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February 28, 2023

Karan Johar, Shiamak Davar, and Tiger Shroff host Dazzling Sangeet Night for Shaadi by Marriott Bonvoy


• Marriot International offered an exquisite, star-studded musical night showcasing customized offerings.


Marriott International


Marriott International


Photo: (L-R) Tiger Shroff, Ranju Alex, Area Vice President, South Asia Marriott International, Khushnooma Kapadia, Sr. Area Director of Marketing, South Asia, Marriott International, Karan Johar, and Shiamak Davar. Image provided by Business Wire India.


Mumbai, India, February 28, 2023 — Shaadi, or an Indian wedding, is the union of two souls and marks a glorious celebration in Indian culture. With a perfect blend of timeless traditions and contemporary elements, Indian weddings are a grand familial affair. The Hotel Chain, Marriott International, said it understands that and has come forward with an exquisite offering, “Shaadi by Marriott Bonvoy.” It is the ultimate luxury wedding experience, the hotel brand said. Mariott explained that these bespoke weddings are crafted with personalized details and offer a magnificent fusion of delectable cuisine, exquisite decor, and impeccable service.

Marriott International undertook the musical extravaganza in collaboration with three of India’s most prominent personalities - renowned filmmaker Karan Johar, master of contemporary dance Shiamak Davar, and actor Tiger Shroff. The evening was an elegant display of music, grandeur, glamour, and spectacular choreography. With his classic style, Karan Johar graciously hosted the event alongside Shiamak Davar, who put up a dazzling performance that had the audience spellbound. The event was graced by the who’s who of the Indian entertainment industry, including Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Sonam Kapoor, Elli AvrRam, Anita Hassanandani, Ekta Kapoor, Sophie Choudhary, Maheep Kapoor, and Seema Sajdeh, among others.

“The guests-in-attendance were treated to a tremendous red-carpet experience as they arrived at the event amid much fanfare and excitement. The decor was a stunning combination of rustic gold and floral arrangements, perfectly aligned with the wedding theme, adding regal luxury to the evening. High-energy moments filled the night, and celebrities enjoyed themselves to the fullest,” Marriot elaborated.

Regarding the association, Karan Johar said, “Luxury hospitality is synonymous with Marriott International. So I am proud to have partnered with them to bring this rendition of ‘Shaadi by Marriott Bonvoy.’ It is known to make dream weddings with utmost detailing, customization, and luxury at the heart of it. From venues to menus to decor, these shaadi specialists work round the clock to make your dream wedding a reality. So tonight was a grand celebration.”

“Shaadi by Marriott Bonvoy is a great concept, and I am delighted to have collaborated for this magical evening. Moreover, I am glad to have put together the special look for the evening,” concluded Shiamak Davar.

Tiger Shroff added, “Ecstatic to be part of this grand celebration. Marriott is a reputed name for curating luxurious experiences, and Shaadi by Marriott Bonvoy helps couples celebrate the most special day of their life with bespoke experiences. Weddings are a huge affair in India, with a lot going into making this special day as novel and memorable as possible. I am happy to be part of the biggest sangeet of the year. This celebration and association will always be very close to my heart. Wishing the most eligible shaadi makers of the country lots of luck.”

Marriott Bonvoy is the Marriott International hotel chain’s loyalty program. “Bonvoy!” is a shorthand expression for “bon voyage.” Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International’s brand of full-service hotels and resorts.

Source: Business Wire India

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February 27, 2023

Tissot introduces Street-style Supersport Chrono Watch.


TISSOT, Watches


TISSOT, Watches


TISSOT, Watches


Tissot has introduced a new Supersport Chrono Quartz to the collection of modern, masculine, almost futuristic sports chronograph watches. This collection combines quality Swiss watchmaking and design with high-energy dynamics inspired by Tissot’s long association with global basketball culture and its modern, urban style.

