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July 31, 2022

World Ducati Week 2022 concludes with the Lenovo Race of Champions.





Photos: World Ducati Week 2022. Images provided by & copyright © Ducati.

Misano Adriatico/Borgo Panigale, Italy, July 30, 2022 - The World Ducati Week 2022 has ended. The event brought together Ducatisti and fans of the world of two wheels for three days of passion, fun, and unforgettable experiences at Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli.”

The passion for the brand and the desire to be present at the great Ducati gathering attracted many fans to Misano. Despite the difficulties in moving around and traveling that still characterize today’s scenario, as well as the pandemic and sweltering temperatures of this period, they crowded the paddock reaching 80,000 visitors over the three days.

The participants came from 84 countries, demonstrating the global dimension of Ducati and the appeal that the brand has to motorcyclists worldwide.

The main protagonists of the three days were the 235 Ducati Official Clubs present at the event, which animated the area of ​​the International Village dedicated to them together with all the Ducati subsidiaries.

“At World Ducati Week, we can experience the celebration of Ducati’s deepest soul: we do not merely sell motorcycles, but we design experiences and emotions with bikes at the center for our fans,” declared Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO. “We all wanted to go back to being together with the Ducatisti, and they arrived in massive numbers from all over the world, even though we are still in the presence of travel restrictions and therefore we were not able to welcome anyone from China for example. The big parade on Friday, the crazy Lenovo Race of Champions, the Rustida on the pit straight, the greetings of the riders at the Misano stadium, the musical evenings, and the fireworks show impressed and excited me. These are just some moments that will remain in the memory of each person who came to this 2022 edition. I want to thank all the participants and the staff made up mainly of Ducati employees who, as usual, were present in great strength and worked hard to make this incredible experience possible.”

The most keenly awaited moment was the Lenovo Race of Champions, starring 21 Ducati riders competing in the MotoGP, Superbike and Supersport championships, who fought it out on standard Panigale V4 S and Panigale V2 bikes, equipped only with slick tires and racing exhausts. A unique show that only Ducati can offer its fans, which saw Pecco Bagnaia triumph after setting the fastest lap in 1m35.886s, only two and a half seconds more than the time from this year’s Superbike pole position at Misano. Federico Caricasulo took the victory in the Panigale V2 category.

Many fans followed the race from the Misano stands, giving rise to tremendous cheering. Tens of thousands of spectators joined them, connecting from home to the live streaming on the Ducati website. But not only that: as many as nine international televisions and online streaming services broadcast the race live on their schedule, making the Lenovo Race of Champions a truly global event. For example, in Italy, the Sky Sport MotoGP channel broadcasted the race with the commentary of Guido Meda and Mauro Sanchini and the contribution of Sandro Donato Grosso from the starting grid.

Source: DUCATI

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July 29, 2022

Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation of IFSCA headquarters and launched India's first International Bullion Exchange - IIBX at GIFT City in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

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Photo: Gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony of ‘International Financial Services Centres Authority’ IFSCA headquarters and the inauguration of India’s first International Bullion Exchange - IIBX at GIFT City, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India on July 29, 2022. Prime Minister Modi was the Chief Guest.

Mr. Modi said this day is very significant for India’s growing economic and technological strength and the ever-increasing global confidence in the prowess of India. “Today, in GIFT City, the foundation stone of the International Financial Services Centers Authority - IFSCA headquarters building, has been laid. I believe, as grand as this building is in its architecture, it will also create unlimited opportunities to make India an economic superpower. IFSC would promote innovation and would be an enabler and catalyst for growth. The institutions and platforms, whose foundation has been laid today, will help 130 crores of Indians connect with the modern global economy. India is now entering the league of Countries like the USA, UK, and Singapore who are giving direction to global finance,” he remarked.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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July 28, 2022

Prime Minister Modi declares the 44th Chess Olympiad open.

India is hosting the Chess Olympiad for the first time.

Chess Olympiad, India

Photo: Prime Minister Modi addressed the gathering at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai on July 28, 2022.

Chess Olympiad, India

Photo: Gathering at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai on July 28, 2022.

Chennai, July 28, 2022 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, declared open the 44th Chess Olympiad at JLN Indoor Stadium, Chennai, today.

The Prime Minister welcomed all the players and chess lovers from all over the world to India. He noted the significance of the time of the event as it falls during the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ He added that the most prestigious tournament in chess has come to India, the home of chess.

The Prime Minister noted that the 44th Chess Olympiad had been a tournament of many firsts and records. It is the first time the Chess Olympiad is taking place at the origin of chess, India.

The Prime Minister said that sport is beautiful because it has the inherent power to unite. Sports bring people and societies closer. Sports nurture a spirit of teamwork.

The Prime Minister remarked that in sports, there are no losers. There are winners, and there are future winners. He wished all the teams and players success in the 44th Chess Olympiad.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had launched the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium in New Delhi on June 19, 2022. The torch traveled to 75 iconic locations in the country for over 40 days, traversing close to 20,000 kilometers and culminating in Mahabalipuram, before heading to the FIDE Headquarters, Switzerland.

