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March 24, 2023

Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit Completes its 50th Edition.


Its 10th Season, 2022-23, ends at Delhi NCR.


Maruti Suzuki


Maruti Suzuki


Photo: Legends Cup Winners, 2022-23.


NEW DELHI, March 24, 2023 — The 10th Season of India’s biggest Obstacle race - The Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit, hosted by Volano Entertainment Pvt Ltd - culminated in a spectacular finale on Sunday in Noida. Since its inception almost a decade ago, The Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit Races have attracted athletes and thrill-seekers alike. Proclaimed to be the Toughest Race in Asia, the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit Legends Cup winners have been army personnel, fitness trainers, and professionals with an affinity for personal fitness.

The current Season, the 1st post-pandemic, saw a remarkable return of over 35,000 devil slayers to the course. They ran 5 km and overcame 15 military-style obstacles across an 8-city rollout.

Known for offering the biggest prize in amateur sports, The Legends Cup category of participation sees enthusiasts run across every city of the season to try and get a podium finish which gives them points. At the end of the Season, the male and female athletes can win a brand new Maruti Suzuki Swift Car. This year’s competition was fierce, and the victorious participants were Zahabiya Merchant from Mumbai in the Women’s category and retired soldier Sukhchain Singh from Hisar in the Men’s category. Remarkably this is Sukhchain’s second win. He previously competed in 2018-19 and had already won the top spot and a car for himself.

Speaking at the finale of the Season, Adnan Adeeb, Founder of the property, had this to say: “I am very emotional as we celebrate the 50th edition milestone, and I wish to dedicate this Season of the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit races to the never die spirit of this great growing tribe of Devilslayers who are all now determined than ever before to raise the bar of their personal fitness goals and compete to win because, to them and us, life is no longer a spectator sport.

In the last ten years, hosting participants from over 800 cities and 30 countries has been a privilege. And now, as we celebrate a massive 50th edition at the end of our 10th Season, I am grateful and feel truly blessed to have received support from partners, participants, and the incredible tribe of devil slayers. My most enormous thanks to Maruti Suzuki for their continued belief in Devil’s Circuit. Together we will make this property soar to higher skies.”

Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Officer, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, echoed a similar thought, “We find tremendous synergies between Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit and the brand Swift. Designed to appeal to the young and vibrant India, Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit builds oneness and camaraderie among participants. Brand Swift also has a cult following among the youth owing to its sporty design and powerful performance. It provides an adrenaline rush with its driving dynamics & is perfect for those who want to push their limits and experience the thrill of the road, no matter what terrain they’re on, whether long, curvy, or rough. Hence the Swift resonates perfectly with the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit, pushing participants to ‘Be Limitless.’”

Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit encourages camaraderie between runners as they tackle a running track interspersed with military-style obstacles, including high warped walls, barbed wire, and ice.

The competition has a grand prize of a brand new Maruti Suzuki Swift in both Male and Female competitive participation categories.

Source: Volano Entertainment Pvt Ltd

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March 15, 2023

Amritsar is hosting the G20 Education Working Group Meeting.


G20 Education


G20 Education


G20 Education


G20 Education


Photos: Khalsa College Amritsar, Punjab, India. G20 Education Working Group Meetings. March 16, 2023.


G20 Education


G20 Education


G20 Education


G20 Education


Photos: Khalsa College Amritsar, Punjab, India. G20 Education Working Group Exhibition. March 16, 2023. G20 delegates, students & guests visited a technology exhibition where they experienced creative & cutting-edge solutions for a sustainable future.


G20 Education


G20 Education


G20 Education


G20 Education


Photo: Khalsa College, Amritsar, Punjab, India. The Venue of the G20 Education Working Group Meeting. March 15-17, 2023.


Amritsar, Punjab, India, March 15, 2023 — The Ministry of Education, Government of India, is hosting the 2nd Education Working Group (EdWG) meeting in Amritsar, Punjab, from 15th-17th March 2023. G20 member countries, guest countries & invited organizations (UNESCO, OECD & UNICEF) are participating in the three-day event consisting of seminars/exhibitions and working group sessions.

Khalsa College, Amritsar, in collaboration with IIT Ropar, IISc Bengaluru, IIM Amritsar, and TISS Mumbai, is hosting the seminar on “Strengthening Research and Promoting Innovation through richer Collaboration.” The panel discussion will see participation from France, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Oman, South Africa, UNICEF, China, and UAE.