According to Tissot, “Fundamentally, the Supersport is a street-style watch designed for modern, dynamic men who want a versatile, assertive sports watch they can wear for sport and everyday life. The watch’s bold, brooding silhouette is angular, muscular even, and yet it’s also slim enough to slip under a cuff.”

Source: Tissot

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February 26, 2023

President of India graces the 99th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi.


Delhi University


Delhi University


Photos: The President, Smt. Droupadi Murmu graced the 99th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi in New Delhi on February 25, 2023.


New Delhi, February 25, 2023 — The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu addressed the 99th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi on February 25, 2023, in Delhi.

The President said Delhi University reflects India’s richness and diversity. There is also a bit of Delhi University in every area of excellence in India and abroad. However, no institution can rest on its laurels. In today’s world of rapid changes, an institution must continuously reinvent itself. The Delhi University community should feel duty-bound to lead other Universities in the country on parameters of excellence and, thereby, earn a place among globally comparable institutions of higher learning.

The President said that the main aim of education is to make a better human being. It is good to get big in life, but it is better to be a good human. Discovering life on Mars is a good thing, but searching for well-being in life with good thinking is even more critical. She urged the students to dream a new dream and dream big to build a new India and a new world.

Source: Secretariat of the President of India

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February 25, 2023

Sofia Carson and Diane Warren to perform at the Oscars


• The Oscars will air live on March 12, 2023, on ABC.


Oscars


Photo: Sofia Carson and Diane Warren will perform at the Oscars. Image credit: Javiera Eyzaguirre. Image provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


LOS ANGELES, CA, February 24, 2023 — Actress and singer Sofia Carson, accompanied by songwriter Diane Warren, will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Applause” from “Tell It like a Woman” at the 95th Oscars. Executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner and executive producer Molly McNearney announced it today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 95th Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

“Applause,” with music and lyric by Warren, is nominated for Original Song. It is Warren’s 14th Oscar nomination. In addition, she received an Honorary Award at the Academy’s Governors Awards in November 2022.

Carson is a multiplatinum recording artist. She released her self-titled debut album in 2022. Her film credits include “Purple Hearts,” which she also executive produced. In addition, she wrote and performed the soundtrack, “Songbird,” “Feel the Beat,” the “Descendants” trilogy, and the upcoming film “Carry On.”

The Oscars producers will continue to announce talent joining the show in the coming weeks.

The 95th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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February 22, 2023

Indian-American wins National Geographic's "Pictures of the Year" Contest


National Geographic, Photo Contest

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Photo: A bald eagle arrives to steal a perch on a tree log that offers a strategic view of the shoreline at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska. When other eagles drag freshly caught salmon from the water, these bystanders swoop in to take a share. “Hours of observing their patterns and behavior helped me capture moments like these,” says photographer Karthik Subramaniam, a software engineer passionate about wildlife photography. Photograph by Karthik Subramaniam. Image provided by & copyright © National Geographic.


WASHINGTON, DC (February 20, 2023) - Karthik Subramaniam, an Indian-origin software engineer in the US and a hobbyist photographer, has won the prestigious National Geographic’s “Pictures of The Year” award with his photograph titled “Dance of the Eagles.”

Selected from nearly five thousand entries, National Geographic today revealed the grand-prize winner of the Pictures of the Year photo contest. Tied to the brand’s annual Pictures of the Year list featuring National Geographic’s top images of the year — 118 out of more than 2 million total — the photo contest invited aspiring photographers from across the country to submit their favorite image captured in 2022, broken into four categories: Nature, People, Places and Animals.

After a rigorous vetting process by a team of seasoned Nat Geo photo editors, Karthik Subramaniam’s “Dance of the Eagles” photo was named grand-prize winner. The software engineer-turned-hobbyist photographer’s winning image depicts a bald eagle battling its fellows for a prime spot on a tree in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska.

