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May 23, 2022

TIME Reveals Its Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

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Photo: The 2022 TIME100 issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

NEW YORK, May 23, 2022 — Today, TIME revealed the 2022 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

The TIME100 includes surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. For example, the nineteenth annual list features Michelle Obama on Oprah Winfrey, Joe Biden on Volodymyr Zelensky, Matthew McConaughey on Channing Tatum, Denis Villeneuve on Zendaya, James Corden on Adele, Reese Witherspoon on Zoë Kravitz, Martin Scorsese on Andrew Garfield, Sandra Oh on Simu Liu, Ryan Seacrest on Kris Jenner, Laurene Powell Jobs on Tim Cook, Jeb Bush on Ron DeSantis, Tom Brady on Rafael Nadal and many more.

Of the 2022 TIME100 list, TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “We hope that the TIME100 list is not simply a recognition of influence but a study in how influence can be wielded… If a crisis unites us, we must find within ourselves that same empathy. The spectrum of leaders on this list, wielding influence in so many ways, is a reminder that we all have the option to use our power for good.”


The 2022 TIME100 features dozens of entertainers, including Channing Tatum, Pete Davidson, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Adele, Simu Liu, Mila Kunis, Oprah Winfrey, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Jon Batiste, Keanu Reeves and more.

Athletes on this year’s list include Nathan Chen, Alex Morgan, Eileen Gu, Candace Parker, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Rafael Nadal.

This year’s list features 49 women, including Mary J.Blige, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh, Ariana DeBose, Adele, Miranda Lambert, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Nadine Smith, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Quinta Brunson, Zoe Kravitz, Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and others.

The list features U.S. President Joe Biden and other U.S. political figures, including Kevin McCarthy, Ron DeSantis, Kyrsten Sinema, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Other notable writers include Sacha Baron Cohen, Mindy Kaling, LeBron James, Billy Porter, Stevie Wonder, Alexei Navalny, Jimmy Fallon, Bernie Sanders, Bowen Yang, Billie Jean King, Chip, and Joanna Gaines, Jack Harlow, Cory Booker, and more.

Xi Jinping is on the list for the 13th time, more than any other person this year. Other repeats include Oprah Winfrey (10), Vladimir Putin (7), Joe Biden (5), Christine Lagarde (5), Tim Cook (5), Adele (3), Rafael Nadal (2), Alex Morgan (2), Abiy Ahmed (2), Issa Rae (2), Megan Rapinoe (2) and Ursula von der Leyen (2).

TIME will celebrate the 2022 TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people with the return of the annual TIME100 Summit and TIME100 Gala on June 7 and June 8 in New York City.

The second annual TIME100 Summit on June 7, 2022, will convene leaders from the global TIME100 community to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world. Speakers for the day-long event include Apple CEO Tim Cook; co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates; NBA champion, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Dwyane Wade; writer, producer, and actor Mindy Kaling; U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry; former U.S. Representative and co-founder, Giffords Gabrielle Giffords; Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley; founder and creative director, Brother Vellies Aurora James, designer Christian Siriano; head of global TV, Netflix Bela Bajaria; Olympic Champion, Freestyle Skiing Eileen Gu; writer, director, producer, and actor Taika Waititi; poet and author Cathy Park Hong; artist Jon Batiste; senior vice president, BioNTech SE Dr. Katalin Karikó; filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen and more.

The 16th annual TIME100 Gala, celebrating TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people, will take place on June 8, 2022. The event will feature Mary J. Blige and Miranda Lambert performances, honorary tributes from members of this year’s list, remarks from TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal, and more.

Both events will occur at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz, at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Source: TIME

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May 18, 2022

French actor Vincent Lindon is the President of the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes.

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Cannes, France, May 18, 2022 — French actor Vincent Lindon will be the 75th Festival de Cannes Jury president. Together with eight jury members, the actor who won Best Actor in 2015 will present the Palme d’Or to one of the 21 films in competition on Saturday, May 28, during the closing ceremony, to be broadcast live by France Télévisions and Brut.

• The Jury

Vincent Lindon - President

Rebecca Hall
Actress, producer, screenwriter, director
United Kingdom / United States

Deepika Padukone
Actress, producer

Noomi Rapace

Jasmine Trinca
Actress, director

Asghar Farhadi
Director, producer, screenwriter

Ladj Ly
Director, screenwriter, actor, producer

Jeff Nichols
Director, screenwriter
United States

Joachim Trier
Director, screenwriter

Source: Cannes Film Festival

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May 15, 2022

U.S. Postal Service honors Illustrator Shel Silverstein and Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz

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WASHINGTON, May 14, 2022 — The U.S. Postal Service has announced several new stamps.

