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April 27, 2019

MotoGP: Márquez Storms to Victory at Argentine Grand Prix

Spaniard leads from First to Last and Wins by Personal Best Margin.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marc Marquez celebrates after winning the Argentina MotoGP at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marc Marquez of Spain rounds the bend during the Warm Up at MotoGP Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix of The Americas at Circuit of The Americas on April 14, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Image Credit: Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Andrea Dovizioso at MotoGP World Championship 2019, Stop 03 - Austin, Texas, United States. Image Credit: Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Brad Binder races at Argentina MotoGP Moto 2 at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP Sports

Photo: Marco Bezzecchi races at the Argentina MotoGP Moto2 at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina. Image Credit: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool.

MotoGP world champion, Marc Márquez, destroyed the field at the Gran Premio Motul De La Republica Argentina to win by a distance from Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

Argentina GP result

  1. Marc Márquez (SPA) Repsol Honda 41m 43.688s
  2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Monster Yamaha +9.816s
  3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team +10.530s
  4. Jack Miller (AUS) Pramac Racing +12.140s
  5. Alex Rins (SPA) Suzuki Ecstar +12.563s

2019 MotoGP rider standings:

  1. Marc Márquez (SPA) 45 points
  2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) 41
  3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) 31
  4. Alex Rins (SPA) 24
  5. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) 20

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April 26, 2019

Meet the Finalists of 2019 Fly Your Ideas Student Competition


Photo: Comlux - which provides VIP charter solutions, aircraft operations, and management services - received the first of three ACJ320neo Airbus corporate jets in March 2019. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.


Seven international teams of students have been selected for 2019 of 2019 Fly Your Ideas global competition, which invites students from around the world to innovate in critical areas for the industry: Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity and innovation to solve real industry challenges, organized by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO.

The selected concepts represent a range of trendsetting topics such as a ‘Smart Wheelchair’ for air travel or a ‘Solar Windmill.’ The finalist team members represented 11 countries (Argentina, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Moldavia, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom), eight different universities and were selected from over 270 entries worldwide. Their academic backgrounds vary from Engineering to Information Technology and Natural Sciences to Finance.

The students, competing for a share of the €45,000 prize fund and the chance to further evolve their idea in the aerospace industry, are motivated by the digital nature of this year’s challenge, and the opportunity to change the world with their ideas. In June, the teams will travel to Toulouse, France to work in Airbus’ innovation and R&D facilities to further develop, prototype or visualize their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with support from Airbus. On 27 June, the students will present their projects in front of Airbus experts, UNESCO representatives and personalities from the aerospace and academic world, live-streamed in parallel to a global audience.

The seven finalist teams are:

Team AirFish, University of Cambridge, UK.
Airbus Integrated Fisheries Information Services
Data Services Challenge
AirFish is an ocean monitoring system using satellite imagery and video imaging technology. It can help governments combat illegal fishing, reduce bycatch of endangered species, and generally decrease damages to the marine habitat. This project aims to improve the efficiency of fish farming, making food production more affordable while reducing open-water fishing and thus environmental impacts.

Team AIQinspect, Saarland University, Germany.
Automated Intelligent Real-Time Quality Inspection Exploiting Human-Robot-Collaboration
Artificial Intelligence Challenge
AIQinspect will assist the human operator in performing rivet inspection by using Artificial Intelligence. Quality is predicted based on images and physical parameters while riveting in real time.

Team “Zero” Heroes, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Internet of Things Challenge
Batteryless Wireless Switches for Airplanes
Application of wireless systems in aircraft instead of traditional wired networks.

Team Osprey, University of Strathclyde, UK.
Motor Intra-body Cooling System - MICS
Electrification Challenge
Replacing the traditional method of cooling electric motors with a water jacket or submerged cooling with a cooling system integrated inside the body of the engine itself.

Team Seren, University of Cambridge, UK.
The Solar Windmill
Electrification Challenge
A novel method of electricity generation for spacecraft using trapped high energy particles. This innovative approach aims to store and create energy in deep space where the current density from sunlight is low.

