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November 30, 2022

Special Briefing for Envoys of G20, Invitee Countries, and International Organisations on India's upcoming G20 Presidency

G20 India

G20 India

Photo: G20 India event at Swaraj Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Image provided by G20 India.

G20 India

Photo: A view of the sea. Swaraj Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Image provided by G20 India.

G20 India

Photo: A briefing session for Envoys of G20. Swaraj Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Image provided by G20 India.

New Delhi, November 30, 2022 — In the run-up to India assuming the G20 Presidency on December 1, 2022, India Government organized a briefing for the Resident Heads of Missions of the G20 member countries, guest countries, and International Organizations at Swaraj Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands on November 26, 2022.

Over 40 Missions and International Organizations participated in the program. They were given detailed briefings by G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant and Chief G20 Coordinator Harsh Vardhan Shringla on the substantive, operational and logistical aspects of various G20 interactions during India’s Presidency.

The Heads/Representatives of Missions were apprised of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of India’s G20 Presidency, as reflected in the theme “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” or “One Earth One Family One Future.”

Chief G20 Coordinator briefed Missions about the extensive arrangements for G20 meetings across India and facilitation for the participation of delegates. He recalled that the day also marks India’s Constitution Day.

Chief Secretary Keshav Chandra provided a detailed briefing on the history, culture, environment, and development of the Andaman & Nicobar islands to the Heads of Missions. Delegates expressed appreciation for the elaborate arrangements put into place by the Union Territory to make the meeting a success.

In addition to the Briefing, delegates also participated in a yoga session, followed by a beach cleaning activity, which symbolizes pro-planet, sustainable lifestyles, and the One Earth approach.

The visiting Heads/Representatives of Missions highly appreciated the Diplomatic Briefing on the G20 Presidency in the beautiful and historic Swaraj Dweep of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Source: G20 India

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November 29, 2022

Supermodel and Environmentalist Gisele Bundchen wears Portofino Chronograph 39 in the new IWC Schaffhausen Global Campaign.

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: Gisele Bundchen wearing the Portofino Chronograph 39. Image provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Chronograph 39. Image provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: Gisele Bundchen wearing the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41. Image provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41. Image provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

Schaffhausen, November 29, 2022: IWC Schaffhausen kicks off a worldwide advertising campaign with Gisele Bündchen to launch its new Portofino collection. The Swiss luxury manufacturer is collaborating with the Brazilian model and environmentalist for the campaign, especially in light of her new role as IWC’s first-ever Environmental and Community Projects Advisor. In the campaign, Gisele wears different Portofino models - including the new Portofino Chronograph 39 with the IWC-manufactured 69355 caliber movement and a sapphire glass case back.

“Gisele Bündchen embodies elegance and sustainability. She has been Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environmental Program since 2009. She has also been honored by renowned academic institutions such as Harvard University for her longstanding commitment to crucial environmental issues. However, Bündchen is instead known as one of the most successful supermodels in the world. Throughout her 27-year career, she has got photographed by legendary photographers and walked the runways of the best-known fashion houses. Following her appointment as IWC’s first Environmental and Community Projects Advisor, the manufacturer has chosen Bündchen as the face of its new Portofino campaign,” IWC stated.

In the campaign, Bündchen wears different watches from the new Portofino collection. Among them is the new Portofino Chronograph 39, which combines the classic and elegant Portofino design with a sporty chronograph complication in an easy-to-wear case size of 39 millimeters. The timepiece features a stainless steel case, a silver-plated dial, and rhodium-plated hands and appliques. This robust and precise chronograph movement in the classic column-wheel design enables the measurement of stop times of up to 30 minutes and can be admired through a sapphire glass case back. Moreover, having the integrated quick-change system, the timepiece can easily be paired with a casual or elegant outfit.

Source: IWC Schaffhausen

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November 28, 2022

The University of Birmingham signs up for strategic research vision in India.

Experts at the University of Birmingham will work with partners in India across railways, hydrogen fuels, data science, artificial intelligence, and education.

Birmingham University


Photo: The University of Birmingham and K-Ride signing an MoU. Key people: Prof Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham; Mr. Gaurav Gupta, IAS, Managing Director, K-Ride; being witnessed by Mr. James Godber, Deputy Head, British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru.

NEW DELHI, Nov. 28, 2022 — The University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Tickell, signed a range of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the University’s partners at special signing ceremonies in Bengaluru and Delhi.

The agreements are vital to the University’s ongoing strategic vision to build meaningful education and research partnerships in India.

Professor Adam Tickell signed MoUs with the following:

“The University of Birmingham’s collaborative research output with India partners has almost doubled over the last five years. We currently have over 40 joint research projects of outstanding quality,” commented Professor Adam Tickell.

“We are a global civic university with a long, illustrious relationship with India. Signing these agreements with partners in areas such as railways, sports science, education, and community business gives us a great opportunity to further contribute to Indian society,” he added.

The University and TESCO Business Services are joining forces to create postgraduate study programs in data science and artificial intelligence. The partnership will see University experts designing and delivering educational programs for TESCO’s staff - from training in specific professional areas to formal postgraduate qualifications.

TESCO will also explore opportunities for suitably qualified Birmingham students to join placements at the company’s data-science laboratories in India and offer guest lectures to Birmingham staff and students.