The Shel Silverstein Forever stamp — featuring artwork from one of his most famous books, “The Giving Tree” — was dedicated at Darwin Elementary, one of the schools he attended as a child.

The extraordinarily versatile Silverstein (1930-1999) was one of the 20th century’s most imaginative authors and illustrators.

Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” published in 1964 by Harper & Row, is about a friendship between a motherly tree and a boy. As the child grows older, the tree gives him its shade, apples, branches, and trunk. The story ends with the boy returning as a grown-up man to rest against the tree’s stump. The bestselling tale of selflessness, accompanied by the author’s elegantly simple black-and-white illustrations, is considered a classic of children’s literature.

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Other new stamps salute the centennial of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), whose “Peanuts” characters are some of the best known and most beloved in all of American culture. Schulz alone wrote and drew nearly 18,000 strips for five decades. Each character reflects Schulz’s rich imagination and great humanity.

In a celebratory mode, characters from “Peanuts” adorn ten designs on this pane of 20 stamps and form a frame around a 1987 photograph of Schulz.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps from Schulz’s artwork and an existing photograph by Douglas Kirkland.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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May 14, 2022

Camila Cabello to headline Show-Stopping UEFA Champions Final Opening Ceremony Presented by Pepsi

- Grammy Award-Nominated, Multi-Platinum, and Chart-Topping Singer/Songwriter will take to Pepsi Stage live in Paris on May 28 ahead of the World’s most watched Annual Sporting Event.

Pepsi Camila Cabello

NEW YORK, May 14, 2022 — UEFA and Pepsi have revealed that GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum, and chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello will headline this year’s UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi. The Opening Ceremony will see the ‘Bam Bam’ ‘Senorita,’ and ‘Havana’ hitmaker takes center stage to kick off one of the World’s most significant sporting events and bring the energy and atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League final to millions of viewers tuning in around the World.

The 5-minute performance would be a breath-taking carnival-themed celebration, brought to life through a stunning display of costumes, dancers, and musicians, choreographed to deliver a high-energy spectacular to fans in the stadium and at home, live from the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, May 28. The Opening Ceremony production will see her perform a medley of her chart-topping hits alongside new releases from the highly-acclaimed third studio album ‘Familia.’

Camila Cabello commented: “I’m so excited to be taking to the stage at the UEFA Champions League final in Paris this month! I intend on putting on an amazing show, bringing together the spirit of my Latin heritage and a feeling of togetherness for sports and music fans all over the World - I can’t wait!”

To announce Camila’s performance at the UEFA Champions League final, Pepsi shared a short video via its YouTube channel, showing what fans can expect in Paris. In the clip, playful animations and floral patterns surround Camila taking inspiration from the iconic Oaxaca carnival in Mexico. The vibrant colors channel the feeling of togetherness and celebrate people of all walks of life coming together, showcasing how the power of music and sport can unite people all around the World.

Pepsi’s Global Marketing Vice President, Eric Melis, said: “Pepsi has been working with UEFA to build the Opening Ceremony platform since 2016. We’re delighted to be returning to live stadium shows and bringing Camila Cabello to the stage this year. Pepsi has a long and rich heritage in entertainment. This year’s show will not disappoint as we bring Camila’s Latina spirit elements to one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.”

Each year, the Opening Ceremony sees some of the hottest music artists in the World put on an electrifying, show-stopping performance that brings enormous buzz to the UEFA Champions League final in true Pepsi style. The 2022 Opening Ceremony is no different and will be running across the international Pepsi trademark, including Pepsi, Pepsi Black / MAX, and Diet Pepsi.

UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein commented: “We are excited to be collaborating with our long-standing partners at Pepsi for yet another highly entertaining Opening Ceremony performance at the 2022 UEFA Champions League final. These events always provide the ultimate cross-pollination of sport and music, which we know fans love to watch - and Pepsi is the perfect partner to help us do that. We know that Camila Cabello is one of the World’s most popular artists, and she will help us build on our fans’ excitement for the Opening Ceremony performance with a show football fans will never forget.”

This year’s UEFA Champions League final Opening Ceremony performance will air in over 200 countries and territories around the World, just minutes before the biggest game in European club football gets underway.

Source: PepsiCo

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May 10, 2022

Movie celebrities from across India to walk Red Carpet along with Shri Anurag Thakur at Cannes.

• A.R. Rahman, Shekhar Kapur, Akshay Kumar, and Ricky Kej are among the celebs on Red Carpet

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Photo: The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, announcing that India will be the official Country of Honour at the upcoming Marche’ Du Film, organized alongside the 75th edition of Cannes Film Festival in France, in New Delhi.