The 44th Chess Olympiad takes place in Chennai from July 28 to August 9, 2022. The prestigious competition, organized since 1927, is being hosted in India for the first time and in Asia after 30 years. With 187 countries participating, this will be the most extensive participation in any Chess Olympiad. India is also fielding its most significant contingent comprising 30 players across six teams in the competition.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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July 27, 2022

The United International Baseball League creates the first-ever professional baseball league to serve India, Pakistan, and the Middle East.

Team of global sports executives partners with Hall of Fame Baseball Icons Mariano Rivera and Barry Larkin to launch a league in Dubai.

Baseball, India

NEW YORK and DUBAI, UAE, July 25, 2022 — The United International Baseball League (UIBL) announced today its plan to bring professional baseball to India, Pakistan, and the Middle East, beginning with an Inaugural Showcase that will take place in Dubai in February 2023. In addition, the UIBL has partnered with Hall of Fame baseball legends Mariano Rivera and Barry Larkin to help build, develop and grow the league. They are two of the sport’s most iconic and decorated stars, with a combined six World Series Championships and 25 All-Star Game selections.

The Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East region are home to two billion people. More than 900 million people are fans of cricket - the world’s most popular bat and ball sport. Yet, while baseball exists in small pockets across South Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, there is an absence of professional leagues and a void of deep, grassroots player development expertise and infrastructure. The UIBL team is looking to change that.

“I’m very grateful to be a part of the UIBL’s exciting mission to inspire two billion new fans to fall in love with baseball,” said Rivera. He is a professional baseball’s career leader in saves and games finished and the only player ever unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame. “We believe there is an amazing opportunity to educate, inspire and entertain those cricket fans, and open their hearts to an exciting and culturally-relevant form of baseball.”

American baseball is a $13 billion business with nearly 100 million fans across the U.S. and Canada and a rabid following throughout Latin America. However, the game has yet to connect with South Asian and Middle Eastern sports fans, who collectively represent the world’s most extensive cricket fan base. For example, more than 167 million South Asia watched the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup last year - 70 million more than the Super Bowl and over 150 million more than the World Series.

“We want to honor the game, and we want to change it,” said Kanwal S. Sra, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, of the UIBL. “We’re excited to help share the beauty and heritage of the game with a part of the world that has yet to embrace it fully. And we’re also excited to do some things differently, acting on years of data, decades of research, and centuries of cultural understanding. But, most importantly, we are passionate about helping unleash the next generation of Indian, Pakistani, and Emirati sports heroes that millions of fans will be able to connect with and relate to for years to come. There’s no better place to begin this journey than Dubai, one of the most iconic cities in the world. Exceptional leaders drive Dubai with a shared vision of growth through sports and entertainment, and we are honored to partner with them.”

The UIBL will introduce new rule changes, create original gameplay concepts, and bring a more immersive viewing experience for fans at the stadium and in their home. In addition to innovations in gameplay and entertainment, the UIBL will pioneer a multi-country league format that will include players from across the world and enable international competition. The league has already begun activating its international scouting and South Asia-focused development program, with a vision to partner with exceptional local organizations to build UIBL Baseball Academies across the region.

As part of its launch, the UIBL also introduced its brand logo and design, which artistically captures the most exciting moment in baseball - the home run. Each element of the brand helps educate the region on the game and inspires the imagination of younger fans.

“Not many moments in sports measure up to the energy and excitement of a home run,” said Kash Shaikh, President and Chief Marketing Officer of the UIBL. “The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The rise in the stands meets the elevation of the ball. A home run can unite a stadium with a single swing. And it’s done just that for over a century. We wanted to capture that moment and share some of that magic with a new generation of fans in South Asia and the Middle East. I can’t wait for our Dubai fans to experience it for themselves.”

Source: United International Baseball League

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July 26, 2022

IMF (International Monetary Fund) publishes World Economic Outlook July 2022

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Washington, DC, July 26, 2022 — IMF today published its World Economic Outlook for July 2022. The outlook for global growth has grown “gloomy and more uncertain,” the IMF’s chief economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas warned.

Increasingly gloomy developments followed tentative recovery in 2021 in 2022 as risks began to materialize. Global output contracted in the second quarter of this year, owing to downturns in China and Russia, while US consumer spending undershot expectations. In addition, several shocks have hit a world economy already weakened by the pandemic: higher-than-expected inflation worldwide—especially in the United States and major European economies—triggering tighter financial conditions; a worse-than-anticipated slowdown in China, reflecting COVID- 19 outbreaks and lockdowns; and further negative spillovers from the war in Ukraine.

“The outlook has darkened significantly since April. The world may soon be teetering on the edge of a global recession, only two years after the last one. Multilateral cooperation will be key in many areas, from climate transition and pandemic preparedness to food security and debt distress. Amid great challenge and strife, strengthening cooperation remains the best way to improve economic prospects for all and mitigate the risk of geo-economic fragmentation,” Gourinchas said at the launch of the quarterly update of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook report.

The Fund is warning that elevated inflation, rising interest rates, a high US dollar valuation, the impact of the war in Ukraine, and a slowdown in Chinese growth are all factors leading to a downward revision in the forecast.

