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August 31, 2020

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva - Behind the Scenes

International Monetary Fund

International Monetary Fund

Photos: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva prepares for and participates in an online interview with a Chamber of Commerce at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. IMF Photos/Kim Haughton.

Source: IMF (International Monetary Fund)

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August 30, 2020

UCLA Medical study aims to enroll 30,000 volunteers across the United States to test the COVID-19 Vaccine developed by Oxford University.

Oxford University

UCLA Medical Center

Photo: The state-of-the-art UCLA Medical Center at the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. Image Credit: Minuk.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29, 2020 — Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center in Westwood are recruiting volunteers for phase 3 trials of a new investigational COVID-19 vaccine. They expect to administer the first dose in early September.

The Vaccine, developed by Oxford University, is called AZD1222 and has already gone through early trials. This trial would determine whether the Vaccine can prevent symptomatic COVID-19 after two doses. The study aims to enroll 30,000 volunteers across the United States. It is important to note that this Vaccine does not have a live virus and cannot give a person COVID-19. If the trial results are positive, the Vaccine could be made available to the public to prevent the disease.

“We are excited to work with the National Institutes of Health in this study to identify an effective and safe vaccine for COVID-19. Particularly for those communities most impacted by this pandemic,” said Dr. Eric Daar, Lead Researcher at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center and Professor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine. “We are looking forward to engaging and talking with those who are interested in enrolling in the study. Without the support from volunteers, identifying an effective vaccine won’t be possible. LA County has been hit hard by the virus; vaccines end pandemics, and it is our hope and goal that we can come together and help stop COVID-19 in LA and everywhere.”

“This is a critical moment in time. We need a groundswell of turnout from those in the Los Angeles community to volunteer for this study,” said Dr. Raphael Landovitz, Lead Researcher for UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. “In vaccine trials, we mustn’t only focus on one population; at the same time, it is critical to enroll those who are at the highest risk of getting exposed, and also getting sick if exposed. Help Stop COVID LA is an opportunity for us to come together, be a part of the solution, and move forward together.”

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s Lundquist Institute and UCLA Medical Center in Westwood are part of the COVID-19 Prevention Network. The clinical research network, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH, aims to enroll thousands of volunteers in large-scale clinical trials testing various investigational vaccines monoclonal antibodies intended to protect people from COVID-19.

Harbor-UCLA and UCLA Westwood seek to engage and recruit more than 750 volunteers who reside in Los Angeles County, primarily including individuals at high-risk for severe disease.

To be eligible, a volunteer cannot have tested positive for COVID-19. Volunteers will be assigned at random to receive a placebo (saline injection) or the investigational Vaccine. The trial is blinded, meaning the participants and the investigators will not know who gets the Vaccine. Two-thirds of the volunteers will get the study vaccine, and one-third will get a placebo or harmless injection. It would allow researchers to compare outcomes in the vaccine group versus the placebo group. Researchers will monitor all study volunteers for the development of symptomatic COVID-19.

Sources: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.


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August 29, 2020






Breitling’s Endurance Pro, which features a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz™ movement, is the ultimate authority watch in the brand’s Professional range. It is designed both as a lightweight watch for athletes and a casual, everyday sports timepiece. It is the perfect lightweight, and lighthearted luxury sports watch combining high precision, innovative technology, and vibrant, colorful design.

The Breitling Endurance Pro combines an ultra-lightweight 44-millimeter Breitlight® case and a Thermo — compensated SuperQuartz™ movement. According to the company, it is ten times more accurate than conventional quartz. It offers optimal comfort, matchless precision, and functionality that will appeal both to committed athletes and more casual sports enthusiasts, Breitling said. Designed for men and women whose active lives blend a professional mindset with a sporty lifestyle, the Endurance Pro is equal to the rigorous workout challenges but fashionable enough for everyday wear.

As Breitling CEO Georges Kern explains, “When Jan Frodeno first became a member of our Triathlon Squad, he asked me what Breitling he should wear. We started brainstorming about the perfect sporty lifestyle watch, and that conversation led to the development of the Endurance Pro. With this watch, we adapted our SuperQuartz™ technology to the needs of people like Jan, who play as hard as they work. And the Breitlight® case is so light that it won’t interfere with anyone’s training routine or sporting activity.”



Breitling Endurance Pro

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August 28, 2020

Renault Clio Celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

Renault CLIO

Photo: Renault Clio. Image provided by & copyright © Renault / Patrick SAUTELET.