“Every November, hundreds of bald eagles gather at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska, to feast on salmon. I visited there last two Novembers to photograph them,” says Subramaniam. “Studying their behavior patterns helped me anticipate some of their actions. For example, when an eagle drags salmon to a dry spot, other eagles would inevitably fly there to claim their share, leading to chaotic action. They also seemed to have some favorite spots to hang out, and usually, commotion ensues when an eagle wants an already occupied spot. This photo was taken during one such commotion.”

In recognition of his work, Subramaniam will have his photo featured in the May issue of National Geographic magazine alongside Nat Geo’s leading photographers and receive a six-month digital subscription.

National Geographic selected nine additional photos as honorable mention winners: Alex Berger, An Li, Bruce Taubert, Eric Esterle, Rhez Solano, Riten Dharia, Tayfun Coskun, Tihomir Trichkov, and W. Kent Williamson. The honorable mention winners will be showcased on National Geographic’s Your Shot Instagram page to more than 6.5 million followers, in addition to receiving a six-month digital subscription to the magazine.

To see the complete gallery of winners, visit natgeo.com/PhotoContestWinner.

Source: National Geographic

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February 21, 2023

Eileen Gu and IWC Schaffhausen host Training Day with Kids


Eileen Gu, IWC Schaffhausen


Eileen Gu,IWC Schaffhausen


Photos: IWC Schaffhausen’s “Friend of the Brand,” Eileen Gu. Images provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.


Aspen, United States, February 20, 2023 — IWC Schaffhausen’s “Friend of the Brand” and two-time Olympic gold medal freestyle skier Eileen Gu took to the slopes of Aspen, Colorado, with young skiers. Indicative of her ongoing commitment to inspiring future generations through her sport, Gu participated in a special ski training day organized by the Swiss luxury watchmaker and accompanied by local community skiers.

Gu joined the IWC family in August 2021 and became the youngest Olympic champion in freestyle skiing after winning two gold medals and a silver medal at Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics. A sought-after model and student at the prestigious Stanford University, the skier is a powerful advocate for improving representation and inclusion in her sport. She wants to inspire millions of young kids to pursue their ski dreams.

“I was so excited to spend the day on the mountains with this group of incredible skiers!” explained Gu. “So much about skiing comes down to confidence. It’s a super personal and expressive sport, so the more time you devote, the more it pays off in your ability. It was fantastic to share my passion - and some tips and tricks - with the young men and women here. I hope they got inspired to follow their dreams.”

While in action on the mountain, Gu chose to wear IWC Schaffhausen’s Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. This modern take on a classic design has an elegant, compact, 41-mm size stainless-steel case, a blue dial, and an IWC-manufactured movement.

Source: IWC Schaffhausen

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1st G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors and 2nd G20 Finance & Central Bank Deputies Meetings from 22nd-25th February 2023 begins tomorrow in Bengaluru, India


G20 Finance


New Delhi, February 21, 2023 — The First G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting under the G20 Indian Presidency scheduled for 24th-25th February 2023 begins tomorrow in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

While addressing a press briefing today, Mr. Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Dr. Anantha V. Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, said that Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and the Governor Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Dr. Shaktikanta Das, will jointly chair this meeting.

Mr. Seth informed the media that the G20 FMCBG meeting would be preceded by a G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies (FCBD) panel on February 22, 2023. Mr. Seth and Dr. Michael D. Patra, Deputy Governor, RBI, will co-chair the FCBD meeting.

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, Shri Anurag Thakur, will inaugurate the G20 FCBD meeting tomorrow.

The 1st G20 FMCBG meeting under the G20 Indian Presidency on 24th-25th February will see the participation of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the G20 members, invitee members, and heads of International Organisations. In total, there will be 72 delegations attending the meeting.

The Indian Presidency has designed the meeting agenda to foster a meaningful exchange of ideas among Ministers and Governors on pragmatic and influential approaches to address some key global economic issues.