The Education Ministry will also organize a multimedia exhibition on the sidelines of the seminar. It will provide the participating countries, industries, and academia with a physical format to present the best practices in Research, Innovation, Collaboration, and Partnership. There will be 90+ stalls at the exhibition, with prominent participation from UAE, China, Saudi Arabia, NSDC, NCERT, National Book Trust, Indian Knowledge Systems Division (IKS), and several start-up initiatives. The exhibition will also be open to local institutions, students, academicians, and researchers from 16th-17th March 2023.

The two-day meeting on the 16th -17th of March will provide a platform to deliberate on the four priority areas. They are:

The Secretary Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India, would chair the meetings. More than 55 delegates from 28 countries are attending the conference and seminar, where they will share their best practices for strengthening Research and Innovation. The outcome document will serve as a guideline for developing numerous educational and employment opportunities. The meetings will also allow participating countries and organizations to strengthen academic cooperation and discuss new collaboration opportunities.

Delegates will attend cultural events and visit the Golden Temple on March 17, 2023.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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March 13, 2023

Academy announces Oscars 2023 Winners: Everything Everywhere All at Once, Best Picture; Brendan Fraser, Best Leading Actor; Michelle Yeoh, Best Leading Actress; Naatu Naatu, Best Original Song.


Oscars 2023


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. 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.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. Oscar nominee Ana de Armas 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.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. Eva Longoria 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.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. Oscar nominee Florencia Martin 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.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. Ram Charan and Upasana Kamineni arrive 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.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj arrive on the red carpet of The 95th Oscars at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & Copyright © Kyusung Gong / A.M.P.A.S.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. N. T. Rama Rao Jr arrives on the red carpet of The 95th Oscars at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & Copyright © Kyusung Gong / A.M.P.A.S.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. Ke Huy Quan poses backstage with the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role with Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose during the live ABC telecast of the 95th Oscars at Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & Copyright © Michael Yada / A.M.P.A.S.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. Michelle Yeoh poses backstage with the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role during the live ABC telecast of the 95th Oscars at Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & Copyright © Michael Yada / A.M.P.A.S.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose pose backstage with the Oscar for Original Song during the live ABC telecast of the 95th Oscars at Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & Copyright © Michael Yada / A.M.P.A.S.


Oscars 2023


Photo: 95th Oscars, Academy Awards. Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga pose backstage with the Oscar for Documentary Short Film during the live ABC telecast of the 95th Oscars at Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & Copyright © Michael Yada / A.M.P.A.S.


LOS ANGELES, CA, March 13. 2023 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar Winners on Sunday, March 12, 2023, via an event held at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. The pageant was televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

The Academy partnered with the United States Navy/U.S. Naval Air Forces for an unprecedented opening segment at the 95th Oscars, airing live on March 12 on ABC. At the show’s top, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, two aircraft flew 1,000 feet above the ground at 300 knots/345 mph over the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

“Making an incredibly entertaining show was our top priority, and what better way to kick things off than with an unforgettable moment that sets the tone for the whole evening,” said executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner. “A huge thank you to the U.S. Navy for helping execute a once-in-a-lifetime Oscars opening.”


Following are the WINNERS and NOMINEES of the 95th Academy Awards:


• ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER

BRENDAN FRASER
Brendan Fraser

NOMINEES


• ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER

KE HUY QUAN
Ke Huy Quan

NOMINEES


• ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER

MICHELLE YEOH
Michelle Yeoh

NOMINEES


• ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER

JAMIE LEE CURTIS
Jamie Lee Curtis

NOMINEES


• ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

WINNER

GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley

NOMINEES


• CINEMATOGRAPHY

WINNER

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
James Friend

NOMINEES


• COSTUME DESIGN

WINNER

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
Ruth Carter

NOMINEES


• DIRECTING

WINNER

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

NOMINEES


• DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

WINNER

NAVALNY
Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, and Shane Boris

NOMINEES


• DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

WINNER

THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS
Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga

NOMINEES


• FILM EDITING

WINNER

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
Paul Rogers

NOMINEES


• INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

WINNER

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Germany

NOMINEES


• MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

WINNER

THE WHALE
Adrien Morot, Judy Chin, and Annemarie Bradley

NOMINEES


• MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

WINNER

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Volker Bertelmann

NOMINEES


• MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

WINNER

NAATU NAATU
from RRR; Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose

NOMINEES


• BEST PICTURE

WINNER

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, and Jonathan Wang, Producers

NOMINEES


• PRODUCTION DESIGN

WINNER

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Production Design: Christian M. Goldbeck; Set Decoration: Ernestine Hipper

NOMINEES


• SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

WINNER

THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX, AND THE HORSE
Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud

NOMINEES


• SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION)

WINNER

AN IRISH GOODBYE
Tom Berkeley and Ross White

NOMINEES


• SOUND

WINNER

TOP GUN: MAVERICK
Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor

NOMINEES


• VISUAL EFFECTS

WINNER

AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, and Daniel Barrett

NOMINEES


• WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

WOMEN TALKING
Screenplay by Sarah Polley

NOMINEES


• WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
Written by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

NOMINEES


Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March 6, 2023

Chandigarh Welfare Trust celebrates Holi.