Renault CLIO

Photo: Renault Clio. Image provided by & copyright © Renault / Claude CUGNY.

Boulogne Billancourt (France), August 28, 2020 - Thirty years of stylistic and technological evolution. Since its first appearance in 1990, Clio has become the Renault Group’s best-seller globally, with more than 15 million units sold. The car that has most often been crowned the favorite vehicle of the French. It has even risen, since 2013, to the rank of the leader in the B segment in Europe. But beyond its commercial performance, Clio symbolizes a human adventure, both within Renault and outside.

Over the years, Renault has been able to preserve the DNA that has made its star city car’s success to offer today a fifth-generation more Clio than ever before. Evermore modern, more athletic, Clio V takes up the four previous generations’ assets who built the saga.

Since August 23, Renault has launched the advertising campaign, “The next chapter of a great story.” Clio has crossed the generations. This new European campaign tells the story of a mother and her son who evolve together with Clio, from the first generation to the latest Clio E-TECH Plug-In.

Source: Renault

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August 27, 2020

The UNESCO Creative Cities of Film launch a collective website.

UNESCO Creative Cities of Film

The 18 UNESCO Creative Cities of Film have launched a collective and dedicated website to connect within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The platform will allow cities to share their ongoing work and strengthen and enhance international collaboration within the Network.

The website’s launch provides cities of film, a platform to celebrate major initiatives and collaborations that highlight Creative Cities’ valuable contribution to sustainable urban development in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The site contains profiles for each member city, examples of critical initiatives running in each location, and news about collaborative successes and opportunities between member cities.

Bristol, a UNESCO Creative City of Film designated in 2017, led the design and development of this multilingual website with support from fellow cities of the film worldwide.

Source: UNESCO Creative Cities of Film

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FORTUNE Releases Annual FORTUNE Global 500 List

2020 Ranking Features 133 Chinese Companies, 121 U.S. Companies, and 53 Japanese Companies.

Walmart Maintains Top Spot; 18 companies make their debut.

FORTUNE Global 500

NEW YORK, August 26, 2020 — American multinational business magazine FORTUNE has announced the FORTUNE Global 500 for the 2019 fiscal year, ranking the world’s largest corporations by revenue. Walmart claimed the top spot for the seventh consecutive year and for the 15th time since 1995. For the first time, Mainland China (including Hong Kong) has the most companies on the list, up by five from last year with 124. Adding Taiwan, the total for Greater China is 133. The U.S. held steady with 121, and Japan gained one for a total of 53. The companies on the 2020 list have their headquarters in 225 cities and 32 countries around the world. This year  there are 14 women CEOs of FORTUNE Global 500 companies.

FORTUNE Global 500 companies generated revenues totaling more than one-third of the world’s GDP. They generated $33.3 trillion in revenues (up 2%), $2.06 trillion in profits (down 4%), and employ 69.9 million people worldwide. Saudi Aramco (No. 6) netted $88 billion in profits and is the FORTUNE Global 500’s most profitable for the second consecutive year.


  1. Wal-Mart Stores (U.S.)
  2. Sinopec (China)
  3. State Grid (China)
  4. China National Petroleum (China)
  5. Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands)
  6. Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)
  7. Volkswagen (Germany)
  8. BP (Britain)
  9. (U.S.)
  10. Toyota Motor (Japan)
  11. Exxon Mobil (U.S.)
  12. Apple (U.S.)
  13. CVS Health (U.S.)
  14. Berkshire Hathaway (U.S.)
  15. UnitedHealth Group (U.S.)
  16. McKesson (U.S.)
  17. Glencore (Switzerland)
  18. China State Construction Engineering (China)
  19. Samsung Electronics (South Korea)
  20. Daimler (Germany)
  21. Ping An Insurance (China)
  22. AT&T (U.S.)
  23. AmerisourceBergen (U.S.)
  24. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (China)
  25. Total (France)
  26. Hon Hai Precision Industry (Taiwan)
  27. Trafigura Group (Singapore)
  28. EXOR Group (Netherlands)
  29. Alphabet (U.S.)
  30. China Construction Bank (China)
  31. Ford Motor (U.S.)
  32. Cigna (U.S.)
  33. Costco Wholesale (U.S.)
  34. AXA (France)
  35. Agricultural Bank of China (China)
  36. Chevron (U.S.)
  37. Cardinal Health (U.S.)
  38. JPMorgan Chase (U.S.)
  39. Honda Motor (Japan)
  40. General Motors (U.S.)
  41. Walgreens Boots Alliance (U.S.)
  42. Mitsubishi (Japan)
  43. Bank of China (China)
  44. Verizon Communications (U.S.)
  45. China Life Insurance (China)
  46. Allianz (Germany)
  47. Microsoft (U.S.)
  48. Marathon Petroleum (U.S.)
  49. Huawei Investment & Holding (China)
  50. China Railway Engineering Group (China)