The meeting will spread over three sessions on February 24th-25th, covering issues such as strengthening multilateral development banks to address shared global challenges of the 21st century, financing for resilient, inclusive, and sustainable “cities of tomorrow,” leveraging Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) for advancing financial inclusion, and productivity gains. The sessions will also cover issues related to the global economy, global health, and international taxation.

The discussions in the G20 FMCBG meeting would provide a clear mandate for the various workstreams of the G20 Finance Track in 2023.

G20 India will also organize a “Ratri Bhoj Par Samvad” and cultural programs for the Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors, and their delegations to showcase India’s diverse cuisines and culture.

Mr. Ajay Seth said that cultural programs showcasing India’s rich cultural odyssey across Karnataka would welcome ministers, governors, deputies, and delegates. The performance would reflect the artistry and splendor of Karnataka’s cultural ethos and legacy.

The Secretary said that on February 26, the delegates would make excursions and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape of Karnataka.

Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India

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University Grants Commission (UGC) India issues Public Notice asking Universities to comply with its Regulations on awarding Ph.D. Degree Certificates


UGC India


New Delhi. February 20, 2023 — University Grants Commission (UGC) India has issued a Public Notice asking universities to comply with its Regulations on awarding Ph.D. Degree Certificates to successful candidates.


UGC, India


Source: University Grants Commission (UGC)

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February 19, 2023

NASCAR to name 75 Greatest Drivers as Part of its 75th Anniversary Celebrations


Nascar


Nascar


Photo: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #99 Jockey Chevrolet, Austin Cindric, driver of the #2 Freightliner Ford, and William Byron, driver of the #24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, practice for the NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum at Los Angeles Coliseum on February 04, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images). Image provided by & copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar


Photo: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 DoorDash Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum at Los Angeles Coliseum on February 04, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images). Image provided by & copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar


Photo:: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford; Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford; Chase Briscoe, driver of the #14 Mahindra Tractors Ford; Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, and Harrison Burton, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 06, 2022, in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images). Image provided by & copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar


Photo: A general view during ARCA testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 13, 2023, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by James Gilbert/NASCAR. Image provided by & copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar


Photo: Joey Logano, the driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses on the track during qualifying for the Busch Light Pole at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2023, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar, Mahindra


Photo: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #14 Mahindra Tractors Ford, poses on the track during qualifying for the Busch Light Pole at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2023, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar


Photo: Ryan Blaney, the driver of the #12 Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK Ford, and Ross Chastain, driver of the #1 AdventHealth Chevrolet, lead the field during the NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duel #1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2023, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images). Image provided by & copyright © NASCAR.


Daytona Beach, Florida. February 19, 2023 - NASCAR announced it would name the 75 Greatest Drivers in NASCAR history as it celebrates the sport’s past, present, and future throughout its 75th Diamond Anniversary.

A blue-ribbon committee comprised of former drivers, team owners, industry personnel, NASCAR executives, and current and former media members will determine the 75 Greatest Drivers. The unranked list will be unveiled this Spring and culminate with an in-person celebration of the esteemed group during the Goodyear 400 race weekend at Darlington Raceway, May 12-14.

“From the incredible races to the unforgettable moments to our larger-than-life stars, there is so much to celebrate during this 75th Anniversary season,” said Jim France, NASCAR Chairman, and CEO. “The 50 Greatest Drivers list from our Silver Anniversary is an anchor program to that era. It is an honor that each of those athletes holds dear. We look forward to adding 25 new drivers as we recognize the 75 Greatest Drivers by recalling the talents and heroics that made each so remarkable.”

The NASCAR regular season gets underway with the 65th running of the DAYTONA 500, the Great American Race, on Sunday, February 19, at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and 30 U.S. states.

Source: NASCAR

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• NASCAR on FOX: 2023 Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum Highlights.

The Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum brought the action as the NASCAR Cup Series started the season with a bang! Bubba Wallace was assertive at the beginning of the race as he led 39 of the 150 laps, but Martin Truex Jr. made it count where it mattered most as he led 25 laps of the race and was able to hold off Austin Dillon to win the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum.