Holi, Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH, India, March 6, 2023 — Holi symbolizes harmony, brotherhood, and unity and is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country, especially by the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The City of Chandigarh has a significant population belonging to the Purvanchal region. With a mission to make the residents of Chandigarh, who have migrated from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, feel like in a home away from their home, Chandigarh Welfare Trust and Purvanchal Welfare Association Chandigarh organized a Holi Milan Samaroh.

The event’s chief guest was Kaushal Kishore, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Founder Chandigarh Welfare Trust and Chancellor Chandigarh University; Arun Sood, BJP President Chandigarh; Prof. Himani Sood, Senior Vice President Chandigarh University; and Satyadev Pandey, Secretary Purvanchal Welfare Association, were also present. MD Desi Rockstar, Haryanvi Actor and Singer; Nisha Pandey, Bhojpuri Singer; and Neha Yadav, Bhojpuri Singer, set the celebration mood right with their remarkable performances of Bhojpuri songs. About 5000 people attended the Samaroh.

The Secretary of the Purvanchal Welfare Association, Satyadev Pandey, said, “Holi is the most important festival of Purvanchal, which not only adds colors of joy but also celebrates the new crop of the new year. Purvanchal Welfare Association celebrates this festival every year with great enthusiasm, especially for the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar living in Chandigarh. The theme of this year’s Holi Milan Samorah was to promote a chemical-free celebration with flowers and organic colors.”

Addressing the Holi Milan Samaroh, Chandigarh University Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu said, “Chandigarh Welfare Trust works seamlessly for the welfare of the residents of Chandigarh, and Holi Milan Samaroh is yet another such effort by the Trust for the people from Purvanchal who have contributed significantly to the progress of City Beautiful. Since Holi symbolizes unity, love, happiness, and victory over evil, let us celebrate it in bright and attractive colors to express our happiness and love towards each other.”

In their colorful outfits, people from Purvanchal danced their hearts out on traditional Bhojpuri beats. The gathering at the Samaroh grooved to songs sung by Haryanvi Singer MD Desi Rockstar and Bhojpuri singers Nisha Pandey and Neha Yadav.

Chandigarh Welfare Trust is a Not for Profit organization working under the aegis of Chandigarh University, a NAAC A+ Grade autonomous educational institution.

Source: Chandigarh University

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March 3, 2023

Academy announces first slate of Oscar Presenters; Indian Actress Deepika Padukone is one of them.



Oscars


Oscars, Deepika Padukone


Photo: Femina January 2021 Issue with Deepika Padukone as Cover Star.


LOS ANGELES, CA, March 2, 2023 — Riz Ahmed, Emily Blunt, Glenn Close, Jennifer Connelly, Ariana DeBose, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Troy Kotsur, Jonathan Majors, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monáe, Deepika Padukone, Questlove, Zoe Saldaña and Donnie Yen will present the 95th Oscars.

Showrunners Glenn Weiss, Ricky Kirshner, and executive producer Molly McNearney announced it today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 95th Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone will present an award at the upcoming Oscars 2023 in three categories — Original Song, Documentary Feature, and Documentary Short. These categories have Nominees from India.

The producers will continue to announce talent joining the show leading up to the ceremony.

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

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March 2, 2023

Dictionary.Com adds over 1,500 New, Updated, and Revised Words to the World's Premier Catalog of the English Language.


The dictionary’s new terms and meanings reflect the multiverse-like complexity of modern life: they are at once serious (self-coup, rage farming, trauma dumping), amusing (petfluencer, hellscape), and everything in between (liminal space)


Dictionary


OAKLAND, Calif., March 1, 2023 — Dictionary.com, the leading online and mobile English-language educational resource, announced 313 new entries and 130 new definitions for existing entries today, and 1,140 revised definitions as the dictionary works to keep pace with the ever-changing English language.

Some of the key themes and words in its update include a multiverse of vocabulary (cakeage, nearlywed, hellscape); modern problems (pinkwashing, cyberflashing); identity (WOC, latine, anti-fat); pop culture and slang (petfluencer, fan service, tifo); politics and current events (self-coup, woke, cakeism); health (988, subvariant, microdosing); gaming (render, asset, spec); and even bread (dosa, bhakri, paratha).