University experts from the Birmingham Centre for Railways Research and Excellence (BCRRE) will work with K-RIDE - an urban rail transport joint venture of Govt. of Karnataka and the Ministry of Railways - to launch studies into two major areas: Power consumption and energy analysis and railway network operational simulation, resilience testing and optimization.

Working with Aarvee Associates, University experts will help develop railway condition monitoring and sensing equipment within tunnels and bridges. Partnering with Efftronics will see research and knowledge exchange projects developed in signaling schemes, training programs, and CPD courses.

Academics from Birmingham will work with experts at Hindustan Petroleum Company Ltd. - supporting the creation of a research Centre of Excellence and helping to develop innovative solutions to hydrogen production and storage, fuel cells, domestic hydrogen transportation, and re-fuelling systems.

Professor Tickell signed agreements with Manipal University to create a dual Master’s Programme in Artificial Intelligence & Data Science and explore new opportunities for student exchange between the two universities.

Birmingham academics will also work with partners at Vellore Institute of Technology and Bennett University to develop new opportunities in law. They will also partner with the Indo-British Scholars’ Association to develop unique education opportunities that benefit both Indian and British students.

Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said: “I am delighted that the University of Birmingham is strengthening its presence in India across railways, sports science, education, and community business. British and Indian institutions can address shared global challenges through research, innovation, and knowledge. The University has strong India partnerships. These new agreements will further benefit both our countries.”

The University of Birmingham has several significant partnerships in India, underpinned by its India Institute, which aims to increase the visibility, impact, and coherence of Birmingham’s engagement in the country.

The University of Birmingham ranks amongst the world’s top 100 institutions. Its work brings people from across the globe to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers, and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.

Source: University of Birmingham

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November 25, 2022

OMEGA celebrates 60 Years of James Bond



Photos: James Bond’s Watch. OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M. Images provided by @ copyright OMEGA.

LONDON, November 25, 2022 — The Swiss watchmaker OMEGA has hosted a black-tie celebration in London, with guest of honor Daniel Craig, to mark 60 years of James Bond.

Based on the novels by Ian Fleming, the 25 films produced by EON Productions have laid the foundation for a global cinematic legacy. OMEGA watches have been an essential part of 007’s favorite attire since GoldenEye in 1995, when the Oscar-winning costume designer, Lindy Hemming, equipped 007 with a Seamaster Diver 300M, believing it was the most suitable choice for his British naval background.

With that legacy in mind, OMEGA created a spy-inspired night at a secret location - featuring a dramatic live experience based on the world of James Bond. The occasion was a fitting tribute to 007, complete with movie props and gadgets from Q’s Lab, while a full line-up of James Bond’s OMEGA watches was also on display. In addition, it included two new Seamaster Diver 300M timepieces celebrating the 60th anniversary.

Raynald Aeschlimann, President & CEO of OMEGA, said, “Our partnership with EON Productions and James Bond is unique within watchmaking. It’s a chance to be creative and have fun while highlighting our qualities of style and reliability. We love to bring that partnership to life on nights like this.”

Daniel Craig, who portrayed 007 over five films, was included in the night’s action. The OMEGA ambassador is a great fan of the brand’s watches and said, “It’s been a joy for me to work with OMEGA in all the films since Casino Royale. James Bond is a character who likes the very best of everything, so it’s always made sense that he would wear something as beautiful and trustworthy as an OMEGA.”

Source: OMEGA


SKYFALL (2012) | Train fight | James Bond 007

“Take the bloody shot!” For the SKYFALL (2012) train chase, Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Ola Rapace (Patrice) performed their stunts attached to safety wires while the train was traveling at 40mph.

Kaia Gerber and OMEGA

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November 24, 2022

Oxford Word of the Year for 2022 will be the People's Choice.

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press

Oxford, November 22, 2022 — “The Oxford Word of the Year has reflected the year’s mood, ethos, and social landscape for almost two decades. In 2022, the world gradually reopened. For most countries, this has meant reuniting with friends and family, gathering for events, and returning to offices and workplaces,” Oxford University Press (OUP) stated.

“2022 characterizes reunion, reconnection, activism, and social and political change. Therefore, in recognition of that, we are opening up this year’s Oxford Word of the Year for everyone, everywhere, to have their say on what word best reflects their experience of 2022,” OUP added.

Oxford unveiled this news in an exclusive virtual press event chaired by English lexicographer and broadcaster Susie Dent. The panelists included:

The panel discussed why, in a year underpinned by change, OUP had adopted a different approach to choosing its Word of the Year for 2022.

Oxford University Press also revealed the three candidates chosen by their language experts after carrying out their annual duties of researching and reviewing this year’s lexicon. The finalist words put to a public vote include:

• Metaverse n.

A (hypothetical) virtual reality environment in which users interact with one another’s avatars and their surroundings in an immersive way, sometimes posited as a potential extension of or replacement for the internet, World Wide Web, social media, etc.

• IStandWith

It is a hashtag used on social media to express solidarity with a specified cause, group, person, etc.

• Goblin Mode n.

Slang. A type of behavior that is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, careless, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations, frequently in goblin mode or goes goblin mode.

All three words experienced substantial spikes in usage and captured significant concerns, concepts, and states faced this year.

