, and we need to make sure this technology is ready and safe in advance,” said Sargolzaei. “This new facility at Florida Poly allows researchers to develop, implement, and test their algorithms in realistic and safe environments.”

Source: Florida Polytechnic University

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November 27, 2021

Euro NCAP announces Assisted Driving Gradings of Seven Cars equipped with Highway Assist.

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Assisted Driving Grading

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Photos: Assisted Driving Gradings by Euro NCAP. Images provided by & Copyright © Euro NCAP.

November 27, 2021 - Euro NCAP has published the Assisted Driving gradings of seven cars equipped with Highway Assist. The overall best performer in this batch is the BMW iX3, graded as ‘Very Good.’ Two others - the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the CUPRA Formentor - achieve ‘Good’ gradings. The assist systems of the Polestar 2 and the Hyundai IONIQ 5 are graded as ‘Moderate,’ while the Toyota Yaris and Opel Mokka-e offer ‘Entry’ level systems.

Highway Assist systems help the driver to maintain a steady speed, to keep a safe distance from the car in front, and to keep the vehicle in the center of the lane by combining (intelligent) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Lane Centering (LC). Highway Assist systems are designed to assist the driver, not to take control, and the driver is expected to keep his hands on the wheel and his eyes on the road at all times. For this reason, Euro NCAP tests the car’s ability to assist and promote safer driving and evaluate how the system engages the driver and, if the unexpected happens, what safety backup is offered by the vehicle.

First offered on premium vehicles, the technology has gone mainstream in recent years and is now available on cars in all categories, albeit with varying degrees of sophistication and different price points. In its previous rounds of Assisted Driving tests in 2018 and 2020, Euro NCAP found some vehicles promised more than they could deliver, implying that they provide more automation than they were capable of doing through their naming and interaction with the driver. However, all the cars tested in this round offer a balance between Assistance Competence - the degree to which the system can help the driver - and Driver Engagement - the extent to which the driver feels they must remain in control and not disengage from the driving task.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary-General of Euro NCAP, says, “This balance between assistance and engagement is crucial. Cars are not yet capable of fully automated driving and should not mislead drivers into thinking that they are. Reports from America have highlighted the severe problems when people have an unrealistically high expectation of what such systems can offer and when the car they are driving does not actively try to get them back in the loop. We are pleased that the manufacturers represented in this round of tests make clear the level of support that they can provide.”

The range of cars tested demonstrated the growing prevalence of Assisted Driving across the spectrum of vehicle categories. While offering less functionality than more sophisticated systems, entry-level systems nevertheless provide the driver with a practical level of support. Moreover, the fact that they are fitted on volume-selling cars shows the direction of travel for automated driving.

Euro NCAP said its tests follow a rapidly changing legislative background. Technology is developing very quickly, and the degree of automation allowed and what action the car must take when, for example, handing control back to an unresponsive driver, is being reviewed. Euro NCAP’s future tests will take these regulatory changes into account.

Euro NCAP organizes crash & safety tests on new vehicles and provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. Established in 1997 and backed by several European Governments, motoring, consumer, and insurance organizations, Euro NCAP has rapidly become a catalyst for encouraging significant safety improvements to new car design.

Source: Euro NCAP

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November 22, 2021

ETS Expands Presence in India, Driving Growth for Core Brands TOEFL® and GRE®


PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 22, 2021 — ETS has announced the formation of ETS India, officially establishing an office in the country to grow its global footprint as it seeks to continue serving learners as part of their lifelong educational journeys. Lejo Sam Oommen, formerly of Pearson™, will lead ETS India as Managing Director. In this role, Oommen will develop and implement ETS’s overall growth strategy for its products and services in India.

ETS has long been committed to the Indian education community. Establishing the ETS India office is a natural next step in supporting learners and higher education institutions. The formation of ETS India will continue to strengthen the organization’s relationships with key partners in-country, providing both ETS and Indian businesses increased opportunities for collaboration and investment, including in and with schools, institutions, corporations, education agents, language trainers, and study abroad advisors.

“ETS is strongly aligned with India’s bold and visionary approach to reforming, improving, and broadening access to quality education for all Indians through the framework of the New Education Policy (NEP),” said Mohammad Kousha, Associate Vice President of Global Growth, at ETS. “ETS’s mission-oriented approach of advancing quality and equity in education for all is consistent with this forward-thinking vision. We look forward to expanding learning opportunities in-country to the people of India, and having Lejo on board will help us accomplish this.”