One of the most notable updates includes the adjustment of the primary headword, anti-Semitism, to antisemitism. As explained in the new usage note at the entry, Dictionary.com’s decision to use the closed (no hyphen) and entirely lowercase spelling antisemitism for the primary headword reflects the widely preferred single word form that Jewish groups, and many style guides, including those of leading publications, have also adopted. This change does not involve a new definition; the word always means “discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews.”

Other vital additions include various new terms that have emerged to capture the specificity of phenomena shaped and accelerated by online culture and digital discourse, especially for behaviors considered toxic or harmful, including rage farming, trauma dumping, and queerbaiting.

“Language is, as always, constantly changing, but the sheer range and volume of vocabulary captured in our latest update to Dictionary.com reflects a shared feeling that change today is happening faster and more than ever before,” said John Kelly, senior director of editorial at Dictionary.com. “Our team of lexicographers is documenting and contextualizing that unstoppable swirl of the English language—not only to help us better understand our changing times but how the times we live in change, in turn, our language.”

Words define every aspect of our lives, from ideas to identities. Dictionary.com aspires to empower every person of every background, to express themselves, make connections, and open the door to opportunity through the power and joy of language. Dictionary.com is the premier destination to learn, discover, and have fun with the limitless world of words and meanings. The brand helps you make sense of the ever-evolving English language so you can put your ideas into words—and your comments into action.

Source: Dictionary.Com

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March 1, 2023

Oscar-Nominated Song "NAATU NAATU" to be performed at the 95th Oscars


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


Naatu Naatu


LOS ANGELES, CA, February 28, 2023 — Singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” at the 95th Oscars. Executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner and executive producer Molly McNearney announced it today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 95th Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

“Naatu Naatu,” with music by M.M. Keeravaani and lyrics by Chandrabose, is nominated for Original Song. Singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will make their Oscars debut performing the Song.

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

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

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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February 28, 2023

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


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


Marriott International


Marriott International


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Business Wire India

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February 25, 2023

Sofia Carson and Diane Warren to perform at the Oscars


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


Oscars


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


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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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February 22, 2023

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


National Geographic, Photo Contest

ENLARGE


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: National Geographic

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February 21, 2023

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India

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February 19, 2023

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Source: NASCAR

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

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



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February 15, 2023

Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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February 12, 2023

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


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

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

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

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

Source: Chandigarh University

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February 6, 2023

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


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


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


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

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


Source: Messika Paris

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February 5, 2023

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


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

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

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

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

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

• The list of awards in the contest:

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

Source: National Press Club

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February 4, 2023

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


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


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

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


• A flawed Business Model needs Correction.

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

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


• Global Issues require Global Guidelines.

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

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

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

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


• UNESCO’s Mandate to provide Guidelines for Regulation.

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

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

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


Source: UNESCO

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January 31, 2023

IMF (International Monetary Fund) reports World Economic Outlook January 2023


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Photo: People walk past the flags outside the IMF building during the 2022 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & Copyright © IMF. IMF Photo/Ariana Lindquist. [File Photo]


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Washington, DC, January 31, 2023 — The global economy is poised to slow this year before rebounding next year. The IMF announced on Monday, January 30, 2023, that it expects global growth to slow from 3.4% in 2022 to 2.9% in 2023. The press briefing was held in Singapore to mark the launch of the January update of the World Economic Outlook report.

“The global economy will slow down this year before rebounding in 2024. But a global recession is not in our baseline. The important factors shaping the outlook are: On the downside, Russia’s war in Ukraine, and the global fight against inflation. On the upside, the reopening of China’s economy. Overall, we have a mild upward revision to our projections. The global economy has shown a lot of resilience. Labor markets are tight, household spending and business investment remain strong, and European economies have proved quite resilient against the energy crisis. Global growth is expected to slow from 3.4% in 2022 to 2.9% in 2023. The slowdown will be more pronounced for advanced economies. China and India will account for 50% of global growth. Global headline inflation is expected to fall from 8.8% in 2022 to 4.3% in 2024. Core inflation, however, is more persistent and remains too elevated. To sum up, barring new shocks, 2023 could be the year of turning points, with growth bottoming out and inflation decreasing,” said Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, IMF’s Chief Economist.

However, the risks to the outlook remain tilted to the downside, even if adverse risks have moderated since October, and some positive factors seem more relevant.