During the Oxford Word of the Year event, Susie Dent praised the fresh approach to this year’s process:

“I’m so excited by this because this is true democracy. English is a democracy; no guiding authority tells us what we can say, what we can’t say, what is correct and what is incorrect. It feels like Word of the Year will reflect that authentic approach. I love it.”

Jonathan Dent also outlined the “evidence-based” process of researching possible candidates for the Oxford Word of the Year.

“Wherever possible, we use corpuses,” Jonathan highlighted.

“These are large bodies of tagged electronic text - the words are all grammatically tagged, and we can analyze the sentences. So it allows us to explore on quite a large scale - linguistic patterns and trends, which words co-occur quite frequently, development of existing words or words moving into different realms.

“For the monitoring and lexicography of current English, we have access to a 19-billion-word corpus, which is updated monthly with new content from around the world. It is our main resource when thinking about Word of the Year; it allows us to see fluctuations and increases in usage in the past twelve months.”

Additionally, Jonathan indicated the reasoning behind metaverse’s inclusion as an Oxford Word of the Year candidate.

“Up until this year, it’s been a relatively low-frequency word in our corpus, but we’ve seen it quadruple in the past year.

“I think as well as reflecting the extent to which social media and the internet increasingly mediate our experience of the world and communication, it also perhaps represents ongoing questions about ownership and regulation on new technologies - especially those by which we communicate.”

For the second candidate, #IStandWith, Fiona McPherson mentioned its usage online to express support.

“By using #IStandWith, people can at least show solidarity for something that may be happening hundreds or thousands of miles away.

“I think this says something quite characteristic about 2022 in that it shows how we’ve come together in solidarity after a difficult number of years. There are still difficulties and horrors in the world, so it’s a way of us coming together and showing solidarity and perhaps expressing how we feel about something.”

Ben Zimmer also gave his thoughts on Goblin Mode as the third Oxford Word of the Year candidate:

“I think Goblin Mode speaks to the times and the zeitgeist, and it is undoubtedly a 2022 expression!

“People are looking at social norms in new ways. It allows people to ditch social norms and embrace new ones.”

“Over the next two weeks, we’ll share insights into the grammatical and linguistic behavior of the words across our social media channels, asking the public to cast their vote and answer the question: Are you #Teammetaverse, #TeamGoblinMode, or #TeamIStandWith?” Oxford University said.

Voting is now open across Oxford University Press’s social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) and website.

Evidenced by the experts at Oxford and chosen by English speakers everywhere, Oxford University Press will monitor the conversation closely and reveal the winner of the Oxford Word of the Year 2022 on December 5, 2022.

Oxford University Press (OUP) is one of the world’s largest university presses with a broad global presence. It prints in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in various formats - print and digital. As a result, OUP products cover a vast academic and educational spectrum. For example, the Oxford English Dictionary, published by Oxford University Press, is the principal historical dictionary of the English language.

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the prestigious “University of Oxford.”

Source: Oxford University Press

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FIFA announces the Winner of #FIFADreamContest

FIFA Contest

Photo: The winning artwork for the FIFA Spotlight: Your Dreams contest, created by Jose Luis Am from Argentina. Image provided by & copyright © FIFA.

LONDON — FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) has unveiled the Winner of the #FIFADreamContest, which inspired people from around the world to create fan art featuring the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy as part of the Spotlight: Your Dreams campaign.

In total, 16 pieces of artwork were shortlisted, with a public vote determining the Winner. Jose Luis Am from Salta, Argentina, was voted by fans as the contest’s Winner and has won a trip to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Jose Luis Am is an Argentinian architect and artist. The winning artwork represents the inspiration provided by two of Argentina’s most legendary footballers, inspiring a nation to dream of what is possible. For Jose Luis, going to a stadium to watch a soccer match is like going to a museum to see art in motion.

FIFA teamed up with eight artists from around the world for “Spotlight: Your Dreams” - a campaign aimed at shining a light on emerging talent, celebrating football fans’ optimism ahead of the tournament, and championing the unifying and inspiring power of the Trophy.

Jose Luis Am said: “I am delighted to win this competition. I truly believe that art and football can allow you to dream, so combining the two and showing that through this competition was special to me.”

Colin Smith, FIFA Chief Operating Officer - World Cup, said: “Congratulations to Jose Luis Am. We look forward to seeing him at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. We were inspired by many fantastic fan artists, with congratulations also due to all 16 finalists. I want to thank our team of creators, themselves emerging artists who had the opportunity to showcase their artwork on tour to our global audience of millions. Most of all, this campaign was by the fans, and for the fans: there is nothing like a FIFA World Cup to get football fans and entire nations dreaming. We are delighted to give the whole world a platform to imagine, illustrate and share those dreams through the power of fan art. We can’t wait to see which dreams come true on Sunday, 18 December.”

People submitted Fan art via Instagram or Twitter using the #FIFADreamContest hashtag. The judges chose the top 16 submissions and entered them into the FIFA World Cup™ inspired bracket competition, where the fans had the final say.

Source: FIFA

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November 22, 2022

Chitkara University Signs MoA with Data Security Council of India to Collaborate for Joint Programs on Cyber Security and Privacy

Chitkara University

Chandigarh, India, November 22, 2022 — Chitkara University has signed a Memorandum of Association (MoA) with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI)’s National Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Technology Development (NCoE) for collaboration on conducting joint programs on cyber security and privacy.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, of Chitkara University, and Mr. Vinayak Godse, CEO of DSCI, signed the MoA on the campus premises. Present on occasion were senior officials and industry stalwarts from the organizations like SBI Cards, ONGC, POSOCO, NHPC, DSCI, SAIL, and LTI Mindtree, to name a few.