New Delhi, May 10, 2022 — Red Carpet Event at the 75th Cannes Film Festival is going to be a gala event for the Indian audience as celebrities from the cine world across India are set to walk the Red Carpet as part of the Indian delegation on the opening day of Cannes Film Festival 2022 on May 17, 2022.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur will lead the delegation from India to Cannes. The list of celebrities comprises stars from the film and music industries across India. The panel will contain the following celebrities:

This year, the intent is to showcase the rich flavor and diversity of India - culture, heritage, legacy, and developments through its cinema. The Ministry has hand-picked the delegation from across the length and breadth of the country to represent different strengths and aspects of the nation.

Notably, India is the Official Country of Honour at Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film) in this edition of the festival. It is the first time this honor has been bestowed on any country and comes when India celebrates its Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. In addition, India and France are also celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations this year.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

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May 9, 2022

Lamborghini Squadra Corse secures first British GT win of the season in Silverstone 500

- Barwell’s Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon ensure a third successive victory in a three-hour event.


Photo: Lamborghini Squadra Corse secures the first British GT win of the season in Silverstone 500.

Silverstone, UK, May 8, 2022 - Barwell Motorsport’s Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon delivered Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s first victory in the British GT Championship season with a measured drive under heavy pressure during the three-hour Silverstone 500. Factory Driver Mitchell had helped the #72 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO take pole position on Saturday before coming out on top by just under a second at the end of the opening endurance event of the year.

After two sprint races to kick off the season at Oulton Park, the field moved to the Home of British Motorsport for the first long-distance meeting of the year. Mitchell and Balon began the weekend strongly in Saturday’s free practice sessions, setting the seventh quickest time in the morning before topping the times in the afternoon FP2.

The leading pair of Lamborghinis had opened a healthy margin over the chasing pack, with Balon hanging onto the pace of Malykhin. Balon then moved back into the race lead as Malykhin made his first pit stop after the half-hour marker. Mitchell took over the reins of the #72 Huracán after Balon - who become embroiled in a lively battle with the McLaren of Morgan Tillbrook - made his first stop 15 minutes later.

With Mitchell at the wheel, the Barwell Motorsport car established a lead of just under five seconds, which extended by another second by the time Balon got back behind the wheel for his second stint. Mitchell was back in for the final 45 minutes, in which he maintained a diminishing advantage over another McLaren - with Marvin Kirchhofer in the car.

Despite it coming down to as little as two-tenths of a second in the closing stages, Mitchell controlled the lead to take a deserved victory at the finish, ensuring Lamborghini’s third successive win in the Silverstone endurance event.

Source: Lamborghini


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May 5, 2022

India Art Fair 2022 closes.

India Art Fair


India Art Fair

India Art Fair

New Delhi, May 4, 2022 — The 2022 edition of the India Art Fair, the leading platform to discover and celebrate modern and contemporary art from South Asia, closed on May 1 amid reports of robust sales. The fair offered a strong contingent of 77 exhibitors, including 63 galleries and 14 institutional participants from 16 cities in India.

The fair featured over 500 modern and contemporary artists.

Jaya Asokan, Fair Director of India Art Fair, commented: “As the first fair that I oversaw, I am immensely proud of the team and our artists, galleries, and partners for working so seamlessly together and pushing the boundaries of the region’s artistic language. The upbeat energy at the fair has demonstrated that audiences here are ready to dive back in and experience art in person again, a true embodiment of the strength and resilience of the region’s art scene.”

Leading art-lovers across the cultural landscapes of India and the South Asia region attended the fair to explore and experience the diverse line-up of leading exhibitors and curated programs.

Source: India Art Fair

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April 27, 2022

The Times Higher Education (THE) publishes its SDG Impact Rankings 2022; Lovely, Shoolini, and Chitkara lead in India.

Times Higher Education, Impact Rankings

London, April 27, 2022 — The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are the global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE says it uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas:

The 2022 Impact Rankings is the fourth edition, and the overall ranking includes 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions.

An Australian institution, Western Sydney University, leads the overall ranking.

In second place is the US’s Arizona State University, and third is Western University from Canada.

No one country dominates the top 10, with universities from the UK, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Japan also featuring.

The top institutions from an emerging economy are King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and Universiti Sains Malaysia, in joint fourth place.

According to THE, the Impact Rankings are inherently dynamic: they are overgrowing each year as many more universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the SDGs by joining the ‘THE’ database. These rankings allow institutions to show rapid improvement year on year by introducing clear new policies or providing more transparent and open evidence of their progress.

• Following universities from India appear in the top 300

(India Rank) — ‘THE’ Global Rank — University

Source: Times Higher Education

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April 26, 2022

MasterClass Announces Mariah Carey to Teach the Voice as an Instrument

Mariah Carey, MasterClass

Photo: Mariah Carey for MasterClass.


SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2022 — MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, has announced that Mariah Carey will teach a class on how to use the voice as an instrument. For the first time, Carey will bring members into the Butterfly Lounge, her mobile studio, to show how they can use their voices to sing and write and produce melodies, lyrics, and instrumentation that blend genres and break barriers. In addition, members will be the first to hear the reimagined version of “The Roof” with award-winning artist Brandy and see Carey in action as she directs Brandy on background vocals. Carey’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 150+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Mariah is simply a genius. She’s one of the greatest artists of all time,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In her class, Mariah is opening up her studio for the first time, teaching members how to use their voice throughout the music-making process.”

In her class, Carey reveals how the voice can be used as an instrument and how it can be an extension of the pen as a writer, making it possible for anyone to be a music producer. Carey will provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her music-making process by communicating melodies to a string ensemble to turn personal stories into iconic soundtracks. Taking members into the Butterfly Lounge as she works on a reimagined version of her beloved hit “The Roof” with award-winning artist Brandy, Carey will examine the importance of background vocals in making music and how to build a song with a choir of voices versus a wall of sound. Carey will teach members how to use their personal experiences as inspiration for writing music and telling a story. Sharing how Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Part II” inspired her writing on “The Roof,” she will show members how to listen beyond genres and use samples as building blocks. Carey will also reflect on the challenges she faced in the music industry and provide tips for navigating the industry and maintaining creative control. Members will leave the class inspired to find their voice, whether advocating for their creative desires or honing it as an instrument.

“I’ve never let cameras in when I create—not when I’m writing, especially not when singing,” Carey said. “But now I’m taking MasterClass members into my studio to show them how they can write and produce music using their voice and become anything they want to be as long as they create, re-create, reimagine and reinvent.”

Lessons in this online class include:

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, entrepreneur, and pop icon. Known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, she has been referred to as the “Songbird Supreme.” Holding the record for the most No. 1 singles and most certified albums by any solo artist or female artist, Carey has received Billboard’s Artist of the Decade (the 1990s). She also received the Icons Award, the World Music Awards’ Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, and holds three Guinness World Records. She is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer with 19 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles and more than 200 million records sold, making her the best-selling female artist. Her songs shatter records, her love of music blends genres, and her penmanship and producing ability have earned her a spot in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The MasterClass is the streaming platform where the world’s best come together, so anyone can access and be inspired by their knowledge and stories. With an annual membership, members get unprecedented access to 150+ instructors and classes across various fields, including Arts & Entertainment, Business, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Writing, and more.

Source: MasterClass


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April 21, 2022

Call for Nominations for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards



Paris, April 21, 2022 — UNESCO and the Fondation L’Oréal have invited scientists worldwide to nominate candidates for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) International Awards.

The 2023 edition of the FWIS International Awards will designate five outstanding scientific women researchers in Physical sciences, Mathematics, and Computer science. Each of the five Laureates will receive an award of €100,000 for her contribution to scientific research at a ceremony in Paris in March 2023.

Nominations must be submitted through the dedicated online platform by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Source: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards


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International Jazz Day 2022, a Call for Global Peace and Unity

Flagship All-Star Jazz Day Concert to be hosted at UN in New York on April 30

Jazz Day 2022

Photos: International Jazz Day 2022 Posters.

Paris, April 20, 2022 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced the program for the 2022 celebration of International Jazz Day, April 30, with more events taking place in more than 180 countries.

The flagship Jazz Day event, a spectacular All-Star Global Concert, will be staged in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, emphasizing the importance of jazz to achieve unity and peace through dialogue and diplomacy. It will feature performances by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz artists.

The concert will be webcast worldwide (April 30, 11 pm CET) on the UNESCO website, YouTube, Facebook,, UN Web TV, and US State Department outlets.

“Jazz carries a universal message with the power to strengthen dialogue, our understanding of each other, and our mutual respect. As the world is affected by multiple crises and conflicts, this international day highlights how much music and culture can contribute to peace,” Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, said.

“With conflict and division in many parts of the world, I hope that, through the universal language of jazz, our celebration this year can inspire people of all nations to heal, hope, and work together to foster peace,” said Jazz Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock. Herbie Hancock co-chairs International Jazz Day with the Director-General of UNESCO.

• Masterclasses, concerts, educational and other programs worldwide

Earlier in the evening of April 30 (9 pm CET), UNESCO will celebrate the musical talent of women from across Africa with the second edition of its JazzWomenAfrica concert series. Organized in collaboration with the cultural agency ANYA Music (Morocco), JazzWomenAfrica helps counter the under-representation and insufficient recognition of women in the music industry. A discussion with women artists and music producers on this theme will take place on April 29 (5 pm CET).

