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World Cities Day 2023



December 8, 2023

Academy announces International Feature Films eligible for the 96th Oscars.


Photo: Indian actress Deepika Padukone arrives on the red carpet of the 95th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Kyusung Gong / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]

LOS ANGELES, CA, December 07, 2023 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of feature films eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards.

Eighty-eight countries or regions have submitted films that qualify for the International Feature Film category.

An international film must be a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes long) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

The Academy has invited members from all branches to participate in the preliminary round of voting. However, they must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in this category.

Oscars, International Films

Photo: Complete list of eligible films for consideration for the International Feature Film Oscar at the 96th Academy Awards.

The Academy will announce the shortlist of 15 international films on Thursday, December 21, 2023. It will reveal the Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

The 96th Oscars ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and broadcast live on A.B.C. and over 200 territories worldwide.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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December 6, 2023

Genesis unveils X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo in Barcelona, Spain.

— X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept perfectly embodies Genesis’ characteristic Athletic Elegance design philosophy.

Genesis X Gran Berlinetta

Genesis X Gran Berlinetta

Genesis X Gran Berlinetta

Genesis X Gran Berlinetta

Photos: Genesis X Gran Berlinetta. Images provided by & copyright © Genesis.

BARCELONA, Spain, December 2, 2023 — Genesis unveiled the X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo Concept at the Gran Turismo World Series World Finals in Barcelona, Spain. The concept car was created as part of Polyphony Digital’s Vision Gran Turismo series and will be available to race in the game starting January 2024.

The 2024 X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept embodies the most emotional expression of the Genesis brand’s characteristic Athletic Elegance design philosophy. The Concept was born from a design study demonstrating Genesis’ passion and intent for the Vision Gran Turismo series.

The Genesis X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept’s design language is pure and muscular, with volumes centered around the wheels. The package design maximizes the dash-to-axle ratio while moving the driver and powertrain rearward for a lean mid-engine layout.

“Our goal was to create a timeless design rooted in the essence of motorsport,” says John Krsteski, Genesis’s Senior Chief Designer. “We have a diverse global design team of car and racing enthusiasts. The designers relished the opportunity to create a race car that featured Genesis design elements and technical performance attributes. It has become a catalyst of inspiration for our other programs.”

High performance was the goal for Genesis designers, who worked to achieve impressive aerodynamic fluidity. The design of the X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept is a perfect embodiment of Genesis’ characteristic Athletic Elegance design philosophy.

Source: Genesis

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December 1, 2023

Tissot T-Race MotoGPâ„¢ Limited Edition 2023 is already on the Podium, adding to this Thrilling Season.

Tissot MotoGP 2023

Tissot MotoGP 2023

Photos: Tissot T-Race MotoGP™ Limited Edition 2023. Images provided by & copyright © Tissot.

The Tissot T-Race MotoGPâ„¢ Limited Edition 2023 is making waves in motorsports. This latest addition to the Tissot family has already made it to the podium, adding to the excitement of this season. Tissot is the official timekeeper of MotoGPâ„¢, and as its ambassador, it represents the resilience, brilliance, and daring of the riders. The T-Race MotoGPâ„¢ watch has been completely redesigned for 2023 to celebrate this partnership.

Crafted with the same attention to detail as a watchmaker, motorbike mechanic, and rider, the T-Race MotoGPâ„¢ Limited Edition 2023 draws inspiration from the sport. The watch’s technical features are taken from motorcycle DNA, making it a perfect blend of passion and innovation. Precision is a shared quality of Tissot and MotoGPâ„¢, with both believing that material and dynamism are critical to success.

The watch’s design is inspired by racing, with flashy red details that reflect the notion of speed. The dial features large, red Arabic numbers that resemble motorcycle racing numbers, and speedometers inspire the chronographs. The watch is water-resistant and has a Quartz chronograph movement, with distinct hour and minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova®.

The T-Race MotoGPâ„¢ Limited Edition 2023 is limited to 8,000 pieces, and for those who love the sport and want to show it off, this watch is the perfect choice. It comes packaged in mini helmets, a new design, and a MotoGPâ„¢ logo engraved on the back of the case.

Source: TISSOT

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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 Portimão, 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 Martín, 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 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 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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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 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 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®.

Source: Vicks


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October 30, 2023

Mastercard India releases a special World Cup anthem, enabling fans to relive the 2011 triumph.

Mastercard, Cricket, India

New Delhi, October 30, 2023 — In light of the Indian cricket team’s ongoing winning streak in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Mastercard has launched a special anthem that allows millions of cricket fans across the country to relive the 2011 victory.

The anthem features Mastercard’s brand ambassador and former World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reminiscing about the moments leading up to the historic win 12 years ago at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. It showcases scores of fans cheering for the Men in Blue as they chased down Sri Lanka’s 275-run target to win the coveted trophy.

