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November 28, 2023

Francesco Bagnaia and Ducati become 2023 MotoGP World Champions

Ducati MotoGP

Ducati MotoGP

Photo: 2023 MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.

Bologna, Italy, November 28, 2023 — Francesco Bagnaia, riding for the Ducati Lenovo Team, has secured his second consecutive MotoGP World Championship title, making history as the first Italian rider to win in MotoGP with an Italian motorcycle. Bagnaia’s victory came in the final race of the season held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, where he won the Valencia GP. His success this year, with seven victories in 20 Grand Prix races, including four wins in the Saturday Sprint races introduced this year, cements his position as one of the greatest riders of his generation. He reconfirms his place at the world’s top with his Ducati Desmosedici GP.

Bagnaia’s journey this year was emotional and eventful, with notable successes at Portim, Jerez, Mugello, the Netherlands, and Austria. His march towards a second title seemed unstoppable until a dramatic accident at Barcelona halted his rise. However, with a spectacular victory in Indonesia, he resumed his climb to the top of the World Championship from the thirteenth position on the grid.

The fight for the world title became a head-to-head between Bagnaia and his Ducati teammate Jorge Marti­n, who was in tune with his Pramac Racing team Desmosedici GP. However, Bagnaia’s response was quick, and he inherited the lead on lap 19 at Valencia when Miller (KTM) crashed at Turn 11. Martin made a late braking move on Pecco to try to take the lead at Turn 1 of lap 2, but they touched, and the Spaniard went wide. Martin then crashed out on lap 6, ending the title battle.

Ducati is now gearing up to celebrate its victories in the MotoGP World Championships and the titles won in Superbike and Supersport. The celebration is set to take place on December 15 in Bologna, where all the key players involved in these successes will come together to commemorate this unforgettable season with the public.

Source: Ducati

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November 24, 2023

UNESCO adopts Landmark Guidance on Education's Cross-Cutting Role in Promoting Goodwill and Peace

Unesco Peace Education

Unesco Peace Education

Photo: UNESCO adopts landmark guidance on education’s cross-cutting role in promoting goodwill and peace at its General Conference on November 20, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Sacha HERON.

Paris, France, November 24, 2023 — On November 20, 2023, all 194 UNESCO Member States adopted the Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development at UNESCO’s General Conference. The Recommendation is a global standard-setting instrument that outlines how education should bring about lasting peace and foster human development through 14 guiding principles. The newly adopted text updates the “1974” Recommendation that, almost 50 years ago, united Member States in positioning education as a critical driver of peace and international understanding.

The Recommendation is unique in bringing together all dimensions of education and linking different thematic areas, from digital technologies and climate change to gender issues and fundamental freedoms. It acknowledges that peace is built not only through international negotiations but also on school benches, school yards and sports fields, arts, and science education, and throughout life. Education in all its forms and dimensions, in and out of schools, shapes how we see the world and treat others, and it can and should be a pathway to constructing lasting peace.

The new text outlines what exactly needs to change in approaches to education and how. It defines 14 guiding principles that should shape the transformation of education systems in the decades to come. 194 UNESCO Member States unanimously agreed to the revised text and recommended it for adoption by the 42nd session of the UNESCO General Conference.

The Recommendation strongly emphasizes human rights and fundamental freedoms. It integrates issues central to achieving lasting peace in our era, such as sustainable development, climate change, respect for diversity, gender equality, and media and information literacy. It outlines concrete learning outcomes and priority action areas for holistically reshaping all aspects of education systems, from laws and policies to curricula development, teaching practices, learning environments, and assessment.

It can be used by all education stakeholders - from policy-makers and teachers to informal educators and tradition-bearers - as a baseline to transform their policies, practices, and approaches to build empathetic and inclusive learners. It brings education with the times, considering how the world has changed and will continue to evolve in the decades.

Source: UNESCO

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November 20, 2023

Madhuri Dixit honored with the 'Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema' Award at the 54th International Film Festival of India.

Madhuri Dixit, Indian Cinema

Madhuri Dixit, Indian Cinema

Photo: The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs, and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, felicitated eminent film personality Mrs. Madhuri Dixit Nene for her contribution to Bharatiya Cinema at the inaugural ceremony of the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Goa on November 20, 2023.