“In particular, a full shutdown of Russian gas flows to Europe or inflation pressures remaining more elevated than they’ve been in the past. And we’ve been repeatedly surprised by the persistence and the broadening of inflation in recent times and an increase in financial tightening around the world. And so if you put all these things together, we get a global economy, as I mentioned in my remarks, that gets close to 2% in 2023, where we think a lot of the vulnerabilities are where you have a lot of slowdown happening. And so 2% is a low number for the global economy. So that’s a sense in which we’re getting close, really close to a global recession,” he explained.

Persistent high inflation in the US and other big economies is leading central banks to hike interest rates. Meanwhile, there is a move to the safety of the US dollar, which means that emerging markets are especially hit with higher prices while also seeing the cost of servicing their debt increase. As a result, the temptation will be to push off reforms or to raise spending, but the Fund says that action now will head off more pain later.

“What is important here is that, in a sense, there is one overwhelming priority at this point: to bring back price stability in advanced economies and emerging markets. Many of them have seen elevated price pressure, whether we are in the baseline or whether we are in the alternative scenario. And in the alternative scenario, inflation pressures are pushing even higher, and there’s even more of a need for central banks and policymakers to address that issue. And this is critical because it’s necessary to plant the seed for future macroeconomic stability. So a stable macroeconomic environment requires that we bring down inflation in the coming year, year-and-a-half,” he answered.

Gourinchas also said there is still a path to a ‘soft landing’ in the US, meaning that the Federal Reserve can head off a recession through calibrated action.

“The current environment suggests that the likelihood that the US economy can avoid a recession is quite narrow. Under our current projections, for instance, for the US, the quarter… Q4 on Q4 growth rate in 2023 is only 0.6%. And 0.6%, that’s under our baseline. So you see, a small shock at this point could be enough to sort of knock off the US economy of a fairly low number and tilt it into recession. So it’s a very narrow, it’s a very narrow path at this point,” Gourinchas remarked.

Source: IMF (International Monetary Fund)


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July 25, 2022

Droupadi Murmu takes Oath as the 15th President of India; Becomes the Country's first Tribal President.

Droupadi Murmu

Photo: The Chief Justice of India, Shri Justice N.V. Ramana administering the Oath of the office of the President of India to Smt. Droupadi Murmu, at a swearing-in ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi on July 25, 2022.

Droupadi Murmu

Photo: Droupadi Murmu signing in the register after taking the Oath of the office of the President of India at a swearing-in ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi, on July 25, 2022.

Droupadi Murmu becomes the country’s first tribal President. First, the Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, administered the Oath. A 21-gun salute followed it. The President then addressed the nation. “It is a tribute to the power of our democracy that a daughter born in a poor house in a remote tribal area can reach the highest constitutional position in India,” she said in her speech.

Source: President’s Secretariat

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WIPO Director General Calls on WIPO Assembly Delegates to Transform IP into a Powerful Catalyst for Growth and Development.

- Hundreds of delegates from WIPO’s 193 Member States joined the July 14-22 WIPO Assemblies to negotiate the future of the global intellectual property (IP) ecosystem and WIPO’s activities in promoting the economic, social and cultural development of all countries.

WIPO Assembly 2022

Photo: Snapshot taken during the Sixty-Third Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the WIPO Member States, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 14-22, 2022. Image provided by & Copyright © WIPO. Photo: Pierre Albouy.

WIPO Assembly 2022

Photo: Delegates at the Opening of the WIPO Assemblies 2022. The Sixty-Third Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of WIPO Member States took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 14-22, 2022. Image provided by & Copyright © WIPO. Photo: Pierre Albouy.

Geneva, July 23, 2022: WIPO Director General Daren Tang opened the WIPO Assemblies with a call for delegates to keep working to transform intellectual property (IP) into a powerful catalyst for jobs, investments, business growth, and economic development.

Some 900 delegates from WIPO’s 193 Member States registered for in-person participation at the July 14-22, 2022, Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO. It was the most significant number of registrants for a WIPO Assemblies meeting since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

“The invasion of Ukraine. Global inflation. Disruptions to food and energy supply chains. Our global situation remains extremely challenging. But despite these challenges, we cannot look back or stop our work of building the future of the global IP ecosystem,” said Director General Tang in welcoming the delegates.

“We as the global IP community must continue being fully committed to transforming IP from a technical vertical of interest only to specialists into a powerful catalyst for jobs, investments, and development that supports innovators and creators everywhere.”

Cabo Verde Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva and Colombia President Iván Duque joined Mr. Tang in welcoming delegates to the WIPO Assemblies.

Later, in the meetings, delegates considered the work of WIPO against the backdrop of solid growth in IP and innovation-related activities, as well as the increasing globalization of IP.

The Director General cited continued growth in IP filings, with international patent, trademark, and design applications filed via WIPO reaching record levels in 2021.

“IP continues to move from the periphery to the center, as businesses and economies use the crisis as an opportunity to reimagine, restructure and rebuild, using innovation and creativity as engines of growth,” Mr. Tang said.

Mr. Tang also noted WIPO’s strong financial position, with a surplus of nearly 245 million Swiss Francs for the 2020/21 biennium. “This puts us in a good position to invest these surpluses into capabilities, tools, and projects to continue supporting you strongly, even as the overall financial and macro-economic environment remains volatile and challenging,” he said.

On Tuesday, July 19, WIPO presented the first round of five winners of its new Global Awards program, recognizing exceptional enterprises and individuals using intellectual property to impact home and abroad positively.