“I am pleased to be joining ETS and leading its India office and the team at a time when the organization is undergoing significant transformation as we look to the future of serving learners worldwide with a particular focus on those in India,” said Oommen. “I intend to build on the already strong foundation that exists here in India, reinforcing the value of ETS’s existing products including the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, GRE® test, and TOEIC® exam, as well as new learning tools and business opportunities.”

At Pearson, Oommen served as General Manager with oversight of the PTE® Academic test and was credited for his contributions to the strong business performance of the organization, delivering significant results in growth, revenue, operational performance, and profitability. Before Pearson, he held roles at Reliance Money, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank. He is an alumnus of Bangalore University.

Despite impacts from COVID-19, ETS continued to focus on delivering research and assessment solutions that serve the needs and interests of Indian students and institutions, so their education needs and requirements remained uninterrupted.

Based in Delhi, India, ETS India is a subsidiary of ETS headquartered in Princeton, N.J., USA. ETS India is bringing the organization’s wide-ranging expertise in education and learning to test takers and learners throughout the region. In addition, the staff of ETS India offers deep knowledge and insight into delivering high-quality learning and assessment solutions and new business opportunities to organizations, institutions, and individuals in the country.

ETS develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

Source: ETS

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November 21, 2021

President of India honors Cleanest Cities of India.

  • Indore wins the ‘Cleanest City’ title for the fifth consecutive time.

  • Indore, Navi Mumbai, and Nellore emerge as Top Performers in SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge.

Swachh Awards 2021

Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Swachh Survekshan (Cleanliness Survey) Awards 2021 at the Swachh Amrit Mahotsav (clean nectar festival), organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in New Delhi on November 20, 2021.

New Delhi, November 21, 2021 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, felicitated the awardees of the cleanest cities of India at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ hosted by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday.

For the fifth consecutive year, Indore was awarded the title of India’s Cleanest City under Swachh Survekshan. At the same time, Surat and Vijayawada bagged the second and third spots respectively in the ‘more than 1 lakh population’ category. In the population category of ‘less than 1 lakh’, Vita, Lonavala, and Sasvad, all from Maharashtra, bagged the first, second, and third positions. Varanasi emerged as the ‘Best Ganga Town’ while Ahmedabad Cantonment won the title of ‘India’s Cleanest Cantonment,’ followed by Meerut Cantonment and Delhi Cantonment.

For the third consecutive year, in the State awards, Chhattisgarh emerged as the ‘Cleanest State’ in the category of “more than 100 Urban Local Bodies.” At the same time, Jharkhand, for the second time, won the Cleanest State award in the “less than 100 ULBs category”. Karnataka and Mizoram became the ‘Fastest Mover States’ in the big (more than 100 ULBs) and small (less than 100 ULBs) state categories, respectively.

Speaking at the event, the President said that this year’s Swachh Survekshan Awards are unique because we celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ The President noted that effective solid waste management is essential to keep the cities clean. He stressed that environment conservation had been an integral part of the traditional lifestyle of India. Today, the whole world is emphasizing environmental protection in which the focus is on reducing, reusing, and recycling the resources. He noted that good examples are coming out of ​​’Waste to Wealth,’ and many start-ups are active in these areas. He said that we should encourage entrepreneurship and investment in these fields.

Under the Prerak Daaur Samman, a new performance category introduced under Swachh Survekshan 2021, five cities - Indore, Surat, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi Municipal Council, and Tirupati got categorized as ‘Divya’ (Platinum). This year’s Survekshan, participated by 4,320 cities, also saw an unprecedented number of citizens’ feedback - over five crores, compared to 1.87 cores last year.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs gave further impetus to the vision of a Garbage Free India by announcing the results of 3-star and 5-star rated cities under the Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities. 9 cities - Indore, Surat, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Ambikapur, Mysuru, Noida, Vijayawada, and Patan- have been certified as 5-star cities.

In the category of ‘Fastest Mover,’ Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh) emerged as the ‘Fastest Mover City’ (in the ‘more than 1 lakh population category) with a jump of 274 ranks from 361st position in the 2020 rankings to the 87th position this year, thus securing a place among the top 100 cities.