Chitkara University and DSCI will work jointly as an official industry partner & focus on various areas for cyber security and privacy with core objectives like

Chitkara University practices research, innovation, and entrepreneurship and operates an Incubation Centre for Research & Development, which focuses on training, developing, and strengthening the practical application of cyber security. Dr. Madhu Chitkara observed, “This association will help students and aspiring scholars keen on pursuing research in Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, and Blockchain Technology.”

The Data Security Council of India (DSCI) is a not-for-profit industry body on data protection in India, set up by NASSCOM, and committed to making cyberspace safe and secure.

The National Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Technology Development is a joint initiative conceptualized by the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MEITY) and DSCI for setting up connected, concerted & coordinated efforts to catalyze and accelerate cyber security technology development and entrepreneurship in the country.

Chitkara University, with more than 25,000 students and 1,700 staff from over 100 different countries, has the mission of making every student “industry ready.”

Chitkara University has been awarded the rating of A+ by the prestigious National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which places it among the 5% of higher education institutions (HEIs) in India to be granted such a coveted grade.

Source: Chitkara University

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National Testing Agency, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India, has announced the Score Card for the Entrance Test of Delhi University PG (Post Graduate) and Ph.D. Courses (DUET 2022).

New Delhi, November 22, 2022 — National Testing Agency, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India, has announced the Score Card for the Entrance Test of Delhi University PG (Post Graduate) and Ph.D. Courses (DUET 2022). NTA conducted the test in 28 cities across India.


Delhi University

NTA, Delhi University

Source: National Testing Agency (NTA)

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November 21, 2022

Nespresso, the Pioneer of Premium Single-Serve Coffee, unveils a new range of Home Compostable Coffee Capsules.




Photo: Breakthrough paper-based home compostable capsule offers another way to enjoy sustainably sourced high-quality coffee without compromising on a premium coffee experience. Retro-compatible with Nespresso Original machines, the new “capsules” will pilot in France and Switzerland from spring 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Nestle/Nespresso.

• Nespresso’s paper-based home compostable capsule offers an additional way to enjoy sustainably sourced high-quality coffee.

• Nespresso Coffee Capsules

For 30 years, Nespresso has been dedicated to bringing its consumers the ultimate coffee experience. Today, it has announced a new range of paper-based home compostable capsules.

Guillaume Le Cunff, Nespresso CEO, said: “Pushing the boundaries of fine coffee experiences is part of the Nespresso innovation. Since becoming a B Corp earlier this year, we’re more committed than ever to widening the sustainable choices we offer our consumers. We are excited to announce our first-ever paper-based home compostable capsule, which will complement our offering of aluminum capsules that are both recyclable and made using 80% recycled aluminum. It is about yet another sustainable choice, without compromising on quality.”

Julia Lauricella, Head of Global R&D Center for Systems and Coffee Machines, said: “Our 40 years of experience in coffee systems allowed us, together with the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, to develop a home compostable paper-based capsule, retro-compatible with the Nespresso Original machines, that meets and exceeds the high expectations consumers have of Nespresso in terms of protecting the coffee’s aromas and taste. We combined a high-precision paper pulp forming process with a biodegradable layer for protection against oxidation to preserve our coffee in transport, storage, and during the high-pressure extraction in our machines.”

The product is certified for composting, home, and industrial use, by TÃœV Austria, an international certification body. In some countries, including France, where Nespresso is piloting this range, these capsules are acceptable in the public biowaste bin.

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer for high-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 140,000 farmers in 18 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 81 countries and has over 13,000 employees with a global retail network of 802 boutiques.

Source: Nestle/Nespresso

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November 20, 2022

The President of Italy invites MotoGP 2022 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia and a Ducati delegation to his residence.



Photo: Francesco Bagnaia, accompanied by the Ducati Corse team and a Ducati delegation, met the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, at his official residence. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.


Photo: Race of the Pirelli Indonesian Round with Ducati bike leading. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.


Photo: Ducati Corse Team Member. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.

Rome / Bologna, November 20, 2022 - The celebrations for winning the MotoGP World Championship title continue for Ducati with a highly prestigious appointment in Rome. The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, received Francesco Bagnaia, the Ducati Corse team, and a Ducati delegation.

Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia is an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer competing in MotoGP for the Ducati Lenovo Team. He is the 2022 MotoGP World Champion.

Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, the Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall’Igna, and Ducati Corse Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti also attended the meeting.

Francesco Bagnaia, MotoGP 2022 World Champion and official rider of the Ducati Lenovo Team: “I would like to thank the President of the Republic for welcoming us to the Quirinale (President’s official residence), for us, it is a real honor. This year we achieved an extraordinary result, of which we are very proud: we won the MotoGP World Championship, an Italian rider on an Italian motorcycle, 50 years after Giacomo Agostini’s last victory in the world championship on an MV Agusta. This result is the fruit of many years of hard work, both by the team and me. Together we have managed to improve our bike to make it the benchmark in the championship, and we must be proud of this. After crossing the finish line in Valencia two weeks ago, I completed the last few meters proudly carrying our flag, aware of having demonstrated to the whole world that the talent and ingenuity of us Italians are second to none”.