World-renowned jazz artists, including multiple Grammy Awards winners Arturo O’Farrill, Terri Lyne Carrington, Oran Etkin, Danny Grissett, Dan Tepfer, and others, will lead master classes and presentations.

Stakeholders across the UNESCO Creative Cities Network around the globe will organize their celebrations throughout International Jazz Day.

Established by UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every April 30.

Source: UNESCO

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April 20, 2022

India's Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, calls upon the Cost & Management Accountants to ensure quality production by industry and help boost India's exports.

Cost Accountants, India

Photo: The Minister for Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, with the winners after the Presentation Ceremony of the 17th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management 2019, in New Delhi on April 20, 2022.

New Delhi, April 20, 2022 — India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Piyush Goyal, has called upon the Cost & Management Accountants to ensure quality production by industry and help boost India’s exports. Cost Accountants help make the Indian Industry cost-competitive and cost-conscious, he said.

“If we start loading costs to our export products and doing marginal costing, it can make a difference to our cost competitiveness. It would enhance our ability to increase our exports, recover its cost, and start reporting profits,” said Mr. Goyal. He was giving away the ‘17th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management-2019’ and ‘5th CMA awards-2017 & 6th CMA Awards-2019’, organized by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI).

Mr. Goyal said ‘Exports’ are the “virtuous circle of prosperity” we must focus upon.

“Anything we add on the exports front adds to our economic activity. When we add to our economic activity, look at what we are doing. We earn precious foreign exchange, which will help us balance our import requirements, our foreign currency requirements, and, of course, investments and large remittances that over three crores of Indians worldwide send to India. However, we still have a shortfall,” he said.

Mr. Goyal said our higher Forex reserves help our currency from depreciation.

“If we can save our currency from depreciating, we can reduce interest rates and reduce inflation’s impact on our society,” he said.

Mr. Goyal said ICAI had nurtured the Cost & Management Accountant (CMA) professionals for 78 years. Today, it is the 2nd most significant Cost & Management Accounting body in the world & largest in Asia.

Mr. Goyal said the CMAs are the guardians of growth. Keeping a check on costs, they help organizations in ensuring that every activity is efficient, he said.

Source: Ministry of Commerce & Industry


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April 19, 2022

Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, meets IMF Managing Director Ms. Kristalina Georgieva in Washington D.C.

International Monetary Fund

Photo: A woman heads towards the metro station at Connaught Place in New Delhi, India, on March 29, 2022. Women make up 19 percent of the workforce in India, down from approximately 30 percent in 1990, as per a World Bank report. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Saumya Khandelwal.

Washington, April 19, 2022 — India’s Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, had a bilateral meeting with Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank (IMF-WB) Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. today.

Both the Finance Minister and the Managing Director were accompanied by senior officials like Mr. Anantha V. Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and Ms. Gita Gopinath, FDMD of IMF.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of importance for India besides several topics currently being faced by the global and the regional economies.

Ms. Georgieva highlighted the resilience of India, which remains the fastest-growing country across the globe despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Georgieva also referred to a well-targeted policy mix followed by India. She lauded India for its contribution to the capacity development activities of the IMF.

Ms. Georgieva praised India’s vaccination program and extended help to its neighbor and other vulnerable economies. In addition, the IMF MD referred India’s resources to Sri Lanka during their complex economic crisis. Ms. Sitharaman indicated that IMF should support and urgently provide financial assistance to Sri Lanka. The Managing Director assured the Finance Minister that the IMF would continue to engage with Sri Lanka actively.

Discussing the recent geopolitical developments, Ms. Sitharaman and Ms. Georgieva raised concerns about its impact on the global economy and the challenges linked to the rising energy prices.

Explaining India’s policy approach, Ms. Sitharaman mentioned that an accommodative fiscal stance accompanied significant structural reforms, including the bankruptcy code and targeted help to vulnerable sections.

Ms. Sitharaman said that Monetary Authority fully supported and complemented these efforts with an accommodative stance.

The Finance Minister further stated that India had a sound agricultural output, supported by a good monsoon during the COVID pandemic. As a result, agricultural exports and other exports have also sharply increased. She concluded that India is entering into new economic activities to help resolve some of the global supply chain issues.

Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India


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April 15, 2022

IMF Chief addresses the International Monetary Fund 2022 Spring Meetings Curtain Raiser

International Monetary Fund

Photo: Post Spring Meetings 2021, Head of Department Meetings Chief of Staff, Dominique Desruelle, looks on during the post-2021 Spring Meetings meeting with the department heads at the International Monetary Fund. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock. [File photo]

International Monetary Fund

Photo: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva meets with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at the International Monetary Fund on March 23, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.

International Monetary Fund

Photo: Supply Chain and Inflation. There are high gas prices at gas stations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. January 19, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.