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February 15, 2023

Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.


Oscars Nominees Luncheon

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Photo: Nominee Group Photo. The Oscars Nominees Luncheon took place on Monday, February 13, 2023, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Image provided by & Copyright © 2022 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Oscars Nominees Luncheon


Photo: 95th Oscars nominees from “Marcel The Shell with Shoes On” arrive at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton on Monday, February 13, 2023. The 95th Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 12, 2023, on ABC. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Yada / AMPAS.


Oscars Nominees Luncheon


Photo: 95th Oscars nominees Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Tony Kushner arrive at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton on Monday, February 13, 2023. The 95th Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 12, 2023, on ABC. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Yada / AMPAS.


Oscars Nominees Luncheon


Photo: 95th Oscars nominee Lesley Paterson arrives at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton on Monday, February 13, 2023. The 95th Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 12, 2023, on ABC. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Yada / AMPAS.


Oscars Nominees Luncheon


Photo: Michelle Williams, Hong Chau, Tom Cruise, and Steven Spielberg at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton on Monday, February 13, 2023. The 95th Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 12, 2023, on ABC. Image provided by & copyright © Mark Von Holden / AMPAS.


Oscars Nominees Luncheon


Photo: 95th Oscars nominees M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose arrive at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton on Monday, February 13, 2023. The 95th Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 12, 2023, on ABC. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Yada / AMPAS.


Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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February 14, 2023

India's Education Ministry informs the Parliament that over 690 Universities and 34,000 Colleges are operating without NAAC Accreditation.


India Parliament, NAAC


NAAC


New Delhi, February 14, 2023 —The Education Ministry of India has informed the Parliament that over 695 universities and 34,000 colleges across the country are operating without accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

• 418 Universities and 9,062 Colleges have NAAC Accreditation

The Union Minister of State for Education, Dr. Subhas Sarkar, shared this data in response to a written question in “Lok Sabha” (Lower House of Parliament). “As per information the UGC has provided, out of the 1,113 universities and 43,796 colleges, NAAC has accredited 418 universities and 9,062 colleges,” he said.

Dr. Sarkar added that NAAC has considerably reduced the fee structure for assessment and accreditation to bring all educational institutions, universities, and colleges under the accreditation system.

Dr. Subhas Sarkar further informed the “Lok Sabha” that NAAC has also extensively decreased the metrics and questions in the manual for self-study reports for affiliated and constituent colleges. He elaborated that the number of colleges operating without NAAC accreditation is 34,734, and the number of universities operating without NAAC accreditation is 695.

The new National Education Policy (NEP) envisions all higher educational institutions aiming to attain the highest level of accreditation over the next 15 years through their institutional development plans.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an autonomous body established by UGC to assess and accredit higher education institutions in the country. NAAC assesses and accredits higher educational institutions that apply for NAAC accreditation, using seven identified criteria to serve as the basis of its assessment procedures, viz., Curricular Aspects; Teaching-Learning and Evaluation; Research, Consultancy, and Extension; Infrastructure, and Learning Resources; Student Support and Progression; Governance, Leadership, and Management; and Institutional Values and Best Practices.

Sources: Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education; Lok Sabha

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February 13, 2023

Breitling presents Limited-Edition Top Time Deus Chronograph.


Co-designed with the Australian lifestyle brand Deus Ex Machina, a second edition of the hit watch and a new clothing collaboration revive the nomadic spirit of Breitling’s unconventional chronograph from the 1960s.


Breitling


Breitling


Breitling and the Australian custom motorcycle and surf outfitter Deus Ex Machina have teamed up once again on a limited-edition Top Time Deus chronograph. It’s the second collaboration between the two brands, following their first sold-out watch released in 2021.