Team Move-EZ, Technical University of Milan, Italy.
Swan - Smart Wheelchair for Air travel Needs
Internet of Things Challenge
SWAN is an innovation that aims to revolutionize the air-travel experience of Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM). It converts a redesigned class of detachable airplane seats into smart electric wheelchairs that passengers can use from check-in to arrival. It is fully controllable by smartphone through a dedicated app.

Team V.A.C.A, National University of La Plata, Argentina.
V.A.C.A. - Earth-obserVation-data based Application for stockbreeding Administration
Data Services Challenge
VACA is an integrated service for stockbreeders, based on Earth observation, meteorological and IoT data applied to agriculture. VACA aims to provide actionable information to stockbreeders on quality and quantity of pastures, the number of animals in paddocks as well as the physical condition of cattle.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition challenging students worldwide to innovate for the future of aerospace, designed and launched by Airbus in 2008 and organized in partnership with UNESCO since 2012. Since 2008, over 22,000 students have registered for Fly Your Ideas from over 700 universities and 100 countries worldwide, with more than 500 Airbus employees contributing their mentorship and expertise to support the competition.

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April 25, 2019

International Jazz Day 2019 at The Piano Man, Gurgaon, India, on 30 April

nternational Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

International Jazz Day 2019

Photos: International Jazz Day 2019 Posters from Gurgaon (India), Portugal, Spain, Mumbai (India), Washington DC, and Bangkok (Thailand).

New Delhi — On 30 April, celebrating International Jazz Day 2019, the new Piano Man Jazz Club in Gurgaon, jointly with UNESCO New Delhi, will bring on stage young jazz talent from all over India and the world. India’s leading Latin Jazz Pianist, Pradyumna Singh Manot will drive The Piano Man Gurgaon’s first performance. Elena Diletta Friedrich Sciubba on voice, Kunal Netrapal on drums, and Sonic Shori on bass will accompany him.

The UNESCO New Delhi Director, Eric Falt and the founder of the Piano Man brand, Arjun Sagar Gupta, will take the stage with the band to welcome all the guests on the occasion of International Jazz Day, which will also be celebrated at other locations in India — including Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.

UNESCO proclaimed 30 April as the International Jazz Day in 2011, upon a proposal made by legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue. The Day aims to recognize the power of jazz music to promote peace, dialogue, and mutual understanding, and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. This year the global celebration will take place in Melbourne, Australia and International Jazz Day will be celebrated in more than 190 countries around the world.

“Jazz has its roots in the struggle for freedom and resistance against oppression. This music, with its various styles, has been embraced and integrated into many cultures, morphing into new forms of expression, infinitely resonating with the diversity of song and sound across the globe,” says UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay in her message on the occasion of International Jazz Day 2019.

The Piano Man first location in New Delhi has hosted almost 1,400 concerts in the three and a half years since its inception, including some of the finest musicians from all over the world. The opening of a second Piano Man location in Gurgaon marks the beginning of a new journey for the brand and its mission.

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April 22, 2019

Original Earth Day Organizer, Denis Hayes, will Announce Major Global Mobilizations for 2020 as Earth Day turns 50 at National Press Club, Washington DC

National Press Club

Earth Day

Photo: A section of the gathering during Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert held on the National Mall, Washington D.C. 18 April 2015. Washington DC, United States. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the concert. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to streets, parks, and auditoriums to protest environmental degradation. This first Earth Day sparked the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Twenty years later, one of Earth Day’s original organizers, Denis Hayes, appeared at the National Press Club, Washington, DC. He announced the launch of Earth Day as a global organization, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.

On Monday, April 22, 2019, Denis Hayes will again return to the National Press Club to announce major global mobilizations ahead of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, including “Vote for the Earth,” “Earth Challenge 2020,” and the 2020 theme for Earth Day, which will focus on global demand for transformative climate action.

This news conference will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Club’s Zenger Room and is open to credentialed media and members of the Club.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

• River Ganges Initiative 2019 Kickstarts India’s Earth Day 2020 Plans as Part of the 50th Anniversary Great Global Cleanup.