A group of seven eminent jurors worldwide selected the winners from 272 submissions spanning 62 countries. The 2022 Global Awards focused on small and medium-sized enterprises, which constitute the backbone of the worldwide economy. The Global Awards program in subsequent years will vary and concentrate on different groups, including youth and women.

In his address, Mr. Tang gave delegates an overview of developments of the Organization’s new Medium-Term Strategic Plan 2022-26, which Member States had endorsed during the 2021 WIPO Assemblies.

“Our focus since then has been simple and single-minded - to translate them into concrete plans and actions to deliver the results and impact that you expect,” Mr. Tang told delegates.

He said that work had advanced in four key areas: Demystifying IP for people everywhere through new ways of engagement; bringing the global IP community together to share ideas, shape practices, and solve global challenges; providing services, data and knowledge to help business owners and policy-makers; and delivering impactful and concrete projects on the ground that allow innovators and creators to use IP for growth.

“Whatever our challenges and difficulties, the global IP community can and should draw on the dynamism, energy, and optimism of the innovators and creators that we support and continue on the transformation journey that we have started together,” Mr. Tang said in concluding his remarks.

Tatiana Molcean, Moldova’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, chaired the WIPO General Assembly.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 193 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

Source: WIPO


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July 24, 2022

The World's Most Powerful Passports have the Least Travel Freedom.

Global Passport Index

Global Passport Index

LONDON, July 22, 2022 — Passport holders with the most extraordinary global access are currently the most restricted and reluctant to enjoy their travel freedom, according to the latest results from the Henley Passport Index. Japan holds the number one spot on the index. The index comprises the actual ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations they can access without a prior visa. Japan has a record-high visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 193, while Singapore and South Korea come in joint-2nd place, with a score of 192.

But despite the record-breaking worldwide access afforded to citizens of these three nations over the index’s 17-year history, international passenger demand in the Asia-Pacific region has only reached 17% of pre-Covid levels, hovering below 10% for most of the past two years. This figure is far behind the global trend, where markets in Europe and North America have recovered to around 60% of pre-crisis travel mobility levels. However, Dr. Marie Owens Thomsen, Chief Economist at IATA (International Air Transport Association), says passenger numbers should reach 83% of pre-pandemic levels in 2022. “By next year, many markets should see traffic reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels, while we expect this to be the case for the industry in 2024.”

EU member states dominate the remaining top 10 ten spots on the latest ranking, with Germany and Spain in joint-3rd place, with access to 190 destinations visa-free. Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg follow closely behind in joint-4th place with 189 goals. Denmark, Netherlands, and Sweden share 5th place with their passport holders able to travel to 188 destinations worldwide without a visa. The UK and US have dropped down a rank to 6th and 7th place, respectively. Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, with its nationals only able to access 27 destinations worldwide visa-free. The global mobility gap between the world’s most and least powerful passports now sits at an unprecedented 166 destinations.

Russian passport holders are more cut off from the rest of the world than ever, as sanctions imposed ban travel and airspace closures limit Russian citizens from accessing all but a few destinations in Central Asia and the Middle East. The Russian passport currently sits at 50th place on the index, with a visa-free or visa-free on arrival score of 119. However, due to airspace closures in EU member nations, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the US, and the UK, Russian citizens are effectively barred from traveling most of the world. Notable exceptions are Istanbul and Dubai, which have become focal transit points.

Conversely, the Ukrainian passport is in 35th place on the index, with holders able to access 144 destinations worldwide without needing a visa in advance.

• UAE is the clear pandemic winner.

Throughout the turmoil of the past two years, one thing has remained constant: the growing strength of the UAE passport, which now sits at 15th place on the ranking. It has a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 176.

• Peaceful countries have more powerful passports.

Unique research conducted by Henley & Partners comparing a country’s visa-free access with its Global Peace Index score shows a strong correlation between a nation’s passport power and peacefulness. Any country in the top ten of the Henley Passport Index is also in the top ten of the Global Peace Index. So is the case for the bottom-ranking nations.

Commenting on the results in the Henley Global Mobility Report 2022 Q3, Stephen Klimczuk-Massion, Quondam Fellow of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, says: “Your passport is more than ever a calling card, which, depending on which passport you carry and where you are going, will have an impact on the kind of welcome you will receive, where you can go and how safe you will be when you get there. Now more than ever, it’s a mistake to think of a passport as merely a travel document that allows you to get from A to B. On the contrary, the relative strength or weakness of a particular national passport directly affects the quality of life of the passport holder.”

Source: Henley & Partners

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July 21, 2022

Chandigarh University enters the Top-30 League among all Universities in NIRF India.

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Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Photos: Star cast of the film ‘Shamshera’ performed at Chandigarh University on July 20, 2022.

CHANDIGARH, India, July 21, 2022 — “Adding another jewel to its star-studded crown, Chandigarh University has secured 29th spot among all the public and private universities of the country in the NIRF Rankings 2022. Thus, it has become the youngest University to enter the top-30 league of Indian Universities,” said S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

“CU is not only the youngest but also the only University in the country to give consistently great performances in National and International rankings. These include QS World, QS Asia, NIRF, and NAAC. Moreover, it is improving its position yearly,” said Sandhu.