In his foreword to the Aug./Sept. 2020 issue of FORTUNE, Editor-in-Chief Clifton Leaf writes: “There were precisely zero Global 500 companies based in mainland China in 1990 when we began our survey. Today there are more giant-for-profit enterprises there than anywhere else on earth. […] It should go without saying (but, unfortunately, too often goes unsaid) that cross-border trade is what precisely made America the first economic superpower—long before it made China one. American companies exported $2.5 trillion worth of goods and services in 2019, up from $487 billion three decades earlier — a more significant than fivefold increase in nominal dollars. Even adjusting for inflation, the growth rate is 152%. (For those who believe imports have increased at a substantially faster pace over the past three decades, prepare to be shocked: In inflation-adjusted terms, imports have grown 160%, barely more than exports.)”

On the U.S.-China economic rivalry, Geoff Colvin writes: “The shift in the Global 500 is significant because this rivalry is founded on economic might. Analysts can quibble over which country’s economy is biggest. The U.S. remains well ahead of China when the comparison bases on currency exchange rates, with 2019 U.S. GDP of $21.4 trillion vs. China’s $14.3 trillion. But based on purchasing power parity, a measure that adjusts for the countries’ differing price levels, China is slightly ahead of the U.S.—$21.4 trillion vs. $20.5 trillion as of 2018, the most recent year for which the World Bank has data. The gap is probably wider now and continuing to widen.”

Source: FORTUNE Media

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August 26, 2020

World Economic Forum Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees is the guardian of the World Economic Forum’s mission and values.

World Economic Forum,

Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January 2020. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico.

Geneva, Switzerland, 26 August 2020 - The World Economic Forum appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees today. Rwanda’s Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation Paula Ingabire and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Thomas Buberl join the group serving as guardians of the Forum’s mission and values. The Board oversees the Forum’s work in promoting faithful global citizenship.

The Board of Trustees comprises outstanding leaders from business, politics, academia, and civil society. Its membership is divided equally between representatives of the business community and leaders from international organizations and civil society.

Paula Ingabire has served as the Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation of Rwanda since October 2018. Before her appointment, she was Head of ICT at the Rwanda Development Board and the Head of the Kigali Innovation City initiative. She led the implementation of National ICT programs and coordinated the creation of SMART Africa. She is part of Girls in ICT Rwanda and has worked to propel Rwanda forward in its rapid adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution tools. In March 2020, she joined the Forum’s Young Global Leaders community.

Thomas Buberl has served as Chief Executive Officer of AXA since September 2016. He has been a member of the AXA executive committee since 2012 and held the role of Chief Executive Officer of AXA Konzern AG (Germany). Prior roles include the Chief Executive Officer for Switzerland for Zurich Financial Services and Member of the Management Board of Winterthur in Switzerland, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer. In 2008, he was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

As of 26 August 2020, the Members of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum are:

Source: World Economic Forum

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College Consensus Publishes Annual Ranking of the Best Colleges in New York 2020 and California 2020.

College Consensus Ranking

College Consensus, Cornell University

Photo: Sage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Sage Hall was built in 1875 at Cornell University’s Ithaca, New York campus. Originally designed as a residential building, it currently houses the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Image Credit: O. Bill.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 25, 2020 — College Consensus, a unique new college ranking website, has published its ranking of the Best Colleges in New York 2020 and Best Online Colleges in New York 2020 at their Website.

To identify the Best Colleges in New York and Best Online Colleges in New York for 2020, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school. According to College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder, “College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy-to-understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools. It is the ranking of all rankings, so to speak.”

To help prospective New York students evaluate the higher education options that fit their individual needs, College Consensus identified the Empire State’s best-ranked colleges:



New York is known as an epicenter for all things innovative. “Ranking the best colleges and universities in New York,” Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains, “is pretty close to a fool’s errand.” With more than 200 institutions, “New York’s higher education excels in the areas where New York dominates,” including areas as far afield as theater and medicine, finance and fine arts.