In contrast, Chandigarh dropped 50 places from the last year’s overall ranking. The residents of Chandigarh woke up to find their self-styled “City Beautiful” at a poor, 66th position.

The Ministry launched a futuristic and state-of-the-art spatial Geographic Information System (GIS) platform to propel the Mission towards intelligent, data-driven decision making. These new digital enablements will further enable the Mission to become paperless, robust, and transparent, along with round-the-clock connectivity with States, Cities, and stakeholders across the Swachhata spectrum.

Swachh Amrit Mahotsav was thus a celebration of cities’ achievements in the past seven years of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and a commitment from cities and citizens to move forward with renewed vigor in the next phase of Cleanliness.

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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November 20, 2021

All New Breitling Boutique New York Opens with a Star-Studded Celebration

Breitling, New York City, Watches

Breitling, New York City, Watches

New York, November 20, 2021 — Breitling celebrated the reopening of its Madison Avenue flagship boutique after a complete redesign to the brand’s industrial-loft concept. The event, held in the heart of Manhattan, brought together global stars and Breitling enthusiasts from around the world.

Adding their star power to the event were Breitling Spotlight Squad members actor and producer Charlize Theron and ballet dancer Misty Copeland, who co-hosted with Breitling CEO Georges Kern. US ambassadors for Breitling and friends of the brand also turned out to see the new boutique unveiled. The guest list included former American football quarterback and host of The NFL Today Boomer Esiason, American professional triathlete Ben Hoffman, CBS Golf and NFL reporter Amanda Balionis, Grammy Award-winning musician Eric Harland, astronaut Scott Kelly, and professional golfer Gary Woodland.

Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “Forget all your notions of how a watch showroom looks. With this boutique redesign, we’ve created a relaxed, uplifting, and inclusive environment that you’ll feel the moment you step through the door. By redefining the whole premise of the retail experience, we’re achieving our vision of being the undisputed leader of neo-luxury.”

Source: Breitling

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November 19, 2021

Super AVI, the Newest Watch Series from Breitling

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Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

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Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Super AVI, the newest watch series from Breitling, is a celebration of aviation history with designs inspired by the original 1953 “Co-Pilot” Ref. 765 AVI aviator’s watch and four legendary planes: the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, the Vought F4U Corsair, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and the de Havilland Mosquito.

“This collection embodies that sense of nostalgia for the early days of aviation when pilots relied on their watches as onboard tools,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “But you don’t have to be a pilot or vintage-aircraft buff to appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship and rugged design.”

That pioneering watch is the inspiration for today’s Super AVI, the debut series in Breitling’s Classic AVI collection. Its launch marks nearly a century of aviation timepieces from a brand that has shared some of the field’s finest moments. From brave first takeoffs to the birth of commercial air travel, Breitling’s history is inseparable from that of flight.

• Drawn from Vintage Aviation Aesthetic

The collection comes in five unique versions honoring four powerful and memorable aircraft, whose filigree silhouettes adorn the watches’ sapphire case backs.

  • The Super AVI P-51 Mustang pays homage to the best all-around fighter plane of its era in two distinct versions: a stainless-steel case with a black dial and gold-brown leather strap and an 18 k red gold version with an anthracite dial and a black leather strap.

  • The Super AVI Tribute to Vought F4U Corsair features a blue dial, tone-on-tone chronograph counters, and a black leather strap that take their design cues from the distinctive livery of the record-breaking naval aircraft.

  • The Super AVI Curtiss Warhawk, with its military-green dial, white contrasting chronograph counters, and red accents, plays on its namesake’s famous shark-mouth nose art that gave the plane its unmistakable identity.

  • The Super AVI Mosquito features a combination polished and satin-brushed black ceramic bezel and a black dial with white contrasting chronograph counters. Its red and orange elements recall the roundels and markings on the versatile plane, dubbed the “Wooden Wonder.”

“Our watchmaking DNA is what dominates here, while the interpretations of the four aircraft give the series its emotion and bold graphic appeal. These elements evoke the spirit of early flight,” says Breitling Creative Director Sylvain Berneron. “We can’t forget that Breitling pioneered aviation tool watches like the Ref. 765 AVI. That heritage is so strong; we had not only to keep it intact but rewrite it for the 21st century.”