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO: “It is a real honor today to be received at the Quirinale (President’s official residence) by the President of the Republic, whom I would like to thank sincerely for the invitation. Ducati is a global company with firm roots in our country, precisely in the Motor Valley of Emilia-Romagna, where we conceive, design, and develop our bikes. As proof of the level achieved by national academic institutions and the technological expertise of our country, the majority of Ducati engineers come from Italian universities. We are proud ambassadors of Made in Italy, and we honor this responsibility every day by affixing a small tricolor to every Ducati motorcycle sold worldwide. Being here today makes us realize how much this success belongs to Ducati and all of Italy. Together with Francesco Bagnaia, we have achieved much more than a victory. We have written a page of motorsport history and demonstrated how Italian skills and technology are world-class.”

Source: DUCATI

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November 19, 2022

Longines welcomes Jennifer Lawrence, its newest Ambassador of Elegance.

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Longines watches

Longines watches

Longines watches

Longines watches

Photos: Jennifer Lawrence for Longines. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

MIAMI, November 19, 2022 — Swiss watchmaker Longines has announced that Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has joined the brand as its newest Ambassador of Elegance.

“Lawrence has claimed her industry’s highest accolades in an astonishingly broad range of roles. She brings a fresh perspective to everything she does, reflected by her firm commitment to the important causes that matter to her. Jennifer is a bold, empowered woman who is an ideal addition to the Longines family,” Longines said.

“Jennifer Lawrence is one of the World’s most captivating actresses. With her portrayal of teenage heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games in 2012, she established herself as a global star. Since then, Jennifer has amassed a body of work that garnered an Academy Award, three additional nominations, a BAFTA, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globes. She has also appeared on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the World,” Longines added.

Matthias Breschan, Longines’ CEO, was thrilled that the actress had joined an impressive roster of Ambassadors of Elegance. He said, “Jennifer can imbue every character she plays with reality and authenticity, and off-screen, this translates into an elegance that is both natural and relatable. She inspires girls and women of all ages, and we are proud to welcome her to the Longines family.”

Lawrence is looking forward to her partnership with Longines as well. She said, “Longines is rooted in a legacy of innovation and quality trusted by some of history’s greatest trailblazers. I am thrilled to join the Longines family and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead!”

Lawrence continued, “Longines has long been synonymous with timeless elegance, a quiet powerfulness met with grace and confidence. And as a native Kentuckian, I’ve always associated Longines with the Derby and the embodiment of tradition.”

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects an intense devotion to tradition, elegance, and performance. With many years of experience as a timekeeper for world championships in sports and as a partner of international sports federations, Longines has forged solid and lasting links with the World of sports over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the World’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand has outlets in over 150 countries.

Source: Longines

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November 17, 2022

University Reputation Matters! Times Higher Education announces World University Reputation Rankings 2022

World University Rankings, THE

LONDON: Times Higher Education has announced its World Reputation Rankings 2022. These rankings differ from the Academic Rankings and come from the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior published academics. The survey asks recognized scholars worldwide to name no more than 15 universities that they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field.

Harvard University tops the ranking for the 12th consecutive year, and the US remains the most represented country, with 56 institutions (one fewer than last year).

The top 10 is dominated by the US and UK, with the only exceptions being China’s Tsinghua University, rising one place to ninth, and Japan’s University of Tokyo, rising three spots to 10th.

China and Japan continue their success elsewhere in the rankings - China built on the progress it made in previous years, and Japan bounced back from a poorer performance last year.

Nine Chinese universities have improved their reputation, while four declined in the rankings and four retained their position. Tsinghua University rose one place to ninth; Peking University climbed two to 13th, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University leaped up 22 spots to 28th. Fudan University, Sichuan University, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Harbin Institute of Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, and Southeast University also improved.

Like last year, the UK still has the second highest number of representatives in the ranking, but at 24, one fewer than last year. Its highest entry is the University of Oxford, in fourth place.

The ranking includes universities in 32 countries, Times Higher Education said.

India has three institutions in the rankings, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (101-125), followed by IIT Bombay (151-175) and IIT Delhi (176-200).



Source: Times Higher Education


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November 16, 2022

Is your University (in India) accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council)?

NAAC, India

NAAC India

NAAC accreditation provides instant credibility to a Higher Education Institution and authenticates the quality of its —

A seven-member National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team has just concluded its visit to the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), Shimla. It also met with the Himachal Pradesh Governor.

The NAAC group evaluated the university’s performance in curriculum, teaching, learning and evaluation, research, innovation and extension, infrastructure, student support and progression, governance, leadership and management, and best practices.

The team has now announced that Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has retained the “A” grade. However, its points have declined from 3.21 to 3.07.

The NAAC group praised HPU for adding “Professional Ethics” and “Human, Social, and Environment Values” to the University’s Syllabus. However, the NAAC evaluators have recommended that the university should:


NOVEMBER 11, 2022

— NAAC has just issued a Notification to all Higher Education Institutions announcing the Closure of the Extension of the Validity Period of Accreditation.


Is yours a “NAAC Accredited University”?

If not, consider getting it accredited. It could be crucial. Remember, one can instantly check the NAAC Accreditation Status of any institution, including yours.