Limited to 2000 pieces, the new Top Time Deus is for open-road adventure with luminescent indexes and a white lacquered dial contrasted by sky-blue on its subdials and speed-measuring tachymeter scale. While the color scheme is new, the details that made the first collab so successful are back, including the lightning-bolt-shaped chronograph hand, mushroom pushers, racing-themed calfskin leather strap, and case back engraving of a Deus bike and rider designed by Deus creative director Carby Tuckwell. In addition, each case back is marked with the “One of 2000” limitation.

Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, says, “Top Time Deus is a watch that’s easygoing, rugged, and stylish simultaneously, just like the person it’s made for. The modern-retro look beautifully complements the way Deus styles its boards and bikes.”

First introduced in the 1960s, Breitling’s unconventional Top Time chronograph became a fast favorite with a stylish in-crowd of café racers and sports car enthusiasts. Men and women were equally drawn to its bold proportions and graphic dials. Today, the Top Time remains Breitling’s watch for bikers, boarders, surfers, and digital nomads — and at 41 mm, it’s a fit for most wrists.

Source: Breitling

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February 12, 2023

Chandigarh University (CU) launches 'VChandigarhians' Community Group to "pay back to" the City Beautiful.


It is time to “pay back to” the City Beautiful through ‘Connect, Celebrate and Contribute,’ says CU.


Chandigarh


CHANDIGARH, India, February 12, 2023 — Chandigarh University (CU) launched the ‘VChandigarhians’ Community Group to “pay back to” the City Beautiful, Chandigarh. CU has a strong alumni network of over 10,000 ex-students in Chandigarh city. The newly launched community group will provide a platform where the city’s youth can connect and share their innovative ideas for improving the ease of living of Chandigarh residents belonging to every section of society.

While addressing the gathering, Chandigarh University Chancellor Mr. Sandhu said, “Our institutions, Chandigarh University and Chandigarh Group of Colleges, named after this city, have delivered quality Education and set the highest of benchmarks in the field of Higher Education. Over the years, we have received so much from the city. Now it is time to pay it back. Through ‘VChandigarhians,’ we will connect with city youth’s strong force and celebrate the City Beautiful’s spirit.”

He further added, “Through VChandigarhians, we will all work together as a team to contribute to various social development initiatives in the field of Education, healthcare, women empowerment, environment, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, renewable energy, smart city, child healthcare, and most importantly, Higher Education. Therefore, we invite our former students to be part of the initiative and contribute to making Chandigarh a world-class sustainable city.”

Chandigarh University is a NAAC A+ Grade University located near Chandigarh in Punjab. It is the youngest university in India to be awarded A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council).

Source: Chandigarh University

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February 10, 2023

University Grants Commission (UGC) India notifies the Results of Single Girl Child Fellowships 2022-23 leading to the Award of the Ph.D. degree to a Single Girl Child of the Family.


UGC India


New Delhi, February 9, 2023 — University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced the Results of Single Girl Child Fellowships 2022-23, leading to the Award of the Ph.D. degree to a Single Girl Child of the Family.

UGC has published an extensive list of provisionally selected candidates from all States and Union Territories of India. At the same time, it has cautioned that it would take strict action against any candidate who furnishes wrong/misleading information to get the fellowship.

• The concerned university has to upload the candidate’s ‘Joining cum Verification Report’ and link the candidate to the UGC Scholarship Payment Portal after satisfying itself with the genuineness of the claim and verification of all facts.

• Consequently, UGC has forewarned that it would “blacklist” the university and its officials if they uploaded any erroneous or deceitful information.


UGC India Notice


Source: University Grants Commission (UGC)

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February 6, 2023

Cardi B appears at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony wearing Jewelry from Messika Paris and a Dress designed by Gaurav Gupta, a Fashion Designer from India.


Messika Jewelry


Massika Jewelry


Photos: Messika Paris Starry Night High Jewelry earrings and Roaring Diamonds High Jewelry bracelet, which Cardi B wore at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. Images provided by & copyright © Messika Paris.