Source: Breitling


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November 17, 2021

U.S. Colleges and Universities Remain Top Choice for International Students

Higher education institutions across all U.S. states and territories welcomed more than 914,000 international students for academic study during the 2020/21 academic year.

Institute of International Education

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2021 — The ‘Open Doors’ 2021 Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, underscores the continued commitment of students and scholars, U.S. higher education, governmental partners, and industry stakeholders to international educational exchange amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Open Doors 2021 report, released by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE), has been an essential benchmark for international educational exchange to the U.S. for over 70 years. In the 2020/21 academic year, the Open Doors report included international students enrolled at U.S. higher education institutions in the United States and online from abroad and those on Optional Practical Training (OPT). ‘Open Doors’ is a comprehensive information resource on international students studying at U.S. higher education institutions and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit.

In the 2020/21 academic year, 914,095 international students pursued studies at U.S. colleges and universities, a decrease of 15% from the previous academic year. However, these students represented 5% of all students in U.S. higher education and, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, contributed $39 billion to the U.S. economy in 2020.

• U.S. remained open to international students during the COVID-19 pandemic

More than 710,000 international students enrolled at the undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree levels from more than 200 places of origin. In addition, more than 200,000 international students pursued OPT, a welcome opportunity for students to gain practical work experiences in the U.S. after academic study.

The COVID-19 global pandemic primarily impacted international students studying at a U.S. university for the first time or new international students.

International students already enrolled at U.S. universities or continuing students largely remained committed to their U.S. education experience. “International students are central to the free flow of ideas, innovation, economic prosperity, and peaceful relations between nations,” said Matthew Lussenhop, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. “As reiterated in the recent Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, the United States is strongly committed to international education as we continue to build back better.”

• Chinese, Indian students continue to seek an American education.

Chinese and Indian students continued to pursue their education at U.S. institutions in large numbers. While both groups declined this year (by 14.8% and 13.2%, respectively), they did so by less than the overall rate, illustrating the strength and appeal a U.S. education holds in both countries. All places of origin and regions saw declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa saw relatively more minor declines, with potential ease of access to the U.S. during the pandemic and the ability to begin or continue programs virtually within a similar time zone as many U.S. institutions.

“U.S. colleges and universities remained open and welcoming in the face of COVID-19 challenges and well prepared for what’s ahead,” said IIE Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman. “The Open Doors 2021 report gives us all a benchmark to gauge the progress we are making to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.” The Institute of International Education (IIE), established in 1919, is a global not-for-profit that creates and implements international education programs, conducts research, and provides life-changing opportunities for students and scholars worldwide.

• Studying abroad is as important as ever

The COVID-19 global pandemic affected U.S. study abroad programs across the country and all international destinations, resulting in a 53% decline overall. In the 2019/20 academic year, 162,633 American students studied abroad for academic credit.

European countries remain the most popular destination for American students, welcoming more than half (58%) of U.S. study abroad students. However, some of these countries were also the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. As a result, these programs saw declines of 41% to 53%. Americans studied in more than 180 countries and had a presence on every continent, including Antarctica. In addition to the 162,633 U.S. students who received academic credit for study abroad in 2019/20, 252 institutions reported that an additional 11,256 U.S. students participated in non-credit work, internships, volunteering, and research abroad.

“Our commitment to Americans studying abroad is a commitment to our collective future,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. “As ‘study abroad’ slowly returns, we must recommit ourselves to ensuring that study abroad becomes ever more accessible to, and reflective of, the rich diversity of the United States.” The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs.

• U.S. Institutions Report International Student Surge for Fall 2021

Following a challenging year in international educational exchange, the findings of the 2021 Fall International Student Enrollment Snapshot reflect the resilience of U.S. higher education institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher education institutions reported a 68% increase in the number of new international students enrolling for the first time at a U.S. institution, a notable surge from the 46% decline reported in Fall 2020.

Source: Institute of International Education

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November 13, 2021

Streetfighter V2 and Streetfighter V4 SP: Two New Ducati Models derived from the Successful "Fight Formula."

  • Building on the success of the V4 model, the Ducati Streetfighter family expands with the introduction of new Streetfighter V2 and Streetfighter V4 SP models.