“Our institution has bagged the second position among all universities and first among private universities in Punjab and Tricity in the NIRF rankings,” Mr. Sandhu stated.

“This stellar performance of Chandigarh University in the NIRF rankings is a reflection of the Varsity’s academic excellence and industry-training prowess from all stakeholders including industry, government, and most importantly the students,” he added.

Presenting an analysis of the NIRF rankings, Sandhu informed that Chandigarh University had secured an overall 3rd position among all engineering institutions and 2nd position among all private engineering institutions in Punjab and Tricity, and the first spot amongst all private engineering institutions in Punjab. In addition, it has bagged the 45th spot among all engineering universities and colleges in the country.

“Even in Management, we have secured the 40th position among the country’s institutions while securing the second spot among all public and private institutions in Punjab and Tricity. In Architecture, we have bagged 19th position among all institutions of the country while securing the second spot among all public and private institutions in Punjab and Tricity,” he explained.

“We have filed 1816 patents so far and are the leading stand-alone institution to file the highest number of patents in the last three years, and we have academic tie-ups with 450 international universities in more than 80 countries,” Mr. Sandhu stated.

“With our excellent performance in many spheres, we have become the youngest University to debut into QS World University Rankings-2023 and have secured a place among the top 800 institutions worldwide. Among all Indian Universities, Chandigarh University has grabbed an incredible overall 21st position, an impressive third position among Private Universities, and the first spot in the Punjab-Chandigarh region,” the CU Chancellor elaborated

“We are also the youngest University in the country to get NAAC A+ grade, ranking amongst the Top 5% of the Higher Education Institutions of India. And we are the only private University in the country to have NAAC A+ and NBA accreditation for all its engineering and MBA programs,” Mr. Sandu remarked.

Source: Chandigarh University

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UNESCO names Strasbourg, France, as World Book Capital for 2024


Photo: Strasbourg, France, World Book Capital for 2024. Image Credit: Kelly Lenfest.


Photo: Strasbourg, France, World Book Capital for 2024. Image Credit: Billy Wilson.

Paris, July 20, 2022: Following the evaluation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has designated Strasbourg (France) as World Book Capital for 2024.

“In uncertain times, many turn to books as a refuge and a source of dreams. Indeed, books have the unique ability both to entertain and to teach. Therefore, we must ensure everyone can access knowledge and reflection through books and reading. Each year UNESCO designates a world book capital. After Guadalajara in 2022 and Accra in 2023, I am pleased to declare the designation of Strasbourg as World Book Capital for 2024,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay announced.

UNESCO and the World Book Capital Advisory Committee were impressed by Strasbourg’s strong focus on books to meet the challenges of social tensions and climate change, with programs like ‘Reading for the Planet.’ In addition, the city emphasizes books’ ability to encourage debate and discussion of environmental concerns and scientific knowledge, focusing on young people as change agents.

Strasbourg also got commended for its literary heritage and organized activities, highlighting many artistic disciplines, from music to theatre and illustration. In addition, the city has significant experience in organizing large-scale outward-looking events.

The celebrations will start on April 23, 2024, on World Book and Copyright Day.

• World Book Capitals

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading for all ages and groups, within and across national borders, and to organize a program of activities for the year.

As the twenty-fourth city to bear the title since 2001, Strasbourg follows:

The UNESCO World Book Capital Advisory Committee comprises representatives of the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), International Authors Forum (IAF), International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), International Publishers Association (IPA), and UNESCO.

Source: UNESCO

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July 17, 2022

Pony Cars Power Onto Stamps

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Photo: Pony Cars Power Onto Stamps.

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2022: The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the heyday of the pony car era with five new stamps featuring some of the most famous examples of these youth-oriented vehicles.

The first-day-of-issue event for the Pony Cars Forever stamp will take place on August 25, 2022, at the Great American Stamp Show in partnership with the American Philatelic Society. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

In the 1960s, a new vehicle breed began appearing on U.S. roads. Over the past six decades, fast and fun pony cars have become a uniquely American obsession. Since their emergence, these performance coupes and convertibles have brought a youthful spirit to the automotive world.

In the mid-to-late 20th century, American automakers began catering to a segment of their customer base that was rapidly growing — younger drivers. These drivers craved sporty, affordable cars that looked and felt different from what was in their parents’ garages. Several manufacturers initially produced models that fit that description, but the pony car trend did not begin in earnest until 1964.

By the 1970s energy crisis, sales of the once ubiquitous pony cars had begun to decline. But by the end of the decade, the cars had a resurgence. In addition, pony cars were cultural icons; throughout the 1970s, they appeared in many television shows and movies.

Since then, the popularity of pony cars has ebbed and flowed. But over the past two decades, automakers have reintroduced many of the beloved models first launched in the genre’s heyday. So today, adventurous drivers enjoy the thrill of driving pony cars.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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July 14, 2022

Longines welcomes South Korean award-winning actress and singer Suzy as its new Ambassador of Elegance.

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Longines Suzi

Photos: Longines welcomes South Korean award-winning actress and singer Suzy as its new Ambassador of Elegance. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

Suzy made her debut in 2010 with the K Pop group Miss A and has since had a significant impact on pop culture with her leading roles on the big screen and television, associations with high-end fashion houses, and stellar music career.