College Consensus Ranking

College Consensus, Stanford University

Photo: Stanford University Campus. Image Credit: HD.

College Consensus has also published its ranking of the Best Colleges in California 2020 and the Best Online Colleges in California 2020.

To help prospective California students evaluate the higher education options that fit their unique needs, College Consensus identified the best-ranked colleges in the Golden State:



American higher education didn’t start in California, but California might have perfected it. As Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains, “Higher education takes place on an unprecedented scale in California.” There is no other state like California, combining size, population, and diversity: “the third-largest state by land size, and the largest in population, higher education in California excels and is on par with the world’s leading educational institutions.”

Source: College Consensus

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Deutsche Bank to plant 40,000 fruit-bearing trees to support rural livelihood in Maharashtra, India.

The fruit-bearing trees will support migrant laborers who have moved back to their villages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deutsche Bank, Green Tree

Photo: Green Tree. Image Credit: Stanley Zimny.

Deutsche Bank, Fruit Tree

Photo: Red fruit on a tree. Image Credit: Martin LaBar.

Mumbai, India — Deutsche Bank and Swades Foundation have announced a partnership to plant 40,000 fruit-bearing trees in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, impacting the lives of over 4,000 people living there.

The initiative marks 40 years since Deutsche Bank opened its first branch in the country in Mumbai and four years of a successful partnership with the Swades Foundation to transform the lives of tribal and other indigent families in Raigad district. The trees, which will begin bearing fruit in 3-4 years, are expected to generate an INR 6 crore annual income for the beneficiaries.

“Supporting small-scale agriculture has a significant impact on reducing rural poverty. It offers the most direct route for people in rural areas to benefit from land and labor - their principal assets,” said Kaushik Shaparia, Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank India. “We’re confident that our partnership with Swades Foundation will meaningfully transform the lives of people in Raigad district.”

“Deutsche Bank’s relentless efforts towards rural upliftment in India are noteworthy. We are happy to be part of the shared vision to transform and empower India at a grassroots level. Deutsche Bank has been one of our biggest supporters in rural transformation in the last four years. We look forward to celebrating many more exciting milestones together,” said Ronnie Screwvala, Founder, Swades Foundation.

Deutsche Bank’s partnership with Swades Foundation, now in its fourth year, has impacted the lives of 43,500 people in the Raigad district of Maharashtra so far and has involved the bank’s employees volunteering 2,500 hours since April 2018. Deutsche Bank has worked with Swades Foundation to touch the lives of over 10,000 rural families, providing sustainable access to clean water in homes and promoting agri-based livelihoods. Greater access to potable water alone has improved the standard of living of over 1,000 families in the district. The more judicious use of the resource has brought over 1,200 acres of additional farmland under irrigation, allowing for higher crop rotation.

Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Deutsche Bank and Swades Foundation have together distributed over 11,000 grocery and daily essentials kits in rural homes in Raigad since April.

Deutsche Bank has been operating in India since 1980 with a strong presence in the businesses of corporate banking, investment banking, retail banking, private wealth management, and global business services. With close to 13,000 staff and operations across various locations in India, it is one of the leading foreign financial services providers in the country.

Source: Deutsche Bank

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August 25, 2020

HP introduces Neverstop Laser with 7X more Printing; Helps Business Professionals Stay Productive at Home with Printing for Months Without Reloading.

It has first-of-its-kind, Easy Toner Reload for less than one cent per page.

HP Printer

Palo Alto, CA. — HP Inc. has announced the global availability of HP Neverstop Laser, the world’s first toner tank.

“As business people shift to work from home, they need technology that is easy to use and prints with fewer interruptions - HP Neverstop delivers both,” said Tuan Tran, President, Printing, HP Inc. “This means printing for months, without having to refill toner, at the lowest cost per page.”

Key features include:

Lowest cost for Original HP Toner in-class. Less than a cent per page.

Connected and mobile

Certified energy-saving and Sustainable

Pricing and Availability

“HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze,” the company stated.

Source: HP, Inc.


One Technology. Endless Possibilities: HP Thermal Inkjet.

Delivering on Our Purpose | Sustainable Impact | HP

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August 24, 2020

United Nations Meeting of States Parties to Convention on Law of the Sea

United Nations

Photo: Burhanudeen Gafoor (on-screen), Permanent Representative of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations, presides over the 30th meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to elect seven judges of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. This meeting was the first in-person meeting held at the General Assembly Hall since March. August 24, 2020. New York, United States of America. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.

