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December 6, 2022

Oxford Word of the Year 2022 is: 'Goblin Mode'

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Oxford, December 05, 2022 — More than 300,000 English speakers voted to choose the “Word of the Year.” And the winner is: “Goblin Mode.”

As Oxford University Press (OUP) explained, ‘Goblin mode’ is a slang term often used in the expressions ‘in goblin mode’ or ‘to go goblin mode.’ It is a type of behavior that is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, careless, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.

“Although first seen on Twitter in 2009, goblin mode went viral on social media in February 2022, quickly making its way into newspapers and magazines after being tweeted in a mocked-up headline. The term then rose in popularity over the months following as Covid lockdown restrictions eased in many countries and people ventured out of their homes more regularly. Seemingly, it captured the prevailing mood of individuals who rejected the idea of returning to ‘normal life, or rebelled against the increasingly unattainable aesthetic standards and unsustainable lifestyles exhibited on social media,” OUP added.

At a special event to announce this year’s approach to selecting the Oxford Word of the Year, Ben Zimmer, American linguist and lexicographer, said: “Goblin Mode does speak to the times and the zeitgeist, and it is certainly a 2022 expression. People are looking at social norms in new ways. It allows people to ditch social norms and embrace new ones.”

Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Languages, said: “We were hoping the public would enjoy being brought into the process, but this level of engagement with the campaign caught us by surprise. The strength of the response highlights how important our vocabulary is to understanding who we are and processing what’s happening to the world around us. Given the year we’ve just experienced, ‘Goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who feel a little overwhelmed. It’s a relief to acknowledge that we’re not always the idealized, curated selves we’re encouraged to present on our Instagram and TikTok feeds. It has been demonstrated by the dramatic rise of platforms like BeReal, where users share images of their unedited selves, often capturing self-indulgent moments in goblin mode. People are embracing their inner goblin, and voters choosing ‘goblin mode’ as the Word of the Year tells us the concept is likely here to stay.”

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 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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The Embassy of Italy is organizing the 7th edition of World Week of Italian Cuisine in India.

The upcoming events are focused on friendliness, innovation, and sustainability and are committed to celebrating & promote Italian cuisine.

Italy Embassy India

Photo: L-R Chef Fulvio Ventura, H.E Vincenzo de Luca, Chef Sambhavi Joshi, Karan Tripathi & Magandeep Singh. Image provided by the Embassy of Italy, New Delhi.

NEW DELHI, December 05, 2022 — Italian cuisine is one of the most loved cuisines across the globe, including India. Typical Italian cooking is earth-friendly, i.e., vegetarian or plant-based. The Embassy of Italy in New Delhi will launch the 7th Edition of the World Week of Italian Cuisine (WWIC) in India, which is taking place in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru from November 30 to December 10, 2022.

The WWIC was born in 2016 and has become one of the leading initiatives to promote the excellence of Italian Agri-Food abroad.

“Kickstarting with the Press Event on November 30, the week-long festival concludes in New Delhi with a Grand Finale on December 09 by the Michelin star Chef, Cristina Bowerman. She will also entertain Mumbai food lovers in engaging activities before flying to New Delhi, where she will be the protagonist of workshops and live cooking shows. Furthermore, Michelin star Chef, Adriano Baldassarre, will delight the Bengaluru audience with a special Italian Menu presented at the Quad (BLR International Airport). Last but not least, Kolkata will experience a night of Italian Design and Food,” the Embassy of Italy announced.

Ambassador of Italy to India and Nepal, Vincenzo de Luca, said, “We look forward to celebrating the 7th edition of the World Week of Italian Cuisine in India. This year, the theme is pivoting on Italian cuisine’s “ingredients for health and our planet’s protection.” It was one of the pillars of the Italian G20 Presidency in 2021. For the upcoming edition, we have partnered with several Italian restaurants across India to focus on mutual trust, cooperation, and sustainability between Italy and India. We are keen on discussing the strong bridge between tradition and innovation in the Italian gastronomic landscape. Furthermore, we wish to discuss sustainability while honoring the conviviality essence of Indian and Italian lifestyles.”