  • The Streetfighter V2 truly represents the essence of the “Fighter” attitude. The new gateway to the Streetfighter family is the perfect synthesis between boldness and essentiality.


Ducati Streetfighter

Ducati Strretfighter

BOLOGNA, Italy, Nov. 13, 2021 — Ducati expands the Streetfighter family by introducing two new models: the bold and essential Streetfighter V2 and the top-of-the-range Streetfighter V4 SP.

The new Streetfighter V2 is a sports bike with a one-of-a-kind character. It accommodates the needs of riders looking for a motorcycle capable of combining the Panigale V2’s DNA with both the attitude and style of the admired Streetfighter. The result is an intuitive and easy-to-handle motorcycle with the correct dose of power to ensure feisty performance and maximum riding fun.

This project is the reinterpretation of Ducati’s successful “Fight Formula.”

The new Streetfighter V2 is essential and characterized by an intelligent design, which embraces the classic stylistic elements of the Streetfighter V4, starting with the distinctive headlight, which pays homage to the V-shaped DRL typical of Ducati sports bikes and is inspired by the famous grin of the Joker.

A unique Ducati product, the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale with 208 hp, can deliver a torque of 90.4 lb-ft (123 Nm) at 9,500 rpm. It is fitted with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, which guarantees a better anti-hopping function and greater fluidity during all “off-throttle” stages. However, this racing bike is used only in motorcycle racing closed-course circuits. The law prohibits its operation on public roads.

Source: Ducati North America

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United States Congressional Delegation meets with Prime Minister Modi.

Modi, United States, Congress Delegation

Modi, United States, Congress Delegation

Photos: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with the United States Congressional Delegation in New Delhi on November 13, 2021.

New Delhi, November 13, 2021 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the US Congressional delegation led by Senator John Cornyn. Senator Cornyn is the co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans. The panel included Senator Michael Crapo, Senator Thomas Tuberville, Senator Michael Lee, Congressman Tony Gonzales, and Congressman John Kevin Elzey.

The Congressional delegation noted the excellent management of the COVID situation in India despite the challenges of a large and diverse population. Prime Minister pointed out that people’s participation based on the democratic ethos of the country played a crucial role in managing the worst pandemic of the century.

Prime Minister appreciated the consistent support and constructive role of the US Congress in deepening the India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership anchored in shared democratic values.

There was a warm and frank discussion on regional issues of mutual interest, including those related to South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister and the visiting delegation noted the increasing convergence of strategic interests between the two strategic partners. They expressed the desire to enhance cooperation further to promote global peace and stability.

The Prime Minister also exchanged views on the potential to enhance the bilateral relationship and strengthen cooperation on contemporary global issues such as terrorism, climate change, and reliable supply chains for critical technologies.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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November 12, 2021

130 Nations endorse India's vision on Internationalization of Higher Education at Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University in New Delhi

  • Diplomatic Conclave draws overwhelming response from participating nations

  • The discussions at the Conclave will lead to the preparation of a strategic blueprint for greater synergy in internationalization of higher Education — Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • National Education Policy will drive Indian Education System to new heights — Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan

  • Conclave will foster, promote greater international cooperation — External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar

Internationalization of Education

Photo: India’s Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, Chandigarh University Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu, Education Ministry Officials, and diplomats from various countries in a group photograph during a Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University in New Delhi on November 12, 2021.

NEW DELHI, November 12, 2021 — As many as 130 nations endorsed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision on internationalization of Education while participating in the Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

While participating in the first of its kind Diplomatic Conclave organized on Friday in New Delhi, 175 ambassadors and senior diplomats deliberated on the global issues, including exploring avenues for internationalization of Higher Education, enhancing the standards of Higher Education in India as well as in participating nations, and the challenges to international collaborations in Higher Education.

Union Minister for Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, attended the Conclave and higher officials of both the ministries.

The idea of global partnership in the field of Education, which is the theme of the Diplomatic Conclave, has drawn tremendous response internationally, as validated by the presence of Ambassadors and Senior Diplomatic from 130 nations in the Conclave.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his thoughts and said that the Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University is deeply rooted in the tenet of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutambakam’ (the whole world is one family). It has brought together a mini-world on a common platform for fostering global partnerships in the field of Education.