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Committed to make Punjab an Industrial & Agricultural powerhouse, says Punjab Chief Minister at Chandigarh University's Industry Meet.

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University (CU) Campus.

CHANDIGARH, India, Aug. 22, 2020 — “Punjab is offering the best ecosystem which includes Single Window Clearance System, Cheapest Power, Skilled Talent, and Infrastructure to welcome the Industry in the state. It will result in the generation of more job opportunities for our youth,” said Capt. Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab. The Chief Minister addressed a group of industry leaders during the Chandigarh University’s Industry Meet (Virtual Meet). The theme of the Virtual Meet was ‘Revival of Economy in the post-COVID-19 scenario.’

Industry leaders showed great interest in investing in Punjab. They appreciated the Ease of Doing Business and Industry-friendly environment of the state. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh assured the Industry that the Punjab Government would work in the direction of meeting the expectations of the corporate world and look into the resolutions of the problems if any.

Referring to some of the Government of Punjab’s measures to bring the economy back on track, Capt. Amarinder Singh said, “The government has already appointed a high-level committee under economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia to develop a medium to long-term recovery strategy for the state from the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.”

Business leaders who joined the Chief Minister during the Virtual Meet on Revival of Economy in the post-COVID-19 scenario included:

“It is remarkable that due to the business-friendly environment of Punjab, top Industry has shown interest in coming to the state. Chandigarh University will act as a bridge between Government and Industry to felicitate the establishment of new Industry,” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University. “The University has the best of talent, world-class infrastructure, research & incubation facilities which we have offered to the Industry and we will surely make Punjab the next Knowledge and Industry hub of the region,” added Sandhu.

Chandigarh University is an autonomous educational institution located near Chandigarh in the state of Punjab. It is the youngest university in India and the only private university in Punjab to be honored with A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

Source: Chandigarh University


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August 23, 2020

Nestlé India Launches a set of year-long initiatives across the country on the eve of Independence Day.

Nestlé India

Nestlé India

Photo: Aerial shot of Nestle Headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. Image provided by Nestlé S.A.

Nestlé House, Gurugram, India. Aug 20, 2020 — Nestlé’s brand, MAGGI, has been an integral part of Indian households for nearly four decades. Nestle India announced that it is launching a set of year-long initiatives across the country called “MAGGI Desh Ke Liye 2 Minute - Ek Chhoti Si Koshish”.

The initiatives will begin with a digital launch followed by several actions focusing on Swasthya (Health), Swachhta (cleanliness), and Sahayata (Co-operation). As part of these initiatives, MAGGI will partner with various entities, including reputed NGOs to assist society in multiple ways:

Suresh Narayanan, Chairman, and Managing Director. Nestlé India said, “At Nestlé India, during these unprecedented times, we go back to and reaffirm our purpose and values of respect, which enshrines our inspiration for action. We re-commit ourselves to impacting the lives of millions through the enhancement of health, livelihoods, and doing good for as many people as possible! Nestlé India has sought to respond to the situation as a ‘Nestlé Family,’ being inclusive and humble in our approach to address the needs of the communities around us. With the upcoming initiative, we aim to leverage the nation’s most loved food brand MAGGI and hope to inspire citizens to take small steps, which can be transformative.”

Speaking about the initiative Nikhil Chand, Director - Foods & Confectionery, Nestlé India said, “We believe in the power of food to enhance lives, improve livelihoods, and protect the planet for future generations. The initiative, ‘MAGGI - Desh Ke Liye 2 Minute - Ek Chhoti Si Koshish’, aims to inspire people to take small yet meaningful steps to create a positive impact and bring about change. It is an important initiative centered around 3S - Swasthya, Swachhta, and Sahayata, through which the brand purposefully collaborates with citizens.”

Nestlé India is part of Nestlé S.A. of Vevey, Switzerland, one of the world’s most admired and extensive food and beverage companies.

Sources: Nestlé India, Nestlé S.A.


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August 21, 2020

Tata Motors rolls out 1000th Nexon EV.

Tata Motors

Tata Motors

Tata Motors

TTata Motors

Photos: Tata Nexon EV. Tata Motors rolls out its 1000th Nexon from the Ranjangaon facility. Images provided by Tata Motors.