Source: NAAC

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November 15, 2022

The Netherlands, Singapore, and Austria Top EF's Global English Proficiency Index

Worldwide English Trends Revealed in Survey of Over Two Million Adults

English Proficiencyf

English Proficency

ZURICH, November 15, 2022 — EF Education First (EF) today released the 2022 edition of its EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), analyzing data from 2.1 million non-native English speakers in 111 countries and regions. The Netherlands retained first place, while Singapore surged to second, cracking the top three again since becoming the first ASEAN nation to do so in 2018.

“This year’s index reflects the pandemic’s impact - from a concerning decline in English proficiency among young people to unexpectedly high proficiency outside big cities, which has remote work implications,” said EF EPI author Kate Bell. “The report tracks stories of remarkable progress and discouraging setbacks.”

The EF EPI is based on scores from the EF Standard English Test (EF SET), used by governments, companies, and schools for large-scale testing and millions of individual test takers.

Key findings include:

• English Proficiency Ranking of Countries

  1. Netherlands
  2. Singapore
  3. Austria
  4. Norway
  5. Denmark
  6. Belgium
  7. Sweden
  8. Finland
  9. Portugal
  10. Germany
  11. Croatia
  12. South Africa
  13. Poland
  14. Greece
  15. Slovakia
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Romania
  18. Hungary
  19. Lithuania
  20. Kenya
  21. Bulgaria
  22. Philippines
  23. Czech Republic
  24. Malaysia
  25. Latvia
  26. Estonia
  27. Serbia
  28. Nigeria
  29. Switzerland
  30. Argentina
  31. Hong Kong, China
  32. Italy
  33. Spain
  34. France
  35. Ukraine
  36. South Korea
  37. Costa Rica
  38. Cuba
  39. Belarus
  40. Russia
  41. Ghana
  42. Moldova
  43. Paraguay
  44. Bolivia
  45. Chile
  46. Georgia
  47. Albania
  48. Honduras
  49. Uruguay
  50. El Salvador
  51. Peru
  52. India
  53. Dominican Republic
  54. Lebanon
  55. Uganda
  56. Tunisia
  57. Armenia
  58. Brazil
  59. Guatemala
  60. Vietnam
  61. Nicaragua
  62. China
  63. Tanzania
  64. Turkey
  65. Nepal
  66. Bangladesh
  67. Venezuela
  68. Ethiopia
  69. Iran
  70. Pakistan
  71. Sri Lanka
  72. Mongolia
  73. Qatar
  74. Israel
  75. Panama
  76. Morocco
  77. Colombia
  78. U.A.E.
  79. Algeria
  80. Japan
  81. Indonesia
  82. Ecuador
  83. Syria
  84. Kuwait
  85. Egypt
  86. Mozambique
  87. Afghanistan
  88. Mexico
  89. Uzbekistan
  90. Jordan
  91. Kyrgyzstan
  92. Azerbaijan
  93. Myanmar
  94. Cambodia
  95. Sudan
  96. Cameroon
  97. Thailand
  98. Haiti
  99. Kazakhstan
  100. Somalia
  101. Oman
  102. Saudi Arabia
  103. Iraq
  104. Côte d’Ivoire
  105. Angola
  106. Tajikistan
  107. Rwanda
  108. Libya
  109. Yemen
  110. Democratic Republic of Congo
  111. Laos

EF Education First provides culturally immersive education through language, travel, cultural exchange, and academic programs in over 100 countries. Founded in Sweden in 1965, EF’s mission is to open the world through education.

Source: EF Education First (EF)

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November 12, 2022

India today shows a Picture of Optimism and Resilience: RBI Governor.

Reserve Bank of India

Reserve Bank of India

Photo: The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Shaktikanta Das, participates in the International Monetary and Financial Committee Introductory Session during the 2022 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 13, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.

MUMBAI: Reserve Bank of India Governor, Mr. Shaktikanta Das, has noted that the country’s macroeconomic indicators and buffers today make “India a picture of optimism and resilience.” He was speaking at FIBAC 2022 - an Annual Banking Conclave organized jointly by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) and IBA (Indian Banks’ Association).

The RBI Governor acknowledged that RBI missed the inflation targets to avoid ‘paying a high cost’ by tightening earlier. But, he said, “we did not want to upset the recovery process. We wanted the economy to reach the shores and bring down inflation safely.” He noted that RBI continues to be watchful of the liquidity situation, noting, “RBI remains agile and watchful and ready to undertake liquidity operations.”

Mr. Das added that the launch of the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is a landmark moment in the history of money and currency in the country. “It is going to be a major transformation of the way business is done, the way transactions are conducted,” he said. Mr. Das noted that Reserve Bank is among the few central banks worldwide that have taken this initiative. He said that RBI would launch the retail part of the CBDC trial later this month.

Addressing the volatility in the exchange rate, RBI Governor said that almost all major currencies - barring the Swiss Franc, the Singapore Dollar, the Russian Rouble, and the Indonesian Rupiah - have depreciated against the US dollar more than the Indian Rupee. He said, “from April 1 to October 31, 2022, the Indian Rupee has depreciated by 8.0 percent, while the US dollar has appreciated by 13.0 percent.” In addition, Mr. Das underlined that the Indian Rupee has appreciated against many major currencies. Furthermore, he added, “the size of the Indian Rupee’s appreciation was the highest vis-a-vis the Japanese Yen (12.4 percent), the Chinese Yuan (5.9 percent), the Pound Sterling (4.6 percent) and the Euro (2.5 percent).”