The Prime Minister stressed in his message, “India’s New Education Policy emphasizes on connecting our young generation with a modern and national education system while drawing inspiration from our proud heritage. The objective of the education reforms is to make learning holistic and empower our youth.”

The Prime Minister said that the coming together of Ambassadors and Diplomats of several countries at the Conclave would facilitate a vibrant exchange of thoughts, leading to a roadmap for mutual partnerships between nations in the field of Education. “I am sure that the discussions at the Conclave will lead to the preparation of a strategic blueprint for greater synergy in internationalization of Higher Education,” he said.

Inaugurating the Conclave, Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, pitched the Government of India’s plan of making India a Vishwaguru by establishing a Global Partnership amongst the nations in the field of Education, Research, and Innovation.

Addressing the audience, Minister Pradhan spoke about India’s inherent strength as a knowledge center of the world and the role of Education in shaping India’s place in the post-COVID new world order.

The Conclave witnessed continuous and stirring discussion among ambassadors divided into different groups on exploring avenues for internationalization of Higher Education, enhancing higher education standards in India and participating nations, and the challenges to international collaborations in Higher Education.

During the Valedictory Session of the Conclave, Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, noted that the quest for Education has long mobilized students, both Indians going to other countries and the international students studying in India.

“The challenge today is to re-imagine this two-way interaction and make it work better for the world as a whole. It is only when exchanges of ideas, creativity, and knowledge are more diversified that we can strive for multiple art and democratic world,” said the Minister in a special video message for the ambassadors and diplomats.

“I believe that today’s event is one step in that direction, and it will help in promoting and fostering greater international cooperation,” he concluded.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, the chief guest at the Valedictory session, also interacted with the Ambassadors and the Diplomats.

“I am glad that Chandigarh University and its Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu have taken the initiative to organize this Diplomatic Conclave to strengthen India’s rising position in the world of higher education,” he said.

Gloria Berbena, Minister Council for Public Diplomacy, U.S Embassy in India, said, “India’s New Education Policy is a significant step towards becoming a global knowledge economy. In addition, the New Education Policy provides the opportunity to strengthen the India-US educational links and innovate and improve the skill-based creativity in Higher Education.”

Dr. Stephen Grabherr, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Germany in India, said, “India’s role in the world has become increasingly important in recent years. The world has seen this rise of India, and now it is reaching out to the world with its New Education Policy which will surely transform the idea of Global Education.”

Hailing India’s New Education Policy, Ian Biggs, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, referred to it as an impactful and innovative policy.

Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India, said that the discussions and deliberations at the Conclave gave a remarkable insight into the transformation of Global Higher Education.

Sources: Ministry of Education, Government of India, and Chandigarh University

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Porsche’s first all-electric model, the Taycan, and the new Macan SUV arrive in India.

Porsche Taycan India

Photo: Manolito Vujicic, Brand Head for Porsche India, with the all-new Porsche Taycan. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.

Porsche Taycan

Photo: Porsche Taycan. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche.

Mumbai, India. November 12, 2021 — Porsche India today embarked on its most ambitious plan in recent times with the launch of both the all-new, fully electric Taycan range and the latest Macan compact SUV, in addition to announcing a national dealer network expansion plan.

Launched at an exclusive media preview hosted in Delhi, the all-new Taycan range and new Macan will be available for sale across all dealerships in the country. The four new showrooms will open in the first half of 2022.

Manolito Vujicic, Brand Head for Porsche India, said, “Porsche is fully committed to the Indian market with definite plans for a prosperous future. Despite continuously challenging pandemic-related developments, our business performed exceptionally well in this market, chalking up its best Q3 results and making Porsche one of the fastest-growing luxury car brands in the country through 2021. Introducing such a revolutionary model as the Taycan and the latest iteration of our popular Macan to coincide with our dealer expansion is proof of the roadmap we are creating for future business growth in India as we invest in new products and facilities throughout 2022. The order books are now open for Taycan and Macan, with the first deliveries due early next year.”

Source: Porsche India

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November 11, 2021

Guardian for International Peace and Security, Gift from Mexico to the United Nations

United Nations, Peace

Photo: A guardian for international peace and security sits on the Visitors Plaza outside UN Headquarters. The guardian is a fusion of jaguar and eagle and donated by the Government of Oaxaca, Mexico. Artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles created it. November 09, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.