Cardi-B, Grammy


Card-B, Grammy


Photos: Cardi B in Messika Paris Jewelry and Gaurav Gupta Outfit at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. Images provided by & copyright © Messika Paris.


Los Angeles, February 6, 2023 — Rapper and entertainer Cardi B dazzled the red carpet in Messika Paris Jewelry. The American singer made a remarkable entrance with the Starry Night High Jewelry earrings mixed with Roaring Diamonds bracelet and the Sirenetta ring from the french jewelry brand.

She wore a blue dress designed by Gaurav Gupta, an Indian Couturier.


Source: Messika Paris

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February 5, 2023

The National Press Club, Washington DC, is now Accepting Entries for the Best in Journalism Awards


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WASHINGTON, DC, February 5, 2023 — The National Press Club’s annual journalism awards seek to recognize and honor professional journalists who produced outstanding work in 2022. The journalism award categories cover a wide range of topics and writing styles, including politics, breaking news, consumer news, foreign coverage, use of print, online, broadcast news techniques, and news photos.

Either journalists or their employers may submit entries. Non-traditional entrants are free to explain in supporting materials how they meet these journalistic criteria and should submit a statement explaining their editorial independence. The deadline to submit entries is May 15, 2023.

The winners will be honored during the 50th Annual National Press Club Journalism Awards Dinner at the National Press Club later this year. In addition, some awards include cash prizes up to $1,000 or free one year of membership with the National Press Club.

“Journalism sheds light on what’s happening in a community, industry or nation so that their audience can make informed decisions,” says Eileen Drage O’Reilly, president of the National Press Club. “The awards recognize the best journalists in different areas, including consumer news, breaking news, politics, and Washington regional reporting. Whether the journalist conveys their story via print, broadcast, digital, or photography, the winners are always very inspirational.”

It is only the second year of the Nell Minow Award for Cultural Criticism, named for Club member Nell Minow. The prize recognizes original critiques addressing the state of society or unique commentary on the human experience as related to arts, media, politics, identity, and community.

• The list of awards in the contest:

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. The Club has over 3,000 members worldwide, representing nearly every major news organization.

Source: National Press Club

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February 4, 2023

UNESCO leads the Global Dialogue on regulating Digital Platforms and combating Disinformation and Hate Speech


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Photo: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. A Session of the Unesco Executive Council. October 12, 2022. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Cyril Bailleul. [File Photo]


Paris, February 3, 2023 — As part of its Mandate, UNESCO has launched a global dialogue to provide guidelines for regulating digital platforms, fighting disinformation and hate speech, and protecting freedom of expression and human rights. The high point will be an international conference organized at the Organization’s Paris headquarters on 21-23 February. It will result in the presentation by UNESCO in mid-2023 of Global Guidelines for Governments, Regulatory Bodies, and Digital Companies.

“The call is now coming loud and clear from all quarters. It is time to address one of the defining questions of our age, with implications for democracy and human rights worldwide: the challenge of how to support States in developing principles and rules for digital platforms so that they enable freedom of expression and promote the availability of accurate and reliable information,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay remarked.


• A flawed Business Model needs Correction.

Social media and other digital platforms have empowered people worldwide to communicate, share information, and transform their societies. But increasingly, these platforms are breeding grounds for disinformation, hate speech, and conspiracy theories. In recent years, the issue of monitoring and moderating content has been essential in violence, insurrection, marred elections, and democratic transfers of power in scores of countries, UNESCO said.

Studies show that people often prioritize engagement at any cost. It leads to algorithms favoring the most controversial content because it triggers the most reaction, despite the evidence that this content can damage the fabric of the societies, sowing distrust, helping to seed extremism, and undermining fundamental human rights. Moreover, there appear to be vast imbalances between regions and languages, with moderation resources sometimes distributed based on financial or political interests or far too late in response to public outrage once violence or election meddling has already occurred, UNESCO explained.


• Global Issues require Global Guidelines.