Chef Cristina Bowerman said, “Italian Culture is boundless: art, history, architecture, design, fashion, and much more, but the most powerful dissemination tool is - and will always be - Enogastronomy, present, and past. For us chefs, the best way to describe who we are is to do what we love the most: cooking. To tell about our Culture through traditional and modern food is a privilege. We are extremely proud to be able to develop a program, political under every aspect, aiming at carrying forward and spreading the extremely high standards of our quality and uniqueness in the world.”

Source: Embassy of Italy, New Delhi

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December 5, 2022

G20: The First Sherpa Meeting in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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G20 India

Photo: Traditional welcome. G20 Sherpa Meeting, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. December 04, 2022. Image provided by G20 India.

G20 India

Photo: A discussion in progress. G20 Sherpa Meeting, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. December 04, 2022. Image provided by G20 India.

G20 India

Photo: A discussion in progress. G20 Sherpa Meeting, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. December 05, 2022. Image provided by G20 India.

Udaipur, December 05, 2022 — The 1st Sherpa Meeting of India’s G20 Presidency commenced on December 04, 2022, in Udaipur, Rajasthan. A series of briefings and interactions with the media and a side event on Transforming Lives at the Midpoint of the 2030 Agenda: Accelerating Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in an Era of Cascading and Multiple Crises were organized.

The day also witnessed the arrival of Sherpas and delegations of various G20 nations and heads of invited International Organisations at Udaipur. In addition, various Rajasthani cultural activities welcomed the delegates and showcased to them the tradition of Indian hospitality and performing arts.

The hosts organized an informal press interaction with media persons across television and print media in the backdrop of Udaipur’sUdaipur’s famous Lake Pichola. India’sIndia’s priorities for the upcoming year, spanning resilient economic growth, climate action, and women-led development, were discussed. Further, during the briefing, the hosts (India) explained the structure of India’sIndia’s G20 Presidency and various working and engagement groups. Indian government reasserted that despite facing several global challenges, it will advocate a sense of oneness for all and find solutions collectively with other nations. There was also a focus on India’sIndia’s stand as a voice for the global south.

The Jal Sanjhi art form is an incredible 300-year-old Rajasthani rare art form where the canvas is the water’s surface. Mr. Rajesh Vaishnav, a Jal Sanjhi Artist, created a beautiful piece of art for all the guests to view and appreciate. The Desert Music Symphony, led by the renowned Sangeet Natak Academy awardee, Shri Gazi Khan Barna, including maestros of both the Langa and Manganiyar folk musical linage of Rajasthan, delivered a memorable performance for the guests. Apart from presenting folk music, the program showcased an ensemble of Rajasthani folk musical instruments like “kamaicha, Sindhi sarangi, surinda, algoza, Matka, Murli, dholak, khartal, bhapang, tandura, morchang, and manjira.” Going back to the roots, the Desert Music Symphony was specially curated to give the esteemed guests an immersive cultural experience embedded in the folk tradition of Rajasthan. The Sherpas and members of visiting delegations also sampled traditional millet snack boxes and Rajasthani bandhini bags.

The four-day gathering (04-07 December 2022) of the Sherpas of G20 Members, invited countries, and International Organizations will set the stage for the critical conversation on some of the most pressing issues of our time, including technological transformation, green development, and LiFE, spotlighting women-led story, accelerating the implementation of the SDGs, and facilitating inclusive and resilient growth.

A dialogue on “Global & Regional Economy: Prospects & Challenges” was held next. Mr. Luis Breuer, IMF (International Monetary Fund) Resident Representative in India, and Ms. Kristina Kostial, Deputy Director of the Strategy and Policy Department, IMF, engaged in a thought-provoking discussion that called to attention the most pressing global economic challenges of the day. The dialogue put forth critical ideas for the world to tackle major concerns and emerge more resilient to economic vagaries.

Additionally, a discussion over high tea in the evening - ”Chai pe Charcha”, was held to foster deeper interpersonal relationships and strengthen ties between G20 member countries.

During an excursion to the historic Manek Chowk in Udaipur, G20 Sherpas were provided traditional Indian jackets, Safas/Turban, and stoles to enrich their authentic cultural experience of Rajasthan. Day 2 concluded with Ratri Bhoj par Samvaad (Conversation over Dinner) at the spectacular venue - Jagmandir, Udaipur.