United Nations, Peace

Photo: Alicia Guadalupe Buenrostro Massieu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for November, chairs the Security Council meeting on United Nations peacekeeping operations and Police Commissioners. November 10, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations

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November 9, 2021

Audrey Azoulay Re-elected as the Head of UNESCO with Massive Support.

Audrey Azoulay

Photo: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, November 9, 2021 — Audrey Azoulay was re-elected Tuesday to the post of Director-General of UNESCO with the massive support of the Organization’s 193 Member States.

Ms. Azoulay’s re-election took place in a spirit of consensus with the overwhelming backing of UNESCO Member States, obtaining 155 votes out of a total of 169 ballots cast.

“I see this result as a sign of regained unity within our Organization. Over the last four years, we have been able to restore confidence in UNESCO, and in some respects, this has also been about restoring UNESCO’s confidence in itself. First, we regained serenity by reducing the political tensions that stood in our way and looking for common positions on divisive subjects. We were then able to develop a shared ambition, notably by reconnecting with the tradition of leading major operations in the field,” Audrey Azoulay said.

Over the past four years, UNESCO has undergone a significant modernization process to improve the efficiency of its actions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while hundreds of millions of children and adolescents lost their right to learn, UNESCO once again proved its ability to establish the Global Education Coalition, which made it possible to ensure educational continuity in 112 countries.

Source: UNESCO

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India's Transition to a Green Economy Presents a $1 Trillion Opportunity.

  • A new study by the World Economic Forum presents a sectoral roadmap for India to accelerate decarbonization and drive global climate action efforts.

  • According to the report, India’s transition to a net-zero economy could create over 50 million jobs and contribute more than $1 trillion in economic impact by 2030.

  • As the economy transitions from agrarian and service-led towards manufacturing-led growth, India has an opportunity to accelerate its transition to a net-zero and green economy.

World Economic Forum, India

Geneva, Switzerland, 8 November 2021 - As consensus emerges on the urgency and magnitude of the transformation needed to decarbonize the global economy, India’s role and contributions will be critical if the world is to achieve current targets.

World Economic Forum today released a new report outlining how India’s path to decarbonization will have an estimated economic impact of over $1 trillion by 2030 and around $15 trillion by 2070.

The Mission 2070: A Green New Deal for a Net-Zero India report provides a roadmap for India’s transition to a low-carbon economy as it moves from agriculture and services to manufacturing and a greener economy.

Published in collaboration with Kearney and the Observer Research Foundation, the report underlines the potential to save lives, catalyze new industries, create jobs, and boost India’s contributions to addressing climate change.

At the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Prime Minister Modi has committed India to an ambitious five-part Panchamrit pledge.

“How India continues to deliver growth and energy security to its citizens while ensuring the transition to a net-zero and green economy? That will define our collective success in the global fight against climate change,” said Sriram Gutta, Deputy Head, India, and South Asia, World Economic Forum. “We are calling on the government, businesses, and civil society to work with us to accelerate climate action and ensure a future that is good for both people and the planet.”

The report highlights five sectoral pillars and four cross-sectoral enablers for India to maximize the opportunities presented by a Green New Deal, with the potential to create more than 50 million net new jobs and over $15 trillion in economic value by 2070.

The five pillars - energy, mobility, industry, infrastructure and cities, and agriculture - contribute to over 90% of India’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to the report, India will need to address these pillars, alongside four cross-sectoral enablers, as part of its green transition.

These enablers are an accelerated approach to green technology innovation, an overarching framework to catalyze green finance, an integrated approach to carbon, capture, utilization, storage, and climate adaptation plan. The five pillars and four enablers are dependent on India’s continued economic growth, driven by technological development, financial innovation, and strong political leadership.

“This report visualizes India becoming the world’s first $5 trillion and after that $10 trillion ‘off carbon economy”, said Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation. “In the decade ahead, we will all need to work together on sectoral and geographical pathways to build a green subcontinent.”

“India needs to action two transformations: an economic transformation to drive prosperity and a green transformation to drive sustainability. However, our research indicates that the two need not conflict. On the contrary, India’s green transition might be the most viable way to fuel its economic aspirations,” said Viswanathan Rajendran, Partner, Kearney India.