Many countries are advancing regulations to respond to these issues, but this needs to be coordinated and more cohesive, with some countries outside the international norms on freedom of expression. Given the global dominance of a limited number of players, the need for a consistent global approach has never been more pressing than right now.

As the United Nations agency for communication and information issues, UNESCO is leading global consultations on this topic, involving governments, regulatory bodies, digital companies, academia, civil society, and UN agencies. This international Dialogue will culminate in the first global conference specifically focused on guidance for regulating digital platforms from February 21 to 23, 2023. Thousands of representatives from these groups are already registered to participate.

UNESCO experts will then incorporate the feedback received during these discussions and engage in new consultations to finalize and publish the first global guidelines on the topic in mid-2023. With UNESCO’s expertise and support, governments, regulators, digital companies, and other groups would use these guidelines to implement policies and tools as needed.

UNESCO’s initiative responds to the call from the UN Secretary-General in “Our Common Agenda” to address the spread of disinformation and the denial of scientific facts, which poses “an existential risk to humanity.”


• UNESCO’s Mandate to provide Guidelines for Regulation.

UNESCO has a global mandate, enshrined in its constitution, to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image. It leads UN action to promote freedom of expression and access to information. It includes a decades-long history of providing guidance to and promoting cooperation between broadcast regulators and press councils, advancing international standards.

The Windhoek+30 Declaration on Information as a Public Good in the Digital Age, endorsed by UNESCO’s 193 Member States in 2021, calls for increased transparency of technology companies, support for the long-term viability of news media, and teaching media and information literacy to citizens everywhere.

Under the leadership of its Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO is explicitly working to improve the transparency of digital platforms, including by developing a series of principles for transparency and accountability in the digital age. UNESCO also established the first global standard on the ethics of artificial intelligence, adopted unanimously by its Member States in 2021, which includes a specific call for “appropriate frameworks, including regulation.”


Source: UNESCO

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February 3, 2023

First G-20 Education Working Group Meeting concludes in Chennai, India


Collaboration with Universities across the globe for enhancing technology-enabled learning is among the significant outcomes of the 2-day conclave.


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Photos: Glimpses from the First G-20 Education Working Group Meeting in Chennai, India. Images provided by G20 India 2023.


Chennai, India, February 2, 2023 — The India Chair of the G-20 Education Working Group and Secretary of Higher Education, Mr. Sanjay Murthy, said that collaboration with Universities across the globe is the primary outcome of the deliberations at the Chennai Meet.

Addressing Media persons after the conclusion of the two-day 1st G20 Education Working Group in which 80 delegates from 30 countries, international organizations, and special invitees participated, Mr. Sanjay Murthy said, “the meeting discussed best practices in Tech related education in member countries in a major way.”

International organizations made intensive presentations at the two-day conclave. Mr. Sanjay Murthy said members expressed their willingness towards the goals and the priorities, including capacity-building measures for promoting life-long learning processes in the context of the future of working atmospheres. They also discussed long-term sustainable solutions to similar educational challenges member countries in different geographies face.

The meeting also discussed inclusive, equitable, relevant, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Mr. Sanjay Murthy further said there would be three supplementary educational group meetings before reaching a broad consensus in the last meeting scheduled for June this year.

He said the G-20 Education Working Group had documented the outcome of this meeting, which the group will take forward to the next meeting to be held from March 15 to March 17 in Amritsar in Punjab, India.

Sources: G20 India 2023 & Ministry of Education, Government of India

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February 2, 2023

Leading Foreign Universities setting up Campuses in India — UGC extends the Deadline to receive Comments from the Stakeholders on its Draft Regulations.


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New Delhi, January 05, 2023 — University Grants Commission (UGC), India, has issued a Public Notice seeking comments/suggestions/feedback from the stakeholders on the draft University Grants Commission (Setting up and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India) Regulations, 2023.


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Soon, the world’s top universities (such as Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford) will set up their campuses in India, and one of them may choose your city!


Source: University Grants Commission (UGC)

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