Mumbai, India, November 20, 2023 — Madhuri Dixit was honored with the prestigious ‘Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema’ Award at India’s 54th International Film Festival. Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, announced the award at the festival’s inaugural function in Panaji, Goa.

Madhuri Dixit is a celebrated actress with a career spanning over four decades and has significantly impacted the Indian film industry. She has received six Filmfare Awards and has been nominated for the Best Actress award fourteen times. The ‘Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema’ Award is a testimony to her exceptional achievements and enduring influence on Indian cinema.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India

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November 19, 2023

Sheynnis Palacio from Nicaragua is the New Miss Universe

Miss Universe

Miss Universe

Photos: Sheynnis Palacio from Nicaragua was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant held in El Salvador on November 19, 2023. Images provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

El Salvador, November 19, 2023 — Sheynnis Palacio, a 23-year-old mental health activist and audiovisual producer from Managua, Nicaragua, was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant held in El Salvador on November 19, 2023. Congratulations to Sheynnis!

Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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November 17, 2023

IMF and University of Oxford launch "PortWatch" Platform to Monitor and Simulate Trade Disruptions

IMF, Oxford

Washington, DC, November 16, 2023 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the University of Oxford collaborated to create an online platform called “PortWatch.” The forum utilizes satellite-based vessel data and big data analytics to monitor and simulate trade disruptions caused by climate extremes and other unpredictable events. PortWatch provides policymakers, analysts, and other stakeholders with timely indicators of actual and expected disruptions and simulates international spillover effects from natural and hypothetical disasters.

One of the critical features of PortWatch is that it enables users to assess the impact of disruptions on maritime trade. In addition, the platform can simulate the potential indirect spillover effects of port disruptions on other countries in the marine network and global supply chains. By conducting climate scenario analysis, PortWatch helps identify vulnerabilities within the maritime trade network, which can be crucial for informed decision-making.

Bert Kroese, IMF’s chief statistician, data officer, and director of the statistics department, states that PortWatch aims to provide actionable insights based on data about how shocks, such as extreme weather events and disasters, impact trade and supply chains. The platform utilizes innovative data sources and visualization tools to facilitate international dialogue and inform policy decisions.

Jim Hall, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks at the University of Oxford, emphasized the significance of PortWatch by stating that unexpected events can significantly affect global trade and supply chains, causing economic disruptions and real consequences for people. The platform enables decision-makers to monitor shipping disruptions worldwide at ports and critical shipping lanes, providing the latest updates.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a global organization comprising 190 member countries. It promotes global monetary cooperation, facilitates international trade, secures financial stability, and encourages sustainable economic growth and employment worldwide. The IMF provides its members with policy advice, lending services, and capacity building to achieve these goals.

Source: IMF


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November 15, 2023

Forever New India presents 'A Time for Glamour' Collection with Pooja Hegde.

Forever New Fashion

Photo: Forever New X Pooja Hegde - A Time For Glamour. Image provided by & copyright © Forever New India.

NEW DELHI, November 15, 2023 — Forever New India is all set to launch its unique winter collection, ‘A Time for Glamour,’ a popular choice for Christmas and New Year parties.

The collection features opulent velvet fabrics for the contemporary woman.

The brand’s latest campaign featuring Pooja Hegde highlights the collection’s versatility with a range of stylish ensembles. The collection includes:

Forever New says it is committed to creating easy-to-wear, timeless collections dedicated to celebrating modern femininity. You can discover ‘A Time for Glamour’ winter collection at Forever New’s retail outlets and online platforms.

Source: Forever New

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United States Hosts Over 1 Million International Students, Fastest Enrollment Growth Rate in More Than 40 Years

— Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange

International Education

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2023 — According to the Open Doors® 2023 report on International Educational Exchange, more than 298,000 international students started their studies in 2022/23, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. During the 2022/2023 academic year, the United States hosted over one million (1,057,188) international students, marking a 12% increase from the previous academic year, the fastest growth rate in over 40 years.

The report is an annual benchmark for international educational exchange and student mobility. It highlights the crucial role of international education for universities and countries to support global innovation, collaboration, and peace.