Clean Ganga

Photo: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, performing the Ganga Pujan, at Prayagraj, in Uttar Pradesh on December 16, 2018. [File Photo]

Washington DC/New Delhi — A landmark citizen-led cleanup of the iconic River the Ganges is to be launched by the Earth Day Network as part of comprehensive plans to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The initiative gets underway as part of Earth Day 2019 high in the Himalayan mountains at Devaprayag where two glacier-fed streams meet to form India’s most famous and sacred river.

This first phase will evolve over the next 15 months to encompass 100 cities and towns close to the Ganges—known as the Ganga in India- as it meanders to the famous Sunderbans Delta.

Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, said: “The project on the Ganges will serve as a lightning rod for many more countries and communities to get involved worldwide. As we transition into Earth Day 2020, we will mark the anniversary with a myriad of events including what we are calling the Great Global Cleanup.”

Anil Arora, Director of Partnerships, Earth Day Network, added: ‘’This is a people’s movement that will help those at the grassroots level understand that keeping the Holy Ganges clean is beneficial to them. It will make them a part of the campaign to keep it clean. While on the policy level, the government has several schemes in place to clean the Ganges, this will be a bottom-up approach in support of the government initiatives.’’

Karuna Singh, Earth Day Network’s Regional Director Asia and Country Director in India, added: “Clean up of the Ganges has a potentially significant role to play. Take plastics as just one barometer - according to the World Economic Forum, ninety percent of plastic pollution in the ocean comes from ten rivers, eight of which are in Asia and two in India - including the Ganges.”

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April 20, 2019

The Art of Technicolor from de GRISOGONO

DDe Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

Photos: High Jewellery rings by de GRISOGONO. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

For the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival, jeweler de GRISOGONO is presenting its Haute Joaillerie creations in technicolor mode. As a preview, five High Jewellery rings appear attired in dazzling hues and vibrant creations set with primary colors.

de GRISOGONO is offering these electrifying new Haute Joaillerie creations as a tribute to the two traditions of cinema — TECHNICOLOR and HOLLYWOOD.

Source: de GRISOGONO

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April 18, 2019

Porsche India hosts a spectacular driving event with Porsche World Road Show taking place at India’s Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

Porsche India

Photo: Porsche India hosted the Porsche World Road Show at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: Track performance of the entire Porsche range showcased at the 5.14-kilometer track.

Porsche India

Photo: Guests experienced the entire Porsche range with a fleet of 26 cars at the Porsche World Road Show.

New Delhi — Porsche enthusiasts, and owners from across India, got the opportunity to take part in the ultimate driving experience, as the Porsche World Road Show (PWRS) took place at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. With more than 300 participants in attendance, across eight days, the track performance and off-road capabilities of Porsche’s most diverse model line-up to-date was showcased in a range of scenarios. Included in the fleet of 26 vehicles utilized throughout the event, was the recently launched eighth generation of the brand’s iconic 911, as well as the 718, Macan, Cayenne and Panamera.

Guests invited to the Buddh International Circuit enjoyed an entire day with the Porsche models, taking part in exhilarating track exercises that included handling, slalom, braking, and of course high-speed laps of the 5.14 km track. They also participated in off-road driving sessions that featured disciplines such as hill ascents and descents.

Commenting on PWRS, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “Driving a Porsche is a unique feeling to be experienced first-hand. As such, our main objective with bringing experiential events such as Porsche World Road Show to India is to offer enthusiasts the perfect platform to experience the cars of their dreams. Buddh International Circuit is the ideal location for us to highlight that at the beating heart of all our models is a true sports car. With this showcase, we have also been able to get individuals behind the wheel of the new Macan and 911 models, that arrive in India later this year.”

“Porsche India will be bringing more of these experiential events to the country, especially in a year of such exciting model launches. These focused experience days are also an opportunity for guests to amplify driving skills in terms of safety as the Porsche World Road Show allows participants to get more familiar with sports cars, under the watchful eye of official instructors.”

