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August 29, 2019

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in New York by Sailboat

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United Nations, Climate Change

United Nations, Climate Change

United Nations, Climate Change

Photos: Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, sailed into New York Harbor today flanked by a fleet of 17 sailboats. Each sailboat represents one of the Sustainable Development Goals on their sails. Greta Thunberg embarked on a trans-Atlantic voyage on 14 August from Plymouth, England to New York City on a solar-powered, zero-emission racing boat, the Malizia II. She would be attending the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September. 28 August 2019. New York, New York. UN Photos/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 27, 2019

G7 SUMMIT 2019: G7 LEADERS ISSUE DECLARATION

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 Summit, in Biarritz, France, on 25 August 2019.

Following is the Declaration issued by the G7 Leaders after the G7 Summit 2019 in Biarritz, France:

26 AUGUST 2019

The G7 Leaders wish to underline their great unity and the positive spirit of the debates. The G7 Summit, organized by France in Biarritz, has successfully produced agreements by the Heads of State and Government themselves on several points summarized below:

• Trade

The G7 is committed to open and fair world trade and the stability of the global economy.

The G7 requests that the Finance Ministers closely monitor the state of the global economy.

The G7 wishes to overhaul the WTO to improve effectiveness about intellectual property protection, to settle disputes more swiftly and to eliminate unfair trade practices.

The G7 commits to reaching in 2020 an agreement to simplify regulatory barriers and modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD.

• Iran

We fully share the objective to foster peace and stability in the region.

• Ukraine

France and Germany will organize a Normandy format summit in the coming weeks to achieve tangible results.

• Libya

We support a truce in Libya that will lead to a long-term ceasefire.

We believe that only a political solution can ensure Libya’s stability.

We call for a well-prepared international conference to bring together all the stakeholders and regional actors relevant to this conflict.

We support in this regard the work of the United Nations and the African Union to set up an Inter-Libyan conference.

• Hong Kong

The G7 reaffirms the existence and importance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 on Hong Kong and calls for avoidance of violence.

The G7 or ‘Group of Seven’ are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is an intergovernmental organization that was formed in 1975 by the top economies of the time as an informal forum to discuss pressing world issues.

Prime Minister Modi of India was invited to attend the Summit as a special guest of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Source: G7-2019, Biarritz, France.

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August 23, 2019

Prime Minister Modi reiterates India’s commitment to UNESCO during his visit to the Organization.

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UNESCO, Modi, India

Photos: The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris, France, on 23 August 2019. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 23 August 2019 — UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, warmly welcomed India’s commitment to the Organization, its work, and the ideals it promotes. She was greeting Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, during his visit to the UNESCO headquarters.

Talks with the Prime Minister focused on UNESCO’s significant initiatives in favor of girls and women’s education.

During the discussion, the Prime Minister urged UNESCO to accelerate efforts to protect cultural diversity in Iraq, as an integral part of the “Revive the spirit of Mosul” initiative.

The New Delhi-based “UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development” is a significant partner in the Organization’s work on the ethics of artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on education. UNESCO recently published “The State of the Education Report for India 2019”, as part of its undertaking to rethink the future of education for the 21st century.

Prime Minister Modi ended his visit to UNESCO with an address to representatives of India’s expatriate community in France.

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August 18, 2019

New York Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station.

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NASA

Photo: Russia’s Progress 73 resupply ship approaches the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment packed with almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 60 crew. Image provided by NASA.

NASA

Photo: International Space Station, a variety of solar arrays criss-cross the view. Image provided by NASA.

NASA

Photo: Official portrait of NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Image provided by NASA.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2019 — SciGirls viewers from New York will have an opportunity on Monday, Aug. 19, to talk live with NASA astronaut Christina Koch aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Koch will answer questions beginning at 10:55 a.m. EDT from girls ages 8 to 14 participating in the “SciGirls in Space” program. SciGirls is a PBS Kids television show, website and educational outreach program engaging more than 14 million girls in STEM learning and careers. The “SciGirls in Space” program includes partners and girls in six states who will participate in the event. The event will take place at the Challenger Learning Center of Ramapo, 225 Route 59, Airmont, New York.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station (habitable artificial satellite) in low Earth orbit. The ISS program is a joint project between five participating space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).

Through NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and then on to Mars.

Source: NASA

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August 17, 2019

Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Briefs Press on Jammu and Kashmir.

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Photo: Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, briefs correspondents following Security Council consultations on the situation in Pakistan and his country. 16 August 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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August 16, 2019

TAG HEUER UNVEILS NEW AQUARACER FOR WOMEN

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TAG HEUER, AQUARACER

TAG HEUER, AQUARACER

TAG HEUER, AQUARACER

TAG HEUER, AQUARACER

Photos: TAG Heuer’s three new Aquaracer models for women capture the lifestyle at sea without compromising on the diving functionalities, for which, the Aquaracer line is well known. Images provided by TAG Heuer.