India remains the highest priority for all places of origin regarding undergraduate and graduate recruitment. The Fall 2023 International Student Enrollment Snapshot saw participation from over 630 U.S. higher education institutions. Notably, international education is resilient and integral to universities and countries looking to support global innovation, collaboration, and peace.

China remained the top country sending students to the U.S. in 2022/23, with 289,526 students studying there, while India has reached an all-time high of 268,923 international students in 2022/23, marking a significant increase of 35% year-over-year, becoming the second-largest sending country to the U.S.

The report also highlights that most places of origin, including Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, India, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, and Spain, reached all-time highs in the number of international students. Furthermore, sub-Saharan Africa saw the highest regional growth (+18% year-over-year), and Ghana entered the top 25 places of origin for the first time with 6,468 international students. In total, students from over 200 places of origin studied in the United States.

Source: Institute of International Education

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November 13, 2023

El Salvador will host the 72nd Miss Universe Competition, and 86 Candidates will participate.

Miss Universe


Miss Universe


Miss Universe

Photos: Miss Universe contestants are arriving in El Salvador for the competition. Images credit: Miss Universe Organization.

El Salvador, November 13, 2023 — El Salvador is ready to welcome 86 candidates from various countries worldwide for the 72nd Miss Universe competition. The government has allocated a large budget to promote tourism in the country by hosting this event. Renowned for its stunning coastline, natural landscapes featuring volcanoes, and unique coffee, El Salvador will impress participants and viewers alike.

The Miss Universe Organization has announced the training schedule, activities, and rehearsals leading to the three shows. The 72nd Miss Universe Preliminary Competition will be streamed live on LiveBash on November 15, followed by the 72nd Miss Universe National Costume Show on November 16, and finally, the 72nd Miss Universe Competition Final on November 18. Olivia Culpo and Jeannie Mai will return to the Miss Universe stage to host the event, joined by Maria Menounos.

It is only the second time that the show will feature an all-female hosting team. Miss Universe has partnered with Carnival Cruise Line again, and one lucky candidate will receive the “Spirit of Carnival Award” along with a Carnival cruise vacation. Furthermore, Clarisse Designs will provide dresses for all 86 delegates to wear for the opening numbers of the preliminary and final competitions.

Shweta Sharda from Chandigarh, now settled in Mumbai, represents India.

El Salvador is a Central American country with a population of over 6 million people. Honduras borders it to the northeast, Guatemala to the northwest, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. San Salvador, the country’s capital, is also its largest city. El Salvador is known for its beautiful beaches, volcanoes, and natural landscapes, attracting tourists worldwide. The official language is Spanish.

Source: Miss Universe Organization

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November 11, 2023

The Real Message of Diwali: "Dispel the Inner Darkness through the Light of Knowledge."

New York City Diwali

Photo: Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, carries a significant message beyond its traditional symbolism. Its true essence lies in dispelling the inner darkness through the light of knowledge. The Gopi Diwali event, presented by KIA, took place in Times Square, New York City, and celebrated cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion. The event was aligned with the NYC Diwali school holiday and aimed to enlighten individuals, foster unity, love, peace, and harmony, and ultimately contribute to a more peaceful world. The occasion illuminated the attendees’ hearts and reminded them of the importance of looking inward and spreading positivity. (Image provided by & Copyright © Diwali at Times Square).

Photo: Only two New Year’s events are celebrated in Times Square, New York - one on December 31, and the other is the Indian festival of Diwali. (Image provided by & Copyright © Diwali at Times Square).

Photo: Shubha is a dynamic Indo-American singer and influencer making waves on the global music scene and capturing hearts with her talent and charisma. She graced the stage at the Lights Up at Times Square Diwali event in New York City. (Image provided by & Copyright © Diwali at Times Square).

Photo: Mika Singh, a renowned Indian Bollywood composer and top-charting singer, graced the Diwali event at Times Square, New York City. (Image provided by & Copyright © Diwali at Times Square).

NEW YORK, November 10, 2023 — Gopi Diwali at Times Square, presented by KIA, lit up the heart of Times Square, celebrating cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The real message of Diwali is to dispel inner darkness through the light of knowledge. The festival of Diwali aims to illuminate the inner self and foster unity, enlightenment, love, peace, and harmony for a more peaceful world.