Equally enthusiastic about this new partnership, Suzy says: “It is my great pleasure to join Longines, a prestigious watch brand with 190 years of history. I look forward to all the elegant journeys, precious time together, and connections I will make as a Longines Ambassador of Elegance.”

Immediately after making her musical debut as a member of the girl group Miss A, Suzy’s star rose quickly. She began hosting various events and soon ventured into acting, for which she received many awards. Her solo music career began in 2017 with her prerelease single “Pretend” topping music charts. This year, she released her newest single, “Satellite,” to widespread acclaim.

Longines CEO Matthias Breschan welcomed Suzy to the Longines family, saying: “With her brilliant reputation and impeccably cultivated elegance, Suzy is a natural fit for Longines. We are excited to welcome her to our family of Ambassadors of Elegance and work with her on various projects. Fans of our brand and Suzy’s followers have so much to look forward to.”

Source: Longines

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July 10, 2022

Welspun India Designs Special Towels to Mark Wimbledon's 100 Years At Centre Court

Wimbledon Towel

Photo: Welspun India Designs Special Towels to Mark Wimbledon’s 100 Years At Centre Court.

MUMBAI, India, July 10, 2022 /— Welspun, alongside its heritage brand Christy, has been manufacturing towels for Wimbledon at its Terry Towel Facility in Gujarat, India, for over a decade. Thousands of employees give attention to the slightest of specifics for these premium towels.

This year’s unique towels have been designed using the original architectural drawings from over 100 years ago of the first center court complex (1922). Wimbledon completed 100 years at the famed Centre Court venue this year and has released a limited edition Centenary Towel as a part of the celebratory merchandise.

These premium towels contoured with old gold-colored threads are produced from the finest grade of cotton, which makes them highly soft and absorbent. Sustainably made, the Championships towels are Oeko-Tex MADE IN GREEN certified, signifying that they have been manufactured without using harmful chemicals and produced in factories that adhere to the ESG framework.

Welspun has been associated with Wimbledon since 2006, when it acquired Christy, a British towel brand. After 2010, the company shifted its manufacturing from Hyde, Greater Manchester, to Vapi in Gujarat, India. These rich, premium towels which carry the Christy brand are a considerable part of Wimbledon’s history. For 35 years, Christy has been supplying the Official Championship towels to the tennis elite to use on the world-famous courts at Wimbledon.

The iconic towels are prominent in Wimbledon’s legacy and are popular souvenirs amongst spectators. Due to its popularity, internationally celebrated players have taken these towels back with them for ages or thrown them at the spectators. As a result, these premium towels with the Wimbledon trademark are a prized possession, making them highly sought after around the globe.

Welspun India Ltd (WIL), part of the $2.7 Bn Welspun Group, is a global leader in Home Textiles with a distribution network in more than 50 countries and world-class manufacturing facilities in India.

Source: Welspun India Ltd

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July 9, 2022

UNESCO Creative Cities will reunite in Santos, Brazil, for their Annual Conference

UNESCO Creative Cities

Photo: Boat at Sunset in Brazil. Image credit: Celso Castro Júnior.

Paris, July 9, 2022 — UNESCO, in collaboration with Santos (Brazil), a Creative City of Film, will be holding the XIV UCCN (UNESCO Creative Cities Network) Annual Conference from 18 to July 22, 2022. Delegates from member cities will meet again for the most important event of the Network.

Hosted for the first time in Latin America, the Conference will offer a unique occasion to strengthen the ties between cities worldwide. Furthermore, it will serve as a platform to reflect on the Network’s strategic objectives, in line with UNESCO’s priorities, and the global context of the post-COVID-19 recovery.

Under the theme “Creativity, path to equality,” this year’s Conference will focus on the role of culture and creativity in reducing social and economic inequalities and revitalizing urban spaces, notably for marginalized urban groups.

The official kick-off of the Conference will be a collective clean-up of the famous Gonzaga beach to emphasize the importance of building sustainable and environmentally friendly urban environments. This awareness-raising event will invite Mayors and delegates to take concrete action towards positively impacting the local ecosystem and call on cities worldwide to act for environmental resilience.

During the 5-day Conference, participants will exchange and work with one another through different activities, ranging from plenary sessions to cluster meetings. There will also be a special Integration Session for the new members, offering an excellent opportunity to obtain a general understanding of the Network and interact with other member cities and stakeholders to exchange ideas and explore the collaborative potential. The Conference will give special attention to a series of Transversal Thematic Panels around six themes in line with UNESCO’s global priorities:

The Annual Conference will also feature the Mayor’s Forum, a primary platform for Mayors of the Creative Cities to showcase and share their cities’ vision, policies, actions, and good practices with their counterparts, city delegates, and other relevant stakeholders. This year, the Public Session will allow mayors to enrich Creative Cities’ joint reflection and convey a strong message about the role of culture and creativity in building sustainable and inclusive cities. In addition, the Private Session will provide participating mayors with an exclusive platform to exchange with UNESCO representatives on harnessing the full potential of culture and creativity to address urban challenges and opportunities.

In parallel to the Conference, an additional cultural program, including exhibitions, film screenings, culinary shows, master classes, and encounters with writers and film directors, will also be organized in the Creative Pavilions by the Host City of Santos. Focused on the seven creative fields of the Network, these Pavilions will be open to all Conference attendees and the general public for participation in cultural activities.