The anthem, powered by Mastercard’s iconic Sonic brand tune, has been created with the theme of “Har fan hai priceless” (every fan is priceless). It includes the former Indian skipper emphasizing that every cheer by cricket fans plays a significant role in lifting players’ spirits. The video also shows Dhoni remembering when all Indian fans in the stadium began chanting “Vande Mataram.”

Mastercard’s executive vice president and head of marketing & communications, Asia Pacific, Julie Nestor, said, “This anthem is a tribute by Mastercard to millions of India’s cricket fans who breathe life into the game. As ICC’s global partner for this year’s World Cup and a brand with a strong connection with Indian cricket, Mastercard is committed to providing memorable opportunities and experiences to fans. The undying spirit and depth of emotions exhibited by fans in every match that India plays are simply priceless.”

Source: Mastercard India


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October 29, 2023

Leica Launches World's First Camera with Content Credentials

 Content Authenticity Initiative

 Content Authenticity Initiative, Leica

Photo: A Leica Camera. Image provided by Leica.

San Jose, CA, October 28, 2023 — Leica has launched the M11-P camera, the world’s first with built-in Content Credentials.

It is a significant milestone for the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and the future of photojournalism. The camera provides a new way for photojournalists and creatives to combat misinformation and bring authenticity to their work and consumers.

The Leica M11-P camera captures each image with secure metadata, including camera make and model, who captured the image, when, and how they did so. Each image captured will receive a digital signature, ensuring authenticity. It will help combat the rise of manipulated content and misinformation and ensure trust in the digital ecosystem.

Integrating the CAI framework in the Leica M11-P camera is a significant moment for trust and transparency for photographers and creatives. Content Credentials are seeing accelerated adoption worldwide, including among photojournalists, news outlets, creative professionals, everyday consumers, social media influencers, artists, and innovators.

Transparency at the point of capture is the most robust chain of authenticity.

Source: Leica, Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI)

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October 26, 2023

Bollywood Superstar Katrina Kaif joins Swiss Watchmaker Rado as a Brand Ambassador.

Rado, Katrina Kaif

Photo: Rado appoints Katrina Kaif as global brand ambassador.

New Delhi, India, October 26, 2023 — Swiss watchmaker Rado has announced the appointment of Bollywood superstar Katrina Kaif as its Global Brand Ambassador to emphasize its commitment to precision, innovation, and craftsmanship.

Katrina Kaif perfectly embodies Rado’s values with her timeless beauty and international appeal. The announcement of this partnership accompanied a captivating campaign video that showcased the new Centrix watch, elegantly worn by Katrina.

This watch is designed to cater to the needs of the modern-day woman who believes in embracing the power of timeless moments and seizing every opportunity that comes her way. With Rado and Katrina Kaif collaborating, the future of style, innovation, and sophistication in luxury watches looks brighter.

Source: Rado


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October 21, 2023

Miss Universe and Live Bash announce Streaming deals for Preliminary and National Costume Competitions.

Miss Universe


Photo: Comedian Nick Teplitz introduces the Miss Universe contestants during the Welcome Event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, USA, on December 7, 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Matt Petit. [File Photo]

New York, October 20, 2023 — Miss Universe and Live Bash have teamed up to bring their fans the Preliminary Competitions and National Costume Shows for this year’s Miss Universe competition. Fans worldwide can watch these events exclusively at for a ticket price of $5.

Live Bash will be streaming both events. The Preliminary competition will appear live on the website on November 15, 2023, at 8 pm EST / 7 pm CST. This competition will feature delegates from 85+ countries competing in the Swimsuit and Evening Gown rounds in El Salvador.

Live Bash will stream The National Costume Competition live on November 16, 2023, at 9 pm EST / 8 pm CST. Each delegate will take the stage in a costume that embodies the spirit and traditions of their homeland. This show is not part of the official judging, but it will surely be fun for the audience!

The final Miss Universe competition will take place in El Salvador on November 18, 2023. Fans can check their local broadcast listings to find this event’s viewing option.

Kristin Patterson, CEO of Live Bash, expressed her excitement over the partnership, saying, “At Live Bash, we’re all about bringing fans experiences they love, so we are beyond thrilled to partner with Miss Universe this year to bring fans all over the world the opportunity to watch the preliminary competition and costume show.”

Source: Miss Universe Organization

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October 19, 2023

Dozens of Student Teams Worldwide to Compete in NASA Rover Challenge



Photo: Indian Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu signs the Artemis Accords, as U.S. Department of State, Deputy Assistant Secretary for India, Nancy Jackson, left, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Space Counsellor Krunal Joshi, right, look on, Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington. India is the 27th country to sign the Artemis Accords, establishing a practical set of principles to guide space exploration cooperation among nations participating in NASA’s Artemis program. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls).