The Gopi Diwali at Times Square, presented by KIA, celebrated cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion. The New York City event brought together people from diverse backgrounds, prioritizing education to promote unity and diversity. It also included children, teaching them to be responsible citizens, compassionate individuals, and good neighbors.

During the event, the grand Diya lighting ceremony drew distinguished guests, including NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Senator Chuck Schumer, Deputy Mayor Meera Joshi, Consul General of India Randhir Jaiswal, Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, Justice Karen Gopee, and other esteemed dignitaries.

The festival showcased various performances representing different communities, including South Asian, Indo-Caribbean, Dominican Folk Dance, and Afro-Latino groups.

The Diwali festival in Times Square has been a tradition since 2013; this year, it celebrated the Diversity of India and America. NYC Mayor Eric Adams declared October 28 as Diwali Day, and the event honored outstanding individuals with awards.

The “Light Up Concert” featured Bollywood star Mika Singh, Indian American sensation Shuba, and local talents, exuberantly celebrating cultural diversity.

Diwali is all about spreading joy and expressing love and respect for your family, friends, and the community you live in. People decorate their homes during the festival, exchange sweets and gifts with their loved ones, and come together to celebrate.

Source: Diwali at Times Square

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November 9, 2023

QS Announces World University Rankings: Asia 2024


LONDON, Nov. 8, 2023 — QS has released its World University Rankings: Asia 2024, which evaluates academic and employer recognition, research prowess, teaching resources, and internationalization.

The largest-ever ranking showcases 857 universities from 25 countries and territories, including 149 newcomers. Peking University remains Asia’s best university for the second consecutive year, followed by The University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore in second and third place, respectively.

India has the most ranked universities, with 148 universities on the list, and China follows with 133. Myanmar, Cambodia, and Nepal are new entrants.

Ben Sowter, QS Senior VP, said: “This year’s rankings affirm that perseverance in enhancing academic standards and research quality is pivotal for the progress of Asia’s higher education sector.”      

• Asia Top 20

  1. Peking University - Beijing, China (Mainland)
  2. The University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  3. National University of Singapore (NUS) - Singapore, Singapore
  4. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) - Singapore
  5. Tsinghua University - Beijing, China (Mainland)
  6. Zhejiang University - Hangzhou, China (Mainland)
  7. Fudan University - Shanghai, China (Mainland)
  8. Yonsei University - Seoul, South Korea
  9. Korea University - Seoul, South Korea
  10. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  11. Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Shanghai, China (Mainland)
  12. Universiti Malaya (UM) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  13. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology - Daejeon, South Korea
  14. The University of Tokyo - Tokyo, Japan
  15. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  16. Seoul National University - Seoul, South Korea
  17. City University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong SAR
  18. Kyoto University - Kyoto, Japan
  19. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) - Suwon, South Korea
  20. Tohoku University - Sendai City, Japan