A Green New Deal for India will need all stakeholders - government, the private sector, investors, and civil society - to step forward and catalyze the next green revolution. India has an opportunity to take bold action to achieve robust, equitable, and shared growth and avert the worst impacts of a changing climate.

The report aims to serve as a framework for a collaborative effort across the World Economic Forum, Kearney, and the Observer Research Foundation to accelerate climate action in key sectors of the Indian economy. Together, these organizations will work closely with relevant stakeholders in India to generate new insights, help inform discussions and policy frameworks, and facilitate new partnerships.

Source: World Economic Forum

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi delighted over Srinagar joining UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

UNESCO Creative Cities Network designates Srinagar a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.

UNESCO Creative Cities, Srinagar

Photo: Dal Lake, Srinagar. Image Credit: Saka Bonetto.

Paris, France, November 8, 2021 — UNESCO announced today that the city of Srinagar had joined the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities. UNESCO has designated it as a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness over Srinagar joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said: “Delighted that beautiful Srinagar joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with a special mention for its craft and folk art. It is fitting recognition for the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar. Congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Srinagar joins Chennai and Varanasi - UNESCO Cities of music; Jaipur - UNESCO City of crafts and folk arts; Mumbai - UNESCO City of the film; and Hyderabad - UNESCO City of gastronomy.

Worldwide, 49 new cities have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay to recognize their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and sharing knowledge & good practices.

The Network now numbers 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity - crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music - to advance sustainable urban development.

“A new urban model needs to be developed in every city, with its architects, town planners, landscapers, and citizens. We are urging everyone to work with States to reinforce the international cooperation between cities which UNESCO wishes to promote”, said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

“I would like to offer my warm congratulations to India and especially to Srinagar. This is a great recognition of the vitality of the arts and crafts sector in Srinagar”, Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director, remarked.

By joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors and civil society to strengthen the creation, production, distribution, and dissemination of cultural activities and goods and services. They also pledge to develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector.

• Here are the New Creative Cities:

  1. Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) - Music
  2. Batumi (Georgia) - Music
  3. Belfast (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Music
  4. Bida (Nigeria) - Handicrafts and Folk Art
  5. Bohicon (Benin) - Gastronomy
  6. Buraidah (Saudi Arabia) - Gastronomy
  7. Bursa (Turkey) - Crafts and Folk Art
  8. Campina Grande (Brazil) - Media Arts
  9. Cannes (France) - Film
  10. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) - Film
  11. Como (Italy) - Craft and Folk Art
  12. Covilhã (Portugal) - Design
  13. Doha (Qatar) - Design
  14. Gdynia (Poland) - Film
  15. Gimhae (Republic of Korea) - Craft and Folk Art
  16. Göteborg (Sweden) - Literature
  17. Hamar (Norway) - Media Arts
  18. Huai’an (China) - Gastronomy
  19. Huancayo (Peru) - Music
  20. Ibagué (Colombia) - Music
  21. Jakarta (Indonesia) - Literature
  22. Kermanshah (Iran) - Gastronomy
  23. Kharkiv (Ukraine) - Music
  24. Kuching (Malaysia) - Gastronomy
  25. Lankaran (Azerbaijan) - Gastronomy
  26. Launceston (Australia) - Gastronomy
  27. London (Canada) - Music
  28. Manises (Spain) - Crafts and Folk Art
  29. Modena (Italy) - Media Arts
  30. Nakuru (Kenya) - Crafts and Folk Art
  31. Namur (Belgium) - Media Arts
  32. Pasto (Colombia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  33. Perth (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Crafts and Folk Art
  34. Phetchaburi (Thailand) - Gastronomy
  35. Port Louis (Mauritius) - Music
  36. Recife (Brazil) - Music
  37. Rouen (France) - Gastronomy
  38. Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) - Gastronomy
  39. Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) - Gastronomy
  40. Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) - Music
  41. Srinagar (India) - Crafts and Folk Art
  42. Tallinn (Estonia) - Music
  43. Tbilisi (Georgia) - Media Arts
  44. Thessaloniki (Greece) - Gastronomy
  45. Usuki (Japan) - Gastronomy
  46. Vilnius (Lithuania) - Literature
  47. Weifang (China) - Handicraft and Folk Art
  48. Whanganui (New Zealand) - Design
  49. Xalapa (Mexico) - Music

Source: UNESCO


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