WASHINGTON, October 18, 2023 — NASA has announced that it has selected 72 student teams to participate in an engineering design challenge. The challenge involves building human-powered rovers that will compete next April at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Human Exploration Rover Challenge will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2024. It invites high school, college, and university students to design, build, and test lightweight, human-powered rovers on an obstacle course that simulates lunar and Martian terrain. The teams will also be required to complete mission-focused science tasks.

These student teams come from various high schools, colleges, and universities. They represent 42 colleges and universities, 30 high schools from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico in the USA, and 13 other countries worldwide. Student teams from High schools, colleges, and universities selected from India come from the following cities: Goa, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Faridabad, and Chandigarh.

NASA believes this authentic learning challenge will encourage students to improve their understanding of collaboration, inquiry, and problem-solving strategies. Vemitra Alexander, rover challenge activity lead, Office of STEM Engagement at NASA Marshall, stated that “improving these critical real-world skills will benefit our students throughout their academic and professional careers.

During the nine-month challenge, students must complete design and safety reviews that mirror the process used by NASA engineers and scientists. The agency also has vehicle weight and size requirements, encouraging students to consider lightweight construction materials and stowage efficiency, as they will have to replicate similar payload restrictions to NASA launch operations.

Throughout the project year, teams will earn points by completing design reviews and fabricating a rover capable of meeting all criteria while completing course obstacles and mission tasks. The teams with the highest points accumulated throughout the year will win their respective divisions. The challenge will conclude with an April 19 and April 20, 2024, event at the U.S. Rocket and Space Center.

This competition is one of the nine Artemis Student Challenges and reflects the goals of NASA’s Artemis program, which includes landing the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. The NASA Southeast Regional Office of STEM Engagement at Marshall manages it. NASA uses challenges and competitions to encourage students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

• NASA has selected the following 72 student teams to begin an engineering design challenge to build human-powered rovers that will compete next April at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, near the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center:

Source: NASA

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October 12, 2023

WIPO Director General visits CSIR New Delhi


Photo: WIPO Director-General visits CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) New Delhi. October 12, 2023.

New Delhi, October 12, 2023 — Mr. Daren Tang, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), along with other distinguished delegates from WIPO, visited the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) facility at the CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research). They participated in discussions on the CSIR Innovation System, TKDL, CSIR Technologies, and CSIR’s Current IP Strength & Strategy.

The CSIR team, led by Dr. (Mrs.) N. Kalaiselvi, Secretary, DSIR and Director General, CSIR, welcomed the distinguished guests, which included Prof. Unnat P. Pandit, Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM), India.

Mr. Daren Tang elucidated WIPO’s vision to bring about more inclusiveness and to position it as a powerful catalyst to transform the IP system. He was happy to note the great strides CSIR is making as a critical Indian innovator. He appreciated the Organization’s activities, IP targeted at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Patinformatics, and IP Audit. Mr. Tang expressed WIPO’s support to CSIR for a meaningful and impactful journey together.

WIPO is a self-funding agency of the United Nations and the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information, and cooperation. It has 193 member states. WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. The Organization provides a policy forum to shape international IP rules, provides global services to protect IP across borders and resolve disputes, and facilitates cooperation and capacity building in all countries.

Source: Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India


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October 11, 2023

Lamborghini Esperienza Giro India 2023 — A Royal Adventure celebrating 60 years of Excellence.

Lamborghini, Cars, India

Lamborghini, Cars, India

Lamborghini, Cars, India

Lamborghini, Cars, India

Photos: Lamborghini Esperienza Giro India 2023. Images provided by & copyright © Lamborghini.

New Delhi, 10 October 2023 - Lamborghini Esperienza Giro India 2023 was an exclusive driving program celebrating the brand’s 60th anniversary in Rajasthan, India. The event was designed for Lamborghini owners treated to a luxurious and lifestyle experiential driving program. The theme of this year’s program was to immerse clients in the regal splendor of Rajasthan, allowing them to explore India’s royal heritage in their Lamborghini.

The convoy consisted of more than 60 Lamborghini cars traveling through a picturesque Thar Desert backdrop. The journey began at the magnificent Jodhpur and culminated at the enchanting Palace in Jaisalmer. The curated routes traversed the heart of India’s royal heritage, taking in splendid royal palaces and awe-inspiring dunes.

Esperienza Giro India 2023 was an extraordinary adventure exclusively tailored for Lamborghini customers to indulge in the rich tapestry of Rajasthan’s cultural heritage. Lamborghini’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences beyond driving was underscored by this event, forging enduring connections between the brand, its owners, and the remarkable world they explore together.