• India/Pakistan — Top 70

S. No. — QS Asia Rank — Institution

  1. 40 - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, India
  2. 46 - Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), New Delhi, India
  3. 53 - Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai, India
  4. 58 - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  5. 59 - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), Kharagpur, India
  6. 63 - Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Kanpur, India
  7. =64 - National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan
  8. =86 - Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  9. =94 - University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
  10. 111 -Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), Guwahati, India
  11. 114 - Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan
  12. 116 - Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Roorkee, India
  13. 117 - Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  14. 126 - COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan
  15. 139 - Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
  16. 149 - Chandigarh University, Mohali, India
  17. 163 - Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, India
  18. =167 - University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  19. =171 - Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India
  20. =179 - Anna University, Chennai, India
  21. =179 - University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
  22. 186 - Amity University, Noida, India
  23. =187 - University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
  24. =199 - Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  25. =206 - Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
  26. =210 - Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  27. =210 - Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India
  28. =213 - Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan, India
  29. =215 - Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Pilani, India
  30. =215 - The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
  31. 218 - UPES, Dehradun, India
  32. =220 - Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, India
  33. =228 - Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
  34. =228 - University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
  35. =239 - Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  36. =244 - University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
  37. =249 - International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIU), Islamabad, Pakistan
  38. 251-260 - Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Jalna, India
  39. 251-260 - Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, Pakistan
  40. 261-270 - Government College University, Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  41. 261-270 - Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), Gandhinagar, India
  42. 261-270 - Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Indore, India
  43. 261-270 - Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India
  44. 261-270 - Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India
  45. 271-280 - Alagappa Univeristy, Karaikudi, India
  46. 271-280 - Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India
  47. 271-280 - Indian Institute of Technology BHU Varanasi (IIT BHU Varanasi), Varanasi, India
  48. 271-280 - SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India
  49. 281-290 - Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, India
  50. 291-300 - Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
  51. 291-300 - National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Rourkela, India
  52. 291-300 - University of Madras, Chennai, India
  53. 291-300 - University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
  54. 301-350 - Ashoka University, Sonipat, India
  55. 301-350 - Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, India
  56. 301-350 - G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Pantnagar, India
  57. 301-350 - Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar, India
  58. 301-350 - Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), Sangareddy, India
  59. 301-350 - Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India
  60. 301-350 - Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan
  61. 301-350 - Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan
  62. 301-350 - JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysore, India
  63. 301-350 - Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara, India
  64. 301-350 - National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India
  65. 301-350 - Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
  66. 301-350 - Saveetha Institute of Medical And Technical Sciences (SIMATS), Tiruvallur, India
  67. 301-350 - Shiv Nadar University, NCR, Dadri, India
  68. 301-350 - Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Pudukkottai, India
  69. 301-350 - University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
  70. 351-400 - Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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Diwali Greetings 2023

• Diwali Greetings 2023

Happy Diwali

Wishing you and your family a bright and prosperous Diwali!

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November 8, 2023

WIPO's World Intellectual Property Indicators Report says a Record Number of Patent Applications Filed Worldwide in 2022.

• Global patenting activity soared to new records in 2022, fueled by Indian and Chinese innovators, but an uncertain economic outlook is weighing on further growth.


Photo: On October 11, 2023, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Director General Daren Tang visited one of the 10,000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in Delhi, where he met young innovators. These labs are part of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative of the NITI Aayog Government of India. The AIM promotes a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in India, and the ATLs cultivate skills such as design thinking, computational thinking, and physical computing among children from grades 6 to 12. The labs provide hands-on experience with STEM tools and concepts, including do-it-yourself kits like microcontroller boards and 3D printers. The visit was part of the WIPO Director General’s official trip to India from October 10-13, 2023. The image is provided by and copyright © WIPO.

Geneva, November 8, 2023 — The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, has released the “World Intellectual Property Indicators - 2023”. It is an annual survey providing accurate and authoritative information on IP activity worldwide. For the survey, WIPO’s statisticians collect data from around 150 IP offices globally.

According to the report, a record number of patent applications have been filed worldwide in 2022.

While global filings for trademarks and designs have dropped, innovators worldwide submitted 3.46 million patent applications in 2022, marking a third consecutive year of growth. China, the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Germany were the countries with the highest numbers of patent filings in 2022.

China continues to file nearly half of all global patent applications, but its growth rate dipped for a second consecutive year from 6.8% in 2021 to 3.1% in 2022.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, expressed his satisfaction with the increase in patent applications within the country. He shared a link to a post by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which stated that the number of patent applications submitted by Indian residents rose by 31.6% in 2022, extending an impressive 11-year streak of growth that no other country in the top 10 filers has achieved.

The Prime Minister said: “The rise in patent applications in India indicates the growing innovative spirit of our youth and bodes well for the future.”

Sources: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva; Prime Minister’s Office


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November 7, 2023

India and Australia's Education Ministers announce the opening of two Australian University Campuses in GIFT City, Gujarat.

India, Australia, Universities

Photo: The Union Minister for Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and his Australian counterpart, Mr. Jason Clare, during the formal announcement of the opening of campuses of two Australian universities in Gujarat on November 07, 2023.

Gift City, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, November 07, 2023 — India’s Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, along with his Australian counterpart, Hon’ble Jason Clare, MP, Government of Australia, visited the site for the upcoming campuses of Wollongong and Deakin Universities at GIFT City, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India and announced the opening of the campuses. The move aligns with the National Education Policy 2020’s vision of the internationalization of education.