International Monetary Fund

Washington, DC, April 15, 2022 — The IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva raised the 2022 Spring Meetings curtain yesterday, April 14, in an event hosted by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The IMF MD stated that the world is facing a crisis on top of an emergency: First, the pandemic, and second, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Global growth prospects vary significantly across countries: from catastrophic economic losses in Ukraine to a severe contraction in Russia to countries facing spillovers from the war through commodity, trade, and financial channels, IMF said. IMF will release detailed forecasts in the World Economic Report next Tuesday.

“The outlook has deteriorated substantially, largely because of the war and its repercussions. In addition, inflation, financial tightening, and frequent, wide-ranging lockdowns in China causing new bottlenecks in global supply chains are also weighing on activity. As a result, we will be projecting a further downgrading global growth for 2022 and 2023. Fortunately for most countries, growth will remain in positive territory. That said, the impact of the war will contribute to forecast downgrades for 143 economies this year, accounting for 86 percent of global GDP,” said Georgieva.

International Monetary Fund

Photo: Consumer Price Inflation Chart. Source: IMF.

Emerging and developing economies face the added risk of potential spillovers from monetary tightening in advanced economies—higher borrowing costs and capital outflows.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered spillovers through three main channels. The first is commodity prices, wheat oil, gas, and metals. The second one is the pressure on inflation and the necessity for central banks to tighten up faster than they would otherwise with all the consequences for emerging markets. And the third one is the financial channels remittances and the impact on how the monetary system will look after the war. So when you look at this impact from a human standpoint, the most dramatic one is food prices. Why? Because that comes on top of already deepening food insecurity in many parts of the world. Remember, we had bad harvests in several countries, locusts in Africa, and the Horn of Africa that have already generated pressure. And now the war is heating on the world’s low-income families even more,” added Georgieva.

Georgieva concluded the event by stressing that the international community’s immediate priorities are to end the war in Ukraine, confront the pandemic, and tackle inflation and debt.

“2020 is the record highest borrowing year since World War II. Even the global financial crisis didn’t lead to such an expansion of borrowing in one year. Now, when we have a global debt level of 256% of global GDP, we have to think of its impact. Interest rates are low. In some cases, even negative, this is easy. In fact, in 2021, debt went up, but debt service in many countries went down. Why? Because of accommodative monetary policy. When inflation accelerated, I should say that part of the inflation pressure came from demand picking up after the pandemic. Still, supply chains are getting broken, and supply is not catching up with this demand. Price stability is essential for growth, so central banks have to take action. They have to act decisively. Interest payments go up when they do so, and servicing debt becomes much more difficult,” the IMF MD concluded.

The world’s financial leaders are set to meet in Washington, DC, next week for the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings.

Rising inflation, the economic impact of the war in Ukraine, and the lingering effects of the pandemic are front and center for policymakers.

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF)


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April 7, 2022

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is back with the second edition of the Couture Hall of Fame.

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) honors Anamika Khanna, JJ Valaya, Manish Malhotra, Asha Kochhar, and Vidyun Singh for their contribution by inducting them into the Couture Hall of Fame.

Fashion Design Council of India

Fashion Design Council of India

Photo: A glimpse of the FDCI Designer Stockroom, which received an overwhelming response. Image Credit: FDCI.

New Delhi, April 6, 2022 — The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) Couture Hall of Fame awards featured a glittering ceremony at the Taj Mahal hotel.

It was an evening of glamour as the leading lights of haute couture, known for elevating Indian crafts with laborious techniques, were given a much-awaited ovation.

Anamika Khanna, acclaimed for her timeless, detailed pieces, was among those who won excellence in nurturing the design language.

JJ Valaya, the czar of embroideries, who adds his magical touch with a royal edge, was given the trophy by Indian economist and civil servant Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Bollywood’s favorite designer, Manish Malhotra, was elated to receive the honor from Managing Editor (Lifestyle), Hindustan Times, Ms. Sonal Kalra.

Neeti Aayog CEO, Mr. Amitabh Kant, felicitated Media Makers Asha Kochhar & Vidyun Singh for their contribution to the Indian fashion universe.

The beauty of the evening was the soul-stirring music by Taufiq Qureshi, who performed on the stage and kept the well-heeled audience mesmerized by his rhythm. Sahil Vasudeva played on the piano, keeping the night engaging during a seven-course meal, while Violinist Madina Abaeva enthralled the guests with her tunes.

The master of ceremonies of the evening, Rajiv Makhni, kept the audience in good humor with his witty introductions.

Those present at the prestigious award function were guests of the awardees at their reserved tables. The other attendees included FDCI’s present and former Board members and erstwhile couturiers who have been part of the Couture Week journey.