“The balance of risks to the outlook remains tilted to the downside but is less skewed toward adverse outcomes than in the October WEO. Some upside risks have become more relevant. On the downside, China’s recovery could stall with spillovers to the rest of the world. Inflation could persist at high levels, requiring even tighter monetary policy. An escalation of the war in Ukraine remains a major risk to the global economy. A sudden market repricing could deteriorate financial conditions, especially for emerging and developing economies. On the upside, strong household balance sheets amid tight labor markets and robust wage growth could help sustain private demand. Easing remaining supply bottlenecks and easing labor market pressures could also allow for a soft landing with less monetary tightening,” added Gourinchas.

Gourinchas stressed that the global economic outlook hasn’t worsened, but the road back to a full recovery, with sustainable growth, stable prices, and progress for all, is only starting.

IMF’s Chief Economist concluded that the fight against inflation has started to bear fruit, but the battle is far from won:


Source: IMF

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January 29, 2023

Oxford leads Nature Positive Universities Alliance to reverse Biodiversity Decline.


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Oxford, UK. January 29, 2023 — At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), the University of Oxford and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced the launch of the Nature Positive Universities Alliance. It is a global network of universities that have officially pledged to advance efforts to halt, prevent and reverse nature loss by addressing their impacts and restoring ecosystems harmed by our activities. This push is part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a movement to avert climate catastrophe and mass extinction.

The Nature Positive Universities Alliance brings higher education institutions together to use their unique power and influence as drivers of positive change. Universities already carry out environmental and conservation research to help inform government and company activities. However, by publicly tackling their supply chains and operational impacts on nature, universities can help guide the broader community on a path to address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

“The University of Oxford has an environmental sustainability strategy with dual targets of net zero carbon and a net gain in biodiversity by 2035. These targets for large institutions are challenging to achieve. But through collaboration and idea-sharing with other universities via the Nature Positive Universities Alliance, we can collectively progress towards achieving net biodiversity gain,” said Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oxford.

The initiative, a part of the UN’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, was initially launched by 117 universities from 48 countries, which made individual pledges to address their impacts on nature. University pledges include four key elements:

  1. Carrying out baseline assessments;
  2. Setting specific, time-limited, and measurable targets for wildlife;
  3. Taking bold action to reduce biodiversity impacts and protect and restore species and ecosystems while influencing others to do the same;
  4. Transparent annual reporting.

The initiative builds on the University of Oxford’s experience setting an ambitious target for net biodiversity gain by 2035 alongside net zero commitments.

E.J. Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity at the Department of Biology, University of Oxford, and co-founder of the Nature Positive Universities Alliance, said: “As universities, we occupy a unique position in educating future leaders, researching solutions to environmental challenges, and influencing our communities and governments. By addressing our own institutions’ environmental impacts, we can be powerful thought leaders while directly contributing to restoring nature.”

All the founding universities announced that they have pledged to assess their impacts to determine the most impactful initiatives to introduce and to report on their progress. Examples of initiatives so far have included:

People from 408 different universities are:

The network also includes a Student Ambassador Programme, which totals over 100 students from across 35 countries who are taking action toward nature-positive awareness and approaches on their campuses. In addition, they are encouraging their universities to make an institutional pledge through advocacy and organization of nature-positive activities such as volunteering for nature restoration, establishing sapling nurseries, and using their studies to advance their institutions’ sustainability further.

Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education, and Advocacy at the UN Environment Programme, said: “Universities live at the heart of cities, at the crossroads of students’ futures and provide ground-breaking research that educates and informs society. We are delighted to see Universities will be joining hands to reset our relationship with nature so that, through this Alliance, we create new actions and possibilities. The virtue of higher education has come from a reappraisal of the present to steer the world to a new future. So we look forward to seeing how the Nature Positive Universities Alliance does just that for this agenda.”

The Nature Positive Universities Alliance calls on other universities worldwide to join its collaborative network and make institutional pledges.

Universities that have recently joined include, among others, the University of Helsinki, Finland; University College, Cork, Ireland; Durham University, McGill University, Canada; Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India; University of California UCLA, USA; University of Bremen, Germany; Universidad Autonoma de Madrid; Universite de Geneve; UNSW Sydney, Australia; Carl von Ossietsky Universitat Oldenburg; The University of Faisalabad, Pakistan; University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan; Independent University, Bangladesh; UC Berkeley, USA; University of Melbourne, Australia; Punjabi University, Patiala, India; Panjab University, Chandigarh, India; OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat, India; and Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi, India, for example.

Source: University of Oxford

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Nature Positive Universities

The Nature Positive Universities Alliance is a global network of universities prioritizing nature restoration. Launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Oxford in partnership with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.




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January 26, 2023

India celebrates its Republic Day 2023.


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Photos: Glimpses on the Republic Day 2023, in New Delhi on January 26, 2023. Images provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

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