During the event, Arambh (The Beginning), the Vice-Chancellors of Deakin University and the University of Wollongong emphasized the importance of country-to-country partnerships and shared their plans, including the scheduled start of courses with the opening up of the campuses in India.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan congratulated the student and academic fraternity. He said the opening of foreign university campuses in India will facilitate Study in India and create a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive educational environment. He further added that students and faculty from different parts of the world will collaborate, learn, and grow together through this initiative.

This transformative policy emphasizes ‘Internationalization at Home,’ aiming to create a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive educational environment in India.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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November 6, 2023

UNESCO IIEP is working to enhance Transparency and Accountability in Higher Education Institutions to prevent Fraud and Corruption.

UNESCO Institute for Educational Planning

UNESCO Institute for Educational Planning

Photo: Cover of the UNESCO IIEP publication, “Corrupt Schools, Corrupt Universities: What Can Be Done?” The publication spotlights the need for clear regulations, transparent procedures, public access to information, and strong leadership to combat fraud and corruption in higher education institutions.

Paris, November 5, 2023 — From the outset of its 60-year history, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO IIEP) has worked towards eradicating corruption in education. This fight became even more crucial when the United Nations Convention against Corruption was established.

UNESCO IIEP recognized that corruption has many adverse effects on education, such as reducing efficiency, increasing costs, and harming educational quality. Although corruption in education is a sensitive topic and country-level statistics are scarce, UNESCO IIEP has gathered comparative data on corruption in education on its ETICO platform.

UNESCO IIEP has produced influential publications, hosted high-level policy forums, and trained over 3,000 individuals globally in implementing anti-corruption measures in education. In 2001, it united representatives from organizations like the OECD, World Bank, and Transparency International to launch its first research program on ethics and corruption in education. It followed that by initiating a capacity-building program in partnership with the Open Society Foundations in 2003 to empower nations to implement stringent anti-corruption measures.

UNESCO IIEP has also provided direct technical support to some countries to assess corruption risks systematically and comprehensively and provide tailored policy recommendations. These assessments have been global or specifically focused on sub-sectors, such as preschool, higher education, or technical and vocational training. It has also strengthened the capacity of national teams to develop and implement public expenditure tracking surveys to trace funding flows and reduce leakages.

UNESCO IIEP has focused its recent efforts on the role of citizens in holding authorities accountable. In 2018, it launched a study on the power of open school data to promote citizen control over resources. It led to a global exploration of innovations in available government models.

UNESCO IIEP continues to eradicate corruption in education. In the future, it will investigate how to harness new digital technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data, to enhance transparency and accountability in educational planning and management.

The recent UNESCO IIEP Policy Forum on Planning Higher Education Integrity was a remarkable event in Paris. The forum gathered nearly 60 higher education experts and stakeholders from around the world to discuss recent and innovative initiatives aimed at improving transparency and reducing opportunities for fraud or corruption at the university level.

The attendees included university vice-chancellors and administrators, researchers, and representatives of education ministries, international agencies, research funding organizations, civil society, students’ organizations, and the media.

According to Muriel Poisson, Head of UNESCO IIEP’s Research and Development Team, planning higher-education integrity might become mandatory for many countries and universities. It is because there is a growing concern among government funders that universities should appropriately use shrinking resources. Additionally, there is a need to protect the reputation of higher education institutions and the trust in their degrees.



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November 3, 2023

SHISEIDO announces Bollywood Luminary Tamannaah Bhatia as its First Brand Ambassador in India.



Photo: SHISEIDO announces Bollywood Luminary Tamannaah Bhatia as its First Brand Ambassador in India.

MUMBAI, India, October 11, 2023 — Japanese beauty and cosmetics giant SHISEIDO has appointed Bollywood star Tamannaah Bhatia as its first-ever brand ambassador in India for the SHISEIDO Skincare range. SHISEIDO made the appointment in collaboration with Baccarose Perfumes & Beauty Products Pvt. Ltd, SHISEIDO’s distributor in India.

Tamannaah Bhatia is known for her on-screen presence and dedication to her craft, making her the perfect embodiment of SHISEIDO’s values of elegance, innovation, and individuality. As the first Indian brand ambassador for SHISEIDO, Tamannaah has achieved a significant milestone in her career.