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer has always been a sports watch. Its robust design and wide range of functions make it a reliable tool on land, out on the ocean and below the waves. These three new quartz-powered models for ladies are no different.

Each new model has the six standard features of any Aquaracer wristwatch:

  1. Unidirectional rotating bezel
  2. Sapphire crystal
  3. Screw-down crown
  4. Water resistance to 300 m
  5. Luminescent hands and markers
  6. A double security clasp on the bracelet or strap.

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United Nations Commemorates International Day of World's Indigenous People

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Photo: Silvia Museiya (right) from the Yiaku indigenous community of the Mukogodo forest in Kenya, have a digital moment with another participant at the event to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Ms. Museiya is an advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples and chairperson of the Indigenous People National Steering Committee on Climate Change. 09 August 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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August 15, 2019

Prime Minister Modi of India addresses the nation from Red Fort, Delhi, on Independence Day.

Modi, Independence Day, India

Modi, Independence Day, India

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Photos: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi, on August 15, 2019.

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August 10, 2019

The World Economic Forum will host the 2019 India Economic Summit in New Delhi from 3 to 4 October.

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Photo: Dalian International Conference Centre before the start of the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. [File Photo]

World Economic Forum

Photo: Zhang Lu, Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund, USA; Young Global Leader, captured during the Session “How China Shapes the Future of Finance” at the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, 1 July 2019. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary. [File Photo]

Geneva, Switzerland, 9 August 2019 - The World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will host this year’s India Economic Summit in New Delhi from 3 to 4 October.

The World Economic Forum would conduct the summit under the theme “Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World.” The summit will build on its more than three decades of success and explore some of the critical issues facing the region.

Participants will discuss improving technology governance, developing infrastructure, ensuring job creation and skill development, advancing environmental sustainability, and ensuring equitable and inclusive growth for all.

The India Economic Summit will welcome over 800 participants from business, politics, academia, civil society, international organizations, arts and culture, media and members of the Forum’s communities, including Social Entrepreneurs, Global Shapers and Young Global Leaders.

The summit will address strategic issues of regional significance under four thematic pillars:

The International Affairs Reality - Geopolitical shifts and the complexity of our global system

The New Social System - Inequality, inclusive growth, health and nutrition

The New Ecological System - Environment, pollution, and climate change

The New Technological System - The Fourth Industrial Revolution, science, and innovation and entrepreneurship

“This year marks 35 years of our engagement in India,” said Viraj Mehta, World Economic Forum’s Head of Regional Agenda, India and South Asia.

Mr. Mehta disclosed that the summit would hear the government’s vision of making India a $5 trillion economy. The summit will also focus on South Asia and ASEAN. It would discuss how the two regions can enhance economic collaboration and bring the global best practices to the area.

Source: World Economic Forum

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August 2, 2019

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, selects 10 Public and 10 Private Universities for "Institution of Eminence" Status.

UGC, India

UGC Members

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Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank,’ with the University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman, and the Members. He held a meeting with them. New Delhi. 02 August 2019.

New Delhi, 02 August 2019 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended the following universities for the coveted “Institution of Eminence” Status:

Delhi University

PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

  1. IIT Bombay
  2. IIT Delhi
  3. IISC Bangalore
  4. IIT Madras
  5. IIT Kharagpur
  6. Delhi University
  7. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  8. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  9. Anna University, Chennai
  10. Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi

(UGC will finalize the names of Jadavpur University and Anna University after consultation with the respective state governments.)

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES

  1. BITS Pilani, Rajasthan
  2. Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka
  3. Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation, Maharashtra) [Greenfield Category]
  4. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore
  5. VIT Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  6. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
  7. Kalinga Instt. of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar
  8. OP JINDAL University, Haryana
  9. Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh
  10. Bharti University (Satya Bharti Foundation), Delhi [Greenfield Category]

Among the Public Universities, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune; Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh; Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam; Panjab University, Chandigarh; and Andhra University, Visakhapatnam were also in the race. They all, however, failed to make the cut as their World Ranking was beyond 800 or they did not figure in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

Following private universities were also in the race: Azim Premji University, Bangalore; Ashoka University, Sonepat; KREA University, Chennai; IIHS (Indian Institute for Human Settlements), and Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar. These institutions have not been given the IoE status as they did not figure in the NIRF Rankings 2018 and 2019.

In the case of the Private Institutions proposed as Institutions of Eminence, there will be no financial support. They will, however, be entitled to more autonomy as a select category Deemed University.

Each of the ten Public Institutions selected as Institute of Eminence (IoE) will get financial assistance up to Rs. 1000 Crore over five years.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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