Head of Lamborghini India, Sharad Agarwal, said, “Esperienza Giro India 2023 was a celebration of Lamborghini’s 60 years of Excellence, a journey that allowed our valued customers to experience the luxury and majesty of Rajasthan, which resonates with Lamborghini’s heritage of luxury and performance. We are delighted to have created memories that will last a lifetime and strengthen the bond between Lamborghini and its loyal enthusiasts.”

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October 10, 2023

IMF presents World Economic Outlook October 2023

IMF Report

Photo: IMF Chief Economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas delivers the World Economic Outlook on October 10, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © IMF.

IMF Report

Washington, DC, October 10, 2023 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that global growth will slow to 3% this year and 2.9% in 2024, according to Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, head of the Fund’s Research Department. In the upcoming World Economic Outlook (WEO) report, the IMF’s Chief Economist said that the slowdown in growth will result from the widening divergence between economies. While the US and large emerging markets are expected to experience substantial growth, China and the Euro-area have received downward revisions. The report also found that headline inflation will decrease from 6.8% this year to 5.7% next year, while core inflation (excluding energy and food prices) will decline, though less significantly.

The quarterly WEO report shows that fears of a widespread recession among the world’s leading economies are receding. The report attributes the divergence between countries to three forces:

The University of California at Berkeley professor Gourinchas explained that while some advanced economies’ central banks are yet to reach their peak, others, such as Brazil or Chile, have already started to ease. The report warns that while risks are more balanced than last April, they remain tilted to the downside. It points to China’s main risk as growth slows down due to stress in the real estate sector. The report also cautions that commodity prices could become more volatile amid climate and geopolitical shocks and that financial markets could re-price if more significant inflation persists.

The report advises central banks looking to maintain growth and tackle inflation:

  1. It emphasizes the importance of price stability and calibrating monetary policy for country-specific recovery speeds and disinflation.
  2. It suggests that in most countries, fiscal policy needs to rebuild buffers by phasing out untargeted subsidies while protecting the vulnerable. It will also aid the fight against inflation
  3. Governments should focus on reforms that reduce structural impediments to growth, such as increasing labor supply

It will help countries grow faster, facilitate debt reduction, and lower inflation pressures.

Finally, the report highlights the need for multilateral efforts to address global challenges such as climate risks, food and energy security, trade tensions, and geoeconomic fragmentation. The report calls for a robust global financial safety net with a well-resourced IMF.

Source: IMF

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October 6, 2023

Fortune Reveals the 100 Most Powerful Women in Business

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NEW YORK, October 5, 2023 — Fortune Magazine has released its annual list of the Most Powerful Women in Business for the year 2023. The list includes 100 leading businesswomen from various industries: finance, tech, healthcare, telecom, retail, and energy. It features both established and rising leaders from around the globe.

This year’s list is the first to honor 100 women worldwide. It recognizes top executives’ work, which spans the planet, and the increasing number of women leading companies on the Fortune 500 and the Fortune Global 500.

The list includes 67 women who hold the title of CEO, some of whom only recently stepped into their positions. Among them are Margherita Della Valle, the CEO of British telecom Vodafone; Sandy Ran Xu, who took over in China; and Vanessa Hudson, who assumed the CEO role at Qantas in Australia. All three are the first women to hold their respective positions.

Other women on the list are making a significant impact early in their careers, for example, Mira Murati, the Chief Technology Officer at OpenAI, and Susan Li, Meta’s CFO. Some executives are leading the world’s most valuable startups, such as Kim Kardashian, the co-founder of the $4 billion shapewear line Skims.

The business world demands change, and women leaders are meeting the moment. When CEOs step down, women are getting called to replace them in more significant numbers. In the first half of 2023, 106 CEOs worldwide left their jobs. Of the CEO replacements, 13% were women, up from 2.4% in 2018.

• The Top 10 of the 2023 Fortune 100 Most Powerful Women in Business:

  1. Karen S. Lynch, President and CEO, CVS Health (U.S.)
  2. Julie Sweet, Chair and CEO, Accenture (U.S.)
  3. Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, General Motors (U.S.)
  4. Jane Fraser, CEO, Citigroup (U.S.)
  5. Jessica Tan, Executive Director, Co-CEO, Ping An (China)
  6. Carol Tomé, CEO, UPS (U.S.)
  7. Emma Walmsley, CEO, GSK (U.K.)
  8. Ruth Porat, President, CIO, CFO, Alphabet and Google (U.S.)
  9. Shemara Wikramanayake, Managing Director and CEO, Macquarie (Australia)
  10. Gail Boudreaux, President and CEO, Elevance Health (U.S.)

Many of the women on the list will attend or speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California, from October 9 to 11.

Source: Fortune Media (USA) Corporation

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