In a statement, Tamannaah expressed her excitement and said the brand’s commitment to innovation, quality, and celebrating individuality resonates with her. She added that beauty is not just about external appearance but also about feeling confident and empowered in your skin.

Nicolas Baudonnet, Vice President of the Fragrance and Cosmetics division of SHISEIDO Asia Pacific, shared his thoughts on the announcement, saying that Tamannaah’s charisma, talent, and timeless beauty resonate with SHISEIDO’s core values, making her the perfect choice to represent the brand in India. He added that the collaboration promises exciting new ventures, innovative campaigns, and an enhanced brand experience for beauty enthusiasts across India.

The appointment of Tamannaah and the opening of SHISEIDO’s first store in Mumbai signifies the brand’s commitment to bringing the best of SHISEIDO to the Indian beauty market. The collaboration between Tamannaah and SHISEIDO represents a significant moment in the beauty and entertainment world, recognizing Tamannaah’s exceptional talent, timeless beauty, and influence on fans nationwide.


November 3, 2023

Tamannaah advocates Healthy, Radiant Skin in the new Digital India Campaign for SHISEIDO Skincare.

Source: Baccarose Perfumes & Beauty Product

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November 2, 2023

Vicks Cough Drops ensures no cheer goes unheard with an Indian Sign Language version of #VicksKholIndiaBol Cheer Anthem.


Photo: VicksKholIndiaBol sign language anthem.

MUMBAI, India, Oct. 31, 2023 — Vicks Cough Drops has launched an Indian Sign Language version of its #VicksKholIndiaBol Cheer Anthem. The brand collaborated with ‘India Signing Hands,’ an organization dedicated to promoting Education, Awareness, and Accessibility for the Deaf Community in India. The anthem features passionate fans from the community and cricket icon Yuvraj Singh himself grooving to the lyrics using Indian Sign Language. This initiative aims to ensure that no cheer goes unheard and the hearing-impaired cricket fans also get to enjoy the game.

Vicks offers a portfolio of trusted products used by millions of people in more than 74 countries and on five continents worldwide. The Vicks family includes - VapoRub, Xtra Strong VapoRub, BabyRub, Sinex, Formula 44, Inhaler, Action 500, NyQuil, DayQuil, VapoDrops, VapoCOOL and ZzzQuil. As one of the most globally recognized brands, Vicks has helped relieve cough, cold, and flu symptoms for generations. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Vicks is owned and distributed by P&G (Procter & Gamble).

P&G serves consumers in India with one of the most robust portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Vicks ®, Ariel®, Tide®, Whisper®, Olay®, Gillette®, AmbiPur®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Oral-B®, Head & Shoulders®, and Old Spice®.

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November 1, 2023

On World Cities Day, 55 New Cities have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Unesco Creative Cities

Paris, October 31, 2023 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has designated 55 cities to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) on World Cities Day. UNESCO recognized these new cities for their dedication to utilizing culture and creativity in their development strategies, as well as for their innovative approaches to human-centered urban planning. It brings the total number of cities in the network to 350, spanning over a hundred countries and seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

The new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network are:

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network has added 55 new cities on World Cities Day, taking the total number of cities 350 across seven creative fields. The newly designated cities, recognized for their innovative approaches to human-centered urban planning and utilizing culture and creativity in their development strategies, will cooperate with network members to strengthen their resilience in the face of evolving threats such as climate change, rising inequality, and rapid urbanization.

These newly joined cities can participate in the 2024 UCCN Annual Conference under the theme “Bringing Youth to the table for the next decade.”

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay applauded the creative cities for their leading role in enhancing access to culture and galvanizing the power of creativity for urban resilience and development.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has lauded UNESCO’s decision to include two Indian cities in its Creative Cities Network. Kozhikode has been designated as the ‘City of Literature,’ while Gwalior has been recognized as the ‘City of Music.’

Prime Minister Modi expressed his delight at this achievement and congratulated the people of Kozhikode and Gwalior. He emphasized that this recognition highlights India’s rich cultural heritage and demonstrates its commitment to preserving and promoting its diverse traditions.

According to the Prime Minister, these accolades result from the collective efforts of every individual who has contributed to nurturing and sharing India’s unique cultural narratives.

Source: UNESCO


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