Source: FICCI


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November 10, 2022

Adidas Originals and Sporty & Rich announce Inaugural Collaborative Collection








Photos: Adidas Originals x Sporty & Rich collection.

Adidas Originals and the Los Angeles-based label, Sporty & Rich have come together to present their inaugural collaborative collection this season. Inspired by the brand’s intrinsic ethos of wellness and self-care, the definitive collection hosts a suite of elevated takes on iconic Adidas footwear and apparel looks.

Founded by the multi-disciplinary creative Emily Oberg, Sporty & Rich has pioneered an approach to design that goes far beyond aesthetics. Born as a mood board, then became a magazine, a label, and ultimately standing for an entire way of life, the brand channels the spirit of a generation searching for cutting through the chaos of modern existence.

For their first-ever collaborative collection, Adidas Originals and Sporty & Rich draw on vintage sportswear references to communicate a holistic message of modern-day rest and replenishment.

Steeped in classic codes, the apparel and footwear offering plays host to an array of carefully considered updates in unisex sizing to some of Trefoil’s most iconic archival silhouettes. Staying true to the label’s vision, a collegiate burgundy version of the Campus 80s, a white and green makeover of the Samba OG, and a white and collegiate burgundy colorway of the Stan Smith all come packed with a Sporty & Rich pearl key ring.

Meanwhile, the collaborative womenswear selection, highlighted by a distinctly contemporary Firebird Tracksuit, is elevated with a host of details, including metal zipper pulls with Adidas branding and co-branded embroidery. Each garment is made in two colorways, green with white accents and white with collegiate burgundy accents, and is composed of the brand’s iconic Beckenbauer Pique fabric and finished with an internal print emblazoned with Sporty & Rich’s inspirational wellness mantra.

Source: Adidas

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November 9, 2022

QS announces Asia University Rankings 2023

QS Asia University Rankings

QS Asia University Rankings, Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University, India (185th rank) becomes the youngest to feature in the top 200 QS Asia Universities Rankings 2023. Chandigarh University is NAAC Accredited with an “A+” Grade.

LONDON, Nov. 8, 2022 — Quacquarelli Symonds, higher education experts, released the 15th annual QS World University Rankings: Asia — the largest-ever — featuring 760 universities: 61% declining, 14% improving, 15% unchanged, and 10% brand-new.

Peking University claims Asia’s top spot, breaking the National University of Singapore’s four-year run in first. NUS falls to second, while Tsinghua University comes third. China-Mainland has the most universities ranked (128), followed by India (118) and Japan (106).

• Highlights:

Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice-President, said: “China’s sustained and substantial investment in higher education underpins today’s success, with Peking University named Asia’s best and Tsinghua University third-best. In addition, Singapore continues to punch above its weight, with two top-5 universities.”

QS ASIA 2023 — TOP 20

  1. Peking University, China-Mainland
  2. National University of Singapore, Singapore
  3. Tsinghua University, China-Mainland
  4. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  5. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  6. Fudan University, China-Mainland
  7. Zhejiang University, China-Mainland
  8. KAIST, South Korea
  9. Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
  10. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China-Mainland
  11. The University of Tokyo, Japan
  12. The Chines University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong SAR
  13. Yonsei University, South Korea
  14. The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong SAR
  15. Korea University, South Korea
  16. Kyoto University, Japan
  17. Seoul National University, South Korea
  18. Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  19. National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  20. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

QS ASIA 2023 — INDIA — TOP 50

India Rank — QS Asia Rank — University

  1. 40 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, India
  2. 46 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) New Delhi, India
  3. 52 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  4. 53 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai, India
  5. 61 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), Kharagpur, India
  6. 66 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Kanpur, India
  7. =85 University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
  8. 114 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Roorkee, India
  9. 119 Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  10. =124 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), Guwahati, India
  11. 173 Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, India
  12. 181 University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
  13. =182 Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
  14. =185 Anna University, Chennai, India
  15. =185 Chandigarh University, Mohali, India
  16. =185 Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Indore, India
  17. =188 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Pilani, India
  18. =188 Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
  19. =200 Amity University, Noida, India
  20. 204 University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
  21. =205 Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India
  22. =207 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  23. =207 Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India
  24. =215 Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  25. 227 Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Jalna, India
  26. 228 Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, India
  27. =243 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, India
  28. =248 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Sangareddy, India
  29. 251-260 Alagappa University,
  30. 251-260 O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat, India
  31. 251-260 Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan, India
  32. 251-260 University of Madras, Chennai, India
  33. 261-270 IIT BHU Varanasi, Varanasi, India
  34. 271-280 Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
  35. 271-280 Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), Gandhinagar, India
  36. 281-290 IISER Bhopal, Bhopal, India
  37. 281-290 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Dhanbad, India
  38. 281-290 National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Rourkela, India
  39. 281-290 National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli, India
  40. 291-300 Ashoka University, Sonipat, India
  41. 301-350 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, India
  42. 301-350 University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
  43. 301-350 Guru Nanak Dev University, Amristar, India
  44. 301-350 Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar, India
  45. 301-350 JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysore, India
  46. 301-350 SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India
  47. 301-350 Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India
  48. 301-350 Shiv Nadar University, NCR, Dadri, India
  49. 301-350 Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Pudukkottai, India
  50. 301-350 Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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November 7, 2022

Adobe Partners with Leica and Nikon to implement Content Authenticity Technology into Cameras

New Partners will advance “Content Authenticity Initiative” efforts, empowering photographers to establish the authenticity of images at the point of capture.