Mumbai, August 18, 2020: Tata Motors announced a significant milestone in the electric vehicle (EV) domain by rolling out the 1000th Nexon EV from its plant in Pune. Acknowledged as the most preferred electric car in India, the Tata Nexon EV is the best seller in its segment, helping Tata Motors post a market share of 62% in EVs in Q1FY21.

Shailesh Chandra, President - Passenger Vehicle Business, Tata Motors Ltd., said, “Acceptance of EVs is accelerating fast, and we are seeing growing interest in it from all parts of the country. The rollout of the 1000th Nexon EV in a short period, despite the challenges of Covid-19, reflects the rising interest of personal segment buyers in EVs. Tata Motors will continue to innovate and develop comprehensive sustainable mobility solutions to meet global standards. EVs are the future, and as the industry leader, we are working to make them desirable and a mainstream choice of the customers.”

Designed to offer thrilling, connected drive experience with zero emissions and attractive pricing, the Nexon EV has created a unique benchmark in its category.

To accelerate the adoption of EVs in India, Tata Motors also introduced a holistic e-mobility ecosystem “Tata uniEVerse” to jointly leverage the strengths and experience of other Tata Group companies to create a viable EV environment. Powered by Tata uniEVerse, consumers will have access to a suite of e-mobility offerings, including charging solutions, innovative retail experiences, and secure financing options.

Tata Motors Limited (NYSE: TTM; BSE: 500570 and 570001; NSE: TATAMOTORS and TATAMTRDVR), a USD 44 billion organization, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, pick-ups, trucks, and buses. Part of the USD 110 billion Tata group, Tata Motors, is India’s largest and the only OEM offering an extensive range of integrated, smart, and e-mobility solutions. It has operations in India, the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a robust global network of 134 subsidiaries, associate companies and joint ventures, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, and Tata Daewoo in South Korea.


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August 18, 2020

Porsche’s Mid-engined performance flagship 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 set for India.

Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman

Photos: Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. Images provided by Porsche India.

Porsche Spyder

Porsche Spyder

Photos: Porsche 718 Spyder. Images provided by Porsche India.

Mumbai. Porsche’s 718 family of mid-engined sports cars welcomes two new members with the arrival of the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4. Featuring a newly developed 420 PS (309 kW), four-liter, six-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine, these models appeal to the most hardened sports car enthusiasts. They are the most powerful models in the 718 range, together with the emotional appeal of a traditional six-speed manual transmission. While the GT4 represents the entry-level GT road model from Porsche, the Spyder is for open-top, dynamic driving on curvy routes.

Ashish Kaul, Head of Sales at Porsche India, said: “Porsche India introduces two emotional and powerful models to the market, using a naturally aspirated powertrain based on the turbo engines in the current 911 Carrera model series. The 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder are about unrivaled driving fun and sheer emotions. They are the perfect sports car for those who like to push the limits and enjoy a racing pulse. We are very excited to offer these purist’s models to our customers here in India. With a limited allocation for our market, the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder will be a rare and extraordinary sight on our streets.”

At the heart of both models is the new four-liter, six-cylinder engine which spins to 8,000 rpm and generates 420 PS (309 kW). It delivers a maximum torque of 420 newton-meters from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. Where allowed, the Cayman GT4 reaches a top speed of 304 km/h, with the Spyder also passing the 300 km/h barrier at 301km/h. Both models reach 100 km/h from standstill in 4.4 seconds.

The new Porsche 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4 are available in India now.

Source: Porsche India


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August 17, 2020

Spanish Automobile Manufacturer, SEAT, celebrates its 70th Anniversary.

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Seat Cars

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Seat Cars

Seat Cars

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Photos: SEAT cars (From the top) — Toledo electric, Toledo Podium, 1400 Visitas, ‘One Million,’ Ronda ‘Tribunal de París,’ Leon CUPRA SC 280, and SEAT Ibiza. Images provided by SEAT, S.A.

Martorell, Spain — An electric car accompanies the Olympic flame on its last stretch towards the opening ceremony. We are at the Barcelona 92 Olympics. Thus, the vehicle could not be any other than a SEAT, an electric SEAT Toledo.

2020 is not an Olympic year, but it is still SEAT’s 70th Anniversary. Enough years to create history and countless peculiar and unique like that Toledo, the first electric SEAT. It had 16 lead batteries that increased the car weight from 1.015 to 1.545 kilos but allowed 55 km to travel in urban cycle use. It was enough range for the electric SEAT Toledo to also make way for the athletes during the marathon race on the final day of the Olympics.