India continues to provide the best of our hospitality to the G20 Sherpas and the delegations. Through various cultural activities, visits to historic sites and scenic locations, and showcasing Rajasthani art and craft, India aims to bring a unique experience and a glimpse into its rich history and traditions. Udaipur, known for its white marble architecture and beautiful lakes, offers the delegations a wonderful and memorable visit.

Source: G20 India

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L'Oréal Paris Hosts Star-Studded Women of Worth Celebration in Honor of 10 Heroic Women

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L'Oreal Paris

Photo: Aja Naomi King, H.E.R., Camila Cabello, and Katherine Langford attend the 17th Annual L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Celebration on December 1, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for L’Oréal Paris). Image provided by & copyright © L’Oréal Paris.

NEW YORK, December 05, 2022 — Global beauty brand L’Oréal Paris USA continues to celebrate extraordinary female non-profit leaders. It announced the 2022 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth National Honoree and Karen T. Fondu Impact Award Winner on December 1 at a star-studded event at the Ebell of Los Angeles with Helen Mirren, Camila Cabello, H.E.R., Aja Naomi King, Katherine Langford and more.

For the first time since the program’s inception, this year’s celebration will open to the public where viewers from across the USA can experience the excitement of the in-person event from the comfort of their homes starting on December 12 at and L’Oréal Paris’ YouTube channel. In addition, consumers will be able to watch essential panel conversations that reinforce this year’s honoree’s stories, including:

With powerful stories born from personal experiences, this year’s L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth honorees represent a range of important causes.

A nationwide USA online public vote selected Susie Vybiral as the 2022 National Honoree.

“Every year for nearly two decades, L’Oréal Paris has recognized ten courageous women who are fearless in fighting for their causes and helping others in need,” said L’Oréal Paris USA President Ali Goldstein. “This year is exceptional as the Women of Worth network reaches 170 women strong who so beautifully embody our brand’s mantra, “Because You’re Worth It.”

The 2022 honorees and their non-profits include:

For the last 17 years, L’Oréal Paris’ signature philanthropic program, Women of Worth, has brought to life the brand’s iconic tagline, “Because You’re Worth It,” by championing women whose unwavering resilience, bravery, and courage show the power of owning one’s worth.

Each year, ten founders and leaders of grassroots non-profits are recognized for their work across various charitable causes to receive generous funding, mentorship through the L’Oréal Paris network to build their organizations, and a national platform to share their stories.

Source: L’Oréal Paris

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December 4, 2022

King Felipe VI of Spain visits IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC.


Photo: A woman walks past the IMF Today Production box during the 2022 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund on October 11, 2022. Washington, DC, USA. Image provided by & copyright © IMF/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds. [File Photo]

Washington, DC, December 02, 2022 — King Felipe VI of Spain visited IMF Headquarters in Washington today (December 02). The IMF’s Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, First Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath, and Deputy Managing Director Antoinette Sayeh welcomed him and hosted a lunch in his honor.

“We are incredibly honored to host King Felipe, who has been a voice of reason. Obviously, not only to the Spanish people but to everyone in European and in the world. And it is precisely at a time of difficulty when we need to be together. For me, his decision to visit the Fund for my colleagues here indicates that, in tough times, the IMF matters to our members. We are very fortunate to have Nadia Calvino chair the IMFC. I will have an opportunity to tell the king how much we appreciate her contribution to the world during this difficult time. Thank you so much.” said Georgieva.

Source: IMF


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December 3, 2022

Ferrari SP5 is Ferrari's Latest One-off

A new Ferrari One-Off designed around its owner’s requirement.



Photo: Ferrari SP51, Ferrari’s Latest One-off. Image provided by & copyright © Ferrari S.p.A.

Maranello (Italy), December 03, 2022 - The latest addition to the Prancing Horse’s One-Off series, the Ferrari SP51, has joined the most exclusive group in Maranello’s range of unique, absolutely bespoke cars. They are all crafted to a client’s specifications, making them the very pinnacle of Ferrari’s customization scope and breadth.

Designed by the Flavio Manzoni-headed Ferrari Styling Centre, the SP51 is a front-engined V12 spider based on the 812 GTS platform from which it inherits its layout, chassis, and engine. At first sight, the stunning new car’s most striking characteristic is its total absence of a roof, making it an authentic roadster in every respect, accentuating its sporty character and ability to captivate visually and in terms of air driving exhilaration.