“The FDCI has always believed in awarding those whose contribution to the Indian design space has been exemplary. Their dialogue with textures, movement, fabrics, and craftsmanship over the years shows their innate ability to create passionately. Therefore, the FDCI and the Board of Governors have honored this evening,” Sunil Sethi, Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India, concluded.

Source: Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI)

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April 1, 2022

UNESCO awards India the "Certificate of Inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity"

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Photos: Paris, France. The UNESCO Director-General handed over the “Certificate of inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage” to the Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO. Images provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Lily CHAVANCE.

Paris, March 31, 2021 — UNESCO presented India the Certificate of inscription of “Durga Puja in Kolkata” to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

Earlier, the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s Convention on Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 16th session in Paris, France, from 13th to 18th December 2021.

Durga Puja celebrates feminine divinity and a consummate expression of dance, music, crafts, rituals, practices, culinary and cultural aspects. The festival transcends the boundaries of caste, creed, and economic classes and joins the people together in its celebration.

India is a signatory of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and traditions and living expression. Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, words, knowledge, skills, instruments, objects, artifacts, and cultural spaces that communities and groups recognize as a part of their cultural inheritance.

Source: UNESCO

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March 28, 2022

Academy announces Oscars 2022 Winners.

Oscars 2022

Photo: Jennifer Garner arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2022

Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2022

Photo: Maddie Ziegler arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2022

Photo: Ben Proudfoot poses backstage with the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject during the live A.B.C. telecast of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 27. 2022 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar Winners on Sunday, March 27, 2022, via an event held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. The pageant was televised live on A.B.C. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

• Following are the Nominees and WINNERS of the 94th Academy Awards:

• Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Best animated feature film of the year

• Achievement in cinematography

• Achievement in costume design

• Achievement in directing

• Best documentary feature

• Best documentary short subject

• Achievement in film editing

• Best international feature film of the year

• Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

• Best motion picture of the year

• Achievement in production design

• Best animated short film

• Best live-action short film

• Achievement in sound

• Achievement in visual effects

• Adapted screenplay

• Original screenplay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March 24, 2022

Lakmé Fashion Week and Fashion Design Council of India announce Designers And Partners for the New Delhi Show, March 23 to 27, 2022

Lakmé Fashion Week

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Masoom Minawala as the show stopper for Lakme Salon and Varun Bahl Couture presentation “QUINTESSENTIAL” at FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week, New Delhi, March 23, 2022. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

New Delhi, March 24, 2022: After two years of digital showcases due to the pandemic, the powerhouses of fashion and beauty in India- Lakmé Fashion Week (jointly organized by Lakmé & RISE Worldwide) and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) together are hosting a fully on-ground, season-fluid edition in New Delhi, from 23rd-27th March 2022.

The schedule comprises one of the strongest curations of designers from across India. FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week. It commences with the Opening Show on March 22 and will culminate with the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale on March 27.

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI, commented, “Energies are at an all-time high as we curate a diverse range of pathbreaking showcases and initiatives. This edition is exceptional as we make a full physical comeback after two years of adapting to the digital environment. Our audiences can expect the best designers and talent at this edition of FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week with an extremely intense and power-packed schedule.”

Participating designers at this season-fluid edition include Alpana Neeraj, Alpona Designs, Ashish N Soni, Aisha Rao, Antar-Agni, Anju Modi, Anavila, Aartivijay Gupta, Ananya Modi Jain, Abhishek Sharma, Abhishek Gupta Benares, Charu Parashar, Countrymade, Diksha Khanna, Divyam Mehta, Eshaa Amiin, HUEMN, JJ Valaya, JAJAABOR, Kiniho, Khanijo, KAVERI, Ka-Sha, Label Rahul Dasgupta, Manish Malhotra, Mossi Traoré, Mynah’s Reynu Taandon + Nikhita, Nikhita Mhaisalkar, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Nirmooha, Outhouse, Pramaa by Pratima Pandey, Payal Pratap, Pawan Sachdeva, Pankaj & Nidhi, Punit Balana, RARA Avis by Sonal Verma, Rahul Singh, Rimzim Dadu, Rina Dhaka, Rajdeep Ranawat, Ranna Gill, Satya Paul by Rajesh Pratap Singh, Suneet Varma, Samant Chauhan, Shantnu and Nikhil, Shivan & Narresh, Shriya Khanna, Swatti Kapoor, Siddhartha Bansal, Siddartha Tytler, Shruti Sancheti, Tarun Tahiliani, Two Point Two, Varun Bahl, and Vaishali S.

Source: Fashion Design Council of India


Lakmé Salon and Varun Bahl Couture present “QUINTESSENTIAL”
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U.S. Postal Service Issues Sunflower Bouquet and Tulips Flowers Stamps

Stamps Designed for Invitations, Oversize Cards, and Small Gifts.