Throughout the eight days, a selection of two-door and four-door sports cars from the full Porsche roster were made available for roadshow attendees to drive. The Porsches included the all-new 911 with a more muscular look.

The models now produce 450 hp, an increase of 30 hp compared with the previous generation. Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera S needs 3.7 seconds and the Carrera S Cabriolet just 3.9 seconds; making both cars 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessors. The top speed is 308 km/h for the 911 Carrera S and 306 km/h for the soft-top version.

The Porsche World Road Show tours countries across the globe, deepening the brand’s relationship with its enthusiasts. In recent years, more than 47,000 participants in over 55 locations have had the opportunity to participate in a PWRS event.

Source: Porsche India

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April 16, 2019

Reuters wins Pulitzer Prizes for International Reporting and Breaking News Photography.

Pulitzer Prize

Photo: Outside the Columbia School of Journalism building. Image provided by & copyright © Eston Bond.

NEW YORK, April 15, 2019 — Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, was today awarded two 2019 Pulitzer Prizes from Columbia University. It is for the second consecutive year that Reuters has received two Pulitzer Prizes.

Reuters journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, and their colleagues were recognized as co-winners, alongside the Associated Press, in the International Reporting category, for their series of investigations on the mass expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar.

Reuters photographers Mike Blake, Lucy Nicholson, Loren Elliott, Edgard Garrido, Adrees Latif, Goran Tomasevic, Kim Kyung Hoon, Alkis Konstantinidis, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Carlos Barria and Ueslei Marcelino were recognized in the Breaking News Photography category, for their photos of the mass migration of Central and South Americans towards the U.S. border, and its aftermath. Awarding the prize to Reuters, the Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation, and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America.”

“While it’s gratifying that we got recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler.

“I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues have been recognized for their extraordinary, courageous coverage, and our photojournalists for their moving pictures that show humanity defying huge obstacles,” said Adler.

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people every day.

Announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

On Monday, April 15, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners in 14 journalism and seven letters, drama and music categories.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners are:

- Journalism -

Public Service
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Breaking News Reporting
The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigative Reporting
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times

Explanatory Reporting
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times

Local Reporting
The staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

National Reporting
The staff of The Wall Street Journal

International Reporting
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of Associated Press.
The staff of Reuters. Critical contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Feature Writing
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing
Brent Staples of The New York Times

Editorial Cartooning
Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking News Photography
Photography Staff of Reuters

Feature Photography
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

- Letters, Drama and Music -

The Overstory, by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)

Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)

Be With, by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

General Nonfiction
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

PRISM, by Ellen Reid

Special Citations
Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.
Aretha Franklin

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. Columbia University in New York City administers it. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. The Pulitzer Prize Board awards a gold medal to the winner in the public service category of the journalism competition.

Sources: Pulitzer Prize, Reuters.

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April 15, 2019

Biggest ever International Athletes Forum ends with concrete proposals to further increase the support to athletes at all levels


Photo: Lausanne, Switzerland. 12 April 2019. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach attends International Athletes forum welcome festivities. Photography by Greg Martin/IOC. Image provided by & copyright © IOC.

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 14, 2019 — Some 350 athlete representatives from 185 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), 50 International Federations (IFs), five continental Athletes Commissions (ACs), the ACs of all the Organising Committees of the upcoming Olympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Olympians Association (WOA) met over the past three days in Lausanne for the 9th edition of the International Athletes’ Forum (IAF). It was the biggest ever gathering of official athlete representatives. Also attending was IOC President Thomas Bach, Olympic Champion in fencing in Montreal 1976 and member of the first IOC Athletes’ Commission in 1981.

“This IAF was empowering, exciting and unifying,” highlighted Kirsty Coventry, IOC AC Chair.

“We had a very productive meeting,” said IOC AC Vice Chair Danka Bartekova, who led the discussions. “The IOC Athletes’ Commission will take the proposals to the IOC Executive Board. The IOC President has told me in our discussions during the Forum that he will fully support our recommendations.

“We look forward to their implementation, which will ensure that the support for athletes at all levels is improved even further.”