The SP51’s styling is powerful and harmonious, thanks to its seamlessly muscular, undulating surfaces. Its forms are modern, sinuous, and sensual. Thanks to the extensive use of bare carbon fiber both on the exterior and in the cabin.

The Ferrari One-Off, SP51, was designed for a longstanding client. It is a successful roadster take on Maranello’s first front-engined V12 spider in 50 years. Its bold styling captivates at first sight. However, it brilliantly retains the signature elegance of its inspiration, the 812 GTS, while pushing the boundaries by offering a whole new way of enjoying outdoor air driving.

Source: Ferrari S.p.A.

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National Testing Agency (NTA) India issues a Public Notice on Advance Intimation of Examination City allotted to the Candidates of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination (JNEEE-2022).

New Delhi, December 2, 2022 — National Testing Agency (NTA) India has issued a Public Notice concerning the Advance Intimation of Examination City allotted to the Candidates of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination (JNEEE-2022).

National Testing Agency

Source: National Testing Agency (NTA)

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December 2, 2022

India begins G20 presidency journey with 'University Connect,' says UGC Chairman at G-20 University Connect: Engaging Young Minds Program in New Delhi

• G-20 University Connect: Engaging Young Minds Program

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G20 India

Photo: UGC Chairman at the G-20 University Connect: Engaging Young Minds Programme, New Delhi. December 1, 2022. Image provided by G20 India.

G20 India

Photo: External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar with students. G-20 University Connect: Engaging Young Minds Programme, New Delhi. December 1, 2022. Image provided by G20 India.

G20 India

Photo: G-20 University Connect: Engaging Young Minds Programme, New Delhi. December 1, 2022. Image provided by G20 India.

G20 India

Photo: G-20 University Connect: Engaging Young Minds Programme, New Delhi. December 1, 2022. Image provided by G20 India.

New Delhi, December 1, 2022 — UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said that India had begun its G20 presidency journey with a program called ‘University Connect’ where students of universities across the country will engage each other.

“During India’s G20 presidency, students of several universities will create awareness about the importance of the G20 presidency and how India can be a role model for the rest of the world through its G20 Presidency of healing, harmony, and hope,” Kumar said.

“It is wonderful that India began today its G20 presidency journey with “University Connect” by engaging with students of universities across the country, he said.

“Our students will also be ambassadors of our country in showcasing to the visiting G20 members the rapid, inclusive developmental progress that India is going through,” the University Grants Commission (UGC) head added.

India’s G20 Sherpa, Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Government of India, Sanjay Murthy; Director General of the RIS, Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi; Vice-Chancellors of Delhi University, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Amity University, Gautama Buddha University, and Sharda University were among other prominent attendees.

India formally assumed the G20 presidency on December 1, 2022.

The G20, or Group of 20, is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies. The Group comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US, and the European Union.

University Connect, on Day 1 of G20 India, engaged students & faculty from universities across India.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar delivered the valedictory address.

Dr. P K Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, delivered the keynote address as follows:

“Shri Amitabh Kant, G-20 Sherpa; Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla, G-20 Chief Co-ordinator; Shri Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Higher Education; Professor Jagadeesh Kumar, Chairman UGC; Vice-Chancellors, faculty members and dear students,

“December 1, 2022, is a watershed moment for India and its 1.41 billion citizens as it gets a glorious opportunity to host the largest multilateral event on its soil. India assumes the G20 Presidency Today. It is a great honor and responsibility for us because this occasion is coming to us during the ‘Amritkaal’ of our independence.

“Today, India’s G20 officially begins with the ‘University Connect Program’ wherein we would engage the ‘Youth’ of India, those who would lead India from the front in years to come. As part of the G20 process, people from diverse strata and occupations will also participate in different meeting formats.

“As I said earlier, India’s G20 is not merely a diplomatic meeting. It is an excellent opportunity for India and every Indian. Our Prime Minister has said, “Today, there is an unprecedented curiosity in the world to know and understand India.”

“He continued, “In such an atmosphere, it is the responsibility of the citizens to go beyond these expectations and acquaint the world with India’s capabilities, philosophy, social and intellectual strength.”

“Our responsibility is to showcase India appropriately, befitting her stature and glory. India has as much uniqueness as it has diversity. So we are responsible for bringing out India’s best traditions before the world.”

Source: G20 India

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