The SEAT Toledo was not only the official car of those Olympic Games, but it was “The car of the champions.” Each of the 22 Spanish medalists received a private vehicle, developed for them, the SEAT Toledo Podium. A Toledo recognizable by its two-tone grey paint, and with an interior finish of the maximum luxury at the time. It even had fax and phone between the seats, an entirely cream-colored interior with leather upholstery and wooden inserts on the dashboard and doors.

SEAT, S.A. is a Spanish automobile manufacturer with its head office in Martorell, Spain. It was founded in 1950. It is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group of Germany.

Source: SEAT, S.A.

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August 16, 2020

India celebrates Independence Day

Tricolor Balloons, India, Independence day

Photo: Tricolour balloons are released in the sky on the occasion of 74th Independence Day of India from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2020.

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August 14, 2020

Deutsche Bank issues Climate Statement.

Deutsche Bank, Paris, France

Photo: Deutsche Bank in Paris, France. Image provided by Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche Bank, Landscape, Germany

Photo: Landscape, Feuchtenrainweg, Unterammergau, Germany. Image Credit: Rupert Ganzer.

Frankfurt, Germany, August 12, 2020 — By publishing its climate statement today, Deutsche Bank has provided a summary of its diverse approaches to fighting climate change. The report delivers transparency on the numerous climate-related activities in all areas of the bank.

“We play a crucial role in climate protection,” says CEO Christian Sewing. “We are the gateway to the capital market. We have the money to finance sustainable investments and to raise the necessary investment capital. We are driven by a firm conviction to help shape the global change to a sustainable, climate-neutral, and social economy Wand to support our customers in their transformation.”

Deutsche Bank regards climate change as the significant challenge of the next few years. The bank has made repeated public commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement’s goals - for example, by signing the Paris Pledge for Action in 2016 and, more recently, the German financial sector’s climate commitment. Its climate statement now underscores this once again.

The statement summarises the bank’s stance on climate protection and its package of measures to fight climate change - from sustainable financing to its climate footprint and the commitment of its employees. Senior managers from various areas of the bank have their say, as does the CEO, Christian Sewing.

Source: Deutsche Bank

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August 13, 2020 Reveals the 100 Richest Universities in North America.

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FORT WORTH, Texas, August 12, 2020 — At a time when many colleges and universities were already facing cashflow woes, along came a global pandemic. So a significant endowment may be a measure not only of a school’s ability to attract top talent and fund research but also whether it will live to teach another day., who innovated the Influence Engine technology that measures the global influence of institutions and people, has announced North America’s higher education institutions with the most significant financial strength.

The five wealthiest universities in North America:

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The Richest Universities in North America

“Healthy financials enable better scholarship and more research opportunities, as well as the power to attract the top talent in every field of study,” said Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of and professor of physics at Wake Forest University.

“Students who want to make an impact need to know which institutions can make their dreams possible. Schools struggling to pay their bills can’t focus on changing the world for the better. The colleges and universities in our analysis have plenty of funds on hand. They can venture beyond basic education and equip students and faculty with what they need to make a lasting contribution to scholarship and to improving our future.”

“For a college or university, strong financials help build and expand influence,” added Macosko. “Those institutions that flourish create opportunities for students, faculty, and even alumni that might otherwise not exist. This ranking of North America’s richest universities from is just the thing for anyone who needs the most out of education.”

Criteria considered for this college ranking include undergraduate tuition costs, professor salaries, research expenditures, and overall endowment. Each of the 100 entries features insights into the school’s strengths and benefits. Additionally, provides a separate school ranking based on the highest annual research expenditures alone.

The Richest Universities in North America ranking spotlights’s commitment to providing unbiased, high-quality data analysis to help learners everywhere reach their fullest potential, the rankings site said. further stated that it is a unique technology-driven rankings site dedicated to students, researchers, and inquirers from high school through college and beyond, offering resources that connect learners to leaders.


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UGC India issues Public Notice on Non-Retention of Certificates of Teachers by Higher Education Institutions.

UGC India

New Delhi, August 13, 2020 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) India has issued a Public Notice concerning Non-Retention of Certificates of Teachers by the Higher Education Institutions.

Source: University Grants Commission



August 28, 2020.

Supreme Court upholds UGC’s decision to hold final exams by September 30.

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