Source: UNESCO Creative Cities Network


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July 7, 2022

MG Motor India forges a partnership with Chandigarh University to strengthen Skill Development.

Chandigarh University

MOHALI, India, July 7, 2022 — MG Motor India presented Hector to Chandigarh University to foster skill development and bridge the gap between academia and industry. The initiative aligns with the MG Nurture program and MG’s goal of CASE mobility. It will foster student skill development and prepare them for better employment opportunities.

Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, Education Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest at the ceremony. He, along with Yeshwinder Patial, Head, Human Resources, MG Motor India, handed over the keys of MG Hector to S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University. Pooja Syal Grewal, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Urban Development), Mohali, Rajesh Mehrotra, Head- Aftersales, MGI, and Reema Sharma, Senior HR Business Partner, Corporate Office MGI were among those who graced the occasion.

Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, Punjab Education Minister, said that the need of the hour was to add skill development to the conventional education system. Practical knowledge and hands-on training were a must, along with books.

“India is the youngest nation across the globe, and none can stop its rise to the top of the world, provided we channel the energy of the youth in the right direction. Corporates and Industry leaders like MG Motor India and top educational institutions like Chandigarh University have to unite to steer India’s charge to the top,” said the Minister.

Hayer asked the students in the audience to make the most of their time at the University and build a better future.

“This is your time to learn, to move forward, and build a brighter future for yourself. This time will not come again. It would be best if you decided what to do with your time. While fun is important, it must not come at the cost of learning,” Mr. Hayer said.

“It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that Chandigarh University has forged a partnership with MG Motor India under our flagship Industry-Academia Interface program. The program develops Industry-oriented skills amongst our students and prepares industry-ready professionals. This partnership adds to our ever-strong portfolio of more than 30 tie-ups with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Virtusa, Hyundai, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Tech Mahindra, Bosch, Honda, IBM, and Videocon. These and many others have established their research centers and laboratories on the campus,” said S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

“The addition of MG Hector Car into the existing equipment, technology, and infrastructure of the University will provide our students, especially from Mechanical Engineering and its allied branches such as Automobile Engineering, an opportunity to upskill their knowledge with advanced vehicle technology in detail. Along with the demonstration and understating of the technology that runs a modern car, it will help in practical knowledge of automobile engineering courses offered in the curriculum and consequently will make the students job-ready and prepare them for better industry prospects,” he added.

Yeshwinder Patial, Director, HR, MG Motor India, said, “We are delighted with this partnership with the Chandigarh University. It will ensure the current generation’s skill development in the mobility segment. We feel this initiative will add value to help children become technologically savvy for the auto-tech industry and prepare them for future job opportunities. The initiative is aligned with the MG’s Nurture program.”

“The partnership will introduce students to vehicular systems and help them understand how to perform primary inspection procedures on cars. In addition, it will empower students with hands-on research on various electrical, electronic, and mechanical systems of technologically advanced vehicles. Students will study multiple parts, technology, and techniques, including engine parts, fuel systems, drive trains, ignition systems, vehicle chassis, HVAC systems, and more. Students of Chandigarh University will also get an opportunity to learn about a car’s aesthetic and interior design aspects,” he added.

Source: Chandigarh University

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July 6, 2022

Four Indian students win 100% scholarships to study at Deakin University, Australia.

Deakin University, Australia

Photo: Four Indian students win 100% scholarships to study at Deakin University, Australia.

Deakin University, Australia

NEW DELHI, July 6, 2022 — Anvisha Chopra, Arnab Bordoloi, Aryan Vadera, and Shruti Arora are the winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious 100% Scholarship 2022.

Ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world (QS Ranking), Deakin University has a proud history of engagement with India and was the first international university to set up an office in India in 1994. Over the past 28 years, Deakin University’s office in New Delhi has served as the hub of its regional operations.

Deakin has been partnering with India through various initiatives, such as the Deakin Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious 100% Scholarships, launched in 2014. These prestigious scholarships are part of Deakin University’s industry ‘Changing Lives,’ which aims to support students who are achieving high academic standards and can contribute to other areas across the university. The overall aim of the scholarship is to give back to India the skills and experience they gain at Deakin University in Australia.

Nine finalists were selected from over eight hundred students who applied for the scholarship across India. These finalists then went through a rigorous selection procedure which included a group discussion on the importance of critical technologies in education and the future of work. After the group discussion, six candidates were selected for the personal interview round. Finally, a panel of judges chose the scholarship winners. The judges included Ravneet Pawha, Vice President (Global Alliances) and CEO (South Asia), Deakin University; Mathew Johnston, Minister-Counsellor (Education and Research), Australian High Commission and Abhilash Mishra, CEO, NSE Academy Limited.

Professor Iain Martin, President and Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, said, “At Deakin, we are proud of our diverse student cohort - at any given time, we have students from more than 130 countries studying on our campuses.”

“Indian students have been a central part of our unique university community, contributing new perspectives and ideas, helping us build our vibrant and inclusive culture, and bringing high academic standards. I congratulate the winners of Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious 100% Scholarships 2022, and I look forward to seeing them enjoying their time with us in Australia and realizing their full potential.”