Source: International Olympic Committee

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April 11, 2019

Porsche India welcomes the new 911; Showcases it at Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director - Porsche India, introduced the new 911 at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: The new 911 Carrera S models were showcased on track at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

New Delhi, April 11, 2019 — Faster, more powerful and more efficient than ever before, the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 has arrived in India. Revealed on track at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida, near New Delhi, the 911 Carrera S highlighted the design and performance evolution of the brand’s most iconic sports car. The rear-engine model range has been redesigned and now showcases a more muscular look that pays tribute to its past, while also embracing the future with technology woven into its DNA.

Speaking during the launch event at the FIA certified track, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “Just like the first generation, the latest 911 is a sports car for the new era. Our icon has once again evolved and is now more powerful, more emotional, and more efficient than its predecessors. It is the best 911 Porsche has ever produced and to prove that point we have brought the range to the Buddh International Circuit for a performance showcase. The eighth generation maintains the 911’s status as a pure driver’s car that also offers everyday usability and unique design. As such, I am delighted to announce that the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet are now available in India for booking.”

Source: Porsche India

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April 10, 2019



Photo: Josann McGibbon before the “Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!” event at the Linnwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 6. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Photo: Narrative film winner Hua Tong before the 45th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 11, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Photo: Lauren Graham before the “Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!” event at the Linnwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 6. Image provided by & copyright © Aaron Poole / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Photo: Marit Weerheijm, winner of the bronze medal in the narrative film category, with actor Andy Serkis during the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 12, in Beverly Hills. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2019 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The entry deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students who make their films within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited institution.

The international competition allows two options for students at international film schools to submit their films. In addition to “CILECT” member schools presenting one student film per international film school category, international students may now enter films that qualify through film festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee.

For the fifth year, students are asked to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival, and competition platform.

The 46th Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Thursday, October 17, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

In 1972, the Academy established the Student Academy Awards to provide a platform for emerging global filmmakers by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Past winners have gone on to receive 62 Oscar nominations and have won 11 awards. Student Academy Award winners include filmmakers Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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April 3, 2019

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, issues clarification on its recent orders for revision of allowances of Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in the Central Universities.

HRD Ministry, India

HRD Ministry, India

New Delhi, 03 April 2019 — India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued a clarification on its recent orders on the revision of allowances and special allowances for Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in Central Universities.

The order had also included revised special allowances per month for Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, and College Principals.

The Ministry has now clarified that its orders are also applicable to Deputy Registrars, Assistant Registrars, Deputy Controllers of Examinations, Assistant Controllers of Examinations, Deputy Finance Officers and Assistant Finance Officers in Central Universities and Centrally funded Deemed to be Universities.

The order benefits 30,000 teaching and equivalent staff in the Central Universities and 5,500 officials in Deemed to be Universities.

The order is also a benchmark for 7,00,000 teachers and staff in the State Universities of the country.

Any corresponding increase in the allowances in a State University, however, is possible only if the State Government overseeing that university has sufficient funds at its disposal.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has, meanwhile, published the lists of Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed Universities, and Private Universities in India.

The University of Delhi, University of Allahabad, Aligarh Muslim University, and Banaras Hindu University, for example, are Central Universities. While Kurukshetra University, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjabi University Patiala, and Himachal Pradesh University Shimla, for instance, are State Universities.

Fast-rising universities, such as Amity University, Chandigarh University, Chitkara University, and Lovely Professional University, are Private Universities.

The Pakistani-origin Panjab University of Chandigarh is the only academic institution that holds the fragile legal status of ‘Interstate Body Corporate.’ It survives on an Annual Grant from the University Grants Commission, while the Finance Department of the Punjab Government controls the Pay Scales of its officials, teachers, and employees.

Sources: Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission.

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April 1, 2019

United Nations Dims Lights, Participates in Earth Hour 2019

United Nations Earth Day

Photo: The United Nations participates in Earth Hour, a global lights-off event coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other volunteer organizations. Started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is one of the world’s most massive grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet. 30 March 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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