Adobe, Content Authenticity Initiative

Content Authenticity Initiative

Photo: A LEICA Camera.

Content Authenticity Initiative

Photo: A NIKON Camera.

LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Adobe announced at Adobe MAX - the world’s largest creativity conference - a partnership between the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and industry-leading camera manufacturers Leica and Nikon.

This milestone will allow photographers and creators to increase trust in their digital work by securely attaching valuable provenance information at the capture point, including when, where, and how the camera captured each image. These details establish an image’s attribution and trustworthiness from the start, which helps protect against misinformation by empowering consumers to identify the origins and edit history throughout the digital content lifecycle.

“As iconic global brands, Leica and Nikon have empowered photographers to capture some of the most significant moments in modern history,” said Dana Rao, chief trust officer and general counsel at Adobe. “Together with CAI, Leica and Nikon will enable their global customer base to attach provenance to their images at the point of capture, creating a chain of authenticity from camera to cloud. We’re thrilled to have Leica and Nikon partner in the CAI’s mission to restore trust in digital content.”

The CAI is an Adobe-led initiative with more than 800 members working to increase trust online through provenance, the origins of a piece of digital content. CAI’s leading members include, among others, The New York Times, USA Today, BBC, AFP, Microsoft, Twitter, McClatchy, GANNETT, Stern, The Globe and Mail, Reuters, Associated Press, Leica, and Nikon.

• Leica & CAI

For over a century, the Leica brand name has been synonymous with authentic images and cameras that have produced countless iconic photographs. Leica’s existing membership in the CAI and today’s extended partnership are broadening CAI’s reach to even more creative professionals and artists.

“Leica cameras have always witnessed iconic moments in world history. However, determining the authenticity of visual content has become increasingly difficult and important in the age of digital photography,” said Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG. “Now, with the ability to provide this proof, we are once again strengthening trust in digital content and re-establishing Leica cameras as authoritative tools in documenting world events.”

• Nikon & CAI

As a leader at the forefront of innovative photography and the first camera manufacturer to join the CAI and C2PA, Nikon’s use of CAI technology will accelerate the implementation of provenance technology for millions of creative professionals.

Nikon believes protecting the imaging industry and the entire society from the unfavorable results of falsification and unauthorized use of images is a global problem, said Naoyuki Murakami, imaging business manager at Nikon Corporation. “As a company active in the imaging industry, we make utmost efforts to fulfill our professional and social responsibility regarding this issue,” Murakami remarked.

• Adobe

Adobe Inc. is an American multinational computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California. It produces specialized software for creating and publishing a wide range of content, including graphics, photography, illustration, animation, multimedia/video, motion pictures, and print.

(Adobe, Leica, and Nikon — names, logos, and trademarks — are the property of their respective owners.)

Source: Adobe


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November 6, 2022

TISSOT presents the new Seastar Collection

Tissot Seastar

Tissot Seastar

Tissot Seastar

Tissot Seastar

Tissot Seastar

Tissot has introduced a new collection of Seastar models designed to fit any wrist, any time, anywhere.

• A new outlook on the world

That’s the thing with a contemporary, stylish water sports watch. It’s still an ultra-reliable tool, but it’s also the perfect companion for any moment and on any wrist. Whether for an idyllic escape or everyday activity, an elegant, balanced water-resistant watch works. It’s not just about form or function, though. A water sports watch also promises to be there whenever you’re ready for that moment of freedom. On the wrist, it brings a sense of harmony and purpose.

Leading the new Seastar line are Tissot’s Seastar 1000 Quartz and Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80, two high-quality watches born in the Swiss mountains.

While the 46mm Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 diver’s watch line of automatics offers advanced performance and versatility, the 36mm Seastar 1000 Quartz comes with a shimmering black, blue, or white lacquered dial. A yellow-gold or silver detail complements the dial. In addition, the watch has a reassuringly muscular steel bracelet. Owners can switch that up for a rainbow of colorful interchangeable silicone straps, from zesty orange and radiant white to calming light blue and technical-looking black.

Source: TISSOT

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November 5, 2022

The Government of India constitutes a Committee for strengthening the Assessment & Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions.

Ministry of Education India

NAAC, India

Photo: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council is a government organization in India that assesses and accredits Higher Education Institutions.

New Delhi. November 04, 2022 — For strengthening the Assessment & Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions, the Government of India has constituted a High-Level Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairperson, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur & Chairperson, Standing Committee of IIT Council.

The other Members of the Committee include Prof. Mridul Hazarika, Vice-Chancellor, Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya, Assam; Prof. Bharat Bhasker, Professor, IIM, Lucknow and the Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.

The mandate of the Committee includes strengthening the Assessment & Accreditation processes and preparing a road map for the National Accreditation Council envisioned in the National Education Policy, 2020.

India has one of the world’s largest and most diverse education systems. The Ministry of Education said there had been a widespread expansion in the higher education sector with the government’s concerted efforts.

• The Ministry of Education elaborated:

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India


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