U.S. Postal Service

Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues Sunflower Bouquet Stamp.

U.S. Postal Service

Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues 2022 Tulips Forever Stamp.

LAWRENCE, Kan. and MOUNT VERNON, Wash., March 24, 2022 — The U.S. Postal Service has issued a beautiful sunflower bouquet stamp and a Tulips Forever stamp.

U.S. Postal Service said that the sunflower stamp features five sunflowers as part of a bright and beautiful bouquet. The stamp forms a natural pair with the Tulips Forever stamp. In addition to regular correspondence, the two stamps are perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, and important announcements.

The sunflower stamp’s art comprises a still-life image of several orange-and-yellow sunflowers intermingled with irises, dahlias, and coneflowers. In addition, the stamp shows other small red, purple, white, and pink flowers against a white background.

Long treasured for bringing cheer to a summer landscape or garden, sunflowers grow in various sizes and colors, making them popular in bouquets of cut flowers. When combined with other flowers, bouquets like the one on this stamp convey a fond announcement of friendship and love.

The Tulips Forever stamp features a colorful, eye-catching array of red, orange, yellow, purple, and white tulips against a bright white background. The result is a luminous, almost ethereal, assortment of overlapping tulips in a profusion of color.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with digital photography by Harold Davis.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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March 22, 2022

IQAir World Air Quality Report finds that 97 Percent of Global Cities did not meet Latest WHO Air Quality Guidelines.

IQAir World Air Quality

Photo: Lisbon (Portugal) Landscape. Image credit: Franklin Ferreira.

IQAir World Air Quality

GOLDACH, Switzerland, March 22, 2022 — The 2021 World Air Quality Report finds that only three percent of cities and not even one country met the latest World Health Organization’s (WHO) PM2.5 annual air quality guideline. The report analyzes PM2.5 air pollution measurements from air monitoring stations in 6,475 cities in 117 countries, regions, and territories.

IQAir’s 2021 World Air Quality Report is the first major global air quality report based on the updated annual WHO air quality guideline for PM2.5. The new procedure was released in September 2021 and cut the existing annual PM2.5 guideline value from 10 µg/m3 to 5 µg/m3.

Fine particle pollution, known as PM2.5, is commonly accepted as the most harmful, widely monitored air pollutant and is a major contributing factor to health effects such as asthma, stroke, heart and lung diseases. In addition, PM2.5 leads to millions of premature deaths every year.

Key findings:

The top five most polluted countries in 2021 were:

New Delhi (India) is the world’s most polluted capital city for the second consecutive year, followed by Dhaka (Bangladesh), N’Djamena (Chad), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), and Muscat (Oman).

Air quality in China continued to improve in 2021. More than half of the cities in China included in the report saw lower levels of air pollution when compared to the previous year. Pollution levels within the capital city of Beijing continued a nine-year trend of improved air quality, driven by emission control and reduction of coal power plant activity and other high emission industries.

Central and South Asia had some of the world’s worst air quality in 2021 and was home to 47 of the world’s 50 most polluted cities. The only two cities that met the updated WHO PM2.5 guideline were Zhezqazghan and Chu (Kazakhstan).

Air quality monitoring remains sparse in Africa, South America, and the Middle East. However, progress has been made by low-cost air quality sensors often operated by non-profit organizations and citizen scientists.

“Shockingly, no major city or country provides safe and healthy air to their citizens according to the latest World Health Organization air quality guideline,” said Frank Hammes, CEO of IQAir. “This report underscores just how much work remains to be done to ensure that everyone has safe, clean, and healthy air to breathe. The time for action is now.”

“We understand better than ever before how air pollution damages our health and economies. This report is a wake-up call, revealing how people are denied access to clean air. Particulate matter air pollution is produced by burning coal, oil, and fossil gas, unsustainable development, and agricultural activities. Addressing the air pollution crisis requires developing renewable energy resources and clean-powered, accessible public transport. Moreover, solutions to air pollution are also solutions to the climate crisis. Breathing clean air should be a basic human right, not a privilege,” said Greenpeace India Campaign manager Avinash Chanchal.

The 2021 World Air Quality Report is based on PM2.5 air pollution data from ground-based air quality monitoring stations in 6,475 cities in 117 countries, regions, and territories. Of the air quality monitoring stations included in this report, 44 percent were operated by governmental agencies.

IQAir is a Swiss-based air quality technology company that empowers individuals, organizations, and communities to breathe cleaner air through information, collaboration, and technology solutions. IQAir provides affordable air quality monitoring and data solutions to governments, NGOs, educational institutions, corporations, and individuals in over 100 countries.

Source: IQAir

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