Ravneet Pawha, Vice President (Global Alliances) and CEO (South Asia), Deakin University, said, “From TEDx speaker to UNICEF young warrior, the finalists were a truly exceptional group, and it was a difficult task for the judges to pick the winners.”

“The Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious 100% Scholarship recipients this year are passionate about making the world a better place; their vision is what sets them apart,” she explained.

The scholarship winners will commence their studies onshore at Deakin University, Australia. In addition, they will have the opportunity to be a part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program, which is a development program that will help them explore their aspirations and career opportunities through workshops, development meetings, and academic mentorship.

Shruti Arora, one of this year’s scholarship recipients, said, “This scholarship is an opportunity for me to reach my potential and give back to society by working for a cause I strongly believe in. Furthermore, with this scholarship, I will be able to gain a diversity of experience by studying a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at Deakin.”

Source: Deakin University

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July 5, 2022

The Government of India sets an ambitious target of 5 Lakh International Students by 2024

Chandigarh University

Photo: Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Education inaugurating Chandigarh University’s International Faculty Development Programme 2022 at Varsity’s Gharuan campus, along with Mr. Dharam Pal (IAS), Advisor to the Chandigarh Administrator, and S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

Chandigarh University


Photo: Some of the participants at Chandigarh University’s International Faculty Development Programme (IFDP) 2022.

CHANDIGARH, India, July 5, 2022 — India aims to increase the number of international students studying in its Universities from 50,000 to 5 lakh by 2024, said Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Education. Dr. Singh was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Chandigarh University’s International Faculty Development Programme (IFDP) 2022 at Varsity’s Gharuan campus.

Organized as part of the Government of India’s initiative for the internationalization of Indian higher education following the New Education Policy (NEP), the IFD program of Chandigarh University is one of Asia’s most significant international Faculty Development programs. More than 123 professors with expertise in 27 fields such as Engineering, Management, Liberal Arts, Medical Sciences, Media Studies, and Applied Sciences will attend the program. They come from 75 international universities in 32 countries, including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ireland, UAE, Poland, Denmark, Iran, Oman, Philippines, Malaysia, Kenya, Bangladesh, and Nepal. They will participate in this 6-day program which will culminate on July 9.

Dr. Banwarilal Natiya, Chairperson, NRC, NCTE Delhi, Prof Rajeev Ahuja, Director IIT Ropar, Mr. Dharam Pal (IAS), Advisor to the Chandigarh Administrator, Mr. Freddy Svane, Danish Ambassador to India, and S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University were prominent among those present on occasion.

Speaking on occasion, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh said that the International Faculty Development Programme organized by Chandigarh University was indeed implementing the Internationalisation of Higher Education.

“With more than 100 Professors from 75 Universities of over 30 countries in attendance, I feel this Programme is a great opportunity for faculty. It will lead to their sensitization about new concepts in teaching, enhance their skills and update them on the latest developments in their field and research methodologies,” Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh added.

“The vision of the Honourable Prime Minister has already started showing great results as India has increased its share of international students from 2.3% to 6% in the Global Student Mobility Market. More than 50,000 students from 164 countries are currently studying in Indian Universities in various programs, and we aim to make that rise to 5 lakh by the year 2024,” he stated.

Singh called for empowering the faculty to conduct innovative teaching, research, and service as they have the autonomy to innovate on curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment within a broad framework of higher education qualifications while ensuring consistency across institutions, programs, and modes in the NEP-2020.

Mr. Dharam Pal (IAS), Advisor to the Chandigarh UT Administrator, called for collaborations among the best institutions in the Tricity, saying that it would bring the best for all and can help achieve Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam in an absolute sense.

Asserting that very few countries in the world have the capability, skills, and opportunities like India, Mr. Freddy Svane, Danish Ambassador to India, said that what India has achieved in 75 years of its independence is genuinely outstanding.

On the first day, the experts discussed the Ideal model of teacher education in Indian conditions, CO2 fixation, Pandemics, Business Resilience, Sustainability, Joint research Proposals with International Organisations, Project Proposal writing, Theatre and Drama, Business Research & Decision Making Leadership in the Global Context, Influencing the Changing Workplace, and many other topics.

Source: Chandigarh University

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July 2, 2022

UNESCO calls for "Global Mobilization" of Education



Photo: Paris, France. June 29, 2022. Some 2,000 participants from around the world gathered at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from June 28 to June 30 to prepare for the Education Transformation Summit. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is mobilizing the world’s education communities and governments for the Summit, which the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has convened. The Summit will be attended by the Heads of State and will take place in New York in September 2022. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Lily CHAVANCE.

JUNE 30, PARIS - Education ministers and vice-ministers of 154 countries and nearly 2000 participants came together at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to discuss transforming education, inspired by the rallying call from young people.

The Pre-Summit, a precursor to the Transforming Education Head of State-level Summit, convened by the UN Secretary-General in New York this September, comes after more than two years of the most massive disruption in learning in recorded history, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UNESCO meeting supports a global breakthrough to more sustainable, peaceful futures, as called for in the report on ‘Our Common Agenda.’

It sets out to tackle the education loss and the profound structural flaws of education systems worldwide. Halfway to the deadline to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal on Education, participants were adamant the world must not only get back on track but transform education from the ground up.

Sources: UNESCO, Paris. United Nations, New York.


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